Reading Lately: August 2018 Edition

Hey September, where did you come from? Looking back at August, I thought I had slowed down my reading pace. But I still finished 6 books, so a solid month all around. Nothing blew my socks off, but nothing made me want to throw it across the room, so that is a plus.

Book reviews of Nyxia Unleashed by Scott Reintgen; Phoenix Unbound by Grace Draven; Hullmetal Girls by Emily Skrutskie; The Hollow Crown, The Silent Shield, and The Forsaken Throne by Jeff Wheeler | Puppies & Pretties

What I’ve been reading lately

Nyxia Unleashed by Scott Reintgen: This is book 2 in the series and it picks up right after Nyxia. Emmett and some of the Genesis teams have made it to Eden, but at a high cost. Now they have to navigate not only what Babel continues to throw at them, but also what the Adamites (the natives) want from them. We find out more about those motives and this one really gets the plot moving to the finale. There are fantastic characters in the series and the growth is impressive. If you enjoy fast moving sci-fi with a YA leanings, you will enjoy this book. I’m looking forward to the final book in the trilogy.
4 out of 5 stars
c/o Netgalley

Phoenix Unbound by Grace Draven: I really struggle to write my review for this book. I enjoyed it for the most part; the writing was great and the characters were interesting. But I really struggled with the hate to love story. Like, how do you end up falling in head over heels in love with a dude that blackmails you, kidnaps you and wants to use your talents to regain his birthright? But, but, but he does it for the right reasons! No thanks. Without the love story, I think I would of really enjoyed the story. It tackles leadership and corruption and family dynamics. Religion also plays an interesting role throughout it as well. If you are someone who enjoys slightly ridiculous love stories that have a great backbone of a fantasy story, this is a book for you.
3.75 out of 5 stars
c/o First to Read

Hullmetal Girls by Emily Skrutskie: This book was on my Summer Reading List, and I actually read it in the summer! This is another book that is a little tough to review. I didn’t love it, but didn’t dislike it either. As I write this (about 2 weeks after I finished) I struggled to remember anything that was like woah. Never a good sign. The book was just a little too shallow for me. Its a fascinating world; humanity is on a generational ship in search of a new planet with distinct classes and mechanically enhanced soldiers and an uprising brewing. But that is about as deep as it gets. Our two main characters are all about the search for the one thing; Aisha for the money to support her family, and Key trying to figure out who she is (literally, her memories are missing). Sounds great right? But it seems like thats all we hear about; the family and the memories. Then all of a sudden these 2 are BFFs and helping decide who is going to “win” the almost civil war. I really wouldn’t recommend.
3 out of 5 stars
c/o Netgalley

The Hollow Crown, The Silent Shield, and The Forsaken Throne by Jeff Wheeler: Yep, I read more Wheeler in August. I also decided it was easier to review all 3 together, because the story just flows through all of them. You might remember I read the first 3 books in this series in July. All of these books are considered to be part of the same series, but the 3 I read this month are centered around the children of the people in the first 3 books. The parents are still in these books, but they are more secondary characters to their children. This series has great world building and an interesting magic system. But where these 3 books fall a little short compared to the first trilogy, is the decision making of the main characters. The deity (The Fountain) seemed to confirm decisions in the first 3 books. But with the children, it seemed to tell them what to do rather than the characters figuring it out. If you enjoy easy to read fantasy books with magic, good characters and an interesting plot, I would recommend picking up the Kingfountain series.
3 out of 5 stars (all 3 books)

What have you been reading lately?

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