Reading Lately: May 2022 Edition

Didn’t have a great month reading, with two books being duds for me. Hoping the next books I pick are better!

Reading Lately: May 2022 Edition | Book reviews of The Stardust Thief by Chelsea Abdullah; Watchers by Kate Madden; The Lawless Land by Boyd and Beth Morrison | Puppies & Pretties

What I’ve been reading lately

The Stardust Thief by Chelsea Abdullah: I’m not sure what it was, but I didn’t really enjoy this one. It had all the elements of a book I would normally like, but it didn’t come together for me. It has interesting characters, magic, a quest and a bit of mystery. I think I just didn’t connect with the writing style. It also seemed to hide what the bad guy was really after almost too much. Like, you know who the bad guy is, but you really don’t see his end goal until the very end.
Rating: 3 out of 5 stars
c/o Netgalley

Watchers by Kate Madden: This book was…fine? Not bad, but it felt almost unfinished. Like a really fleshed out outline, but needs some additional finesse. Set in the near future where democracy is gone in the US and all there is now is Watchers that are like bounty hunters that use the cameras that are everywhere to catch crime. But then we also follow characters that are put into a reality tv show that may or may not kill the contestants that are voted out. There are interesting characters, I’ll say that. I just need more out of my books.
Rating: 2.5 out of 5 stars
c/o Netgalley

The Lawless Land by Boyd Morrison, Beth Morrison: I ended up really enjoying this book. Set in England/France in and around 1351, we follow an excommunicated knight, Gerald Fox, as he tries to live his life after war and the Black Death. He comes to the rescue of Lady Isabel who is being hunted by a corrupt earl that is also her betrothed. From there, we follow Gerald and Isabel as they try to stay ahead of corrupt noblemen and the Church as they all want to get their hands on a relic that has been in Isabel’s family for generations. I enjoyed the characters, especially Isabel. It was also an interesting read in terms of how the Black Death was viewed during the time. If you enjoy historical fiction with interesting characters, this book is for you.
Rating: 4 out of 5 stars
c/o Netgalley