July 2021 Wrap Up

Hi! I’ve been MIA for a while. Life got a bit busy, with work, house and… a new kitten! His name is Zucchini and he’s the sweetest boy in the universe, and he also takes up a lot of my time and attention.

Despite being so busy, I still managed to read a good bit in the month of July. Here’s the stats:

  • Number of books read: 15
  • Number of pages read: 3250
  • Average star rating: 3.75
  • DNF: 0
  • Physical TBR at the start of the month: 48
  • Books read: 5
  • Current TBR: 51

Dustborn by Erin Bowman

I finally finished Dustborn this month. I started reading it in May… don’t be misleaded by it, I did enjoy it. But I picked it up at the wrong time, when my reading slump was at its worst and ended up not appreciating the story enough. I also think I hyped it up in my head too much and compared it to Vengeance Road, which is one of my favourite books. All in all, it was a very solid Western with a twist.

Rating: 3.5 out of 5.

Archenemies by Marissa Meyer

I honestly don’t know why I continued with this series. I didn’t like the first book and surprise, surprise, I didn’t like this one either. The characters really just don’t do anything for me and I find Nova the worst of them all. I don’t care for the clumsy romance, for cookie cutter villains and heroes… yeah, I should’ve skipped it.

Rating: 2 out of 5.

ADHD 2.0 by Edward M. Hallowell, M.D., John J. Ratey, M.D.

I’ve read this book because my partner was recently diagnosed with ADHD and I wanted to learn more about it. I tend to not rate informative nonfiction, because I never know how to, but for what it’s worth, I think the book does its job!

Blackout by Dhonielle Clayton

I am discovering I really enjoy short story collections where the stories connect with each other through minor characters or events. This one does just that, is set in New York during a blackout and is such a quick and cute read! I liked most of the stories, though, once again Ashley Woodfolk’s writing didn’t mesh with me.

Rating: 4 out of 5.

The Original by Brandon Sanderson, Mary Robinette Kowal

This was unexpectedly good. I mean, of course I expect good stuff from Sanderson – there’s a reason why I pick up EVERYTHING by him. But I wasn’t sure where a cowritten scifi novella fit in that. It ended up being better than I expected. Fast paced, interesting, smart and sort of Blake Crouchesque – my favourite kind of scifi.

Rating: 4 out of 5.

An Emotion of Great Delight by Tahereh Mafi

I thought this book would easily be a 4 or a 5 star, considering how I rated other books by Tahereh Mafi. I do love her writing, but this one just didn’t work for me. I don’t quite think the intention of it matched the tone and writing. For such a sad story, it felt jumbled up, unnecessarily dramatic just for the sake of it and uneventful… I thought it would make me emotional, but in the end it didn’t and I found it forgetful.

Rating: 3.5 out of 5.

I Killed Zoe Spanos by Kit Frick

Finally a YA mystery/thriller that I wasn’t totally disappointed in! I will be posting a full review at some point soon, so I won’t be going into detail, buy if you liked Sadie it might be something worth picking up!

Rating: 4.5 out of 5.

Down Among the Sticks and Bones By Seanan McGuire

I binged the rest of this series in July and!!! Why did I wait so long? This one is probably my favourite (or one of two favourites). I loved both Jack and Jill and found the story the right amount of whimsical and… disturbing.

Rating: 4.5 out of 5.

Beneath the Sugar Sky by Seanan McGuire

While I enjoyed this one, too, I found it a bit scattered, and the weakest out of the ones I read. I did enjoy the world building, but Rini and her sense of humour… not so much.

Rating: 4 out of 5.

In an Absent Dream by Seanan McGuire

In an Absent Dream is my second favourite. I wish McGuire would write a full length novel about the Goblin Market. I really loved the premise of this one and all of the quirk that came with it.

Rating: 5 out of 5.

Come Tumbling Down by Seanan McGuire

I really enjoyed seeing Jack and Jill once again and continuing with their story, although not quite as much as their first one.

Rating: 4 out of 5.

Across the Green Grass Fields by Seanan McGuire

Yet another quirky, whimsical story but much less dark, which is a shame. I did love the representation McGuire included with Regan being intersex.

Rating: 4 out of 5.

Concrete Rose by Angie Thomas

Angie Thomas did it again! I loved THUG and I was dying to read about Maverick’s teens and it ended up being everything I could’ve wanted. From the writing, through the characters and their development, the plot – it was all perfection. I think I’ll post a full review of this one, soon!

