While not completely true to my January TBR, I’d say I read a decent amount of books throughout the month. As I believe TBRs should have some wiggle room, I think I did alright.
- Shadow of the Fox by Julie Kagawa
- Kingdom of Ash and Briars by Hannah West
- Of Triton by Anna Banks
- Perfekt Order by S.T. Bende (Book 1)
- Becoming by Michelle Obama
- Throne of Glass by Sarah J. Maas (Book 1)
- Crown of Midnight by Sarah J. Maas (Book 2)
- The Lost Library by Kate Baray (Book 1)
- Spirited Legacy by Kate Baray (Book 2)
- Girls of Paper and Fire by Natasha Ngan
- Heir of Fire by Sarah J. Maas (Book 3)
- The Assassin’s Blade by Sarah J. Maas (SS Collection, Prequal)
Dedicated Blog Posts coming up:
- Shadow of the Fox
- The Lost Library Series
Kingdom of Ash and Briars:
Rating: 2/5 stars
I found this book to be quite lacking. While I am a huge fan of fairy tale retellings, the blurb of this book promised much but delivered little, in my opinion. I was looking forward to see how the stories of Cinderella, Sleeping Beauty, and Mulan would be interwoven, but West’s retellings left me desiring more. It was a very long, drawn out book and while I finished reading it in one day, I dedicated the whole day to finish the book because I just wanted it done. As I was reading a library book I knew that I needed to return the book within a week and the only way I was going to be able to get through the book was by reading it basically without stopping. The world didn’t draw me in and I found the characters whiny at times. As well, the final climax of each of the fairy tales, as well as the final climax, was very anticlimactic. As there was an abundance of buildup, I was psyched for the conclusions of the storylines until they arrived. Overall, I wouldn’t recommend this book as there are many better fairy tale retellings out there.
Rating: 3/5 stars
The second book in a trilogy, I had high hopes for it. I enjoyed the first book so much I quickly bought the rest of the trilogy hoping it would hold up to the first book. While it was a decent read, it sufficiently wrapped up the cliffhanger from the first book. It is my belief that this and the first book, Of Poseidon, can be read as a duology. On my January TBR I originally planned on reading the third book in the trilogy but decided I’d rather not. While the main characters in Of Neptune seem to be the same, the storyline that I was interested in was cleanly wrapped up.
Rating: 1/5 stars
While not a fairy tale retelling, I found this Norse mythology inspired book to be a letdown in the same way that Kingdom of Ash and Briars was. Having read books like the Percy Jackson series, this book did not compare. I found the book to be repetitive at times with its over-explaining of Norse mythology as there are only so many times one book should explain the same point to the same character. There were also a lot of randomly thrown in Scandinavian words and English translation which I felt detracted from the story rather than adding to it.
Throne of Glass (Series):
Rating: 5/5 stars overall
Read: Books 1-3 and SS Collection (The Assassin’s Blade)
One of my favourite series, I find myself rereading it from time to time. However, I hadn’t planned on rereading these books at the start of the year. In my January TBR I stated that I wanted to read Kingdom of Ash, the final book in the series. However, I quickly realized that I didn’t remember many the specifics of what happened in Tower of Dawn as I had only read this book once unlike the rest of the series. Not wanting to go in blind, I decided a reread of the whole series was in order. This is a series I would highly recommend to anyone that hasn’t read it yet. I would also recommend reading the collection of short stories (The Assassin’s Blade) after the third book (Heir of Fire) in the series rather than before the first (Throne of Glass) even though The Assassin’s Blade is technically a prequel to the series. Things are mentioned in the short story that are more fun to discover by yourself throughout the first three books than to go into the series without the shock value there. It is beneficial to the reader to read The Assassin’s Blade before the fourth book (Queen of Shadows), though, as this is when Maas began using the information within the short stories in the main plot of the book.
Girls of Paper and Fire:
Rating: 3/5 stars
While I greatly enjoyed the romance of the novel, it took too long for the story to really pick up, in my opinion. As well, I felt like the twists in the book weren’t very surprising. While reading the book it held my attention but whenever I needed to put the book down to do something, I found it mildly difficult to pick it back up as the world was not as gripping as I’d hoped. I am a big supporter of LGBTQ+ representation in books and this book did a wonderful job portraying a female/female relationship. However, the main plot of the story did not hold a flame (no pun intended) to the romance it was overshadowed by. If you’re looking for a cute romance in an interesting fantasy world, this book would be a good option.
I can only hope that my next month’s reading is as abundant as January’s was. It will be interesting to continue to balance my final semester of University with my love of reading, but I find myself willing to keep trying as midterms begin to creep up.