Reading Lately: December 2019 Edition

I have to say, this whole going back to school thing is really putting a damper on my reading. Times when I would normally read is now going to homework. I also only had one book that really grabbed me so I didn’t feel the drive to actually set other time aside to read. Hoping I can get out of this reading funk soon!

Reading Lately: December 2019 Edition | Book reviews of Ashlords by Scott Reintgen; The Nobody People by Bob Proehl; Water's Wrath and Crystal Crowned by Elise Kova | Puppies & Pretties

What I’ve been reading lately

Ashlords by Scott Reintgen: This was easily the best book I read. Set in a world where there are 3 groups of people; Ashlords with their gods, Dividian who are second class citizens, and Longhands who are descendants of Ashlords that have spurned the gods. We follow young people from each group as they participate in the annual Races. The Races are a multi-day event where participants ride their Phoenix horses (yes!) through a course. It involves riding, alchemy and fighting. But this year’s race has a rebellious undertone as the Longhands and Dividians are starting to rise up against the Ashloads and the race might be the spark that sends it over the edge. This is such a fun combination of competition, rebellion, science, religion, magic and good characters. I would definitely recommend this one and can’t wait for the next book.
4 out of 5 stars
c/o Netgalley

The Nobody People by Bob Proehl: I wanted to like this book, I really did. But it ended up being just flat. set in a world where more and more people have abilities, or superpowers. As a group, they have stayed hidden, but during this book they come out into the open. There is obviously push-back and trails and tribulations. There are many different interwoven story lines here and I think that is part of my issue with it. With all the different plot lines, there is no end game. While overall it was and interesting story, I just had no idea where it was going. Most of the time in books you know some sort of end goal, but with this one, I really had no idea. After awhile, I didn’t really feel like picking it up because I had no idea where it was going.
2.5 out of 5 stars
c/o Netgalley

Water’s Wrath by Elise Kova: I don’t remember what happened specifically in this book. Probably a lot of poor me. All the angst is overdone here. The relationship between Vhalla and Aldrick is… something. There are times when it seems like a legit relationship, and then other times I question why anyone would be in that sort of relationship. Maybe I’m just annoyed with romance right now. One thing I do like is Vhalla growing a backbone and being her own person. I’m finishing the series, but I think it is more of a hate-read now.
2.5 out of 5 stars

Crystal Crowned by Elise Kova: Whelp, I finished it. Finally. It ended pretty much exactly how I figured it would. If you are looking for a series that is full of angst and romance with some pretty hardcore fighting/war, this is the series for you. Especially if you like things to wrap up nice and neat. I wish I would have stopped after book 3, if not earlier.
2.5 out of 5 stars


What have you been reading lately?

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