Books I Enjoyed but rarely talk about

This weeks Top Ten Tuesday prompt is the perfect opportunity to showcase 10 books I really loved but haven’t had a chance to talk about in a while. I find usually I will post a review for a book and then won’t really bring it back up again. I highly recommend all of these books and their series!

aUndead Girl Gang by Lily Anderson

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Tower of Dawn by Sarah J Maas

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Truthwitch by Susan Dennard

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Sky in the Deep by Adrienne Young

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Flame in the Mist by Renee Ahdieh

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To Kill a Kingdom by Alexandra Christo

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The Wicked Deep by Shea Ernshaw

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The Priory of the Orange Tree by Samantha Shannon

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Dance of Thieves by Mary E Pearson

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The Final Empire by Brandon Sanderson

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10 Fantasy Favs of 2019!

This week’s Top 10 Tuesday prompt is books from your favourite genre. My favourite genre is without a doubt Fantasy; high fantasy, urban fantasy, epic fantasy and every other sub-genre of fantasy that there is out there! I had a really hard time narrowing this list down to just 10 books so I decided to restrict my list to just fantasy books I’ve read in 2019! I have talked about a lot of these books multiple times on my blog now so I’m not going to go into any details about why, just know that I love each and every one of these books and would 100% recommend them all!

Harry Potter Series by J.K. Rowling

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Red Sister by Mark Lawrence

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Oathbringer by Brandon Sanderson

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Dance of Thieves by Mary E Pearson

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Seven Realms Series by Cinda Williams Chima

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Nevermoor & Wundersmith by Jessica Townsend

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Witchlands Series by Susan Dennard

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Flame in the Mist by Renee Ahdieh

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Sky in the Deep by Adrienne Young 

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Girls of Paper and Fire by Natasha Ngan

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Quarterly Reading Recommendations

I’ve decided that every three months this year I will go through my reading list and pick out the top 10 books I have read. These are going to all of my 5 star reads as well as any other book that I loved but didn’t give 5 stars for whatever reason. Then at the end of the year I will compile my list and pick out my top 10 overall of 2019. If you want to read any of my reviews for these books just click on the titles!

So my reading recommendations for January, February and March are:

Oathbringer by Brandon Sanderson

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The Vanishing Stair by Maureen Johnson

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The Wrath and the Dawn by Renee Ahdieh

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The Death of Mrs Westaway by Ruth Ware

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The Demon King by Cinda Williams Chima

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Girls of Paper and Fire by Natashan Ngan

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Truthwitch by Susan Dennard

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Dance of Thieves by Mary E Pearson

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Flame in the Mist by Renee Ahdieh

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Nevermoor by Jessica Townsend

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January Wrap Up

I’m pretty proud of my efforts this month! I completed all the books on my TBR as well as one extra from last month and the Harry Potter book I got through! I had some great reading experiences this month and I have found some books that are definitely sneaking their way up my list of all time favs.

The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer by Michelle Hodkin⭐️4.5/5 stars

To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before by Jenny Han⭐️3.75/5 stars

Flame in the Mist by Renee Ahdieh⭐️4.5/5

Oathbringer by Brandon Sanderson⭐️5/5 stars

Nevermoor by Jessica Townsend⭐️4.5/5 stars

The Wicked King by Holly Black – ⭐️2.75/5 stars

Wundersmith by Jessica Townsend⭐️4.5/5 stars

The King of Attolia by Megan Whalen Turner⭐️4/5 stars

Carry On by Rainbow Rowell – ⭐️2.5/5 stars

Dance of Thieves by Mary E Pearson⭐️4.5/5 stars

Harry Potter and the Prizoner of Azkaban by J.K. Rowling ⭐️5/5 stars

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Flame in the Mist Review

23308087I really loved this book!

Marika is on her way to the imperial city to meet with her betrothed. A marriage her father a prominent samurai arranged for her as she had known would happen her whole life. On the road her convoy is attacked by the Black Clan, a rogue group of bandits, who’ve been hired to kill Marika. As the lone survivor Marika makes the decision to take her life into her own hands, track down the Black Clan and find out who wants her dead.

I really enjoyed Marika’s character. She wasn’t naïve or overly innocent and immature which I kind of don’t like in female protagonists. I thought she was quite forthright and speculative and unwilling to bend. She asks questions, she wants to be informed, she doesn’t want to be in the dark or unaware and she pushes for information. Her growth over the course of the book was great to read. She has decided she doesn’t want any man to make decisions for her. She is in charge of her own destiny. I also really liked how self-aware she became towards the end of the story. She understood how much she overlooked as the daughter of a samurai and how skewed her perception of the world and those around her were.

At first I didn’t find any of the members of the black clan to be likeable. I didn’t really connect with any of them until around the half-way point of the book. When they decided to trust Marika and we got a few more details about who they are and what they are doing and that’s really when I started to be more invested.

I loved reading about the backstory of Ranmaru and Okami. Everything about their father’s and the emperor and how it wove together into the plotline was beautiful. I loved that their friendship was based on loyalty and honour. You could really get a feel for the lengths that they would go to protect each other and the rest of the Black Clan.

I love that this book is so unique and different culturally, learning about the samurai’s and the different clans in the empire. Seeing the political manipulations of the emperor and his son’s and how they interact with others around them. How the plot unfolded and the way the characters interacted kept me highly entertained. Though there were passages at the start where it got a little boring and I was skimming a few paragraphs but overall the actual story was fantastic!

⭐️4.5/5 Twists and turns, samurai’s and sword fights!