Reading Lately: July 2018 Edition

Hi friends! I’m back for another set of book reviews. July was quite kind to me in the reading department, with 9 (!!) books completed. Even better, nearly all of them were good. That doesn’t happen very often!

Reading Lately: July 2018 Edition. Book reviews of Court of Mist and Fury, A Court of Wings and Ruin and A Court of Frost and Starlight by Sarah J. Maas; The Queen's Poisoner, The Thief's Daughter and The King's Traitor by Jeff Wheeler; A God Among Thieves by Jackson Lear; Stars Uncharted by S.K. Dunstall; Foundryside by Robert Jackson Bennett | Puppies & Pretties

What I’ve been reading lately

A Court of Mist and Fury by Sarah J. Maas: It is pretty rare when book two is your favorite book in a series. But that is the case with this one. I read book one last month and really enjoyed that one. So to say this was better, is saying something. This book has a slow burn romance, tackles mental health and self worth, and great friendships. There is so much goodness, even with the really difficult subjects. Definitely worth a read.
5 out of 5 stars

A Court of Wings and Ruin by Sarah J. Maas: The final book in the trilogy, this one has to wrap up a lot of storylines. There is less character building and more strategy and battles and alliances. It is a solid wrap up of the trilogy, but I doubt anything could live up to ACoMaF.
4.5 out of 5 stars

A Court of Frost and Starlight by Sarah J. Maas: This is a fun little novella set after ACoWaR. Nothing really happens, we mainly see how the characters are moving on with their lives after the horrors of the war they fought. And it also sets up the next trilogy. I don’t think I would buy it (I borrowed it from the library). But I would recommend if you enjoyed the other books.
3.5 out of 5 stars

The Queen’s Poisoner by Jeff Wheeler: This is a fun sword & sorcery type book. Think a Game of Thrones light. We follow Owen, the youngest son (age 8) of a Duke that rebelled but didn’t quite rebel against the King, and lost. So Owen is going to the capital to be a hostage. It is obvious that the King hopes to eventually put him to death so people around Owen do everything they can do to keep him alive. There is friendships, intrigue and the use of magic.
3.5 out of 5 stars

The Thief’s Daughter by Jeff Wheeler: Set 9 years after book one, we see Owen growing into his title of Duke and advisor to the king. We see his relationship with Evie try to grow into something a little more, but the king has other plans. Owen has to balance what he thinks is right and loyalty to his king. A new character is introduced that will play a big part in Owen’s life. I enjoyed this book more than the first one, mainly because the characters are older and the tale moves along better.
4 out of 5 stars

The King’s Traitor by Jeff Wheeler: Several years after book 2, we find Owen becoming bitter and worried about who the king has become. He knows something must be done and that he has to be the one to lead it. With help from old friends and new, he has to depose the king that made him who he is today. This book has great intrigue, friendships, and tackles the repercussions of decisions. I recommend this series if you enjoy easy to read fantasy.
4 out of 5 stars

A God Among Thieves by Jackson Lear: This book was the only real bust this month. It wasn’t bad per say, I just didn’t really enjoy it. Set in a world where humans have recently created muskets and cannons are now fighting (and very rarely) killing the gods that they are fighting. This entire book revolves around the idea of one of these gods wants to defect to the human’s side and our band of main characters has to journey to bring her back to their city. But where this one fell flat is the characters. I didn’t care for any of them. One of the main characters, Kes, is such a little brat that I couldn’t stand her. So much of her history is cloaked in mystery. And so little is given out even though she continues to hurt the other characters. I’m all for characters being shitty people, but you better give me a reason. It also took me quite awhile to figure out which person was which. Some of the names are sort of similar and there wasn’t really an expatiation of who the people were. You just had to figure it out along the way. But for me it took too long. I doubt I will pick up the next book.
3 out of 5 stars
c/o Netgalley

Stars Uncharted by S.K. Dunstall: If you enjoy fast moving space operas, you will enjoy this book. The main characters include Nika, one of the best body modders in the universe and Josune, an engineer that has her sights set on exploring. But both have some skeletons in their closets and end up on the run with someone else that isn’t who he seems, Roystan. We follow these characters on an adventure to piece together what they know with pieces of the past. If you like a little mystery and “fighting the man” with some great characters, pick up this book.
4.5 out of 5 stars
c/o First to Read

Foundryside by Robert Jackson Bennett: Oooo, this is a good one. The main character, Sancia, is a great thief due to her magical abilities that she doesn’t quite understand. In a world where magic is a little more mechanically inclined (think being able to tell a piece of wood it is much stronger than it really is aka remaking reality a bit) the city is run by campos (or Companies) with everyone else just living in poverty/slums Then Sancia gets a job that is bigger than she has every had and is pulled into a whirlwind that will change her world. If you like great world building, likable characters, heists and talking keys, this book is for you. I can’t wait for the series to continue.
5 out of 5 stars
c/o Netgalley

What have you been reading lately?

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