I am a part of everything that I have read.Theodore Roosevelt
Did anyone else feel like this month took waaaay too long to end? Because I certainly do! I reached the stage where I just need to be able to leave the house even if for a little bit 😩 I miss going to the movies and to bookstores and to the Local Bubble Tea spot (I NEED Bubble Tea so badly 😂).
The good side of this ever-lasting month is that I got A LOT of reading done! I’m actually really surprised with this wrap-up (I don’t actually manage to read this much every month, this was crazy).
How have you guys been feeling at the moment? I’m sending you all the love right now, and I don’t know who needs to hear this but things are going to be alright and everything will work out! ❤️
Oh! Any reviews I have written for the following book will be linked on the titles!!
Everyone knows Daisy Jones & The Six: The band’s album Aurora came to define the rock ‘n’ roll era of the late seventies, and an entire generation of girls wanted to grow up to be Daisy. But no one knows the reason behind the group’s split on the night of their final concert at Chicago Stadium on July 12, 1979 . . . until now. Daisy is a girl coming of age in L.A. in the late sixties, sneaking into clubs on the Sunset Strip, sleeping with rock stars, and dreaming of singing at the Whisky a Go Go. The sex and drugs are thrilling, but it’s the rock ‘n’ roll she loves most. By the time she’s twenty, her voice is getting noticed, and she has the kind of heedless beauty that makes people do crazy things. Also getting noticed is The Six, a band led by the brooding Billy Dunne. On the eve of their first tour, his girlfriend Camila finds out she’s pregnant, and with the pressure of impending fatherhood and fame, Billy goes a little wild on the road. Daisy and Billy cross paths when a producer realizes that the key to supercharged success is to put the two together. What happens next will become the stuff of legend.
I didn’t actually expect to love this so much! It isn’t the type of book I normally find myself reaching towards but now I wish I had done it sooner because this kind of blew me away. The story, the characters, the format in which it is written, it’s all so gripping and kept me at the edge of my sit.
- Down Among The Sticks and Bones (SPOILER ALERT FOR THE WAYWARD CHILDREN SERIES ⚠️)
Twin sisters Jack and Jill were seventeen when they found their way home and were packed off to Eleanor West’s Home for Wayward Children. This is the story of what happened first… Jacqueline was her mother’s perfect daughter—polite and quiet, always dressed as a princess. If her mother was sometimes a little strict, it’s because crafting the perfect daughter takes discipline. Jillian was her father’s perfect daughter—adventurous, thrill-seeking, and a bit of a tom-boy. He really would have preferred a son, but you work with what you’ve got. They were five when they learned that grown-ups can’t be trusted. They were twelve when they walked down the impossible staircase and discovered that the pretense of love can never be enough to prepare you a life filled with magic in a land filled with mad scientists and death and choices.
While a didn’t love this one as much as the first volume I still consider it to be a worthy and fantastic sequel! It was great to learn more about this characters and get a better grip at their personalities and reasonings.
The king’s scholar, the magus, believes he knows the site of an ancient treasure. To attain it for his king, he needs a skillful thief, and he selects Gen from the king’s prison. The magus is interested only in the thief’s abilities.
What Gen is interested in is anyone’s guess. Their journey toward the treasure is both dangerous and difficult, lightened only imperceptibly by the tales they tell of the old gods and goddesses.
While the beginning of this felt a little bit slow, I loved the main character (who also narrates the book) and loved the twists it took. Immediately started the sequel afterwards.
- Beneath the Sugar Sky (SPOILER ALERT FOR THE WAYWARD CHILDREN SERIES ⚠️)
When Rini lands with a literal splash in the pond behind Eleanor West’s Home for Wayward Children, the last thing she expects to find is that her mother, Sumi, died years before Rini was even conceived. But Rini can’t let Reality get in the way of her quest – not when she has an entire world to save! (Much more common than one would suppose.) If she can’t find a way to restore her mother, Rini will have more than a world to save: she will never have been born in the first place. And in a world without magic, she doesn’t have long before Reality notices her existence and washes her away. Good thing the student body is well-acquainted with quests…
I fell in love with this series on the first book. For me it was perfect and while I did truly enjoy the second one it gave me a little bit of a different energy. But the third one…😍 it made me feel right at home with the return of some beloved characters and a marvelous quest ❤️ couldn’t recommend this enough.
- Locke & Key Vol.1
Locke & Key tells of Keyhouse, an unlikely New England mansion, with fantastic doors that transform all who dare to walk through them. Home to a hate-filled and relentless creature that will not rest until it forces open the most terrible door of them all…
I binged the entire Locke & Key Netflix series in exactly a day and truly loved it. So I decided to give this one a try and see how close the show got to it. I am pleasantly surprised with how similar it is. There are some differences but I still consider both to be amazing.
- In An Absent Dream (SPOILER ALERT FOR THE WAYWARD CHILDREN SERIES ⚠️)
This fourth entry and prequel tells the story of Lundy, a very serious young girl who would rather study and dream than become a respectable housewife and live up to the expectations of the world around her. As well she should. When she finds a doorway to a world founded on logic and reason, riddles and lies, she thinks she’s found her paradise. Alas, everything costs at the goblin market, and when her time there is drawing to a close, she makes the kind of bargain that never plays out well.
After three volumes I’ll admit I was beginning to get a little scared of the sequels and if the quality would be the same but this one was just as fantastic as the first one and made me fall even more in love with this series.
