Look, okay, I don’t know what happened in this month either. Remember two months ago when I was only able to read 5 books in one month? This month I read (*mumbles something unintelligibly*) … … … (*whispers*) I read 17 books.
The Invasion of the Tearling by Erika Johansen
My reread of the first book got me so hyped that I almost immediately picked up this book. I was dying to know more about the world that Johansen built and with a brand-new point of view, I got just what I wanted. Unfortunately, I also got a lot of… horror… I didn’t actually want and at times this book was very hard to take. I even had to take a little break and pick up a different book. Still, this was one great read and I’m already looking forward to see what the conclusion will bring. I’m sure I’m going to love that one too!
Someone I Used to Know by Patty Blount
(Proof received for free, this does not affect my opinion.) The moment I found this book at YALC, I knew I had to have it. And read it immediately. Somewhere around the 80-page mark, I suddenly found myself with tears in my eyes and I had to take a second to compose myself. Wow this book was good! I don’t think anyone can ever write a book about rape culture that will be any more perfect than this one. Honestly, Blount tackles rape, the repercussions of rape and rape culture in the most honest, clear way possible and it couldn’t have been more perfect.
Jinxed by Amy McCulloch
I was so excited to get my hands on this early release at YALC! The premise sounded right up my alley and I couldn’t wait to read it. (I mean seriously, the daemons from The Golden Compass as next-level smartphones? How cool is that? Especially when some [spoiler alert] gets thrown in there too!!!) Luckily, the execution of that premise was done perfectly and I had so much fun reading it! I can’t say it’s a book with a lot of meat to its bones and it definitely isn’t all that realistic, but gosh darnit it was so much fun! Already can’t wait to read the sequel… in more than a year.
Vox by Christina Dalcher
The MOMENT I learned of this book existence, I needed to get my hands on it as fast as possible. From the very first chapter I knew I was going to love this book to pieces. The story takes place in not-far-in-the-future USA where women aren’t allowed to say more than 100 words in a day. I utterly loved how Dalcher explored her version of the USA and how she also shows how this world came to be. It’s daunting, utterly scaring, but so freaking realistic. There was absolutely nothing about this story I didn’t love and I will now skip around, pushing this book into people’s faces. Read it. Now.
Traitor to the Throne by Alwyn Hamilton
Continuing on to finish this series as one of the series on my TBR I need to finish. As with so many other series with a plot like this, I was expecting things to get a lot more political and it ended up being just that. As I’ve said before, I love this world, this style of writing and this main character so things would have to go south very hard for me not to love this book. Of course it never did and I loved every aspect of this sequel. Can’t go in too many details, but I loved seeing more of the world and getting to know more of the secondary characters.
A Thousand Perfect Notes by C.G. Drews
This books comes with a warning voiced by all readers who have already read it: prepare to get your heart broken in a thousand pieces. Seriously. Drews wrote a very short book and it has (to be honest) probably one of the largest fonts I have every seen, but gosh darnit it sucker-punches you in the gut with every chapter. Utter proof that a story doesn’t need to be long to completely destroy you. No idea how she managed it, but Drews created the most amazing and deep characters in the span of a few pages, she really has a gift for storytelling, no doubt about that.
Dik. Lelijk. Wijf. by Anke Wauters
I’d been dying to read this Dutch book of essays for almost two years now, but I wanted to be in the right mindset before I picked up a book about bodyshaming and body image. Apparently the Magical Readathon proved to be the best excuse to finally pick it up. You know that everything Wauters describes really happened to her, and it is harrowing to read it. All I wanted to do was reach through the pages and give her a massive hug. I’m so glad I’ve finally read it, and I honestly think it’s a book everyone should read (if you speak Dutch, that is).
Bright We Burn by Kiersten White
I absolutely adore the feral cat that is one of the main characters in this book, Lada Dracul. I love how White gender-swapped the history of Vlad the Impaler to create a princess with a small fondness of murder. And to end, I love how she added hints of sexism, racism, homophobia and Islamophobia to an already rich story. I utterly, utterly LOVE this series and it breaks my heart that so little people have read it. This ending in the trilogy continued on the same rampage as the other two books and it ended amazingly.
