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!
I make no secret of the fact that I was hugely let down by Scythe, one of the major YA releases of 2018. I loved the world and society, the concept of the Scythedom, and the secondary characters Faraday and Currie. However, I absolutely could not stand our protagonists Citra and Rowan. They are so boring, so flat, so wildly uninteresting and their romance is about as exciting as watching paint dry. However my friend encouraged me to take a chance on Thunderhead, the second book in the trilogy, because Citra and Rowan continue to be separated after the events of the first book. And wow, I really owe her for telling me this because I really enjoyed Thunderhead, contrary to all my expectations!
It's one of the last weekly wrap-ups of 2019! My, how time flies! Between Christmas celebrations, seeing friends, and trying to wrap up at work before the holidays, I've been pretty busy and distracted. Therefore I haven't finished any new books this week, but I'm in the middle of a bunch of them!
There were few books more highly anticipated in the YA fantasy genre than The Queen of Nothing. The concluding book in Holly Black’s highly successful Folk of the Air trilogy, every fan of the series has been desperate to get their hands on Queen of Nothing to find out how Jude's story ends. I thought the first book in the series was a huge mess and the second book was absolutely fantastic, so I was very curious to see what I'd think of the concluding novel. I didn't love Queen of Nothing, but thought it was a satisfying conclusion to the series.