The girl and the Stars by Mark lawrence – Book review

43155726._sy475_Rating: 4.5 stars

Genre: adult, fantasy, grimdark

Published: 2020

Author: Mark Lawrence

Synopsis: In the ice, east of the Black Rock, there is a hole into which broken children are thrown.

On Abeth the vastness of the ice holds no room for individuals. Survival together is barely possible. No one survives alone.

To resist the cold, to endure the months of night when even the air itself begins to freeze, requires a special breed. Variation is dangerous, difference is fatal. And Yaz is not the same.

Yaz learns that Abeth is older and stranger than she had ever imagined. She learns that her weaknesses are another kind of strength. And she learns to challenge the cruel arithmetic of survival that has always governed her people.


This was by far one of my most anticipated books of the year and Mark Lawrence came through again and dragged me out of my reading slump to delight me with his fantastic world.

This book obviously takes place in the same world as the Book of the Ancestor series (which I’ve reviewed for your convenience). I don’t think we get a timeline of when the events of this book take place relative to Nona’s story, at least not in this first book, but it focuses on a lot of aspects of the lore that we just kind of glimpse in Nona’s story. Which I am so glad about because I still have so many questions and I can’t wait to see how it all ties together and I am just super excited for this series. I don’t think it’s strictly necessary to read the first series, but I would recommend it because there’s a lot of world-building in that series that you don’t see in this one. And it’s not because of bad writing, but it’s just because of the ignorance of the main characters. They will probably slowly get revealed in this series as the story progresses, but I think knowing those things in advance definitely add to the story.

The biggest problem I had with this and really why I didn’t give it 5 stars is that the relationships seemed kind of rushed. The whole thing takes place over I don’t know. A few weeks maybe and already after the first couple of days they were all tight friends and it felt kind of rushed. It wasn’t too bad, like it didn’t get in the way of the story too much but it was a bit of a let-down for me. Otherwise, I enjoyed the characters. I still think I prefer Nona over Yaz, but I really liked Yaz as well. I liked the supporting ast as well, though I do wish we’d got to know some of them a bit better. Thinking back now, I read the book maybe two weeks ago and I don’t have a strong feel for what a lot of the supporting characters are like. I think there’s just maybe 3 or 4 of them that I can distinctly remember and rest are just kind of a blur and even while reading I couldn’t really remember who was who.

We do meet some interesting characters who may or may not be human, who knows, and I thought they were really cool I just want to know more about them. I’m really, really intrigued by the conflict going on. It was kind of hinted at vaguely in The Book of the Ancestor, but here it’s just fully focused on and I can’t wait to find out what’s going on.

The underground setting was so cool. It just gave the whole of Abeth a new dimension and it took the world we already knew and expanded it and I loved it.

The ending was just such a… I don’t even know what the appropriate word for it is. It was just emotionally demanding. And a cliffhanger. And I just want the next book now. The tragedy of new books is that you have to wait so long for the next instalment. But yeah, would 100% recommend this book if you enjoyed his other series. And if you’ve not read that, then I recommend you go do that. Though do be aware that these are fairly dark books. There is a fair bit of violence and sometimes gore so reader discretion advised.

Series I want to catch-up on

A while back, I did yet another series I need to finish post in which I talked about series that are completed. In this post, I’ll talk about series that are currently ongoing, but I still have books to catch up on.


The Folk of the Air by Holly Black

 

I’ve read the first one and really loved it. I think this is a 3 book series and the third one will be released in 2020. I’m waiting to be in a fae mood, I haven’t been craving fae books lately which is why I haven’t continued with it yet.

The Lies of Locke Lamora by Scott Lynch

 

I’ve read the first 2 books and then I kind of just wanted to wait until we at least had a publication date for book 4 before reading book 3. It’s really weird, I still have to wait the same amount of time to continue with the series, but psychologically, knowing that I could continue at any time makes me feel better lol But now there are rumours that book 4 is coming soon. So hopefully I’ll continue with this soon.

The Stormlight Archive by Brandon Sanderson

 

I’m currently on book 2 of this monster series. I think book 4 will be released in 2020, so I don’t know if I’ll read the 3rd one until maybe a few months before the next one is released. Although, I might not be able to resist because these books are just so good.

