Reading Lately: January 2019 Edition

Hi friends! I’m back with my monthly book reviews. I had some good ones and a couple not so good reads. Also – I’m changing up the way I name my book review posts. I used to call it the month prior but now I’m just going to call it the month the post is actually published. It just makes more sense now that I’m usually publishing my reviews the second week of the month.

Reading Lately January 2019 Edition: book reviews of Mortal Engines by Philip Reeve; Rule by Ellen Goodlett; The Queen of Sorrow by Sarah Beth Durst; Six of Crows and Crooked Kingdom by Leigh Bardugo; The Winter of the Witch by Katherine Arden | Puppies & Pretties

What I’ve been reading lately

Mortal Engines by Philip Reeve: I wanted to read this because I want to see the movie. Meh. Here is to hoping the movie is better. The book isn’t bad, it just isn’t good. There is no depth to it. Everything is just flat. Which is too bad because the world it is set is pretty neat – most cities are movable and pretty much go around eating other cities.
2.5 out 5 stars

Rule by Ellen Goodlett: This book had so much potential. Three girls that are totally different and have some major baggage are brought to the capital to compete to become heir. But all are threatened with something from their past. The thing is, the “bad guy” just wasn’t believable. And then the person you thought was the bad guy ended up not being it so it sort of felt that the whole book and no purpose. I won’t be picking up the next book.
2 out 5 stars
c/o Netgalley

The Queen of Sorrow by Sarah Beth Durst: I really enjoyed this entire trilogy. This book picks up right after book 2 with Daleina and Naelin ruling side by side and trying to repair their country. But then Naelin’s children are kidnapped and she pretty much goes crazy and starts a war with the neighboring country (and the Queen we all love to hate, Merecot). But Merecot has grander plans than just starting a war. This is such a great, character-driven story. It centers around powerful women that are all very different and nowhere near perfect. We see their growth as characters throughout the trilogy and how they work together. There is a great balance of good characters, interesting magic, and political scheming. All my favorite things.
4 out 5 stars

Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo: It has been awhile since I read the Grisha trilogy and while I really liked the first book, it fell off from there. So I was a little worried picking this one up. It is set in the same world, but a different country and a few years later. But this book does pretty much everything better than Grisha. We follow six outcasts with some pretty impressive skills pick up a job (aka heist) of a lifetime that could make them all rich. We follow them as the plan and tackle the job. Where this book really shines is the characters. All have their quirks but it makes it so good. The plot moves quickly and you won’t be disappointed.
4 out 5 stars

Crooked Kingdom by Leigh Bardugo: This picks up right after Six of Crows, and whew, it it a ride. We saw Kaz and his diabolical mind in book one, but he really shines in Crooked. The crew was double-crossed and are now in hiding and plotting how to get revenge. There are some big players in this one and throughout it all the crew has to try and stay together to get through. I loved the growth of the characters and the relationships that they have. The plot keeps you guessing and it moves fast. I loved this duology and would definitely recommend.
4 out 5 stars

The Winter of the Witch by Katherine Arden: All the heart eyes for this one. I loved Bear and the Nightingale (review here) and The Girl in the Tower (review here). This is a fitting end to a great trilogy. Vasya finds herself at the center of a war that is much larger than it seems. She has to truly find herself and her powers to help the ones that she loves. There are so many good characters, a fascinating world and a plot that keeps you guessing. Even if you are not “into” fantasy books, please just pick up this trilogy and give it a try.
5 out 5 stars
c/o Netgalley


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