Tome Topple Round 15 TBR

Round 15 of the Tome Topple Readathon which is hosted by Thoughts on Tomes started yesterday and I didn’t realise but I figured this was the perfect time to try and tackle some of the longer books on my TBR in the next couple of weeks!

My Tome Topple TBR for round 15 is:

Tome with a movie adaptation – Midnight Sun by Stephanie Meyer

Tome in a genre you don’t usually read – The Seven Deaths of Evelyn Hardcastle by Stuart Turton

A sequel tome – The Blinding Knife by Brent Weeks

Tome you started in another round – The Lies of Locke Lamora by Scott Lynch

Read 1 tome – The Blade Itself by Joe Abercrombie

Tome with the most pages – Heart of Flames by Nicki Pau Preto

Tome in a series you haven’t read in a while – Rhythm of War by Brandon Sanderson

Spooky tome – Empire of the Vampire by Jay Kristoff

Tome by a BIPOC author – The Rage of Dragons by Evan Winter

Library Update

It’s been a while since I’ve done a library books update!! The last time I updated was right before we went into lockdown here so I haven’t had the chance to actually go in the library physically and have a peruse until just a few weeks ago. I have a pretty broad selection of books loaned out at the moment that I have had my eye on for a while and hopefully the urge comes over me to pick one of them up soon and I can get back into more of a groove again!

Quarterly Reading Recommendation

I honestly didn’t even realise and am a little bit late for my quarterly reading recommendations! This is going to be my third instalment for 2021 and even thought I didn’t read that much I still managed to pick 10 I would recommend. If you want to check out my second quarterly reading recommendations click HERE!

My recommendations for July – August – September are:

Project Hail Mary by Andy Weir

Act Your Age Eve Brown by Talia Hibbert

Bila Yarrudhanggalangdhuray & Barbed Wire and Cherry Blossoms by Anita Heiss

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Malibu Rising by Taylor Jenkins Reid

The Maidens by Alex Michaelides

Survive the Night by Riley Sager

Fable by Adrienne Young

Big Little Lies by Liane Moriarty

Malice by Heather Walter

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 saintโ€™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.

โญ๏ธ3/5 stars The potential was there just lacking that oomph for me…