OMG thank you SO MUCH to Wednesday Books and NetGalley for letting me read the Silvered Serpents so early! It doesn’t come out until September 2020, but man, y’all need to pre-order it now and wish for September to get here faster.
Ahhhh I follow Elizabeth Lim on Twitter and as soon as she announced Spin the Dawn (and pitched it as Project Runway meets Mulan), I was hooked. I entered all of the ARC giveaways and tried my luck at getting a copy via NetGalley to no avail, so when I saw that my library had purchased a copy and I could be the first person on the hold list, I jumped at the opportunity. When I checked out the book, I also checked out The Traitor’s Kingdom, so it definitely was in great company. Unfortunately, I hit a reading slump (which really was more of an influx of extra work at my real job and me finding a cycle studio that I’m obsessed with, both of which meant less time for reading) so I wasn’t able to finish the book before I had to return it to the library- BUT my subscription to Scribd came in clutch because they had the audiobook version of Spin the Dawn ready to go for me! Woop Woop!
Ahhhh happy release day to Immunity and Erin Bowman! I loved Contagion last year (read my review for it here), so when the wonderful folks at Wunderkind PR and Harper Teen emailed me about sending me an early finished copy for review, I jumped on the opportunity (thank y’all so much!). I finished Immunity in less than two days (work always gets in the way of reading books) and OMG it was amazing!
So, unpopular opinion here, but I didn’t really like the Cruel Prince. I read it, and it was fine, but I didn’t think it was the world changing book that so many people said it was… and honestly that made me think that maybe there was something wrong with me or maybe I read the book too fast and didn’t catch everything I should have (spoiler alert- neither of those things were the case, I was just really meh about the Cruel Prince). I decided that I had to read the Wicked King though, if only to make sure that I wasn’t crazy and these books were just being overhyped. WELL, the Wicked King completely blew all of my expectations out of the water- it was AMAZING!
You must be strong enough to strike and strike and strike again without tiring.
The first lesson is to make yourself strong.
After the jaw-dropping revelation that Oak is the heir to Faerie, Jude must keep her younger brother safe. To do so, she has bound the wicked king, Cardan, to her, and made herself the power behind the throne. Navigating the constantly shifting political alliances of Faerie would be difficult enough if Cardan were easy to control. But he does everything in his power to humiliate and undermine her even as his fascination with her remains undiminished.
When it becomes all too clear that someone close to Jude means to betray her, threatening her own life and the lives of everyone she loves, Jude must uncover the traitor and fight her own complicated feelings for Cardan to maintain control as a mortal in a Faerie world.
The first 30/40 pages of the Wicked King were… hard. I was really close to calling it a fail and stopping, but after feeling that way about the Cruel Prince and still being able to finish the book, I had to finish the second one! I am so glad I actually continued with the book and finished it, because it ended up being so much better than I expected. Jude seemed so much more human than she was in the Cruel Prince. Cardan was much more of an anti-hero and someone who I loved and I hated so much. Taryn and Locke were terrible and I hate them and Madoc was always scheming (as usual). There was so much more intrigue in this book and I loved that. The twist at the end seemed to come completely out of left field (in the best way possible) and it made me so much more excited about the next book!
Have y’all read the Wicked King yet? What were your thoughts???
Okay, time to catch up on some reviews! I FINALLY read Roar while flying to my work conference on February 9, and OH MY GOD why did I wait so long??? Roar was SO GOOD and it was EXACTLY what I wanted in terms of a fun YA Fantasy.
I won a copy of Wicked Saints from a Goodreads giveaway back in December and I finally got to reading it back in February and I finished it in March, and man, it was so good! I’m so glad I read the Grisha trilogy before I read Wicked Saints because I saw so many similarities (and there’s definitely nothing wrong with having those kinds of similarities!).
So, it’s been a while since I last posted a real review (oops) instead of just a monthly TBR/wrap-up/update, so I figured, let’s fix that. I was approved for a copy of King of Fools by Amanda Foody on NetGally (woop woop, thanks Harlequin Teen!) and it’s taken me longer to finish than I’d like to admit. Not because of anything wrong with the book (I reallllyyyy liked it), but 100% because I’m a person who is always reading too many books at once. So now onto the book!