This week’s Top Ten Tuesday prompt is my most anticipated releases for the first half of 2022!
Gallant by V.E. Schwab (expected publication March 1st 2022)
House of Sky and Breath by Sarah J Maas (expected publication February 15th 2021)
There the Drowned Girls Go by Seanan McGuire (expected publication January 4th 2022)
The Paris Apartment by Lucy Foley (expected publication February 22nd 2022)
Siren Queen by Nghi Vo(expected publication May 10th 2022)
League of Liars by Astrid Scholte (expected publication February 22nd 2022)
Echoes and Empires by Morgan Rhodes (expected publication January 4th 2022)
Reckless Girls by Rachel Hawkins (expected publication January 4th 2022)
The Monarchs by Kass Morgan & Danielle Paige (expected publication January 11th 2022)
Locklands by Robert Jackson Bennett (expected publication June 21st 2022)
It’s been a while since I’ve done a library books update!! The last time I updated was right before we went into lockdown here so I haven’t had the chance to actually go in the library physically and have a peruse until just a few weeks ago. I have a pretty broad selection of books loaned out at the moment that I have had my eye on for a while and hopefully the urge comes over me to pick one of them up soon and I can get back into more of a groove again!
Yesterday was the last day of the Buzzword Readathon hosted by BooksandLala on Youtube and I honestly did better than what I anticipated. I ended up completing two books last week that fit the prompt for this round. I finished Four Dead Queens by Astrid Scholte & Five Dark Fates by Kendare Blake. Both were books I have been highly anticipating so I am happy that I got to them but I was also a little disappointed I didn’t end up reading any other books in the week. I will definitely be participating in future rounds of the Buzzwordathon, it was a very chill readathon with not a whole lot of rules, just try and best stick with the prompt and do your best!
Four Dead Queens follows a few perspectives, we have the four queens who preside over different quadrants in the nation. Each quadrant has different rules and regulations and is strictly separated from each other. Keralie is a thief who steals a valuable item off a messenger to sell in her quadrant’s black market and is swept into a conspiracy to kill the four queens.
Keralie’s character was a little stale. I found she isn’t the most likeable of characters out there. She has many flaws and doesn’t really learn from her mistakes a whole lot. I just wasn’t that big a fan of hers I guess. Varin I did really enjoy. I like that we are given a lot more background and context about his quadrant and the way they live. I thought it was really interested how he contrasts with Keralie. She is very outspoken, tenacious and a little impulsive, whereas he is quite focused and quiet and rigid. I like that we see him thaw out and become a little more conformative over the course of the plot line and I found him a lot more interesting than Keralie.
I thought the Queens were all very distinctive and diverse. I wish we got a little more time to get to know them individually before they died. In the short amount of time we are given we do learn a lot about each of them and how they are all kind of leading their own lives despite how controlled they are by the laws.
The way the book was structured was quite unique. The dual timelines and the flashbacks were all very engaging. I was very much invested in the plot and I had multiple predictions in my mind about who the assassin was. When the identity of the killer came out I was definitely a little confused. Like I said I had my theories and she was one of them but I didn’t know how it would be possible. The way it was explained I guess made sense but I thought it was a little too predictable. There were some good twists thrown in and in the end I was satisfied.
I liked the world, I could of used a little more context and explanations regarding the history. Overall I was thoroughly entertained, the pacing was quite fast, I haven’t read anything like this before, I just kind of wish this was a duology and was spread out a bit more and went a little more in depth.
⭐️3.5/5 A pretty decent YA fantasy