This month I read Percy Jackson and the Sea of Monsters by Rick Riordan continuing on in my reread of the entire series. I really enjoyed this book and the way that it progresses from the first. We start to see Percy really stand up and become a little more of the leader that he is meant to be. I love just picking up on subtle foreshadowing moments in these earlier books that become so integral later on in the series; the topic of fatal flaws, the search for Pan and then slowly learning more and more about the major prophecy about one of the children of the big three. And even right at the start of the book Percy getting picked on by the bullies at his school about the photo of Annabeth being his girlfriend. Seeing these little tidbits of information and knowing that they are all going to be explored more in depth in the coming books really excites me and keeps me engaged. I’ve found that the books have been a little shorter than what I remember but there is definitely a lot of action and adventure packed into them! I loved my reread and I can’t wait to continue on with The Titan’s Curse!
I thought it was time to do another WWW Wednesday.
I am currently about 50 or so pages into Finale by Stephanie Garber. I have been highly anticipating this book for a while now, ever since reading and loving Legendary a few months ago!
I just recently finished Vow of Thieves by Mary E Pearson and absolutely LOVED it!!! I read Dance of Thieves back in January and it blew me away. So I was highly anticipating this read and was not disappointed!
I’ve been reading really plot heavy, intricate fantasy novels lately, so I’m feeling like something a little more light and refreshing so I’m thinking of picking up Flatshare by Beth O’Leary. It just seems like the perfect light fluffy contemporary romance that I’ve been needing in my life!
This week’s Top Ten Tuesday is books I’ve read but don’t own. Since I’ve started utilising my local library a lot more this year I’ve acquired a few books now that I have read but don’t own. I kind of have a mild obsession with owning all of the books that I’ve read, but I’ve started to restrict myself to only purchasing books I’ve rated 4/5 stars or higher. Just so I only own books that I know that I absolutely love! I’ve really cut down on just randomly purchasing books based on reviews without actually reading them first!
So these are 10 books I’ve read and rated 4 stars or higher that I will be purchasing soon:
What If It’s Us by Becky Albertalli & Adam Silvera
A Monster Calls by Patrick Ness
Final Girls by Riley Sager
Spinning Silver & Uprooted by Naomi Novik
Little Fires Everywhere by Celeste Ng
The Kiss Quotient by Helen Hoang
Fix Her Up by Tessa Bailey
Somewhere Only We Know by Maurene Goo
Josh & Hazel’s Guide to Not Dating by Christina Lauren
Wilder Girls by Rory Power
*THERE ARE A FEW SPOILERS*
Absolutely loved this!
Vow of Thieves continues on about a month after the ending of Dance of Thieves. Kazi and Jase are on their way back to Tor’s Watch to let everyone know that the Ballenger’s will no longer be outlaws, they will be recognized as the First Kingdom in the Empire. However, a warning they receive on the journey forces them to rush back and they are ambushed on the road before they enter town.
I really love the direction the plot went. I assumed all of the conflict in the book was going to be between Kazi and the family trying to rebuild the trust that was broken at the end of Dance of Thieves, but I enjoyed this storyline so much more! Straight off the bat Jase and Kazi are thrust apart after being together constantly and are fighting tirelessly to be reunited all while trying to topple the King and reassert their power over Tor’s Watch.
All of the torture and imprisonment that Kazi had to deal with over the course of the book and still not break and relent was an amazing feat. She really proved how committed and in love she is with Jase after she assumed he was dead and to still stuck around and complied with the Kings’ demands in order to save the kids. She endured so much and come out of it still swinging which I love about her!
Jase also really proved his commitment to Kazi above all else. I really thought for a minute that he would focus on overthrowing the King and assuming his Patrei role but he was insistent upon getting better in order to go and find Kazi. The level of dedication he has for her over his family as the Patrei and the wrath he shows when he finds out they handed her over to the King was wonderful to read. You can really see the depth of his love for her and just the way that he expresses that to his family in his rage really encompasses everything that they’ve dealt with thus far. That was a really pivotal moment in the book for me, and the remorsefulness and guilt that they show after the fact proves to me that they are a real family and would do anything for their own.
This book was really a roller coaster from start to finish. Usually with political fantasy I get bored easily and loose interest but the amount of action and intrigue packed into this storyline really grabbed my attention and was highly engaging throughout the course of the book. There was some really touching and emotional moments spattered throughout the plot as well that tugged at my heartstrings and even brought a tear to my eye. I absolutely loved this book and this duology in my opinion really built on the foundation that the Remnant Chronicles forged and just surpassed it!
⭐️5/5 stars AMAZING 100% RECOMMEND