Reading Lately: August 2021 Edition

Ended up a bit later than usual with this month’s reviews. I had a really good pace going and then one book ended up taking longer than expected and I didn’t want to publish these reviews until that book was done.

Reading Lately: August 2021 Edition | Book reviews of The Desert Prince by Peter V. Brett; Polaris Rising, Aurora Blazing and Chaos Reigning by Jessie Mihalik; Rule of Wolves by Leigh Bardugo | Puppies & Pretties

What I’ve been reading lately

Rule of Wolves by Leigh Bardugo: We are back following Nikolai, Zoya and Nina. While I liked the earlier Grishaverse books, I have really enjoyed this duology. All three of the main characters just want their home to be at peace and their people able to live without persecution. They have multiple fights going on at once, including their own internal struggles. I’d recommend this duology to anyone that likes Grishaverse stories. This also really makes me want to get Netflix finally so I can watch Shadow and Bone.
Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

Polaris Rising by Jessie Mihalik: I’m a fan of space princesses that are badass and fight against the “norm” and the lives that their families have tried to create for them. Ada has been on the run for her father for a couple years because she didn’t want the political marriage her family was forcing on her. But then she is caught and thrown in a jail cell with a notorious criminal, Marcus Loch. To escape again, Ada makes a deal with the devil (Marcus). From there, we follow Ada and Marcus as they fight for their freedom and learn some dirty secrets that the leaders of the Consortium would rather keep under wraps. This is a fun, action-packed book with a heavy dose of romance. I found it enjoyable. I’d say come in with expectations that aren’t super high and just enjoy the ride.
Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

Aurora Blazing by Jessie Mihalik: This book follows Ada’s sister, Bianca. She was in a horrible political marriage when her husband suddenly died. She returned to the family with some pretty big secrets and never wanting to marry again. But then her older brother and heir of the family goes missing. She leaves Earth without her father’s permission to track her brother down. Ian, the family’s security director is sent to bring her back. But they end up teaming up to try and find her brother. Along the way the find out each other’s secrets and fall in love. It’s another fun book, with a lot of action, but more strategy.
Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

Chaos Reigning by Jessie Mihalik: This book follows the youngest sister, Catarina. She has built a persona of flighty socialite to hide a secret that could bring the downfall of her family. But the socialite vibe makes a perfect cover to be a spy at a retreat held at the home of a rival house. But Bianca doesn’t want Cat to go alone, so Alex is sent as a fake boyfriend/bodyguard. When the unthinkable happens back on Earth, Cat must convince her friends (and Alex) to trust her to lead a near-suicide mission back to Earth in the hopes of saving her family and the universe as a whole from some bad dudes. I think if I wouldn’t have read this book right after the other two, I might have enjoyed it more. The books are all pretty similar, the sisters are fighting against something while some hot guy gets involved and then the fall in love. this isn’t a bad thing, but it does get a bit repetitive. Still enjoyable, but not as much as the others. Cat also got on my nerves a bit compared to the other sisters.
Rating: 3.5 out of 5 stars

The Desert Prince by Peter V. Brett: I thoroughly enjoyed Brett’s Demon Cycle series. Imagine my delight when I spotted this spin-off series listed on Netgalley. Set 15 years after the Demon War, we follow 2 main characters that were born at the end of the war and are trying to live up to their parent’s exploits. Olive is the daughter of Leesha, Duchess of Hallow and being groomed for succession, no matter what she wants. Darin is the son of the Deliverer and just wants to live his life, not try and live up to the title “Deliverer’s Son.” When both leave the safety of the great wards, the come to realize the demons are not as rare as they have been told and the demons know who they are. From there, we follow as they learn how sheltered they have been from the outside world. Throughout this book, there is exploration of identity, expectations and prophesy. I enjoyed seeing both Olive’s and Darin’s progression. I did find it a little jarring when we would spend many chapters with one of them and then suddenly switch to the other. It is a long book, so be prepared there. But I would definitely recommend to anyone that has enjoyed the Demon Cycle as it is really enjoyable to get back into that world.
Rating: 4.5 out of 5 stars
c/o Netgalley