This week’s Top 10 Tuesday prompt is my most anticipated releases for the first half of 2020. I have a couple of sequels and continuations of series, a few first books of new series from authors I love and a couple of books that I am intrigued about and have been a little bit hyped already before their releases.
A Heart So Fierce and Broken by Brigid Kemmerer (Expected publication Jan 7th)
The Night Country by Melissa Albert (Expected publication Jan 7th)
Loveboat, Taipei by Abigail Hing Wen (Expected publication Jan 7th)
Dark and Deepest Red by Anna-Marie McLemore (Expected publication Jan 14th)
The Hand on the Wall by Maureen Johnson (Expected publication Jan 21st)
Crescent City by Sarah J Maas (Expected publication Mar 3rd)
Chain of Gold by Cassandra Clare (Expected publication Mar 3rd)
The Girl and the Stars by Mark Lawrence (Expected publication Apr 30th)
Aurora Burning by Jay Kristoff & Amie Kaufman (Expected publication May 5th)
Clap When You Land by Elizabeth Acevedo (Expected publication May 5th)
This is my fourth and final instalment of my quarterly reading recommendations for 2019. Every 3 months I have been looking over all the books I’ve read in that time and picking out my top 10 favourites. Since its now the end of the year I will going through all four of these lists and picking out my overall top 10 favourite books of the year which I will be posting next week!
So in no particular order my reading recommendations for October – November – December are:
Darkdawn by Jay Kristoff
The Turn of the Key by Ruth Ware
My Lovely Wife by Samantha Downing
You by Caroline Kepnes
The Afterlife of Holly Chase by Cynthia Hand
Dispel Illusion by Mark Lawrence
Starsight by Brandon Sanderson
Gathering Darkness by Morgan Rhodes
Serpent and Dove by Shelby Mahurin
Crown of Feathers by Nicki Pau Preto
This week I completed Mark Lawrence’s Impossible Times Series! Each book was only around 250ish pages so I figured instead of reviewing each book individually I would do a series review! I’m not going to go too in depth as I don’t want to give any spoilers!
One Word Kill – This was probably my least favourite of the three books although it was crucial in terms of establishing all of the scenes that will eventually become so important later in the series. I found it a little hard to get into personally, especially with all of the science/time travel/mathematical jargon that is used frequently throughout the book. Being how short it actually is I think Mark Lawrence did an excellent job adding depth and personality to each of the characters. I was a little bored at times but I was intrigued enough that I definitely had to continue on! ⭐️3/5 stars
Limited Wish – I really liked that there is a jump in time and Nick is a little bit older now. The setting is a lot more interesting as well and I found it very easy to fall back into the storyline. This book went a lot more in depth in terms of all the science and mathematics behind the time travel. At times I did find myself kind of skimming most of those conversations and trying to stay focused on what was actually happening. I liked the introduction of the new characters and we are given a lot more answers in this book to some of the questions that are set down in One Word Kill. I highly enjoyed the new setting and the development of the characters and their devotion to each other and to D&D. ⭐️4/5 stars
Dispel Illusion – This was fantastic! I liked that we jump from the different timelines and see kind of behind the scenes of what Nick was actually seeing all those years ago. The intricacies that Mark Lawrence had to put together and seeing the seeds sown in the first book ultimately come to fruition was highly engaging and super satisfying! Definitely took a turn I did not expect but better than what I had imagined was going to happen. Completely unpredictable and so much more fulfilling in a way. All of Demus’s secrets come to light and there are so many twists that bloomed unexpectedly that you cannot put this book down! ⭐️4.5/5 stars
As an avid fantasy reader most books/series are pretty long and I would say the majority are over 500 pages, so I figured why not go through my read list and pick out 5 books that I loved and would recommend that are all over 500 pages!
Red Sister by Mark Lawrence – 500 pages
The way that the story shifts and the revelations really start to come out was so well done, multiple layers of plot lines with different characters with different intentions. Convoluted fantasy books with a multitude of characters and magical elements are my favourite books of all time and this really blew me away!
The Demon King by Cinda Williams Chima – 506 pages
The pacing was very well done and the writing was very engaging. I found I couldn’t put the book down once I started! This really has everything that I love about fantasy, a unique premise, an intriguing plotline and dynamic characters.
Dance of Thieves by Mary E Pearson – 508 pages
The actual story line was fantastic. All of the history of the town and the family and all of the secrets really kept me intrigued and eager to read on. I really made a connection with these characters and I was highly invested in their missions. I kind of didn’t want the book to end, I just wanted to keep reading and find out what’s going to happen next!
The Name of the Wind by Patrick Rothfuss – 622 pages
The world is huge and the magic system is unique and interesting. I fell headlong into this book when I read it last year and I still find myself thinking about it every now and then.
The Way of Kings by Brandon Sanderson – 1007 pages
This book as a whole is really enrapturing and is not at all difficult to read despite its size. Sure sometimes the overwhelming number of characters can throw you at first, but its so intricately detailed and explained in a way that it all just fits together perfectly. You can really get swept up into the narrative that Brandon Sanderson has created