The Arc of the Scythe series is a funny one for me, because while I really enjoyed the second book, Thunderhead, I nearly didn’t read it. Scythe had a great concept but I felt the main characters were poorly executed and Schusterman didn’t let his amazing worldbuilding and ideas shine. Therefore The Toll had a lot of expectation riding on it and I have to say, I didn't love it. What the hell happened in this book?
I read and really enjoyed Lucy's first novel, The Hunting Party, and was really excited to read more thrillers from her. There's something about her 'rich, awful people doing awful things and having awful things happen to them' plots that I absolutely love -- they're so deliciously dark and compulsively readable.
Happy Friday, friends! The end of the week is nearly here, the weekend is just around the corner, and there are books to be read! This week's wrap-up is actually covering the entire month of January! Let's get cracking!
The Gutter Prayer tied for my #1 book of 2019, alongside The Bone Ships, and I was eagerly awaiting the release of The Shadow Saint. I was worried that the second book wouldn’t live up to Hanrahan’s incredible debut, however I should have had more faith! The Shadow Saint is a very different, but equally brilliant book.
Happy New Year, everyone! 2019 was a great bookish year for me, and I closed it out by reading a load of great books (partially due to all the reading I did over the Christmas break). I read a total of 109 books in 2019 -- check out what my final reads were, as well as the books I hauled in the last month of the year.
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.