Quarterly Reading Recommendation

I can’t believe it’s already been another three months since my last recommendation post! This is going to be my second instalment for 2021 and this month I only picked 5 books to list since I didn’t read as much during those three months and these were the only books I wanted to recommend. If you want to check out my first quarterly reading recommendations click HERE!

My recommendations for April – May – June are:

House of Hollow by Krystal Sutherland

The Only Good Indians by Stephen Graham Jones

Shadowcaster by Cinda Williams Chima

Truthwitch by Susan Dennard

The Year of the Witching by Alexis Henderson

Shadowcaster Review

Alyssa ana’Raisa is the reluctant princess heir to the Gray Wolf throne of Fells, a queendom embroiled in a seemingly endless war. Hardened by too many losses, Lyss is more comfortable striking with a sword than maneuvering at court. After a brush with death, she goes on the offensive, meaning to end the war that has raged her whole life. If her gamble doesn’t pay off, she could lose her queendom before she even ascends to the throne.

One thing I love about Cinda Williams Chima’s books is that there isn’t one main focus or character. We are introduced to a plethora of new characters in this instalment of the series and we get to see what is happening in the Fells while Adrian is worming his way into the Arden court. I love that we see repercussions of what’s happening in Arden in real time and how Lyss is dealing with everything.

I can sympathise with Lyss and the position she finds herself in having to step up and be the reluctant heir to the Gray Wolf Throne. Even though she is secure and confident on the battlefield and giving orders she is still insecure about the role of being a princess and dealing with the political side. We see her go through a lot of emotional turmoil throughout the course of the plot and we really get a good sense of what kind of character she is. I am highly engaged and invested with her, almost more so than Ash and I am excited to see where how everything is going to come together.

Hal I could tell straight away when he is introduced that he is going to fall for Lyss, especially after she saves him from the mages. I can see how he is useful to the plot and his connection to the King through his father, but I can’t help but think he is only in the story as a love interest. He doesn’t really add anything else in particular to the storyline. I am hoping that we more of a sense of who he is in the coming books and he makes more of an impact, because right now he isn’t really doing anything for me.

I am loving this side plot with the Empress and the mage marks. The introduction of Breon and his Shadowcasting abilities was very intriguing and I was also very much invested in his character as well. Who is he really, what does his mage mark mean and what is the connection back to the Empress? Why is she chasing them and how is she able to locate them so quickly. I am left wanting to know more and this makes me want to pick up the next book in the series immediately!

⭐️ 4/5 star The plot is expanding and I have so many questions that need answering!!

May Wrap Up

This month I ended up completing 6 books which I am stoked about! I feel like I am finally coming out of my reading slump and am in the mood to read more and more!

A Vow So Bold and Deadly by Brigid Kemmerer – ⭐️3/5 stars

The Year of the Witching by Alexis Henderson – ⭐️3/5 stars

A Memory in the Flame by Jessi Elliot & K.J. Sutton – ⭐️3/5 stars

Shadowcaster by Cinda Wiliams Chima – ⭐️4/5 stars

A Sacrifice in the Smoke by Jessi Elliot & K.J. Sutton – ⭐️3/5 stars

Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone – ⭐️5/5 stars

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10 Recent Additions to my TBR

I haven’t actually been purchasing books lately, I’ve just been trying to get through my owned TBR. Though there are some new releases and still quite a few books I accumulated over the Christmas period that would technically count as being my most recent additions that I wanted to list and keep track of!

Rule of Wolves by Leigh Bardugo

Malice by Heather Walter

The Ones We’re Meant to Find by Joan He

The Year of the Witching by Alexis Henderson

The Once and Future Witches by Alix E. Harrow

Vicious Spirits by Kat Cho

Chain of Iron by Cassandra Clare

All the Tides of Fate by Adalyn Grace

The Obelisk Gate by N.K. Jemisin

Shadowcaster by Cinder Williams Chima

🍂 Autumn TBR 🍂

This week’s Top Ten Tuesday prompt is once again our seasonal TBR. Here in Australia we are going into Autumn so these are the ten books that are currently the highest on my TBR that I am hopefully going to prioritise in the next 3 months!

My Autumn TBR consists of:

Chain of Gold & Chain of Iron by Cassandra Clare

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Jade City by Fonda Lee

The Wicker King by K. Ancrum

Into the Water by Paula Hawkins

The Obelisk Gate by N.K. Jemisin

The Blinding Knife by Brent Weeks

All the Tides of Fate by Adalyn Grace

Shadowcaster by Cinda Williams Chima

The Once and Future Witches by Alix E. Harrow