Hello fellow book lovers! I’m back today with another recent reads post! If you noticed the lack of a January wrap-up, it’s because I’m wanting to catch up on all my recent reads in order before I go back to doing wrap-ups. Unless you guys prefer the recent reads post, which I will happily keep doing instead. Let me know in the comments which one you like more!
Sorcery of Thorns by Margaret Rogerson
5 Stars ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
Date Read: September 30th, 2019
All sorcerers are evil. Elisabeth has known that as long as she has known anything. Raised as a foundling in one of Austermeer’s Great Libraries, Elisabeth has grown up among the tools of sorcery—magical grimoires that whisper on shelves and rattle beneath iron chains. If provoked, they transform into grotesque monsters of ink and leather. She hopes to become a warden, charged with protecting the kingdom from their power.
Then an act of sabotage releases the library’s most dangerous grimoire. Elisabeth’s desperate intervention implicates her in the crime, and she is torn from her home to face justice in the capital. With no one to turn to but her sworn enemy, the sorcerer Nathaniel Thorn, and his mysterious demonic servant, she finds herself entangled in a centuries-old conspiracy. Not only could the Great Libraries go up in flames, but the world along with them.
As her alliance with Nathaniel grows stronger, Elisabeth starts to question everything she’s been taught—about sorcerers, about the libraries she loves, even about herself. For Elisabeth has a power she has never guessed, and a future she could never have imagined.
I loved this book so much. The characters were beyond precious. I love them and love how much they love each other. Plus libraries, magical living books, and sorcerers… what more could I ask for? This book immediately reached top 10 status as soon as I finished and I kind of want to reread it just talking about it. HIGHLY recommend!
Saga Vol. 1 & 2 by Brian K. Vaughn
5 Stars ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
Date Read: October 1st, 2019
When two soldiers from opposite sides of a never-ending galactic war fall in love, they risk everything to bring a fragile new life into a dangerous old universe.
From bestselling writer Brian K. Vaughan, Saga is the sweeping tale of one young family fighting to find their place in the worlds. Fantasy and science fiction are wed like never before in this sexy, subversive drama for adults.
This was my first big dive into graphic novels and it was beyond amazing. The characters are so complex and funny. I love that a lot of societal topics are addressed while also being filled with humor, love, and family. It is also very adult with Sex, violence, and explicit language. So fair warning on that. But if you are wanting to try and pick up some graphic novels, I can not recommend this enough.
Pumpkinheads by Rainbow Rowell
5 Stars ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
Date Read: October 2nd, 2019
Deja and Josiah are seasonal best friends.
Every autumn, all through high school, they’ve worked together at the best pumpkin patch in the whole wide world. (Not many people know that the best pumpkin patch in the whole wide world is in Omaha, Nebraska, but it definitely is.) They say good-bye every Halloween, and they’re reunited every September 1.
But this Halloween is different—Josiah and Deja are finally seniors, and this is their last season at the pumpkin patch. Their last shift together. Their last good-bye.
Josiah’s ready to spend the whole night feeling melancholy about it. Deja isn’t ready to let him. She’s got a plan: What if—instead of moping and the usual slinging lima beans down at the Succotash Hut—they went out with a bang? They could see all the sights! Taste all the snacks! And Josiah could finally talk to that cute girl he’s been mooning over for three years . . .
What if their last shift was an adventure?
After reading Saga I wanted to pick up more graphic novels. With it being Halloween time I had to pick up this super cute fall read! It was fast a very quick read and it was absolutely adorable. The characters are so cute and I love their friendship. I will probably pick this up every Halloween just to relive the joy that is this story.
Five Dark Fates by Kendare Blake
2.5 Stars ⭐️⭐️
After the battle with Katharine, the rebellion lies in tatters. Jules’s legion curse has been unbound, leaving her out of her mind and unfit to rule. Arsinoe must find a cure, even as the responsibility of stopping the ravaging mist rests heavy on her shoulders, and her shoulders alone. Mirabella has disappeared.
Queen Katharine’s rule over Fennbirn remains intact—for now. But her attack on the rebellion exacted a high price: her beloved Pietyr. Without him, who can she rely upon when Mirabella arrives, seemingly under a banner of truce? As oldest and youngest circle each other, and Katharine begins to yearn for the closeness that Mirabella and Arsinoe share, the dead queens hiss caution—Mirabella is not to be trusted.
In this conclusion to the Three Dark Crowns series, three dark sisters will rise to fight as the secrets of Fennbirn’s history are laid bare. Allegiances will shift. Bonds will be tested, and some broken forever.
The fate of the island lies in the hands of its queens.
I loved this series… until the end. This last book was a major let down. It felt extremely rushed and thrown together. A lot of things went unanswered, and there were way too many plot holes for me to overlook. After completely obsessing over this series, I was sad to see in end in such a disappointing way.
A Game of Thrones: The Graphic Novel Vol. 1 by George R. R. Martin & Daniel Abraham
3 Stars ⭐️⭐️⭐️
Winter is coming. Such is the stern motto of House Stark, the northernmost of the fiefdoms that owe allegiance to King Robert Baratheon in far-off King’s Landing. There Eddard Stark of Winterfell rules in Robert’s name. There his family dwells in peace and comfort: his proud wife, Catelyn; his sons Robb, Brandon, and Rickon; his daughters Sansa and Arya; and his bastard son, Jon Snow. Far to the north, behind the towering Wall, lie savage Wildings and worse—unnatural things relegated to myth during the centuries-long summer, but proving all too real and all too deadly in the turning of the season.
Yet a more immediate threat lurks to the south, where Jon Arryn, the Hand of the King, has died under mysterious circumstances. Now Robert is riding north to Winterfell, bringing his queen, the lovely but cold Cersei, his son, the cruel, vainglorious Prince Joffrey, and the queen’s brothers Jaime and Tyrion of the powerful and wealthy House Lannister—the first a swordsman without equal, the second a dwarf whose stunted stature belies a brilliant mind. All are heading for Winterfell and a fateful encounter that will change the course of kingdoms.
Meanwhile, across the Narrow Sea, Prince Viserys, heir of the fallen House Targaryen, which once ruled all of Westeros, schemes to reclaim the throne with an army of barbarian Dothraki—whose loyalty he will purchase in the only coin left to him: his beautiful yet innocent sister, Daenerys.
Ok so we all know Game of Thrones either from the books or the TV show. What I didn’t know but was excited to find out is they also have a graphic novel series. I was still very much on my graphic novel kick at this time so I was very interested in reading them! I loved the show, and this graphic novel series was almost exactly like it. There were a few differences, but they were minor. The main thingI didn’t like is how confusing the graphic novels were. To someone who has never seen the show or read the books, the random time skips in the graphics would not make sense. Even as someone who has seen the show, it was confusing. The graphics themselves were beautiful and overall I enjoyed reading it. It was just like a shorter squished together version of the TV show.
Thanks for checking out another recent reads post! There were a lot of graphic novels in this one, but next time will go back to some more regular books, so be sure to check that out when it comes around!
Until next time, Happy Reading 🖤