I want to talk about all the books I read, instead of just a couple of them, so this is something I’m going to try. It's also something I’ve wanted to do for a while, so here’s my first Read & Riot Round Up!
A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J. Maas
Why I read it: My friend loved it.
Where I heard about it: I'd loved Maas' other books, so I was paying attention to other books she was writing.
Read if you like: Strong female characters, easy and exciting reads, love stories
Final thoughts: I was wary to start this book, but I grew to love Feyre and became very invested in her choices and relationships. The last quarter of ACOTAR was completely different than I expected and that made the book even better.
A Court of Mist and Fury by Sarah J. Maas
Why I read it: I enjoyed ACOTAR.
Where I heard about it: My own research.
Read if you like: Having your heart ripped out and healed by fictional characters, love stories, strong female characters, emotional stories, magic
Final thoughts: ACOMAF does not shy away from the pain that the characters feel and need to heal from. It was also so easy to get in the mind of the narrator, feel what they felt, and root for them. I fell in love with the new characters and the love that Maas created in this story.
A Court of Wings and Ruin by Sarah J. Maas
Why I read it: ACOMAF CLIFFHANGER
Where I heard about it: I know these things.
Read if you like: Magic, war, battles, love stories, strong female characters, characters fighting back
Final thoughts: I have not been so addicted to a series in ages! I found some faults in this final book of the ACOTAR trilogy, but overall I really enjoyed it. It was more of the characters that I had come to love, and I was happy with that.
That Inevitable Victorian Thing by E. K. Johnston
Why I read it: Loved the cover and the synopsis
Where I heard about it: Instagram
Read if you like: Multiple POV, love stories, LGBTQ, Canadian authors, books set in Canada, cottage country, cute stories, easy to read stories
Final thoughts: I'd never read anything like this with its mix of technology, nature, tradition and love; it was a breath of fresh air. The story was adorable and refreshing, but I couldn't wrap my head around the ending.
Magnus Chase and the Gods of Asgard: Ship of the Dead by Rick Riordan
Why I read it: I'd read and enjoyed the previous books in the series
Where I heard about it: My own research
Read if you like: Adventure, mythology, Norse gods/myths/history, friendship, LGBTQ, sarcasm, quests, heroes, save the world stories
Final thoughts: It contained all the elements--fun, sarcasm, and danger--but I missed my favourite characters, and the plot wasn't as exciting as it was in previous books.