Vespertine Review

*Thank you to Netgalley for providing me with an ARC for review!*

Artemisia is training to be a Gray Sister, a nun who cleanses the bodies of the deceased so that their souls can pass on; otherwise, they will rise as spirits with a ravenous hunger for the living. She would rather deal with the dead than the living, who trade whispers about her scarred hands and troubled past. When her convent is attacked by possessed soldiers, Artemisia defends it by awakening an ancient spirit bound to a saint’s relic.

I feel like I didn’t get to connect enough with Artemisia before all the action happened. We get a brief example of the ostracisation that she felt living with the Gray Sisters and how much more comfortable she was with the dead than the other nuns. But then all the action starts and we are swept away into the story before I could form that bond with her. Throughout the plot we are given insight into what she had to endure growing up and why she acts the way she does which I appreciated.

I liked how Marguerite came back into the story. I didn’t think any of the nuns were going to be super relevant to the story since Artemisia leaves them so quickly but it was nice to have her come back in and give us some understanding about how people perceived Artemisia and the misunderstanding that could occur when people don’t communicate properly with each other.

The terminology in the book was a little hard to understand and completely wrap my mind around. Keeping track of all the different orders of the souls and the clergisy was difficult and wasn’t explained as well as it could of been I feel. We’re thrown straight into the action and all of these names and titles keep flying around and I wasn’t as rooted into the story as what I could of been if it was all just drawn out a little longer.

The same thing can be said for the setting and the structure of the plot. I found it quite difficult to picture where we were and what was happening a lot (which I found to be similar to Magaret Rogerson’s two previous books). We are just moving through so quickly and I wasn’t given enough description and I was lost a couple times and had to go back and reread a few pages.

Overall I really liked the concept, I thought it was highly original and compelling. I just would of liked the pacing to slow down and we can get situated with what’s happening before jumping into all of the action. The were some twists and turns throughout the course of the storyline that ultimately kept me turning the pages but was a bit underwhelming in the end.

⭐️3/5 stars The potential was there just lacking that oomph for me…

Kindle Unlimited Fantasy Recommendations

These are 8 books that I read using my Kindle Unlimited subscription that I would highly recommend and two books that I haven’t read yet but have really great ratings if you just subscribed and are looking for a good fantasy read!

A Darker Shade of Magic by V.E. Schwab

To Kill a Kingdom by Alexandra Christo

An Enchantment of Ravens by Margaret Rogerson

Flamecaster by Cinda Williams Chima

City of Brass & The Kingdom of Copper by S.A. Chakraborty

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The Crown’s Game by Evelyn Skye

The Cruel Prince by Holly Black

One Word Kill by Mark Lawrence

The Sword of Kaigen by M.L. Wang

Sufficiently Advanced Magic by Andrew Rowe

Books I’ve Read but Won’t be Purchasing

Top Ten Tuesday is turning 10!!! Today I decided to redo a TTT prompt I did around this time last year which was Books I’ve Read but Don’t Own. I’ve restricted myself to only purchasing books that I’ve rated ⭐️4/5 stars or higher so these are 10 books that I rated lower than that, which I probably won’t be purchasing for my personal collection.

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When Dimple Met Rishi by Sandhya Menon

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My Dark Vanessa by Elizabeth Kate Russell

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Stalking Jack the Ripper by Kerri Maniscalco

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An Enchantment of Ravens by Margaret Rogerson

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Warbreaker by Brandon Sanderson

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The Ten Thousand Doors of January by Alix E. Harrow

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Yes No Maybe So by Aisha Saeed & Becky Albertalli

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The Starless Sea by Erin Morgenstern

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One Day in December by Josie Silver

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Paper Towns by John Green

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April Wrap Up

For some reason I have had the best reading month of my life! I know at this time a lot of people haven’t been able to focus on reading with everything happening in the world but it has really become an escape for me. This month I have never felt the need to take a break from reading or had to force myself to pick up a book, it’s been quite lovely actually. I ended up participating in two readathons this month the Smutathon hosted by Riley Marie on YouTube and I completed the OWL’s Magical Readathon which I will post a separate wrap up for tomorrow!

Picture1You Are Not Alone by Greer Hendriks & Sarah Pekkanen⭐️4/5 stars

My Sister the Serial Killer by Oyinkan Braithwaite⭐️3/5 stars

The Crown’s Fate by Evelyn Skye⭐️4/5 stars

Vengeful by V.E. Schwab⭐️3/5 stars

Get a Life, Chloe Brown by Talia Hibbert⭐️4/5 stars

The Hand on the Wall by Maureen Johnson⭐️4/5 stars

The Son of Neptune by Rick Riordan⭐️4/5 stars

House of Earth and Blood by Sarah J Maas⭐️5/5 stars

Heartstopper Volume 1 by Alice Oseman⭐️4/5 stars

Pines by Blake Crouch⭐️3/5 stars

Wayward by Blake Crouch⭐️3/5 stars

Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone by J.K. Rowling⭐️5/5 stars

The Last Town by Blake Crouch⭐️4/5 stars

Ninth House by Leigh Bardugo⭐️3/5 stars

An Enchantment of Ravens by Margaret Rogerson⭐️3/5 stars

Enemies by Tijan⭐️3/5 stars

Angry God by L.J. Shen⭐️3/5 stars

Every Heart a Doorway by Seanan McGuire⭐️3/5 stars

Hate the Game by Winter Renshaw⭐️3/5 stars

Bennett Mafia by Tijan⭐️3/5 stars

I Bet You by Ilsa Madden-Mills⭐️3/5 stars

I Dare you by Ilsa Madden-Mills⭐️3/5 stars

The Dare by Harley LaRoux⭐️3/5 stars

The Lies We Tell by Becca Steele⭐️3/5 stars

Theirs for the Night by Katee Robert⭐️3/5 stars

Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets by J.K. Rowling⭐️5/5 stars

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Fav Fantasy Stand Alones

This week’s Top Ten Tuesday is a genre freebie so I though I would do an update of a post I did around this time last year which is my favourite fantasy stand alones! I love stand alone fantasy books and I feel now-a-days they are quite rare to come across, as there are mostly series or duologies in this genre. 

These are 5 more of my Fav Fantasy Stand Alones:

Wicked Fox by Kat Cho I loved the lore and the legends woven into the storyline. The tales of the previous Gumiho’s and how the correlate back to Miyoung was fascinating. The Korean culture was another factor I really enjoyed reading about. It definitely made the experience more interesting and unique.

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Into the Drowning Deep by Mira Grant – This book really had me on the edge of my seat. Mira Grant definitely didn’t shy away from making this very dark and killing off the characters when it suited the plot.

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Sorcery of Thorns by Margaret Rogerson – The whole premise and concept of the book was really refreshing and original to me. I liked the build up of mystery and the many twists and turns the plot goes through. I world was rich with culture and I just loved that it’s based around these great libraries. 

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Sky in the Deep by Adrienne Young – The plot of the book was quite simple but I was so engaged and entertained that it was easily overlooked! It was fast paced, rich with lore and culture and I loved the Viking aspect I thought it was fresh and original, unlike anything I’ve read in a very long time.

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Daughter of the Burning City by Amanda Foody – There was a real sense of urgency and suspense woven throughout the story line which kept me highly engaged in the book. The stakes were always at an all-time high and trying to figure out who was behind everything was very entertaining!

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