Rating: 5 out of 5.

The Night Always Comes by Willy Vlautin

I’m not sure what I was expecting from this but whatever it was, it wasn’t what I got. I think I wanted something like Northline. And in some ways it was similar, but while Nortline was depressing, yet realistic and somehow uplifting at times, The Night Always Comes was just plain depressing. I couldn’t deal with the main character and her making the same mistake over and over, nor could I read more of her whiny mother… I probably should’ve DNFed it.

Rating: 2 out of 5.

House of Hollow by Krystal Sutherland

Oh, the disappointment of this one hurt… the marketing of this book really sold it to me – I wanted and expected body horror, spooky atmosphere and mysterious main characters. None of it really delivered. I haven’t found the book to be particularly atmospheric or spooky. I couldn’t care less about the characters. The pacing was off and it made the book drag. For such a short story (just under 300 pages), it was a real slug. Full review to come.

Rating: 2 out of 5.

As you can see, I had a pretty good reading month, although I have read MANY short books. How was your July? What was your favourite of the month?

Thank you for reading! P.S. My blog finally surpassed 5000 views! Hooray!

October Wrap Up

Hi! How are you? 2020 has been an absolute fluke. I don’t think I can make any excuses anymore for not posting, other than I’ve been in a life slump the last couple of months. I haven’t read much in October, I got through 3 books in total, and barely.

  • Number of books read: 3
  • Number of pages read: 1498
  • Average star rating: 3.1
  • TBR at the start of the month: 51
  • Books added: 2
  • Books read: 0
  • Current TBR: 53

As you can see, those stats are poor to say the least…

Queen of Volts by Amanda Foody

I carried this one over from September so I guess it doesn’t even count fully towards this month. As for the book itself, I really liked the conclusion to the series but I wanted more from it. Don’t get me wrong, it was fantastic, the whole series is, and if it hasn’t been on your radar it definitely should be… but it’s not a 5 star read.

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My Name is Monster by Katie Hale

I’ve posted a review for My Name is Monster in my last post, so I’ll try not to repeat myself. It enjoyed it just fine, although it didn’t do anything new or particularly exciting. It was a strange read, an acquired taste really.

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The Invisible Life of Addie LaRue by V.E. Schwab

And finally… the book that put me in the BIGGEST reading slump. I will be posting a review for it tomorrow, but I’ll just say I’ve never been more disappointed in a book.

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And that is all. Very brief, but so was my reading this month. I hope you had a much better month!

Thank you for reading!

September Wrap Up

Hi! It took me forever to sit down and write this post. I was going to start October strong and ended up not posting for a week… typical!

Anyway… introductions are hard and I’m not the best at them. Here’s all the books I read in September, stats, and all the other good things.

  • Number of books read: 7
  • Number of pages read: 2978
  • Average star rating: 4.1 stars
  • TBR at the start of the month: 46
  • Books added: 6
  • Books read: 1
  • Current TBR: 51

As you can see I went a bit crazy buying books… and not reading them. It’s already a trend in October also. What can I say… everyone knows collecting books and reading books are two different hobbies.

Fable by Adrienne Young

I have a full review up for Fable here if you fancy checking it out, but to give you my quick thoughts – I thought the beginning up until about the halfway point dragged like crazy and I considered DNFing it. The ending made up for it slightly.

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Into The Bright Unknown by Rae Carson

I have loved the first two books in this series, but this finale disappointed me slightly. It didn’t feel as eventful and high stakes as the first two books, and the ending wasn’t my favourite. That being said I still very much enjoyed it. It just didn’t wow me.

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The Dragon Republic by R.F. Kuang

I listened to this one on audio and thoroughly enjoyed it. This trilogy is proving to be a very well thought out and executed fantasy series. I think The Dragon Republic was as good as The Poppy War, just as dark, gritty and violent. The middle meandered a bit too much for me, hence docking a star. I cannot wait to finish the series.

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The Beast and the Bethany by Jack Meggitt-Phillips

What a wonderful read! I’ve given my thoughts on it already here so I’ll refrain from repeating myself.

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Anne of Green Gables by L.M. Montgomery

I have finally reread Anne of Green Gables last month (after I’ve bought myself a matching set of those covers) and it was just as great and magical as I remembered. Anne is honestly my spirit animal. I laughed, I cried… Gilbert Blythe is to this day deserving of the biggest fictional crush title (jeez, that sounds creppy sice he’s young in this book, but I don’t mean it in THAT way).

