October Wrap and November TBR

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.

 

Ruin and Wrath / book 3 and 4 of the Faithful and the Fallen series / John Gwynne / ★★★★
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.

 

Pippa

 

 

 

September Wrap Up and October TBR

Hi guys, I hope you are all well. It’s the end of the month, which means its time for another monthly wrap up post. You guys probably know the drill by now – each month a write mini reviews of the books I’ve read and then I share some books I plan to read. I had an alright month in September, although I didn’t get as much reading done as I could have because I was playing Shadow of the Tomb Raider instead. Also I’m sorry for the lighting in the pictures – I use natural lighting and sometimes it’s not as good as I would want. Anyway, let’s get started with the wrap up.

 

 

Bridge of Birds / Barry Hughart / ★★★
Set in medieval China, this follows Number Ten Ox and Master Li as they go on a quest to save a village from a plague. While I did really enjoy this book, I wasn’t the biggest fan of the writing style. I can’t really put my finger on why but something just didn’t quite work for me. The characters are really well written though and the plot is compelling throughout. I thought the world building was good too. If you’re looking for an East-Asian inspired fantasy book, or just for something a little bit different to typical fantasy books, then I highly recommend checking this book out.

 

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Legend / book 1 of the Drenai series / David Gemmell / ★★
The basic premise of this is a legendary warrior coming out of retirement to help defend against an incoming, conquering army. I really enjoyed the setting of this and thought that the characters were well written. My one issue with characters was the representation of women; this was first published in the 80’s and it is dated in how it portrays women. They are very much secondary characters and although they have some depth to them, I wanted more. I also wasn’t a fan of the speed at which two characters fall in love – it’s basically insta-love. Other than that, I had no issues with this book. I really enjoyed it and would recommend checking it out.

 

The Angel’s Game / book 2 of the Cemetery of Forgotten Books / Carlos Ruiz Zafon / ★★★.5
This is the sequel to The Shadow of the Wind. Although I did enjoy this book, I definitely didn’t love it as much as the first book. Once again the writing is great and it was easy to settle back into the writing style. The characters are well written and the plot is compelling. Overall this was a good book and I look forward to continuing on with this series.

 

The White Mirror / book 2 of the Li Du trilogy / Elsa Hart / ★★.5
This is the sequel to Jade Dragon Mountain. I really enjoyed the first book so I had high hopes for this book and it didn’t disappoint. In fact, I think I enjoyed this story more than the first one. The characters are well written, the plot is compelling and I love the setting of 18th century China. The atmosphere is really well done. Basically this was an enjoyable mystery book and I will definitely be checking out the next book in this trilogy.

 

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Soulbinder / book 4 of the Spellslinger series / Sebastien de Castell / ★★
Another fantastic instalment to this series. I am planning to have a full review of this book up next week, so I’m not going to go into to much detail now. All I’ll say is that this is such a entertaining series and I highly recommend checking it out. The next book in the series, Queenslayer, is set to be released on the 2nd May 2019.

 

Blood of the Gods / book 2 of the Ascension Cycle / David Mealing / ★★
This was a fantastic continuation of this trilogy. I loved the first book so I had high hopes for this sequel and it didn’t disappoint. Mealing did a great job at building on what we know from book 1 and it was great to be back in this world. The character development was really well done and I loved the direction of the plot. I will be writing a full review of this so keep an eye out for that. I highly recommend checking this series out.

 

Circe / Madeleine Miller / ★★
I thought this book was fantastic. Personally, I enjoyed this book more than her previous one, The Song of Achilles. I loved how Miller brought life to Circe. All of the characters were well written and I loved how Circe is neither good or bad; she’s a mix of both.  I find Greek mythology really interesting, so I loved the setting of this book. The writing is great and I found it so easy to settle into the story. If you enjoyed Miller’s other book, then you will definitely love this book too. If you haven’t pick this book up yet I highly recommend you do.

 

Valour / book 2 of the Faithful and the Fallen series / John Gwynne / ★★
This book was so good. I’ve been aware of this series for quite some time and I can’t believe to took me this long to read it. I loved the direction of the plot and was engrossed in the story from very early on. There are a lot of characters to keep track of, but there is a character list that you can refer back to which is helpful. As with the first book this sequel switches between multiple perspective; each of which is distinctive. I cannot say enough good things about the first two books in this series. I have the last two books on my shelves waiting to be read. I highly recommend checking this series out.

