Hi everyone! I wrapped up a couple books that were on my slump list (they seriously took me a while to get through. Some were because I didn’t want the book to be over, a couple because I was just in a reading slump. Anyways, here are my ratings and below will be some mini reviews on each that I featured on my Goodreads page.
- Dawn Study by Maria V. Snyder- 5 / 5 *’s
- The Fiery Cross by Diana Gabaldon – 3.5 / 5 *’s
- Tales from the Shadowhunter Academy by Cassandra Clare- 3.75 / 5 *’s
***If you haven’t read these books, there might be some spoilers. ***
Dawn Study: I feel like this was a very lovely wrap up for the Poison Study series. I haven’t reviewed any of the previous books, but I have loved nearly every bit of Valek and Yelena’s journey through the two countries that have had very different views on the use of magic. I’ve particularly liked how the author finally brought the two together and that they can live the way they wanted to in the end. I’ll be honest, there were times when it was a bit slow and I would wonder how many more issues they could go through as a group, but they manage to pull together and get through it like they always do. I loved the friendships, the romances and just everything that is Valek and Yelena. I’ll really miss the books and I can only hope that there will be some novellas down the line. This was truly a great series to introduce me to Maria V. Snyder’s work.
The Fiery Cross: This book honestly took me what felt like forever to read. It really picked up during the second half of the book, but I enjoyed going back to Claire and Jamie’s story. It’s interesting to see how Fraser’s Ridge is transforming and how they are all mentally preparing for the future. While the entire family is going through their own struggles, the most astonishing thing was seeing how much Roger can endure. A lot has happened to him in this book and you get to see him transition into more of a leading man by the end. Can’t he just have a decent week without anything crazy happening to him?? One thing about this book was that in the end, it kind of reminded me of Dragonfly in Amber. Claire’s loneliness at the end really tore at my heart. I can only imagine how difficult it must be for her to not be able to discuss some of the things that she’s going through, even though she does talk with Jamie and Bree about it.
Tales from Shadowhunter Academy: I really liked the first half of this book! I like seeing this different side to Simon while he’s trying to adjust to everything that has happened to him. The best part was going back to the history lessons and revisiting some characters from previous books. And of course, my favorites were with Tessa and Will in them. The development of Simon was great. From connecting to his roommate George, to standing up for the “non-elite” students, to missing being at the academy during summer break. It reminded me of how Clary transformed from mundane to being a shadowhunter. I will admit in the latter stories that I didn’t connect as much to it as the first half of the book. The overall feel of how friendship is important and to not give up was really nice. Cassandra Clare always does a great job at showcasing friendships and strengths. And I may have liked George as a character more than I should have. I’d like a novella about just him.
Here is my May TBR: A Court of Wings and Ruin, Alice: The Wanderland Chronicles, The Traiter’s Kiss, Glass Vault.
What books did you guys read in April? Or what is on your TBR for May? Leave a comment down below!