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The Inheritance Games by Jennifer Lynn Barnes

I don’t want to sound like a broken record. I have a review for this YA gem, too, right here. I was very pleasantly surprised by it, it doesn’t happen often that a YA mystery inspires any more than a meh reaction from me.

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Why I’m No Longer Talking To White People About Race by Reni Eddo-Lodge

And lastly, I actually read a non-fiction! Well… listened to a non-fiction. I think it’s a really important read, one that opened my eyes to a lot of things related to race, and through a different lens too, as it gives a British narrative rather than an American one. I would definitely recommend giving this one a read if you are trying to educate yourself more on the subject of race and racism and working on not only how to not be racist, but anti racist.

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And that is all for today. I’m sorry if the formatting of this is weird – it’s the first time I’m posting from my phone and I’m not sure how everything works in app (hence the star emojis rather than rating – I’ve no idea how to add that).

As always, thank you for reading and until the next time!

October 2020 TBR

Hi, lovelies! Posting two days in a row and NOT for a tour this time?! Who is that girl, because I know it ain’t the old Zaneta.

So, I’ve kind of retired TBRs early this year to “mood” read whatever I felt like and not pressure myself, and while that worked for a while, I found myself receiving more review copies and joining multiple tours and having to plan half of my monthly reading anyway. That felt a bit too chaotic to me, I like to be organised. Hence this post. I’m bringing back the TBRs! It might be a bit too ambitious but we’ll see.

First of all, I have some arcs.

You’ve seen these on my list of most anticipated releases. The Reckless Afterlife of Harriet Stoker already came out, but I didn’t get a chance to finish it and am hoping to do so in October. The Once and Future Witches is coming out on the 13th, and Addie LaRue, which I got approved for TODAY is out in a week time. I will be trying to focus on these 3 at the start of the month.

I’ve decided to get to books that have been on my shelf for a while, also, as I feel I’ve been neglecting them for long enough.

I’ve a dark retelling, which if I’ve to judge by Henry’s other book I read – Lost Boy – I’m going to thoroughly enjoy, Haunted, which is a collection of scary short stories and… The Guinevere Deception which I know doesn’t much fit the season but the second book in this series is out in November and I just really want to get to it.

I will also be picking up some audiobooks.

I’ll be getting these from my library, even though I own Gone Girl physically. I’m in the mood for thrillers and really enjoyed the movie when I watched it, so I wanna give the book a try. As for My Name is Monster… I don’t know much about it at all, but I heard it described as weird and that sounds right up my alley.

These are all the books I’ve put on my TBR so far. I don’t want to overdo it again, and let’s face it, I haven’t been able to read more than 6 books a month in a while, so I’ll leave it at that. I might pick up more audiobooks, depending on my shifts at work.

Do you see any of your favourites here? How big is your TBR? Let me know down below.

Thank you for reading! I’ll be back tomorrow with a September wrap up!

Autumn Recommendations

Hi, lovelies! How are you doing?

It’s cold and wet out today, and since Autumn is finally here I thought I’d share some of my favourite spooky, atmospheric or in any other way autumny reads. These are in no particular order of my enjoyment.

The Witches of Willow Cove by Josh Roberts

Let’s ease into the list with a fun, witchy Middle Grade. The Witches of Willow Cove follows two friends, Abby and Robby, who on Halloween night sneak out to snoop around an abandoned mental hospital to find out anything they can about Robby’s mom, who went missing, but instead get into some trouble and discover that witches might actually exist and that Abby is one. As you can see, it’s a perfect autumn read and definitely one for people who enjoy Halloween, but not the scary and gory aspects of it.

City of Ghosts by Victoria Schwab

On a similar note… City of Ghosts, the first book in Victoria Schwab’s Cassidy Blake Middle Grade series follows Cassidy as she ventures to Europe with her parents, who are TV show hosts and are recording a programme about haunted cities. What they don’t know is that Casssidy can peel the veil between the living and the dead and see ghosts. The first book takes place in Edinbrugh, it’s a really fun and only slightly spooky read and it’s perfect for this season.

