Reading Lately: July 2019 Edition

Hi friends! It seems crazy that is is already part of the way through July. Where is summer going? It’s a good thing we had a long weekend, because I got a lot of reading done. We had zero plans, so I more or less stayed at home and read. A solid weekend if you ask me!

Book reviews of Red Waters Rising by Laura Anne Gilman; Before the Broken Star by Emily R. King; Priest of Lies by Peter Mclean; Blackthrone by Stina Leicht; Roar by Cora Carmack | Puppies & Pretties

What I’ve been reading lately

Red Waters Rising by Laura Anne Gilman: I’ve raved about the first two books in this trilogy, but this one fell short for me. While the entire series is definitely a slow burn type story, this last one just didn’t go anywhere. Once I finished it, I still had no idea what had actually happened at the end. While I’m all for leading a reader and allowing for imagination, I want a little help. I would still recommend book one, and even book 2, but I would stop there.
3 out 5 stars

Before the Broken Star by Emily R. King: This was an Amazon First Read recently and I was excited that there was actually a fantasy book available. But I found this book to be a disappointment. When I went to look at what I read over the last month, I couldn’t for the life of me remember what this one was about. Always a bad sign. We follow Everley, a girl from a noble family that has a clockwork heart. Her uncle gave her that heart when her family was all killed by one of the current leaders of the country and she was nearly killed herself. Her one goal is to take down the guy that killed her family, even after she realizes he isn’t what he seems. And then there is a quest and magic and not quite moral beings. But throughout, Everley was annoying and bratty and I just didn’t like her one bit. I liked the magic of the world, and that was really the only reason I finished this one.
2.5 out 5 stars

Priest of Lies by Peter McLean: Book 2 in the series, it picks up shortly after book 1. Tomas Piety is straddling the line between gangster boss and a Queen’s Man through his wife. Both are called to the capital and Piety realizes the nobility are not much different than the “normal” folk he is used to. He and his crew continues to fight against the embedded threat from another country. By the end, Piety has to make a choice between gangster and politician, even if there isn’t much of a difference. I really enjoy this series, even if it is dark. There is a little magic, but a lot of scheming and fighting. So it certainly isn’t light reading.
4 out 5 stars
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Blackthorne by Stina Leicht: Book 2 in a series (see my review of book one), I was excited to continue reading this series. While Nels and Suvi are still main characters, a few new POV’s were added including Blackthorne and Drake. We get to see more of the human side of this world and the Eledoreans try to pick up the pieces of their country. Blackthorne is an interesting character and I enjoyed his arc. Drake on the other hand, not a fan. I will say the plot is a bit meandering in this series (I mean, each book is like 700 pages) and several storylines were left very much open, and not in a good way. I haven’t seen anything about the next in the series and I’m undecided if I will pick it up. If it comes out in the near future, probably. But if it is years? Nope.
3.5 out 5 stars

Roar by Cora Carmack: After reading Blackthorne and Priest of Lies, I needed something lighter. This was just what I needed. Aurora is a princess resigned to her fate of an arranged marriage because she doesn’t have the magic to keep her kingdom safe. But when her fiancĂ© ends up being a little more shady than desired and an entire other part of the life in her kingdom is shown to her, she runs away with storm hunters in an attempt to get magic for herself. I enjoyed seeing Aurora grow and learn. The magic system (which revolves around storms that are more than just storms) is fascinating and there is a big bad guy that is just under the surface for much of the book. There is quite a bit of romance, but it wasn’t terribly annoying (even if there is a little insta-love). I can’t wait for the next book to come out.
4 out 5 stars

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