⭐️5 Star Predictions Update⭐️

About a year ago now I did a post about 10 books on my physical TBR I thought would be 5 stars. I have now read all of these books and I thought it would be fun to see whether or not I was correct!

Ninth House by Leigh Bardugo – ⭐️3/5 stars a very slow build!

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The Crown’s Fate by Evelyn Sky – ⭐️4/5 stars Magical, surprising & highly entertaining!

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Warbreaker by Brandon Sanderson⭐️3/5 stars a very slow burn!

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Frozen Tides by Morgan Rhodes – ⭐️5/5 MAGNEO!!!!

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Vengeful by V.E. Schwab – ⭐️3/5 stars I liked it, didn’t quite love it as much as Vicious!

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The Fifth Season by N.K. Jemisin – ⭐️4/5 stars better than what I anticipated!

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Black Prism by Brent Weeks⭐️5/5 stars Why did I wait so long???

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Girls of Storm and Shadow by Natasha Ngan⭐️3/5 Epic journey, dark magic, heart-breaking betrayals!

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A Heart So Fierce and Broken by Brigid Kemmerer⭐️4/5 Loved the new perspectives!!

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Wicked Fox by Kat Cho⭐️4/5 It was a rollercoaster ride!

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Series I completed in 2020

These are all the series that I have either read all the books this year or read the last book in the series that was published this year! I haven’t included any series that have unreleased books still, I will just add them onto future lists!

Arc of a Scythe Series by Neal Shusterman

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Binti Series by Nnedi Okorafor

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Wayward Pines Series by Blake Crouch

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The Crown’s Game Duology by Evelyn Skye

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Truly Devious Series by Maureen Johnson

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Farseer Trilogy by Robin Hobb

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The Heroes of Olympus Series by Rick Riordan

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Falling Kingdoms Series by Morgan Rhodes

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Red Rising Trilogy by Pierce Brown

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Russian Inspired Reads

Over the last couple of years I’ve tried tried to broaden my reading horizons and pick up books with different settings and cultures from my own and I’ve come across one particular setting that I have really enjoyed which is Russian inspired reads. Most of these are fantasy books and there is just something about the atmosphere and tone of these stories that immediately had me engaged!

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The Crown’s Game & The Crown’s Fate by Evelyn Skye

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The Winternight Trilogy by Katherine Arden

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The Grisha Trilogy by Leigh Bardugo

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Uprooted & Spinning Silver by Naomi Novik

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April Wrap Up

For some reason I have had the best reading month of my life! I know at this time a lot of people haven’t been able to focus on reading with everything happening in the world but it has really become an escape for me. This month I have never felt the need to take a break from reading or had to force myself to pick up a book, it’s been quite lovely actually. I ended up participating in two readathons this month the Smutathon hosted by Riley Marie on YouTube and I completed the OWL’s Magical Readathon which I will post a separate wrap up for tomorrow!

Picture1You Are Not Alone by Greer Hendriks & Sarah Pekkanen⭐️4/5 stars

My Sister the Serial Killer by Oyinkan Braithwaite⭐️3/5 stars

The Crown’s Fate by Evelyn Skye⭐️4/5 stars

Vengeful by V.E. Schwab⭐️3/5 stars

Get a Life, Chloe Brown by Talia Hibbert⭐️4/5 stars

The Hand on the Wall by Maureen Johnson⭐️4/5 stars

The Son of Neptune by Rick Riordan⭐️4/5 stars

House of Earth and Blood by Sarah J Maas⭐️5/5 stars

Heartstopper Volume 1 by Alice Oseman⭐️4/5 stars

Pines by Blake Crouch⭐️3/5 stars

Wayward by Blake Crouch⭐️3/5 stars

Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone by J.K. Rowling⭐️5/5 stars

The Last Town by Blake Crouch⭐️4/5 stars

Ninth House by Leigh Bardugo⭐️3/5 stars

An Enchantment of Ravens by Margaret Rogerson⭐️3/5 stars

Enemies by Tijan⭐️3/5 stars

Angry God by L.J. Shen⭐️3/5 stars

Every Heart a Doorway by Seanan McGuire⭐️3/5 stars

Hate the Game by Winter Renshaw⭐️3/5 stars

Bennett Mafia by Tijan⭐️3/5 stars

I Bet You by Ilsa Madden-Mills⭐️3/5 stars

I Dare you by Ilsa Madden-Mills⭐️3/5 stars

The Dare by Harley LaRoux⭐️3/5 stars

The Lies We Tell by Becca Steele⭐️3/5 stars

Theirs for the Night by Katee Robert⭐️3/5 stars

Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets by J.K. Rowling⭐️5/5 stars

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The Crown’s Fate Review

27211901._SY475_Vika is still coming to terms with her new position as the Imperial Enchanter and what that role now entails, Nikolai though he has escaped death is trapped in his dream world as a shadow and is trying to find a way back to reality and Pasha is struggling with the decisions he has made that has led them all to this moment.

Once again I found Pasha to be totally out of touch. He wallows in self pity after forcing the end of the game thus resulting in Nikolai’s death. He knew one of them wouldn’t survive and now he wants to mourn Nik but still try and pursue Vika after everything that happened. He repeatedly blows off all his responsibilities to go and get drunk and his sister has to step up and make all the decisions. I never really trusted Yuliana, for some reason I thought she would end up backstabbing Pasha and would try to take the crown for herself. I like that she proved me wrong and supported and maintained her loyalty to her brother.

Vika really showed her tenacity in this book with her refusal to fully comply with Pasha and Yuliana’s orders. The gold cuff that enforces her oath was a surprising obstacle that forced Vika to really think outside of the box to try and circumvent some of the more terrible orders Yuliana metes out. Though she always maintains her loyalty to the crown I appreciated how much she does to try and save Nikolai and doesn’t dismiss their history.

Nikolai’s character definitely experiences a monumental character shift. I was so glad that he didn’t die and I thought it was interesting how he became a shadow and the use of energy to bring him back to the world. I thought it was a nice tie back to his mother and the way she was able to escape death as well. I can’t say I enjoyed this new side of Nikolai after his is given his mother’s energy however; it was entertaining as it made him quite unpredictable.

The tone of the book was definitely a lot darker that the previous book which I appreciated. It showed a progression of the characters and added a layer of urgency to the plot. There is something about Russian settings and the atmosphere that just seem so magical and the traditional lore that makes an appearance raises the level of authenticity. The pacing increased progressively which kept me highly engaged throughout the course of the storyline and the ending even though it was a little anticlimactic gave me all the feels!

⭐️4/5 stars Magical, surprising & highly entertaining!