I did a post back in January about 5 Fantasy Series that I wanted to start in 2019 and since we are already in May I thought I would do an update of what I’ve started/finished/not even touched yet!
The five series were:
The Seven Realms Series by Cinda Williams Chima – I completed this series this month actually! I absolutely LOVED these books, I think Cinda Williams Chima is a fantastic fantasy author and I will definitely be continuing on with the Shattered Realms series very soon!
The Falling Kingdoms Series by Morgan Rhodes – I only currently own Falling Kingdoms and Gathering Darkness. I don’t like to start a series unless I have access to all of the books, so I haven’t had a chance to pick these books up yet.
The Witchlands Series by Susan Dennard – I have completed all of the books that are currently out at the moment. I have been loving this series so far! Iseult and Safi are amazing characters and the plot is getting progressively better with each book!
The Lightbringer Series by Brent Weeks – I own all of these books but I feel I haven’t prioritized this series because I think I’m not as excited to read it as much as the other series in this list. I will probably get started later on in the year!
The Farseer Trilogy by Robin Hobb – I also currently own all of the books in this trilogy I just haven’t picked up them up yet! *Spoiler* Assassin’s Apprentice will be on my TBR next month so no doubt I will be completing this trilogy very soon!
So far in the last 5 months I have completed 2 out of the 5 series I wanted to read this year. That is a total of 8 out of the 20 books that make up these series. I think I am on track to hopefully finish all of these series by the end of the year; I originally only wanted to get started on these books so I am quietly confident I will have least read at least 1-2 of the books from the other three series before the end of 2019!
I actually had a great reading month… I’m not quite sure how it happened but I deviated from my original TBR and actually read a lot more books than I was originally planning too and I’m not mad at it! I kind of listened a little more to my mood this month and read what I felt like reading instead of just solely sticking to my TBR and I feel like that approach really enabled me to read a lot more!
The Hating Game by Sally Thorne – ⭐️5/5 stars
Sightwitch by Susan Dennard – ⭐️4/5 stars
HP and the Half Blood Prince by J.K. Rowling – ⭐️5/5 stars
Circe by Madeline Miller – ⭐️3/5 stars
The Hazelwood by Melissa Albert – ⭐️3/5 stars
Prince Charming by Rachel Hawkins – ⭐️4/5 stars
Daisy Jones and the Six by Taylor Jenkins Reid – ⭐️4/5 stars
A Curse So Dark and Lonely by Brigid Kemmerer – ⭐️4/5 stars
Bloodwitch by Susan Dennard – ⭐️5/5 stars
Heretics Anonymous by Katie Henry – ⭐️4/5 stars
The Woman in the Window by A.J. Finn – ⭐️4/5 stars
The Exiled Queen by Cinda Williams Chima – ⭐️5/5 stars
The Gray Wolf Throne by Cinda Williams Chima – ⭐️4/5 stars
Final Girls by Riley Sager – ⭐️4.5/5 stars
All the books I’m hoping to read in May! Pretty diverse group of books that have been on my radar for a while now that I am very excited to get to!
The Crimson Crown by Cinda Williams Chima
Sky in the Deep by Adrienne Young
Save the Date by Morgan Matson
99 Percent Mine by Sally Thorne
Sea Witch by Sarah Henning
The Poppy War by R.F. Kuang
Neverworld Wake by Marisha Pessl
Warbreaker by Brandon Sanderson
If We Were Villains by M.L. Rio
Red Sister by Martin Lawrence
Raisa has fled the kingdom and is on her way to Oden’s Keep to train at the military school and stay out of her mother and the High Wizard’s way. Han and Dancer are also on their way to Oden’s Keep to try and broaden their newfound powers and knowledge on spell casting and charms at the wizard school.
I loved reading from the two separate perspectives of Raisa and Han both making their way to the same location and then living their lives so separately yet so closely together until finally they connect. Which happened way later in the book than what I was anticipating.
I loved the school setting, it’s just always so fascinating to me watching them grow and learn and evolve as characters whilst surrounded by those who strive for the same thing. It was nice to see all of the different characters from different locations in the seven realms coexist somewhat peacefully.
Han and his character progression over the course of the plot was a joy to read. From seeing him in so much pain and grief after what happened to his mother and sister to then having him apply himself so stringently to his course to better himself so he won’t fail others in the future. I love how sure of himself he is and how he isn’t afraid to ask for help or accept assistance when he knows he needs it.
I found Raisa a little more likeable in this book than the first. I found her to be a little too pretentious and selfish but she is really starting to tone that side of her down and I enjoyed her a lot more for it. I think its because she has had to hide her true identity and just be a somewhat normal cadet rather than the princess heir that everyone is trying to manipulate and charm. She hasn’t been able to use her royal privilege really at all and I like that she hasn’t forced it onto anyone else like she has previously.
I love the direction that the plot is going. The political intrigue, the historical aspects that could come to light as well as the different agenda’s of the wizard council and the clans. This was a great continuation of the storyline and I can’t wait to get straight into The Gray Wolf Throne and see where this story will go next!
⭐️5/5 I absolutely loved this!
I’ve decided that every three months this year I will go through my reading list and pick out the top 10 books I have read. These are going to all of my 5 star reads as well as any other book that I loved but didn’t give 5 stars for whatever reason. Then at the end of the year I will compile my list and pick out my top 10 overall of 2019. If you want to read any of my reviews for these books just click on the titles!
So my reading recommendations for January, February and March are:
Oathbringer by Brandon Sanderson
The Vanishing Stair by Maureen Johnson
The Wrath and the Dawn by Renee Ahdieh
The Death of Mrs Westaway by Ruth Ware
The Demon King by Cinda Williams Chima
Girls of Paper and Fire by Natashan Ngan
Truthwitch by Susan Dennard
Dance of Thieves by Mary E Pearson
Flame in the Mist by Renee Ahdieh
Nevermoor by Jessica Townsend