Jackaby by William Ritter

To any mystery and paranormal fans… Jackaby is your series. I think it’s the most underrated one in the YA genre. Set in the late 1800s it follows Abigail Rook, who in desperate need of a new job, apprentices with a most unusual detective. It’s a Sherlock Holmesesque series full of paranormal creatures, each book featuring a different mystery, which are all linked together. It’s honestly one of my favourite series ever and I would highly recommend it.

Perfectly Preventable Deaths by Deirdre Sullivan

Repping a local author here (Deirdre is from Galway, which is 107km from where I live) with Perfectly Preventable Deaths. If the cover doesn’t give you autumny and Halloweeny vibes, I don’t know what will… It’s about twins Madeline and Catlin who move to a remote village in Co. Galway where for the last 60 years teenage girls have been mysteriously disappearing. It’s a slow burn kind of a book, spooky, extremely atmospheric and also quite Irish, that took me by surprise. If you like witchy reads with queer rep – pick this up.

The Hazel Wood by Melissa Albert

I remember when this came out and people had such mixed opinions on it. I feel like the hype died down pretty fast, but I’m here to reignite it. The Hazel Wood is a sort of a dark fairytale and after reading the sequel this year I am obsessed with this series, Alice, Finch and the Hinterland. Everything about it is great and bizarre. I’m not going to tell you what it is about. I feel the less you know, the better. If you haven’t read it yet and trust my opinion even a tiny bit, do yourself a favour and buy this or borrow it and read it.

The Dark Descent of Elizabeth Frankenstein

This cover gives me the hibbie jibbies. Don’t ask me why… Staying in the YA genre I thought I’d mention The Dark Descent of Elizabeth Frankenstein. It’s a retelling of (yes, you guessed it, well done) Frankenstein and follows the main character (again, you’re a genius) Elizabeth. She’s an orphan taken in by the Frankenstein family to keep company to Victor – a strange and solitary child. It’s a quick read, just short of 300 pages, but it has all the spookiness and disturbingness you would want from a Frankenstein retelling. Big thumbs up from me.

Wilder Girls by Rory Power

If you’ve noticed a theme here of witchy, ghosty stories and think, well, hang on… how does Wilder Girls fit into this category? It doesn’t, but I never said it’s Halloween recommendations, it’s just autumn recommendations. And Wilder Girls is really creepy and atmospheric and a horror novel, so it fits. It’s a story about a pandemic breaking out on an island holding a girl’s school. Said pandemic/virus/whatchamacallit causes the girls’ bodies to change. It’s quite gory, so if you can’t stomach it, it’s not a book for you. But if you can – I couldn’t recommend it more.

Bunny by Mona Awad

Another horror on the list. This one I won’t tell you anything about. For one, it’s really hard to explain and also it just works better when you know nothing at all and have no clue what to expect. Bunny is an absolute mindfuck of a book and it’s definitely not for everyone. I found it interesting, confusing and disturbing all at once and it was a great ol time.

You by Caroline Kepnes

Speaking of disturbing… this book! I’d say after the TV show, most of you know what the book is about. I read it back in 2016 and at the time I was new to the thriller genre and it was the scariest thing I’ve read. The most disturbing part is the narration style, which is told in the second person. You follows Joe, who works at a bookshop where he meets Beck, looks her up on social media and starts stalking… I know it’s everyone’s biggest fear – going to such a safe place like a bookstore and having that happen… We’re all on the same page, I know. Anyway, I thought the book was better than the show and worthy of appearing on this list.

I See You by Clare Mackintosh

Last, but not least, and funnily enough also with big stalker vibes we have I See You by Clare Mackintosh. I didn’t realise the themes were so similar when I was making this list – I swear. It’s a really smart and realistic thriller, following a woman who spots her own picture in a newspaper. It’s small and grainy and her family tries to convince her it’s not even her picture, just someone who looks like her. She’s sure, though, and determined to find out who put it up and why, but she doesn’t have much to go by. If you’re a fan of twisty, suspenseful thrillers that will keep you on the edge of your seat, I See You is for you.

That concludes my recommendations post. I hope I included books for all tastes. Have you read any of these? What did you think?

Thanks for reading, I’ll chat soon!

August Wrap Up

Hi! I am finally back after an unintentional hiatus! My last post was the last month’s wrap up… I have not even been around to read your blogs and for that I sincerely apologise.

I moved houses! I spent most of August packing, cleaning, moving then unpacking and cleaning, and slowly but surely covering my whole body in bruises. Now that it’s done, though, I am hopefully back to blogging semi regularly and reading more. Let’s get into my stats and you’ll know what I mean.

