I had a pretty good reading month in March even though I didn’t get to every single book on my TBR…
Morning Star (Red Rising #3) by Pierce Brown
First of all, thank you, Pierce Brown for having a little re-cap at the beginning because it’s been two years since I last read this series. What a lifesaver! Secondly, even after two years, I fell straight back into this book, and Brown’s complex sci-fi world, and lovely writing. It was all so effortless! Brown balances the plot with characters who feel so genuine that really bring you into their world. The skates are so incredibly high in this book, but there are enough slower moments, some of which are on the heartbreaking side, to give you exactly what you want in a conclusion. A brilliant sci-fi trilogy!
This Savage Song (Monsters of Verity #1) by V.E. Schwab
I re-read this during a read-a-thon, in anticipation of the V.E. Schwab event. For some reason the Monsters of Verity duology doesn’t seem as popular as some of her other books, and I can’t really understand why. I often say that Schwab is excellent in the way she waves her plots together, and in this book we really get to see her deal masterfully with two characters. The book is undeniably character driven, as we focus on August and Kate, a monster trying to be human, and a human trying to me a monster, both trying to stay alive. It’s such a fast paced book, that it would be a shame for you to miss out on.
The Foxhole Court (All for the Game #1) by Nora Sakavic
I knew from past experience that this was a quick one for a read-a-thon, coming in at around 250 pages. Now that I have the remaining books in the trilogy I just wanted a quick refresher of what had happened. Last time I read this I loved it so much that I wrote a spoiler-free REVIEW for your perusal. If not, then it’s a comtempary YA following a team of collage aged sexy players, and if we’re not leading to some m/m romance then i will eat my hat. That tension is there for the taking, I’m telling you now.
Our Dark Duet (Monsters of Verity #2) by V.E. Schwab
This is my first time re-reading Our Dark Duet, and let me tell you, the heartbreak does not get any easier. Unlike the first book this doesn’t feel as fast faced, and I think it’s probably because the plot is so much bigger. The complexities of the plot, builds on what was established in This Savage Song, while also addressing those core themes we were introduced to. The cast of characters has been expanded, and we get some different point-of-views, one of which is told through free verse, which was fantastic. I’d also just like to take a moment to say how much I love Sloan, don’t ask why, I just need to acknowledge that. Overall, a heartbreakingly great conclusion to the duology.
The Western Wind by Samantha Harvey (#GIFTED)
I received an eARC of this book via NetGalley from Vintage, but all opinions are, as always my own. Despite what I originally believed The Western Wind is straight up historical fiction set in a a remote village during the 15th century. We follow John Reve, the pasig priest, as he takes confession over the course of the day following the drowning of a local landowner. This was a mixed bag for me, and there were some aspects that I loved such as the short time frame and the priest character. However I did feel like there were missed opportunities, something which I will discuss more in my full review. Overall if you like historical fiction, and character studies, then this could be the book for you, but probably not a gateway book into the genre.
The Five: The Untold Lives of the Women Killed by Jack the Ripper by Hallie Rubenhold, read by Louise Brealey
The Five was my audiobook for the month, and my first non-theatre related non-fiction book for who knows how long. The subtitle of this book tells you all you need to know about the contents of the book, though I will add that the focus is wholly on these women, and not the murders. There is no doubt that the book is incredibly well-researched, taking time to discuss the lives of each of these five women in chronological order of their murders. Towards the middle I did feel as though the book was dragging just a little bit, but Rubenhold really pulled it back with her conclusion which was an insightful and intelligent reminder of how these women, and the way in which they have been treated, both by the press and the police, remains relevant to this day.
All the Wandering Light (Even the Darkest Stars #2) by Heather Fawcett
Released earlier this year, All the Wandering Light, picks up right were its predecessor left off, following Kamizin, want-to-be-explorer as she navigates terrain more difficult that she could have ever imagined. Was that vague enough? I’m trying to avoid spoilers. It did take me a lot longer to get into the story, and I don’t feel as though the plotting was as tight as it could have been, or as the first book was. Things happened so characters could be in a certain place at a certain time, which felt inorganic. The POVs were messy, with too many (two being superfluous) and River’s was a bit of a missed opportunity. It was a fun time, but no where near as gripping as the fist book was, which left me slightly disappointed.
I also read Affinity and Hotel World for my Spectral Femininities class, and The Old English Baron, The Castle of Ortranto and A Sicillian Romance for my Narrative and Nation class.
What about you: What did you read this month? What was your favourite?