Hi guys, I hope you are all well. It’s the end of the month so it’s time to talk about the books I’ve read. I had a pretty good reading month, both in terms of quality and quantity. I read a total of 10 books this month, 5 of which were four star reads. I did have one quite disappointing read but we’ll get to that in a minute. Let’s get started.
Luna: New Moon / Ian McDonald / ★★
Unfortunately this one wasn’t for me. I think this had a lot of potential and I love the concept of this book, but it just didn’t work for me. The idea of powerful, warring families and the politics between them is something that I enjoy, but with this one I wasn’t invested. I will say I thought the world building was very well done and is definitely one of the strengths of this book. The characters are also pretty well written but as I’ve mentioned I didn’t really care about any of them. I also thought the amount of sex/sexual scenes was a bit excessive. I know sex happens and I don’t mind sex scenes but I don’t really want to know that Ariel only has sex with herself and have a whole scene about it, especially because it bears no relevance to the plot. The constant changes in perspectives and tense was jarring and took me out of the story. It was also a little confusing, as there are so many characters to keep track of. I think this is still worth a read, especially if you enjoy science fiction books, but personally I found it a little disappointing. In theory the premise is amazing, but in practice it just didn’t work.
Lady Audley’s Secret / Mary Elizabeth Braddon / ★★★
I didn’t really now much about this one but I ended up enjoying it. I found the writing relatively easy to get into, although it did take me a little while to get into and I have to admit I didn’t love it. I think the main issue I had with this book was the characters. For me they lacked depth and I just didn’t care about them. I found the plot a bit slow at times but it was generally engaging. Overall this was a good book, but I didn’t love it.
The Diamond Throne / David Eddings / ★★★.5
Book 1 in the Elenium trilogy. This was a solid first book in this fantasy trilogy. It’s definitely quite traditional in terms of the fantasy genre (specifically high fantasy) but it’s still a very enjoyable and fun read. I enjoyed getting to know all of the characters and the writing is easy to get into. For me personally there was something missing but I can’t really say what. I think the dialogue could have used some work at certain points and the writing was a little clunky at times. Overall this was a fun read and I would recommend it, especially if you are a big fan of fantasy. If you are getting a little bored of conventional fantasy though I wouldn’t recommend. I will be checking out the next book in the series.
Etched in Bone / Anne Bishop / ★★★.5
*I received a digital copy of this from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review*
This is the fifth book in the Others series. These books are a bit of a guilty pleasure of mine, as it’s not something I’d usually gravitate towards. I thought this was a great continuation of the series and I think it was a satisfying ending to Meg’s story. Correct me if I’m wrong but I think the next book focuses on entirely new characters. Anyway I liked the progression of the plot and the development of the story, but I did feel like there wasn’t so much tension/suspense in this one. The threat, although nasty, never truly felt like a threat to me. The cast of characters are great and I love the world it’s set in- I personally think it is very interesting. I did enjoy this book and would recommend checking this out.
The Song of the Stork / Stephan Collishaw / ★★★.5
*I received a digital copy of this from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review*
I thought this was a great book, but it definitely has a few issues. I read this book in one sitting. The writing was great and I found it easy to get into, even though this was a new author for me. It really created an atmosphere of suspense. Even though there isn’t a lot happening in some sections the writing and character development really pull it through. The first half was definitely stronger than the second half, in my opinion. I was a little disappointed that an intriguing character I liked during the first half was never heard from again in the second half – we don’t get any idea of what happened to him. I also felt that the ending is quite abrupt and so I felt a little unsatisfied with that. Overall I think this is a good historical fiction and I would recommend it. Side note: the cover is stunning.
Rivers of London / Ben Aaronovitch / ★★★★
This is the first book in the Peter Grant series. I’ve had this on my radar for a while now as my sister has really enjoyed this series so far and so I finally decided to pick it up. I ended up really enjoying it. I liked the mix of mystery/crime and fantasy – the mix of genre worked very well. It was easy to get into, the plot was engaging and the writing was good. Overall this was a quick, fun and entertaining book and I look forward to reading the next book in the series. I would definitely recommend it, especially if you are a fan of urban fantasy.
Dragon Keeper / Robin Hobb / ★★★★
This is the first book in the Rain Wild Chronicles. It’s by Robin Hobb so of course it was fantastic, although I’m currently unsure whether I’m going to love this series as much as some of her other books. In this book we are introduced to some new characters, but some familiar characters also make an appearance. I enjoyed the plot and the writing was fantastic. I will definitely be checking out the next book and I’m excited to see where this series goes.
Dissolution / C. J. Sansom / ★★★★
This was fantastic. I’ve had this on my radar for a while now as my mum loves this series, and I recently found out an internet friend of mine also loves it, so I had quite high expectations. I really enjoyed this book. The time period it is set in (1500s) is an interesting one. I thought the crime element was done so well and I was constantly wondering over the mystery – the atmosphere Sansom creates really makes for a great reading experience. The characters are well written and interesting. My one complaint was that it did drag at times and got a little repetitive at times, but it’s only a minor complaint. I very much enjoyed this book and I will be continuing on with this series.
The Ninth Rain / Jen Williams / ★★★★
*I was sent a physical copy from Bookbridgr in exchange for an honest review*
Book 1 in the Winnowing trilogy. I have a full review for this one, so I am going to keep this short – basically I loved this book. One of the main things I loved about this book was the world. The world building was so well done and I found it really interesting. The cast of characters is fantastic and the plot was engaging throughout. If you enjoy fantasy, I highly recommend checking this series out. You can check out my full review here.
Sins of Empire / Brian McClellan / ★★★★
I don’t really know how but it somehow completely passed me by that this is related to the Powder Mage trilogy. So it was a nice surprise to see some familiar characters. This was a fantastic book. The writing is easy to get into and I was quickly immersed in the world. I love the magic system – it is probably one of my favourites and it consists of around four different sections (Privileged, Knacked, Powder mage and blood magic). The cast of characters are fantastic and as I’ve mentioned it was great to be back with some from the Powder mage trilogy. The plot was engaging throughout. Overall I loved this and I highly recommend it, although I would definitely recommend reading the Powder Mage trilogy before starting this one.
In terms of my April tbr, I think I’m going to keep it pretty simple. Once again I want to read The Snack Thief by Andrea Camilleri as that has been on my tbr for about two months now. My classic pick for the month is going to be The Woman in White by Wilkie Collins, but I would also quite like to get to The Cossacks and Hadji Murad by Leo Tolstoy. Other books I’d like to read soon include Tower Lord by Anthony Ryan, The Moon in the Palace by Weina dai Randal, The Stars are Legion by Kameron Hurley, The Murder of Peter Ackroyd by Agatha Christie and Guns of Dawn by Adrian Tchaikovsky. There are so many books I want to read but hopefully I’ll have a good reading month and get to all these books. I’m hoping to read a good portion of my tbr as April is my birthday months so I’ll definitely be getting some new books :). So my question to you guys is, what was your favourite book you read in March? I hope you are all having a wonderful day and I will see you next time.