Buzzword Reading Challenge

If you are unaware what the Buzzword Readathon/Challenge is see my prior post HERE. Last month the buzzword was house/home and unfortunately I didn’t end up completing anything but I will endeavour to catch up in the coming months! However, I am excited to continue on with this challenge and complete this months buzzword which is:

This month the buzzword theme is name/title and just like last month I have a couple of options:

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Series I Need to Complete

These are all the series I am currently in the middle of that are all complete (meaning all the books in the series have been published). Most of these I have either only read the first book in the series or I just have to read the last book. Completing most of these series is kind of a goal of mine for 2021 as well so it will be nice to look back at the end of the year and see how I fare!

The Lightbringer Series by Brent Weeks (4 books)

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Stalking Jack the Ripper Series by Kerri Maniscalco (3 books)

The Shadow Game Series by Amanda Foody (1 book)

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The Poppy War Series by R.F. Kuang (2 books)

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A Clash of Kingdoms Series by Erin Summerill (1 book)

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An Ember in the Ashes Series by Sabaa Tahir (1 book)

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August Wrap Up

This month I’ve had a lot going on and I haven’t been able to read as many books as I would have preferred. That being said I did complete 6 books this month that I absolutely loved and haven’t been able to stop talking about for the last couple of weeks. I do have reviews on all of these books up on my blog at the moment so feel free to click on the titles and check them out!

Ever the Brave by Erin Summerill – ⭐️4/5 stars

The Thief by Megan Whalen Turner – ⭐️4/5 stars

Poison Study by Maria V Snyder – ⭐️4/5 stars

To Kill a Kingdom by Alexandra Christo – ⭐️4/5 stars

Tower of Dawn by Sarah J Maas – ⭐️5/5 stars

Simon VS the Homo Sapiens Agenda by Becky Albertalli – ⭐️4/5 stars

All in all it was a pretty great reading month for me. I lucked out and ended up pretty much loving every single book that I read. There is usually one or two books where I’m kind of like ‘eh’, but I honestly enjoyed my time reading every single one of these. Fingers crossed my luck continues onto next month and the rest of the year!

Happy Reading 📚

Ever the Brave Review

33413892Ever the Brave is the sequel to Ever the Hunted by Erin Summerill. If you haven’t read Ever the Hunted I would suggest you go read that first before reading this review as you may be a little spoiled.

Ever the Brave continues straight on in the narrative after Britta has saved King Aodren with her new found channelling powers. Britta’s content to just live a peaceful life in her father’s cottage that was gifted to her by the king, but unfortunately the link that she now shares with the king after saving him has pulled her into the political machinations of the kingdom and he’s now insisting she becomes a noble lady no matter how much she resists. Along with somehow learning how to control her powers, and resist those who are looking to use them for evil without Cohen’s help as he is off in Norta trying to hunt down the rogue channeller who has possessed the king.

I enjoyed the pace of this novel. It picked up straight after Ever the Hunted left off and continued running. I didn’t particularly like the love triangle that was going on throughout most of the book. I think it just came across a little to forced for me…although it was played off nicely and I enjoyed how it came around in the end. Britta was really a force to be reckoned with in this book. From who she was in the first novel to the strong, independent, powerful young lady she ends up being is very empowering and I thought that was a good representation of a proper character arc for her.

All in all I thought it was solid ending, though it wasn’t my absolute favourite fantasy series out there but I really enjoyed the plot, the characters were very varied and entertaining and the magic system was interesting and different to anything I’ve read recently.

⭐️4/5 stars would recommend for all those fantasy YA lovers out there!