Hi guys, I hope you are all well. It’s the end of the month which means it’s time for another monthly wrap up and TBR. I had a pretty good reading month and I managed to finally read a book that’s been sitting on my shelf for quite a long time now. Sorry my wrap up is a little bit late but I was away for some of June and didn’t have the time to get it up earlier. Let’s get started.
Jade City / book 1 of the Green Bone Saga / Fonda Lee / ★★
I had high hopes for this one but unfortunately it didn’t work for me. I am planning on posting a full review for this book so I’m going to keep this brief. Basically I wasn’t invested in the story, I had a few issues with the characters and the pacing was uneven at times. I will go into more detail in the full review so keep an eye out for that.
The Book of M / Peng Shepherd / ★★★
*I received a digital copy from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review*
First off I love the concept of this book. Basically people start losing their shadows and then their memories, but nobody knows why. This is such an intriguing premise. I thought the world building was well done and I liked the diverse cast of characters. Throughout the book we switch between four perspectives, all of which were well written and engaging. My main issue with this was the pacing. It felt quite uneven at times, especially in the middle section, and so it dragged for me a little bit. The middle section also suffers from some repetition. Overall I thought this was a great book with an intriguing premise. If you looking for a unique, post-apocalyptic read then I would recommend checking this out.
The Blind Assassin / Margaret Atwood / ★★★★
I’ve had this on my bookshelf for quite a long time now, so I’m pretty happy to have finally read it. It took me a while to get into this one, as I was a little bored and felt disconnected from the characters, but after roughly 150 pages I was more invested. Other than Iris and Laura, the other characters felt a little flat and to be honest I wasn’t the biggest fan of any of them, but it was still an engaging read. Atwood is a fantastic writer and I cannot wait to read more of her books.
The Snack Thief / book 3 of the Montalbano series / Andrea Camilleri / ★★★★
This was another fantastic instalment to this series. I actually read this while on holiday in Sicily, which is where it’s set, so that was pretty cool. I find these books to be so enjoyable to read and I love Montalbano as the protagonist. The TV series is also really good.
Tyrant’s Throne / book 4 of the Greatcoats series / Sebastien de Castell / ★★★★
I’ve been meaning to finish off this series for a while now. I thought this was a fantastic conclusion to this four book series. I love the characters and their relationships – the banter between the main characters is great. As with the previous three books, the plot is compelling and I loved the progression of it. There are just so many good things about this series. If you are looking for a new fantasy series to read, then I highly recommend checking this one out.
Moribito: Guardian of the Spirit / book 1 of the Moribito series / Nahoko Uehashi / ★★★★
If you follow my blog then you will know that I read The Beast Player by the same author last month and absolutely loved it, so I immediately wanted to read more from this author. This was a fantastic book. I would say that this is definitely aimed at younger readers, but I think it can be enjoyed by a range of ages and people. I thoroughly enjoyed the story and I loved the protagonist, Balsa. She is such a strong female protagonist and I cannot wait to read more of her story. I also loved that this story has very little romance in it – I find it so refreshing. The world building is another strength of this book and the action scenes are fantastic. Basically I loved this book and I cannot wait to read the sequel. I highly recommend checking out this book and author.
Wrath of Empire / book 2 of the Gods of Blood and Powder trilogy / Brian McClellan / ★★★★★
I loved this book – it was so good! I’m going to be posting a full review of this one, so I’m going to keep this brief. This was a fantastic sequel and it makes me so excited for the third book to be released. The plot was compelling, the character development was great and I loved seeing more of this world. I highly recommend checking this series out.
So that’s all the books I read in June. I am currently reading Redemption’s Blade by Adrian Tchaikovsky. I have quite a few books I want to get to in July. These include The Hyena and the Hawk by Adrian Tchaikovsky, Assassin’s Fate by Robin Hobb, Circe by Madeleine Miller and The Birdcage Walk by Helen Dunmore. There are plenty more books on my TBR but I think I’ll leave it at that for now. What was your favourite book you read in June? My favourite book was definitely Wrath of Empire. I hope you are all having a wonderful day and I will see you next time.