Before I start, a few Bookish achievements that happened this month:
- Won my first GoodReads Giveaway! For a comic book, but WHO CARES. I totally think they’re rigged.
- Got my first (and possibly last) Bookish Box! It was ok. Although I do love throw pillow covers.
Anyways, onto the roundup! This month, I… thought I slowed down. Apparently I didn’t. I definitely felt like I read less, time wise, but… what?
Total books read this month: 10
Favorite book: Tie between The Hero of Ages and The Name of the Wind
Currently Reading: The Wise Man’s Fear by Patrick Rothfuss. A huge, almost 1000-page continuation of the Kingkiller Chronicles. I’m excited. And scared. And am returning the rest of my library books now.
The Final Empire by Brandon Sanderson
So there’s this Lord Ruler dude who’s really bad set in a world where there are Mistings and Mistborn. This book is about trying to overthrow this ruler dude by rallying the submissive sect of people that have been slaves/gutterscum for CENTURIES. Anyways, Mistings and Mistborns have special powers that allow them to burn certain metals and use that energy to perform a specific magical skill. Yes, they ingest these metals. Powers include sense-heightening, strength, pushing and pulling metal (which sounds lame at first, but that means they can drop metal and jump off it, aka fly).
I seriously can’t get over this book! I broke my book-buying ban in order to get not just the entire trilogy, but the entire trilogy in the UK edition. This means that I just bought brand-new books and the last time I bought brand-new books was before I discovered what a giant waste of money that is and that I could get just as beautiful used books instead.
It is because of this book that I got out of my romance reading slump (not one where I refuse to read romance, but one where I ONLY read romance. Yikes). This took me 3 days to finish, but the time between putting down the book and picking it back up again was TOO LONG. I would be antsy at work, counting down the minutes until I could crack open the spine and pick up where I left off. Needless to say, if you like anything remotely fantastical, you’ll like The Final Empire.
My only regret… is that Brandon Sanderson came into our one indie bookstore last Monday. And I didn’t go. Because I hadn’t read this book yet. Gah!
The Black Prism by Brent Weeks
This is a little complex to explain. There’s a society where certain people are able to control colors of the spectrum; each color has a different characteristic that is somewhat tied to your emotions (aka, red=fire=angry person). In this world, the spectrum of possibly controllable colors (7) are imbalanced. This is where the Prism comes in; the Prism is a person that can control all 7 colors (which is rare, but for some reason, I’ve read about 3 at least so far) and there is one of these a generation. Prisms are Prisms for years in multiples of 7 and since Gavin has been Prism for 16, he has 5 more years until he starts dying, or losing the control of his colors. This is the year he finds and gets his bastard son; this is the year that satrapies (regions of the empire) start rebelling. Insert political/emotional/romantic intrigue. Obviously, this is going to be an Epic.
After Mistborn, I had to dive into yet another fantasy novel to keep the high going while I waited f or the rest of Sanderson’s trilogy to make its way to my door. As of writing this on the 16th, I still have yet to get it. This… worked. But it was nowhere near as absorbing as the last one. And nowhere near as finished! I’d say this is an apt start to a world where I’d be interested in delving deeper into. As long as I know where it’s going…
Romancing the Duke by Tessa Dare
Oh goodness, I should really write something immediately after reading. I don’t remember this at all. *checks GoodReads* Ok, I’m good now. This is your typical HEA book featuring a destitute heroine with a father that spent all of their money and an injured, hermit hero (blind). She inherits his castle because of his hermit-hood following his injury but he refuses to move out. Which is a recipe for romance (for some reason?). There’s one twist in this book.
This was enjoyable.
In Your Dreams by Kristan Higgins
“Burly” Policewoman-tomboy character falls in lust with Nice Guy/actual Hero hero when he agrees to be her date to her ex-fiance’s wedding. Yeah, you’re interested already, aren’t you? Said ex-fiance used to be MASSIVE and policewoman used to have a horrible stutter. They bonded through their less-than-perfect human experiences. Until he fell in love with sadistic gym trainer and discovered he was a little masochistic. And now he’s Hot. But not as much as her Nice Guy/Hero guy. Oh, also there’s an annoying, clingy Southern Belle of a wife that returns after hearing about his heroics.
The best part about this book was discovering that there was a whole Higgins series I hadn’t read yet.
The Blinding Knife by Brent Weeks
We continue from where we left off on the first book. And now I realize that writing non-spoiler summaries of non-first books in series is quite hard. Let’s see… Kip, the bastard son from before now goes through training to become a Blackguard. There are trials and tribulations that follow his storyline, including the making of friends and enemies, injuries galore, and magical development. On Gavin’s end, he delves deeper into the twist that happens at the end of the last book, but is largely absent from Kip’s life during this. The Lightbringer prophecy is mentioned and then dropped, much like many plot points throughout the entire book, to my exasperation.
