Hi guys! Thought that I would give you a little update on what I’ve read over the last couple of weeks. I was going to do these weekly, but in all honesty, I just wasn’t up to blogging last weekend.
So here are the books that I’ve read over the last 2 weeks! Please keep in mind that I both physically read and I listen to audiobooks so not all of these have been read physically.
Wolf Speaker by Tamora Pierce – 4 stars – this is a middlegrade/ya series set in a different world where there is Wild Magic (which is the first book) and the main character can talk to animals. This is book 2 in the series and I really enjoyed it!
The Red Pyramid by Rick Riordan – 3.5 stars – this is the first book in Rick Riordan’s Egyptian series and I wasn’t completely sold. It took a long time to get going for me and I prefer the Norse series. I’m not against continuing this series but I will probably get them from my library.
The Waking Fire by Anthony Ryan – dnf at 40%ish – I was so upset about this one! I picked it up because of the giant dragon on the cover but as I started reading, I got a sense of deja vu like I’d read it before. I went through my kindle history and found that I’d read a sample and added it to my do not buy collection which didn’t bode well. I didn’t get along with the writing style in this one and I found the world confusing and poorly confused. I read over 300 pages of this and I couldn’t tell you the name of one character because they weren’t memorable to me. After checking reviews, I found that I wasn’t on my own with this and lots of other people said it wasn’t Ryan’s best work and that his other series is better. It hasn’t put me off reading from this author (I own Blood Song and have an e-arc of his newest book) but I was so disappointed. I really need to learn not to just buy books because there’s a dragon on the cover.
Brightly Burning – Alexa Donne – dnf – I won this one in a giveaway last year but my reading tastes have changed drastically since then. I gave this one 70 pages and I liked the writing style but the story didn’t interest me and when I put the book down, I had no draw to pick it back up again. I also didn’t like that it was steering towards the story ending up with a love triangle which I hate. This book just isn’t for me anymore and it can go to a home where it will be appreciated more.
Heart of Thorns by Bree Barton – 4 stars – This came in a Fairyloot box last year and I just put it to one side with most of my other Fairyloot books (hands up if you do this too!). This was one for my read or get rid of this month and I’m so glad that I gave it a go. Our MC has been trained as a Huntress to help get rid of the Gwyrach (evil half demon women who can kill with their touch) but through trying to protect her sister and escape from an arranged marriage, our MC discovers that she herself is a Gwyrach and everything is not as it seems. This was such a fun read full of twists and turns and I’m so glad that I picked it up! I have the second book on pre-order now!
Emperor Mage and The Realm of the Gods by Tamora Pierce – 4 stars each – these are books 3 and 4 in the Immortals series which starts with Wild Magic. I really enjoyed this series and can’t wait to read more from this author.
Glass Sword by Victoria Aveyard – 3 stars – I picked up Red Queen last year and enjoyed it but then got distracted and never moved on to the sequel. I heard some reviews that said this book was awful and some people even skipped it altogether and went straight to King’s Cage! I finally picked this up and it was ok, some parts I felt were un-needed but I also now want to see how what has happened in this book gets built on in book 3. Personally, at this point, I don’t think that book 3 would make sense without reading book 2 first.
Odin’s Ravens by KL Armstrong and MA Marr – dnf – this is the second book in a middle-grade series following the descendants of the Norse Gods as they try to stop Ragnarok. I enjoyed the first one when I read it last year, but I struggled when I picked this sequel up because I couldn’t remember who anyone was! Admittedly, this is my own fault because I left it so long between reading them, but I’m usually good at remembering characters and what has happened in books because it usually takes me a while to get around to reading a sequel. Sadly, I struggled with this and couldn’t connect to any of the characters, and as this was one of my read or get rid books and I stopped reading it at 50ish pages, this is a dnf and it can go to my nephews who should get more enjoyment out of this series than I will.
Of Sand and Malice Made by Bradley Beaulieu – 4 stars – this is a set of 3 novellas that are recommended if you have read Twelve Kings and wish to continue with the series. I read this on my kindle and really enjoyed them – I can’t wait to see what they add to the second book as it’s on my July TBR!
Next week’s installment may be a long one because Medieval-a-thon has started and I’m already through two books at the point of writing this because I love readathons and get very competitive with myself to read as much as I can :’)