Happy Friday bookish people! I hope you are all having a lovely day today, I am bringing you a book tag – the Medieval Queens Book Tag! I found this tag on onebookmore.com
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2022 Wrap Up!
Happy Friday bookish people! My goodness the end of the year has arrived very quickly and it is time to do my yearly wrap up. For this year I am going to show a picture of the book cover of every book I have read this year all broken down into categories determined by the star rating I gave the book.
overall, this year I have only managed to read 49 books, compared to over 100 last year.
This year I read no books that I disliked so much that I gave them one star, it was close but I eventually decided the books in the two star category are:
In my 3 star category are:
4 star ratings
and finally… my two books I read this year that I rated five stars are…..
Happy Friday bookish people! I hope you are all having a good day today. Today I am bringing you my August TBR, there’s a lot of fantasy on it this month which I haven’t been reading a lot of in the past few months so we will have to see how that goes but overall I am pretty excited about the books on my TBR for the month.
A Court of Mist and Fury by Sarah J Maas
Red Queen by Victoria Aveyard
Ninth House by Leigh Bardugo
A Perilous Undertaking by Deanna Raybourn
Library of the Unwritten by A J Hackwith
A Heart So Fierce and Broken by Brigid Kemmerer
Kingdom of The Cursed by Kerri Maniscalco
Assassins Apprentice by Robin Hobb
Crownbreaker by Sebastien De Castell
Six Tudor Queens by Alison Weir
House of Sky and Breath by Sarah J Maas
By the Book by Amanda Sellet
The Twyford Code by Janice Hallett
Crown of Midnight by Sarah J Maas
Small Favours by Erin A Craig
The Shadows Between Us by Tricia Levenseller
Last Chance Books by Kelsey Rodkey
The Falconer by Elizabeth May
That’s it for my August TBR, I hope you all enjoyed it!
Book Review: Throne of Glass by Sarah J Maas
Happy Monday bookish people! As you can see by the title of this post – I finally read Throne of Glass! It’s taken me years, it has been on multiple TBRs but I never actually picked it up and read it. I actually read A Court of thorns and roses (only the first one) and House of Earth and Blood (the first Crescent City book) before I got around to reading this one. I took it to london with me and started reading it on the train journey up there. I finished it in the hotel room the next night.
In this book review I will give star ratings to four categories and I will write a little bit about each one. I will try to keep this review as spoiler free as possible. I hope you all enjoy my book review.
Throne of Glass Plot:
This plot had me hooked from the very beginning, what would a Prince want with an assassin? and it just kept getting better from there. I really love competitions in books – I have a lot of fantasy books with this trope – and this one was good, it took a backseat to the building of relationships and the other mysteries that were going on but it still made the book enjoyable for me. What I especially liked about this plot was that there was one, a lot of first books in series sort of forget about having a well thought-out and complete plot, but this one didn’t. There was a good balance between plot strands that were sorted out in this book and the ones that are going to be underlying mysteries throughout the series.
Throne of Glass Characters:
Caelena is a great lead character. She’s a fighter and it is obvious in every action, and she has been through a lot which means she finds it hard to trust other people. I liked the inner turmoil the character was struggling with throughout and I hope that will be there in different ways throughout the series. Also in the book is Prince Dorian, who I did like but I thought there was room to expand his character, which might happen in the coming books, because he seemed charming and a good friend but there was also some jealousy.
Throne of Glass Writing and Dialogue:
I already knew going into this book that I like Sarah J Maas’ writing style and especially her dialogue. If you’ve been reading my reviews a while you will know that dialogue is one of my favourite parts of a book and I enjoyed that aspect a lot in this book.
Throne of Glass Overall:
I gave this book four stars overall because I enjoyed the book, as I knew I would, and I am excited to see where the rest of the series goes.
Meet Celaena Sardothien.
Beautiful. Deadly. Destined for greatness.
In a land without magic, where the king rules with an iron hand, Celaena, an assassin, is summoned to the castle. She comes not to kill the king, but to win her freedom. If she defeats twenty-three killers, thieves, and warriors in a competition, she is released from prison to serve as the king’s champion.
