Book Review: Warbreaker by Brandon Sanderson

Warbreaker was the only adult Brandon Sanderson novel I hadn’t read yet (until Oathbringer came out, that is), and I have no idea why I never bothered to pick it up. Going in, I didn’t even know what it as about because I trust Sanderson enough to jump in without reading the synopsis. So imagine my absolute delight when I discovered that Warbreaker is a princess novel.  That’s right, a princess novel. From Brandon Sanderson. Why did no one tell me this? I listened to the fantastic audiobook and would highly recommend it.

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Favourite (Complete) Fantasy Series

Want to get started reading fantasy but don’t know where to start? 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 five of my favourite fantasy series that are actually complete.

Book Review: The Lake House by Kate Morton

I always say that I love historical fiction, however I so rarely read for it.  When my sister Julia and I started our podcast You’re Never Going to Read This, I knew I was going to be recommended a fair amount of historical fiction.  The Lake House was indeed one of Julia’s pick for me, and I’m so glad I ended up reading it.  This book has its ups and downs, however I thought it was one of the most beautifully atmospheric historical fiction books I’ve ever read.

Book Review: A Very Large Expanse of Sea by Tahereh Mafi

I rarely read contemporary YA -- in fact, I have only read five contemporary YA books this year -- but somtimes one really catches my eye. This was the case with A Very Large Expanse of Sea, Tahereh Mafi’s semi-autobiographical novel of life as an American Muslim teen one year after 9/11. Having read and loved books like The Hate U Give and I Am Thunder, I know that my interest in contemporary YA tends to lean toward books that deal with social issues and let you walk in another person’s shoes.

Book Review: The Silent Patient by Alex Michaelides

Despite the fact that it hasn’t been released yet, you may have already heard buzz about The Silent Patient. Set to be one of the biggest thriller debuts of 2019, this book has so much hype surrounding it already. I can’t claim to be an expert on the thrillers, but I absolutely love reading them and find that a great thriller can be one of the most rewarding reading experiences for me. So did The Silent Patient live up to the hype?

Book Review: Empress of All Seasons by Emiko Jean

I was so excited to hear that Empress of All Seasons was being published in the UK -- an all-girl contest to win the hand of the emperor’s son set in a Japanese-inspired world? Sign me up. I tumbled into the story right away and really enjoyed it -- it features strong feminist themes, trope inversion, and some incredibly badass women.

Book Review: After Atlas by Emma Newman

I am not shy about shouting out my love of Emma Newman’s Planetfall -- it is easily one of the best books that I’ve read this year. I have been looking forward to reading After Atlas ever since I finished up Planetfall, but I just hadn’t found the time until this summer. After Atlas is not a direct sequel to Planetfall, rather it is a companion novel set in the same universe, but it did not disappoint.