Julie C. Dao is one of my auto-buy authors -- I totally fell in love with Forest of a Thousand Lanterns and adored The Kingdom of the Blazing Phoenix. I thought that with the completion of the Rise of the Empress duology, we would leave the world of Feng Lu forever. So imagine my surprise and delight to discover that Song of the Crimson Flower, her latest book, was set in the same world! This book completely stands alone from the Rise of the Empress duology, but will still delight fans of the original books with some familiar faces and themes.
Happy Friday! I've had a spectacular week, due in part to the fact that I have a week off from work. I've used this time to really catch up on my reading and it has paid off in a big way! Check out my bookish update for this past week below.
Empire of Sand is one of those books that has left a lasting impact on me as a reader -- it is a beautiful book with gorgeous magic, a lush world, and one of the best slow burn romances I’ve ever read. So naturally I was absolutely thrilled to hear that the next book, Realm of Ash was coming out this year. I had sky-high expectations for this book and had absolutely no worries that they wouldn’t be met. And I was right -- this book is absolutely magnificent.
Welcome to my stop on the blog tour for The Sky Weaver! The concluding book in the Iskari trilogy is the best one so far, and I'm super excited to share a review below! If you're interested in seeing my thoughts on the other books in the series, you can check out my review of The Last Namsara and The Caged Queen.
I read and enjoyed my first Ruth Ware book a couple of months ago and was desperate to immediately get my hands on more of her work. Fortunately, my sister had a copy of Ware’s latest novel, The Turn of the Key, handy and I grabbed it from her as soon as I could. I expected a fun and spooky thriller, and I got so much more than that. Filled with twists and turns, The Turn of the Key is a great book for all your spooky fall and winter needs.
I’m always on the lookout for new and interesting retellings that are a little different from the standard fairy tale retellings we see so often in YA, so I was immediately drawn to The Guinevere Deception. I had never read anything by Kiersten White before, so I didn’t quite know what to expect. I ended up really enjoying this book!
I am a few days late with this post because, well, I totally forgot about it. However, I am pleased to report that October was a fantastic reading month for me! I struggled a little in September, but was able to turn things around this past month. So pleased! Take a look at what I read and hauled in the month of October.