I can’t believe it’s already been another three months since my last recommendation post! This is going to be my second instalment for 2022 and this month I only picked 5 books to list since I didn’t read as much during those three months and these were the only books I wanted to recommend. If you want to check out my first quarterly reading recommendations click HERE!
My recommendations for April – May – June are:
All of Us Villains by Amanda Foody & Christine Lynn Herman
Behind Her Eyes by Sarah Pinborough
Ring Shout by P. Djeli Clark
Well Matched by Jen DeLuca
Under the Whispering Door by TJ Klune
This month was pretty average in terms of the quality of the books I read. I didn’t quite love anything but I also didn’t hate anything either. I think the books I chose wasn’t really what I was looking for so none of them really exceeded any of my expectations.
The books I completed in June were:
Hide by Kiersten White – ⭐️3/5 stars
All of Us Villains by Amanda Foody & Christine Lynn Herman – ⭐️4/5 stars
Under the Whispering Door by TJ Klune – ⭐️3/5 stars
Siren Queen by Nghi Vo – ⭐️3/5 stars
Misrule by Heather Walton – ⭐️3/5 stars
The Wife Upstairs by Rachel Hawkins – ⭐️3/5 stars
This week’s Top Ten Tuesday prompt is the books I plan to read this Winter! I’m in the mood for a lot of mystery/thriller books this Winter so that is what I am going to try and pick up over the next couple of months and these are the 10 at the top of my TBR!
The House Across the Lake by Riley Sager
The Wife Upstairs by Rachel Hawkins
His and Hers by Alice Feeney
The Other People by C.J. Tudor
The Night Swim by Megan Goldin
Dead to Her by Sarah Pinborough
Don’t You Cry by Mary Kubica
So Happy for You by Celia Laskey
The It Girl by Ruth Ware
The Last to Vanish by Megan Miranda
Feared and despised for the sinister power in her veins, Alyce wreaks her revenge on the kingdom that made her an outcast. Once a realm of decadence and beauty, Briar is now wholly Alyce’s wicked domain. And no one will escape the consequences of her wrath. Not even the one person who holds her heart. Princess Aurora saw through Alyce’s thorny façade, earning a love that promised the dawn of a new age. But it is a love that came with a heavy price: Aurora now sleeps under a curse that even Alyce’s vast power cannot seem to break. And the dream of the world they would have built together is nothing but ash. Alyce vows to do anything to wake the woman she loves, even if it means turning into the monster Briar believes her to be. But could Aurora love the villain Alyce has become?
Alyce kinda got on my nerves throughout this sequel. She just placed Aurora on this pedestal the last 100 years that she’s been asleep and when she was awoken just disregarded everyone else who had build up the Dark Court, especially Regan. Like it was pointed out to her numerous times that she had only known Aurora for a year and even though she may have been her true love can that really conquer all? Aurora was horrified when she woke up and then chose to isolate and disrespect everyone and lash out repeatedly and conspire against her.
I wasn’t very connected with Aurora in the first book and in this continuation of the storyline she didn’t do anything special for me. I can appreciate the fact that she would mourn for her previous life but the pretentiousness and entitlement is still there. She still doesn’t recognize how much Malyce was reviled and why she chose to raze Briar to the ground.
I just loved the setting of the Dark Court and seeing how it had changed so much and integrated all of these other creatures that were otherwise shunned and mistreated by the humans and the fae. I also liked the fact that even though Alyce was the most powerful of the Vila’s wasn’t appointed queen, there was a counsel of representatives that made unanimous decisions.
Like the first book however the pacing was just off. The first half of the book dragged and there wasn’t really any kind of build up of anticipation. Sure there were a couple of twists and turns that kept me engaged but all of the action scenes just felt really rushed and confusing to envision. The ending was quite satisfying in my opinion. I liked the fact that Malyce chose to leave and honor Regan and work harder to learn more about her kind.
⭐️3/5 stars some parts I loved, other parts I hated.