November Wrap Up

I am very happy with my reading selections this month as they were all books that I was highly anticipating and I pretty much loved them all! It was a nice mix of thriller, fantasy and a bit of sci-fi as well so a successful reading month for me.

In November I completed:

One by One by Ruth Ware – ⭐️4/5 stars

The Obelisk Gate by N.K. Jemisin – ⭐️4/5 stars

The Stone Sky by N.K. Jemisin – ⭐️4/5 stars

Empire of the Vampire by Jay Kristoff – ⭐️5/5 stars

Aurora’s End by Jay Kristoff & Amie Kaufman – ⭐️3/5 stars

Empire of the Vampire Review

*SPOILERS AHEAD*

Twenty-seven years have passed since the last sunrise, and for almost three decades, the creatures of the night have walked the day without fear. Once, humanity fought bravely against the coldblood legions, but now, we exist only in a few scattered settlements—tiny sparks of light in a growing sea of darkness. Gabriel de León is the last of the Silversaints, a holy order dedicated to defending realm and church, now utterly destroyed. Imprisoned for the murder of the vampiric king, Gabriel is charged with telling the story of his life.

So first of all I loved the format of the story. Gabe being forced to tell his life story and we see how all of the actions and decisions he has made in his life has led him to this moment and it makes me excited to see what has happened and how he has ended up here. I also low key like to be spoiled when I’m reading epic fantasy so knowing that Gabe isn’t going to die is reassuring but also the fact that everyone around him could potentially is engaging!

As a character I find Gabe to be quite complex. We see over the various timelines that he evolves and changes quite significantly but in a way that shows growth for sure. He maintains a quite arrogant, unlikable attitude that honestly appeals to me, I know a lot of people probably would hate him but I’m here for it!

I am very must invested in the dual timelines. Each were at such pivotal moments in Gabe’s life that there wasn’t one over the other that I preferred which is usually what happens. I was both equally invested and eager to find out what was going to happen to all of the characters in each period.

The world building was pretty epic and descriptive and the scale is definitely shown through the amount of time it takes the characters to traverse the country throughout the course of the storyline. The magic system surrounding the vampires and their hierarchy is fascinating and unlike anything I’ve read before. The whole history of the Silversaints and how they control their urges and the seductive nature of smoking and how debilitating it can be when they go without was a unique twist and I certainly can’t wait to see what is going to happen next.

⭐️5/5 stars Gabe is everything I needed!

End of Year Book Tag

I did this tag at the end of last year and I felt like this is a fun tag that I’m going to do around this time every year!

Well I’ve just started by reread of The Way of Kings by Brandon Sanderson so that might take me the rest of the year to finish!

I don’t really have seasonal books that I read every year, but since we are going into Summer here in Australia one book I’m planning on reading is It Happened One Summer by Tessa Bailey

I am highly anticipating Cytonic by Brandon Sanderson

The Wicker King by K. Ancrum, Vicious Spirits by Kat Cho & The Once and Future Witches by Alix E. Harrow

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Jay Kristoff is either a hit or miss author for me, so I’m either going to LOVE or HATE Empire of the Vampire!

No… I did struggle with reading slumps throughout this year so my only plan for 2022 is to fall back in love with reading again!

Tome Topple Round 15 TBR

Round 15 of the Tome Topple Readathon which is hosted by Thoughts on Tomes started yesterday and I didn’t realise but I figured this was the perfect time to try and tackle some of the longer books on my TBR in the next couple of weeks!

My Tome Topple TBR for round 15 is:

Tome with a movie adaptation – Midnight Sun by Stephanie Meyer

Tome in a genre you don’t usually read – The Seven Deaths of Evelyn Hardcastle by Stuart Turton

A sequel tome – The Blinding Knife by Brent Weeks

Tome you started in another round – The Lies of Locke Lamora by Scott Lynch

Read 1 tome – The Blade Itself by Joe Abercrombie

Tome with the most pages – Heart of Flames by Nicki Pau Preto

Tome in a series you haven’t read in a while – Rhythm of War by Brandon Sanderson

Spooky tome – Empire of the Vampire by Jay Kristoff

Tome by a BIPOC author – The Rage of Dragons by Evan Winter