Hi friends! Thanks to a little break in school, I was able to submerse myself into reading a bit more. Several darn good books were read this month. Have to say this, stay at home orders do wonders for reading time 🙂
What I’ve been reading lately
Starsight by Brandon Sanderson: I love all things Brandon Sanderson and this book didn’t disappoint. This is the second book in the series and picks up not too long after book one. Spensa and friends are fighting back against the aliens that have trapped the humans on a planet. And Spensa’s ability to “hear the stars” certainly comes in handy. But the humans know they are on a time-crunch to figure out how to get off the planet. Then an unexpected opportunity takes Spensa, M-Bot and Doomslug behind enemy lines where she encounters the other side of the story, all while improving her skills and the chance to save humans. This is such a great YA-ish space series. The characters are fantastic, with all of them growing throughout. Even the AI spaceship that has a bit of an identity crisis. The world building is top notch. Just pick the series up, you won’t be disappointed.
5 out of 5 stars
The Last Human by Zack Jordan: The galaxy is filled with all sorts of alien species living in harmony, all connected together by The Network, an all knowing being. The only thing that is truly feared is, well, humans. The main character, Sarya, is one of the last humans living under a false identity with an adopted mother that is a giant killing widow spider. But then Sarya meets a stranger that knows who she is, and more importantly, what she is. This triggers events that takes Sarya off her little space station to the other end of the galaxy. She ends up being an integral part in a fight between The Network, which represents cohesion and peace, and The Observer, a multi-mind being that wants to sow chaos everywhere he goes. While I liked this book, I certainly didn’t love it. I enjoyed the first part when we meet Sarya and her world. Even the middle part when she is exposed to more of the galaxy. But the end got a little too big, but too simplistic with the topics it was trying to discuss (freedom, personhood, etc). What I thought it would be a fun space opera turned into something that tried to go deep, but really only dipped your toes in.
3.5 out of 5 stars
Shorefall by Robert Jackson Bennett: RJB (is that a thing?) is starting to creep into a Sanderson level for me. All of his books have been SO GOOD. Shorefall is book 2 in a series, and Sancia and company must face another threat to their existence. The magic in this world is fantastic, the characters are all people you want to meet (even a sentient key!), and the plot keeps you guessing until the end. AND THE ENDING. Gah. I can’t believe I have to wait who knows how long until the next book comes out. I love Sancia and Bernice and all the other characters. I’m glad that the secondary characters got a little more love in this book, because they really are fantastic. If you like fantasy, urban-esque fantasy and amazing characters, please pick up the Founders series and fan-girl with me.
5 out of 5 stars
The Light of All That Falls by James Islington: The final book in a series (I’m seriously impressed that the author pulled this off in a trilogy), this wraps up all the different story lines throughout the series. Davian and company must fight for their country (and their own lives) to survive. And Caeden must come to terms with who he truly is. This entire series has great magic, characters, and overall themes like fate and good vs. evil. I finished this book a few weeks ago and i’m STILL thinking about it. If that doesn’t denote a good book, I don’t know what does. Please read this series.
5 out of 5 stars