Another 5 favs over 500 pages

For the last two years I’ve been posting about 5 books over 500 pages I have been loving and it’s around that time so I figure why not do another one! Check out 2020 & 2019 versions 🙂

Deathcaster by Cinda Williams Chima – 647 pages

Overall I’m very happy with how many point of views we get from each of the main characters. They are all so easy to differentiate and finally getting to see them all interact with each other was so satisfying and exciting. They’ve been circling for so long and scheming and to finally have everything come to a head and get answers was worth the journey for sure!

A Sky Beyond the Storm by Sabaa Tahir – 516 pages

From that first twist at the start I wasn’t able to predict anything that was going to happen next. The forced partnership between Bryce and Hunt, theThere is so much going on in this book right from the start. It has been a few months since I reread the previous books in this series so there were a few characters that I didn’t recognise at first but as the story continued I was able to regain my bearings and enjoy all of the action. I liked the fact that everyone is separated for the majority of the book and eventually find their way back together just in time. It wasn’t the fairy tale ending I was expecting where everything just magically works out, we definitely loose a lot of characters I wasn’t expecting but we gained a few as well so I was left feeling very content!

Lightbringer by Claire Legrand – 594 pages

There were a few twists that I predicted and there were many that took me by surprise. This book really blew open all of the storylines and wove them all back together so wonderfully. We learnt so much more about the Empirium and how it affects Rielle and why she was such a loose cannon, how seductive and all encompassing it is. I loved how the two timelines merged in the end and we see how much effect Eliana had on her mother after their failed attempt earlier in the series. The ending was just so satisfying and not the fairy tale I was expecting which was pleasantly surprising!

The Invisible Life of Addie LaRue by V.E. Schwab – 560 pages

Even though this was super hyped I was still surprised with how the story progressed. I was picturing something a little more fluffier but this was anything but. It was a lot darker and tortured than what I expected and I was pleasantly surprised! The structure and prose was beautifully done, the pacing was consistent and the dual timelines kept me invested and eager to find out what was going to happen next.

Aurora Burning by Jay Kristoff & Amie Kaufman – 512 pages

Overall there so many shocking twists and turns and moments that broke my heart. Some of the choices the characters make didn’t really sit right with me and I wish they would of went about things differently but it definitely raised the stakes and kept me engaged in the storyline. I am left with soooo many questions still and honestly I can’t wait to find out what is going to happen next!

Anticipated Releases 2021 Update

This week’s Top 10 Tuesday prompt is my most anticipated releases for the second half of 2021. These are all books that are either sequels or continuations of series that I am loving or it has a blurb that has sucked me in and I can’t wait to read it!

Gods & Monsters by Shelby Mahurin (expected publication: July 27th 2021)

All’s Well by Mona Awad (expected publication August 3rd 2021)

The Dead and the Dark by Courtney Gould (expected publication: August 3rd 2021)

Velvet was the Night by Silvia Moreno-Garcia (expected publication: August 17th 2021)

The Last Graduate by Naomi Novik (expected publication: September 28th 2021)

Well Matched by Jen DeLuca (expected publication: October 19th 2021)

Aurora’s End by Amie Kaufman & Jay Kristoff (expected publication: November 9th 2021)

All of Us are Villains by Christine Lynn Herman & Amanda Foody (expected publication: November 9th 2021)

Our Violent Ends by Chloe Gong (expected publication: November 16th 2021)

Cytonic by Brandon Sanderson (expected publication: November 25th 2021)

The Last 10 Books Tag

I seen this tag over on Kristin @ Kristin Kraves Books blog and I had to give it a go!

Dreams of Gods and Monsters by Laini Taylor

The Afterlife of Holly Chase by Cynthia Hand

The Year of the Witching by Alexis Henderson

The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald

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Aurora Burning by Amie Kaufman & Jay Kristoff

The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo by Steig Larsson

Angels and Demons by Dan Brown

Harry Potter and the Deathy Hallows – when it was first released I had a fight with my sisters over who could read it first.

The Eye of the World by Robert Jordan – I have been looking for a particular edition of this book for months!

5 Fav Recent Trilogies

These are 5 of my favourite trilogies that I have finished over the last year and a half. I absolutely loved all of these series and would highly recommend all of them!

Daevabad Trilogy by S.A. Chakraborty

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Truly Devious Series by Maureen Johnson

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Nevernight Chronicles by Jay Kristoff

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The Impossible Times Series by Mark Lawrence

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The Wayward Pines Series by Blake Crouch

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Book Covers with Faces

This week’s Top Ten Tuesday is a cover freebie, so I thought I would go with 10 books I read in the last year with a face on the cover I love!

Cinderella is Dead by Kalynn Bayron

Aurora Burning by Amie Kaufman & Jay Kristoff

When Dimple Met Rishi by Sandhya Menon

My Sister the Serial Killer by Oyinkan Braithwaite

House of Earth and Blood by Sarah J Maas

Loveboat, Taipei by Abigail Hing Wen

With the Fire on High by Elizabeth Acevedo

Wilder Girls by Rory Power

Sky in the Deep by Adrienne Young

Girls of Storm and Shadow by Natasha Ngan