The Daevabad Trilogy by S. A. Chakraborty

 

Read City of Brass and was pleasantly surprised by how much I enjoyed it, so I’m looking forward to continuing with this series. I believe 2 out of the 3 are currently out.

Impossible Times by Mark Lawrence

 

All 3 books are due to be released in 2019, with the final book being released later in the year. I’ve read the first one. They’re super short, fast reads, but I haven’t yet bought the second one. I’ve been in a fantasy mood, so I’m waiting for a sci-fi mood to hit me.

Stalking Jack the Ripper by Kerri Maniscalco

 

I’ve read the first 2 books. The fourth one is being released later this year. I don’t know if there will be more books after that, but I really enjoyed the first 2 books. I’m waiting to be in a bit more of a romance mood, since the romance is quite a big part of it. I really like the romance, I think it’s cute and the banter is great. But I just have been avoiding romance lately.

Saga by Brian K. Vaughan & Fiona Staples

 

I’ve read the first 3 volumes of this graphic novel series. I think there are 9 out and they’re currently on hiatus, but they do plan to return to it. So I’m trying to pace myself.

Monstress by Marjorie Liu & Sana Takeda

 

Another graphic novel series. I’ve read 2 of the 3 currently published volumes. Volume 4 is being published later this year. This is such an amazing and weird graphic novel series. I want to see it as an anime.

The Wicked + The Divine by Kieron Gillen

 

I think the final volume is being released this autumn. I’ve only read the first one and I didn’t love it. I loved the art and the concept is really cool. But I was a bit confused about what was going on. I don’t know if that was by design and things will get clearer later on or if I just didn’t get their way of story-telling. But I definitely want to continue with this and see if things become clearer.

 

Most Anticipated Releases for the Second Half of 2019 – Top 10 Tuesday

Top 10 Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl, though originally it was created by The Broke and the Bookish. This week the topic is most anticipated releases for the second half of 2019

I am not really anticipating that many books for the second half of the year. I have 6 which I want to talk about. However, there are several more that are books in series I haven’t started reading yet, but I’m anticipating really enjoying. So I can’t really say I’m anticipating the release of these books because I haven’t read any books in the series and it might turn out I actually don’t like the series. But I think that I will love those series. So I’m going to talk about those as well in the second half of this post.


Darkdawn by Jay Kristoff – September 5th, 2019

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I am ready, I have been waiting for 2 years. I can’t wait to read the conclusion to this series. I’m thinking of maybe doing a re-read of the first 2 in August, but I’m not sure yet.

The Ten Thousand Doors of January by Alix E. Harrow – September 10th, 2019

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This is the only one on this list that is not a sequel. I don’t know much about it and I want to keep it that way, but I think it’s a kind of portal fantasy and I love those kinds of stories, so I’m intrigued and looking forward to reading this.

Monstress Vol. 4 by Marjorie Liu and Sana Takeda – October 1st, 2019

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I’m currently on volume 3 of this and I’m glad we’re getting another volume this year, because this is one of the coolest weirdest graphic novels I’ve read. I want to know what happens and honestly I’d love to see this as an animation. Someone please make an animated series of this. The world is so rich and the story so unique and gruesome at the same time. I would love to see this as an anime. Studio Ghibli, please get on to it.

The Toll by Neal Schusterman

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I just read Scythe and am currently reading Thunderhead and I’m so glad that I’ll have book 3 almost right away. This is the best utopia/dystopia (I find them to be the same genre, but with different emphasis, really) I’ve read in a long while.

Dispel Illusion by Mark Lawrence – November 14th, 2019

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Any Mark Lawrence book is automatically anticipated for me and I’ve been spoiled this year, I get 4 of them!

Starsight by Brandon Sanderson – November 26th, 2019

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This is my year of Brandon Sanderson, I feel it. I’ve already read 2 Sanderson books, I’ve just ordered Words of Radiance. I’m definitely going to read this when it comes out. Give me all the Brandon Sanderson.

These are all the books that I’m actively anticipating for the seocond half of the year. I’ve read a lot of older books that are in series already completed I feel like, this year, so I haven’t gone into new series as much. And I’ve also somewhat shifted away from YA, which I think is far more promiscuous than adult SFF. However, there are few more series with books that are being released this year that I want to talk about.

