Anticipated Releases I Haven’t Read

This week’s Top 10 Tuesday prompt is books you were highly anticipating but haven’t read yet. I decided to go back to the two most anticipated lists I made for the first and second half of 2021 and here are the 8 books I haven’t had a chance to pick up yet plus 2 from 2020:

Gods & Monsters by Shelby Mahurin

The Last Graduate by Naomi Novik

Well Matched by Jen DeLuca

All of Us are Villains by Christine Lynn Herman & Amanda Foody

Red Tigress by Amelie Wen Zhao

Rule of Wolves by Leigh Bardugo

A Psalm of Storms and Silence by Roseanne A. Brown

One Last Stop by Casey McQuiston

Rhythm of War by Brandon Sanderson

Chain of Gold by Cassandra Clare

Series I need To Continue Update

Back in January posted about 5 series I wanted to continue in. I wanted to go back and check and see how I’m going and evaluate which books in the coming months I should try and prioritise!

The five series plan to continue or complete in 2022 are:

Lightbringer series by Brent Weeks – Haven’t continued

Witcher series by Andrzej Sapkowski – Have completed the second book!

Serpent and Dove series by Shelby Mahurin – Completed Blood & Honey and am planning on finishing this series this month!

The Poppy War series by R.F. Kuang – Haven’t continued

Shadow Game Trilogy by Amanda Foody – Completed!

Girls of Fate and Fury Review

*SPOILERS AHEAD*

There’s one thing Lei knows – she can never return to the Hidden Palace. The trauma and tragedy she suffered behind those opulent walls will plague her forever. She cannot be trapped there with the sadistic king again, especially without Wren. The last time Lei saw the girl she loved, Wren was fighting an army of soldiers in a furious battle to the death.

Lei has evolved into a character that I don’t really enjoy. I know she has suffered and endured traumatic events at the hands of the King over the course of her time at the Hidden Palace but it’s the fact that she chose to stay there and not escape and yet had to rely on others to concoct the plans and execute everything. Even though she wants to kill the king (which she reiterates every time she is near him) she doesn’t actively do anything except memorise her way through the palace. I honestly would of been more impressed if she did end up sacrificing herself for Wren and she didn’t get a happy ending, really make this a tragic story and set this series apart.

I’ve been quite ambivalent towards Wren throughout the course of the series and that honestly didn’t change in this book. I get that she loves Lei and being apart isn’t ideal but the way she agonises over it every second got boring. I would of loved if we got more insight into the Hanno’s and the actual war. I just found her storyline to be a bit lacking and uneventful honestly.

Overall I just feel like the stakes weren’t there. I just knew that Lei and Wren were going to make it out alive and the fact that there wasn’t any shocking or surprising twists made me a little disappointed. Don’t get me wrong there were definitely twists but nothing that evoked any kind emotion from me. Also the pacing of the book was just way off, the first 3/4 was super slow and then the last quarter was rushed and chaotic.

I wasn’t that big a fan of the way Natasha Ngan wrote the fighting and war scenes. It made it hard to visualise what was happening and where the characters were. I had to go back and reread some passages a few times because I couldn’t figure out where certain characters were or how they moved to this other location. It brought me out of the story and didn’t really make for a good reading experience.

⭐️2/5 stars Kind of wish Girls of Paper and Fire was a stand-a-lone…

Kindle Unlimited Haul

It’s been a while since I’ve listed any of the books that I have collected with my Kindle Unlimited Subscription! I predominately use KU for more smutty books but every now and then I will find a good fantasy or mystery thriller that has been added!

So these are the five books currently on my TBR from my Kindle:

Death by Laura Thalassa

The Never King by Nikki St. Crowe

Sometimes I Lie by Alice Feeney

Murder on the Orient Express by Agatha Christie

Regretting You by Colleen Hoover