Reading Lately: October 2019 Edition

The last month was not kind to me in reading terms. I only finished 3 books. Oh, and one DNF. I partially blame it on going on vacation and a work trip. But I just didn’t feel drawn into any of my books (except one) and that makes it hard for me to make time for reading.

Reading Lately: October 2019 Edition | Book Reviews of Steel Crow Saga by Paul Krueger; The Orchid Throne by Jeffe Kennedy; Harley Merlin and the Secret Coven by Bella Forrest | Puppies & Pretties

What I’ve been reading lately

Steel Crow Saga by Paul Krueger: Easily the best book of the month, and one of the best so far this year. Four people from different walks of life; a princess turned detective, a prince on his way back to the crown, a thief and a soldier all collide in this book. Set in a world where each nation has a type of pacting magic and in an uneasy peace after a long war, the main characters have a major role and could keep the war gone or plunge all of them back into fighting. What I really enjoyed about this book is the characters. They seemed like real people, who make mistakes and grow as their worldview changes. The relationships between them is also a driving force throughout the plot. The only fault I can think of for this book is that it seemed to move too fast. As in, I think the whole book was complete in a week. A lot of heavy stuff happens, and while I think people can obviously grow and learn, maybe not quite that fast. And maybe I just didn’t pick up on how the time was flowing, but it was quickly, thats for sure.
4.5 out of 5 stars
c/o Netgalley

The Orchid Throne by Jeffe Kennedy: I feel like this book had so much potential. And I mostly enjoyed it, but as I sat back after finishing it, I realized all the issues with it. It follows a queen of a small island nation who has been engaged to the evil emperor since she was small. Her country is full of magic and one of the only independent nations left. We also meet the Slave King, who just wants revenge against the emperor. I liked the magic and the political maneuvering. But I wasn’t a fan of how swiftly things moved, especially at the end and how some things were so clouded in mystery and then all of a sudden, bam we know things and its like NBD. The characters were also not super well-rounded. The ending was also ridiculously rushed.
2.5 out of 5 stars
c/o Netgalley

Harley Merlin and the Secret Coven by Bella Forrest: This book was fine. I found it on Amazon Unlimited and It seemed right up my alley. A young woman that is just getting her footing in the “real world” finds out she is a witch and there is a whole underground world of covens, witches and warlocks. Harley is recruited into the coven once they find her and is thrust into some big events. Harley is kind of a brat if you ask me. She talks a big game, but ends up doing the “right” thing in the end. All the characters were a little flat and while there was action, it was almost boring.
2.5 out of 5 stars

Harley Merlin and the Mystery Twins by Bella Forrest: This is the one I DNF’ed. I just didn’t care about the characters and nothing seemed to be happening.

What have you been reading lately?