Happy Friday, all! I am not entirely sure where the first half of September went -- it sort of swirled into a black hole and it's suddenly the middle of the month. How does that even happen?
I rarely have difficulty reviewing book, regardless of how much I love or dislike it. However, The Ten Thousand Doors of January has me stumped and speechless! I’m not sure that I’ll be able to capture how fantastic this debut novel is, but I’ll do my best.
City of Lies had been languishing on my TBR since its release last year. Despite hearing amazing things about this book, I just never seemed to have the time to read it. I finally decided to pick up the audiobook with a spare Audible credit and I’m kicking myself for not reading it sooner! Part political fantasy, part closed-room mystery, City of Lies is a gorgeous tale of family, betrayal, and war.
I absolutely loved Purcell’s first Gothic novel, The Silent Companions, but was disappointed in the second, The Corset. Naturally, I was very curious about Bone China, her latest book, to see if it would recapture everything I loved about The Silent Companions. It absolutely did -- Bone China is a fantastic addition to her growing repertoire of Gothic fiction.
We're time traveling again -- August feels like it absolutely flew by! September is here now, and it's time to look back on the books that I read last month. It was a great month for reading, despite two DNFs, and I have found some new favourite books of the year!
When I first picked up Blood of an Exile, I expected it to be nothing more than a fun fantasy romp. It was indeed a super fun fantasy adventure, but I was delighted to discover that lurking between the pages was a fantastically nuanced, layered story that explores a fantasy world in a fantastic, unique way.
Annhilation had been languishing on my TBR for over a year before I picked it up for the N.E.W.T.s readathon. Having loved the film version starring Natalie Portman, I had high hopes for this weird little book, however I’m not entirely sure what to think.