Hi all! I’ve been inactive on Goodreads and reading updates in general because I just started my PhD studies in the UK! I’m waiting patiently to get my hands on some new releases and write my reviews for them.
Here’s my current reads list + my stray thoughts on them:
- Not Your Backup – CB Lee – on hold/potential DNF
- I started reading this months ago, but my libray card expired at home and I don’t think I’ll have access to this until I renew it… which I can’t for a while.
- NYB has the same symptoms as the previous installments in the series. I love the fact that this cast of characters exist. However, I think the pacing and tendency for the writing to pull its punches in terms of high stakes and consequences dampers my enjoyment because the diversity is UNASHAMED in how beautiful and bold it is. This book has POC ACE REP AND SUPERHEROES… I CRY. IT’S A BOOK FOR ME, YO. But that’s ok, we should be allowed to have beautiful rep and ehh pacing in a book. It is what it is.
- When She Reigns – Jodi Meadows – on hold because the physical copy is at home in the USA…
- The last book blew me away and the fact that I won the first signed copy of this from Jodi’s giveaway also blew me a away (THANK YOU JODI, I LOVE YOU).
- I REALLY WANT TO FINISH IT unfotunately I left my copy at home… which is across the Atlantic.
- I have nothing bad to say about WSR so far I just hope Aaru is ok.
- Kingdom of Souls – Rena Barron – currently reading, impulse bought at Waterstones because my shelves in my flat are… barren *badump ch*
- + I love the ideas and worldbuilding in this book. There seem to be complex relationships between the pantheon of this world and also the different tribes and nations. I think I prefer more exploration of the world rather than The Demon King is Threatening The World™ storyline Kingdom of Souls is looking to go, but the second half of the book could have more of that *shrugs*
- + Arrah’s character concept resonated with me a lot, as she is someone who grew up with high expectations from her family that she struggles to meet, only to question whether meeting those standards is worth the price.
- – Unfortunately the structure of the plot and pacing are all over the place so far and distracting from the great ideas the author has formulated. Some things are rushed when there’s enough substance to slow down and fully explore e.g. Arrah’s mother, Arti, is extremely interesting but the pacing makes her feel like The Woman Scorned™
- – The initial chapters didn’t quite provide solid background characters to invest in, as Arrah has already done. This creates a disparity between what we are told (to care about the rando kidnapped children) vs. what I actually feel (the kidnapped kids are a plot device)