This week’s Top Ten Tuesday prompt is books with colours in the titles. I went through all the books I’ve read over the last year or so and these were the ones that I found!
The Devouring Gray by Christine Lynn Herman
The Black Prism by Brent Weeks
Bitterblue by Kristin Cashore
Red Rising & Golden Son by Pierce Brown
Red, White & Royal Blue by Casey McQuiston
Red Sister & Grey Sister by Mark Lawrence
The Crimson Crown by Cinda Williams Chima
The Priory of the Orange Tree by Samantha Shannon
I’ve had a great reading month in terms of getting through my TBR. I managed to complete a series I have been reading for over a year now and completed a couple of books from my physical TBR that I’ve owned now for over 2 years. I feel like I’ve definitely got my reading groove back and I am excited to continue and hopefully read some great books!
Fire by Kristin Cashore – ⭐️3/5 stars
Love Her or Lose Her by Tessa Bailey – ⭐️3/5 stars
Yes No Maybe So by Becky Albertali & Aisha Sayeed – ⭐️3/5 stars
Permanent Record by Mary H.K. Choi – ⭐️2/5 stars
Girls of Storm and Shadow by Natasha Ngan – ⭐️4/5 stars
Frozen Tides by Morgan Rhodes – ⭐️5/5 stars
Crystal Storm by Morgan Rhodes – ⭐️5/5 stars
Immortal Reign by Morgan Rhodes – ⭐️5/5 stars
Assassin’s Quest by Robin Hobb – ⭐️2/5 stars
Bitterblue by Kristin Cashore – ⭐️2/5 stars
The Lost Hero by Rick Riordan – ⭐️4/5 stars
Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe by Benjamin Alire Saenz – ⭐️4/5 stars
When Queen Bitterblue took the throne of Monsea, she was a child, and her advisers ran the kngdom for her. Now she is beginning to question their decisions, especially how they handle the legacy of her father Leck, who who ruled through his Grace–a special talent for mind-altering–and his taste for darkness and violence.
I found Bitterblue to be way too cavalier as Queen of Monsea for the first half of the book. She was unaware of anything that was happening in her kingdom and feasted control over to her advisors who were able to manipulate her. The way she handled herself at the start of the book was almost infuriating. She ran off in the middle of the night to listen to stories and ignored the concerns of her kingdom hiding in paperwork for the rest of the day in her tower. She doesn’t assert her control enough for me and let everyone walk all over her. She isn’t relatable at all, she didn’t even realize how privileged she was until three quarters of the way through the book when she seen how so many of her countrymen were struggling. She does strive to better herself and her kingdom though which I think is honourable, I just feel like it should of happened a lot sooner.
I just didn’t feel like there was enough Saf in the story for me. For the first 100 or so pages we don’t really learn much about him and what his purpose in the story is. He and Bitterblue continue to keep secrets from each other and don’t communicate well at all so the fact that they fall in love boggled my mind a little bit. I just didn’t think the romance aspect needed to happen at all. He was an interesting character though and I liked that we delved a little deeper into his backstory as the plot progressed.
It was nice having Katsa and Po come in and out of the story. It had been quite a few years since I read Graceling so it was nice to reacquaint myself with those characters.
I found the entire plot to be a little boring to be totally honest. There wasn’t really any stakes that kept me engaged in the storyline. It was basically just Bitterblue walking around her castle deciphering codes and reading books, trying to figure out who was lying to her and scheming against her, which I think was pretty obvious from the start…
⭐️2/5 I’m glad I read it, didn’t really enjoy though…
These are five of my favourite quotes from the last five books that I have read!!
Fire by Kristin Cashore
“I don’t want to love you if you’re only going to die.”
Love Her or Lose Her by Tessa Bailey
“I’ll do anything you ask me to do,” he said in a gravelly voice. “Except walk away.”
Yes No Maybe So by Becky Albertalli & Aisha Saeed
“The truth is, it’s a weird time to be coming of age. The world is really messy right now.”
Permanent Record by Mary H.K. Choi
“What have you been doing? Tell me anything.”
Girls of Storm and Shadow by Natasha Ngan
“I am still that girl of paper and fire – and I’m going to prove it to them.”
This book revolves around a half-human half-monster girl named Fire who is incredibly beautiful and able to control the minds of those around her. In the Dells human monsters are very rare and this has led to Fire leading a quite isolated life trying to keep her compulsions away from everyone. That is until an unknown hunter shows up in the forest bordering her land and shoots her, thrusting her into the war that is ravaging her country.
I really liked Fire; she’s not naïve at all which I think is a rarity among female protagonists in a lot of YA. She definitely pushes away others and doesn’t express her feelings well at the start of the story then we see her undergo this wonderful transformation over the course of the plotline and she really shines. I just think she played a lot with Archer’s feeling and maybe unintentionally led him on. Saying she was in love with him maybe wasn’t the right thing to say when he’s baring his soul to you. Archer though kind of got on my nerves as well. He was very possessive over Fire and went a little overboard in his protectiveness.
I just have to say that I loved Brigan right from the start. His standoffishness and brash nature really made me gravitate towards him in the book. I wish he was a little more present in the story though, he just kind of flits in and out in the pivotal moments. He did share some really poignant scenes with Fire when they both couldn’t sleep that I think really laid the foundation for their relationship. I just thought the moved a tad too fast for the amount of scenes that we see them together. They are however goals.
The whole situation with Leck felt like it came out of nowhere to be honest. I thought it was quite rushed and didn’t really make a lot of sense. I’m just having trouble understanding the meaning behind his addition to the story.
The actual plotline was ok; at times I thought the pacing was quite slow. The interrogations of the captives and the political intrigue unfortunately didn’t really interest me all that much. I wanted a bit more fantastical elements and us actually seeing Fire use her powers a lot more throughout the establishing phases of the story.
⭐️3/5 stars Highly engaged one minute, kind of bored the next…