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?
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!
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've never read an Adam Silvera book, as he tends to write contemporary YA, but I’ve heard good things about his stories and writing. Naturally, I snapped up the opportunity to read his first fantasy novel, Infinity Son. I didn’t really know what to expect going into this book, but found Infinity Son to be an incredibly fun and fast-paced page turner with lots of heart.
Girls of Paper and Fire has been on everyone’s lips ever since its publication was announced in 2018. As an f/f romance set in an east Asian-inspired imperial court that deals with the trauma of rape and sexual assault, it got a lot of attention and hype from the YA book community. As excited as I was to read this book, I’m always wary of the hype that can surround new releases, and didn't pick it up until now. However, I’m so glad that I read it -- it's an beautifully written and powerful book.
Happy Friday! Isn't it insane that Christmas is nearly here? And 2020? I'm working away on reducing my 'must read' books for 2019 while trying to get a head start on 2020 titles. Fortunately for me, it was a really good reading week for me (especially after last week's embarrassing result). Check out the books I've read and hauled this week below!