 

That’s it for today. I’m not going to set myself a TBR for October, although I do have a vague idea of some books I want to get to. Obviously I’d like to continue reading the Faithful and the Fallen series by reading the third book, Ruin. Other books high up on my TBR include Lamentation by C. J. Sansom and A Veil of Spears by Bradley Beaulieu. I’m currently reading Dragon Sword and Wind Child by Noriko Ogiwara. There are quite a few other books that I could pick up instead though. What was your favourite book from the past month? I hope you are all having a wonderful day and I will see you next time.

 

 

Pippa

 

 

 

August Wrap Up and September TBR

Hi guys, I hope you are all well. It’s time for another monthly wrap up. I have to admit that I’m pretty happy that we’re now technically in the Autumn months – I’m looking forward to getting all my jumpers out :). Anyway I had a pretty good reading month. I read 7 books and possibly found a new favourite series. We all know the drill by now so I’m just going to start.

 

Birdcage Walk / Helen Dunmore / ★★★
Although I love Dunmore as an author, something about this book just didn’t fully click with me. Don’t get me wrong, it was good and well written, but sometimes there’s just something missing. I think the slow pacing made it seem a bit of a chore to read it at times, so I didn’t become invested in the plot or characters. I do think that Dunmore is a great writer though – this one just didn’t quite work for me.

 

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Heir to Sevenwaters / book 4 of the Sevenwaters series / Juliet Marillier / ★★★
I have to admit that I haven’t enjoyed the last two books in this series as much as I loved the first two. This was a good continuation of the series, but I didn’t love it as much as I wanted to. As with the previous books, the writing is fantastic. I enjoyed the story, but I just wasn’t that invested in the characters. I will still be continuing on with this series.

 

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City of Lies / book 1 of the Poison War / Sam Hawke / ★★★
*I received a digital copy from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review*
I thought this was a good introduction to this series. However I didn’t love it as much as I hoped. I liked that these characters specialised in poison but they are not assassins – their job is protect against poison, not poisoning others. I’ve not really seen this in other books and liked that aspect of it. Although I enjoyed the plot overall, I found this quite a slow read and it dragged in places. My main issue with this one though was that I wasn’t invested in the characters. I can’t really put my finger on why but something about them just didn’t quite click with me. The world building was good, if a little lacking at times. Overall I enjoyed this and I would recommend checking it out, if especially if you are a big fantasy reader.

 

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The Blade Itself / book 1 in the First Law trilogy / Joe Abercrombie / ★★★
While I did enjoy this book, I didn’t love it as much as I thought I would. The characters were well written, the world building is great and it use multiple perspectives well.  I just wasn’t full invested in the characters or plot. One of the characters in particular really got on my nerves – he is so incredibly selfish and vain and I really wasn’t a fan (Jezel, for anyone wondering). Overall I’m glad I read it and I did enjoy it but I didn’t love it. Something just didn’t quite click into place for me. Right now I am unsure whether to continue the series. I think I may give the next book a go and then take it from there.

 

 

The Queen of Sorrow / book 3 of the Queens of Renthia trilogy / Sarah Beth Durst / ★★★.5
I’ve really enjoyed this trilogy so far and I thought this was a great conclusion. One of my favourite things about this trilogy is the world. It has such a a unique world and it was great to be back in it with this sequel. I enjoyed the direction of the plot and I was satisfied with the way the trilogy ended. The character and relationship development in this last book was also really well done. I have to admit that I did kind of want to see more from Daleina but maybe that’s just me. Overall I thought this was great and I highly recommend checking out the trilogy. I am thinking of doing a full review of the trilogy so keep an eye out for that.

 

 

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Moribito 2: Guardian of the Darkness / book 2 of the Moribito series / Nahoko Uehashi / ★★★★
This was a fantastic continuation of this series, although I’m now a little sad that the rest of the series hasn’t been translated. I have a full review of the first two books in this series coming soon, so I’m going to keep this brief. I loved the direction of the plot in the sequel and it was great to be back with Balsa, the protagonist. I find these books to be quick and super enjoyable to read. I definitely recommend checking out this author.

