Books I’ve Read This Week and Medieval-a-Thon

he first full week of the year has passed, and I am pleased to say that my reading challenge is going quite well. At the time of writing, I have read 9 books so far this year, with two more on the go. Things are looking promising. Without further aggrandizement, here are the books that I have read this week.

What I’ve Read

A Court of Mist and Fury

A Court of Mist and Fury by Sarah J. Maas

Feyre survived Amarantha’s clutches to return to the Spring Court—but at a steep cost. Though she now has the powers of the High Fae, her heart remains human, and it can’t forget the terrible deeds she performed to save Tamlin’s people.

Nor has Feyre forgotten her bargain with Rhysand, High Lord of the feared Night Court. As Feyre navigates its dark web of politics, passion, and dazzling power, a greater evil looms—and she might be key to stopping it. But only if she can harness her harrowing gifts, heal her fractured soul, and decide how she wishes to shape her future—and the future of a world cleaved in two.

I forgot how much happened in this book, the characters are so interesting, and the plot is so well developed. I have a habit with book series of forgetting what happens in each installement. For this series, the answer is everything. Everything happens. Most series suffer from having a weak second installment. This one does not.

Rating: 5 out of 5.

Inferior

Inferior by Angela Saini

From intelligence to emotion, for centuries science has told us that men and women are fundamentally different. But this is not the whole story.

Shedding light on controversial research and investigating the ferocious gender wars in biology, psychology and anthropology, Angela Saini takes readers on an eye-opening journey to uncover how women are being rediscovered. She explores what these revelations mean for us as individuals and as a society, revealing an alternative view of science in which women are included, rather than excluded.

This book was very intresting and infformative. Having read its companion Superior late last year, I was very excited to sink my teeth into this one. The interviews and storiest hat it contained were more familiar to me, but the scholarly expertise that Saini provides were engaging and enlightening.

Rating: 3 out of 5.

A Court of Wings and Ruin

A Court of Wings and Ruin by Sarah J. Maas

FEYRE WILL BRING VENGEANCE.

She has left the Night Court – and her High Lord – and is playing a deadly game of deceit. In the Spring Court, Tamlin is making deals with the invading king threatening to bring Prythian to its knees, and Feyre is determined to uncover his plans. But to do so she must weave a web of lies, and one slip may spell doom not only for Feyre, but for her world as well.

As mighty armies grapple for power, Feyre must decide who to trust amongst the dazzling and lethal High Lords – and hunt for allies in unexpected places.

BUT WHILE WAR RAGES, IT IS HER HEART THAT WILL FACE THE GREATEST BATTLE.

I did enjoy this book, but not as much as the previous installment, which is unusual for me. I found that the political scheming was a little too convoluted, and was left wondering how much of the political maneuvering was engineered by our protagonists, and how much was caused by other agencies.

Rating: 4.5 out of 5.

A Court of Frost and Starlight

A Court of Frost and Starlight by Sarah J. Maas

ON THE DARKEST NIGHT, THE STARS STILL SHINE.

Feyre’s first Winter Solstice as High Lady is drawing near. With it will come a hard-earned rest from the work she, Rhys and their friends have done to rebuild the Night Court and the vastly changed the world beyond. Yet the festive atmosphere can’t keep shadows from looming. Even as her own heart heals, she finds that those dearest to her have wounds that go deeper than she knew.

AND THE SCARS OF THE PAST WILL TOUCH HER COURT IN TIMES TO COME.

This was the first time that I read this book, and I have to say I did enjoy it. The short novella was a wonderful little retreat that makes me excited for things to come. I think it did a good job of wrapping up the previous story arc whilst providing more context for things yet to come. I’m very much looking forward to A Court of Silver Flames.

Rating: 5 out of 5.

Ace and Proud

Ace & Proud Edited by A.K. Andrews

This is an anthology of 17 true stories by real people about asexuality — the invisible orientation that everyone’s heard of, but few actually talk about or understand.

Whether you’re a newly-discovered asexual, someone who’s known they’re asexual for years, the friend or family of someone asexual, or someone who’s just intrigued by asexuality in general, you’re sure to find something in this anthology that interests you. So sit back, relax, and enjoy a selection of personal experiences, insights, and anecdotes from asexual writers around the world!

I received this lovely little volume as a christmas present from my mum and it was delightful. This collection of short works by a variety of asexual individuals is comforting to read for any ace out there.

Rating: 3 out of 5.

Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone

Harry Potter and the Philsopher's Stone by J.K. Rowling

Harry Potter has never even heard of Hogwarts when the letters start dropping on the doormat at number four, Privet Drive. Addressed in green ink on yellowish parchment with a purple seal, they are swiftly confiscated by his grisly aunt and uncle. Then, on Harry’s eleventh birthday, a great beetle-eyed giant of a man called Rubeus Hagrid bursts in with some astonishing news: Harry Potter is a wizard, and he has a place at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry. An incredible adventure is about to begin!

Rating: 5 out of 5.

Mortal Engines

Mortal Engines by Philip Reeve

London is a city on wheels – a future city like you’ve never known before. In the terrible aftermath of the Sixty Minute War, cities which survived the apocalypse became predators, chasing and feeding on smaller towns. Now London is hunting down its prey, getting ready to feed. But as the chase begins, Tom uncovers a secret – a secret full of deadly consequences. Soon he is plunged into a world of unkillable enemies, threatened by a weapon that will tear his life apart… 

I liked this book more than the first time I read it, however I still found the ending hard to follow. The main reason I am re-reading it, is to get it off my TBR so I can just enjoy the stunning artwork on the cover.

Rating: 2.5 out of 5.

Books I’m Currently Reading

Predator’s Gold

Predator's Gold by Philip Reeve

Welcome to the astounding world of Predator Cities! Emerging from its hiding place in the hills, the great Traction City is chasing a terrified little town across the wastelands. Soon London will feed. In the attack, Tom Natsworthy is flung from the speeding city with a murderous scar-faced girl. They must run for their lives through the wreckage–and face a terrifying new weapon that threatens the future of the world. 

The Murder on the Links

The Murder on the Links by Agatha Christie

An urgent cry for help brings Poirot to France. But he arrives too late to save his client, whose brutally stabbed body now lies face downwards in a shallow grave on a golf course.

But why is the dead man wearing his son’s overcoat? And who was the impassioned love-letter in the pocket for? Before Poirot can answer these questions, the case is turned upside down by the discovery of a second, identically murdered corpse . . .

Medieval-a-Thon

Once again, I will be participating in Medieval-a-thon. You can follow my updates on Twitter, or weekly here as I go through what I have read each week.

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