This week’s Top Ten Tuesday prompt is animals from books. I have decided to just go back through all the books I’ve read from the last year and list the first 10 books that have an animal that is featured/mentioned in the plot that I can remember!
The Girl and the Stars by Mark Lawrence
When the Tiger Came Down the Mountain by Nghi Vo
The Midnight Library by Matt Haig
Across the Green Grass Fields by Seanan McGuire
Flamecaster by Cinda Williams Chima
Lightbringer by Claire Legrand
The Deep by Rivers Solomon
Hollowpox by Jessica Townsend
Night Film by Marisha Pessl
Burn by Patrick Ness
This was such a fun immersive readathon to participate in! I had so much fun and ended up completing some books I had been meaning to read for a while now so I am stoked! I strayed away from my original TBR I had set for myself but I still had lots of fun and read some great books and completed my goal!! I am both a Master Blacksmith & a Fashion Trend Setter making me an Empress!
The books and prompts I completed were:
Read a books with gold, silver or bronze in the title or cover: The Empire of Gold by S.A. Chakraborty
A book you’re scared to read: Down Among the Sticks and Bones by Seanan McGuire
A book with a weapon on the cover – Light in the Dusk by Jessi Elliot & K.J. Sutton
A hardcover – A Sky Beyond the Storm by Sabaa Tahir
A series finale – Lightbringer by Claire Legrand
Read a book your unsure about – Beneath the Sugar Sky by Seanan McGuire
First book to a series – Flamecaster by Cinda Williams Chima
A book embossed or foiling on the cover – The Invisible Life of Addie LaRue by V.E. Schwab
The last book you bought/borrowed – Mexican Gothic by Silvia Moreno-Garcia
Prettiest book on your shelf – Burn Our Bodies Down by Rory Power
This month was pretty chill in terms of reading. I am very happy with what I was able to get to but I definitely feel like I could of picked up more during the month.
The Deck of Omens by Christine Lynn Herman – ⭐️3/5 stars
The Deep by Rivers Solomon – ⭐️3/5 stars
The Invisible Life of Addie LaRue by V.E. Schwab – ⭐️4/5 stars
Burn Our Bodies Down by Rory Power – ⭐️3/5 stars
Down Among the Sticks and Bones by Seanan McGuire – ⭐️3/5 stars
The Empire of Gold by S.A. Chakraborty – ⭐️4/5 stars
Lightbringer by Claire Legrand – ⭐️5/5 stars
Beneath the Sugar Sky by Seanan McGuire – ⭐️3/5 stars
Queen Rielle, pushed away from everything she loves, turns to Corien and his promises of glory. Meanwhile, whispers from the empirium slowly drive her mad, urging her to open the Gate. In the future, Eliana arrives in the Empire’s capital as a broken shell of herself. Betrayed and abandoned, she fights to keep her power at bay—and away from Corien, who will stop at nothing to travel back in time to Rielle, even if that means destroying her daughter. But when the mysterious Prophet reveals themselves at last, everything changes, giving Rielle and Eliana a second chance for salvation—or the destruction their world has been dreading.
I am once again torn by Rielle’s character and her arc throughout the course of this series. I hated her in the last book and honestly didn’t think she deserved any kind of redemption but the way her storyline played out in this finale surprised me but also left me feeling satisfied. She made a decision at a crucial point in time and finally was able to free herself from Corien’s grasp and see clearly for the first time in a while. She definitely succumbed to the temptation of her powers and did evil things but looking back she definitely was coerced for the majority of the time and she paid the price for it eventually giving up a future with her daughter.
Eliana again I enjoyed her plotline so much more than her mothers. She is definitely put through the ringer in this book, having to endure that torture from Corien for months and months. She has so much put on her shoulders and in the end has to blindly follow the words from a mysterious prophet to stop herself from going mad. Her strength and stoicism is really displayed and her loyalty and trust wavered so much that I was just gripped.
Simon really put me through it. From his betrayal in the last book and then being witness to the brutality that is being given to Eliana day in and day out and not reaching out to help her whatsoever really killed me. For a good majority of the book I was doubting him heavily and really thought he was completely on Corien’s side. It was the introduction of the prophet that made me pause and think maybe… and thankfully I was right! His character and the way he had to fool everyone in order to eventually save Eliana was a stroke of mastery. I really didn’t want to hate him and I was glad he got to have a bit of happiness before sending Eliana back.
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!
⭐️5/5 This was just perfection!
For this weeks Top Ten Tuesday I am going to go with new releases I wish I read from 2020. I did a post not too long ago about five 2020 new releases I wish I had read but there were soooo many more books that were released last year that I really wish I had a chance to get to, so I’ve got 10 more new releases from 2020 that fingers crossed I will get to this year!
Legendborn by Tracy Deonn
Chain of Gold by Cassandra Clare
The Silvered Serpents by Roshani Chokshi
Lightbringer by Claire LeGrand
The Ravens by Kass Morgan & Danielle Page
Black Sun by Rebecca Roanhorse
Cemetery Boys by Aiden Thomas
Vicious Spirits by Kat Cho
The Once and Future Witches by Alix E. Harrow
The Year of the Witching by Alexis Henderson