I did very well with my fantasy challenge- in fact, all three books I read this month were fantasies! They were also all 4.5-5 stars. It might have been a slow month but it was certainly excellent.
The Orphan Queen by Jodi Meadows – 4.5 stars. Also counts for #365DaysOfYA. OKAY WHERE TO START. I thought the first 150 pages were good. I was intrigued, wanted to keep reading, liked the characters but it felt ordinary. It was looking like a 3 star book for me. And then it became AMAZING. I loved Black Knife. Loved loved loved. I loved learning about the wraith and I loved Wil. I was worried she’d be Celaena 2.0 but she’s really and truly her own character. The similarities I felt to Throne of Glass became pluses very quickly instead of minuses. I liked all the intrigue and the political history. Also I WAS SOOOOO RIGHT ABOUT ONE THING. Took me awhile but I was right :D And now I understand why everyone freaks out at the end oh my goddddddd. Ahhhhhhh. I really liked this book a lot. So glad I read it. P.S. If you’ve read this AND A Dance with Dragons PLEASE TALK TO ME ON TWITTER. I have things to say!!!
In the Time of Dragon Moon by Janet Lee Carey – 5 stars. I wrote a in-depth review as part of the blog tour I participated in but here’s the short version: layered, interesting characters. Strong female lead. Lyrical writing. Magic. Brutal medieval fantasy setting. DRAGONS. Tragedy. Cultural differences. Fairies. Slow burn romance. If you love fantasy, you really should read this book and its predecessor Dragonswood!
Check back next month, wah wahhhh. I still want to reread Throne of Glass. Or The Treachery of Beautiful Things. Or maybe I’ll start my Georgia Nicolson reread, ooer.
Dearest by Alethea Kontis – 5 stars. Such a fun mish mash of a series! I love all the different fairy tales Kontis pulls from for each book. There is always an overarching fairy tale- in this case, the Six Swans- but then she mixes in other influences as well. I spotted Peter Pan and Rapunzel references this time around. Check out my Bitsy Words post for more on Dearest! I love the Woodcutter family, can’t wait for Thursday’s story next.