Favourite Duologies

In the past I’ve done my favourite fantasy series and standalones but I don’t think I’ve done my favourite duologies! I think duologies are vey underappreciated and I personally love them, so these are my current favourites!

Dance of Thieves duology by Mary E. Pearson

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Six of Crows duology by Leigh Bardugo


Warcross duology by Marie Lu


This Savage Song duology by V.E. Schwab


Flame in the Mist duology by Renee Ahdieh


The Crown’s Game duology by Evelyn Skye


The Wrath and the Dawn duology by Renee Ahdieh


The Devouring Gray duology by Christine Lynn Herman


Strange the Dreamer duology by Laini Taylor


Fable duology by Adrienne Young


Quarterly Reading Recommendations

I’ve decided that every three months this year I will go through my reading list and pick out the top 10 books I have read. These are going to all of my 5 star reads as well as any other book that I loved but didn’t give 5 stars for whatever reason. Then at the end of the year I will compile my list and pick out my top 10 overall of 2019. If you want to read any of my reviews for these books just click on the titles!

So my reading recommendations for January, February and March are:

Oathbringer by Brandon Sanderson


The Vanishing Stair by Maureen Johnson


The Wrath and the Dawn by Renee Ahdieh


The Death of Mrs Westaway by Ruth Ware


The Demon King by Cinda Williams Chima


Girls of Paper and Fire by Natashan Ngan


Truthwitch by Susan Dennard


Dance of Thieves by Mary E Pearson

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Flame in the Mist by Renee Ahdieh


Nevermoor by Jessica Townsend


The Wrath and the Dawn Review

One of m91g2v-zrtdly favourite books of the year so far!!!

We follow the story of a young king who is a monster. Every day he marries a new girl and then at dawn she is put to death. When Shahrzad’s best friend is the king’s latest victim she vows to have her revenge and volunteers to be his new bride.

I loved Shahrzad’s tenacity and quick wit. I thought she was funny and clever and completely immovable. She is already struggling with the death of her best friend and choosing to put herself in the same position and entirely in the hands of her friends’ murderer I found to be very courageous. I loved her arc within the story, starting off quite detached and filled with rage and almost obsessing about figuring out the secrets of the king and why he had to murder all of these girls. Then to see her struggle internally with her feelings and the guilt that is brought about because of that really had me invested.

Khalid I was really drawn to from the start. I wanted to not like him because of what he did, but the mystery surrounding why definitely had me intrigued! I liked how he is so observant and attentive to Shazi’s needs and he isn’t afraid to admit to what he has done and won’t hide from it. He fully embraces his past and the way that he finally divulged the true story to Shazi showed his absolute trust and commitment to her.

For some reason I didn’t really warm to Tariq. I think because we don’t get to see him and Shazi together and see how their relationship really is. We are just kind of told that they are in love and not shown it. I love how dedicated he is to Shazi, especially once he has heard what she has done and proceeds to speed off to the capital to rescue her. I thought that was very noble of him and showed the depth of his love. But I didn’t necessary feel that reciprocated by Shazi… all I got from her is kind is guilt that she has feeling for the man who murdered her best friend, not really anything about the many years they have supposedly been in love.

There is so much collusion and schemes weaving throughout the story and the pacing really helped set the scene for the book. I loved the slow build up of anticipation and tension throughout the course of the storyline and I was super entertained during all of it! The setting is wonderful as well, the Middle Eastern cultural elements add distinction and depth to the book which I highly appreciated.

The magical elements of the story weren’t really explained forthright. I appreciated what we did get to see but I kind of want more. I can see Shazi learning to hone her abilities and maybe, just maybe be the one to absolve Khalid…

I have a lot of questions that need answering and I definitely have one or two theories about what is going to happen next! I love that this is a duology as well because this first book really set the tone perfectly and I am itching to continue on with The Rose and the Dagger!

⭐️5/5 Renee Ahdieh might be one of my new favourite authors!!!

March TBR

There are some books in this month’s TBR that I am super excited to get in to! I feel like my selection this month is quite varied so depending on my mood I have multiple choices that I am eager to read! 

Windwitch by Susan Dennard


Thick as Thieves by Megan Whalen Turner


The Wrath & the Dawn and The Rose & the Dagger by Renee Ahdieh


The Death of Mrs Westaway by Ruth Ware


The Priory of the Orange Tree by Samantha Shannon


Legendary by Stephanie Garber


The Demon King by Cinda Williams Chima


Girls of Paper and Fire by Natasha Ngan


The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood