January Wrap Up

2022 snuck up on me. One minute it was Halloween and I was panicking about whether or not it was safe to take my kid trick-or-treating and the next minute the ball was dropping in Times Square and I was staring down the barrel of another year in the COVID era. I don’t know what happened. I don’t know where the time went. I think we are all just existing in a void at this point.

Be that as it may…I did manage to get some blogging done in January! Literary Weaponry has been such a great outlet for me for the last six years or so but, even with enjoyable hobbies, sometimes you need a break. I took that break in December of 2021 and came back in January with a gusto.

Books Read

Network Effect (The Murderbot Diaries #5) by Martha Wells – This was a great read to start the year with. I’ve loved all the books in this series but this is the first full length novel and it hit on every level I hoped it would. Murderbot’s snark and confusion on the human existence is alive and kicking and we see the return of ART! (adult, sci-fi) 5/5

These Hollow Vows (These Hollow Vows #1) by Lexi Ryan – I read this one after seeing a few book tubers and bloggers I appreciate saying some great things so I figured it was worth a try. The first half of this book was dullsville. I just couldn’t get invested in the story. Then the second half came along and made drama and intrigue and the characters were making mistakes and it was fantastic! Definitely reading the next one in the series. (ya, fantasy, romance, fae) 4/5

Home: Habitat, Range, Niche, Territory (The Murderbot Diaries #4.5) by Martha Wells – This is a short story within the Murderbot series and it just gives a little snippet of time in Murderbot’s time with Dr. Mensah and company. It feels very domestic in a very good way. Very short but enjoyable (adult, sci-fi) 4/5

Violent Made of Thorns (Untitled Duology #1) by Gina Chen (ARC)- There has been a lot of hype built up around this book and the publisher kindly granted me an e-ARC. Boy, this story had such a good premise but is so slow moving it is difficult to care. The same tension pops up over and over and over again to the point you just don’t give a shit. I don’t think I’ll be continuing with the series. (ya, fantasy, romance) 2.5/5

Flames of Lethe (Lethe Chronicles #1) by Lexie Talionis (ARC)- What absolute garbage. Was billed as a dark erotica with a reverse harem and a strong minded female lead. What it actually is, is boring. The erotic scenes are boring. The characters are boring. The premise of “isolated dessert world where no one can die” was pretty cool but in the end it was just disgusting. (adult, erotica, reverse harem) 1.5/5

Fugitive Telemetry (The Murderbot Diaries #6) by Martha Wells – Look, ya’ll. I love Murderbot. I will read every Murderbot book Wells publishes. They are just fantastic and I love them with my whole chest. (adult, sci-fi) 4/5

The Death of Jane Lawrence by Caitlin Starling – Absolute disappointment. I had been so looking forward to reading this and the first half delivered. The build up to the spooky/horror elements was good and I was engaged with the characters and looking forward to see how the story would grow. Then came the second half. In my opinion, everything fell apart. The character development did not make sense with build up that had grown and the plot just went off the rails. (adult, gothic, horror) 2.5/5

A Trial of Sorcerers (A Trial of Sorcerers #1) by Elise Kova – I loved Kova’s Air Awakens series and have been enjoying her Married to Magic series as well. Kova just writes good YA fantasy romance that lets you turn off your brain and escape for a little while. I will definitely be continuing with this series. (ya, fantasy, romance) 4/5

Electric Idol (Dark Olympus #2) by Katee Robert – I love this series, I love this author, I just want more. Give me more of it. Robert knocked this book out of the park and I can easily see this being in my top ten books of the year. Romance retelling between Psyche and Eros set in a modern-adjacent world with mafia themes. Love it love it love it. (adult, romance, erotic, retelling) 5/5

Brutal Prince (Brutal Birthright #1) by Sophie Lark – I think I picked them book up because I saw Katee Robert mention the author on twitter and thought I’d give her a try, too. Sadly, I just don’t think this brand of mafia romance is for me. It was tagged as brutal and ya-da ya-da but it just felt really flat. Wasn’t great, wasn’t horrible, just a really middle of the road mafia romance. (adult, romance, dark, contemporary) 3/5

Misrule (Malice Duology #2) by Heather Walter (ARC) – I was really, really looking forward to reading this book. In 2021, I was blown away by Malice. I felt like the story was complex and engrossing, the character development was well thought out and executed, and the overall story tugged at my frayed little heart strings. This follow up was…well, it wasn’t good. Full review will be coming in March but, to say the least, it was a massive disappointment. (adult, fantasy, LGBT, romance, retelling) 2/5

Total read: 11
Total DNFed: 5


  • Home: Habitat, Range, Niche, Territory (The Murderbot Diaries #4.5) by Martha Wells (e-book) read
  • All Systems Red (The Murderbot Diaries #1) by Martha Wells (hardback) read
  • Artificial Condition (The Murderbot Diaries #2) by Martha Wells (hardback) read
  • The Kingdom of Copper (The Daevabad Trilogy #2) by S.A. Chakraborty (paperback) read
  • Daughter of the Moon Goddess (The Celestial Kingdom Duology #1) by Sue Lynn Tan (hardback)
  • Misrule (Malice Duology #2) by Heather Walter (e-ARC) read
  • Violet Made of Thorns (Untitled Duology #1) by Gina Chen (e-ARC) read
  • The Ivory Key (Ivory Key Duology #1) by Akshaya Raman (hardback, OwlCrate)
  • Electric Idol (Dark Olympus #2) by Katee Robert (paperback) read

Read: 7/9

Non-Review Posts

In an attempt to keep this short and sweet, I’ll cut myself off here. I doubt I’ll read as many books in February as I did in January but heres to hoping for no disappointments. February has the Olympics starting on the 4th and then the Super Bowl on the 13th, both of which are things that will keep me glued to a screen and away from reading.

I hope you all are well. Happy reading! 🖤

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