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Wednesday, 2 May 2018

The last two months have been wildly busy, but I did manage to squeak in a bit of reading time! Good thing I did, because I got to read five absolutely STELLAR books:

The Bird and the Blade by Megan Bannen. Holy wow. This book is so amazing, so heartbreakingly beautiful, that the ending made me cry (which never happens!). Megan is in my debut group and I was lucky enough to get to read one of the ARCs she sent out to our group, but you’d better believe I’m ordering a copy for myself the DAY it comes out. I originally jumped at the chance to read it because it was comped to a Megan Whalen Turner book (in case you don’t know, my favorite author of all time), and it didn’t disappoint. There was a really interesting setting (the Mongol Empire), deliciously complicated politics, intelligent and awesome girls, a seriously drool-worthy and atypically sweet love interest, and several really wonderful relationships. Just pre-order it now, trust me!

Children of Blood and Bone by Tomi Adeyemi. This is another one of those rare books that made me cry. If you read one book this year, this needs to be it. It’s got amazing writing and world-building, for one thing; it’s an African-inspired fantasy with lots of magic. It addresses some important real-world issues too. But the thing I love most about it is the characters. Oh, the characters. A Reaper girl robbed of both her magic and her mother, pitted against oppressors who want to take even more away from her. A crown prince torn between two parts of himself, trying so hard to win his father’s approval. A rogue princess who turns against everything she’s ever known when her best friend is cruelly killed. Just read it, guys. Right the heck now.

The Mirror King by Jodi Meadows. This was the conclusion to Orphan Queen, which I’d read a while ago and loved. Mirror King was equally amazing, and ramped up the tension so high I was absolutely desperate by the end. I can’t say much more than that without spoilers, but if you haven’t read this series, you need to! The world-building is so eerie (overuse of magic has created a toxic, super-creepy substance called Wraith that’s overtaking countries one by one) and the story of Wilhelmina, the princess trying to reclaim her country, is addictive.

The Chaos of Stars by Kiersten White. This was a sweet, fun love story made even more enticing by the quirky Egyptian gods and goddesses (and their children) who feature in it. Kiersten White is an amazing writer with an incredible range in tones and styles, and I really enjoyed relaxing with this book.

To Kill a Kingdom by Alexandra Christo. This book was billed as a twisted retelling of The Little Mermaid where the mermaid is trying to murder the prince, so of course, I had to read it immediately. And was I ever glad I did! Enemies-to-lovers stories are always my favorites and this was one of the best. Princess Lira is a siren and a brutal murderess, and has already killed seventeen princes by the time the story opens. Her next mark, though, is a princely siren-hunter…and when her mother curses her with a transformation to human, it makes the job even harder. This tense romance was addictive, and I highly recommend it!

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