Welcome to my stop on the Foundryside blog tour! Robert Jackson Bennett’s Divine Cities trilogy is one of my favourite series of all time, so I was naturally very curious about his newest book.
I must confess that I initially ignored the hype surrounding After the Fire. It is listed as a contemporary YA novel, a genre I don’t tend to enjoy, and I knew nothing about it but the hype. When I spotted it at YALC this year and actually bothered to read the back, I realised that After the Fire is the exact kind of book I love! It’s a book that, like The Book Thief, truly transcends age ranges and is suitable for readers of all ages, particularly adults.
I’ve been shouting at you all ever since reading and loving Katie Khan’s debut novel Hold Back the Stars last year. In fact, it was one of my favourite books of 2017 -- I hadn't read anything else quite like it and Katie became an auto-buy author for me. When I learned her new book was going to be about time travel and missed opportunities, I was naturally all on board. I love the way she blends science fiction and romance into an incredibly readable and accessible narrative.
Another week has come and gone! The weather here in the UK has cooled off a bit and we've (finally) been getting some rain! There's no better reading weather than bleak and rainy.
I have been hearing great things about Roshani Chokshi’s writing for years -- she’s the author of the Star Touched Queen novels and tends to incorporate a great deal of Indian mythology and folklore into her books. I’ve been really interested in reading some books that feature Indian mythology, so when the Indian Literature Readathon was announced for July I knew this book was an obvious choice. I don’t typically read a lot of middle grade fiction, however Aru Shah and the End of Time was a fantastically funny and heartfelt read for all ages.
As you guys may know by now, I love fantasy books that investigate the aftermath of wars or sieges -- I'm always keen to see what happens after the dust settles. I was very interested in Redemption’s Blade for that exact reason -- it shows the consequences of the classic good-versus-evil fantasy battle that I so craved in books like Lord of the Rings. It is also written by Adrian Tchaikovsky, the author of one favourite books.
As you guys may have already seen, I absolutely loved City of Stairs, the first book in this trilogy, to the point where I couldn’t actually figure out how to review it. I was hesitant about reading City of Blades for several reasons, the main one being the dreaded second book syndrome. Some of my recent favourite books have had seriously disappointing sequels, however I was delighted to discover that City of Blades did not have this issue. Not only was it just as good as its predecessor, I think it may have actually been better.
Another week has come and gone. How is it already August 10th? I honestly thought it was the 3rd this morning -- times flies! This was an amazing week for reading with two five-star books! Let's dive in, shall we?
Virginia Woolf is an author I’d really wanted to read more of, having only every picked up Mrs Dalloway. Wanting to read more of her books, I snapped up the chance to read Orlando. Written in 1928, Orlando has been celebrated as one of the landmark LGBTQ+ novels.
For YALC this year, I thought I’d do something a little different from my standard book haul or uninteresting list. Behold, The YALC Diaries! Although I’m beginning this post after Friday’s festivities have come to an end, I’m planning to write this up as a play-by-play of my favourite book event. Here we go!