January Wrap Up

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

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Sadie by Courtney Summers⭐️4/5 stars

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The Starless Sea by Erin Morgenstern⭐️3/5 stars

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The Ten Thousand Doors of January by Alix E. Harrow ⭐️3/5 stars

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Lock Every Door by Riley Sager⭐️4/5 stars

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Loveboat, Taipei by Abigail Hing Mei⭐️4/5 stars

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The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas⭐️4/5 stars

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Broken Knight by L.J. Shen⭐️3/5 stars

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Red Rising by Pierce Brown⭐️5/5 stars

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Frankly in Love by David Yoon⭐️4/5 stars

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The Kiss Thief by L.J. Shen⭐️2/5 stars

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The Ten Thousand Doors of January Review

43521657I didn’t think portal fantasy would work for me but this was ok!

The Ten Thousand Doors of January is about a young girl called January who stumbles across a doorway to another world, setting off a chain of events that will change her life forever!

At first the story was a quite dry and hard to get into. It was a little on the slower side and it wasn’t gripping my attention as much as I wanted it to. It was a kind of info dumpy at the start and it was hard to focus on what was going on. Though, as the story continues and the dual timelines start to come into play, I became really invested in the story. 

I didn’t really like January’s character at the start of the book. She was very placid and didn’t stand up for herself enough for me. In hindsight it does make sense why she would just do nothing but it was sooo frustrating in those moments when I felt like she just didn’t even try.

I was really invested in Adelaide and Eul’s story! I kind of wanted the focus to be more on them and less on January to be perfectly honestly. I would have loved to follow Adelaide more closely as she traveled the world trying to find the right door. She was tenacious and driven and would do absolutely anything to get to her goal, which contrasts quite starkly with January.

The inclusion of the ‘vampires’ was a little strange to me. It didn’t go into enough detail as to what the creatures actually were and they felt like a last minute addition to create an antagonist for January to be running from. Even though the overall story was fantastical that element seemed a little too supernatural and was quite jarring for me.

Overall I did get swept away into the story! The characters were all very distinct and interesting. The few plot twists that were thrown in did take me by surprise and in the end it was entertaining!

⭐️3/5 stars Good, could of been great!

☀️ Summer TBR ☀️

This week’s Top 10 Tuesday is going to be the books I am hoping to priorities this summer! Some of them are leftover from my Spring TBR, others I have been interested in for a while and there are a few newish books I would love to get to as well!

The Starless Sea by Erin Morgenstern

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The Ten Thousand Doors of January by Alix E. Harrow

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Middlegame by Seanan Mcguire

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Sadie by Courtney Summers

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Lightbringer Series by Brent Weeks

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The City of Brass by S.A. Chakraborty

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The Astonishing Colour of After by Emily X.R. Pan

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