Hello book lovers! I’m back with another currently reading post inspired the weekly WWW meme that Taking on a World of Words hosts. I’m a serial TBR maker because they help me stay on track with my reading goals so much, as well as helping me figure out what books I have access too from either the library or kindle unlimited that month!
Hello Bookworms! I usually say ‘happy Friday’ when I post on a Friday (is Friday not your favourite day of the week?) But nowadays I’m usually like “what day is it?” So I’ll ask how are you? And hope that you’re all okay and taking care of yourselves as best you can.
Writing blog posts have been keeping me especially busy and I’m so thankful for it. I love writing these posts too, because I love book adaptations. If you haven’t seen Part I to my Diviners fancasting, you should definitely check that out if you’re a fan of this series and let me know what you think of my casting choices!
NO Spoilers for the series either! 😊
‘The bottom of the world is vicious. Merciless. Cold. It’s everything I need to become.’
Three weeks have passed since Cassandra Leung pledged her allegiance to the ruthless pirate-queen Santa Elena and set free Bao, the sea monster Reckoner she’d been forced to train. The days as a pirate trainee are long and grueling, but it’s not the physical pain that Cas dreads most. It’s being forced to work with Swift, the pirate girl who broke her heart.
But Cas has even bigger problems when she discovers that Bao is not the only monster swimming free. Other Reckoners illegally sold to pirates have escaped their captors and are taking the NeoPacific by storm, attacking ships at random and ruining the ocean ecosystem. As a Reckoner trainer, Cas might be the only one who can stop them. But how can she take up arms against creatures she used to care for and protect?
Will Cas embrace the murky morals that life as a pirate brings or perish in the dark waters of the NeoPacific?
When I finished reading The Edge of the Abyss, I felt myself filled with conflicting emotions. Immediately, I was beyond satisfied with this sequel and felt it was a fitting ending to this duology. However my emotions were also tinged with a somber feeling, because Emily Skrutskie has written one of the most complex YA Fantasy stories that I have come to love so deeply.
See my review for the first book in this series, The Abyss Surrounds Us here on the blog.
‘Once upon a time, there was a human girl stolen away by faeries, and because of that, she swore to destroy them.’
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.
If it were possible that books were delicious, I’d tell you this about The Wicked King: Jude’s ambition, her tormented romance with Cardan, the war she is waging with the Undersea and her fragmented relationship with her twin sister was all positively delectable to me.
On the dawn of her courtship trials, Princess Lyana Aethionus knows she should be focused on winning her perfect mate, yet her thoughts wander to the open sky waiting at the edge of her floating kingdom. One final adventure calls. Upon fleeing the palace, the last thing she expects to find is a raven prince locked in a death match with a dragon.
Reviled son of a dead king, Rafe would do anything for his beloved half-brother, Prince Lysander Taetanus, including posing as him in the upcoming courtship trials. When a dragon interrupts their secret exchange, he orders his studious sibling to run. After suffering a fatal blow, Rafe is saved by a beautiful dove who possesses forbidden magic, just like him.
Unknown to the world above, on the foggy sea ten thousand feet below, a young king fights a forgotten war. He believes Lyana is the queen prophesied to save the world, and with the help of his favored spy, hidden deep in the highest ranks of the dove royal house, he will stop at nothing to have her.
I requested this book from Netgalley with a giddy hope that it would be what the cover promised it might be: an epic fantasy romance set in the skies. But honestly this book was just… perfectly okay. Lately, I’ve read some really unique and well-written fantasy books and unfortunately for this book, it’s struggling to compete. It’s not unlike a lot of other YA fantasy series you’ve probably read.
So, what’s the reason I put this book down with only a quarter left to finish?