The YA book world is currently buzzing about The Gilded Wolves, a new heist novel from Roshani Chokshi that looked like so much fun. It has heists! Diversity! 17th century Paris! Magic! What’s not to love? I went into this book with high expectations, and while I liked it well enough I just didn’t love it as much as everyone else seems to at the moment. While there were aspects that were good, I had some issues with other parts.
Hello fellow book lovers! I'm finally back here after a incredibly busy and marvelous month. Scottish Fiance has been upgraded to Scottish Husband, the wedding was wonderful, Edinburgh was glorious, and Priory of the Orange Tree has been released. What more do you need?
Years after his crime spree, the Golden State Killer/East Area Rapist didn’t have as much public interest as criminals like Jack the Ripper or the Zodiac killer, but for one woman, the capture of this man became an obsession. The Golden State Killer terrorised California residents across the 70’s and 80’s, committing over 50 rapes and at least 10 murders. True crime writer Michelle McNamara dedicated her life to finding this man's identity and putting him behind bars. Although she did not live to see his capture in 2018 -- she sadly passed away in 2016 -- she was instrumental in keeping these heinous crimes in the public consciousness.
I’ve been reading so much fantasy lately and I’ve had a craving for some great sci-fi. Enter This Splintered Silence -- a book I had heard nothing about until I had the opportunity to request a copy. I’m so glad I took a chance on this novel -- it is a fast paced sci-if thriller that will delight fans of Lauren James’ The Loneliest Girl in the Universe.
It may be cold, windy, rainy, and unpleasant outside, but it's Friday! Thank goodness. Life has been so hectic lately, but I've still managed to sit down and read, as well as get some things scheduled in here. That hasn't left much room for free time though, oh well.
I have started a very casual project of reading some classic YA books that have helped build the genre into what it is today. Throne of Glass was the first book I read for this little project, and I have to admit that I assumed I’d hate it. I’m (now) very vocal about my grumpy feelings toward A Court of Thorns and Roses, the first book in Sarah J. Maas’s other series, and figured some of those themes I strongly disagreed with would carry over into Throne of Glass. So you can imagine my surprise when I actually found myself enjoying Throne of Glass! Is it brilliant? No, I don’t think so. But damn, is it a compulsive readable. I buddy read this with brilliant author, blogger, and YouTuber Josie Jaffrey and I think that was the best way for me to tackle this book. I’d highly recommend the audiobook because of the story’s pace and plot -- your house will never be cleaner.
Why is it that January feels like the longest month of the year? Maybe it's the cold and dark, maybe it's the fact that it's the start of a new year. Whatever it is, we survived! Hooray! This was an interesting month for reading. I started the month pretty poorly, but then managed to read three 4.5-5 star reads. Overall, it was a pretty solid book month -- I managed to read 7 books.