Hi friends! I’m back with my monthly book reviews. I finished 5 books since the last Reading Lately, so at least I’m getting back to my “normal” reading pace.
What I’ve been reading lately
The Man in the Tree by Sage Walker: This book was not what I expected. It is set on seed ship that is nearly ready to leave Earth forever. However, a death sends the leaders of the ship in a bit of a spiral to figure out why/how it happened before the ship leaves. I was expecting more science fiction, but this book ended up being more of a whodunit style book. There is also a weird romance that is part of the whole plot. And the ending? Meh. What it does do well is show how cultures and societies are built and that human nature will always be around to mess things up.
3 out of 5 stars
By Schism Rent Asunder by David Weber: Book 2 in the series (see my review of book 1 here), I thought this was a much strong book overall. Book one has so much information that got dropped on you, that the plot sort of got pushed to the side. In book 2 we see characters continue to grow into their roles. It also has more political maneuvering, which I actually enjoy. Book one was more about the fights and getting ready for the fights. This one was all about alliances and planning for the long haul. We also get a nice surprise from the long ago past that surprised me a bit (in a good way). I’m looking forward to the next book in the series.
4 out of 5 stars
A Skinful of Shadows by Frances Hardinge: Set at the beginning of the English Civil War, the main character, Makepeace, is sent to live with her father’s family after her mother accidentally killed during a riot. But that family isn’t what they seem and that is why her mother had kept her away. Because Makepeace can hold ghosts insider her, and so can the rest of her father’s family. The rest of the book focuses more on the war and how the Fellmottes (the family) are right in the middle of it. Makepeace knows she needs to get away from the Fellmottes, otherwise she will be used and spit out by the Fellmottes. While this was a good book, it wasn’t great. I’m not really sure what was missing for me, but something was. Or maybe everything didn’t tie together quite right. It is still an interesting story and if you enjoy historical fiction, this book would be right up your alley.
3.5 out of 5 stars
Truthwitch by Susan Dennard: Two young women witches are best friends (Threadsisters) are just trying to live their own life, even as they try to hide Safi’s witchery (she is a Truthwitch, very in demand as you can guess). However, there are big plots happening in the Witchlands and both are pulled into them. On the run from everyone that wants to claim Safi as their own, the girls find unlikely allies. This was a fun book with all sorts of magic, intrigue and friendship. I like that they characters grow and realize where their blindspots are. Plus the relationships feel real. While there is a bit of romance, it wasn’t insta-love and must more focus is on the friendships (or Thread-ships).
4 out of 5 stars
Windwitch by Susan Dennard: This book picks up right after Truthwitch, but the characters are now far flung and we get multiple POV’s in completely different events. And that is where this book isn’t nearly as strong as book 1. It feels a bit like a setup for the rest of the series, with so little connection between the different storylines. I still enjoyed it and will read more of the series.
3.5 out of 5 stars
What have you been reading lately?
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