Reading Lately: May 2021 Edition

Coming at you a little earlier this month as I’ve got a couple reviews of books that are either just released or coming real soon.

Reading Lately: May 2021 Edition | Book reviews of The Memory of Souls and The House of Always by Jenn Lyons; Firebreak by Nicole Kornher-Stace | Puppies & Pretties

What I’ve been reading lately

The Memory of Souls by Jenn Lyons: Kihrin and his friends have been given the task by the gods to get an ancient ritual done at the expense of the immortality of a race. the hope is by doing the ritual again will allow the prison of Val Koroth to be resealed. But there are many that don’t want the ritual completed and it turns out there could be some unintended consequences with it. The ending to this is… a lot. The characters are fantastic and the past lives/reincarnation is a major part of this one (the entire series really, but especially this one).
4.0 out of 5 stars

The House of Always by Jenn Lyons: I’m pretty sure the author read the comments about how the earlier books were kind of confusing in the way they were told and was like “HOLD MY BEER” for this one. I picked this one up the day after I finished book 3 and I had no idea what was happening early on. I literally thought I somehow missed a chapter or something. I finally gave up trying to figure out what was going on and just kept reading. I finally got there, but it took awhile. I really enjoy this series, but this one has been my least favorite. The constant switch of POV and timeframe was difficult to follow at times and seemed a bit over the top. The twist toward the end kind of had my rolling my eyes too. Anyway – Kihrin has decided to take the fight to Vol Karoth and all of his friends (plus some others) are literally pulled into the mental fight. This one really tackles the relationships of the characters and if the ends justify the means and what that means for the people caught up in it.
3.5 out of 5 stars
c/o Netgalley

Firebreak by Nicole Kornher-Stace: Set in a near future US that doesn’t have a government anymore, just 2 corporations that control everything. In 1 supercity, there is a perpetual war between the corporations. Stellaxis has created super soldiers (SpecOps operatives) that are the most popular thing in the city. They play a vital part in the PR of the war and are integral characters in a VR game that many play. Mallory, the main character, makes part of her living off the game while she lives in a hotel room with 8 other people and lives on meager water rations from Stellaxis. She and her roommates are all orphans of the war. But a run in with one of the SpecOps operatives during the game leads to real-world consequences for Mallory. She finds out the ops were actually kidnapped as children and turned into super soldiers. What follows is Mallory sparking the beginning of a revolution against the corporations that practically own their consumer-citizens. This was a fascinating read. Mallory is this awkward introvert that ends up doing all sorts of things that she never expected. The characters are interesting and the plot is good. I’d recommend if you enjoy dystopia-esque books with a little revolution thrown in. OH! And I really appreciated that this centered much more around friendships rather than romantic interests. It’s nice to see legit friendships in books like this.
4 out of 5 stars
c/o Netgalley

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