Summer is coming to a end but you should never stop reading. Who knows, you could end up hooked to amazing stories or sharing the adventures of incredible people. Do you need ideas or recommendations? Corinne shares her August reads for you to find some new amazing stories to get lost in!
1. A court of thorns and roses – Sarah J. Mass
I absolutely loved Throne of Glass. I read the five books in less than three weeks and they were amazing. The author had also written a trilogy. I bought the first book and was left a bit hungry for more when I finished it. Thus, I rushed into the closest book shop and got myself the two following tomes. Devoured in less than a week! They are so good! I loved everything in the story: the characters, their diversity in so many aspects, their personalities, the plot line, all the funny and snappy dialogues, the originality of the story, the sexy moments. E-VERY-THING! Really! So much so that I read them a second time! And I often go back to reading some scenes of the book. When I finished the books, I felt a bit sad: I lived something amazing and then it was over. I could not recommend the series more!
2. Three dark crowns – Kendare Blake
Amazon recommended this book for me. Probably because of my previous purchase. Why not after all. The summary sounded rather interesting. The story would be dark and thrilling. Well, no. To be honest, I read the book until the end because I thought the plot would get better, the story faster or something would happen. Well, not really. Such a disappointment. The story is super slow. It might be due to the fact that the three main heroins are in three different places and we change location each chapter. Since we have to focus on three different people living in three different cities, I guess it’s hard to make something happen. Also, some kind of revelation is made at the very end of the book but it was so predictable. I know a second book is in the making and out of curiosity I would like to know what happens next but if you haven’t read the first book, just don’t bother.
3. Warbreaker – Brandon Sanderson
I came across this book really randomly. I was at Waterstones and wanted to discover new books. The summary sounded interesting so I bought it. To be honest, the book did not impress me at first. I felt like the depiction of women and their sexuality was an absolute cliché. Really. Although the plot line was focusing on two women, they were not leading it. I felt like they were just here to give a purpose to the men of their surroundings. However, I was kinda wrong. As we get more into the story, both girls go from passive to active subjects. They fight, they get involved, they change. Furthermore, the originality of the plot line makes this book really different from everything I read and I loved the new take on magic: BioChromatic based on colors and breath. Overall, I really liked the book.
4. The darkest mind – Alexandra Bracken
I have bought this one based on good reviews I had read. Note for later: good reviews are not everything. They sounded super excited about the book. The book didn’t impress me. I thought it was really predictable and quite basic in the storyline. I didn’t feel there was anything original and different from things I had already read. Indeed, I felt like reading a book adaptation of X-men with just a difference: abilities are not due to a mutation but to a disease. I felt like the story was really slow and that the revelations I was given were just not enough for me to keep on reading. Which I still did because I don’t like to leave a book unfinished. I won’t buy the second one though. The book’s target is a younger audience which is also probably why I didn’t really like it.
5. Red queen – Victoria Aveyard
This book was a rather good surprise. I read it after reading A Court of Thorns and Roses. I loved it so much I was not sure I could find something as good. This series didn’t not get me hooked as much but I still loved it. The plot is rather original. I also loved the plurality of the characters. They always surprise you, which makes the story unpredictable. However, I sometimes felt like the treatment of the heroin by other characters was unfair. They make her look as an egoist, manipulative and power obsessed person who does not care about collateral damage that her actions may cause. As a reader, I understand how hard taking each of her decisions was. Yet, it upset me her entourage didn’t. If you love dystopian stories that mix magic, politics and wars, then the book is for you!
Did you read any of them? If so, what did you think? Any huge book crush? What books have you been reading lately? Any title that you absolutely loved? What is on your reading list?
Thanks for reading.
See you soon,