The Crown Prince will provoke her. The Captain of the Guard will protect her. But something evil dwells in the castle of glass—and it’s there to kill. When her competitors start dying one by one, Celaena’s fight for freedom becomes a fight for survival, and a desperate quest to root out the evil before it destroys her world.
That’s it for this review, I hope you all enjoyed it! If you have read this book let me know what you thought of it in the comments.
April Wrap Up!
Happy Sunday bookish people! I hope you’re all having a good day. Today I am bringing you my April wrap up and I’m so glad to say that my reading has been a little bit better this month, not amazing to the extent that I was at this time last year but so much better than March and February. So I’m going to get straight into which books I did and didn’t read in April!
- Small Favours by Erin A Craig – I did not read this book – I just wasn’t in the mood for this style of plot this month
- Throne of Glass by Sarah J Maas – I finally managed to read this book, my review for it will be up soon but I really enjoyed it
- Daughters of Night by Laura Shepard-Robinson – I have started this book but I haven’t finished it yet, it’s a pretty big book so it might take me some time
- Rose by Holly Webb – I did read this book
- there was a non-bookish prompt and for this I had a nice warm bath and I watched some videos
- Lily by Rose Tremain – I did read this book too so a review of this book will also be up soon
- The City Beautiful by Aden Polydoros – I did not read this book
- The Mapmakers by Tamzin Merchant – I read this book too!
- Down Comes the Night by Alison Saft – I did not read this book
- Nine Lives by Peter Swanson – I did not read this book and I’m sad about that because I am really excited for it
- Queenslayer by Sebastien de Castell – I am currently 3/4 of the way through this book and it is also on my May tbr so I will be finishing it in the next few days
- An Ember in the Ashes by Sabaa Tahir – I did not read this book
- The Five – I did not read this book
- A Marvelous Light by Freya Marske – I did not read this book but it is on my May tbr
- Cecily by Annie Garthwaite – Again I didn’t read this book but it is on my May tbr
- Only A Monster by Vanessa Len – I didn’t read this book
- Assassins Apprentice by Robin Hobb – I did not read this book
- Bringing Down the Duke by Evie Dunmore – I did read this book!
- An Enchantment of Ravens by Margaret Rogerson – I did not read this book
- Ace of Shades by Amanda Foody – I did not read this book – I did take it all the way to London with me and then still didn’t read it
- House of Sky and Breath by Sarah J Maas – I did not read this
So that was what I did and didn’t read in April. I ended up reading 5 books and started two others, one of which I will finish in a few days so I am really happy with that.
Happy Friday bookish people! Today I am bringing you my April TBR which includes what books I will be reading for the prompts of the Easter readathon I am co-hosting this month.
Once again, my TBR game gave me a lot of rolls so there are quite a few books to read this month, I am hoping that my reading will improve this month.
So, onto my TBR!
