It’s only January, and I’m already behind on my Goodreads goal. I’m trying not to feel too bad about it since, I currently have at least four books started, so when I start finishing them I’ll hopefully be back on track. Plus I was really ill for a week, so I missed out on a lot of reading time. That said, I think I still has a pretty good reading month, and I’m feeling pretty optimistic for February.
The Hanging Tree – by Ben Aaronovitch
The Hanging Tree was the Tyburn gallows which stood where Marble Arch stands today. Oxford Street was the last trip of the condemned. Some things don’t change. The place has a bloody and haunted legacy and now blood has returned to the empty Mayfair mansions of the world’s super-rich. And blood mixed with magic is a job for Peter Grant.
Peter Grant is back as are Nightingale et al. at the Folly and the various river gods, ghosts and spirits who attach themselves to England’s last wizard and the Met’s reluctant investigator of all things supernatural.
Starting off the year with a reread. Although, to be fair, listening to this book was a form of self-care for me. It soothed my anxiety, while also allowing me to feel productive, and entertained. I was foggy on some of the details of what happens in this book, there were whole scenes that I had forgotten about, and rereading it was extra enjoyable because I could look for foreshadowing, since I knew how it ends.
Rating: 4.5 Stars
Slayer – by Kiersten White
Into every generation a Slayer is born…
Nina and her twin sister, Artemis, are far from normal. It’s hard to be when you grow up at the Watcher’s Academy, which is a bit different from your average boarding school. Here teens are trained as guides for Slayers—girls gifted with supernatural strength to fight the forces of darkness. But while Nina’s mother is a prominent member of the Watcher’s Council, Nina has never embraced the violent Watcher lifestyle. Instead she follows her instincts to heal, carving out a place for herself as the school medic.
Until the day Nina’s life changes forever.
Thanks to Buffy, the famous (and infamous) Slayer that Nina’s father died protecting, Nina is not only the newest Chosen One—she’s the last Slayer, ever. Period.
As Nina hones her skills with her Watcher-in-training, Leo, there’s plenty to keep her occupied: a monster fighting ring, a demon who eats happiness, a shadowy figure that keeps popping up in Nina’s dreams…
But it’s not until bodies start turning up that Nina’s new powers will truly be tested—because someone she loves might be next.
One thing is clear: Being Chosen is easy. Making choices is hard.
Oh my goddess, I don’t even have the words to describe how I feel about this book. It’s wonderful, amazing, perfect, exactly what i hoped it could be, and more. I could honestly gush about this book for hours. I love it that much. My full spoiler free review is scheduled to go live a bit closer to the release date, but it’s basically one big long love letter to this book.
Rating: 5 Stars
Lies Sleeping – by Ben Aaronovitch
Join Peter Grant, detective and apprentice wizard, for a brand new case . . .
Martin Chorley, aka the Faceless Man, wanted for multiple counts of murder, fraud, and crimes against humanity, has been unmasked and is on the run. Peter Grant, Detective Constable and apprentice wizard, now plays a key role in an unprecedented joint operation to bring Chorley to justice.
But even as the unwieldy might of the Metropolitan Police bears down on its foe, Peter uncovers clues that Chorley, far from being finished, is executing the final stages of a long term plan. A plan that has its roots in London’s two thousand bloody years of history, and could literally bring the city to its knees.
To save his beloved city Peter’s going to need help from his former best friend and colleague–Lesley May–who brutally betrayed him and everything he thought she believed in. And, far worse, he might even have to come to terms with the malevolent supernatural killer and agent of chaos known as Mr Punch . . .
Another reread, I think I enjoyed this even more the second time around. Having all the previous books fresh in my mind really helped me to pick up o all the little details. This instalment took the story and it’s characters in an interesting direction, and I’m curious to see how that affects things in the next book.
Rating: 4.5 stars
Empress of All Seasons – by Emiko Jean
In a palace of illusions, nothing is what it seems.
Each generation, a competition is held to find the next empress of Honoku. The rules are simple. Survive the palace’s enchanted seasonal rooms. Conquer Winter, Spring, Summer, and Fall. Marry the prince. All are eligible to compete—all except yōkai, supernatural monsters and spirits whom the human emperor is determined to enslave and destroy.
Mari has spent a lifetime training to become empress. Winning should be easy. And it would be, if she weren’t hiding a dangerous secret. Mari is a yōkai with the ability to transform into a terrifying monster. If discovered, her life will be forfeit. As she struggles to keep her true identity hidden, Mari’s fate collides with that of Taro, the prince who has no desire to inherit the imperial throne, and Akira, a half-human, half-yōkai outcast.
Torn between duty and love, loyalty and betrayal, vengeance and forgiveness, the choices of Mari, Taro, and Akira will decide the fate of Honoku in this beautifully written, edge-of-your-seat YA fantasy.
It took me a while to read this book, but that’s not the books fault in the slightest. In fact, I really liked it, maybe even loved it. This is the sort of fantasy story I want to see more of. One about a young woman accepting herself, finding her own way, this book really spoke to me. I’m in the process of writing a full, spoiler free review for this book, so hopefully that will be up soon.
Rating: 4.5 Stars
Giant Days: volume 8
Best friends Susan, Daisy, and Esther’s adventures at university continue in Giant Days Vol. 8.
It’s the end of second year for best mates Susan, Daisy, and Esther, and cracks are appearing in the foundation of this unshakeable trio. Between (irritating) new loves, (secretive) old loves, (unlikely) new friendships and (terrible) old houses, they’ll be lucky to make it to third year alive!
John Allison (Bad Machinery, Scary Go Round) and illustrators Max Sarin and Liz Fleming shepherd us through another action-packed semester in Giant Days Volume 8, which collects Issues #29-32 of the Eisner Award-nominated series.
I’ve said it before, and I’ll say it again, I love this graphic novel series!!! It’s just SO GOOD. I mean I couldn’t ask for more, it’s highly entertaining, frequently hilarious, and very very relate-able.
Rating: 4.5 stars
What books did you read and enjoy last month? Do you have any recommendations? I’d love to hear from you!
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