I was lucky enough to be gifted quite a few books for Christmas, it was a mix of new books and books I have already read but didn’t own physically.
I can’t believe it’s already been another three months since my last recommendation post! This is going to be my third instalment for 2020 where I will be listing my top 10 favourite books I read during those months and then at the end of the year I will be compiling my list and picking out my top ten overall of 2020! If you want to check out my second quarterly reading recommendations click HERE!
My recommendations for July – August – September are:
Take a Hint Dani Brown by Talia Hibbert
The Shadows Between Us by Tricia Levenseller
The Weight of the Stars by K. Ancrum
The One by John Marrs
Growing Up Aboriginal in Australia edited by Anita Heiss
Well Met by Jen DeLuca
Amal Unbound by Aisha Saeed
Kingsbane by Claire Legrand
The Kingdom of Copper by S.A. Chakraborty
Blood Heir by Amelie Wen Zhao
I’ve had a pretty great reading month in terms of quantity, the quality of the books were a little average though. There was a lot that I thought I would love that were just kind of ok. I participated in two readathons this month which went really well and I read a lot of books that have been on my radar now for a while so I am definitely satisfied with that!
The Dreamers by Karen Thompson Walker – ⭐️3/5 stars
The Last Wish by Andrzej Sapkowski – ⭐️3/5 stars
Kingsbane by Claire Legrand – ⭐️4/5 stars
A Heart so Fierce and Broken by Brigid Kemmerer – ⭐️4/5 stars
The Right Swipe by Alisha Rai – ⭐️4/5 stars
Take a Hint, Dani Brown by Talia Hibbert – ⭐️5/5 stars
The Silent Patient by Alex Michaelides – ⭐️4/5 stars
The Worst Best Man by Mia Sosa – ⭐️4/5 stars
Clap When You Land by Elizabeth Acevedo – ⭐️4/5 stars
The Shadows Between Us by Tricia Levenseller – ⭐️5/5 stars
Amal Unbound by Aisha Saeed – ⭐️4/5 stars
The Night Country by Melissa Albert – ⭐️3/5 stars
Into the Crooked Place by Alexandra Christo – ⭐️3/5 stars
Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn – ⭐️3/5 stars
Sex and Vanity by Kevin Kwan – ⭐️2/5 stars
The Blood of Olympus by Rick Riordan – ⭐️5/5 stars
Kingsbane continues pretty much straight after where Furyborn left off. Eliana is trying to come to terms with her new powers and Rielle is assuaging her guilt over the deaths of her father and the king by locating the legendary castings to fix the Gate containing the angels.
I just straight up don’t really like Rielle’s character. I can appreciate how she is pushing the plot forward but I find her to be incredibly insufferable. First of all having to be talked into saving the capital of Borsvall from the tidal wave by Ludivine and Audric, almost condemning all of those innocent people because she was outraged that they would dare threaten her and had absolutely no remorse doing so. Then slaughtering all of those Obex members because they were rightfully mistrustful of her after she weakened the Gate further. She has no humility and believes that her power gives her the right to just do whatever she wants with no repercussions and that doesn’t sit well with me at all. I’m very much on the Queen’s side about her thoughts for her.
Audric is just so blindly in love with Rielle that one or two little placations from her and he just dismisses all of the problematic things she says and does. Granted he does finally stand up for himself after finding out about what happened with his father but I felt like it was a little too late at that point. I don’t trust Ludivine at all at this point either. She stepped up and played more of a role in this book than the previous and I am curious as to whom she truly is and what her intentions are.
I MUCH preferred Eliana’s storyline compared to her mothers. Seeing her make her castings and tapping into her powers kept me very much engaged in the plot. Even though she was quite closed off and standoffish in the first book she starts to open up more and develops more relationships with those around her. She is still making some questionable decisions but overall I really like how her character is evolving.
Now we come to Simon. Once again he killed me in this book! I was always attached to him the most out of all the characters and he definitely took us on a journey of discovery in this book. We gain a little more insight into what he has doing all these years and the level of devotion he has for Eliana is touching bordering on the side of being a little too possessive. He really opens up to Eliana and they find salvation in each other only for it all to be ripped away and we discover who he truly is. UGH!!!!
I have to say Claire Legrand has masterfully developed each character and have given them all a purpose in the plot. The pacing was too up and down for me, we have large sections of nothing really going on and then all the action seemingly taking place all at once. I am still very much invested and can’t wait to find out what will happen next!
⭐️4/5 stars that ending …. WOW!