Reading Lately: June 2019 Edition

Hi friends! I’m back with my monthly book reviews. I ended up finishing 5 books since the last time. I was a little slow during mid-May (even fell behind in my Goodreads challenge for a bit!), but stepped it back up after Memorial Day.

Book reviews of Cold Iron by Stina Leicht; Recursion by Blake Crouch; The Outcast by Taran Matharu; Broken Veil by Jeff Wheeler; Potency by Aubrey Hadley | Puppies & Pretties

What I’ve been reading lately

Cold Iron by Stina Leicht: This is a beast of a book, coming in at 650 pages (paperback). It follows twins Nels and Suvi. Both are part of the royal family of Kainen, beings that can do magic (I thought of them as elves). Their country is at war with humans from a neighboring country. Nels ends up disowned and put into the military for using a sword (blood and death are considered unclean by their society). While the Kainen have held to upper hand in the war against humans, the tide is turning because of the human’s use of guns and cannons. While Suvi is trying to keep the kingdom together and out of the hands of her uncle, Nels is fighting and trying to convince everyone that the humans have a real chance of winning. But there is a bigger underlying threat to all of it, and the twins are the only people that can fight it. This is an enjoyable book if you like flintlock fantasy and stories within stories. I just got the next book in the series and can’t wait to read it.
4 out 5 stars

The Outcast by Taran Matharu: I read the main trilogy of this series last month. This prequel features one of the secondary characters (Arcturus) in the trilogy as he was the first non-noble to become a summoner, which paves the way for Fletcher. It was fun to read more about some of the characters that played a vial role in the Summoner trilogy, but more for their history. This book covers much of that history that really lays the groundwork. While fun, it did seem a little too similar to the Summoner books (in the way the plot was set up and quest-like journeys).
3 out 5 stars

Recursion by Blake Crouch: I enjoyed Crouch’s Dark Matter, so I was excited to read this one. Recursion is a time-twisty thriller that makes you want to keep reading. It centers around Helena, a scientist that builds a chair that can put a person back in time to a strong memory. But the more it is used, the more it messes with the “current” time. With the help of Barry, Helena must figure out how to go before the chair was actually built before the world tears itself apart. If you enjoy science, considering what time really is, and a kind of creepy bad dude, you will enjoy this one.
4 out 5 stars
c/o Netgalley

Broken Veil by Jeff Wheeler: This is the final book in a five book series that follows Cettie and Sera. Cettie is racked with guilt over the decisions she has made and the life she has taken up while Sera is trying to keep her empire together until she is kidnapped. Both have to decide who to truly trust and how they want to live their lives. I thoroughly enjoyed this entire series. Cettie and Sera are relatable and you can’t help but cheer them on. The worlds they live in are interesting and the magic is facilitating. I would recommend this series if you enjoy strong female characters and their friendships.
4 out 5 stars
c/o Netgalley

Potency by Aubrey Hadley: Meh, I was not a fan of this one at all. It is a YA science fiction book with aliens and hybrids (human and alien) and the aliens deciding that humans suck and need to be exterminated. Sounds neat right? Not so much. We follow a 17 year old hybrid (obviously didn’t know she was one) as she navigates her new life. The entire thing just felt juvenile and flat. I didn’t really care about the characters and their thought processes were just ridiculous. As in – lets escape the Ancients and go back to Earth! Even though humans are pretty much wiped out and the only ones left might hate hybrids or want to use them. Like, how is that a good idea?
2 out 5 stars
c/o Netgalley

What have you been reading lately?


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