 

Malice / book 1 of the Faithful and the Fallen series / John Gwynne / ★★★★
I’ve had this series on my radar from quite some time but for some reason I’ve never picked it up. I am so glad that I’ve finally read it because I loved this book. It was a fantastic introduction to this series and I cannot wait to read the other books. It did take me a little while to get used to the switch in perspectives, as there are around 5 characters it switches between, but after about 100 pages I was settled into the flow of the story. I thought the characters were well written and the author does a great job at developing their relationships with each other. The world building is good, as is the writing, and there are some fantastic action scenes. Basically I loved this and I will definitely be continuing with this series as soon as possible.

 

 

I’m currently reading two books, the first is The Angel’s Game by Carlos Ruiz Zafon and the second book is Legend by David Gemmell. I’m enjoying both so far but I’ll let you know my full thoughts once I’ve finished. I’m not setting myself any TBR for September – I’m just going to read whatever I feel like at the time. I will probably continuing on with the Faithful and the Fallen series as I loved the first book. What was your favourite book you read this month? I’d love to know what you’ve been reading. I hope you are all having a wonderful day and I will see you next time.

 

Pippa

 

 

 

July Wrap Up and August TBR

Hi guys, I hope you are all well. It’s the end of the month, which means its time for another monthly wrap up post. I lowered my Goodreads reading goal this month to 80 books as I don’t think I’ll be able to read 100 this year. It was nice to go from being behind my goal to being ahead of it. Anyway I’ve read 6 books this month, none of which is rated under 3 stars. I’m also starting to get back into the flow of blogging after my holiday :). Let’s get started.

 

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Redemption’s Blade / Adrian Tchaikovsky / ★★★
*I received a digital copy from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review*
What first drew me to this book is that it is set in the aftermath of the big event. So often we see the build up and the resolution right after but we never see what happens after. In this book we see the aftermath of such an event. I really liked this aspect of the book. The characters are quite well written, if a little flat, and I loved the diversity of the world. Throughout the 500 pages, we get to see a wide variety of races as well as reading about different areas of the world. Plot-wise this book is quite light and for me it lacked cohesion at times, but for the most part I found it to be an enjoyable read. Overall I enjoyed this book but I didn’t love it. I would recommend checking it out though, as it is an enjoyable read with an interesting premise.

 

The Clan of the Cave Bear / book 1 of the Children’s Earth series / Jean M. Auel / ★★★
This is a historical fiction book set during the Ice Age. I really liked this setting, as I’ve never read anything like this before. One of my main issues with this book was repetition. There is a lot of it throughout the 500 pages and it gets a little frustrating. At times there was also terms used that I doubt would have been used, or even known, in that time. For example at one point Auel talks about dehydration and hypothermia, but these are clearly medical terms from the modern day and wouldn’t have been used back then. I also got a frustrated at the main villains hatred of the main character – there seemed to be very little reason behind it. One last thing that bugged me a little was Ayla (the main character) and her ability to do just about anything. It’s one of those main characters who is seemingly perfect, if that makes sense. Despite all of these things, I did still enjoy this book. The plot is good, if a little slow at times and generally the characters were well written. If you enjoy historical fiction and/or are interested in this time period, then I would recommend checking this book out.

 

Crazy Rich Asians / Kevin Kwan / ★★★.5
If you’ve followed my blog for any length of time, you’ll probably realise that this book isn’t the type of book I’d normally read and you’d be right. I picked this up on a bit of a whim, after seeing the trailer for the film, and I actually ended really enjoying it. It’s a little silly and over the top, but it was just the light, fun read that I needed at the time.

 

Soul of the World / book 1 of the Ascension Cycle / David Mealing / ★★★★
*I received a digital copy from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review*
This was such a good book. I had it on my radar, and then on my kindle, for quite a while before actually reading. I have a full review of this coming soon, so I’m not going into detail right now. Overall I loved this book and would recommend checking it out, especially if you enjoy epic fantasy.

