I did a post nearly two years ago now about 5 books that I I read because of Booktube, and I figured why not do an updated version from the last 12 months of another 5 books I have read because of my subscription box and what I thought about them!!
Beach Read by Emily Henry – This was a fantastic book. I went into it with the expectations that it would be a light fluffy contemporary yet it delves so much more into deeper topics and was quite thought provoking and touching. This was definitely a slow burn. There were various scenes that got me very eager to read on and find out whether or not January will get her happy ending! ⭐️5/5 stars
Ninth House by Leigh Bardugo – It was a little too info dumpy at the start of the book. For those first hundred or so pages it was really a struggle to get through. It was slower paced and there are just so many dates, code names, characters, rules and regulations as well as all the magical elements woven in as well. It was a lot more rooted into the historical elements of the houses and it kind of bored me. However, once I was settled into the story and the investigation about Tara’s death began the pacing definitely picked up and the action intensified. ⭐️3/5 stars
Get A Life Chloe Brown by Talia Hibbert – This book was fantastic! It was fast paced, cute and quirky! One thing I appreciated about the book was the communication between the characters. If one of them was upset they would express that to each other and kind of work their way through all of their obstacles. I thought Chloe’s sisters were really distinct and funny. Again they were always making sure Chloe was ok and checking in on her and was very supportive of her and her chosen lifestyle. I’m really interested to hear more about them! ⭐️5/5 stars
House of Salt and Sorrow by Erin A. Craig – The pacing was a little bit off at times. The beginning I thought really captured my attention and was very engaging and then there were a few sections in the middle of the story that was a little harder to get through and then the ending felt a little rushed to me. It felt like everything was kind of exposed suddenly and then wrapped up equally suddenly. However, I really enjoyed this book. It ebbed and flowed and had me intrigued enough to finish it quite quickly! ⭐️3.5/5 stars
Serpent & Dove by Shelby Mahurin – I thought this book was cleverly done. I had heard it involved a witch and witch hunter being forcing to get married and I didn’t quite understand how it was going to happen, but the way the plot line played out it made sense. It wasn’t at all insta-lovey and there was definitely a period of hatred, turned to indifference, to mutual respect and then we started getting more feelings involved. It definitely progressed on the slower side of thing but I didn’t mind it. I thought the premise was highly original and the whole dichotomy between the witches and the different covens was fascinating to get into. ⭐️4/5 stars
This week’s Top Ten Tuesday prompt is Summer/Winter vibes and since we are coming into winter here in Australia I thought it would be nice to list some of the books I have read over the last year that give me wintry/cold/blustery/frigid vibes!!
A Winter’s Promise by Christelle Dabos
Frozen Tides by Morgan Rhodes
The Crown’s Game by Evelyn Skye
One Day in December by Josie Silver
The Winternight Trilogy by Katherine Arden
Spinning Silver by Naomi Novik
Red Sister by Mark Lawrence
The Death of Mrs Westaway by Ruth Ware
These are five of my favourite quotes from the last 5 books that I have completed!
Rebel Spring by Morgan Rhodes
“Sometimes, to regain sanity, one had to acknowledge and embrace the madness.”
The Star Touched Queen by Roshani Chokshi
“Trust is won in years. Not words.”
House of Salt and Sorrows by Erin A. Craig
“Nights like this were meant to be shared, remembers, and talked about for years. Skies like this were meant to be kissed under.”
All These Beautiful Strangers by Elizabeth Klehfoth
“In many ways, my mother, my father—the people I was closest to, the people who meant the most to me—were strangers. Beautiful strangers.”
Paper Towns by John Green
“It is so hard to leave—until you leave. And then it is the easiest goddamned thing in the world.”
In this book we are following the perspective of Annaleigh who lives in a manor by the sea with her father the Duke and her 7 sisters. The mainlanders believe that Annaleigh and her family are cursed because four of her sisters have recently died under mysterious circumstances.
I liked Annaleigh though at times I found her to be a little naïve and I felt she read a lot younger than what her age really is. I’m guessing because they are so sheltered at Highmoor and haven’t had a lot of interaction with boys her age, the whole blushing routine whenever she has a conversation with someone of the opposite sex got a little tedious for me. We do see her evolve and take more of a stand throughout the course of the book and I liked that she showed her stepmother a little empathy even though she definitely didn’t deserve it!
I thought the atmosphere of the book was fantastic. It was definitely eerie and mysterious. I enjoyed how what I would assume the origin and the lore of the original story was woven into this adaptation. I have heard of the twelve dancing princesses before but I haven’t actually read it.
The mystery aspect at first I thought was very well done but when it actually got down to the wire about who was responsible it was pretty obvious to me. It didn’t really take any of my enjoyment out of the experience but all of the predictions I made throughout my read by and large came true.
The pacing was a little bit off at times. The beginning I thought really captured my attention and was very engaging and then there were a few sections in the middle of the story that was a little harder to get through and then the ending felt a little rushed to me. It felt like everything was kind of exposed suddenly and then wrapped up equally suddenly.
However, I really enjoyed this book. It ebbed and flowed and had me intrigued enough to finish it quite quickly!
⭐️3.5/5 Dark, trippy, twisted!