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
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!
The Crown’s Fate by Evelyn Sky – 4/5 stars Magical, surprising & highly entertaining!
Warbreaker by Brandon Sanderson – 3/5 stars a very slow burn!
Frozen Tides by Morgan Rhodes – 5/5 MAGNEO!!!!
Vengeful by V.E. Schwab – 3/5 stars I liked it, didn’t quite love it as much as Vicious!
The Fifth Season by N.K. Jemisin – 4/5 stars better than what I anticipated!
Black Prism by Brent Weeks –5/5 stars Why did I wait so long???
Girls of Storm and Shadow by Natasha Ngan –3/5 Epic journey, dark magic, heart-breaking betrayals!
A Heart So Fierce and Broken by Brigid Kemmerer – 4/5 Loved the new perspectives!!
Wicked Fox by Kat Cho – 4/5 It was a rollercoaster ride!
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:
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
This month was pretty chill in terms of reading. I am very happy with what I was able to get to but I definitely feel like I could of picked up more during the month.
The Deck of Omens by Christine Lynn Herman – ⭐️3/5 stars
The Deep by Rivers Solomon – ⭐️3/5 stars
The Invisible Life of Addie LaRue by V.E. Schwab – ⭐️4/5 stars
Burn Our Bodies Down by Rory Power – ⭐️3/5 stars
Down Among the Sticks and Bones by Seanan McGuire – ⭐️3/5 stars
The Empire of Gold by S.A. Chakraborty – ⭐️4/5 stars
Lightbringer by Claire Legrand – ⭐️5/5 stars
Beneath the Sugar Sky by Seanan McGuire – ⭐️3/5 stars
*DEFINITE SPOILERS BELOW*
In case you didn’t know what this book is about essentially we have a young women in the 1700’s who desperately doesn’t want to be married and forced to stay in her small French town for the rest of her life. So on the night of her wedding she makes a deal with the devil to basically be free and live forever but she is cursed to be forgotten by everyone she ever meets. Until one day 300 years later when she walks into a book store in New York and a man named Henry remembers her.
I have to admit the start of this book was very slow in my opinion and a little hard to get into which did mar my reading experience a little. I wasn’t immediately enthralled like I initally thought I would be which was a touch disappointing but I did overcome it and around the halfway mark I was very much invested and wanted to see how this plays out.
I do love Addie as our main protagonist. We see her growth over the course of the three hundred years she lives and I liked that we get to see her at her lowest points and how she manages to overcome them and reject Luc when he tries to proposition her to give up. She is definitely stubborn and manages to quietly insert herself into history in spite of her curse. I can’t imagine what she would of had to deal with over those three centuries and I can sympathise with her for making that decision at the end.
Henry really didn’t do anything for me the majority of the book to be honest, he was almost too angsty and tortured. As the book progressed and we learnt more about his situation and exactly how long he had I did become a little more attached to him but he just wasn’t my favourite. The relationship between him and Addie was very endearing and I loved how they communicated with each other.
Luc was my favourite character overall for sure. I loved the way he would sweep in and save Addie when she was in the worst situations but would also interrupt her when it was the most inconvenient as well. His relationship with Addie was complicated and the power structure was definitely one sided for a long time but we see Addie step up and take control a few times making the banter between them so entertaining.
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.
⭐️4/5 stars worth the hype, highly recommend!