I completed the Make Your MythTaker Readathon! Granted I didn’t quite stick with my original TBR for this readathon, however, I did end up finishing all of the prompts and I am now a witch!!
The books I completed were:
Featuring an animal – Winterwood by Shea Ernshaw
Read a book with a foiled cover – The Guinevere Deception by Kiersten White
Featuring a magical battle – Furyborn by Claire Legrand
Occult themes – The Devouring Gray by Christine Lynn Herman
I’ve had a pretty average reading month in June. No outstanding new favourites unfortunately but I did really like everything I did end up picking up, which is always a bonus! I’ve started a couple of new series which excites me and even though it was predominately fantsay I felt like I had a good variety of books.
Storm Front by Jim Butcher – ⭐️4/5 stars
House of Hades by Rick Riordan – ⭐️4/5 stars
Winterwood by Shea Ernshaw – ⭐️4/5 stars
My Dark Vanessa by Kate Elizabeth Russell – ⭐️3/5 stars
When Dimple Met Rishi by Sandhya Menon – ⭐️3/5 stars
The Devouring Gray by Christine Lynn Herman – ⭐️4/5 stars
The Guinevere Deception by Kiersten White – ⭐️3/5 stars
Fool Moon by Jim Butcher – ⭐️4/5 stars
Furyborn by Claire Legrand – ⭐️4/5 stars
The Secrets We Hide by Becca Steele – ⭐️3/5 stars
The Empress of Salt and Fortune by Nghi Vo – ⭐️3/5 stars
City of Brass by S.A. Chakraborty – ⭐️4/5 stars
This week’s Top 10 Tuesday prompt is my most anticipated releases for the second half of 2020. These are all books that are either sequels or continuations of series that I am loving or it has a blurb that has sucked me in and I can’t wait to read it!
The Damned by Renee Ahdieh (expected publication: July 7th 2020)
Burn our Bodies Down by Rory Power (expected publication: July 7th 2020)
Hollowpox: The Hunt for Morrigan Crow by Jessica Townshend (expected publication: August 18th 2020)
Blood and Honey by Shelby Mahurin (expected publication: September 1st 2020)
The Memory of Babel by Christelle Dabos (expected publication: September 8th 2020)
A Deadly Education by Naomi Novik (expected publication: September 29th 2020)
The Invisible Life of Addie LaRue by V.E. Schwab (expected publication: October 6th 2020)
Rhythm of War by Brandon Sanderson (expected publication: November 17th 2020)
A Sky Beyond the Storm by Sabaa Tahir (expected publication: December 1st 2020)
Furyborn is a dual perspective novel about Eliana and Rielle; two young women set 1000 years apart that are the focus of an ancient prophecy
Rielle I am a bit ambivalent towards to be completely honest. I wasn’t all that invested in her character even though she was one of the main protagonists. She just came across a little too arrogant and conceited. Yes she has had to overcome a lot of obstacle hiding her powers for so many years and having to deal with the guilt of her mother’s death, but there was just something about her that rubbed me the wrong way. I think it has to do with letting Corien into her mind so easily, especially after finding out what he was and still perpetuating his attachment to her.
Eliana was frustrating at times as well. Again I can understand why she chose to be the assassin of the empire for so many years but when she tried to betray the resistance and almost murder those 300ish people for her own selfish reasons it really soured her for me. She does redeem herself though and sees the error of her ways, but I just wish she was a little more open to those around her and wasn’t so closed off and snappish all the time.
Simon definitely intrigues me the most! What happened when he let go of the thread at the start and how did he come to be under the employ of the emperor? Broody, secretive, sullen male protagonists are a crutch for me, I guess I give them a bit more leeway than female protagonists who have the same characteristics but that’s just me…
Even though our two female protagonists got on my nerves it didn’t take away from the story at all. Every character really has that morally grey, ambiguous nature where you don’t really know what side they are truly on. It raises the stakes consistently and maintains a level of unpredictability throughout the course of the story line.
I loved the dual timeline and seeing how the world differs between the two. I am very much invested in the story and want to find out more about what happened during that two year window between Rielle, Audric and Corien. The world building was wonderful, the juxtaposition between the two countries and how the perception of magic has changed over time.
⭐️4/5 stars I was invested from the start!