- The Queen of Attolia (SPOILER ALERT FOR THE QUEEN’S THIEF SERIES ⚠️)
When Eugenides, the Thief of Eddis, stole Hamiathes’s Gift, the Queen of Attolia lost more than a mythical relic. She lost face. Everyone knew that Eugenides had outwitted and escaped her. To restore her reputation and reassert her power, the Queen of Attolia will go to any length and accept any help that is offered…she will risk her country to execute the perfect revenge. …but
Eugenides can steal anything. And he taunts the Queen of Attolia, moving through her strongholds seemingly at will. So Attolia waits, secure in the knowledge that the Thief will slip, that he will haunt her palace one too many times. …at what price?
When Eugenides finds his small mountain country at war with Attolia, he must steal a man, he must steal a queen, he must steal peace. But his greatest triumph, and his greatest loss, comes in capturing something that the Queen of Attolia thought she had sacrificed long ago…
This is the second book to The Queen’s Thief series, and I loved it so much more than the first one. I think that everything increased in this: the action, the plot twists, the characters, the political and strategical games. Definitely recommend!
- Come Tumbling Down (SPOILER ALERT FOR THE WAYWARD CHILDREN SERIES ⚠️)
When Jack left Eleanor West’s School for Wayward Children she was carrying the body of her deliciously deranged sister–whom she had recently murdered in a fit of righteous justice–back to their home on the Moors. But death in their adopted world isn’t always as permanent as it is here, and when Jack is herself carried back into the school, it becomes clear that something has happened to her. Something terrible. Something of which only the maddest of scientists could conceive. Something only her friends are equipped to help her overcome. Eleanor West’s “No Quests” rule is about to be broken.
This may not have been a five-star read but it just gave me the same feeling I got throughout this entire series: it feels like coming home. Every time.
Achilles, “the best of all the Greeks,” son of the cruel sea goddess Thetis and the legendary king Peleus, is strong, swift, and beautiful irresistible to all who meet him. Patroclus is an awkward young prince, exiled from his homeland after an act of shocking violence. Brought together by chance, they forge an inseparable bond, despite risking the gods’ wrath. They are trained by the centaur Chiron in the arts of war and medicine, but when word comes that Helen of Sparta has been kidnapped, all the heroes of Greece are called upon to lay siege to Troy in her name. Seduced by the promise of a glorious destiny, Achilles joins their cause, and torn between love and fear for his friend, Patroclus follows. Little do they know that the cruel Fates will test them both as never before and demand a terrible sacrifice.
I still don’t think my words do this book any justice. There aren’t enough words to describe how beautiful this story is and how sincere and exquisite Achilles and Patroclus’ love is. This book is a masterpiece.
A boy is imprisoned by a witch and must tell her a new scary story each night to stay alive. This thrilling contemporary fantasy from J. A. White, the acclaimed author of the Thickety series, brings to life the magic and craft of storytelling.
Alex’s original hair-raising tales are the only thing keeping the witch Natacha happy, but soon he’ll run out of pages to read from and be trapped forever. He’s loved scary stories his whole life, and he knows most don’t have a happily ever after. Now that Alex is trapped in a true terrifying tale, he’s desperate for a different ending—and a way out of this twisted place.
This modern spin on the Scheherazade story is perfect for fans of Coraline and A Tale Dark and Grimm. With interwoven tips on writing with suspense, adding in plot twists, hooks, interior logic, and dealing with writer’s block, this is the ideal book for budding writers and all readers of delightfully just-dark-enough tales.
I still can’t believe how much I loved this book. A story about stories that reminded me the reasons why I love to read so much.
- The Graveyard Book
Nobody Owens, known to his friends as Bod, is a perfectly normal boy. Well, he would be perfectly normal if he didn’t live in a graveyard, being raised and educated by ghosts, with a solitary guardian who belongs to neither the world of the living nor the world of the dead. There are dangers and adventures for Bod in the graveyard: the strange and terrible menace of the Sleer; a gravestone entrance to a desert that leads to the city of ghouls; friendship with a witch, and so much more. But it is in the land of the living that real danger lurks, for it is there that the man Jack lives and he has already killed Bod’s family.
Another favorite for this month. This book filled my heart with so much love and made it so light. I blame it all on Gaiman’s writing and imagination!
- Muse of Nightmares (SPOILER ALERT FOR THE STRANGE THE DREAMER DUOLOGY ⚠️)
In the wake of tragedy, neither Lazlo nor Sarai are who they were before. One a god, the other a ghost, they struggle to grasp the new boundaries of their selves as dark-minded Minya holds them hostage, intent on vengeance against Weep. Lazlo faces an unthinkable choice—save the woman he loves, or everyone else?—while Sarai feels more helpless than ever. But is she? Sometimes, only the direst need can teach us our own depths, and Sarai, the Muse of Nightmares, has not yet discovered what she’s capable of. As humans and godspawn reel in the aftermath of the citadel’s near fall, a new foe shatters their fragile hopes, and the mysteries of the Mesarthim are resurrected: Where did the gods come from, and why? What was done with thousands of children born in the citadel nursery? And most important of all, as forgotten doors are opened and new worlds revealed: Must heroes always slay monsters, or is it possible to save them instead?Love and hate, revenge and redemption, destruction and salvation all clash in this astonishing and heart-stopping sequel to the New York Times bestseller, Strange the Dreamer.
I can’t justly explain how much I loved this book. This duology has become a favourite without a question. Laini delivered so much more than I could ever have expected and this was the perfect conclusion.