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
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
I’ve been slowly dipping my feet into the sci-fi genre and have really enjoyed what I have picked up so far. I’m mostly only read series at this stage, I haven’t really encountered many stand-alone’s that I have captured my attention enough for me to want to read, though there have been a few. I think there are definitely some sub-genre’s that won’t appeal to me but until I actually pick up a few and give them a try I will never know… I am definitely open to any recommendations!
Here are a few sci-fi books I have loved:
Red Rising Trilogy by Pierce Brown
Impossible Times series by Mark Lawrence
Skyward series by Brandon Sanderson
Warcross Duology by Marie Lu
Ready Player One by Ernest Cline
I’m feeling great about my reading this month! I managed to read nearly all the books on my TBR as well as 2 extra books which put me at 99 books read for 2018!!! I pretty much loved everything I read in December as well which really topped off my year. I have reviews on all the books I’ve read this month up on my blog so if you would like to see just click on the titles!
The Queen of Attolia by Megan Whalen Turner – ⭐️4/5 stars
Archenemies by Marissa Meyer – ⭐️4/5 stars
Muse of Nightmares by Laini Taylor – ⭐️4/5 stars
Queen of Air and Darkness by Cassandra Clare – ⭐️5/5 stars
Shadow Study by Maria V Snyder – ⭐️4/5 stars
Wildcard by Marie Lu – ⭐️4/5 stars
Night Study by Maria V Snyder – ⭐️4/5 stars
Leah on the Offbeat by Becky Albertalli – ⭐️4/5 stars
The Lady’s Guide to Petticoats and Piracy by Mackenzi Lee – ⭐️4/5 stars
Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone by J.K Rowling – ⭐️5/5 stars
Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets by J.K Rowling – ⭐️5/5 stars
I liked how the plot progressed in this book!
Now that Emika knows the truth about the Neurolink she can no longer trust Hideo. But after someone in the Dark World puts a bounty on her head she is no longer safe. Having to put her trust in the one person she never thought she would in Zero and his merciless crew the Blackcoats.
I thought the pacing in the story was very well done and I was highly entertained throughout the course of the storyline.
Emika didn’t really have a lot of growth I feel for me in this book. She stayed pretty much the same as we seen her in Warcross and I kind of wanted a bit more from her. Granted she was still an essential character there was just something lacking from her. She doesn’t take control as much as I wanted her too being the badass bounty hunter; I felt she was more so reliant on the other characters.
I loved the inclusion of Jax into the plot. She is strong, powerful, yet still empathetic and helpful. I thought she contrasted with Emika perfectly. I loved how multi-faceted she is and how much of an impact she had on the plot in a short amount of time within the story.
Learning everything about Zero and Sasuke was a twist that I honestly could not see coming. I thought it was very well thought out and made a lot of sense. I could truly see some scientist who has a skewed ethical compass actually doing this to someone and that’s one of the things that I liked about it.
I also like that we see this morally gray side to Hideo that was hidden in the first book. We knew why he established the Neurolink but I didn’t really fathom how far he would go once he realised he still hadn’t found Sasuke. Creating the algorithm to try to trace the kidnappers was kind of genius and really threw into the light just how dedicated he is to his cause, which I low key found admirable.
The action ebbed and flowed nicely for me in a way that I remained very invested in the story. Having that count down hovering over their heads was another factor that I felt kept the tension high and the stakes even higher.
⭐️4/5 stars I was invested in the characters, the action was entertaining, really enjoyed it!
I picked up Warcross on a whim last year after I read the synopsis and thought it was interesting and I immediately loved it. Emika is one of my favourite female protagonists I’ve read this year! She was tenacious, spunky, smart and just had an attitude about her that I loved. The storyline was super interesting and I loved the gamer setting in the not too distant future. The plot was definitely engrossing, but this was one of those times where I could immediately predict how things were going to go down. Granted I wasn’t 100% accurate, especially about that ending but it was a little predictable nonetheless. I can’t wait to get stuck in to Wildcard and I am really hoping it lives up to my expectations.