This book has been on my radar since it came out late last year. It seems that all the reviews I’ve seen for this book has been super positive so that has me intrigued. From what I gather its a kind of sci-fi/fantasy story and I haven’t really read any sci-fi for a while now so I am very keen to get started. The premise of the book sounds very promising and as I just finished Oathbringer last month I am yearning for more of Brandon Sanderson’s writing. His world building and magical elements are always so epic and original, I am very eagerly anticipating this read. I really hope it lives up to the hype!
The first series I want to reread this year is The Harry Potter Series by J.K. Rowling. If you follow my blog you would know I am currently in the middle of a reread of this series. I have LOVED my experience so far and I will update you of my progress later on this month.
The second series I would like to reread is the Grisha Trilogy by Leigh Bardugo. I read King of Scars earlier this month and that really got me back into the Grishaverse so if I can I would really like pick these up!
Since I’m rereading the Grisha Trilogy it’s only fair that I pick up the Six of Crows Duology by Leigh Bardugo and give that a read too. One of my all-time favourite series out there, I was super impressed by this duology and it’s been nearly 3 years since I’ve read these books so I am very overdue.
The fourth book I would like to read again is Children of Blood and Bone by Tomi Adeyemi. This is solely in preparation for the second book of the series that comes out on the 5th of March. This book was so hyped that I read it too quickly and didn’t retain enough of the plot or developed a connection to the characters, so I kind of want to take my time and give it another read before I pick up Children of Virtue and Vengeance.
The last book I’m hoping to reread this year is Vicious by V.E. Schwab. Similar to Children of Blood and Bone I do want to get around to reading Vengeful this year but since it’s been around 2 ½ years since I read Vicious I do want to pick it up again and get reacquainted with the storyline.
No bookish posts for a few days as its my birthday and I am taking a well deserved break!
Okami has been captured and Mariko will stop at nothing to rescue him. She tricks her brother and her betrothed Prince Raiden into believing she was being held by the Black Clan against her will and decides to play the part of the innocent bride to be and follow through on her plans.
I like the multiple perspectives given in the book, I felt they added more layers to the storyline and wove together the plot well. I felt each character was very distinguishable and had a distinct role to play in the storyline.
Mariko really matured a lot for me in this book. I felt she handled herself very admirably under immensely high-pressured scenes and maintained her focus and drive throughout the course of the book. Her tenacity and ingenuity was a highlight and her compassion really shone through the pages.
I actually quite liked Prince Raiden. Even though he is fiercely loyal to his brother as the Sovereign he still managed to display empathy and subtly defy his brothers orders without being traitorous. Even though he is made out to be quite unlikeable throughout the course of the book the fact that he got to redeem himself and his family was very satisfying to me.
Kenshin and his subplot was another aspect of the story that I was invested in. The fact that he is made out to the unwavering Samurai and the ‘Dragon of Kai” yet still succumbs to his own demons and the grief over the loss of his love was endearing and made him more genuine.
The build up and pacing of this book was very well done. There wasn’t really any point in time where I was bored and it was a very quick engaging read for me. The political and royal intrigue was very captivating and the plot really progressed in a way that I could not guess the outcome. I felt it kind of wrapped itself up a little too quickly and cleanly. There was definitely more opportunity to draw it out and build up the anticipation to more of a crescendo. It was just a little too rushed at the end. There are just a few components in the plot that wasn’t really finalised for me and there were moments that hinted that there was more to the story and this just didn’t feel like the ending to a duology more so a second book in a trilogy. I would pick up a third book in a heartbeat!
⭐️4/5 stars I was highly invested in these characters, loved this duology, wanted a trilogy!
A step up for Lara Jean in this book!
The second instalment in this series picks up almost immediately after To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before ends off. It’s the start of the New Year and Lara Jean is feeling hopeful that she gets back together with Peter and they have a proper relationship. However, a video of their time in the hot tub makes the rounds on social media and Lara Jean is struggling to cope in the limelight.
I think this book has a pretty up to date social commentary on the world at present. I can definitely picture something like this happening in real life and I feel like Jenny Han captured the situation pretty well.
I feel like Lara Jean has evolved well in this book. It’s very subtle but I appreciate how much stronger and outspoken she has become. She really handed the situation of her ‘tape’ well and did not bow to the ridicule she was facing at school. I like how forthright she was in her relationship with Peter, even though he was keeping secrets I feel like she expressed herself well and tried to maintain communication.
Peter I am still a bit in two minds about. I like how well he treats Lara Jean and how special he makes her feel, however, I did kind of think he was a little naïve in terms of Genevieve and how much time he spent with her. He was a little too thoughtless and blasé about their friendship and he came off as a little tactless.
I liked the introduction of John Ambrose; I thought he added a much-needed spark to the storyline. I did think even though they had a history together his feelings for Lara Jean was a little insta-lovey for me. I found myself shrugging that off though because I thought he was a good rival for Peter and kept him on his toes. Especially since they used to be best friends.
This book was highly entertaining; it was a really fast paced, quick, easy read. Heartwarming is really the word that comes to mind. I enjoyed the storyline and I think it built up to what will hopefully be an eventful conclusion in the next book!
⭐️4/5 stars Cute, cringey and heartfelt!