Welcome to another edition of Reading Lately! I’m glad you can join Cat from Catherine Chicotka and I for it! I’ve fallen back to normal reading levels with just 4 books this month. Granted, I’m currently switching between 3 other books right now so that doesn’t help.
What I’ve been reading lately
The Obelisk Gate by N.K. Jemisin: If you recall, I read The Fifth Season for The Blended Blog virtual book club last month. Obviously I picked up the second book in the series right away. The Obelisk Gate picks up right after book one but the focus is split between Essun and her daughter. And damn, is it good. The world is at the beginning of a Fifth Season (aka not good) and we see the good and the bad in humanity. Even if you don’t like fantasy, you can enjoy this to be trilogy. Just go get it!
5 out of 5 stars
Gilded Cage by Vic James: Bleh, this book had potential but it just didn’t do it for me. Set in an alternative Great Britain where The Equals (ruling class) have magic ability and everybody else is a loser and has to “give” 10 years of their lives as a slave. Seriously, they just decide that they are going to go do their slave time. The book tries to be political, but it fell flat for me. There were the typical political troupes without any exciting twists. And the ending sets up a book 2 that seems like it will be a rewrite of book 1 with a different character. I wouldn’t recommend.
2 out of 5 stars
Between Shades of Gray by Ruta Sepetys: I read this book for The Blended Blog virtual book club (you can still join!). This is historical fiction based during WWII and follows a family from Lithuania that is sent to Siberian labor camps by the Russians. It was fascinating as I didn’t know anything about Russia’s systemic oppression of people from the Baltic states. The main character is Lina, a 15 year old girl. We follow her journey from Lithuania on railway cars to a couple of labor camps in Siberia. It is amazing to see how certain types of people were treated at that time in history. Of course, there are grey areas on both sides of the war (hence the title of the book). I would recommend this book to anyone who enjoys (if you can call it that) WWII stories and stories of survival.
4 out of 5 stars
The Falconer by Elizabeth May: This is a re-read for me to prepare for the final book in the trilogy. Set in an alternative Scotland where fae are really bad and few humans know they actually still exist. The main character, Kam, is the last in the line of fae hunters, Falconers. After her mother is killed by a fae, she begins to train and hunt as many as she can. She creates relationships with a pixie (who lives in her closet) and Kiaran, a rogue high-level fae. But the other fae that have been trapped in a prison for 2,000 years are about to break out and Kam is the only one that can stop them. Read this if you enjoy steampunk-esque stories with a fantasy twist or if you enjoy strong female characters. PS: this book made my list of 7 great fantasy books with strong fantasy characters.
4 out of 5 stars
What have you been reading lately? I hope you can join us for our linkup!
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