Recent Reads: Highlights (Apr-Jun ’19)

Hello Everyone,

welcome to my new blog post. In these past few months I have read some interesting books that I would like to mention and share with you. If you would like to see the complete list of books that I have read between April and June you can see it on Goodreads here.

When it comes to choosing meaningful books I usually go with my instinct. Among all the books recently read I would like to mention 5. Here we go.

  • Godsgrave (Nevernight Chronicle #2), by Jay Kristoff. It goes without saying that this is one of my current favorite trilogies, and I cannot wait for the release of Darkdawn in September. The Nevernight Chronicle tells the story of a young woman who tragically loses everything dear to her, and is determined to embark upon a revenge quest against those who ruined her life. Other than being brutal and unapologetic, this trilogy’s world in inspired by Venetian history and folklore, and the world building is one of the main strengths of this story. Definitely categorized as an adult fantasy trilogy, it will not fail to make you laugh or cry.
  • The Paper & Hearts Society, by Lucy Powrie. I was lucky enough to read an advanced copy sent to us for the Teen Titles magazine. I have been following Lucy’s YouTube channel for years now, and was always amazed to see how passionate she is about literature. This passion definitely shines through her debut novel, which I found to be so heartwarming and immensely relatable. This has to be one of my favorite books this year, and not because it is a literary masterpiece, but because of how much it made me feel. I highly recommend it to any Bibliophile.
  • Toffee, by Sarah Crossan. This is a verse novel, a new genre that currently seems to be very popular. I have to be honest and say that this medium is not my favorite when reading a novel, however Toffee tackles two very important subjects: dementia and domestic abuse. It tells the story of a girl that runs away from home and befriends and elderly lady affected by dementia. Sarah Crossan’s compelling use of words and imagery manages to turn a tragic event in one of acceptance and forgiveness.
  • A Curse so Dark and Lonely (Cursebreakers #1), by Brigid Kemmerer. I have to say I had low expectations going into this one. I have read my fair share of Beauty and the Beast retellings (most recently Hunted, by Megan Spooner), most of which I have not enjoyed. But this first book in a new series I ended up enjoying quite a lot. This might also be due to the fact that I was in a reading slump and this got me out of it right away. In any case, after I finished reading it I felt relieved to finally see a strong female character making her own decisions, and not a story propelled by the romance. It was also refreshing to see a protagonist with a disability who did not become the disability itself, if you know what I mean.
  • Words of Radiance Part 1 (Stormlight Archive #2), by Brandon Sanderson. Do I even need to comment on this? If you have read my blog for a while you know that Sanderson is one of my favorite fantasy authors. Saying that I loved this is an understatement, and I am currently in the process of reading Part 2. I still cannot understand how someone can create a world in such detail, and write such well-rounded characters. A masterpiece.

These are the Highlights from the past few months. Please let me know if you have read any of these and what you thought of them.

Until next time,

Keky

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