I’m feeling great about my reading this month! I managed to read nearly all the books on my TBR as well as 2 extra books which put me at 99 books read for 2018!!! I pretty much loved everything I read in December as well which really topped off my year. I have reviews on all the books I’ve read this month up on my blog so if you would like to see just click on the titles!
The Queen of Attolia by Megan Whalen Turner – ⭐️4/5 stars
Archenemies by Marissa Meyer – ⭐️4/5 stars
Muse of Nightmares by Laini Taylor – ⭐️4/5 stars
Queen of Air and Darkness by Cassandra Clare – ⭐️5/5 stars
Shadow Study by Maria V Snyder – ⭐️4/5 stars
Wildcard by Marie Lu – ⭐️4/5 stars
Night Study by Maria V Snyder – ⭐️4/5 stars
Leah on the Offbeat by Becky Albertalli – ⭐️4/5 stars
The Lady’s Guide to Petticoats and Piracy by Mackenzi Lee – ⭐️4/5 stars
Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone by J.K Rowling – ⭐️5/5 stars
Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets by J.K Rowling – ⭐️5/5 stars
This was fantastic!
I really enjoyed how the story unfolded and developed in this sequel, the world was really expanded and we got a lot more information about the gods and how they came to be and what their motives were.
Sarai has fallen to her death but has returned as a ghost and is under the control of Minya. Lazlo now faces the unthinkable decision to either fold under Minya’s demands to raze Weep to the ground or let the woman he loves evanesce into nothing.
I feel like Minya really shined in this book a lot more. She is still as unlikeable as she was in Strange the Dreamer but we now have reasoning for her tenacity and unforgiving nature. The way that Serai had to intricate herself into Minya’s drug induced dreams and discover how much the past has a hold of her and still want to somehow help and reduce her pain was wonderful to read. I really enjoyed those discoveries of what happened that day and finally uncovering the truth and having Minya be released of the burdens of the ghosts and finally become whole was gratifying.
I also really enjoyed the fact that the others had a purpose that they fulfilled in the book. Ruby, Sparrow and Feral weren’t that interesting to me in the past, I just kind of felt like they were filler characters but in this book they are really came into themselves and became a lot more distinguishable. Each of them really had pivotal scenes in the book that had an everlasting effect on the storyline.
Getting the back story to Kora and Nova and seeing what they have had to deal with and overcome really enriched the story and added another layer to the plot. I loved the interaction between the sisters and how much loyalty and dedication they have towards each other. Seeing the journey that Nova had to undergo over the course of 2 centuries and still not getting to Weep and her sister in time was heartbreaking. I loved every second of it, I was really rooting for Nova and Kora to be reunited but making that connection early on about who Kora was I knew that that wasn’t going to happen so I had time to brace myself for that scene.
I loved everything in this book honestly. I relished finally getting all the details about the gods and how they discovered Weep and what happened to the rest of the children over the years. The way the information was given felt very organic and wasn’t rushed at all. I thought the pacing of the story was very well done and the way Laini Taylor writes is just so lyrical and descriptive you can really sort of loose yourself in the book!
I thought this was absolutely beautiful and wrapped itself up very well yet there is still room to grow and expand even more should more books come out which I found very impressive. I also kind of liked the little nod to the Daughter of Smoke and Bones series and how it kind of interconnect, even though I wasn’t a fan of that series I thought it was a fun way to refer back to her previous work.
⭐️4.5/5 stars highly recommend I loved every second of this book!
This is another of my most anticipated book releases of the year! I read Strange the Dreamer earlier in the year after putting it off for the longest time. I’ve spoken about it before on my blog but I wasn’t the biggest fan of the Daughter of Smoke and Bone series by Laini Taylor. I even DNF’d Dreams of Gods and Monsters and that is not an easy thing for me to do. I have a hard time leaving books as DNF’s and having it unresolved and finished but I just couldn’t continue on. So that really put me off Strange the Dreamer for the longest time until I finally bit the bullet earlier this year and was pleasantly surprised! I ended up really enjoying the plot and the whimsical nature of Laini Taylor’s prose really came across better for me in this book. Which is why I’m really excited to continue on in this storyline and see what happens next!
The majority of the books on this month’s TBR are books that I need to read to complete/continue on in a few series that I have been loving. I am super excited to read all of these books on the list and I will definitely have more time towards the end of this month to read because the holidays are coming up! I cannot believe that it’s the end of 2018 already, this year has completely flew by!
That being said my TBR for December includes:
Muse of Nightmares by Laini Taylor
Oathbringer by Brandon Sanderson
Shadow Study and Night Study by Maria V Snyder
Queen of Air and Darkness by Cassandra Clare
Queen of Attolia by Megan Whalen Turner
The Lady’s Guide to Petticoats and Pirates by Mackenzi Lee
Leah on the Offbeat by Becky Albertalli
Arch Enemies by Marissa Meyer
Wildcard by Marie Lu
These are the top 5 book releases of the second half of 2018 that I am eagerly anticipating. I cannot wait to get my hands on these books and I am excited to be continuing on in some of my favourite series.
The 1st book I’m excited to be released is Two Dark Reigns by Kendare Blake. I believe this is the third and final book in the Three Dark Crowns series that I also read earlier this year consisting of Three Dark Crowns and One Dark Throne. This is a dark, atmospheric fantasy series that I flew through when I read them. I loved the characters and their growth and the twists and turns that occur are very entertaining to read. Released September 25th 2018
The 2nd book I cannot wait to read is Wildcard by Marie Lu. I read Warcross earlier this year and absolutely loved it. Emika as a character was one of my favourite female protagonists I’ve read this year, she’s clever, she’s street savvy but also tenacious and persistent. I enjoyed the gradual relationship she shared with Hideo and after that cliff-hanger at the end I can’t wait to get stuck in and see what happens next. Released September 17th 2018
The 3rd book on my list is Muse of Nightmares by Laini Taylor. I actually have Strange the Dreamer as one of my top 10 books of 2018 so far, so I am excited to jump straight back into that world and continue on in the story. Strange the Dreamer is lyrical and whimsical and different than anything I’ve read before. Released 2nd October 2018
The 4th book I am anticipating for the second half of this year is Kingdom of Ash by Sarah J Maas. This is the seventh and I think last book in the Throne of Glass series. I just finished Tower of Dawn and that really catapulted me right back into the story and hyped my back up for this series. I loved reading Throne of Glass and I can’t wait to see how Aelin works her way out of her current predicament and we finally get the outcome of the war. Released 23rd October 2018
The last book on my list that I can’t wait to get me hands on is Queen of Air and Darkness by Cassandra Clare. This is the third book in the Dark Artifices series and oh my goodness have I been waiting. Lord of Shadows really broke me emotionally after that ending and I honestly don’t know what is going to happen next. How Emma and Julian and the rest of the Blackthorns are going to deal emotionally as well as the ramifications felt throughout the rest of the clave. This is probably my most anticipated book of 2018 and I’m excited that the release date is getting closer and closer. Released 4th December 2018