  • Number of books read: 7
  • Number of pages read: 2815
  • Average star rating: 3.8
  • TBR at the end of July: 48
  • Books added: 2
  • Books read: 4
  • Current TBR: 46 (not quite, as I already bought 2 books this month, but shhhh…)

The Black Kids by Christina Hammonds Reed

I think this book explores some great topics and is an important read – especially right now. It opened my eyes to a time in American history I didn’t know about. I liked the characters and the storyline, but the narration style and the writing weren’t my favourite. There was just something about it that made the read quite slow. Or maybe it was my reading slump…?

Rating: 4 out of 5.
The Night Country by Melissa Albert

The Night Country was one of my most anticipated books of this year and it didn’t disappoint. I listened to it on audio, because with the move happening, it was quite difficult to find time to physically read (you’ll see that all over this wrap up). The Night Country was everything I wanted from a follow up and conclusion to The Hazel Wood. It was deliciously weird and spooky and I loved every second of it.

Rating: 5 out of 5.
The Black Flamingo by Dean Atta

The Black Flamingo is the only physical book I got to this month. It was a beautiful and quick read. I don’t usually read books written in verse (poetry is a hit or miss for me, and so books written in verse didn’t always hold any appeal to me), so I didn’t know what to expect, but honestly after reading this one I want to pick up more of them. I loved everything about this book, from the first page to last. I will definitely read more from Dean Atta in the future.

Rating: 5 out of 5.
Twisted Fates by Danielle Rollins

I am low key obsessed with this series. The first book really took me by surprise (whoever marketed it did it wrong and that is the only reason why EVERYONE and their mother isn’t talking about this book – and why I only picked it up by accident) and the sequel killed me. Dorothy is definitely one of my favourite heroines ever. I am in awe of the story arc and I need more. (P.S. I also listened to this on audio).

Rating: 5 out of 5.
The Toll by Neal Schusterman

I was searching for books on my physical TBR that were available on audio from my library and I finally finished the Scythe series! As always, Neal Schusterman didn’t disappoint. I didn’t quite enjoy this one as the previous two – it lacked something I can’t quite put my finger on – but it was overall a very smart, well written and great book. I’d definitely recommend this series.

Rating: 4 out of 5.
All Your Twisted Secrets by Diana Urban

No one is more devastated that I didn’t enjoy this book more than me. I was so hyped to read it and got it out of my library on audio (of course) and ended up very disappointed. The premise was interesting and the dual timeline of the narration would’ve worked if everything else wasn’t so cliched and predictable. I didn’t like the characters and couldn’t relate to them. I did everything in power to invest myself in the story but just couldn’t. I’m sure the book will work for some – sadly, it just didn’t work for me.

Rating: 2.5 out of 5.
Sawkill Girls by Claire Legrand

Lastly, also from my library and on audio, and also a disappointment – Sawkill Girls. I’ve seen a lot of comparison between this book and Wilder Girls – from the obvious similar title, through creepy vibes, island setting and queer girls – I thought it was yet another book that was written for me specifically (jokes). I absolutely loved Wilder Girls but Sawkill Girls didn’t live up to my expectations. The queerness seemed forced, I didn’t much care for the story or the characters and it wasn’t spooky at all, even though it tried hard to be. If you were to only pick up one – go for Wilder Girls.

Rating: 2 out of 5.

And that is all for today. As you can see, if not the audiobooks I wouldn’t have read much at all this month. Have you read any of these? What did you think?

Thanks for reading! I’ll talk to you soon.

July Wrap Up

Hi! Long time, no see. I feel like I say it in every single post and it feels stale – but it’s been a hot minute. I contemplated not even posting a wrap up, but I changed my mind in the end. July was a slumpish month – I said the same thing about June, I know – but I still managed to read some books, so it clearly wasn’t as bad as I’m making it out to be.

Here are the stats.

  • Number of books read: 6
  • Number of pages read: 2024
  • Average star rating: 4.3
  • DNFs: 1
  • TBR at the start of July: 57
  • Books added: 1
  • Books read: 3
  • Current TBR: 48 (I’ve been unhauling like crazy)

When You Were Everything by Ashley Woodfolk

When You Were Everything is a book I started in June but didn’t finish in time to include it in that wrap up. I have mixed feelings about it. I got invested in the story, I cared for what was happening to the characters and thought the plot itself was fresh. But what didn’t sit right with me was the overall message of the book, or at least what I took out of it – especially considering the ending. The heartbreak of losing a friend was overshadowed by a narrative that suggested girls will be bitches, especially the popular ones, and that’s it. The ending lacked resolution, and if I needed closure after reading what happened to those two girls, they definitely needed it more.