 

Assassin’s Fate / book 3 of the Fitz and the Fool trilogy / Robin Hobb / ★★★★
I’ve now completed the Realm of the Elderlings series. I thought this was a fantastic conclusion to this series. I mean it’s Robin Hobb, so you know it’s going to be good. My only minor issue was that it was a little repetitive at times but overall this book was fantastic. If you’ve enjoyed her other books, then you enjoy this too and if you haven’t pick up Hobb’s books yet then I highly recommend you do.

 

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The Hyena and the Hawk / book 3 of the Echoes of the Fall trilogy / Adrian Tchaikovsky / ★★★★
This was one of my most anticipated books of this year and it didn’t disappoint. I loved the direction of the plot and thought this was a fantastic conclusion to this trilogy. Once again the writing is great and I don’t want to put the book down once I’ve started it.  I loved being back with these characters and their development in this final book was so well done. Basically I really enjoyed this book. I’m planning on writing a full review so this is all I’ll say about this book for now.

 

 

I’m currently reading Birdcage Walk by Helen Dunmore. I’m about 100 pages in and I’m liking it so far. In terms of my August TBR, there are a few books I’d like to get to including Iron Gold by Pierce Brown, The Queen of Sorrow by Sarah Beth Durst, The Ice by Laline Paull and Lamentation by C. J. Sansom. I may get distracted by other books though :). There are few book releases in August too. What was your favourite book in July? Have you read any of these books? I hope you are all having a wonderful day and I will see you next time.

 

Pippa

 

 

 

June Wrap Up and July TBR

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.

 

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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.

 

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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.

 

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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.

 

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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.

 

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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.

 

Pippa

 

 

May Wrap Up

Hi guys, I hope you are all well. It’s the end of the month so it’s time to talk about all the books I’ve read. One of the books I read this month went straight onto my favourite list. I read a total of 8 books in May, which I am pretty happy with. Let’s get started.

 

Children of Blood and Bone / Legacy of Orïsha trilogy / Tomi Adeyemi / ★★
I had heard a lot of good things about this book but unfortunately it didn’t work for me. I’m planning to write a full review on this one, so expect that sometime in June or July. For now I’ll just say that I didn’t connect with the characters, disliked the romance and I wasn’t invested in the story. If you are a big fan of YA fantasy then I think you’ll enjoy this but it didn’t work for me personally.

 

 

Gather the Daughters / Jennie Melamed / ★★★
This one is quite a hard one to review and rate. Overall I thought this was a good book and it got me thinking but there were a few issues I had with it. This book is pretty dark and unsettling as it follows four young girls living in a secluded cult-like society. One of my main issues in the book is the ending. I don’t want to spoil anything but it was felt very unsatisfactory to me. In some ways I wondered at the point of this book. Yes it does get you to think about these things but it doesn’t come up with any solution and there’s no resolution at the end. The characters were quite well written, if a little flat and the writing was good.

 

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Caligula / Simon Turney / ★★★.5
*I received a digital copy from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review*
Based around the life of the third Roman emperor, Caligula, this was a fascinating read. I know next to nothing about this period of history so it’s a good thing that this book doesn’t require any prior knowledge. Although it is quite a slow read, I found it to be engaging throughout and never felt that it dragged. The politics and intrigue are so well done. I liked that fact that this is told from one of the sisters of Caligula – it provides an interesting perspective. The book was well written and I found it easy to get into the flow of the story. Overall I enjoyed this historical fiction very much and would recommend it, especially if you are interested in the time period.

 

The Moonstone / Wilkie Collins / ★★★★
This book is generally recognised as the first detective novel. I have to admit that I struggled initially to get into this book, but after a while I settled into the flow of the story. I didn’t find it to be the most compelling story, although I did enjoy seeing how it all unfolded. It dragged a little in certain places which made it quite a slow read for me. Overall I enjoyed this one but I would say I liked The Woman in White a little more.

 

Neverwhere / Neil Gaiman / ★★★★
I have heard so many good things about this author so I thought it was about time I tried one of his books. I really enjoyed this book. I wasn’t sure what to start with so I picked this one up on a bit of a whim. It was a entertaining and enjoyable read with a great cast of characters and a good story. I loved the villains, Mr Croup and Mr Vandemar – they were really quite creepy. Overall this was a very enjoyable read and I definitely plan on checking out more books by this author.

