I feel like I’m finally getting back into the swing of things in regards to my reading. I had a really great reading month in July and I am really happy with what I chose to pick up! We have a mixture of new releases, romance, fantasy and a bit of historical fiction which was an interesting time for sure! I can’t wait to hopefully continue on with this bit of momentum I have and pick up some more good books!
In July I read:
Deathcaster by Cinda Williams Chima – ⭐️5/5 stars
Project Hail Mary by Andy Weir – ⭐️4/5 stars
Act Your Age, Eve Brown by Talia Hibbert – ⭐️5/5 stars
Barbed Wire and Cherry Blossoms by Anita Heiss – ⭐️4/5 stars
Bila Yarrudhanggalangdhuray by Anita Heiss – ⭐️4/5 stars
The Chosen and the Beautiful by Nghi Vo – ⭐️3/5 stars
Malibu Rising by Taylor Jenkins Reid – ⭐️5/5 stars
The Maidens by Alex Michaelides – ⭐️4/5 stars
Survive the Night by Riley Sager – ⭐️4/5 stars
Windwitch by Susan Dennard – ⭐️4/5 stars
The Project by Courtney Summers – ⭐️3/5 stars
The Ravens by Kass Morgan & Danielle Paige – ⭐️3/5 stars
Warrior Alyssa ana’Raisa would do anything to protect her home, the Fells, and her legacy, the Gray Wolf line. But as a prisoner of Empress Celestine, Lyss is forced to turn her fearsome talents as an army commander against her beloved homeland. Refusal would swiftly lead to her death, and her death would end the Gray Wolf line. In Lyss’s absence, Fellsmarch Castle swarms with intrigue, deception, and a primordial threat. Destin Karn, a southern spymaster with a hidden agenda of his own, might be the queendom’s only hope of defeating the forces aligned against the Seven Realms . . . as well as the enemies within the castle.
I think the character I enjoyed the most in terms of their overall arc was definitely Destin Karn. He really shone for me in this last book. we get to see him be the callous assassin who will do anything to further his own agenda in court but this time his agenda aligns with the rest of the seven realms in a positive way. At the start of this series I think I thought his character wasn’t all that relevant, I don’t think I even mentioned him in my first review for Flamecaster. But to see his evolution from when he was a kid in Tarvos and then being the Assassin in Arden Court to eventually getting his happiness with Evan was wonderful to read.
Lyss and her evolution was less dramatic I find. She is pretty consistent for me throughout the series she just really comes to terms with being the new queen were as before she second guessing herself and comparing herself to Hanalea and even Juliann. Her storyline in this last book was kind of boring. We didn’t really get many chapters from her point of view and when we did it was when she was still being held captive by Celestine and not a lot was happening. I’m so glad that she was able to finally reunite with her brother, that was a great scene!
In the end Lila’s character is integral to the storyline but she didn’t have that great twist that I was waiting for. Seeing her on the council in Fellsmarch was gratifying but she didn’t really have that much of an impact that I was expecting. She works the whole conspiracy out quickly though and takes control and links with Destin again to defeat Jastin and I love the companionship between them!
In terms of the plot and the twists I have to say I was surprised by how everything played out with Celestine and the truth behind all of the parentage of all of the magemarked. I wish the eventual stand off between the Empress and her siblings was drawn out a little more and didn’t necessarily involve the dragons saving the day but again I was satisfied with how it played and I don’t really have any complaints. The big twist about who the spy was in the Fells definitely surprised me, I at no point in time thought it was going to be Mellony so that was entertaining.
Overall I’m very happy with how many point of views we get from each of the main characters. They are all so easy to differentiate and finally getting to see them all interact with each other was so satisfying and exciting. They’ve been circling for so long and scheming and to finally have everything come to a head and get answers was worth the journey for sure!
⭐️5/5 stars Highly recommend this series, if you haven’t yet read it!
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 2021 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:
House of Hollow by Krystal Sutherland
The Only Good Indians by Stephen Graham Jones
Shadowcaster by Cinda Williams Chima
Truthwitch by Susan Dennard
The Year of the Witching by Alexis Henderson
I’m definitely proud of what I was able to finish this month and happy with all the books I chose! Some that have been on my TBR for quite a while now and a couple of newer releases so a pretty well rounded bunch. They were all really great books and I am excited to finally be getting out of my reading slump!
The Only Good Indians by Stephen Graham Jones – ⭐️3/5 stars
House of Hollow by Krystal Sutherland – ⭐️4/5 stars
The Ones We’re Meant to Find by Joan He – ⭐️3/5 stars
Stormcaster by Cinda Williams Chima – ⭐️5/5 stars
Truthwitch by Susan Dennard – ⭐️4/5 stars
Legendborn by Tracy Deonn – ⭐️3/5 stars