The Dragon Republic by R. F. Kuang – August 6th, 2019

This is the second book in a Chinese inspired fantasy. I haven’t read the first book yet, but I’m anticipating really enjoying it. If I do get to it this year, I’m glad that I’ll have book 2 to get to right away if I like it as much as I’m thinking I will.

The Testaments by Margaret Atwood- September 10th, 2019

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I still haven’t read The Handmaid’s Tale. I own it and I really want to read it (I think I may have put it on my Book Junkie Trials extended TBR), but I don’t know if I will get to it this year. Because I’m nervous about reading it. But I fully expect I’m going to like it and I’m excited we’re getting a sequel.

A Little Hatred by Joe Abercrombie – September 19th, 2019

I’m putting this in this section because I’ve only read the original First Law trilogy. I have a lot of reading to do before I can get to this, so I’m not really actively anticipating it since I can’t read it right away anyway. But I did really like The First Law and I plan to catch up with this world and eventually get to this. Though it won’t happen this year. Also, I really don’t like this cover. I hope they will release it with a matching cover to the rest of them, because I love those covers. I mean, can you even compare?

Although I see that books 5, 6 and 7 don’t have matching covers, so there’s little hope. 😦

 

Favourite Fantasy Books – Top 10 Tuesday

I haven’t done a Top 10 Tuesday in AGES. But this week’s topic is top 10 books in your favourite genre and I wasn’t going to pass up an opportunity to talk about my fantasy babies. If you don’t know, Top 10 Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl, though originally it was created by The Broke and the Bookish. So here, we go, ten of my favourite fantasy books! Well… series, for the most part. Because I can’t just recommend one book in the series.


The Book of the Ancestor by Mark Lawrence

This should come as no surprise to anyone who’s been here for any length of time. I talk about this all the time. You can read my review of it for more details, but it’s basically a series about magical assassin nuns.

The Broken Earth by N. K. Jemisin

Again, I never shut up about this. It’s amazing, you should read it. It’s about the end of the world and people who can control earthquakes.

Mistborn by Brandon Sanderson

I don’t talk about this one quite as much as the other two, but it probably still doesn’t come as much of a surprise. I’ve loved everything I’ve read by Brandon Sanderson. I’m so thankful to whoever it was who introduced me to him (I can’t remember who it was). I’m currently reading The Way of Kings and it might dethrone Mistborn as my favourite Sanderson series, but we’ll see. In case you didn’t know, Mistborn is about a bunch of people trying to steal something and they live in a world where certain metals give people certain abilities.

The Name of the Wind by Patrick Rothfuss

One of my all time favourites. Please, please, PLEASE give us book 3 before I die. Please. This is one of the most difficult series to summarise in my opinion, because it sounds so boring when you try to summarise it. This is a frame story following a guy who’s basically a legend and it’s just the story of his life as told by himself after his kind of… fall from grace and presumed death. If that sounds boring… well it isn’t. give it a try. I have reviews of the first two books (Book 1 | Book 2), so check those out if you want to get more of an idea about the series.

The Lies of Locke Lamora by Scott Lynch

I’ve only read the first two books in the series, but there is talk of the fourth one being released soon-ish. So I’m hoping to read the third one soon. This is a series about a band of con-artists. And it’s basically them planning and executing heists and getting themselves into trouble. I love heist stories. They’re so much fun and this is one of the best heist stories I’ve ever encountered. I have reviewed both of the books I’ve read, if you’d like to know more (Book 1 | Book 2).

Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo

I talk about this one a lot less, but I love this duology so much. It’s another heist story. This time it’s YA, but it does remind me a lot of The Lies of Locke Lamora. In vibe, more than anything else. The world, story and characters are very different, but they both have a vibe that I adore. I’ve also reviewed both the books in this series so check those out for more details (Book 1 | Book 2).

Nevernight by Jay Kristoff

Another one I don’t talk about as much, mainly because it’s not as recent in my mind since it’s been 2 years since the last book came out. But I absolutely love it and I’m so excited to read the conclusion this autumn! This is also about assassins and very much reminds me of The Book of the Ancestor. Again, in vibe, rather than anything else. Reviews of the first two books: Book 1 | Book 2.

