Another 5 favs over 500 pages

For the last two years I’ve been posting about 5 books over 500 pages I have been loving and it’s around that time so I figure why not do another one! Check out 2020 & 2019 versions 🙂

Deathcaster by Cinda Williams Chima – 647 pages

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!

A Sky Beyond the Storm by Sabaa Tahir – 516 pages

From that first twist at the start I wasn’t able to predict anything that was going to happen next. The forced partnership between Bryce and Hunt, theThere is so much going on in this book right from the start. It has been a few months since I reread the previous books in this series so there were a few characters that I didn’t recognise at first but as the story continued I was able to regain my bearings and enjoy all of the action. I liked the fact that everyone is separated for the majority of the book and eventually find their way back together just in time. It wasn’t the fairy tale ending I was expecting where everything just magically works out, we definitely loose a lot of characters I wasn’t expecting but we gained a few as well so I was left feeling very content!

Lightbringer by Claire Legrand – 594 pages

There were a few twists that I predicted and there were many that took me by surprise. This book really blew open all of the storylines and wove them all back together so wonderfully. We learnt so much more about the Empirium and how it affects Rielle and why she was such a loose cannon, how seductive and all encompassing it is. I loved how the two timelines merged in the end and we see how much effect Eliana had on her mother after their failed attempt earlier in the series. The ending was just so satisfying and not the fairy tale I was expecting which was pleasantly surprising!

The Invisible Life of Addie LaRue by V.E. Schwab – 560 pages

Even though this was super hyped I was still surprised with how the story progressed. I was picturing something a little more fluffier but this was anything but. It was a lot darker and tortured than what I expected and I was pleasantly surprised! The structure and prose was beautifully done, the pacing was consistent and the dual timelines kept me invested and eager to find out what was going to happen next.

Aurora Burning by Jay Kristoff & Amie Kaufman – 512 pages

Overall there so many shocking twists and turns and moments that broke my heart. Some of the choices the characters make didn’t really sit right with me and I wish they would of went about things differently but it definitely raised the stakes and kept me engaged in the storyline. I am left with soooo many questions still and honestly I can’t wait to find out what is going to happen next!

Cover Buys

I thought I would catch up with last week’s Top Ten Tuesday prompt and do books I bought purely because of the covers without knowing too much about what the books were actually about. Hype definitely played a lot into most of these decisions, if a book has been super hyped on booktube or bookstagram and I see the cover in a bookstore I will most likely buy the book straight away.

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5 star reads of 2021 so far…

I thought it would be fun to keep tabs on all of my five star reads and since we are just over half way through 2021 now would be the perfect time to list all of my 5 star reads from the first half of the year. I won’t be including any rereads these are all books I read for the first time this year.

So the 6 books I rated 5 stars so far in 2021 are:

Lightbringer by Claire Legrand

A Sky Beyond the Storm by Sabaa Tahir

Stormcaster by Cinda Williams Chima

Deathcaster by Cinda Williams Chima

Act Your Age, Eve Brown by Talia Hibbert

Malibu Rising by Taylor Jenkins Reid

Animals from Books

This week’s Top Ten Tuesday prompt is animals from books. I have decided to just go back through all the books I’ve read from the last year and list the first 10 books that have an animal that is featured/mentioned in the plot that I can remember!

The Girl and the Stars by Mark Lawrence

When the Tiger Came Down the Mountain by Nghi Vo

The Midnight Library by Matt Haig

Across the Green Grass Fields by Seanan McGuire

Flamecaster by Cinda Williams Chima

Lightbringer by Claire Legrand

The Deep by Rivers Solomon

Hollowpox by Jessica Townsend

Night Film by Marisha Pessl

Burn by Patrick Ness

Medieval-A-Thon Wrap Up

This was such a fun immersive readathon to participate in! I had so much fun and ended up completing some books I had been meaning to read for a while now so I am stoked! I strayed away from my original TBR I had set for myself but I still had lots of fun and read some great books and completed my goal!! I am both a Master Blacksmith & a Fashion Trend Setter making me an Empress!

The books and prompts I completed were:

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Read a books with gold, silver or bronze in the title or cover: The Empire of Gold by S.A. Chakraborty

A book you’re scared to read: Down Among the Sticks and Bones by Seanan McGuire

A book with a weapon on the cover – Light in the Dusk by Jessi Elliot & K.J. Sutton

A hardcover – A Sky Beyond the Storm by Sabaa Tahir

A series finale – Lightbringer by Claire Legrand

Read a book your unsure about – Beneath the Sugar Sky by Seanan McGuire

First book to a series – Flamecaster by Cinda Williams Chima

A book embossed or foiling on the cover – The Invisible Life of Addie LaRue by V.E. Schwab

The last book you bought/borrowed – Mexican Gothic by Silvia Moreno-Garcia

Prettiest book on your shelf – Burn Our Bodies Down by Rory Power