Hi guys, I hope you are all well. You all know the drill by know but just in case you don’t, it’s the end of the month which means it’s time for a monthly wrap up. I had a pretty good reading month. I read 6 books and 4 of those were 4 star reads. Although I was ill for a while this month, which wasn’t so great. Other than that, I had an alright month. Let’s get started with my mini reviews.
Shadow of the Fox / book 1 of the Shadow of the Fox series / Julie Kagawa / ★★★
This is the first book in a YA Fantasy series set in a Japanese inspired world. I have a full review of this coming so I’ll keep this mini review short. Overall I liked this book but I definitely had some issues with it. If you enjoy YA fantasy then you’ll probably enjoy this too.
Empress of All Seasons / Emiko Jean / ★★★.5
This is a YA fantasy book set in a fictional Japanese inspired world that is inhabited by humans and yōkai. As I understand, yōkai is an umbrella term for many supernatural beings from Japanese folklore. This was one of my favourite things about this book. Jean has done a fantastic job at creating a complex and unique world that is so immersive from the very beginning. This world is unlike anything I’ve read before and I really appreciated that. Although I enjoyed the plot overall, I felt that it was a little rushed at times. I kind of wanted this to be a longer book so some of the plot could be expanded on more. My one other small complaint was the romance. Again it felt rushed and very predictable. Overall I really enjoyed this book and would definitely recommend checking it out, especially if you love YA fantasy
A Veil of Spears / book 3 of the Song of the Shattered Sands / Bradley Beaulieu / ★★★★
I’ve got a full review of this up, so I’m going to keep this one short. I love this series and this was such a good continuation from the second book. The world is unique, the plot is compelling and the characters are so well written. If you are looking for a new fantasy series to read then I highly recommend checking this one out.
Lamentation / book 6 of the Shardlake series / C. J. Sansom / ★★★★
This was a fantastic continuation of this series. Once again, the plot is compelling, the writing is great and the characters development is great. I have enjoyed every book in this series so far and this instalment was no exception. This book was so good and I cannot wait for the release of the next sequel. If you enjoy historical fiction mixed with mystery and/or are interested in the time period (Henry VIII’s reign) then I highly recommend reading this series.
I’ve got a full review of the series coming so I’m going to keep this short. Basically I loved both of these books. The character development was fantastic, the plot is compelling and I loved being back in this world. If you are looking for a new fantasy series to read then you need to check this one out.
That’s it for today. I can’t believe we’ve only got two more months of the year left… hopefully I can read a lot of books in that time :). I’m currently reading Magician by Raymond E. Feist, which is the book 1 of the Riftwar series. Other books I want to read include The Priory of the Orange Tree by Samantha Shannon, The Winter of the Witch by Katherine Arden and War Cry by Brian McClellan. There are other books but I think I’ll leave it at that for now. Have you read any of these books? I hope you are all having a wonderful day and I will see you next time.