Reading Lately: June 2020 Edition

Hello friends. I’m back with another set of reviews. Seems that 3 books a month has been my speed lately. Which means my Goodreads Reading Challenge is hurting (I’m 10 books behind). Oh well, there is still time to catch up!

Reading Lately: June 2020 Edition | Book reviews of The Court of Miracles by Kester Grant; The Kingdom of Liars by Nick Martell; Howling Dark by Christopher Ruocchio | Puppies & Pretties

What I’ve been reading lately

The Court of Miracles by Kester Grant: This is an alternative history YA fantasy book set after the failed French Revolution. The nobles are all bad guys and the underworld is broken into 9 guilds (thieves, assassins, etc). Our main character, Nina, is a cat bugler, and a good one at that. She was pushed to the thieves guild by her older sister when she was sold into the flesh guild. By their father. (He is a real winner here). That event really shaped Nina’s life, as she tries to save her sister and then her adopted sister, Ettie, from the same fate. We follow Nina’s exploits as she tries to keep Ettie safe all while also trying to right the injustices that are running rampant throughout the underworld, even though it is supposed to be safer than the “regular” world. This was an enjoyable read, albeit a little cliche. Nina is good at all the things, even if she gets herself in trouble over it. Oh, and everyone loves Nina except the bad guys (obviously). If you go into this book not expecting much, then you will likely enjoy it, especially if you like YA.
3.5 out of 5 stars
c/o Netgalley

The Kingdom of Liars by Nick Martell: I had high expectations for this book. Brandon Sanderson approved, so I should too right? But it didn’t live up to my expectations. The main character is Michael Kingman, the son of a traitor, but also trying to live up to the legacy of his name (literally King’s Man). His father was executed for killing the prince and since then, Michael and his siblings have been living under that shadow. While his siblings have mostly moved on, Michael just can’t. And when he is offered a chance to figure out what really happened the day the prince died, he jumps at the chance. But there are other motives at work. I think what really got me with this book is that I didn’t like any of the characters. I found Michael tiring and slightly obnoxious. The magic system was interesting and the political maneuvering could have made it a great book, just without Michael. I won’t be picking up other books in this series.
3 out of 5 stars
c/o Netgalley

Howling Dark by Christopher Ruocchio: It’s been about 2 years since I visited Hadrian Marlowe. I’ve missed him. I should note – this is told as if Marlowe is writing his story himself. So we know where he ends up, and now we are just following along as he relives it. Marlowe is still searching for a way to contact the alien Cielcin in the hopes of creating peace between them and the Empire (and humans in general). The search brings him to the edges of the galaxy and gets him tied up with some other not so nice entities. He has to navigate not only aliens and the dark side of humanity, but also the just below the surface threat of the Quiet. The world building in this series is quite amazing. And if there is one thing you can say about it, it is very descriptive. Coming in at 650+ pages, it’s a lot of reading, but it’s good reading. If you enjoy descriptive writing within a space opera with great storytelling, do yourself a favor and pick up Empire of Silence (the first book). The 3rd book comes out in July 2020, and I can’t wait. No two year wait this time around!
5 out of 5 stars

What have you been reading lately?