I actually had a great reading month… I’m not quite sure how it happened but I deviated from my original TBR and actually read a lot more books than I was originally planning too and I’m not mad at it! I kind of listened a little more to my mood this month and read what I felt like reading instead of just solely sticking to my TBR and I feel like that approach really enabled me to read a lot more!
The Hating Game by Sally Thorne – ⭐️5/5 stars
Sightwitch by Susan Dennard – ⭐️4/5 stars
HP and the Half Blood Prince by J.K. Rowling – ⭐️5/5 stars
Circe by Madeline Miller – ⭐️3/5 stars
The Hazelwood by Melissa Albert – ⭐️3/5 stars
Prince Charming by Rachel Hawkins – ⭐️4/5 stars
Daisy Jones and the Six by Taylor Jenkins Reid – ⭐️4/5 stars
A Curse So Dark and Lonely by Brigid Kemmerer – ⭐️4/5 stars
Bloodwitch by Susan Dennard – ⭐️5/5 stars
Heretics Anonymous by Katie Henry – ⭐️4/5 stars
The Woman in the Window by A.J. Finn – ⭐️4/5 stars
The Exiled Queen by Cinda Williams Chima – ⭐️5/5 stars
The Gray Wolf Throne by Cinda Williams Chima – ⭐️4/5 stars
Final Girls by Riley Sager – ⭐️4.5/5 stars
All the books I’m hoping to read in May! Pretty diverse group of books that have been on my radar for a while now that I am very excited to get to!
The Crimson Crown by Cinda Williams Chima
Sky in the Deep by Adrienne Young
Save the Date by Morgan Matson
99 Percent Mine by Sally Thorne
Sea Witch by Sarah Henning
The Poppy War by R.F. Kuang
Neverworld Wake by Marisha Pessl
Warbreaker by Brandon Sanderson
If We Were Villains by M.L. Rio
Red Sister by Martin Lawrence
I was kind of coming up blank on what to post today until I seen this fun fantasy tag that your kind of not supposed to think to much about just write down the first thing that came to mind which is what I did! See the original tag HERE!
5 STAR BOOK
The Final Empire by Brandon Sanderson – this is the first book of the Mistborn Trilogy an amazing adult fantasy series that I absolutely devoured! The first book established the characters and the world so wonderfully and the plot expands and builds up so intricately over the course of the series.
ALWAYS GOING TO RECOMMEND
The Stormlight Archives by Brandon Sanderson – another wonderful series by Brandon Sanderson that I cannot recommend enough. Granted this is a very convoluted, epic series with each book over 1000 pages so I would say it’s definitely not for those just beginning their foray into the world of fantasy. But if you are a high/epic fantasy lover I would 100% recommend if you haven’t picked them up yet!
OWN IT BUT HAVEN’T READ IT YET
The Poppy War by R.F. Kuang – a very popular fantasy read that came out last year, also one of my most anticipated books on my TBR simply because of the hype that was surrounding it. When it comes to hype around fantasy books nine times out of ten I will pick them up and give them a read simply because I just simply love fantasy.
WOULD READ IT AGAIN
A Court of Thorns and Roses Series by Sarah J Maas – It’s been over two years now since I first completed this series and I really enjoyed it in particular A Court of Mist and Fury. That book just blew me away let me tell you! But because its such a polarising series I kind of want to give it a reread and see if I have the same feelings the second time around.
IN ANOTHER WORLD
The Lord of the Rings Series by J.R.R Tolkien – I have just always been fascinated by Middle Earth as well as the Undying Lands. When I read the books I was just so immersed in the details of the world and I loved how expansive and immensely real this fantastical realm seemed.
BACK ON EARTH
Harry Potter Series by J.K. Rowling – I’ve really been on a Harry Potter kick of late and it seems like my mind never strays day from the Wizarding World.
These are some of my favourite friendships that I have read in some of my favourite books!
Harry, Ron and Hermione – The moment that I think of friendships in books this iconic trio pops into my mind first! They are just so wonderfully supportive and in sync with each other, but are not completely devoid of drama and turmoil between them. They are able to overcome so much in their journey throughout the series and this is definitely a friendship you can look up to!
Eugenides and the Queen of Eddis – I love the rapport that these two share with each other. It is very relaxed and familiar even when they are in high stakes situations. Gen especially has a deep loyalty to Queen Eddis and will do anything for her, and the Queen will only use her power over Gen when he is being especially stubborn and only for his own sake. There is a shared respect between them and it was refreshing to read.
Kaz and his Crows – I love a rag tag group of individuals who would otherwise not even like or talk to each other that just comes together and works! The respect that Kaz has had to earn on the streets and how he worked his way up the Crows is quite entertaining to read. I love how he brought everyone together and he could see their potential and make them all feel powerful!
Blue and the Boys – Even though Gansey is the leader I still love that when they met Blue she so easily merged into this group. Their camaraderie and loyalty towards each other is wonderful to read. And I love the fact that even though Gansey is the one with the vision they will just accept his conclusions and continue on their way because they trust him so much.
Iseult and Safi – I absolutely love this duo! I started this series a few months ago now and I actually have the last two books on this month’s TBR so I will be definitely finishing off this series in the very near future! I think it’s their loyalty towards each other that I love the most. That and their willingness to forgo their own safety in order to help the other… true companionship and friendship!
Raisa has fled the kingdom and is on her way to Oden’s Keep to train at the military school and stay out of her mother and the High Wizard’s way. Han and Dancer are also on their way to Oden’s Keep to try and broaden their newfound powers and knowledge on spell casting and charms at the wizard school.
I loved reading from the two separate perspectives of Raisa and Han both making their way to the same location and then living their lives so separately yet so closely together until finally they connect. Which happened way later in the book than what I was anticipating.
I loved the school setting, it’s just always so fascinating to me watching them grow and learn and evolve as characters whilst surrounded by those who strive for the same thing. It was nice to see all of the different characters from different locations in the seven realms coexist somewhat peacefully.
Han and his character progression over the course of the plot was a joy to read. From seeing him in so much pain and grief after what happened to his mother and sister to then having him apply himself so stringently to his course to better himself so he won’t fail others in the future. I love how sure of himself he is and how he isn’t afraid to ask for help or accept assistance when he knows he needs it.
I found Raisa a little more likeable in this book than the first. I found her to be a little too pretentious and selfish but she is really starting to tone that side of her down and I enjoyed her a lot more for it. I think its because she has had to hide her true identity and just be a somewhat normal cadet rather than the princess heir that everyone is trying to manipulate and charm. She hasn’t been able to use her royal privilege really at all and I like that she hasn’t forced it onto anyone else like she has previously.
I love the direction that the plot is going. The political intrigue, the historical aspects that could come to light as well as the different agenda’s of the wizard council and the clans. This was a great continuation of the storyline and I can’t wait to get straight into The Gray Wolf Throne and see where this story will go next!
⭐️5/5 I absolutely loved this!