 

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Charmcaster / book 3 in the Spellslinger series / Sebastien de Castell / ★★★★
Since I’ve got a full review of this one coming next month, I’m going to be brief here. Basically I loved it. I thought this was a great instalment to this series and I cannot wait it see how things progress in the next books. Highly recommend.

 

Heartstone / book 5 of the Shardlake series / C. J. Sansom / ★★★★
This was another fantastic instalment to this series. Once again the plot was compelling, the writing is great and I loved being back with these characters. I really enjoy these books and I was so excited to see that there is a new book in this series being released later this year. If you enjoy historical fiction mixed with mysteries then I highly recommend checking this series out. I’m looking forward to continuing with the next book in the series.

 

 

The Beast Player /  Nahoko Uehashi / Translator: Cathy Hirano / ★★★★★
I loved this book. Seriously, it is so good. I have a full review of this coming, so I’ll keep this short. Originally written in Japanese, this is a fantastic fantasy book. The writing is great, there’s a wonderful cast of characters and the plot is compelling. I cannot say enough good things about this book. I highly recommend checking it out.

 

I am currently reading Wrath of the Empire by Brian McClellan, which is the second book in the Gods of Powder and Blood trilogy. I’m a couple hundred pages in so far and loving it. In terms of my June TBR I haven’t really set myself one. I’m just going to read what I feel like at the time. I do have a holiday coming up so I will be posting a TBR for that. Have you read any of these books? What was your favourite book in May? I hope you are all having a wonderful day and I will see you next time.

 

Pippa

 

 

April Wrap Up and May TBR

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 post. I read 5 books and I’m about half way through another book right now. April was my birthday month so I got more books to add to my TBR and I got to see Hamilton in London, so I had a pretty good month. Let’s get started.

 

The Poppy War / book 1 of a trilogy / R. F. Kuang / ★★
This was one of my anticipated releases of this year but it didn’t quite work for me. I have a full review coming soon so I’m not going to go into too much detail. Basically I wasn’t invested in the characters or the plot, although I enjoyed the military aspect and the world.

 

Blood of Assassins / book 2 of the Wounded Kingdom series / R. J. Barker / ★★★
I have a full review of this up so I’m not going to go into too much detail here. Overall I thought this was a good continuation of this series, although I did find the main character to be quite frustrating. I enjoyed the plot and it’s well written. If you enjoy fantasy with assassins then this series is worth checking out.

 

The Wolves of Winter / Tyrell Johnson / ★★★.5
* I received a digital copy from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review*
This is set in Canada after a nuclear war and the fast spread of disease and follows a small group of people trying to survive. I didn’t really know what to expect when I started this as I knew very little about it but I ended up really quite enjoying it. It is a little predictable and I found the main character a tad frustrating at times but overall I enjoyed this book. I have to admit that it took me a little while to get into it but after a couple of chapters I was hooked. The author does a wonderful job at creating a suspenseful atmosphere that builds throughout the book. I think the frequent use of profanity may be a little off putting for some, so that may be something to be aware of. This book is also not for the faint hearted as it deals with violence and sexual assault. The characters are well written and the world building is good. It is a little ambiguous but I think that lends itself to the mystery of the book.

 

Fool’s Quest / book 2 in the Fitz and the Fool trilogy / Robin Hobb / ★★★★
I don’t have much to say about this book; it’s by Hobb so of course it was fantastic. I am both excited and nervous to finally be completing this series. If you enjoy fantasy books then you need to check out Robin Hobb.

 

Revelation / book 4 in the Shardlake series / C. J. Sansom / ★★★★★
I’ve enjoyed every book in this series so it was no surprise to me that I enjoyed this instalment. I think this is probably my favourite book of the series so far. As with the previous books the writing is great and I loved the story of this instalment. It was great to be back with these characters too. I am excited to continue on with this series. If you enjoy historical fiction books then I highly recommend checking this series out.

 

 

That’s all I read last month. I’m not setting myself any TBR for May, although I do want to finish The Moonstone by Wilkie Collins. What was your favourite read from April? I hope you are all having a wonderful day and I will see you next time.

 

Pippa