The Girl in The Tower by Katherine Arden
This is the sequel to The Bear and The Nightingale and I absolutely loved it! Set in Russia, the book reflects on a lot of Russian fairytales and folklore and a religious struggle. My girl Vasya does something dramatic in a sexist world to get the freedom she craves. From start to finish this book was fast-paced, interesting and just bloody brilliant. It was well-written, the prose was deliciously descriptive, the character building was absolutely next level and it’s a work of genius. Read it immediately.
The Mermaid and Mrs Hancock
Mermaids, escorts and widowed men making moves up into society. What’s not to love? Any book with that’s historically set in London is always on my to-read list. It’s a fast pass to getting on my shelves. The characters were interesting and unique, the challenges were equally so and I just loved it. There is exactly the right amount of vagueness surrounding the mermaid and I don’t want to spoil a thing but the similarities between characters that appear unlike each other was perfect. To be honest, if you’re not already intrigued by this book, I don’t know what’s wrong with you.
Strange The Dreamer by Laini Taylor
Is this a GoodReads cult classic or what? I have seen this book everywhere and I eventually gave in. YA fiction is not my bag so I avoided this book for a long time but it has surpassed my expectations and more. Let me tell you about it! Lazlo Strange is an outcast who doesn’t know where he comes from but he does know that he loves books. He’s a man after my own heart already. He also wants to learn as much as possible about a city that mysteriously went off the radar some years back. We also meet a small family of ‘Godspawn’ who hide away in said city, completely at odds with the humans. Both sides have their right to be angry but both are as bad as each other. In this fantastically-written book, we watch the tense situation play out and it’s beautiful and well-paced and wonderfully written like prose almost. A good YA book, I’ll eat my words. Hell, I’ll even read the next book in the series!
The Trick to Time by Kit De Waal
Divided into present and flashbacks, this short book is absolutely beautiful from start to finish. From it’s stunning description to picturesque settings and intriguing character building, it’s gently heartbreaking, well-paced, real and raw and wonderful. It focuses on themes of new marriage, miscarriage and how growing up and away from your family is hard but also on our perceptions of ageing but how you’re never really old of mind. It’s different from the books I usually read but perfect! This book isn’t a romance like the cover suggests, by the way, as that puts me off but don’t let it put you off because it’s perfect!
What did you read this month? What book have you been dying to read lately? Let me know if you have any recommendations!