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
The Vanishing Stair by Maureen Johnson
The Wrath and the Dawn by Renee Ahdieh
The Death of Mrs Westaway by Ruth Ware
The Demon King by Cinda Williams Chima
Girls of Paper and Fire by Natashan Ngan
Truthwitch by Susan Dennard
Dance of Thieves by Mary E Pearson
Flame in the Mist by Renee Ahdieh
Nevermoor by Jessica Townsend
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
This was a great sequel!
This book really delved so much deeper into the land of Nevermoor and we are beginning to see some of its fantastical elements. I love the trick lanes and their classifications, especially since we are made aware of them early on in the book with no explanation.
Morrigan had such a hard time in this book and it really had me cheering for her. Nobody really knows what she has to deal with being a Wundersmith and having that stigma attached. So when she is still constantly told that all of the Wundersmiths are horrible and evil of course you would start to second guess yourself. Thank goodness for Jupiter who mostly was always there to support Morrigan and tell her that she is good. I loved how he scoured the city to try to prove to her that there was some good Wundersmiths in the past, which really cemented how good and honourable and supportive he is.
I love the unit element as well. How these nine kids who only met during their exhaustive trials would somehow connect and become a family. And to have their bond tested so early on with the blackmailing was a great twist. Miss Cheery was a wonderful character as well, I really loved her. She was a constant in these kids’ lives, when they needed a bit of stability she was there. She really proved how loyal and supportive of Unit 919 she is and it really showed throughout the course of the storyline.
The Wunder Society kind of got on my nerves for most of the book. How they decided to just quash Morrigan’s knack and not give her the tools to control it. She knows almost nothing about being a Wundersmith and is forced to just deal with it on her own. Jupiter is off trying to figure out the disappearances and he can’t intervene on her behalf, so she has to weather the storm on her own. She acted exactly how I would have in her situation so that made me like her even more! They did sort of redeem themselves at the end though so I’ll give them that. Forcing Morrigan to reveal herself sort of forced them into action and teach her the proper way to handle her knack.
This was a fantastic read. It is very fast paced and with every turn of the page there is something going else going on. All of the components are established very early on in the storyline and they are just weaved throughout the book so well that when the reveal happens you didn’t see it coming at all. I couldn’t predict what was going to happen next in this book which really kept me invested and interested.
⭐️4.5/5 Please read this series you won’t regret it!
I was actually really surprised how much I enjoyed Nevermoor. I had a feeling going into it that it might be a bit too juvenile for my taste but that wasn’t the case at all! It reminded me kind of as a mix between Harry Potter and Percy Jackson but also it was very distinct and unique as well, especially since out main protagonist is a female. I really contemplated giving it a 5/5 but it just fell short of that for me, so I’m thinking Wundersmith might just do it! I believe we follow Morrigan as she enters school in this book and school settings are always one of my favourite story-lines to read from. I”m excited to get into Wundersmith and I hope it’s as good as what I think it will be. I’ve heard great things!
This was fantastic!
We follow the story of 11-year-old Morrigan Crow who has known all of her life that she is cursed, anything bad that happens to anyone around her, she is immediately blamed. With this curse comes the knowledge that on the day of Eventide on her 12th birthday she will die. To her woe Eventide comes a full year early and as Morrigan tries to reconcile that she is to be killed a man shows up proclaiming to be her patron and saves her.
I loved everything about this book. I thought it was so cleverly written, the magic system is intriguing and interesting and the world is very whimsical. The whole premise of the story really enraptured me; I loved the whole process of the trials and the anticipation between each one.
Morrigan was wonderful. The fact that she has accepted that she is a cursed child and has that engrained so much in her mind that she believes that everything bad that’s happening is still her fault is so endearing to me. I like that she second guesses herself so much but when the time comes for her to prove herself she digs deep and trusts her gut.
Jupiter is so enigmatic. I found myself really wanted to discover more about him and his past and how he has come to own the Deucalion and become a member of the Wunder Society. All of his disappearances and adventures fascinated me and seeing how the rest of the society kind of has a respect for him really piqued my interest. I definitely want to know more about him and his knack.
Jack’s character I also quietly enjoyed. I like that he sort of clashed with Morrigan I thought it added some much-needed spark to the storyline. The banter and light competitiveness between them was entertaining. Again I want to learn more about him and what he gets up to at his school, what they learn and who his friends are.
I loved the diverse cast of characters that live at the hotel as well, especially Fen! I found her super relatable in a way and the fact that she’s a basically a giant talking cat is so much fun.
The plot was very fast paced and I was entertained from the first chapter to the last. The premise of the book is so unique and the execution was very well done! The twist at the end was everything that I needed it to be and it really set up the sequel quite nicely as I have an abundance of questions that need answering. I am for sure picking up Wundersmith and I am excited to continue on in this series!
⭐️4.5/5 This was wunderful 😉