Rating: 3 out of 5.
Darkdawn by Jay Kristoff

You know when you read a book and there are things in it that irk you, or maybe you don’t agree with the decision the author makes, or… something? There’s just something that makes the book slightly imperfect. And yet you cannot rate it any lower than 5 stars. That’s me with this book. I don’t know if it makes any sense at all, but that’s just how I feel about it. Footnotes and sex scenes existed in this series since book one and I hated both, and the last book is also filled with them (and Mr. Kristoff pokes fun at people complaining about both in the damn book) and yet I can’t say they ruined the overall experience for me. Darkdawn was smart and heartbreaking and a perfect ending to a series that ended up adoring. That’s all I have to say.

Rating: 5 out of 5.
Knightmare Arcanist by Shami Stovall

The Write Reads hosted a tour for this one and so I have a full review (well… maybe not a full one, but a review nonetheless) right here if you wanna know my thoughts.

Rating: 4 out of 5.
The Ship of Shadows by Maria Kuzniar

I also took part in a tour for this beauty and reviewed it here. Spoiler alert: I loved it!

Rating: 5 out of 5.
With The Fire on High by Elizabeth Acevedo

This was my second book by Acevedo and I can safely say that I adore her writing. With The Fire On High was such a sweet and warm book. It’s been a while since I read a contemporary novel that gave me a warm and cosy feeling, as I usually pick up the hard hitting, heavy ones. Don’t get me wrong, there are many serious themes in this book, but it’s mostly uplifting, which I enjoyed a lot. And like everyone else already mentioned in their reviews – it made me so hungry.

Rating: 5 out of 5.
The Kingdom by Jess Rothenberg

Lastly, I finished The Kingdom by Jess Rothenberg. It wasn’t what I expected it to be, but I still very much enjoyed it. It’s a blend of sci-fi and other genres, so if you’re new to it and are not sure whether sci-fi is your thing, I think it’s an easy one to pick up and read, as it has some mystery/thriller elements. It wasn’t quite a 5 star read for me but I enjoyed the different formats and the discussion on ethics the book starts.

Rating: 4 out of 5.

And that is all for today. How did your July go? Let me know your favourite read of the last month!

Thanks for reading!

Nope Trope – Book Tag

Hi! Third post in one week? Am I feeling okay? My first blogaversary is fast approaching and I feel inspired to post more, so I’m taking advantage of it. I thought it’d be fun do to a little tag, so I went looking for interesting ones and came across the Nope Trope Tag by Zoe’s All Booked (this link will take you to the tag video) and although I was not tagged, I decided to do it.

Eavesdropping w/ miscommunication – Name a book you heard great things about and expected to love but ended up hating.

Circe by Madeline Miller

While watching Zoe’s video this was LITERALLY the first book that came to my mind. We all know how loved this book is by every single person, I don’t have to explain the hype. I love Greek myth and expected to join the hype-train and rave about it, but… have we read the same book? It’s so short, yet it took me forever to get through, because it was dry and soooo boring. I have a review of it here, if you’re interested in my full thoughts but yeah… a total disappointment.

Love Triangles – Name a series where you can’t pick your favourite book

This series is absolutely fantastic and I can’t pick a favourite – it’s like picking a favourite child! I love Schwab’s writing, the world building in this is fantastic and I would die for Kell and Lila. It’s just too good.

Not Like Other Girls/Didn’t Know I’m Beautiful – Name a book that has a pretty cover but was boring as all hell.

Seven Endless Forests by April Genevieve Tucholke

Circe could also fit this prompt, but I decided to go with Seven Endless Forests, because although the cover is stunning, the inside of the book just didn’t do anything for me. I found it boring, and have I not gotten an arc of this and cared about my NetGalley feedback percentage I would’ve DNFed it. It gave me Naomi Novik vibes, and those fit this prompt, too, because all her book cover designs are stunning yet I have not been able to get through any of them (and not for the lack of trying).

All-Consuming Love – Name a book that gave you a book hangover.

