I’ve had a great reading month in terms of getting through my TBR. I managed to complete a series I have been reading for over a year now and completed a couple of books from my physical TBR that I’ve owned now for over 2 years. I feel like I’ve definitely got my reading groove back and I am excited to continue and hopefully read some great books!
Fire by Kristin Cashore – ⭐️3/5 stars
Love Her or Lose Her by Tessa Bailey – ⭐️3/5 stars
Yes No Maybe So by Becky Albertali & Aisha Sayeed – ⭐️3/5 stars
Permanent Record by Mary H.K. Choi – ⭐️2/5 stars
Girls of Storm and Shadow by Natasha Ngan – ⭐️4/5 stars
Frozen Tides by Morgan Rhodes – ⭐️5/5 stars
Crystal Storm by Morgan Rhodes – ⭐️5/5 stars
Immortal Reign by Morgan Rhodes – ⭐️5/5 stars
Assassin’s Quest by Robin Hobb – ⭐️2/5 stars
Bitterblue by Kristin Cashore – ⭐️2/5 stars
The Lost Hero by Rick Riordan – ⭐️4/5 stars
Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe by Benjamin Alire Saenz – ⭐️4/5 stars
Last week I managed to read 4 books and wrap up a series I have been wanting to catch up on in a very long time! I was able to incorporate all of the prompts and surpassed the goal I set for myself so I am super stoked with how this readathon went! I decided to scrap The Black Prism that was on my TBR for the time being, simply because I find I’m in the middle of too many series at the moment and I didn’t want to start a new epic fantasy series of 6 books until I wrapped up a few I am already in the middle of.
The books I read for the Backlist Readathon are:
Girls of Storm and Shadow by Natasha Ngan
Frozen Tides, Crystal Storm & Immortal Reign by Morgan Rhodes
I really enjoyed this readathon! I liked being able to look at my shelves and prioritise the books I have been wanting to read for a while now. Like I said I wrapped up a fantasy series I have been in the middle of for over a year now and read a late 2019 release I have been putting off as well, I know if I didn’t read it this week I probably wouldn’t for months and months.
Lei and Wren have escaped from the confines of the Hidden Palace after the Winter Ball and are now sequestered in the mountains waiting or Wren’s father to arrive and explain their next step in the plans to overthrow the King.
I liked the direction the plot is going, we’re introduced to a plethora of new characters and this found family dynamic they have going on was endearing. Bo and Nitta brought some much-needed spark to the storyline. I loved Bo’s constant chatter and comic relief that contrasts starkly with the overall tone of the storyline. Nitta didn’t really hold any interest for me, other than being Bo’s sister we aren’t really given much insight into her character and what role she plays. I’m hoping in the next book we are given the opportunity to learn more about her and Bo and why they were exiled from their clan.
Merrin was a little annoying for me at the start. His sassiness came across a little arrogant at first, but his development over the course of the plot was wonderful. His banter with the leopard siblings was entertaining and when he finally accepts his feeling for Bo we really see a different side to him. Even though he made a few decisions that didn’t seem wise you can definitely relate to why he did what he did. I loved that he called out Wren and her father and made Lei see what they were actually doing. She even said that what he was saying was correct and she couldn’t dispute it. I hope he is given some level of redemption in the next book.
Lei kind of got my nerves throughout the book as well. I think her love for Wren really blinded her from what was actually going on. She knew that they were keeping secrets from her and despite being Moonchosen she doesn’t demand answers until the very end when it feels like it may be too late. I wanted her to be more of a commanding figure and stand up for herself a bit more! Her need to throw herself into unnecessary danger also irked me, I get she is trying to overthrow the oppressive hold the king has on everyone but she needs to pick her battles a little better.
Though Wren’s character is constantly surprising me and is turning somewhat morally gray I’m sort of starting to feel a bit ambivalent towards her. I can’t condone her actions and I feel like her ultimate goal has taken over her sense of right and wrong.
I enjoyed the fact we are still given some perspectives from those still in the Hidden Palace. Finding out that Lill is still alive and Mistriss Azumi is the contact inside. I’m interested to see how Aoki is going to react to her families demise and how the King is going to influence her over her friendship with Lei. I have a feeling that is going to be crucial in the next book.
⭐️3/5 Epic journey, dark magic, heart-breaking betrayals!
These are five of my favourite quotes from the last five books that I have read!!
Fire by Kristin Cashore
“I don’t want to love you if you’re only going to die.”
Love Her or Lose Her by Tessa Bailey
“I’ll do anything you ask me to do,” he said in a gravelly voice. “Except walk away.”
Yes No Maybe So by Becky Albertalli & Aisha Saeed
“The truth is, it’s a weird time to be coming of age. The world is really messy right now.”
Permanent Record by Mary H.K. Choi
“What have you been doing? Tell me anything.”
Girls of Storm and Shadow by Natasha Ngan
“I am still that girl of paper and fire – and I’m going to prove it to them.”
I have made the last minute decision to participate in the Backlist Readathon hosted by gabbyreads which started today and runs through to this Sunday 15th March! I have been slowly trying to get through all the physical books on my TBR over the last couple of months and I figured this readathon coincides perfectly with my goals. Now I have two books on my TBR that fit all of the prompts, but I am going to try my best to finish couple more of my backlist titles this week as well!
Backlist Readathon TBR:
The first book I would like to read is The Black Prism by Brent Weeks! This fits the prompts for read a backlist you added as a recommendation from someone else & read a book on your backlist that intimidates you the most!
The second book I would like to read this week is Girls of Storm and Shadow by Natasha Ngan! This books fits the prompts for read your shortest backlist title, read a backlist title you are most excited for, read a diverse backlist title (ex: lgbt rep, fat rep, poc, authors or characters with disabilities) & read a backlist with blue on the cover
Other books that fit the prompts that I could potentially complete are: