This week’s Top 10 Tuesday prompt is my most anticipated releases for the second half of 2020. These are all books that are either sequels or continuations of series that I am loving or it has a blurb that has sucked me in and I can’t wait to read it!
The Damned by Renee Ahdieh (expected publication: July 7th 2020)
Burn our Bodies Down by Rory Power (expected publication: July 7th 2020)
Hollowpox: The Hunt for Morrigan Crow by Jessica Townshend (expected publication: August 18th 2020)
Blood and Honey by Shelby Mahurin (expected publication: September 1st 2020)
The Memory of Babel by Christelle Dabos (expected publication: September 8th 2020)
A Deadly Education by Naomi Novik (expected publication: September 29th 2020)
The Invisible Life of Addie LaRue by V.E. Schwab (expected publication: October 6th 2020)
Rhythm of War by Brandon Sanderson (expected publication: November 17th 2020)
A Sky Beyond the Storm by Sabaa Tahir (expected publication: December 1st 2020)
This weeks Top Ten Tuesday prompt is the perfect opportunity to showcase 10 books I really loved but haven’t had a chance to talk about in a while. I find usually I will post a review for a book and then won’t really bring it back up again. I highly recommend all of these books and their series!
Undead Girl Gang by Lily Anderson
Tower of Dawn by Sarah J Maas
Truthwitch by Susan Dennard
Sky in the Deep by Adrienne Young
Flame in the Mist by Renee Ahdieh
To Kill a Kingdom by Alexandra Christo
The Wicked Deep by Shea Ernshaw
The Priory of the Orange Tree by Samantha Shannon
Dance of Thieves by Mary E Pearson
The Final Empire by Brandon Sanderson
This week’s Top 10 Tuesday prompt is my most recent additions to my shelves. So these are the last 10 books that I have purchased and added to my collection!
A Heart So Fierce and Broken by Brigid Kemmerer
Children of Virtue and Vengeance by Tomi Adeyemi
The Crown’s Fate by Evelyn Skye
Serpent and Dove by Shelby Mahurin
Frozen Tides by Morgan Rhodes
Gumiho: Wicked Fox by Kat Cho
Loveboat, Taipei by Abigail Hing Wen
Starsight by Brandon Sanderson
Sadie by Courtney Summers
Girls of Storm and Shadow by Natasha Ngan
It’s been a while since I’ve done a WWW Wednesday so I figure it was time for an update!I am currently reading Starsight by Brandon Sanderson. I read Skyward earlier this year and LOVED it, so I am very excited to dive back into this world and see what will happen next!
I just recently finished The Beautiful by Renee Ahdieh. It was a bit of a slow start, I didn’t really enjoy the main character at the start but it did eventually grow on me and I did end up really enjoying it!
I think the next book I will be trying to pick up will be Ninth House by Leigh Bardugo. I really want to see whether or not all the hype is worth it!
The Beautiful is set in the year 1872 and revolves around a 17 year old girl named Celine Rousseau, who has run away from her dark past in Paris to rediscover herself in the city of New Orleans.
I didn’t really like Celine’s character at the start of the book. She came on a little too strong and I found her to be a little too arrogant and brash. She kind of thrust herself into situations that I felt wasn’t necessary, for example when she first met Bastien. Stepping in like that even though she was with her friend who clearly did not want to be involved just to satisfy her own need to feel powerful wasn’t the best way to make me like her. Granted she did grow on me over the course of the plot line but even still she ultimately doesn’t think things through completely and she doesn’t really take into account other people’s feelings.
The romantic aspect I actually did enjoy. I’m usually not a big fan of love triangles but the way this plot lines seems to be headed actually appeals to me. I like that hate to love trope and mixed with the star crossed lover’s piques my interests. It was a little obvious but still I liked their banter and the chemistry between all three characters involved!
Other than that I actually really liked all the rest of the characters in the story. I thought they were all very distinct and diverse. Bastien and his court of Lion’s were very intriguing. It kind of didn’t go in depth enough for me though; I could have definitely used more information on each of them. Where they come from, how their powers differ, how did they end up in New Orleans.
The pacing of the book was kind of up and down for me. The start was a little bit slow and it took me at least the first 100 or so pages before I was actually invested in the plot. The fact that Celine wasn’t a favorite of mine kind of stalled my progress for a while and made it harder for me to fully loose myself in the story.
I thought the atmosphere and tone of the book was fantastic. You are kind of transported into that time and place and it felt very realistic and what I felt was an accurate representation of the time.
⭐️4/5 stars Dark, mysterious, a slow build!