- Flower – first book you look at: Small Favours by Erin A Craig – I read her first book, House of Salt and Sorrows and really enjoyed it so I am looking forward to this one
- Chocolate – Plot twist: Throne of Glass by Sarah J Maas – this is a book that I have been putting off but I am looking forward to reading it
- Cake – Multiple POV: Daughters of Night by Laura Shepard-Robinson – I think this book has multiple points of view but also, it is a haunting, dark victorian mystery so it sounds right up my alley
- Bunny – a short read: Rose by Holly Webb – I read this book when I was younger but I love this story
- The sun – a non-book, self care prompt: I am not sure what I will do for this, probably watch some bookish videos and have a warm bath
- Moon – a mystery: Lily by Rose Tremain – I am so excited to read this book
- Carrot – a title starts with a c: The City Beautiful by Aden Polydoros
- The Mapmakers by Tamzen Merchant – I loved the hatmakers so I am very excited to continue this series
- Down comes the night by Alison Saft – I love Victorian, gothic themed novels
- Nine Lives by Peter Swanson – I love his books and the premise of this book sounds really good
- Queenslayer by Sebastien de Castell – I am two books away from finishing this series so I would love to read this one soon
- An Ember in the Ashes by Sabaa Tahir – this is another book that has been on my TBR for a long time
- The Five: the untold story of the victims of Jack the ripper – I love anything about the jack the ripper mystery and I think it is great to see the women he killed as women
- A Marvelous Light by Freya Marske – I got this in my Illumicrate box and it sounds very interesting
- Cecily by Anne Garthwaite – I am looking forward to reading historical fiction again
- Only A Monster by Vanessa Len – this sounds very dark and fantastical
- Assassins Apprentice by Robin Hobb – I am excited to start reading the Hobb books
- Bringing down the duke by Evie Dunmore – this will be interesting to try and read another genre outside of my comfort zone
- An enchantment of ravens by Margaret Rogerson – the cover is beautiful and I love this author’s writing
- Ace of Shades by Amanda Foody – this book looks like it has a morally grey male lead that I think i will like
- House of Sky and Breath by Sarah J Maas – carrying on over from March TBR
That’s it for my April TBR!
January Wrap Up!
Happy Monday bookish people! I hope you all had a lovely January. If you have seen any of my recent posts here on my Instagram posts (@the_blind_scribe) you will know that my January has been full of ups and downs, honestly mostly downs. After being unwell for most of it and then my partner and I breaking up and having to move back in with my parents I barely read anything in January.
So, onto my January Wrap-up!
- Four Dead Queens by Astrid Scholte – I did not read
- A Deadly Education by Naomi Novik – I did not read
- Act Your Age Eve Brown by Talia Hibbert – I did read!
- Clockwork Angel by Cassandra Clare – I did not read
- Daughter of the Burning City by Amanda Foody – I did not read
- Daughters of Night by Laura Shepard Robinson – I have recently started to read this, I won’t finish it by the end of the month but I am really enjoying the atmosphere and the lead female character so far.
- The Devil and the Dark Water by Stuart Turton – I have not read
- Empire of the Vampire by Jay Kristoff – I did not get around to reading
- European Travels for the Monstrous Gentlewoman by Theodora Goss – I have read the first 20 pages or so of this book and I am enjoying it but I wasn’t in the right mood for it this month because of everything happening.
- Finale by Stephanie Garber – I did not read
- Furyborn by Claire Legrand – I did not read
- The Killings at Kingfisher Hill by Sophie Hannah – I did read this!
- Nevernight by Jay Kristoff – I did not read this
- Nine Perfect Strangers by Liane Moriarty – I did not read this
- Pages and Co Tilly and the Lost Fairytales – I did read this!
- Queenslayer by Sebastien De Castell – I did not read this
- Shadowscent by P M Freestone – I did not read this
- The Burning Page by Genevieve Cogman – I did not read
- The Gilded Wolves by Roshani Chokshi – I did not read
- The Hunting Party by Lucy Foley – I did not read
- The Plague Letters by V L Valentine – I did not read
- Throne of Glass by Sarah J Maas – I did not read
I also read The Enchanted Wood, The Magic Faraway Tree and The Folk of the Faraway Tree by Enid Blyton which wasn’t on my TBR. So that means I read six books and I started two more so I am actually really happy with the amount that I ended up reading this month.
That’s it for this wrap up I hope you all enjoyed it!
Happy Tuesday bookish people! It’s the first month of the new year and it is time to share what I hope to be reading this month. I feel like I want to read a lot this month so far, I am hoping this will continue throughout the month and I’ll have a great month to start the year.
My January TBR:
- The Gilded Wolves by Roshani Chokshi – I am really excited to read this book, I bought it with some vouchers I got for Christmas and it should be arriving today.
- Furyborn by Claire Legrand – I’m not sure what I will think of this book but I want to read more outside of my comfort zone this year
- Queenslayer by Sebastien de Castell – I am so close to finishing this series and I think this book will be another great one just like the rest of the series.
