Skyward was one of my favourite books of 2018 from one of my favourite authors. Brandon Sanderson never fails to write an engaging and exciting book, and his shift from adult fantasy into YA science fiction was an absolute delight. Naturally, I was beyond excited to read the sequel, Starsight. While I really enjoyed this second book, it did lack some of the charm of its predecessor.
I had mixed feelings about reading The Night Country, given my disappointment with The Hazel Wood, but I wanted to give it a try because I did enjoy some parts of the first book. Reading The Night Country gave me deja vu: once again, I mostly enjoyed the first half of the book, but it totally fell apart in the second half.
Prosper’s Demon was one of my most highly anticipated January releases, in part because of its astonishing cover -- yes, I am shallow. While this horror novella wasn’t necessarily what I expected or craved, I enjoyed this strange and snarky tale of demonic possession and exorcism.
I've never read an Adam Silvera book, as he tends to write contemporary YA, but I’ve heard good things about his stories and writing. Naturally, I snapped up the opportunity to read his first fantasy novel, Infinity Son. I didn’t really know what to expect going into this book, but found Infinity Son to be an incredibly fun and fast-paced page turner with lots of heart.
Girls of Paper and Fire has been on everyone’s lips ever since its publication was announced in 2018. As an f/f romance set in an east Asian-inspired imperial court that deals with the trauma of rape and sexual assault, it got a lot of attention and hype from the YA book community. As excited as I was to read this book, I’m always wary of the hype that can surround new releases, and didn't pick it up until now. However, I’m so glad that I read it -- it's an beautifully written and powerful book.
It’s once again time for some mini reviews! In October I read a ton of crime fiction, and Agatha Christie is naturally part of that list. The ABC Murders and Murder in Mesopotamia are both good books, but not my favourites from her backlist. Check out my thoughts on these two Hercule Poirot books below!
Happy Friday! Isn't it insane that Christmas is nearly here? And 2020? I'm working away on reducing my 'must read' books for 2019 while trying to get a head start on 2020 titles. Fortunately for me, it was a really good reading week for me (especially after last week's embarrassing result). Check out the books I've read and hauled this week below!