Yes, its the end of November. Don’t judge me.
Let’s start with;
Ahhh. The month of Empire of Storms.
Empire of Storms by Sarah J Maas
I had a lot of fun with Empire of Storms, even though I locked myself in my room for two days reading frantically and avoiding social media because I was sure I’d be spoiled (even though months later I have yet to see a spoiler. Well done tumblr!) The next time a Sarah J Maas book comes out I have to refrain from doing this, it definitely takes away some of the enjoyment, and makes into a bit of a chore. Also, you miss the details.
Oh well, the details are for rereads, or in my case audio rereads. After a book I really loved is released I will listen to scenes over and over in audio, which definitely helps understanding all the small plot lines and all the sneaky foreshadowing Sarah throws in.
I still have some problems with this book, which hurts me inside (I love Sarah so much, I hate to find fault with anything she writes). I basically felt a lot of the male characters were defaulting to ‘Alpha Male personality disorder’ even though in previous books they were more defined and separate….? Just a lot of growling, possessiveness and abs is what I’m saying.
Then, hot off the heels of EoS I picked up An Ember in the Ashes because A Torch Against the Night had just come out, and I’ve owned AEITA for a while. Also, reading another good book after a Maas book is said to stop reading hangovers.
An Ember in the Ashes by Sabaa Tahir
This book was pretty amazing. Complex characters, morality issues, revenge plots all set in a fantasy world based on ancient Rome? Sign me up. I’d recommend this one to anyone.
The Wrath and the Dawn by Renee Ahdieh
I also really enjoyed The Wrath and the Dawn, it took me quite a long time to get adjusted to the names and the places, just because I am so used to caucasian names. This meant for the first 1/4 of the book I was missing other details, but I caught on soon enough.
I still haven’t written my review for The Wrath and the Dawn, but I will. Soon.
On October 26th I met Leigh Bardugo and Rainbow Rowell, and I had planned to read Leigh’s books before I met her. I didn’t quite achieve that, but I had a good go at it.
I started the month with;
Siege and Storm by Leigh Bardugo
I had previously read Shadow and Bone, you can read my review here, and liked it enough. It took me almost a year to pick up Siege and Storm, and OH MY GOD WHY DIDN’T I SOONER? I LOVED this book!
My review for this will be out soon!
and then I read;
Ruin and Rising by Leigh Bardugo
Just to finish the set. This one was even better then the second one. And boy, did I cry.
I then took a Leigh Bardugo break. By this point I had failed in my mission to read all the Bardugo books before the signing, which had happened the night after I finished Ruin and Rising.
I was sent Heartless by Macmillan UK (thank you!) and so I picked that up straight away.
Heartless by Marissa Meyer
I have to say…. I didn’t love this book. I didn’t connect with the characters, and that’s my favourite thing about books (strong characters are a MUST). This was especially a shame because the Lunar Chronicles includes some of my favourite characters in recent memory.
And that was it for October! So, two not so good reading months, but I did get the pleasure of reading some great books!
I’m in the process of writing a November wrap up, so watch out for that!