Whatcha Reading? February 2023

By: Cori Reed

February was short but that doesn't mean Team OwlCrate read any less! Check out some of the great books they recommend.

Leave a comment letting us know which awesome books you read in February for a chance to win a $25 OwlCrate shop gift card! The winner will be randomly selected on Monday, March 13th.

Violet Made of Thorns by Gina Chen
Violet Made of Thorns
My favorite read of the month was absolutely Violet Made of Thorns by Gina Chen. Although this was included in our July 2022 boxes, other members of the team were the ones who read and selected it, and this was my first time reading it. I’m so happy to say how much I loved it! This story takes many classic fairy tale tropes and twists them in such interesting ways. If you enjoy prophecies, curses, morally gray characters, and enemies to lovers romance…this book has it all! I will now be not-so-patiently waiting for the sequel.

— Korrina

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Together We Burn by Isabel Iabañez
Together We Burn

I loved all the cultural components that were vibrantly described and interwoven throughout this story. It's a tiny bit slow at first, but so worth it in the end! I wasn't expecting it to twist the way it did either so I was on the edge of my seat while finishing the book. Dragons, conspiracy and enemies to lovers, what more could I have asked for?





Unseelie by Ivelisse Housman
What a debut! This had the twistiest of plot twists and has left me with so many questions, I am very impatiently waiting for a sequel. We were introduced to a beautifully well written neurodivergent main character and along the way we meet other characters with their own inner battles. I feel there is a person for everyone to relate to in this duology and again....dragons! :wink:




— Christianne

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Half a Soul by Olivia Atwater
Half a Soul

I’m on a cozy fantasy reading kick, and I don’t see that stopping after picking up this charming regency romance fantasy! If you’re looking for something to fill the void after reading Emily Wilde’s Encyclopaedia of Faeries, give this one a try! After a run in with a faerie lord as a girl, Dora has grown up with only half a soul … which often lands her in trouble in the proper Regency London social scene. Not giving half a fig about what she says, she makes a great (however unlikely) sparring partner in the cantankerous wizard, Lord Elias Wilder…



The Prince and the Dressmaker by Jen Wang
The Prince and the Dressmaker

A perfectly beautiful way to spend an hour, I can see why this graphic novel is so beloved and will be returning to it often! Adorable, loveable characters, sweet friendship, honouring your true self, and sparkly bright dresses all combine to make one can’t-help-but-smile special read.





— Cheryl

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Razorblade Tears by S.A. Cosby
Razordblade Tears
Razorblade Tears is an incredible story of one Black man and one white man coming together in search of retribution for their murdered gay sons. While neither men were particularly accepting of their sons' sexualities in life, both are destroyed by their deaths. The camaraderie and growth that develops between the two was truly masterful. A friend of mine also read this book recently and summed it up perfectly: I've never read something so violent but also so heartwarming.


Spy x Family by Tatsuya Endo

Spy x Family

I've been getting more into manga lately and Spy x Family is quickly becoming a favorite!

Elite spy Twilight is tasked with infiltrating a prestigious private school, but in order to do so he must obtain a wife and child. He succeeds, but little does he know that his new wife is an assassin and his new child is telepathic! Shenanigans ensue. It's so pure and fun (and of course occasionally violent with there being an assassin and all). I'm only four volumes into the series and cannot wait to read more!



— Cori

What great books have you read lately? Let us know in the comments!

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