I’ve still been perusing my local library around once a week but my previous library haul lasted me like a full month and a half of reading. I have been trying to get through all of the books I currently own but haven’t gotten around to picking up yet so I’ve been trying not to borrow too many books… though after I finished Red Sister by Mark Lawrence last month (which was a library book), I immediately knew I had to continue on with the series! So when I seen my library also had a copy of Grey Sister I had to go in and scoop it up and I will definitely be getting through it this month! I still haven’t had a chance to get to Warbreaker by Brandon Sanderson even though I have been highly anticipating reading it, but I have finished Uprooted by Naomi Novik and Crazy Rich Asians by Kevin Kwan (which were also library books), so I’m definitely still on track with my library book goals!
I have officially finished my reread of the Harry Potter series! I wrapped up Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows last week and I just have to say again that I have LOVED my reread of this series. It has been probably 4-5 years since I read through the whole thing and it seems like every time something new jumps out at me. The Deathly Hallows is by far my favourite book of the series, its the book I think I have reread the most and I don’t think I will ever get sick of it! The way that the story comes together and the epic conclusion was just purely magical. All of the twists and turns and obstacles that Harry, Ron and Hermione have to deal with on their hunt for the Horcruxes, the build up of tension, the most incredible plot twist ever with Snape, my mind was absolutely blown the first time I read this book. I think I definitely have to do a reread of this series at least once every year! I love it so much and it has really put me in a great reading mood!
Sea Witch is an origin story about Ursula from the Little Mermaid, told kind of in the traditional Hans Christian Anderson style with a bit of a modern twist.
Ever since her best friend Anna drowned Evie has been shunned as an outcast in her small fisherman’s village. Whispers follow her everywhere she goes accused of being a witch for ensnaring the heart of the crown Prince who happens to be her other best friend. One day a young woman who looks eerily like Anna approaches Evie and she can’t help but think that her friend has come back from the dead!
At times the pacing of the book was just a little off for me. There wasn’t really anything driving the plot forward in the first half of the book and it dragged a little bit for me. The second half did really pick up though and I really enjoyed trying to figure out who to trust and what was going to happen next.
I must be getting a bit cynical as I grow older because I found Evie to be super naïve at times and it kind of drove me crazy, I mean she chose to completely trusted Annamette when she knows absolutely nothing about her other than the fact that she looks like Anna. All of the legends and lore of the town say that mermaids aren’t to be trusted and even her aunt tried to talk Evie out of whatever she was doing. Iker started to see holes in Annamette’s story and tried to get more information out of her but Evie was so blinded that she overlooked all of it.
Other than that I found the premise of the book really original and kind of a throwback. It read like one of the old Hans Christian Anderson fairy tales and given the nature of the storyline I thought it suited the book perfectly. The characters and the setting was established very well and the twists and turns in the second half of the book kept me engaged and eager to read on!
⭐️3.5/5 stars Never thought I would be feeling empathetic for one of Disney’s most iconic villains!
I am still really trying to utilize me local library and have at least have 1-2 library books on my TBR each month from now on. This month I still have Save the Date by Morgan Matson and Red Sister by Mark Lawrence left over from my last library haul to read and all I needed to pick up was Warbreaker by Brandon Sanderson. It’s been a few months now since I’ve read a Brandon Sanderson novel and I am definitely excited to get into Warbreaker to see what else he has up his sleeve!
I was aware that the OWL’s Magical Readathon was happening in April but I honestly had no intention of participating… simply because I already had my set TBR for the month and I didn’t want to have to completely change it to comply with the prompts for the readathon. However when I had a look over them a few days ago I figured out that a good majority of the book I read this month actually fit the prompts!
A Retelling (Beauty and the Beast Retelling)
Land Animal on the Cover (I’m kind of cheating but there is a crow on this cover)
Age Line – Read an Adult Book (Adult/Historical Fiction)
Reducto: title starting with an “R” (I know the title has now been changed but I did read the E Book version that was still titled Royals)
Plant on the cover
Published at least 10 years ago (How fitting! This was published in in 2005)
Contemporary (YA Contemporary)
Next ingredient: sequel (2nd Book in the Seven Realms series!)
Sprayed edges or red cover
I think I will continue on with the NEWTs in August and I will do a TBR that month focused solely on the readathon and reveal what magical career I plan to follow … how exciting!