- Act Your Age Eve Brown by Talia Hibbert – I will say at the time of writing this that I have actually finished reading this book and completed the Brown Sisters trilogy!
- Daughters of Night by Laura Shepard-Robinson – A good Victorian mystery, that’s just what I want to read right now.
- Shadowscent by P M Freestone – this is another book that I am not sure what to make of it yet but I hope I will enjoy it.
- The Plague Letters by V L Valentine – a historical murder mystery, it sounds so different and intriguing and I am excited to get into it.
- Nevernight by Jay Kristoff – I am hoping that I will be able to get into this book easily.
- Killings at Kingfisher Hill by Sophie Hannah – I read one of the books in her Poirot series and enjoyed it so hopefully the rest of the series will be the same.
- The Devil and the Dark Water by Stuart Turton – I loved his other book and a murder mystery set on a boat sounds intriguing.
- Throne of Glass by Sarah J Maas – It is time I got around to reading this book.
- Daughter of the Burning City by Amanda Foody – I love any book to do with a circus or carnival so I have high hopes.
- European Travels for the Monstrous Gentlewoman by Theodora Goss – I have already started this one and just like the first book in the series, I am already immersed in the world.
- Four Dead Queens by Astrid Scholte – I don’t actually know much about this book.
- Hunting Party by Lucy Foley – I started reading her other book and ended up putting it down so I hope I will have better luck with this book.
- Pages and Co 2 by Anna James – this is a lovely series of books that I am excited to continue.
- The Burning Page by Genevieve Cogman – another series that has a brilliant world that I want to get back to.
- Finale by Stephanie Garber – finally I am hoping to finish up the caraval series!
- A Deadly Education by Naomi Novik – I’ve heard mixed things about this book but I am still interested in reading it.
- Clockwork Angel by Cassandra Clare – this is an intimidating book but I am excited to get around to it
- Empire of the Vampire – another book I’m not sure about but I have heard great things.
- Nine Perfect Strangers by Liane Moriarty – I am excited to read more mysteries this month.
That’s it for my January TBR, I hope you all enjoyed it! Have you read any of these books? What did you think of them?
Merry Bookmas Day 26 – 26th December – Winter Book Tag
Happy Sunday bookish people! Merry Bookmas day 26! I hope you all had a wonderful Christmas day and that you will have a great Boxing day too. Of course I couldn’t help myself but to bring you another book tag, today’s being the Winter Book Tag.
Falling Snow: The colours of Winter are muted, choose a book that has whites, light blues and greys
Crackling Fire: colder weather makes for the perfect time to sit by a crackling fire, which book is best to curl up next to the fire with?
Ice Storm: winter storms can be brutal, what book do you love that takes the characters through a brutal season?
Winter Wishes: spending more time indoors allows more time to dream and wish, which character is living a life that you dream about?
Hot Cocoa: there is nothing like a hot cup of cocoa during winter, what book do you think should be the next big thing?
Lip Balm and Lotion: soothing dry skin is part of winter for many, what book is full of soothing and comforting words?
Peppermint Mocha: what is your winter go to food or drink?
Tea! I am always drinking tea!
That’s it for this book tag! I hope you all enjoyed seeing my answers, what would you give as your answers to this tag?
Merry Bookmas Day 14 – 14th December – Books I wish I’d got to this year
Happy Tuesday bookish people! Merry Bookmas day 14! Today I will be sharing with you ten books that I wish I had gotten around to reading in 2021. There are way more than ten of these but that would be come a really really long blog post. So I have limited it to just ten.
And they are:
Where Dreams Descend by Janella Angelles
In a city covered in ice and ruin, a group of magicians face off in a daring game of magical feats to find the next headliner of the Conquering Circus, only to find themselves under the threat of an unseen danger striking behind the scenes.
As each act becomes more and more risky and the number of missing magicians piles up, three are forced to reckon with their secrets before the darkness comes for them next.
