sorry about the delay in this post 20 days so I owe you 20 books not sure I have that in me but lets see. With the up coming release of Brandon Sanderson’s and Anne Bishop’s new books I have been re-reading a lot of there works.
I re-read Way of Kings which I have to say is one of my favorite Sanderson books. If you haven’t read it and you like epic fantasy now might be the time since the sequel comes out in under two weeks, which with the size of this book (over 1300 pages) is just enough time to really absorb the story which has multiple story lines that will hopefully converge in Words of Radiance. Just in case this is not fully clear I am really really excited for this release, I mean really excited.
After that I read Steelheart also by Sanderson, and I have to say I am a little disappointed. It isn’t a bad book it just isn’t the type of book I expect from Sanderson. Maybe it is because it is a YA book but it just didn’t have the twists and turns of most of his books or keep me on the edge of my seat it just felt like a good YA book. However if you like superhero stories and are looking for a well written if predictable YA book go ahead and read it, or if you want a book for a middle school boy this would be a good starting place.
I have also re-read most of Anne Bishops works including the original Dark Jewels trilogy, which contains one of the most complete and well built worlds I have ever read. I also read some of the spin-off books from the series so that is 5 books and I am not going to say much more about this series other than it is a well written fantasy book with strong romantic undertones and if that appeals to you, then I would highly recommend trying the series staring with Daughter of the Blood.
I also read Bitten by Kelly Armstrong a very solid Werewolf book and while there is a couple in it they are much more likely to throw stuff at each other than vow their undying love, which is a refreshing break from most of the urban fantasy being written today. Following the only female werewolf this is a story with a true strong female protagonist and while she doesn’t always make the smartest decisions she will ask for help when she needs it and relies on other people which I feel few of the female protagonists do these days.
I finished Guilded another YA book by Christina Farley. AS I have said on here before I am a little tired of the strong young woman trope that is becoming so used in the YA books of today and while I still think that is overused I really liked the idea behind this book, as it is based around Korean mythology. While we see a lot of stories based around Roman and Greek mythology, seeing mythology from other cultures is rare and refreshing.
The Change by Teyla Branton was an engaging read following a young woman who has just discovered she is now nearly immortal. Almost impossible to kill and with a life span close to 2000 years she has to decide what she is going to do as she is dragging into a fight between the rebels, who want to stay in hiding and save humans and the empire who want to rule over humans. Standard story but a good plot and I am curious to see if Branton can take this story anywhere original.
The Line by J.D. Horn introduces us to a family of witches in Savannah Georgia. While this is only the first one and the sequels are not out yet I will be keeping an eye on this story. It is YA but it is well written and it definitely follows a tried and true story line of the young witch without magic in a family where everyone is gifted but with just enough twists to keep the story interesting.
Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy by Douglas Adams, this is a reread and if you haven’t read it stop reading right now and go get this book!
So on day 40 I have read 28 books making me 12 books behind luckily spring break is coming up so I am hoping that I can get caught up during those 10 days or at least get closer.