Recent Additions to my Kindle

This week’s Top Ten Tuesday prompt is the most recent additions to your collection. I haven’t been buying a lot of physical books in the last year or so because my shelves are pretty much at capacity at the moment and I don’t have the space to expand upon my collection right now (also books are expensive lol). But I have been accumulating a lot of eBooks and reading more and more on my kindle lately so I have amassed quite a bit of a TBR on there.

These are the last 10 eBooks I’ve added to my kindle:

Jade City by Fonda Lee

We Ride Upon Sticks by Quan Berry

The Storm of Echoes by Christelle Dabos

In My Dreams I Hold a Knife by Ashley Winstead

The Heart Principle by Helen Hoang

The House in the Cerulean Sea by TJ Klune

Our Violent Ends by Chloe Gong

Daughter of the Pirate King by Tricia Levenseller

The Camelot Betrayal by Kiersten White

This Coven Won’t Break by Isabel Sterling

Worst Books of 2021

These are the books that I just didn’t quite enjoy this year! I definitely tried to be more honest with my reviews and give more 1 and 2 stars if I wasn’t all that into a book rather than just giving it a three like I usually would. I definitely didn’t actively hate any of these book they just weren’t my style and taste!

A Song Below Water by Bethany C. Morrow

The Girl and the Stars by Mark Lawrence

The Storm of Echoes by Christelle Dabos

The Deep by Rivers Solomon

Legendborn by Tracy Deonn

Burn our Bodies Down by Rory Powers

Catherine House by Elisabeth Thomas

A Vow So Bold and Deadly by Brigid Kemmerer

The Ones We’re Meant to Find by Joan He

The Project by Courtney Summers

Disappointing Books of 2021

This is five books I read this year that disappointed me for one reason or another. These aren’t necessarily books I hated, I just might have been underwhelmed by them or they didn’t live up to the hype.

My most disappointing books are:

Aurora’s End by Jay Kristoff & Amie Kaufman

This ending wasn’t as impactful and as fulfilling as what I was expecting

Witchshadow by Susan Dennard

The story just veered far from where I thought it headed..

Legendborn by Tracy Deonn

This book was really hyped and it took me a long time to get into it

The Storm of Echoes by Christelle Dabos

I was confused and underwhelmed throughout this book

The Girl and the Stars by Mark Lawrence

Another book I was highly anticipating and it fell a little flat

The Storm of Echoes Review

*SOME SPOILERS AHEAD*

The distrust between them has been overcome and now Ophelia and Thorn love each other passionately. However, they must keep their love hidden. Only in this way can they continue their journeys toward an understanding of the indecipherable code of God and the truth behind the mysterious figure of the Other, whose devastating power continues to bring down entire pieces of arks, plunging thousands of innocents into the void.

Ophelia’s journey to the truth about who the other is was really dragged out throughout the course of this book. I just felt like not a lot happens throughout the course of the storyline even though the book was over 500 pages. We are mainly focused on Babel again and even though we discover more about the Ark and venture into the Observatory we are mainly in Ophelia’s head struggling to figure out how to get to the horn of plenty and who the other is.

We get a few chapters from Victoria’s perspective that I didn’t quite understand. What were the reasons for having them? Sure we get to see the infamous LandmArk and see the interactions between Archibald, Janus and God but I was left more confused than anything. Why was Victoria able to see these things, how did she come to be on the Other side and how did she end up at the bottom of the well for Thorn to find.

I struggled more than anything with a lot of the terminology in this book. I understand that its a translated book but a lot of the phrases of what was happening to Ophelia at the Observatory just didn’t register with me. The concept of the crystallisation creating the echoes and having these revelational moments just went over my head and I couldn’t comprehend what was happening.

I think what was the issue is that this book really veered so far away from where I was envisioning the story to go and I was disappointed with how it ended. The fact that Thorn gets stuck in the Other place and we don’t get to see him and Ophelia truly get to live in peace as husband and wife really irritates me after being kept apart or having to pretend they didn’t have feelings for each other this whole time.

This was definitely my least favourite book in this series. I wasn’t all that invested or interested in the direction the plot was going and it took me a while to get through it. If this wasn’t the last book in the series and me being a completionist I probably would of DNF’d it at 30%.

โญ๏ธ2/5 stars I’m just disappointed and underwhelmed.