I’m going to skip my usual monthly books review, and dedicate an entire post to my favourite series, The Queen’s Thief by Megan Whalen Turner. The last book, Return of the Thief, came out last Tuesday, and it took me a record of 1.5 days to finish it.
Now that I’m writing this, I don’t actually know what to say, haha. It’s a bit embarrassing, but I’m just so overwhelmed with how the series ended, how lovely it was, how much of what I wanted was in it and more, and now I’m rather speechless.
This will be a poor review as well, because I honestly can’t say anything that hasn’t already be said about this series: it is incredibly smart, with twists that make you want to rush for a reread; it has amazing, heart-wrenching plots; and incredible characters that are so life-like you end up feeling like you’re friends with them by the end.
I was not very sentimental about the release of the last book, although this series has consumed the last ten years of my life. But now I’m feeling a tug in my heart, haha. In all honesty though, I am very happy about the way things ended, and I am much happier looking forward to the things the author will create next.
I spent much of this month feeling like I was in a book slump, so it’s a little surprising to see that I managed to finish 5 books. But I think the slumpy feel was due to the fact that, with the exception of Toy Box, I wasn’t really into any of the other books.
Hey guys! I just realized that I didn’t do a book review for the month of March. It was just so crazy last month, I think we can all agree on that. I haven’t been able to keep up the reading pace I had set at the beginning of the year, unfortunately. With all that’s going on, I haven’t had a lot of reading mojo, sadly, but I do hope that I will soon find the right book to get absorbed in, and to help me through these uncertain times.
These are the books I managed to finish in the last two months.
To start off the New Year, I picked up The Vengekeep Prophecies by Brian Farrey. I bought this a long time ago, but didn’t get around to reading it until now. I thought it had some very smart twists and a great world-building. I warmed up to the Grimjinx family instantly, and I was a little disappointed that for most of the book, we don’t actually get to see them operate as a team. I think that’s really the only issue I had with the story, and perhaps it was why I found the middle to ‘sag’ a little. It had an awesome ending though.
Sorcery of Thorns was such a joy to read. It’s the kind of cozy fantasy that was perfect to read on a winter’s afternoon. The characters were all lovable and the romance went at the perfectly right pace for me. The plot was amazing, full of twists and turns. And yes, I have to mention this, being such a big fan of Fullmetal Alchemist, but the plot is very similar to FMA. Not that it takes away any enjoyment. On the contrary, picking up on the similar plot lines made me more excited to see how things would turn out in this world.
I often compare the books I read to the ones I enjoyed before, so I figured I would compile my favourite books here as a reference.
It was difficult for me to choose my “favourite” books, because we tend to judge how much we like a book by how many times we’ve read it. Unfortunately I’m not a big re-reader. While there are a few books I’ve read multiple times, there others I’ve only read once that still gave me a phenomenal reading experience. I included those ones in my list as well.
None of these are in order, by the way. (Well, with the exception of the first one! That one really is my favourite book of all time!)