I figured it was time to do my monthly Library Update/Haul. I didn’t get around to reading a lot of the books I loaned out last month so I decided to just return them all and come back to them at a later date and just start back off again with some fresh titles. I am super excited with this haul as all these books are mostly newer releases and some that are my most anticipated releases of the year! At this time I have already read A Deadly Education by Naomi Novik and loved it, see my review HERE. But I am definitely putting Addie LaRue at the top of my TBR for sure!
This week’s Top Ten Tuesday prompt is book’s you’ve been recommended. I have never really been told by anyone to read a certain book before so I thought I would go to my Goodreads and see based on my different shelves the ten books they recommend I should pick up next!
Leviathan Wakes by James S.A. Corey
Ship of Magic by Robin Hobb
Jade City by Fonda Lee
Gideon the Ninth by Tamsyn Muir
Neverwhere by Neil Gaiman
Dune by Frank Herbert
The Merciful Crow by Margaret Owen
Circle of Shadows by Evelyn Skye
Home Before Dark by Riley Sager
Mexican Gothic by Silvia Moreno-Garcia
*A FEW SPOILERS AHEAD*
A Deadly Education is all about a dangerous school for the magically gifted where failure means certain death – until one girl begins to rewrite its rules. Enter a school of magic unlike any you have ever encountered.
I have to admit this was a little difficult to get into. There is a bit of an info dump at the start of the book with a lot of different names and characters that I was a little confused at first. It wasn’t until like a third of the way through was I able to get my head around everything and enjoy the story.
El I really enjoyed as our main protagonist. The fact that she has to work so hard to be good it just such a fun and unique concept. I almost kind of wanted her to dip into that darker side; I thought that would be an interesting twist. I liked how straightforward she is and isn’t afraid to call it like it is and stand up to the enclave kids. It was nice to see her become a little more vulnerable when she started opening up more to her friends and starting the alliance, it was quite gratifying to see her finally being able to rely on others and not fight to be included.
Orion we always just kind of there but we don’t really get to learn much about him or see him open up and discuss his life with El all that much. After the kiss with El he did kind of explain his feelings for her and how he has been treated all his life but I wanted more of an in depth look at his character.
The school setting was fantastic. The stakes were at an all-time high throughout the course of the storyline and the conflicts got progressively bigger and more entertaining. I thoroughly enjoyed this book, the pacing was fast, this was fresh and distinctive and I am sooo excited to see what will happen next!
⭐️4/5 stars has the potential to become a new all time fav!!!
On the Come Up is about 16 year old Brianna Jackson who has a dream to become a rapper just like her father. He was killed in an act of gang violence when she was a little girl but he was an underground rap legend in her community.
Brianna seemed very believable as a sixteen year old. A lot of times in YA the main protagonists would act a lot older than what they really were but this was very realistic. She has had to deal with a lot over the course of her life and I think that definitely came across in how she holds herself and acts around others. She struggles with issues about her self-worth and not being fully realized about her identity and the grief surrounding her father’s death and then the abandonment issues in regards to her mother. That’s a lot for one 16 year old’s shoulder’s so honestly it’s no wonder she lashes out.
I loved the familial aspect of the story; I thought that was very interesting and again very realistic. Bri’s relationship with her brother was lovely, he is always there taking care of her and making sure she is ok but then will also call her out on her BS. Her grandparents were hilarious and added another layer of realism and depth to the storyline. The little feud was entertaining and I appreciated the way both women hashed it out at the end and came together to form a solution to their problems.
I loved the banter between Bri and her friends. They have their fights but then they remind each other just how far back they go and how much they care about each other and then they are able to overcome their petty squabbles, which I found really cute.
These kinds of books frustrate me. I can appreciate how we see the evolution of Bri as she tries to save her family and not feel like a burden to them but at the same time watching her make all of these decisions that are questionable and all the angst involved just isn’t all that entertaining to me personally.
⭐️3/5 Eye opening, raw & real!!
I posted a Physical TBR Update back in April and I was pleasantly surprised with the fact that I only had 13 physical book in my collection that I hadn’t read yet. Since then I have acquired quite a few more books from either thrift shops or preorders so at this point in time that has swelled to around 22 books. I am definitely trying to keep on top of my physical tbr and at try have at least half my reads every month from my collection.