What am I reading?
Clarissa’s Warning by Isobel Blackthorn
After the disconcertingly dissatisfying ending of A Prison in the Sun, I thought that I’d look up the first two books in the series and see if they could answer my questions. Each book is standalone, but this book focuses on a character that was involved in the other. So far: no, it doesn’t have any answers about A Prison in the Sun but it is reasonably interesting.
A Captive of Wing and Feather (Beyond the Four Kingdoms #5) by Melanie Cellier
Yes I am still chugging my way through this series with this next retelling. This one is a retelling of Swan Lake and features the mysteriously missing princess of Palinar, rather than presenting a princess we already met during the Princess Tourney in the first book of the series. Other than that, it’s taken a bit of a liberty with the swan curse in order to fit into the build up of the series as a whole.
The Elephant Keeper’s Daughter by Julia Drosten
This book was on my TBR list though I had forgotten why I added it. It’s beautifully written, with such a tragic story. It’s taken such unexpected turns and reflects events in history I don’t know very much about (so I’m not totally sure, but I believe it is well researched).
The Five: The Untold Lives of the Women Killed by Jack the Ripper by Hallie Rubenhold
Yet another anticipated read, this book is pretty much explained in the title. It gained a lot of popularity due to its new take on the Ripper killings by specifically ignoring the killings themselves and doing a historical analysis of the five victims. This account contracts the common perception that the victims were all prostitutes, and tracks down documents to trace the lives of each woman individually from her birth to her death. It’s haunting to read about the lives, loves, and families of these women and know how they’re perceived by history.
The Burning Sea (Furyck Saga #2) by A.E. Rayne
Yes, I’m very excited to be continuing the Furyck Saga! Jael and Eadmund are facing new threats as the island of Oss and the kingdom of Brekka prepare to invade Hest once more in an attempt to defeat the Dragos dynasty there.
The Ship Beyond Time (The Girl From Everywhere #2) by Heidi Hellig
I read the first book in this series a couple of summers ago and absolutely loved it, but the sequel wasn’t available on Kindle Unlimited… Until now! I was super excited to discover this had come up!
This Week’s Reads
- These Rebel Waves (Stream Raiders #1) by Sara Raasch, 3 stars
- Burying the Honeysuckle Girls by Emily Carpenter, 4 stars
- Angels of the Universe by Einar Már Guðmundsson, 3 stars
What am I posting?
- Review: The Mermaid and the Bear by Ailish Sinclair
- Review: A Prison in the Sun by Isobel Blackthorn
- Review: These Rebel Waves by Sara Raasch
- Archive Review: Pretty Little Devils by Nancy Holder
- Vampire Fiction: The Genre
- Discussion: YA Tropes I Don’t Like
- Discussion: New Fairy Tales or Fairy Tale Retellings?
- D&D Series #5: Playing Online
- Discussion: World Building is So Necessary
I’ve got a Coffee with Catherine post coming out tomorrow so be sure to stick around to read that! I’m reaching the new milestone of almost 200 followers soon (four away!) and I’m pretty excited about that. Otherwise, I’ll just keep plugging away at this blog. Have a good weekend book bees!