Of course I had to discover what happens next. There’s no way I can’t NOT finish a series, especially when the following book is already out for grabs at the library. This one was definitely better than the last one because I LOVE magical school premises! But why always the cliffhanger at the end of the book?? Why can’t you just resolve it like Sanderson did in Mistborn?
The Well of Ascension by Brandon Sanderson
We continue a year after what happened in the first book. And, like always, second books of series are so hard to talk about without giving everything away so I’m just going to avoid it. Characters live, characters die. Yada yada.
I completely LOVED this book (besides not knowing how I feel about a particular thing happening at the end of book 2. Those who have read this book–WHO WANTS TO DISCUSS??). There were so many twists and turns and SLOOOOWWW unfolding of a plot that I was insanely curious about!! He has this skill of only letting you know what you really need to know for the plot to move forward so he can use your curiosity to create tension within the plot. Even though much of it is a standstill (there’s a siege), there was enough action and enough tension in the plot to make me speed through. Honestly, I don’t think I really savored it the way I should’ve. I sped through and definitely need a reread sometime in the future! Needless to say, I dove right into the third book.
The Hero of Ages by Brandon Sanderson
It’s yet another year after the end of the previous book. This time, we waste no time in diving into all the action because, let’s be honest, in order to satisfactorily tie up all the loose strands floating around this series, this one’s going to need to move pretty fast.
I learned from my mistakes and I savored the heck out of this book. I was halfway done after the first day and was going to stay up like I do Sunday nights before the work grind to get it out of the way, but I didn’t. I went to bed instead (gasp). But now I’ve finished and all I have to say is… HOOOOOOLY shit. What just happened. I truly think Sanderson could’ve delved so much deeper into the world, in Tolkein fashion, but appreciate that he didn’t for the sake of movement of the plot. At the end, I just had goosebumps everywhere. Man. Now I’m unsure if I want to continue reading Sanderson, which will be literally a hole that I will never climb out of, or finish the expiring, repeatedly-renewed library books on the shelf. I think I’m going into the hole, guys.
For a full review, click here.
Clockwork Angel by Cassandra Clare
This is the prequel to the Mortal Instrument series (City of Bones, etc) and is the first book of the Infernal Devices trilogy. The book follows Tessa Gray as she journeys to London to follow her brother who had been working there for a while already. Once she arrives, she’s immediately captured by these twins and is introduced into the Downworld and the Shadowhunters.
Ok…. where do I even begin. First of all, classic YA stuff: quotes from classic literature, the heroine who loves classic literature for some reason (even though I have never heard a teenager ever say that other than to be pretentious), a love triangle, broody teen boys… need I say more? This was my first Cassandra Clare book and I have to say that it’s probably going to be my last. Maybe I should’ve read the Mortal Instrument series before diving into this one, but I feel like series –even prequel series–should be able to stand alone. There was real world building or explanation of how this world works. I was also not at all invested in any of the characters or where the plot was going. Just nothing about it interested me. I almost didn’t finish it MULTIPLE times and eventually plowed through only because there were 100 pages left. 30 min of my time, why not?
For a full review, click here.
The Name of the Wind by Patrick Rothfuss
This is a tale of the classic fantasy hero–unusually strong, unusually smart, and humble. What’s different about this is the perspective of the narrative; it’s told as if he’s talking directly to you, starting from childhood to the present, where he is currently an innkeeper in a no-name town. The narrative follows him from 9 years old to his years as a student at the University. It’s essentially a bildungsroman in a fantasy format.
I really enjoyed this… but not as much as the hype said that I would enjoy it? There were some slow moving parts, mostly because I didn’t exactly know where the plot was going or why the detour was happening, but I read on anyways! I really liked how the narrative is framed and how jumping in and out from past to present nicely built up some tension to resume the actual story.
What I think my favorite part about reading this was admiring the language and the skill in which Rothfuss applies to tell this story. Apparently he wrote this as an English student in college (props to you, Mr. Rothfuss, for having time to create an amazing story while surviving college), and I believe reading many classics and literary works influenced the unique way he approached this novel. Full review here.
Say Yes to the Marquess by Tessa Dare
Girl has been waiting 8 years for her finace to finally marry her; when her uncle dies and leaves her a castle in her will, she decides to cut her losses and support herself instead. Boy’s brother thinks this is unacceptable and moves in with her for a week to try to convince her to plan the wedding. He’s excellent at convincing himself that he isn’t falling in love with her.
Cute, quick, 2-hour read on a Sunday morning. I liked that both of them had some insecurities rather than have the girl with the insecurities and the hero be completely infallible. Full review here.
What were some of your notable reads this month?