I had a pretty decent reading month in September, especially when you consider the size of some of the books that I finished!
I really tried to focus on new releases, since September was overflowing with them. I had this grand plan and vision of keeping up with all the books that I had preordered, and unfortunately, that plan did not come to fruition. But! October, November, and December are sparse with the new releases that I am actually planning on reading, so hopefully I can use the time to catch up.
So, putting my nonsensical rambling aside, let me share with you the books that I completed in September!
Unravel Me, Ignite Me, and the two novellas of the series titled: Unite Me
I found the entire Shatter Me Trilogy to be vexing: on one hand it was one of the more ridiculous series I have encountered, but on the other hand I could not stop reading. For my full “what the eff was I thinking” post, check it out here!
Tower of Dawn
Well butter my butt and call me a biscuit because I was so pleasantly surprised by this book! I confess, after the terrible letdown that was ACOWAR, I was in no hurry to read Tower of Dawn, but after attending the SJM signing even in Raleigh, my love for her was reignited. I got home that night and immediately started reading, and then entered what my boyfriend likes to call “the Maas Coma”. I couldn’t stop reading. I loved the story, I was completely engrossed with all of the paths of healing all these non-fae characters had to walk, and as always Sarah is an amazing writer. Maybe one day when I am not so lazy, I will write a real review.
I read a lot of great books in September, but none greater than Godsgrave. I have been trying to write a coherent review on this book for weeks, and it has just sat in my drafts folder because I just can’t find the words. I loved Nevernight, but Godsgrave blew me away. It was atrociously bloody, insanely vulgar, yet surprisingly touching, and so twisty-turny that I was left breathless after the final page. 5 stars. All the stars. Every star I can give.
One Dark Throne
Probably one of my top three most anticipated books for 2017, Kendare Blake delivered a perfect sequel. One Dark Throne was more fast paced than Three Dark Crowns, had great character development, twists and turns to keep me on the edge, and the same consistent eerie writing that drew me to the series in the first place. For my full review and spoilery discussion, check out my post: here!
Enchantment of Ravens
I am a sucker for beautiful prose, and the writing in Enchantment of Ravens had me bookmarking every other page. I felt the story and writing was a combination of all the best parts of A Court of Thorns and Roses & Wintersong, wrapped up into one quick and satisfying novel. Part of me wished this was a series, but part of me is happy that this was just a beautiful standalone. Consider me a Margaret Rogerson fan for life though!
DNF: The Dragon’s Price
I thought that in between all of these awesome September releases, I would fit in a relatively short book about DRAGONS! The premise seemed so promising, but I was seriously misled by my love of mythical, winged, fire-breathing beasts. I found The Dragon’s Price to be nothing but a bunch of unsavory tropes wrapped up in a story with sub-par writing. After 150 pages, I just couldn’t force myself to read any more, and set it aside for some of the other great books I bought this month.
Overall, I wish I could have squeezed in another book, but some of these were just complete bookish monsters: Tower of Dawn is 650 pages and Godsgrave has some pretty thick writing that makes bingeing semi-difficult. But, it was a quality month, and one filled with highly anticipated releases, so that was wonderful!
Let me know if you had a great reading month as well! Until next time,