Reading Lately: November 2019 Edition

I focused on one series for the most part the last month. I had downloaded it right before my Kindle Unlimited expired (just turned my Kindle on airplane mode 🙂 ) Then I finished a a great space opera.

Reading Lately: November 2019 Edition | Book reviews of The Cruel Stars by John Birmingham; Air Awakens, Fire Falling, Tales from the Front, and Earth's End by Elise Kova | Puppies & Pretties

What I’ve been reading lately

The Cruel Stars by John Birmingham: This is one of the top books that I’ve read this year. Set in a world where humans have spread through the universe with many enhancing themselves with genetic and/or cybernetic modifications. Many “relife” and live for hundreds of years. But there is a group of “natural humans,” the Sturm, that are having none of it. They were beaten and driven out into The Dark a half century ago and most think they are gone for good. But they have been plotting and spring an attack that wipes out a huge part of the population and they call themselves “liberators” and want to get rid of everyone that has had any modifications. But a small group of outsiders that survived the initial attack band together to push the Sturm back and save who is left. There are some great characters in this and the relationships between them are fantastic. Plus the worldbuilding is top-notch. I can’t wait to read the next book in the trilogy.
4.5 out of 5 stars
c/o Netgalley

Air Awakens by Elise Kova: Set in a world where sorcerers are seen as a necessary evil, Vhalla just wants to be in the library as an apprentice and live her life. But when one of princes comes back from the front injured, it is discovered that she is a sorcerer. Her life is turned upside down as the Tower (the sorcerers) try to recruit her to join their ranks, including the prince that she saved. What’s more, Vhalla is one of the first “air” sorcerers in a century. We follow Vhalla as she tries to make sense of her new normal and what she wants to do in the future. Then the war comes to the capital (where Vhalla lives) and her life is turned upside down again. This is a relatively fun book, nothing to write home about, but it passed the time just fine.
3.5 out of 5 stars

Fire Falling by Elise Kova: In this book we follow Vhalla as she marches to war. She is trying to figure out her place in a society that wants her but also despises what she is. There is a lot of angst-y boohooing and a slightly weird love triangle. Once again, not a bad book, but I got annoyed with the “forbidden love” garbage.
3 out of 5 stars

Tales from the Front by Elise Kova: This is a short novella/collection of different POVs that fits between books 2 and 3. It is free to download on the author’s website and I would definitely recommend reading it. It helps fill in the blanks between the books. Not a ton of substance, but still helpful.
2.5 out of 5 stars

Earth’s End by Elise Kova: As I write these reviews, I’m struggling to remember when one book ends and another starts. The con of reading a series all at once I guess. Vhalla has arrived a the war front and now she has to figure out how to survive. And she realizes that war is pretty sucky. More angst-iness in this one and annoying WE CAN’T BE TOGETHER BUT WE MUST. Then of course the ultimate “betrayal” at the end. How Vhalla didn’t think that it might happen boggles my mind. I’m pretty sure I’m going to finish the series, but mainly because I like the magic system and it is a mindless type of read.
3 out of 5 stars

What have you been reading lately?