King of Fools by Amanda Foody

I don’t see enough people talking about this series and it frustrates me because it’s SO FUCKING GOOD! King of Fools killed me, I cried a lot and after I finished it, I could not stop thinking about it. For a long time. So, please just read it – book 3 comes out soon and it’s so worth it. Do it!

Douchebag Boyfriend – Name a book that took you a while to get into, but you ended up loving.

The Fifth Season by N.K. Jemisin

This book confused me for sooo long. Ya girl’s a bit dumb (if you’ve read the book you know what I mean), but once I got IT I was mind-blown. This book is actually genius. There’s nothing more to say about it. N.K. Jemisin is GOOD.

Tell us your favourite or least favourite trope.

I’ve written blog posts on those, so I’ll just link them here: favourite and least favourite.

That is all, folks! If you like this tag and think it’d be fun to do – you are hereby tagged. Thanks so much for reading. Chat soon!

May Wrap Up

Hello, lovelies. I can’t believe May is over. You know the drill – the last day of the month means a wrap up day. In May I’ve read 12 books, a lot of them were ones I agreed to review, too, which made the month a tad bit stressful. It’s time for some stats.

  • Number of books read: 12
  • Number of pages read: 4264
  • Average star rating: 3.7
  • DNFs: 0
  • TBR at the start of May: 59
  • Books added: 0 (well done, me)
  • Books read: 6
  • Current TBR: 52 (slowly but surely getting through my physical TBR)

Kate and Jesse by Erin Bowman

I loved nothing more than seeing Kate and Jesse again. Vengeance Road is one of my favourite books, and seeing those two again was great. I devoured it, probably because it is only 85 pages long.

Rating: 5 out of 5.
Retribution Rails by Erin Bowman

Retribution Rails had me excited and a tad bit scared. It’s a companion novel to Vengeance Road and I was afraid it wouldn’t live up to it, because the main characters were different (and the characters were what made me LOVE and OBSESS over Vengeance Road). I’m happy to report Retribution Rails is just as good!

Rating: 5 out of 5.
Harrow Lake by Kat Ellis

I’ve written a review for Harrow Lake which you can read here, but if you wanna know the speedy version – I wish the book picked what kind of a thriller it wanted to be and played into that instead of steering us towards the supernatural, just to have a “shocking” reveal and leave many things unanswered.

Rating: 3 out of 5.
The Dark Forest by Cixin Liu

I’m giving up on this series. It’s a first contact with aliens Chinese sci-fi, and while book one was okay and somewhat promising, I found the second installment to be boring as hell. Maybe its just not my cup of tea. I’m pretty sure I should’ve DNFed it, but I pushed through and didn’t enjoy it.

Rating: 2 out of 5.
The Crowns of Croswald by D.E. Night

Another book for which I have a full review. The idea was good, but the execution unfortunately didn’t quite deliver. It was too similar to Harry Potter at times, and it really overshadowed the original story.

Rating: 2.5 out of 5.
The Angel of Evil by Kenneth B. Andersen

I’ve been consistently loving this series, since I started it at the end of last year and this one was no different. Again, if you want my full thoughts, I have a review for it. It’s a fun and unique Middle Grade/YA fantasy I would definitely recommend.

Rating: 4 out of 5.
Duckett & Dyer: Dicks for Hire by G.M. Nair

I buddy read this with my boyfriend and thought it was fantastic. It’s a sci-fi with time and parallel universe travel and it’s absolutely hilarious! It’s definitely not everyone’s cup of tea, as the humour is quite specific, but if you like bizarre stuff and sci-fi, it might be for you. Another one I’d absolutely recommend.

Rating: 4 out of 5.
Shadow of the Fox by Julie Kagawa

This book has been on my TBR for a good while and I finally got to it. I’m not gonna lie, while I did enjoy it overall, I found the story to be a bit typical. I liked that it was Japanese inspired, but it was quite formulaic and like many YA fantasies I’ve read plot and structure wise.

Rating: 3 out of 5.
The Witches of Willow Cove by Josh Roberts

I have a full review for this, too! You know what I mean when I said I took on a LOT of review copies? I did enjoy this a lot, though. It’s a nice witchy, though not spooky, Middle Grade with great friendships. Definitely one of the best MG books I’ve read in a while (though The Storm Keeper’s Island takes the crown, easily).

Rating: 4 out of 5.
The Fallen Angel by Kenneth B. Andersen

Second last book in The Great Devil War series (are you sick of the review thing, because I also have one for this book) and it was the weakest in the series, in my opinion, while still being good. It just felt a bit like a filler book before the big finale.

