This was actually quite a diverse reading month for me in terms of genre. We have a few hard hitting contemporaries, epic fantasy, portal fantasy, romance and mystery/thrillers. I didn’t have the highest amount of books read but the quality and substance of all the books I completed was pretty good!
Royal Assassin by Robin Hobb – ⭐️3/5 stars
Sadie by Courtney Summers – ⭐️4/5 stars
The Starless Sea by Erin Morgenstern – ⭐️3/5 stars
The Ten Thousand Doors of January by Alix E. Harrow – ⭐️3/5 stars
Lock Every Door by Riley Sager – ⭐️4/5 stars
Loveboat, Taipei by Abigail Hing Mei – ⭐️4/5 stars
The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas – ⭐️4/5 stars
Broken Knight by L.J. Shen – ⭐️3/5 stars
Red Rising by Pierce Brown – ⭐️5/5 stars
Frankly in Love by David Yoon – ⭐️4/5 stars
The Kiss Thief by L.J. Shen – ⭐️2/5 stars
Liked didn’t quite love.
Royal Assassin continues pretty much straight where Assassin’s Apprentice left off. Fitz is still in the mountains recuperating after his bout of poisoning at the hands of Prince Regal, ponding whether to remain for the Winter or start the trek back to Buckeep and the burden of being the bastard.
I like how this sequel we delve so much deeper into the backgrounds of a few of the characters and their reasonings behind where their loyalties lie. Which I feel was really the main focus of the book. There are various situations where Fitz finds his faith and trust for his king pushed right to its limits. He even at times I feel circumvents his oaths in a way that still isn’t treason but is better suited to his point of view. We do see some growth throughout the storyline but I feel there is still so much more that he is capable of and hasn’t shown his full potential yet.
I find Molly to be a little bit unlikable. I see the reasoning behind her character and how Robin Hobb utilised her as a way for Fitz to truly display either his love and commitment to her or to the Farseer line. I felt she went into the whole situation well aware of how she will be perceived and accepted the inevitable for what it was yet still she demanded Fitz to choose her knowing he wasn’t going to. I think it was the back and forth that bugged me the most. One day she will be accepting of Fitz’s situation and would just live for the moment and try to be happy and other days she would reject him completely and not be open to any kind of compromise.
The pacing of the story was a little off for me. There were certain sections that were very action packed with high intensity and then the plot would become stagnant and a little dry. This is a very politically driven plot with a few fantastical elements thrown in, whereas I would prefer the reverse. I felt like it was just a little too long as well, not enough happened for me to justify the book being 648 pages. I think had this book been around the 400 page mark I would of been a lot more engaged.
I want to know more about the mysterious Elderlings, I want to see Fitz utilise more of his assassin abilities and have a few more covert missions. There just wasn’t enough oomph in this for me.
⭐️3/5 stars still a solid fantasy read, just not entertaining enough for me, I’m hoping for an explosive ending!
The N.E.W.T.S Magical Readathon is hosted by Book Roast on YouTube & I’ll link her video with all the information regarding the readathon HERE.
The career I have chosen is to be a Hogwarts Professor and teach Charms, honestly because I would love to live at Hogwarts full time and I think Charms is such a fun, crucial subject in a young witch/wizards magical education! So to pass my NEWTS I need an O in Charms and E in Defense Against the Dark Arts and at least 2 A’s in secondary subjects of my choice which equals to 7 books in all that I need to complete for the NEWTS. If I have time throughout the month I am still going to try and complete as many of the other prompts that I can!
So the prompts and my TBR for the NEWTs are:
A: Read a book that has a gorgeous cover
E: Read a comic / manga / graphic novel (or book under 150 pages)
O: Spongify (softening charm) – read a paperback book
A: Book that’s black under the dust jacket
E: Gilderoy’s Memory Charm – first book that I remembered just now from my TBR!
A: Read a Fantasy
A: Read a book with LGBTQA+ Representation