This was actually quite a diverse reading month for me in terms of genre. We have a few hard hitting contemporaries, epic fantasy, portal fantasy, romance and mystery/thrillers. I didn’t have the highest amount of books read but the quality and substance of all the books I completed was pretty good!
Royal Assassin by Robin Hobb – ⭐️3/5 stars
Sadie by Courtney Summers – ⭐️4/5 stars
The Starless Sea by Erin Morgenstern – ⭐️3/5 stars
The Ten Thousand Doors of January by Alix E. Harrow – ⭐️3/5 stars
Lock Every Door by Riley Sager – ⭐️4/5 stars
Loveboat, Taipei by Abigail Hing Mei – ⭐️4/5 stars
The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas – ⭐️4/5 stars
Broken Knight by L.J. Shen – ⭐️3/5 stars
Red Rising by Pierce Brown – ⭐️5/5 stars
Frankly in Love by David Yoon – ⭐️4/5 stars
The Kiss Thief by L.J. Shen – ⭐️2/5 stars
This week’s Top 10 Tuesday prompt is my most recent additions to my shelves. So these are the last 10 books that I have purchased and added to my collection!
A Heart So Fierce and Broken by Brigid Kemmerer
Children of Virtue and Vengeance by Tomi Adeyemi
The Crown’s Fate by Evelyn Skye
Serpent and Dove by Shelby Mahurin
Frozen Tides by Morgan Rhodes
Gumiho: Wicked Fox by Kat Cho
Loveboat, Taipei by Abigail Hing Wen
Starsight by Brandon Sanderson
Sadie by Courtney Summers
Girls of Storm and Shadow by Natasha Ngan
This was interesting!
Sadie is a mixed format story revolving around two sisters, one has been murdered and the other is on a mission to extract revenge.
Sadie is a character that you can really put your support behind. She is very straightforward and driven and you can relate to her in a way. If I was in a similar situation I would have probably done the same thing. She will do absolutely anything for her sister and it kind of broke my heart as we learn throughout the course of the plot what she has had to endure. I thought she was brave, focused and devoted to her cause.
I have to say I really enjoyed the different formats and timelines of the story. West following Sadie and trying to extract the truth and dig deep into their history and her motivation behind running away and then having Sadie doing her own digging and finding out where Keith is now, and uncovering all the details about Silas as well. The mystery aspect of the story was very well done and the buildup of anticipation through the pacing and the tone of the book enraptured me.
Every single character in the book served a purpose and made some form of impact upon Sadie and drove her to the next location. I like that we see how West makes these same discoveries for himself and kind of comes the same conclusions as Sadie following all of the clues and picking apart their conversations and trying to find out what her motivations were was highly engaging.
The ending is a point of contention for me. I think I have come to the conclusion that I don’t really like open endings. I need a resolution, I need to know whether or not Sadie is alive and I really wanted to see what happened in those last few minutes.
⭐️4/5 stars This was fast, purposeful and highly impactful
This week’s Top 10 Tuesday is going to be the books I am hoping to priorities this summer! Some of them are leftover from my Spring TBR, others I have been interested in for a while and there are a few newish books I would love to get to as well!
The Starless Sea by Erin Morgenstern
The Ten Thousand Doors of January by Alix E. Harrow
Middlegame by Seanan Mcguire
Sadie by Courtney Summers
Lightbringer Series by Brent Weeks
The City of Brass by S.A. Chakraborty
The Astonishing Colour of After by Emily X.R. Pan