Reading Lately: July 2017 Edition

Hi friends! Welcome to the new Reading Lately! Be sure to join Cat (Catherine Chicotka) and I for the linkup below and add more books to your to-read list! I’m a bit late (usually would be Friday) but I got home on Thursday from work and just didn’t feel well. And honestly, it was probably for the best because I finished one book that night and another on Saturday. July was not a good month of reading for me. I’m not really sure what it was. I just couldn’t get into one of the books and I was reading 2 at the same time (one at home, one on my Kindle app) and while not similar, they were close enough that I shouldn’t of read them at the same time.

Reading Lately: July 2017 Edition - Book reviews of Frostblood by Elly Blake; The Heart of What Was Lost by Tad Williams; and Age of Myth by Michael J. Sullivan | Puppies & Pretties

What I’ve been reading lately

Frostblood by Elly Blake: So when I went to write this review, I couldn’t for the life of my remember this book. Probably a bad sign since I finished it mid-July. It is your prototypical YA book with all the normal cliches. The main character is a Fireblood living in hiding in a Frostblood dominated world. She is found out and sent to prison. Then she is given a chance to get back at the evil Frostblood king and falls in love and blah blah blah. If you want a book to sit and not have to think too much about, this would work.
2.5 out of 5 stars
c/o Netgalley

The Heart of What Was Lost by Tad Williams: This was the book I really struggled to get into. At only 200 or so pages, it should of been a breeze to read. But Tad Williams is anything but a breeze. His writing is deep and nuanced. This is an extension of his previous trilogy (Memory, Sorrow, and Thorn) but also the .5 in his new series. It has been years since I read Memory, Sorry, and Thorn so it took me awhile to get back into the world and the characters. But once I finally did, it was great. As I said, Williams is a great writer. If you are looking to read a really great fantasy (on the darker side) pick up The Dragonbone Chair.
4 out of 5 stars

Age of Myth by Michael J. Sullivan: This is the start of the a new epic fantasy series. Men worship/fear theΒ Fhrey as gods. Human eek out a living in dahls and try to stay out of the way of the Fhrey. But when Raithe kills one of the Fhrey it sets into motion events that will change the way of the world. I liked that this book actually had female characters that had major roles. The world building is fantastic and so is the character growth. But what made me really excited was the ending, because it was a bit of a twist that I wasn’t expecting and makes me look forward to reading the next book in the series
4 out of 5 stars
c/o Netgalley

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  • I love reading book reviews! Mostly because I am so good at buying a book, getting 30 pages in and hating it. I’ve been reading Let’s Pretend this Never Happened which is a really funny memoir.

  • shootingstarsmag

    Thanks for sharing – sorry you couldn’t really get into FrostBlood. It doesn’t really stick out to me, so I think I’ll pass!

    -Lauren
    http://www.shootingstarsmag.net

  • None of these are my style, but I am always glad when I see people using Netgalley!

  • Age of Myth sounds great! i might add it to my list and then wait a bit, i hate waiting for series to finish!

    • Positive thing with this series is that it’s supposed to be complete in about a year or so. The books are all written, but they are spacing the releases our over like 3 years.

  • I used to read a ton of fantasy but lately not so much. I’m going to Age of Myth for when the fantasy bug bites me again. πŸ˜€

  • Age of Myth sounds really good! I need to try it.

  • Cat

    Honestly I’ve forgotten about books when I’ve come to write my reading lately posts, so I’ve started drafting my reviews and key points/ideas as soon as I finish them haha! Hope you’re feeling better and bummer you didn’t have a great month reading. I think I’ll pass on Frostblood, I probably would have picked it up based on the cover. But I am intrigued with the Age of Myth! I love a good twist πŸ™‚

    • I always say that I’m going to draft my reviews and then never do. Ha. I’m pretty sure I requested Frostblood just because of the cover. The twist is good in Age of Myth. It sets up the next book well without a cliffhanger.

  • I love reading about what other people are reading! Books are such a huge passion of mine, but unfortunately reading often gives me killer headaches so I don’t do it very often anymore. I’ve gone and got my eyes checked and they’re perfect so I don’t know how to fix it 😩 until that gets better, I’ve just got to live vicariously through other people’s “reading lately” posts!

    http://www.thesmalladventurer.blogspot.com.au/

    • Oh man! I hope you get that figured out! Have you tried audio books? It’s not quite the same, but it might be a good option for you. Audible always has free months here and there so you can try it out.

  • Kelsie Kleinmeyer

    These look so good! I just finishing my 16th book of the summer and it was so good!

  • ooh I love fantasy! πŸ™‚ I didn’t read a lot in July, but I am hoping that August is an awesome reading month! πŸ™‚ Here from SUYB. XO – Alexandra

    Simply Alexandra: My Favorite Things

  • Shani Ogden

    I haven’t heard of these books but they sound interesting. I recently finished The Sun Is Also A Star by Nicola Yoon and Born A Crime by Trevor Noah.