Happy 4 Years!

This week marks the 4 year anniversary of when I first started my blog! I am still so incredibly happy I made the decision to start my blog and actually write my thoughts down about the books I read and have this awesome catalogue of reviews that I can go back through and revisit. Thank you to everyone who follows my blog and I hope you continue to enjoy the content I put out!

✨Grishaverse Reread✨

I just now finished my reread of Six of Crows and oh my goodness the nostalgia! This was only the second time I have ever read this book which was over 5 years ago now and I really enjoyed it. There was a lot of the little details that I forgot over the years so it was honestly just a joy to relive everything again. Having multiple perspectives gave the story more depth and kept me very much engaged throughout. I liked the fact that we have multiple character arcs and budding relationships going on as well. I definitely wasn’t as in love with this book as I was the first time, I didn’t have that drive behind me to finish it in one day but I think that’s to be expected from a reread. Still lived up to the hype and this is probably my favourite book in the Grishaverse so far!

5 Star Reads so far!

Since we’re about half way through the year I thought why not go back through all the books I’ve read and see how many I’ve loved so far. To my surprise I only have 1 book so far that I have rated 5 stars! This time last year I had 6 books I had already rated 5 stars so it’s not looking too good. I feel like I need to start prioritising my 5 star predictions and read some books I think I’m going to love as opposed to hyped books.

The House in the Cerulean Sea by TJ Klune

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Opening Lines

It’s Top Ten Tuesday time again! This week the prompt is just a quote freebie, I am not the kind of reader that annotates my books or highlights my favourite quotes or anything like that. So I decided for this week I am going to look back through the 40 or so books I have read so far this year and pick out ten that have my favourite first lines!

My favourite opening lines so far in 2022 are:

All’s Well by Mona Awad

“I’m lying on the floor watching, against my will, a bad actress in a drug commercial tell me about her fake pain”

Blade of Secrets by Tricia Levenseller

“I prefer metal to people, which is why the forge is my safe space.”

Daughter of the Siren Queen by Tricia Levenseller

The sound of my knife slitting across a throat feels much too loud in the darkness

Queen of Volts by Amanda Foody

“It was early morning when Harvey Gabbiano dug the grave.”

Reckless Girls by Rachel Hawkins

“Salt water and blood taste the same.”

The Monarchs by Danielle Morgan & Danielle Paige

“Long-dead eyes blink open in the crypt.”

A Flicker in the Dark by Stacy Willingham

“My throat tickles.”

Ring Shout by P. Djeli Clark

“You ever seen a Klan march?”

Local Woman Missing by Mary Kubica

“There’s a smudge of lipstick on the collar of his shirt.”

Sharp Objects by Gillian Flynn

“My sweater was new, stinging red and ugly.”

✨Grishaverse Reread✨

This book was the ending this series deserved. Granted there were a few things I was annoyed about but overall I was left feeling very content with the ending and how everything played out. Similar to the last book it was just a lot of preparing and plotting for this inevitable last fight with the Darkling and then once we got there it was rushed in like the last 50 pages. We are definitely given a lot of answers to questions that have been circulating for the duration of the series and the Darkling and Baghra were at the forefront of most of them. I liked the way we learnt about Baghra’s history and how Allina put two and two together but still ended up being wrong. There was some nice twists that I had forgotten about for the most part but overall the pacing was just a bit off.