The Knots Duology by Amy McCulloch

This is a series that is so tragically underrated and I wish people talked about it more. I read it quite a while ago and I’ve been meaning to re-read it, but it’s such a cool desert fantasy. It has an interesting magic system and as far as I remember, doesn’t actually have a romance. Which in YA is a rarity and I love it. More people just need to read this series cause it’s great. It follows a guy who gets banished into the desert because he breaks a promise he doesn’t even remember making. In this world, each promise is tied with a magical knot and if broken, the knot burns and scars the oathbreaker and they become haunted by a shadow and become outcasts. Sadly, I read this series before I started my blog, so I don’t have a review, but if I re-read them, I will review them.

Uprooted by Naomi Novik

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A stand alone fantasy fairy-tale retelling influenced by Russian folklore. I think at least. I’ve read this twice, it’s one of those books that I think I will never tire of re-reading. It’s magical and beautiful. I love the atmosphere, I love the characters, I even love the romance which almost never happens. It’s amazing. It’s about a girl who lives on the edge of a magical forest which kills people and she gets taken away by the wizard who protects their area from the forest for unknown purposes. The wizard takes a girl every 10 years and then lets her go, but the girls are never the same afterwards and nobody really knows why he takes them.

A Darker Shade of Magic by V. E. Schwab

Inter-dimensional travel between different versions of London. Need I say more?

May 2019 Wrap Up

Another month over. Despite it being a pretty hellish month for me, I managed to read 8 books and I’ve posted every single day in May on here. That’s something I’m quite proud of and it’s been really good for me. It’s given me some focus. So I’m really pleased with this month. Anyway, here are the books I read this month.


A Storm of Swords by G. R. R. Martin

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This was a re-read for me. I’ve been going through the series again on audio and I’m really enjoying it again. Despite the narrator’s appalling pronunciation of names (the worst ones are Brienne as BRY-een and Petyr as PUH-tyre, they trigger me every single time). Hopefully, by the time I finish this re-read, we’ll have a release date for Winds of Winter. Please? 5/5 stars

Alice by Christina Henry

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I’ve been meaning to pick up this series for a long time and I finally did. I really enjoyed the book, but I also found some things very problematic. I talk about it more in my review, but I had a problem with how both men and women were portrayed in this book. It was otherwise very well written and compelling storytelling, but do be aware that it contains violence, sexual, physical and emotional abuse, animal abuse, pretty much any kind of abuse you can think of. 3.5/5

City of Brass by S. A. Chakraborty

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This was an audiobook I picked up on a whim and ended up enjoying a lot more than I thought I would. Especially towards the end, it was a bit slow to start with. I didn’t mind the pacing as much as I just didn’t like the insta-love that was focused on a lot in the first part of the book. As a result, I didn’t like any of the romance in this book. There’s a kind of love triangle, I can’t tell yet if it’s intended as a love triangle or one of the sides is intended as just a friendship. I would prefer the latter, but even then, I’m just not a fan of that character so I still wouldn’t love it. That kind of goes for all the characters, really. I found them all quite dis-likeable. That’s not to say that I hate them and I think at times the unlikeability was intentional. I still find them compelling, but I don’t love them. I really do love the world however and the political environment and mythology. That’s really what I’m here for. 3.75/5

Sadie by Courtney Summers

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Another audiobook. I think the majority of books I read this month were audiobooks. And I actually do recommend this story as an audiobook. I think it’s the best way to experience it. It was one of the best thriller/mystery books I’ve read in a while. I’ve reviewed it, so you can check that out, but it’s amazing and I recommend it. 5/5 stars

One Word Kill by Mark Lawrence

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Mark Lawrence has become one of my favourite, auto-buy authors. This was such a fun, short weird and heartwarming book. I believe the second one came out this month and the final book in the series is due to be released later this year and it’s just so much fun. It’s like Doctor Who meets Stranger Things. 3.75 stars

The Life of Pi by Yann Martel

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This has been sitting in my Audible library for some time and I finally decided to listen to it. I’m very glad I did, I really loved it. It’s such a beautifully told story and I really love survival stories. I love reading about people’s will to survive and the ingenuity that is brought out by that desire. I did fundamentally disagree with some of the main ideas of the main character. And that actually affected my rating of the book. Normally it wouldn’t, if they had been conveyed as simply something that the MC believed, it wouldn’t have. But the way that it was portrayed, it was one of the main things that the books was trying to convey. 3.5/5 stars

