So while I failed my October TBR (only managed 2 books from that), I did get around to reading 5 books this month, most of which were great!
A Torch Against the Night by Sabaa Tahir: An Ember in the Ashes didn’t really stick with me past the 2 weeks after I finished it, but as forgettable is it was (which it was because I had to read a detailed synopsis of it before picking up the second book), A Torch Against the Night completely blew me away. More than anything the characters are what made ATAtN so special: Laia is a lot more determined, Helene is beautifully ruthless in her quest to fix the empire (Helene For Emperor 2k16!), while Keenan is a lot more complex than I’d originally thought. Combined with a top-notch plot and many more twists and turns than I’d anticipated, ATAtN is a lot better than AEitA, and one of my favourite books of 2016.
Ghostly Echoes by William Ritter: As excited as I was to finally delve into Jenny’s case, I can’t make up my mind on whether or not it was overblown. The book itself was delightful and I breezed through it fairly quickly, but Ritter introduced a whole new set of characters and villains that made the story take a darker, grittier tone which was only hinted at in previous book. Jury’s still out on whether or not I like where this is going.
Three Dark Crowns by Kendare Blake: I’ve never gone beyond reading the first book in any of Blake’s series but TDC might just change my mind on that one. Bringing together a host of interesting and complex characters, and a dynamic plot, this book had me desperate for more once I got to the last page. However I wasn’t entirely satisfied with it because a) the romance aspect in 2/3 cases felt forced (also I lowkey wanted there to be badass lesbian queens, I guess I can’t have everything) or shoehorned into the plot where it could’ve been cut completely, and b) 70% of the book felt like a prequel; I get it, there’s the whole set-up, but it was a bit too slow for my taste since I went into this thinking it was going to be a hunger games-esque competition and what I got was 3 demonstrations in the last 15% of the book. Here’s to hoping the sequel is a bit more action packed!
Magnus Chase and the Sword of Summer by Rick Riordan: I wanted to get reacquainted with the characters and story before delving into The Hammer of Thor, and I had a lot of fun doing it! Like Riordan’s other books, I only loved it more the second time around.
Ink by Amanda Sun: Ink was… unexpected. While I liked the plot, the characters, and the world, at times it felt either too rushed or rather juvenile. While it’s not entirely troppy, it’s still the classic ‘girl has to move to a new small town that she doesn’t like and feels an outsider in but then she meets a boy and discovers her destiny/magical powers and suddenly everything’s and she wants to stay’. It’s a storyline I’ve read a hundred times (I was a sucker for it at 16) so it takes a lot to get me invested, which is not what this book did. While I appreciate the characters, Katie especially because she’s a lot less love struck than your average YA protagonist, their behaviour was mildly caricatural in the very beginning and I frequently paused to wonder what the hell they were thinking.
Reawakened by Colleen Houck: This is a reread for me, and a slow one at that since I’m doing my very first chapter by chapter review of a book. I honestly didn’t think I could have a worse opinion (Especially compared to the second book) and yet here we are.
(I’m still mad about that gorgeous cover being on a terrible book).
- The Goodreads Reading Challenge: I’m only a couple of books ahead since I didn’t manage to get too much reading done in October
- The Series Challenge: With Ghostly Echoes and A Torch Against The Night, I’ve completed 14 series so far this year. Honestly speaking I’m amazed at that number.
- The New Releases Challenge: I managed to read 3 more newly released books this month so I’m at 12 now!
Here’s to hoping for a better November!
What books did you read this month? Did you read anything that particularly stood out to you? Let me know!