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 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:
Ninth House by Leigh Bardugo
I have loved all of Leigh Bardugo’s books so far but this was severely underwhelming for me.
Cinderella is Dead by Kalynn Bayron
Didn’t live up to the hype in my opinion.
Into the Crooked Place by Alexandra Christo
I really thought I was going to love this book but I found it kind of mediocre.
Warbreaker by Brandon Sanderson
I just didn’t gel with the premise and storyline of this book. Sanderson’s prose was of course immaculate though!
A Song of Wraiths and Ruin by Roseanne A. Brown
Again I expected a bit more from this book, a little let down.
Top Ten Tuesday is turning 10!!! Today I decided to redo a TTT prompt I did around this time last year which was Books I’ve Read but Don’t Own. I’ve restricted myself to only purchasing books that I’ve rated ⭐️4/5 stars or higher so these are 10 books that I rated lower than that, which I probably won’t be purchasing for my personal collection.
When Dimple Met Rishi by Sandhya Menon
My Dark Vanessa by Elizabeth Kate Russell
Stalking Jack the Ripper by Kerri Maniscalco
An Enchantment of Ravens by Margaret Rogerson
Warbreaker by Brandon Sanderson
The Ten Thousand Doors of January by Alix E. Harrow
Yes No Maybe So by Aisha Saeed & Becky Albertalli
The Starless Sea by Erin Morgenstern
One Day in December by Josie Silver
Paper Towns by John Green
This week’s Top Ten Tuesday prompt is single word titles, so I figured I would go through all of the books I read recently and pick out the last 10 books I read that only had single word titles and what I rated them.
Warbreaker by Brandon Sanderson – ⭐️3/5 stars
Sadie by Courtney Summers – ⭐️4/5 stars
Starsight by Brandon Sanderson – ⭐️4/5 stars
Sparrow by L.J. Shen – ⭐️2/5 stars
You by Caroline Kepnes – ⭐️4/5 stars
Supernova by Marissa Meyers – ⭐️4/5 stars
Darkdawn by Jay Kristoff – ⭐️4/5 stars
Bunny by Mona Awad – ⭐️3/5 stars
Stardust by Neil Gaiman – ⭐️4/5 stars
Finale by Stephanie Garber – ⭐️4/5 stars
Warbreaker is about two sisters who are princesses of a small kingdom. Vivienna is the oldest and her whole life she has been groomed to marry the Godking of the neighboring Kingdom as part of a peace treaty but at the last minute her father decided to send the youngest daughter Siri instead.
Siri was a little too carefree and naïve at the start of the book but I loved seeing her transformation over the course of the story line. I found it quite cruel that her father decided to send her instead of her sister. I understand how difficult the situation was but he literally just sent her in blind with no hope of survival.
Vivienna kind of bugged me. She came across a tad arrogant, but I appreciated how most of her beliefs are challenged and she really had to evaluate who she was as a person and how she perceives the world. She is really brought down to her lowest possible point and still perseveres and comes out a lot stronger than what she was previously.
Lightsong’s character was a little dull to be honest. I knew that he was integral to the story and would ultimately have a purpose he would need to fulfill, but the journey to that moment was a little tedious. I enjoyed finding out more about his background and who he used to be and why he was chosen as Lightsong the Brave but everything else I really wasn’t invested in.
I found the magic system to be very unique but kind of confusing at times. It was definitely explained in full but the whole concept of the returned at the different levels was hard to wrap my head around. The way things were explained went into detail but I found it all to be a little dense to be honest.
Overall I really enjoyed all of the action and the intrigue. I had no idea which direction the plot was going to go in and I highly enjoyed all of the twists and turns incorporated into the plot. I just think I would have enjoyed the book a lot more if it wasn’t as long as it was. If it was condensed to around 400-500 pages instead of nearly 700 I feel like I would of be way more invested than what I was!
⭐️3/5 stars a very slow burn!