I’m continuing to kick butt with my my fantasy challenge, which is mildly surprising to me! I also managed to read more this month, even if a couple of the books were short.
The Ice Dragon by George R.R. Martin – 3 stars. Lovely, melancholy, slightly distant from the reader. Beautiful illustrations. And more than anything I’m convinced ice dragons (or an ice dragon) will have a role to play in The Winds of Winter.
A World of Ice and Fire by George R.R. Martin – 5 stars. See my review on Goodreads here. If you love A Song of Ice and Fire even a little bit, you need this book. It’s absolutely fascinating and overwhelming in the best way. Lots of details though we don’t get to learn everything because it’s written by a “maester” i.e. bias and gaps in knowledge. But we do get to learn a lot and it’s incredible! I’m convinced I could write term papers on the history written here. And the illustrations are sooooo beautiful. I will happily reread chunks of WOIAF to hold me over until Book 6.
The Shattered Court – 3 stars. See my review on Goodreads here. The cover lust was strong with this one! And the story sounded fabulous. Unfortunately, I feel like it only took off during the last 25% of the book. There was a lot of roooomance and sex and thinking about sex- not a lot of magic. While I wouldn’t say there was much real fantasy here, the historical tone and romance made for a mostly enjoyable read.
Charlie and the Chocolate Factory by Roald Dahl – 5 stars. See my review on Goodreads here. The first time I remember reading this was in 4th grade when my teacher read it to the class. It’s always been a favorite of mine. I absolutely love Roald Dahl’s language and word usage. The puns, the silly writing style, the made up words are all so vibrant and descriptive and delightful! Oh how I love the candy names, I wanted to eat everything!!! I’m sure JK Rowling must have gotten some inspiration from him because Wonka’s candies would have fit right in at Honeydukes.
Lion Heart by A.C. Gaughen – 5 stars. My review will be going live on the blog in a couple weeks! Stay tuned! Preview: Lion Heart was everything the last book in a trilogy should be. If you enjoy lots of deep emotion and shippy goodness, vile antagonists, historical fiction, and legend retellings, you must read the Scarlet trilogy. Lion Heart might be my favorite of them all.
A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J. Maas – 5 stars. (Also for the #flightsoffantasy and #365DaysofYA challenge) See my review on Goodreads here. Only Sarah J Maas could make me care about fairies in not one, but TWO different series! The thing I found most striking about A Court of Thorns and Roses is that it is clearly a Sarah book while being independent from Throne of Glass. I don’t want to delve too much into the plot or consequences but suffice to say it is heart pounding, exhausting, wickedly romantic, viciously brutal, and a pleasure to read all the way around. I also really loved spotting the Beauty and the Beast influences, of which I found many. They were woven into the story in the most delightful way. Also…. Tamlin is miiiine! I can’t see where the trilogy is headed- I have an inkling for book 2- but I’m excited to be along for the ride.