The Star: Kallia, a powerful showgirl out to prove she’s the best no matter the cost
The Master: Jack, the enigmatic keeper of the club, and more than one lie told
The Magician: Demarco, the brooding judge with a dark past he can no longer hide
Where Dreams Descend is the startling and romantic first book in Janella Angeles’ debut Kingdom of Cards fantasy duology where magic is both celebrated and feared, and no heart is left unscathed.
The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern
The circus arrives without warning. No announcements precede it. It is simply there, when yesterday it was not. Within the black-and-white striped canvas tents is an utterly unique experience full of breathtaking amazements. It is called Le Cirque des Rêves, and it is only open at night.
But behind the scenes, a fierce competition is underway—a duel between two young magicians, Celia and Marco, who have been trained since childhood expressly for this purpose by their mercurial instructors. Unbeknownst to them, this is a game in which only one can be left standing, and the circus is but the stage for a remarkable battle of imagination and will. Despite themselves, however, Celia and Marco tumble headfirst into love—a deep, magical love that makes the lights flicker and the room grow warm whenever they so much as brush hands.
True love or not, the game must play out, and the fates of everyone involved, from the cast of extraordinary circus performers to the patrons, hang in the balance, suspended as precariously as the daring acrobats overhead.
Written in rich, seductive prose, this spell-casting novel is a feast for the senses and the heart.
Clockwork Angel by Cassandra Clare
In a time when Shadowhunters are barely winning the fight against the forces of darkness, one battle will change the course of history forever. Welcome to the Infernal Devices trilogy, a stunning and dangerous prequel to the New York Times bestselling Mortal Instruments series.
The year is 1878. Tessa Gray descends into London’s dark supernatural underworld in search of her missing brother. She soon discovers that her only allies are the demon-slaying Shadowhunters—including Will and Jem, the mysterious boys she is attracted to. Soon they find themselves up against the Pandemonium Club, a secret organization of vampires, demons, warlocks, and humans. Equipped with a magical army of unstoppable clockwork creatures, the Club is out to rule the British Empire, and only Tessa and her allies can stop them…
The Diviners by Libba Bray
SOMETHING DARK AND EVIL HAS AWAKENED… Evie O’Neill has been exiled from her boring old hometown and shipped off to the bustling streets of New York City—and she is pos-i-tute-ly ecstatic. It’s 1926, and New York is filled with speakeasies, Ziegfeld girls, and rakish pickpockets. The only catch is that she has to live with her uncle Will and his unhealthy obsession with the occult. Evie worries her uncle will discover her darkest secret: a supernatural power that has only brought her trouble so far. But when the police find a murdered girl branded with a cryptic symbol and Will is called to the scene, Evie realizes her gift could help catch a serial killer. As Evie jumps headlong into a dance with a murderer, other stories unfold in the city that never sleeps. A young man named Memphis is caught between two worlds. A chorus girl named Theta is running from her past. A student named Jericho is hiding a shocking secret. And unknown to all, something dark and evil has awakened…
A Winters Promise by Christelle Dabos
Long ago, following a cataclysm called “The Rupture,” the world was shattered into many floating celestial islands. Known now as Arks, each has developed in distinct ways; each seems to possess its own unique relationship to time, such that nowadays vastly different worlds exist, together but apart. And over all of the Arks the spirit of an omnipotent ancestor abides.
Ophelia lives on Anima, an ark where objects have souls. Beneath her worn scarf and thick glasses, the young girl hides the ability to read and communicate with the souls of objects, and the power to travel through mirrors. Her peaceful existence on the Ark of Anima is disrupted when she is promised in marriage to Thorn, from the powerful Dragon clan. Ophelia must leave her family and follow her fiancée to the floating capital on the distant Ark of the Pole. Why has she been chosen? Why must she hide her true identity? Though she doesn’t know it yet, she has become a pawn in a deadly plot.
The Once and Future Witches by Alix E Harrow
In 1893, there’s no such thing as witches. There used to be, in the wild, dark days before the burnings began, but now witching is nothing but tidy charms and nursery rhymes. If the modern woman wants any measure of power, she must find it at the ballot box.
