Welcome to another book corner, showcasing books I enjoyed in September and October!
Disclaimer: The books reviewed were review copies from Hidden Gems or the author, with the exception of This is Going to Hurt. I don’t see how that’s relevant, as I only review books I like, but apparently you’re supposed to declare such things…
Rebellion and love in a dystopian society.
I really liked this! Although it was slow to start, things picked up in the second chapter and continued to escalate. The plot kept me guessing and the rebel situation, especially the sectors of the outer city, reminded me of Final Fantasy VII.
Derin is a good hero and interesting narrator, Dylan is a clever, adorable, love interest (although maybe a bit too perfect?) and the supporting characters were well developed. One of the villains was incredibly creepy, and the regime is gruesome and controlling.
If you like characters you can connect with, a similar controlling society to The Hunger Games, and M/M romance, you’ll like this.
Although Heroes of Englandom is the 1st in a series, it stands alone well. I’m interested to see what happens next, but I’m not quite at the 5 star fan girl stage yet. Maybe after book 2!
Thievery, spinning, and of course, peacocks!
A novella with a fun POV character and an interesting premise. The world building was intricate and well developed in such a short book, and spinning was especially interesting: It was a form of magic unlike any I’ve seen before.
The characters were well described and unique, but I enjoyed the main character the most. He was funny, witty, and realistic: I love a character with flaws. I struggled with the description in places, and there are adult themes, but I enjoyed it overall.
Even though this novella is part of a larger series it stands alone well!
Pirates, kingdoms and castles, plus a gorgeous cover.
After enjoying The Lady’s Guide to Petticoats and Piracy, when the option to review Princess of Death landed in my inbox how could I resist?
From the first chapter I was hooked. The author does a great job of bringing the setting and characters to life, and even though the middle was slow in places I enjoyed it overall. The world building was interesting, and I loved the contrast between the two kingdoms.
The main character was likeable, the supporting characters were interesting, and I especially liked the sea witch! The only character I’m on the fence about is Bae. Part of me liked his bad boy attitude, the other, far more insistent, part thinks Cali should steer well clear. I’m interested (but also partly dreading) to see what happens to him and Cali in book 2!
I didn’t enjoy Princess of Death as much as Lady’s Guide, and there were less pirates than I expected, but it was still an entertaining read 🙂
I’ve read and enjoyed many of Ronel’s tales from faerie. Magic at Midnight is my favourite, but Once… is very enchanting. A compilation of stories of various lengths, it’s full of tales of faerie, with some unique twists on well known fairy-tales.
My favourite is The Fae of Brenen, Tony the dog’s journey through a mystical forest, but Will-o’-the-Wisp and the Dark of the Moon, a twisted version of Rapunzel, The Ashiest Princess, an intriguing take on Cinderella, and Princess of Echoes, were close seconds. There’s something for everyone, and plenty of magic to go around!
Recommended by the wonderful Caz at Invisibly Me, This is Going to Hurt is an honest, eye opening account of a doctor working in UK hospitals. It’s based on the diaries Adam kept during training, often humorous, with an underlying serious message, and shows the harsh reality of working in the NHS.
If you’re interested in a behind the scenes look at hospitals you’ll love this. If you’re considering having kids, maybe give it a miss: Adam Kay worked in gynaecology, on the labour wards, and he has some horror stories to tell!
If more politicians read this, they may treat NHS staff better. If more aspiring doctors read it, we may have a staffing crisis: With up to 90 hour work weeks, during training staff are often paid less than minimum wage. I don’t feel like I can rate non-fiction, but it really made me think!
Thanks for reading!
The more I read, the harder it is to rate books out of 5. I think half stars will be needed in future!
Have you read any of the above books? Read anything similar, and equally awesome, recently? Let me know in the comments!
Next week? Hopefully a short story, but I’m back at university tomorrow so I’ll see if I get time!