I’ve been trying hard to finish off series this year as there are so many I want to read but I was in the middle of quite a few and didn’t want to get muddled. So I thought this was a good time to look back at what series I have managed to complete so far in 2022!
Series I have completed so far this year are:
These Witches Don’t Burn duology by Isabel Sterling
These Violent Delights duology by Chloe Gong
The Ravens duology by Kass Morgan & Danielle Paige
Serpent & Dove series by Shelby Mahurin
Girls of Paper and Fire series by Natasha Ngan
Daughter of the Pirate King duology by Tricia Levenseller
The Shadow Game series by Amanda Foody
Malice duology by Heather Walter
Shadow & Bone series by Leigh Bardugo
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Gods and Monsters by Shelby Mahurin
Girls of Fate and Fury by Natasha Ngan
Locklands by Robert Jackson Bennett
There’s one thing Lei knows – she can never return to the Hidden Palace. The trauma and tragedy she suffered behind those opulent walls will plague her forever. She cannot be trapped there with the sadistic king again, especially without Wren. The last time Lei saw the girl she loved, Wren was fighting an army of soldiers in a furious battle to the death.
Lei has evolved into a character that I don’t really enjoy. I know she has suffered and endured traumatic events at the hands of the King over the course of her time at the Hidden Palace but it’s the fact that she chose to stay there and not escape and yet had to rely on others to concoct the plans and execute everything. Even though she wants to kill the king (which she reiterates every time she is near him) she doesn’t actively do anything except memorise her way through the palace. I honestly would of been more impressed if she did end up sacrificing herself for Wren and she didn’t get a happy ending, really make this a tragic story and set this series apart.
I’ve been quite ambivalent towards Wren throughout the course of the series and that honestly didn’t change in this book. I get that she loves Lei and being apart isn’t ideal but the way she agonises over it every second got boring. I would of loved if we got more insight into the Hanno’s and the actual war. I just found her storyline to be a bit lacking and uneventful honestly.
Overall I just feel like the stakes weren’t there. I just knew that Lei and Wren were going to make it out alive and the fact that there wasn’t any shocking or surprising twists made me a little disappointed. Don’t get me wrong there were definitely twists but nothing that evoked any kind emotion from me. Also the pacing of the book was just way off, the first 3/4 was super slow and then the last quarter was rushed and chaotic.
I wasn’t that big a fan of the way Natasha Ngan wrote the fighting and war scenes. It made it hard to visualise what was happening and where the characters were. I had to go back and reread some passages a few times because I couldn’t figure out where certain characters were or how they moved to this other location. It brought me out of the story and didn’t really make for a good reading experience.
⭐️2/5 stars Kind of wish Girls of Paper and Fire was a stand-a-lone…
This week’s Top Ten Tuesday is 2021 releases I didn’t get to. I did a post like this not too long ago but as I was scrolling through my Goodreads I realised there were more 2021 releases that I was meaning to get to that slipped through the cracks, so why not make another post I can come back to if I need some help picking a book to read!
5 more new releases I didn’t get to were:
Cytonic by Brandon Sanderson
Girls of Fate and Fury by Natasha Ngan
Lore by Alexandra Bracken
One Last Stop by Casey McQuiston
My Heart a Chainsaw by Stephen Graham Jones
About a year ago now I did a post about 10 books on my physical TBR I thought would be 5 stars. I have now read all of these books and I thought it would be fun to see whether or not I was correct!
Ninth House by Leigh Bardugo – 3/5 stars a very slow build!
The Crown’s Fate by Evelyn Sky – 4/5 stars Magical, surprising & highly entertaining!
Warbreaker by Brandon Sanderson – 3/5 stars a very slow burn!
Frozen Tides by Morgan Rhodes – 5/5 MAGNEO!!!!
Vengeful by V.E. Schwab – 3/5 stars I liked it, didn’t quite love it as much as Vicious!
The Fifth Season by N.K. Jemisin – 4/5 stars better than what I anticipated!
Black Prism by Brent Weeks –5/5 stars Why did I wait so long???
Girls of Storm and Shadow by Natasha Ngan –3/5 Epic journey, dark magic, heart-breaking betrayals!
A Heart So Fierce and Broken by Brigid Kemmerer – 4/5 Loved the new perspectives!!
Wicked Fox by Kat Cho – 4/5 It was a rollercoaster ride!