I’ve been doing a lot of reading lately, but not a ton of blogging. So here are a few quickie overviews of some of the books I’ve picked up over the last few weeks:
The Traitor’s Kiss (DNF)
Series: Traitor's Trilogy #1
Published by: Macmillan on May 9, 2017
Genre: Fantasy, Romance
Rating: Did Not Finish
An obstinate girl who will not be married.
A soldier desperate to prove himself.
A kingdom on the brink of war.
With a sharp tongue and an unruly temper, Sage Fowler is not what they’d call a lady―which is perfectly fine with her. Deemed unfit for marriage, Sage is apprenticed to a matchmaker and tasked with wrangling other young ladies to be married off for political alliances. She spies on the girls―and on the soldiers escorting them.
As the girls' military escort senses a political uprising, Sage is recruited by a handsome soldier to infiltrate the enemy ranks. The more she discovers as a spy, the less certain she becomes about whom to trust―and Sage becomes caught in a dangerous balancing act that will determine the fate of her kingdom.
I read to 44% and decided to put it down.
I really like the idea of The Traitor’s Kiss but had two major problems:
- The execution could have been better. Mostly I think the pacing felt weird and the transitions were jarring.
- The formatting of the ARC I received REALLY made it hard for me to enjoy the story. Sometimes there were no breaks between chapters or POV switches and it got extremely confusing. I kept having to back up and re-read parts to figure out which POV we had switched to.
Part of me really wanted to keep going so I could find out what happens, but those two things really killed my enjoyment of the book and I just wasn’t as excited as I wanted to be.
Also, I got majorly lost in the politics and regions. Since I had a hard time figuring that out, I think it was hard for me to stay invested in what was happening. Hopefully the finished copy has a map, that might help!
The Last Namsara (DNF)
Series: Iskari #1
Published by: HarperTeen on October 3, 2017
Genre: Dragons, Fantasy
Rating: Did Not Finish
In the beginning, there was the Namsara: the child of sky and spirit, who carried love and laughter wherever he went. But where there is light, there must be dark—and so there was also the Iskari. The child of blood and moonlight. The destroyer. The death bringer.
These are the legends that Asha, daughter of the king of Firgaard, has grown up hearing in hushed whispers, drawn to the forbidden figures of the past. But it isn’t until she becomes the fiercest, most feared dragon slayer in the land that she takes on the role of the next Iskari—a lonely destiny that leaves her feeling more like a weapon than a girl.
Asha conquers each dragon and brings its head to the king, but no kill can free her from the shackles that await at home: her betrothal to the cruel commandant, a man who holds the truth about her nature in his palm. When she’s offered the chance to gain her freedom in exchange for the life of the most powerful dragon in Firgaard, she finds that there may be more truth to the ancient stories than she ever could have expected. With the help of a secret friend—a slave boy from her betrothed’s household—Asha must shed the layers of her Iskari bondage and open her heart to love, light, and a truth that has been kept from her.
DNF at 32%.
The book itself wasn’t bad — in fact the premise is quite fantastic. HELLO DRAGONS!
But there was something about the style that I just couldn’t click with. Even though I loved the idea on paper, the book just couldn’t hold me. I wasn’t glued to it and had no motivation to keep going.
I’d still encourage you to give the book a try if you love the synopsis. I think this was very much a “me” issue rather than the book being objectively poor.
The Inheritance Cycle
I re-read the Inheritance cycle! Honestly it was absolutely amazing. Four books (something like 2,800 pages) back-to-back. I LOVE getting so immersed in a world like that. No breaks in between, just totally hooked into the universe for 3 weeks. It was great!
I’d read the whole series once before but there were a lot of details I’d forgotten, so it was a lot of fun to re-visit it. And dammit, I want to be a dragon rider!
A Court of Wings and Ruin
Series: A Court of Thorns and Roses #3
Published by: Bloomsbury USA Childrens on May 2, 2017
Genre: Fantasy, Romance
Feyre has returned to the Spring Court, determined to gather information on Tamlin's maneuverings and the invading king threatening to bring Prythian to its knees. But to do so she must play a deadly game of deceit-and one slip may spell doom not only for Feyre, but for her world as well.
As war bears down upon them all, Feyre must decide who to trust amongst the dazzling and lethal High Lords-and hunt for allies in unexpected places.
In this thrilling third book in the #1 New York Times bestselling series from Sarah J. Maas, the earth will be painted red as mighty armies grapple for power over the one thing that could destroy them all.
Before reading A Court of Wings and Ruin I reread the other books in the series. I actually ended up liking A Court of Thorns and Roses a bit less (4.5 stars the first time; 4 stars the second). I think that book is hard to reread after A Court of Mist and Fury because you know what comes next and it makes the first book feel less valuable I guess. But I ended up loving A Court of Mist and Fury just as much the second time around!
As for A Court of Wings and Ruin, I gave it 4.5 stars, but it could actually be only 4. I can’t quite decide. I did really like the book but I honestly didn’t love it quite as much as I hoped I would.
I thought A Court of Mist and Fury was AMAZEBALLS. I have that kind of desperate, obsessed love for that book. I was hoping to have the same feelings for ACOWAR, but it wasn’t quite the case. I can’t even really explain why – it’s just a vague feeling. It’s like some X factor wasn’t quite there, or it wasn’t quite as exciting and dramatic and intense as I wanted… I don’t know.
I did still really like it, but maybe my expectations were too high.