I cannot tell you how thrilled I am to have gotten my hands on an early copy of Kingdom of the Blazing Phoenix! I read Forest of a Thousand Lanterns earlier this year and absolutely adored it. Xifeng is easily one of my favourite fantasy villains because of her callousness, her calculated choices, and her cutthroat attitude. She rises to the throne and becomes Empress of Feng Lu at the end of Forest of a Thousand Lanterns, but what happens next? Kingdom of the Blazing Phoenix takes place 15 years later just before Jade, the daughter of the former Empress Lihua and sole heir to the throne, comes of age.
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.
The Electrical Venus jumped out at me because it is historical young adult fiction -- something I don’t think you see very often. On top of that, the book is set in Georgian England, which is even more of a rarity in YA. Although I didn’t know much about it, I decided to give it a shot.
So as I’m sure many of you have realised by now, I am a huge fan of Leigh Bardugo. So it came as no surprise that I felt The Language of Thorns was absolute perfection.
Happy Friday! I can’t believe the weekend is already here. So as you know, I had been on hiatus until earlier this week. I thought that I’d do a wrap-up of the books I read this week and the books I read while I was away from here -- and I certainly read a lot of them! So without any further ado, here is my weekly wrap-up (plus hiatus reads). You might want to grab a snack -- this is going to be quite a long post!
The Last Namsara is the YA fantasy debut that everyone needs to be talking about. I'm a little torn on this one because there was so much that I really loved about this book, but I also had some issues.
Happy Friday! I can’t believe how quickly this week has gone, but I feel like I say that every Friday. This has been a really great week for reading, even though it may not look like it. I had some great bookish surprises come through, let’s take a look!