But when the Eastwood sisters–James Juniper, Agnes Amaranth, and Beatrice Belladonna–join the suffragists of New Salem, they begin to pursue the forgotten words and ways that might turn the women’s movement into the witch’s movement. Stalked by shadows and sickness, hunted by forces who will not suffer a witch to vote-and perhaps not even to live-the sisters will need to delve into the oldest magics, draw new alliances, and heal the bond between them if they want to survive.
There’s no such thing as witches. But there will be.
Furyborn by Claire LeGrand
The stunningly original, must-read fantasy of 2018 follows two fiercely independent young women, centuries apart, who hold the power to save their world…or doom it.
When assassins ambush her best friend, Rielle Dardenne risks everything to save him, exposing herself as one of a pair of prophesied queens: a queen of light, and a queen of blood. To prove she is the Sun Queen, Rielle must endure seven elemental magic trials. If she fails, she will be executed…unless the trials kill her first.
One thousand years later, the legend of Queen Rielle is a fairy tale to Eliana Ferracora. A bounty hunter for the Undying Empire, Eliana believes herself untouchable–until her mother vanishes. To find her, Eliana joins a rebel captain and discovers that the evil at the empire’s heart is more terrible than she ever imagined.
As Rielle and Eliana fight in a cosmic war that spans millennia, their stories intersect, and the shocking connections between them ultimately determine the fate of their world–and of each other.
Throne of Glass by Sarah J Maas
After serving out a year of hard labor in the salt mines of Endovier for her crimes, 18-year-old assassin Celaena Sardothien is dragged before the Crown Prince. Prince Dorian offers her her freedom on one condition: she must act as his champion in a competition to find a new royal assassin.
Her opponents are men-thieves and assassins and warriors from across the empire, each sponsored by a member of the king’s council. If she beats her opponents in a series of eliminations, she’ll serve the kingdom for four years and then be granted her freedom. Celaena finds her training sessions with the captain of the guard, Westfall, challenging and exhilarating. But she’s bored stiff by court life. Things get a little more interesting when the prince starts to show interest in her … but it’s the gruff Captain Westfall who seems to understand her best.
Then one of the other contestants turns up dead … quickly followed by another. Can Celaena figure out who the killer is before she becomes a victim? As the young assassin investigates, her search leads her to discover a greater destiny than she could possibly have imagined.
Wolf Hall by Hilary Mantel
England in the 1520s is a heartbeat from disaster. If the king dies without a male heir, the country could be destroyed by civil war. Henry VIII wants to annul his marriage of twenty years and marry Anne Boleyn. The pope and most of Europe opposes him. Into this impasse steps Thomas Cromwell: a wholly original man, a charmer and a bully, both idealist and opportunist, astute in reading people, and implacable in his ambition. But Henry is volatile: one day tender, one day murderous. Cromwell helps him break the opposition, but what will be the price of his triumph?
The Box in the Woods by Maureen Johnson
The Truly Devious series continues as Stevie Bell investigates her first mystery outside of Ellingham Academy in this spine-chilling and hilarious stand-alone mystery.
Amateur sleuth Stevie Bell needs a good murder. After catching a killer at her high school, she’s back at home for a normal (that means boring) summer.
But then she gets a message from the owner of Sunny Pines, formerly known as Camp Wonder Falls—the site of the notorious unsolved case, the Box in the Woods Murders. Back in 1978, four camp counselors were killed in the woods outside of the town of Barlow Corners, their bodies left in a gruesome display. The new owner offers Stevie an invitation: Come to the camp and help him work on a true crime podcast about the case.
Stevie agrees, as long as she can bring along her friends from Ellingham Academy. Nothing sounds better than a summer spent together, investigating old murders.
But something evil still lurks in Barlow Corners. When Stevie opens the lid on this long-dormant case, she gets much more than she bargained for. The Box in the Woods will make room for more victims. This time, Stevie may not make it out alive.
That’s it, that’s ten of the books that I wish I had gotten around to reading this year but never did. Hopefully next year!