Tamora Pierce was my J. K. Rowling (along with, well, J. K. Rowling) when I was a kid and her books are one of the reasons I grew up to be the reader and the person I am today. My library had copies of the Song of the Lioness quartet and a few others scattered here and there, so I actually missed out on so many of her books and didn’t realise it until later on in life. That being said, I didn’t know Tempests and Slaughter was a prequel to her Immortals quartet, chronicling the early life of the mage Numair Salmalín. My reading experience wasn’t hindered by the fact that I haven’t read The Immortals, but I absolutely plan to do so as soon as possible, along with all of her other books because Tamora is my queen.
I had never read anything by Jay Kristoff before, but I know his books are so beloved by so many readers. I hadn’t gotten around to reading him because I was convinced I wouldn’t enjoy them -- I’m not really sure where that idea came from but it stuck. Shanah from Bionic Bookworm convinced me to read Nevernight and recommended the audiobook version. She was spot on -- Nevernight is a book that begs to be read aloud and was the most fun I’ve had reading in a long time.
I read Warcross last year and tore through it. I’m not usually the type to like books about virtual reality and video games, however I found the world of Warcross to be so incredibly compelling and I really loved the characters. Eager to read more about this thrilling world, I was thrilled to read an early copy of the sequel, Wildcard. The concluding book in the Warcross duology is just as fun and fast paced, but the stakes have grown even higher for Emika Chen.
I spent a good portion of yesterday convinced it was Wednesday. Where has this week gone? No, seriously. Where? September is absolutely flying by and I cannot believe it! Fortunately, we have books to keep us sane during these crazy months.
I’ve been curious about Victoria Schwab’s new middle grade tale because it's such a departure from her adult fantasy novels. As you all may know, I’m not a huge fan of her adult books but really like her as a person. City of Ghosts sounded promising because it contains so many things I love -- ghosts, Edinburgh, and cats. I dove in a little skeptical, but ended up really enjoying this little tale.
Kings of the Wyld was one of my favourite books this year. It is so funny and filled with heart -- it’s the perfect kind of book for me. I knew that it would be a tough act to follow, but when I realised the sequel, Bloody Rose, was coming out I knew I had to read it. Bloody Rose is a very different book from Kings of the Wyld, and I don’t think that’s a bad thing at all.
Happy Friday, all! It seems crazy to me that the first week of September is nearly over. This week has absolutely flown by -- I feel like I’ve been so incredibly busy. On the bright side, the weather is starting to cool off (and I hope it stays that way), and optimum reading temperatures are on the horizon! Get those blankets and jumpers out of the loft, guys.