Hero at the Fall by Alwyn Hamilton
Finished another series of my series I need to finish list! And I’m so sad to leave this world. I’m going to miss this firecracker main character, this magic system and her style of writing that paints the most beautiful of pictures. Hamilton ended her series with an absolute bang and I could not have wanted anything more from it. I’ve never read anything like this books and I’m already excited for any book Hamilton will write in the future. So, so glad I finished this series and I’m kicking myself that it took me so long.
The Fire Sermon by Francesca Haig
Another book that has been standing on my shelf for three years and for which I needed the Magical Readathon excuse to finally pick it up. The premise intrigued me to death and I got just enough pieces of the world to keep that intrigue at maximum level. I can’t give any more stars though as I’m left we SO MANY QUESTIONS and I need to see how Haig answers those in the rest of the series. I should have picked it up immediately after I got it, and I won’t be waiting so long to continue reading (but as this is still me, I can’t make any promises actually…).
The Raven Boys by Maggie Stiefvater
A reread to finish the series and one I was dreading enormously. I didn’t particularly like this book when I first read it, and I expected it to be just as annoying and boring the second time around (and no, I don’t know why I put this one on my series I need to finish list). Somehow though, I ended up liking it way more without the very high expectations I had the first time. I so enjoyed the eeriness of the story and I’m curious to see how it will develop in the next books. And you know what, now I’m actually glad I challenged myself to finish the series.
The Heart Forger by Rin Chupeco
Oh my, I was so damn excited to continue with this series!!! I didn’t know what to expect in the first book, but the fantastical geisha-like training and the way the story was build-up completely enthralled me. Chupeco continues in her unique story-telling way in this sequel and it was just as mesmerizing (albeit, a little hard to follow) as in the first book. I cannot wait to read the next book to see how that story-telling way will fit together, BUT I STILL NEED TO WAIT SO DAMN LONG. If you’re looking for something utterly different to read, this is it. Without any doubt.
The Fate of the Tearling by Erika Johansen
Well hello there final book in this series. Okay so, if you’re familiar with this series (which you should totally be as this is one amazing series!), you know that you should expect the unexpected in this final book. And even though I was doing just that, I did NOT expect it to end the way it did. Howly smokes that was original and I’m still just sitting here, trying to wrap my mind around its awesomeness. This series was an intriguing whirlwind from beginning to end and I seriously cannot recommend it enough. There is no reason why you shouldn’t read it asap.
The Dream Thieves by Maggie Stiefvater
Hmm, this is going to be a difficult series to wrap up with every book I read. After the first book, I again liked it more than I was expecting and the eeriness is intriguing me so damn hard, but I’m not exactly LOVING the story either. I did very much enjoy that this book revolved around Ronan, but the whole story is covered with buckets and buckets of weird, which makes it, even for a fantasy book, a bit unbelievable. But I’m also sort of liking that weirdness??? Somehow? All I know that I just don’t know what to expect of the next books any more.
To Kill a Kingdom by Alexandra Christo
So, imagine the story of The Little Mermaid, but she isn’t the wet blanket she’s in the movie. Instead she is a fearsome creature not to mess around with. And imagine the only reason she gets her legs is to murder the prince and the prince is dead set on murdering her. This is the idea behind this book and utterly unsurprising, I adored it to pieces. A little gruesome, a lot endearing and two main characters that kicked ass, resulted in one amazing book that deserves so much more love than it is getting. Go on you, go pick it up.
Made You Up by Francesca Zappia
When a blind book date at YALC revealed this book, I couldn’t have been more excited! I would finally be able to read it. With a book about schizophrenia, you can be certain of two things: one, the book is going to be difficult to follow, and two, the narrator is about as unreliable as it can get. I was surprised to see that the story wasn’t all that difficult to follow in this one. Zappia somehow managed to show how the main character’s brain works without losing the flow the plot. That being said, the narrator was utterly unreliable and it kept me on edge, questioning everything that happened. I can’t put all my feelings about this book in such a short wrap up so full review to come.
That’s Not What Happened by Kody Keplinger
I was so excited to get my hands on it that I pre-ordered it, even though I was wondering if Keplinger would be able to touch on such a heavy subject as the aftermath of a school shooting. She does it brilliantly though by populating her story with different people who all deal with the trauma they’re suffering in their own way. I can barely put into words how harrowing (I sense a trend word this month!) and… disturbing this read was. I sort of don’t want to believe this kind of things are actually happening, but we all know that they are. Full Review to come.
What do you think of all the books I read this month? Are there any on this list you’d like to read too? Let me know in the comments!