Reading Lately: August 2020 Edition

Whelp, I totally missed posting my reviews in July. I kept thinking I would finish a book before I did the post. And now, it is August. Whoops. But to be fair, 2 of the books I read were absolute beasts. And I have been working through my capstone class for my MBA. I blame that.

Book reviews of Fireborne by Rosaria Munda; The Priory of the Orange Tree by Samantha Shannon; and Demon in White by Christopher Ruocchio | Puppies & Pretties

What I’ve been reading lately

Fireborne by Rosaria Munda: This book has been sitting in my Netgalley queue for a long time and I question why I didn’t pick it up sooner. Set in a time after a major revolution with two teenagers as the main characters that are growing into the power granted to them as Dragon Riders, we follow their journey and see that change might not always be for the better. There is a lot of romantic tension which was slightly annoying, but other characters balanced it out a bit (Power might be the character we all want to “win”). What I enjoyed is the growth of the characters and the politicking that occurs. Who is going to win “the game?” I’m excited to see where this series goes and would recommend anyone who likes fantasy mixed with politics and doesn’t mind a dash (ok, its pretty heavy-handed) of romance alongside.
4 out of 5 stars
c/o Netgalley

The Priory of the Orange Tree by Samantha Shannon: This book was a beast. Goodreads tells me it is 848 pages. While I appreciate stand-alone books, this could have been 2 books easy. It was still a fantastic book, but dang. As you might guess, there is a lot going on in this book. There are 2 main characters, Ead and Tané. East vs. West and all that. Plus there are several secondary (not sure if they should even be considered secondary, more like 1B) characters that are a big part of the story. Tons of magic and politics and good vs. evil. All sorts of fun. Honestly, if you like fantasy books, you should pick this up, especially if you like your characters layered and not questing.
4.5 out of 5 stars

Demon in White by Christopher Ruocchio: Speaking of monster books, this one comes in at 784 pages. But it is SO good. After I finished, I did a little digging and realized there will be 2 more books in the series! Here, I was thinking this one was the end. I’m not mad about it. I love how this story is told – we know the ending, but we get to ride along with Marlowe as he tells his story. Obviously, this is book 3, so you HAVE to read the first 2 books in the series. This is a series that is just big. Humans have expanded throughout the stars, have encountered other species (some friend, some foe) and the series stretches over hundreds of years. Read this if you enjoy slow-burn space operas with fantastic characters and great action sequences.
5 out of 5 stars
c/o Netgalley

What have you been reading lately?