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’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.
Gilded Cage was such an interesting reading experience for me. It started out incredibly slow -- to the point where I considered setting it aside in favour of other book several times -- but had one of the most explosive and exciting endings I’ve ever read. Parts of it were absolutely amazing, while others just didn’t wow me at all.
Apparently this has been the Summer of the Novella for me -- I recently read the three books in the Wayward Children series by Seanan McGuire and The Blue Salt Road by Joanne M. Harris. While novellas aren’t something I often read, I really feel like I’ve been missing out on great stories lately. All Systems Red is a book I’ve been hearing amazing things about, so I decided to take a chance.