Weekly Reading Wrap-Up: 24 May 2019

Excuse me, I seem to have lost the entire month of May. Seriously, where did May go? I feel like April lasted forever and now the universe is trying to correct itself by moving at warp speed through May. Just me? Maybe? Okay. I've been reading quite a lot lately, but it doesn't necessarily reflect in my progress because I've been a little firmer about DNFing books! Take a look at my week is reading below.

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Favourite (Complete) Fantasy Series – Updated!

Game of Thrones got you down? Waiting in despair for Doors of Stone? Do you fear getting caught up in a fantastical world and then discovering that the series isn’t complete yet? The fantasy genre has loads of books and subgenres to offer, as well as authors with varying writing speeds. Below are a few of my favourite fantasy series that are complete and totally binge-able.

Book Review: I Capture the Castle by Dodie Smith

I Capture the Castle is one of those great childhood classics that I never managed to read when I was actually a kid. But after some persuading (pressure) from my sister Julia on our podcast, I decided to pick it up for the first time. Despite having seen the movie ages ago, I didn’t remember much of the plot so it felt like a fresh and new reading experience.

Book Review: An Assassin’s Guide to Love and Treason by Virginia Boecker

I’m always on the hunt for some good historical fiction, and An Assassin’s Guide to Love and Treason caught my eye for a few reasons. First of all, I don’t think we see enough YA historical fiction so it always catches my eye. I love the book's Elizabethan setting, but I was totally blown away by the plot. I was incredibly exciting to read this, but I think it was a great idea in theory and less so in execution. This review may sound a little harsh despite the three stars I gave the book, and that’s because I’m so sad about its wasted potential.

Book review: The Devouring Gray by Christine Lynn Herman

The Devouring Gray is a book that has had so much buzz around it over the past year. Although it was one of my most highly anticipated books of the spring, I figured it would be a fun but over hyped book -- I’ve been burned by this before and I try to be cautious and manage my expectations. Much to my delight, I really enjoyed and absolutely devoured (ha) this book. The Devouring Gray was exactly what I needed and very nearly read it in one sitting -- something I haven’t done in ages.

Mini Reviews: Ragged Alice, The Tea Master and the Detective, and The Prince and the Dressmaker

Today I’m bringing you three flash reviews for books that are not even remotely related. Why are they in this post together? Because they were all incredibly quick and short reads -- one is a graphic novel and the other two are novellas. Take a look below at my thoughts on Ragged Alice by Gareth L. Powell, The Tea Master and the Detective by Aliette de Bodard, and The Prince and the Dressmaker by Jenn Wang.