Rating: 4 out of 5.
Thunderhead by Neal Schusterman

I’m finally continuing with this series! I loved the first book, though I did not expect to like it as much, and this one was just as good and the ending killed me. I really like Citra and Rowan as main characters, though I didn’t much care for Greyson, hence the rating.

Rating: 4 out of 5.
Call Down the Hawk by Maggie Stiefvater

I was confused for a good half of this book, trying to figure out where the story was going. But once it got going, I loved it. It’s quite different to The Raven Boys quartet, but Ronan is one of the main characters and if you liked him and Adam, chances are you’ll like this. I loved Hennessy the most, though, which took me by surprise. After that ending, I need the next book.

Rating: 4 out of 5.

I feel like this post is kind of scattered. Thank you for reading.

How many books have you read this month and what were your favourites? Let me know in the comments.

The Angel of Evil by Kenneth B. Andersen – A Review

Hi! It’s been a while. I’m actually quite ashamed how long it’s been… I’m back with a review for a series I’ve been reading for the past few months, and it is the fourth book in The Great Devil War by Kenneth B. Andersen. Spoiler alert, I loved it! Okay, let’s get into it.

The Angel of Evil by Kenneth B. Andersen
  • Publication date: 2010, in English 2019
  • Publisher: Host og Son
  • Genre: Fantasy

Nothing will ever be the same. Satina is gone, kidnapped by the enemy. Disobeying Lucifer, Philip heads out to find her, journeying into the deep darkness of Outer Reach. But nothing can prepare Philip for the horror that awaits—or the demons he will face.

Meanwhile, Lucifer’s kingdom is threatened as the Great Devil War draws closer. All Hell is about to break loose.

Thank you to the author for providing me with a free e-copy in exchange for an honest review.

Whew, has this been a wild ride! I mean, I’m not too surprised, everything in the previous book hinted at these events. The fourth installment in The Great Devil War was dark, intense and an absolute blast!

Reviewing books so far in the series is always tricky, as I don’t want to go into great detail and accidentally spoil anything. These books have consistently been really good and entertaining, and The Angel of Evil has not been any different.
After the strong ending of book three, where I definitely felt quite emotional, book four picks up right where we left off. Philip is still in Hell, tho whole underworld is on a brink of a war and Satina is kidnapped!

I really love this installment! The series really grows darker and darker with every book, which I’m very much enjoying. While The Devil’s Apprentice started off the series with Philip dying and being mistakenly taken into Hell, which is dark enough, it was fun and enjoyable, but with every consequent book more and more is at stake.

I thought the book was incredibly fast paced. I flew through it. It was the right amount of everything, from suspense and intrigue to character development and even more world building. In every book we get more and more of Hell, get to visit new places, find out how they work – it’s a really well thought out world based off different mythologies of the underworld and afterlife and I absolutely love it!

Philip wasn’t my favourite in this one, unfortunately. The angst was very much needed and makes sense, so I don’t really fault him for being the way he was. I just think he was such a Harry, which for some would be a great compliment, but I detest him in the best way possible. That’s how I felt about Philip in this one. He did so many things he wasn’t supposed to do and although he succeeded, it still felt frustrating seeing him break all the rules and not listen. It didn’t take away from my enjoyment of it, though.

The supporting characters were, as always, fantastic, although I expected a bit more “devilness” from Lucifer, to be honest. I think as THE Devil he was kind of clueless throughout the whole book and I wish he lived up to his name a bit more.
I enjoyed Aziel as the antagonist a lot more than I thought I would and how cunning but ultimately cowardly he was, but with the way the story ended, I’m not sure where the next book will go.

As someone who does not enjoy any romance in books, I’m quite surprised I was rooting for Philip and Satina and the ending kind of broke my heart. Since it’s not the end of the series, I believe it’s not the last time we’re seeing them together, and I’m holding out hope they’ll be reunited.

Last, but not least! We finally get to meet Philip’s dad! Not for too long, that’s true, but at least it finally happened, and I think it really added to Philip’s development as a character.

Overall, I have not been disappointed with any of the books in this series. Each one just gets better and better.

Rating: 4.5 out of 5.

Book five releases in less than a week! I’ll post a review of it on release date (as I got an early copy), but until then I’ll probably be back with other posts.

Thank you for reading!