For some reason, I thought I could read a ton of books in February, but that didn’t happen. I did manage to keep my goal of reading at least two books on my TBR backlist, but I also added several books to my Goodreads TBR-shelf… so it looks like nothing has changed. *sigh*

The Walled City by Ryan Graudin

The Walled City

Technically, I read this in January but I finished it on the 31st so I didn’t have time to add it to the Backlist post that day. The Walled City is a different story than I’m used to, and while I finished it, I’m not sure how I feel about it still. It was complicated and dark and at times slow, but it also had bursts of meaningful moments that completely wrecked me. I’m intrigued also that a lot of people categorize it as dystopian or fantasy even though it’s based on a real place and has nothing specifically “dystopian” or “fantasy” about it. It’s just one of those outlier books that doesn’t quite fit.

By Darkness Hid by Jill Williamson


I’ve had this series on my list for a while because I read the prequel series and loved it. But I’ve been dragging my feet about it until I helped with Jill’s audiobook kickstarter and received hardback copies of the trilogy. By Darkness Hid started off a bit slow with a lot of world-building thrown at me, but then I hit a point where I became invested and wanted to know what I was going to happen. If I didn’t have a ton of other books to read (library and book club picks), I would have immediately picked up the sequels.

The Queen of Attolia by Megan Whalen Turner

The Queen of Attolia

Holy plot twists, Batman! This book! I don’t even quite know how to express my love for this book. It has this distinct writing style from the early 2000s that is just so different than how YA fantasy is written today. But whoa, it caught me off guard so many times, and the sass is just incredible. Why did I wait so long to finally read this series?