Reading Lately: June 2018 Edition

Hi friends! Can you believe it is already July? We are halfway through the year and my Goodreads challenge is going strong, being 3 books ahead of schedule. June was a solid month with 6 books read and all were pretty good.
Book reviews of: A Court of Thrones and Roses by Sarah J. Mass; Empire of Silence by Christopher Ruocchio; Boy on the Bridge by M.R. Carey; The Daylight War by Peter V. Brett; The Skull Throne by Peter V. Brett; The Core by Peter V. Brett | Puppies & Pretties

What I’ve been reading lately

A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J. Maas: Ok, I get the hype now. I really enjoyed this book. I always get worried when I decide to pick up a book that has gotten so much hype.¬†Feyre is a human living in the shadow of the faerie land and while out hunting, takes town a wolf. Come to find out, that wolf was a faerie and his lord comes to demand retribution. Feyre goes with Tamlin to his lands where all is not what it seems. What comes about is Feyre getting pulled into the faerie world, being pretty much the only being that can get rid of the terrible “shadow” that is over the land. This book is all sorts of goodness. Great characters, interesting magic and plot, and a love story that isn’t obnoxious. I loved this book and can’t wait to read the next.
4 out of 5 stars

Empire of Silence by Christopher Ruocchio: Epic fantasy combined with space opera? Sold! After I requested this, I also saw this compared to The Kingkiller Chronicles but in space. That is certainly a solid comparison, even though I found the commentary from the narrator in Empire in Silence less intrusive. Hadrain’s “current” commentary is so interwoven in the story you barely notice it. Which is the best kind in my opinion. So we know how everything ends, but this book builds Hadrian’s character from a very young age. Hadrain is the first son of a pretty important royal, and expects to be heir. However, things begin to change and his father decides to ship him off to become part of a religious order that is more known for their torture techniques. With a little help, he escapes and has plans to start a new life. Well, he does. Just not in the way he expected. Dumped on a backwater world with nothing but his name (that he can’t use because it would draw his father’s eye) he struggles to survive. From living on the streets, to becoming a gladiator and finally his true identity is found my the royals of the planet, he has to try and live the life he wants rather than being put in a cage by others. This book is seriously so good. We have a main character that is portrayed as a monster in “current” times, but what we really see is how his life truly began and put him on that path. The secondary characters are fascinating and the wordlbuilding is top notch. I seriously cannot wait until the series is continued.
5 out of 5 stars
c/o First to Read

The Boy on the Bridge by M.R. Carey: This a prequel for The Girl With All the Gifts. Not too long after the infestation began, we follow a team of soldiers and scientists as they try to figure out a cure for the plague. The main characters are Stephen, a 15 year autistic genius and his mentor Dr. Kahn. Even though humans have been pretty much wiped out, we still see how terrible we can be to one another. If you enjoyed the first book, you will like this one. While there are certainly similarities in the plot, I think this definitely stands right along with The Girl.
5 out of 5 stars
c/o Netgalley

The Daylight War by Peter V. Brett: In this book we get lots of flashbacks for Inevera and her climb to power with before and during her marriage to Jadir. There is definitely a focus on Krasians and their world. We also see Renna grow more into her character, even though there are some major bumps in the road. This one seemed to be more about building up some of the secondary characters than really moving the plot forward. Even with that, this is still a solid book.
4 out of 5 stars

The Skull Throne by Peter V. Brett: This book was sort of the Red Wedding of the series. All sorts of characters dying. While demon fighting is obviously the overarching plot, this book really dives into the more human element of the story and pretty much how sucky they can be. We get to see some additional character growth of tier 2 characters (not really secondary characters, but certainly not the main characters either). And lots and lots of death and dying.
4 out of 5 stars

The Core by Peter V. Brett: The final book in the series, this book disappointed me. While the overall series is a solid 4, the final book is more of a 3.5. Between this book and the prior one, more POV’s were added. While the characters were certainly part of the overall story, I don’t know if it was really necessary to add multiple chapters for them. It just seemed to stretch the story out more without much payoff. I would still recommend this series, just don’t get your hopes up too high for the final book.
3.5 out of 5 stars

What have you been reading lately?

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