“I am going to keep on defying you. I am going to shame you with my defiance. You remind me that I am a mere mortal and you are a prince of Faerie. Well, let me remind you that means you have much to lose and I have nothing. You may win in the end, you may ensorcell me and hurt me and humiliate me, but I will make sure you lose everything I can take from you on the way down. I promise you this” —I throw his own words back at him—“this is the least of what I can do.”
So this post was originally going to be a June wrap-up but after writing and rewriting the post about five times, I decided that I’m just not up to it. However, I managed to read thirteen books – eight physical and five eBooks (because I finally bought a Kobo!) I haven’t been tagged to do this but I’ve seen it all over Booktube and the wonderful Taryn’s blog so I thought I’d give it a shot anyway.
5. YOUR BIGGEST DISAPPOINTMENT
8. YOUR NEW FICTIONAL CRUSH
9. NEW FAVOURITE CHARACTER
I’m going to have to choose Molly from The Upside of Unrequited. She has just managed to stand out for me – she’s kind, very good at baking and is an avid fan of Pinterest. I think she’s just somebody you’d love to have as a friend. She’s written brilliantly, has amazing humour and is just a character I missed as soon as I finished the book.
10. A BOOK THAT MADE YOU CRY
12. FAVE BOOK TO MOVIE ADAPTATION YOU’VE SEEN THIS YEAR
13. FAVE BOOK POST PUBLISHED THIS YEAR
14. MOST BEAUTIFUL BOOK YOU’VE BOUGHT/RECEIVED
15. WHAT ARE SOME BOOKS YOU NEED TO READ BEFORE THE END OF THE YEAR?
So, in reality, the answer to this question would be the entirety of my TBR which is, no exaggeration, the size of a fridge but these are the five that have already been released and that I want to get around to reading ASAP. I’ve got some fantasy, crime thriller, sci-fi and contemporary so I think this is a good mix.
And that’s the tag. I tag everybody who reads this to do this tag, whether it’s on their blog or Youtube channel. Especially the bloggers who are just starting out! I’m happy with the way my reading is going this year – I have delved into the world of non-fiction and gone back to my favourite genre growing up which was crime fiction. Can’t wait to see what the rest of the year brings in terms of reading!
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This is a spoiler-free review of Traitor to the Throne, however, it does include spoilers for Rebel of the Sands!
- The political intrigue – of course I like action, but a bit of intrigue is never a bad thing in my opinion!
- Some of the new/reintroduced characters – I won’t say much as I don’t want to spoil anything, but there’s a wonderful example of a strong female character reintroduced in this book, and I would’ve loved for her to have been a bigger part of the plot
- The little myths and legends inserted between chapters every now and then! Not only were they intriguing, but they were beautifully written and really helped to build the story. I think more of these in book three would go far.
- There’s very little romance – the plot is almost entirely focused on the plot, and therefore on the rebellion and politics. Although I don’t dislike Jin and Amani as a couple, and I didn’t really see the point in her basically being mad at him for almost this entire book, I was glad that the romance was put to one side for a while.
- Shazad, Rahim and Sam. Three characters I really liked in this book and really hope will be around more in book three.
- The Sultan. I love a good grey-area villain; this guy is clearly in the wrong in some aspects, but you can’t fully disagree with his ideas, and he clearly has an interesting back story.
In a village at the edge of the wilderness of northern Russia, where the winds blow cold and the snow falls many months of the year, a stranger with piercing blue eyes presents a new father with a gift – a precious jewel on a delicate chain, intended for his young daughter. Uncertain of its meaning, Pytor hides the gift away and Vasya grows up a wild, willful girl, to the chagrin of her family. But when mysterious forces threaten the happiness of their village, Vasya discovers that, armed only with the necklace, she may be the only one who can keep the darkness at bay.
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I’ve always been a huge fan of Russian-inspired fiction, so when I received Vassa in the Night in September’s Fairyloot box, I was over the moon! I had previously read the tale of Vasilisa the Beautiful, and I would recommend reading it if you’re planning on looking into this novel – if anything, it’ll help you understand what’s going on when the magic gets too much!
Overall, Vassa in the Night is quite a quirky, nonsensical book – but this is often the case with folklore, and definitely isn’t a negative. It reminded me a lot of one of my favourite books, Deathless by Catherynne M. Valente, but is written in a much more whimsical style to this. The book is very much written like a fairytale, what with the “things coming in threes” aspect, the overarching quest to save Brooklyn, the hero (Vassa) and the villain (Babs). There were also interludes which took place whilst Vassa was asleep, a little touch which I really liked – and these definitely complemented the plot.
Vassa as a main character was interesting, but I didn’t fully connect with her. I liked her attitude and sarcasm, but would’ve liked to have got to know her a little bit better. I do feel as though Erg got in the way of this at points, as she could be a very irritating character at times. I sometimes struggle with magic realism as a genre, but it managed to (mostly) make complete sense in this book – it worked well, in any case. It stuck to both the original story and to Russian folklore in general really well, and I appreciated this as the Russian aspects were basically what made me want to read it in the first place.
The only negatives I had with this book was that it could be a bit slow at times – considering that the majority of it is set in one location, this is bound to happen. I also did get a bit confused at some points, such as some sort of crazy fight scene towards the end (which confused me so much that I genuinely am not quite sure what happened). There was also a bit of a love interest at one point, which I just didn’t understand – it came from nowhere and had absolutely no build up or purpose.
I’m not entirely sure who to recommend this book to, just because it’s written in such a niche style, but if you’re interested in Russian mythology or magic realism, I would definitely recommend taking a look at it!