Bookish Discoveries of 2019

For this week’s Top 10 Tuesday prompt I decided to go with new authors I discovered in 2019. This list is all the authors that I read from for the first time and I loved them enough to want to continue to pick up either their back-list or any books they may publish in the future!

1Now one of my all-time favourite fantasy authors!

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2The Seven Realms is now one of my all-time favourite fantasy series ever!

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Picture3Chilling and atmospheric, I need to dip into more of her back-list titles!

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Picture4for some reason all her books intimidated me but I definitely need to read them all!

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Picture5I am in the middle of the Falling Kingdoms series and I am highly impressed

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Picture6I binged the first two books in The Shadow Game trilogy!

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Picture7her books are diverse, realistic and highly engaging!

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Picture8I’ve been impressed with the representation of culture and mental health she includes in her romances!

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Picture9I’ve only read one of her books and I need to rectify that situation very soon!

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Picture10super fun romances full of diverse characters

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Extraordinary Book Titles

This week’s Top Ten Tuesday prompt is books with extraordinary book titles. I have chosen 10 books from this year with interesting book titles that played a factor in making me want to pick them up! These could be books I’ve never heard of before, super hyped books or random books that immediately intrigued me because of its name.

Daughter of the Burning City by Amanda Foody

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The Bear and the Nightingale by Katherine Arden

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Aurora Rising by Amie Kaufman & Jay Kristoff

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The Long Way to a Small Angry Planet by Becky Chambers

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Birthday by Meredith Russo

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Little Fires Everywhere by Celeste Ng

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The Unhoneymooners by Christina Lauren

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Sawkill Girls by Claire Legrand

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Sky in the Deep by Adrienne Young

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Neverworld Wake by Marisha Pessl

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Daughter of the Burning City Review

30237061This was a total spur of the moment pick up and I wasn’t disappointed!

This book follows the story of Sorrina who is an illusion caster in the travelling festival of Gomorrah. She is the daughter of the proprietor of the festival which kind of makes her a princess of Gomorrah. However, Sorrina was born without eyes and a lot of people view her as a freak. When someone starts to murder her illusions, Sorrina needs to figure out who, why and how!

I was really drawn into the story right from the beginning. It starts out pretty fast paced which I enjoy and all the information is provided quite organically in the course of the plot. I like that there are so many different, diverse characters scattered throughout the story line, it made it a lot easier to distinguish between everyone.

Sorrina I found to be a little naïve and a bit on the lower range of her age. I get that she is only 16 but I feel like she’s been quite sheltered her whole life and I thought she would know a lot more about Gomorrah than what she actually does. In terms of the whole plot I guess it makes sense that she doesn’t know a lot of people but that was one thing that stuck out to me. I love how committed she is to her little family and the depths of the grief and loss that she feels after each death. She is also quite honest and upfront about her emotions as well which I appreciated in her.

I thought the dynamic between Sorrina and her illusions was very intriguing and the way that she comes up with each one and almost unconsciously makes them freaks like her was a nice element to the story, it really enabled Sorrina to be able to relate to them all. It was interesting that even though she created them, they are all able to think for themselves, all she is really able to control is when they appear and disappear. I like that there are limitations to what she can do and it is made evident in the story.

I thought the world building in the book was fantastic; the whole situation between the Up Mountain and Down Mountain people and how they differentiate. I liked the religious aspect with the zealots and claiming all the illusionists to be devil workers. It added a layer of depth to the book and was a good foundation for the story to build upon. Especially when it came to all the Up Mountain political climate scheme that is uncovered.

There was a real sense of urgency and suspense woven throughout the story line which kept me highly engaged in the book. The stakes were always at an all-time high and trying to figure out who was behind everything was very entertaining!

⭐️4/5 stars dark and murderous and magical

Quarterly Reading Recommendation

This is my third installment of my quarterly reading recommendations for 2019. Every 3 months I will be looking over all the books I’ve read in that time and picking out my top 10 favorites. Then at the end of the year I will compile my lists and pick my top 10 overall from the books I’ve selected where I will be going a little more in depth! If you want to check out my second quarterly reading recommendations click HERE.

So in no particular order my reading recommendations for July-August-Sept are:

The Poet X by Elizabeth Acevedo

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Aurora Rising by Jay Kristoff & Amie Kaufman

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Vow of Thieves by Mary E Pearson

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The Bride Test by Helen Hoang

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Josh & Hazel’s Guide to Not Dating by Christina Lauren

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Birthday by Meredith Russo

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Ace of Shades by Amanda Foody

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The Flatshare by Beth O’Leary

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Sorcery of Thorns by Margaret Rogerson

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China Rich Girlfriend by Kevin Kwan

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August Wrap Up

I had a pretty good reading month for August, it wasn’t as successful as previous months but I was actually super busy in August so I am pretty proud of how much I was able to get through!

Mooncakes by Suzanne Walker⭐️4.5/5 stars

Red, White and Royal Blue by Casey McQuiston⭐️4/5 stars

Holy Sister by Mark Lawrence⭐️4.5/5 stars

A Court of Mist and Fury by Sarah J Maas⭐️5/5 stars

The Test by Sylvain Neuvel⭐️5/5 stars

Vicious by L.J. Shen⭐️4/5 stars

Defy by L.J. Shen⭐️3/5 stars

Ruckus by L.J. Shen⭐️4/5 stars

Scandalous by L.J. Shen⭐️4/5 stars

Wilder Girls by Rory Powers⭐️4/5 stars

Ace of Shades by Amanda Foody⭐️4.5/5 stars

King of Fools by Amanda Foody⭐️4/5 stars

The Bride Test by Helen Hoang⭐️5/5 stars

Percy Jackson & the Sea of Monsters by Rick Riordan ⭐️5/5 stars

Vow of Thieves by Mary E Pearson⭐️5/5 Stars

Finale by Stephanie Garber⭐️4/5 stars

Boss I Love to Hate: An Office Romance by Mia Kayla⭐️3/5 stars

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