February was a really great reading month, I averaged a 3.9 this month. I finished a total of 11 books in total most of which were 4 stars and up. I read a total of 3,924 not counting the pages I read of the book I DNF’ed. I found a few great reads like The Wolf Wilder and Pride and Prejudice and Zombies. Sadly, the last book I read this month put a little damper on my average, but that only leave room for a better reading experience next month.
- War Letters by Andrew Carroll 3/5 stars
- The Queen of the Tearling by Erika Johansen 4/5 stars
- Garden Spells by Sarah Addison Allen 5/5 stars
- I Am the Messenger by Markus Zusak 4/5 stars
- Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince by J.K. Rowling 5/5 stars
- These Broken Stars by Amie Kaufman and Meagan Spooner 3/5 stars
- Library of Souls by Ransom Riggs 4/5 stars
- Pride and Prejudice and Zombies by Jane Austen and Seth Graham-Smith 5/5 stars
- Captive Prince: Vol. One by C.S. Pact
- The Wolf Wilder by Katherine Rundell 5/5 stars ONE DAY READ!
- Vengeance Road by Erin Bowman 1/5 stars DID NOT FINISH
First off the cover of this book pulled me in. It is beautiful. The words in the book are just as beautiful. Garden Spells follows the Waverly Family, more specifically two sisters Claire and Sydney. Claire always embraced the family quirks such as the families magical garden. Her sister on the other hand runs away following graduation and refuses to succumb to the family’s reputation. This book starts years later when Sydney returns home with her young daughter Bay. All of them grow closer together and grow individuals as they face their own fears at times using their abilities and fight with their grouchy apple tree.
While this book could be predictable in some ways, it surprised me from time to time. The character growth of Claire, Sydney, and Bay is well constructed and their struggles are realistic even with the magic. You cheer for them, give them advice, and yell at them while they journey towards finding possible love and their place in the world even with the scars of their past standing in their way. The magic in this book is often used, but is not the focus. It is used in a quirky fun way that leads the reader to laugh. Over all this book is well build through and through and is a lovely read.
If you are in the mood for a story of growth, family and magic that pulls the readers in I would say this book is worth a shot. I gave this books 5 out of 5 stars. According to Goodreads this book currently has a rating of 4.10 rating so many other reads agree that this is a quality book.