Reading Lately: January 2020 Edition

Hi friends! I feel like I’m finally getting back into a reading groove again. While I’m not reading as much as I would like (hello schoolwork), at least I’m sneaking in some reading time to reset my brain. Plus I had some really solid books, so that always helps.

Reading Lately: January 2020 Edition | book reviews of The Burning White by Brent Weeks; King of Scars by Leigh Bardugo; The Throne of the Five Winds by S.C. Emmett; Warcross by Marie Lu | Puppies & Pretties

What I’ve been reading lately

The Burning White by Brent Weeks: You might have seen this in my best of 2019 list (I finished right at the end of the year). This is the final book in a 5 book series that I feel like I have been reading forever. I actually reread the first 3 books when book 4 came out thinking it was the last book, whelp, it wasn’t. But this one finally finished the series off and it was a great, solid ending. Obviously, as the end of a big series, there are a lot of story lines to tie up, and it does a great job of it without being formulaic. This has great magic and good characters and recommend the entire series.
4 out of 5 stars

King of Scars by Leigh Bardugo: It’s been awhile since I’ve read a Bardugo book and this reminded me how much I enjoy her writing. Set a few years after The Shadow and Bone trilogy, Nikolai is trying to rule his country. But there are outside (and inside) forces that want to push him off the throne. It did take me a bit to get back into the world and remember what happened in the previous trilogy (you have to read Shadow and Bone), but I loved it all the same. Zoya was the surprise for me in this one. If you want an engrossing world an characters, try out Bardugo’s Grishaverse.
4.5 out of 5 stars

The Throne of the Five Winds by S.C. Emmett: Set in a world with neighboring countries almost always at war with someone, we see Khir sending their princess ( Mahara) to marry the Crown Prince of Zhoan to seal the ending of the war. Yala, Mahara’s childhood friend, is the only lady-in-waiting to go with the princess. She is to be not only a friend, but also her blade. They are thrown into a court that is filled with people that want to see them at the very least gone, if not dead. But there are other threats that Yala will have to navigate as well. If you like political intrigue and scheming, you will enjoy this book. Be forewarned, there are A LOT of characters to keep track of. This isn’t a book to pick up here and there. You will want to set aside chunks of time to get into it.
4 out of 5 stars
c/o Netgalley

Warcross by Marie Lu: This was a really fun read. Set in the near future, a young entrepreneur has created Neurolink glasses that allow for basically perfect virtual reality. The big draw of it is Warcross, a game that nearly everyone plays. The main character, Emika, is a hacker and bounty hunter trying to make ends meet when she glitches in to one of the biggest Warcross events of the year. Her world is turned upside down when she is invited to Tokyo by Hideo (the Warcross creator). He has a job for her and she is placed into the Warcross Championships to hunt down someone that is creating security problems in the game. What comes next is anything but a easy hunt. This book has a ton of action and some decent characters. Early on, I kind of knew who the “bad guy” was, but I was impressed with the twist at the end. Its a fun read, especially if you like video games and and high action.
3.75 out of 5 stars

What have you been reading lately?