Another 5 favs over 500 pages

For the last two years I’ve been posting about 5 books over 500 pages I have been loving and it’s around that time so I figure why not do another one! Check out 2020 & 2019 versions 🙂

Deathcaster by Cinda Williams Chima – 647 pages

Overall I’m very happy with how many point of views we get from each of the main characters. They are all so easy to differentiate and finally getting to see them all interact with each other was so satisfying and exciting. They’ve been circling for so long and scheming and to finally have everything come to a head and get answers was worth the journey for sure!

A Sky Beyond the Storm by Sabaa Tahir – 516 pages

From that first twist at the start I wasn’t able to predict anything that was going to happen next. The forced partnership between Bryce and Hunt, theThere is so much going on in this book right from the start. It has been a few months since I reread the previous books in this series so there were a few characters that I didn’t recognise at first but as the story continued I was able to regain my bearings and enjoy all of the action. I liked the fact that everyone is separated for the majority of the book and eventually find their way back together just in time. It wasn’t the fairy tale ending I was expecting where everything just magically works out, we definitely loose a lot of characters I wasn’t expecting but we gained a few as well so I was left feeling very content!

Lightbringer by Claire Legrand – 594 pages

There were a few twists that I predicted and there were many that took me by surprise. This book really blew open all of the storylines and wove them all back together so wonderfully. We learnt so much more about the Empirium and how it affects Rielle and why she was such a loose cannon, how seductive and all encompassing it is. I loved how the two timelines merged in the end and we see how much effect Eliana had on her mother after their failed attempt earlier in the series. The ending was just so satisfying and not the fairy tale I was expecting which was pleasantly surprising!

The Invisible Life of Addie LaRue by V.E. Schwab – 560 pages

Even though this was super hyped I was still surprised with how the story progressed. I was picturing something a little more fluffier but this was anything but. It was a lot darker and tortured than what I expected and I was pleasantly surprised! The structure and prose was beautifully done, the pacing was consistent and the dual timelines kept me invested and eager to find out what was going to happen next.

Aurora Burning by Jay Kristoff & Amie Kaufman – 512 pages

Overall there so many shocking twists and turns and moments that broke my heart. Some of the choices the characters make didn’t really sit right with me and I wish they would of went about things differently but it definitely raised the stakes and kept me engaged in the storyline. I am left with soooo many questions still and honestly I can’t wait to find out what is going to happen next!

Kindle Unlimited Fantasy Recommendations

These are 8 books that I read using my Kindle Unlimited subscription that I would highly recommend and two books that I haven’t read yet but have really great ratings if you just subscribed and are looking for a good fantasy read!

A Darker Shade of Magic by V.E. Schwab

To Kill a Kingdom by Alexandra Christo

An Enchantment of Ravens by Margaret Rogerson

Flamecaster by Cinda Williams Chima

City of Brass & The Kingdom of Copper by S.A. Chakraborty

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The Crown’s Game by Evelyn Skye

The Cruel Prince by Holly Black

One Word Kill by Mark Lawrence

The Sword of Kaigen by M.L. Wang

Sufficiently Advanced Magic by Andrew Rowe

5 Fav Fantasy Stand Alones

For the last couple of years I’ve been listing 5 of my favourite stand-alone books that I read in the year previous. So I figured why not continue on with that tradition!

Another 5 of my Favourite Fantasy Stand Alones are:

The Shadows Between Us by Tricia Levenseller

The Invisible Life of Addie LaRue by V.E. Schwab

The Midnight Library by Matt Haig

Winterwood by Shea Ernshaw

Girl, Serpent, Thorn by Melissa Bashardoust

⭐️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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Medieval-A-Thon Wrap Up

This was such a fun immersive readathon to participate in! I had so much fun and ended up completing some books I had been meaning to read for a while now so I am stoked! I strayed away from my original TBR I had set for myself but I still had lots of fun and read some great books and completed my goal!! I am both a Master Blacksmith & a Fashion Trend Setter making me an Empress!

The books and prompts I completed were:

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Read a books with gold, silver or bronze in the title or cover: The Empire of Gold by S.A. Chakraborty

A book you’re scared to read: Down Among the Sticks and Bones by Seanan McGuire

A book with a weapon on the cover – Light in the Dusk by Jessi Elliot & K.J. Sutton

A hardcover – A Sky Beyond the Storm by Sabaa Tahir

A series finale – Lightbringer by Claire Legrand

Read a book your unsure about – Beneath the Sugar Sky by Seanan McGuire

First book to a series – Flamecaster by Cinda Williams Chima

A book embossed or foiling on the cover – The Invisible Life of Addie LaRue by V.E. Schwab

The last book you bought/borrowed – Mexican Gothic by Silvia Moreno-Garcia

Prettiest book on your shelf – Burn Our Bodies Down by Rory Power