I forgot to write my April mini reviews, so I figured I’d just group it in with May. I typically jump around from genre to genre, but I’ve been reading a ton of YA series lately and it’s been a lot of fun. I did read two books that aren’t listed here though, The Wonder of Lost Causes and Being the Grownup, because I wrote up separate reviews for those. You can find the review for The Wonder of Lost Causes, here. The review for Being the Grownup will be out later this month.
Three Dark Crowns by Kendare Blake: 4/5 This series has been on my TBR for a while and I was so happy to finally dive into it. I checked all three books from the series out from the library and finished them all in just a few days. The story follows three triplet sisters who are raised separately and must fight to the death for the crown. I loved this book and all of the characters in it. It moves a bit slow in the beginning, but I don’t really mind it, and I urge you to stick with it. There were a couple of twists at the end that I didn’t see coming and had me moving right onto the next book.
One Dark Throne by Kendare Blake: 5/5 This book guys! If you read the first book and thought it was a bit slow, don’t fret because this books takes off running and doesn’t slow down. There is so much action and political scheming that I couldn’t put it down. Katherine, Mirabella, and Arsinoe are all such interesting characters, and each one so different than the other. I could go on and on talking about this book, but I’m trying my best not to give away spoilers, so you’ll just have to read it.
Two Dark Reigns by Kendare Blake: 4/5 Kendare Blake did such a wonderful job with these characters, making you love then hate them, and vice versa. I actually don’t think there are any characters I could say that I hate, but my feelings towards some of them have changed from book to book. I didn’t like this one as much as the second book, but it got me more invested in Katherine’s story, which I didn’t expect at all. I can’t wait to read Five Dark Fates in September so I can see how it ends.
Six Of Crows by Leigh Bardugo: 5/5 I adore this book and Leigh Bardugo for writing a magical heist story. Magical heist, guys! It has the feel of Ocean’s Eleven with a little bit of Prison Break, set in a fantasy world with snarky, badass characters. I really couldn’t ask for more. The world building is incredible, from the mechanics of magic to status and economics. The story is well-paced with interesting characters, and there is beautiful imagery created without any overly-flowery descriptions. I originally checked this book out from the library, but after I finished it I went back and bought the box set of the duology because I loved it that much. The Grishaverse will be coming to Netflix soon, so I recommend picking this one up soon along with the Shadow and Bone trilogy.
Caraval by Stephanie Garber: 3.5/5 I heard so many good things about this series so I was excited to jump into it, but I didn’t get what I was hoping for. I really enjoyed the story and I got through it faster than I expected, but there were too many metaphors and the ending was a bit of a let down for me. I liked both Scarlett and Julian as characters, but I couldn’t bring myself to care about what happened to Tella. I loved the concept of this story though, so I’m hoping the next book will give me more of what I was hoping for.
The Wicked Deep by Shea Ernshaw: 4/5 This is another one that has been picked up by Netlflix and I can’t wait to see what they do with it. This is a spooky and atmospheric witchy story about three sisters who were drowned as witches and come back to seek revenge on the town that killed them. It’s no secret that I love a good witchy book, and this one is no exception, especially with the Hocus Pocus vibes it gives off. The gold of this book is all in the atmosphere Shea Ernshaw creates. The characters are likeable enough, but I would’ve liked to get to know them a little better. If you’re into witchy, atmospheric reads with some romance, this is a good one.
The Gilded Wolves by Roshani Chokshi: 4/5 Another magical heist book with more of a treasure hunter vibe. St in Paris in 1889, this book has the heist and ragtag gang of Six of Crows with the history and mystery of The Divinci Code, and I loved every bit of it. Roshani Chokshi does a beautiful job creating a story full of diverse characters and mythology that also touches on social issues. It is a fun read full of magic, puzzles, and quests, and I can’t wait to see what comes next in the series.
A Court Of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J. Maas: 4/5 This book took me a lot longer to get through than I expected, but once I got past the first half I fled through it. It is a retelling of Beauty and the Beast set in a fantasy world of faeries and humans. Feyre is an interesting character, but her decision often annoyed me. Lucian ended up being one of my favorite characters, and the one I was rooting for the most in the book. Sarah Maas is a beautiful writer though and overall, this was a solid start to a series. I’m interested to see where things go.
If you have any recommendations I would love to hear them! I’m always looking for books to add to my TBR and I miss good ones because I’m horrible about judging a book by it’s cover. (One of the main reasons in took me so long to pick up A Court of Thorns and Roses was because the cover didn’t really appeal to me.)