Happy New Year! I’m definitely trying to write about my favourite books of the year (and maybe some other stuff) but for now here are my December books.
I read six books this month and I’m about to finish a seventh so I’m really happy about that. I got a few books for Christmas or borrowed them from friends so there’s a lot I basically want to read immediately, let’s see how that goes…
Side note: Is anyone else also too dumb for that new WordPress editor? I just can’t do what I want with it and everything constantly jumps around and hnnngggg. I hope I’m not forced to use it at some point.
I definitely read more this month than I wrote on my TBR but now and for the coming months I have a bunch of books I want to read but I know it depends on my mood so I won’t put these down.
ronside by Holly Black
- Bitter Eden by Tatamkhulu Afrika (I just don’t feel ready for that)
Queen of Air and Darkness by Cassandra Clare [the last of my most anticipated books of the year!] The Ingenious by Darius Hinks [ARC]
Queen of Air and Darkness by Cassandra Clare
My rating: ★★★★★
I haven’t reviewed this yet because apparently, I have a problem with reviewing my favourite books/books I really love. This was… a lot and Clare made some interesting choices in this book but I really loved them and I was hooked basically from start to finish!
This book is incredibly adorable, pretty, uplifting and too real. I have always loved seeing Lin’s good morning/night tweets and I’m a huge fan of Johnny Sun so of course, I loved this too.
This book is probably best for when you read a bit every morning and/or night but even in one go it’s lovely from beginning to end.
*stands at roulette table*
*pushes all the chips in your direction*
I’m betting on YOU.
Dealer: Sir, that’s not how this works-
*stands at the craps table*
I’m rolling the dice on YOU.
*begins singing “Luck Be a Lady”*
Dealer: Sir, are you playing or-
Our Dark Duet by Victoria Schwab
My rating: ★★★★☆
“There would always be cracks in the surface, shadows in the light, a hundred degrees of grey between black and white.”
Somehow, Victoria Schwab always manages to slay me with her books, fully and without any mercy. This duology is so brilliant and I don’t even know how it could get so bloody and dark but it did and it was wonderful (and oh so sad).
In a weird way, I always fall in love with each of her characters. August and Kate became so complex and wonderful and relatable (even though I’m definitely less stabby than they are) in this book and their choices and struggles were devastating but important and necessary and every word in this book is where it should be and it is glorious.
I’m so into Schwab’s writing I just want to scream about it. Honestly, this is nearly a five stars review but it didn’t quite feel like five stars to me so it’s not getting that but don’t think this series isn’t absolutely brilliant and totally worth a read.
It asks such interesting questions about who is actually a monster, who can change for the better or worse and how does one deal with the bad and good parts in one’s self.
The way this book is written, with alternating chapters, short verse parts in between and everything set in a world that feels so alive despite its darkness and hell-ness is… just totally my thing.
I suppose the one thing that was less good sometimes was the plot but I don’t really have any big problems with it. Just some plot points I really would love to see expanded and some things people said annoyed me but that’s about it. Otherwise, this is all I wanted and so much more.
“I know it hurts,” she said. “So make it worth the pain.”
My rating: ★★★☆☆
“Ah coffee. The sweet balm by which we shall accomplish today’s tasks.”
After reading Tithe earlier this year and enjoying it more than I thought I really wanted to read Ironside as well. I completely skipped Valiant though as it’s apparently really not important for the third book and I have no idea why it exists at all.
I definitely liked this book. I’m still debating if I liked it as much as Tithe but I know I don’t want to give it four stars as well, and that’s mostly because of the characters.
Kaye, Corny and Luis are all kinda cool and kinda interesting but I found them less funny and less relatable than in the first book. It isn’t really bad but it made me enjoy the book a bit less.
I really liked the plot though. It’s fast-paced, never slows down, captivated me from the beginning and is really dark and cruel. This trilogy is certainly not a cute one in general, but this book really upped the game some more. The world of Faerie and the courts still fascinates me, though, and I really liked reading more about the drama there. I’m also a big fan of getting around challenges in a creative way and destroying evil people’s evil plans so YAS, you go Kaye!
What confused me a bit was Kaye’s and Roiben’s relationship because it was kind of there and then kind of gone and it was all just a bit weird for me.
In general, I was pleasantly surprised by this re-read (technically, I actually don’t remember if I read Ironside too back in 2011 or just Tithe. These books are enjoyable and fun to read and while they are super cliché and VERY early 2000s YA there still is some really good and interesting stuff in there!
My rating: ★★★☆☆
This is one of the few German books I read this year. I read this in school and it was surprisingly fun and good even though there’s a lot of death and other disgusting stuff in there. If you’re interested, my review is here.
My rating: ★★★☆☆
The Ingenious is a wild and fantastic story. It takes place in the weirdest and most colourful city I have ever heard of and it’s about magic, drug addiction, mysteries and murder – so all the fun stuff.
The description of the book sounded perfect to me and in the end, the book just wasn’t, but that might be as I’m not as much into epic fantasy as I used to be.
This story is set in Athanor, a city sent flowing through space and which is a mosaic of different cultures, races, cities, and so on. The city is ruled by alchemists and their leader, the Old King and while they just focus on their work and live in riches the rest of the city is dying. Isten and her friends/acquaintances/people-who-don’t-quite-hate-her try to survive in this world and fight for some sort of power.
They certainly aren’t your heroes in shining armour, especially Isten is quite the opposite of that, but they are fascinating and real and make the most terrible decisions. Those people were my favourite part of this book, even though I expected way more banter.
Plot-wise this story wasn’t very easy to understand, there are a lot of people, groups and places and it turns out alchemy isn’t my favourite type of magic, but it was still cool to read about this entirely different kind of sorcery and how it affects the city and its population.
Side note: Look at this beautiful cover??? I would love to see art of Athanor or any other type of visualisation because I can only imagine it as the most wonderful place ever.
The Ingenious was still very interesting though and I definitely enjoyed where this story went, even though there were a few rather slow paced stretches and it could have been more concise.
I received a copy of this book via NetGalley/Angry Robot
Still no re-reads, I’m so sad. I’m thinking a lot about the Raven Cycle recently, though, so maaaybe I can squeeze one of those in some time soon.
Well, I have a bunch of books I want to read but I don’t know if I’ll be in the mood for them so I just put half of them on this list. We’ll see how this goes.
- The Gentleman’s Guide to Vice and Virtue by Mackenzi Lee
- String City by Graham Edwards [ARC]
- The Good Doctor by Juno Dawson
- Vicious by V.E. Schwab
I hope your holidays were nice and calm (if you had holidays) and I wish you call a wonderful new year! Take care of yourselves.
See you soon ❤