5 Fav Fantasy Stand Alones

For the last couple of years I’ve been listing 5 of my favourite stand-alone books that I read in the year previous. So I figured why not continue on with that tradition!

5 more of my Favourite Fantasy Stand Alones are:

The House in the Cerulean Sea by TJ Klune

House of Hollow by Krystal Sutherland

Vespertine by Margaret Rogerson

The Dead and the Dark by Courtney Gould

Gallant by V.E. Schwab

Quarterly Reading Recommendations

This is my final Quarterly Reading Recommendation post for 2021.  I will be listing my top 5 favourite books I read during the last 3 months before I start compiling my lists and picking out my top ten overall of 2021 which I will post in a few days! If you want to check out my third quarterly reading recommendations click HERE!

My recommendations for October – November – December are:

In My Dreams I Hold a Knife by Ashley Winstead

Empire of the Vampire by Jay Kristoff

One by One by Ruth Ware

The Seven Deaths of Evelyn Hardcastle by Stuart Turton

Vespertine by Margaret Rogerson

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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