Half a King by Joe Abercrombie

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I’ve been doing pretty well with reading authors that I already know I enjoy. I really like having read all or most of an author’s works if I enjoy their books, of course. There’s just something very satisfying about it. But like with finishing series, it’s something I’ve historically not been great at. But I’ve been doing that more lately and I’m glad. I really enjoyed this book, in some ways I liked it even more than his other series. It’s definitely not as complex, it’s aimed for a younger audience. But as a result of that, I didn’t struggle with the pacing the way I sometimes did with The First Law books. 4/5 stars

Unseen Academicals by Terry Pratchett

I’ve only read one other Terry Pratchett book, but even I could tell this is not one of his best. It was one of his later works when he already struggled with Alzheimer’s, so it’s to be expected. It was still highly entertaining, especially the Audible audiobook. It’s full cast and it’s a show almost. It’s got sound effects and everything. It’s a lot of fun, I do recommend that if you’re able to get it. 3.5/5 stars

The Mass Effect Book Tag

I recently started playing Mass Effect, so when I saw this, I decided to do it. I found it on here.


1. Commander Shepard 
Paragon: A main character that puts the needs of everyone else before their own

Nona Grey from The Book of the Ancestor by Mark Lawrence. She always puts her friends first and I love her for it.

Renegade: A main character that chooses to do bad things for “the greater good”

Rhys form ACOTAR. He’s done some pretty bad things to protect those he loves. I feel like there is actually a better character for this that’s nagging at the back of my mind, but I can’t think who right now.

2. Eden Primethe book/book series that got you into reading

This question pops up often in tags and I don’t really have an answer for it. I’ve been into reading for as long as I can remember.

3. Liara T’Sonia book that taught you something new 

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The Martian by Andy Weir. It taught me how to survive on Mars.

4. Garrus Vakariana character that brought joy/life to an otherwise sad/too serious book

Sand dan Glokta from The First law trilogy by Joe Abercrombie. This isn’t so much sad or serious, as it’s just grim. But I always enjoyed Glokta so much. His narrative is so dry and witty, I couldn’t help but laugh.

5. Virmire 
Kaidan Alenkoa book that was boring in the beginning but ended up becoming good

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Cruel Beauty by Rosamund Hodge. I honestly don’t remember a whole lot about this book besides that I really enjoyed it and that it started up slow. i might have to re-read it.

Ashley Williams: a book/book series that no matter how many times you’ve tried you just can’t get into it

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It pains me to say this, but The Silmarillion by J. R. R. Tolkien. It’s just so dense and not really a cohesive book. I really want to know all of the things it talks about, but so far, I have tried reading it at least 6 times. And I never get very far into it. It’s just so hard to keep track of all the characters and places and timelines. I invariably end up confused and give up like 200 pages in. I have read the first part of the book so many times and I still don’t remember who all the characters are.

6. Jokera book that made you laugh

Any Jonas Jonasson book.

7. Tali’Zorah vas Normandya character that grew throughout the book and ended up becoming an amazing character

I don’t want to use the same character again, but I have to mention Nona again. She was always an awesome character, but she grew so much throughout the series.

Also, Nassun from The Broken Earth

8. Mordin Solus and Thane Kriosa character that had a tragic death that you wish you could bring back to life

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Lady from A Song of Ice and Fire by George R. R. Martin. Stop killing animals, please. Thank you.

9. Reapersa villain that you love

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Sebastian Morgenstern from The Mortal Instruments by Cassandra Clare (art by Cassandra Jean).

10. The Ending 
Destroy: a book/book series you wish you could make disappear

I don’t know. There are some books that I’d want to make disappear from my brain, but I don’t necessarily think they’re harmful and should stop existing. Maybe Fifty Shades of Grey. Although I haven’t read that. But if it’s even half as toxic and awful as I’ve heard it made out to be, then I’d want it to stop existing.

Control: an author you wish you could control in order to change something about their book/book series

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Patrick Rothfuss. I would make him WRITE BOOK 3 FASTER!!!

Synthesize: two authors you wish would co-write a book

I don’t really know for this one. :/

 

Series I need to finish Part 3

Part 1 | Part 2

It’s been ages since I’ve done one of these and needless to say, I have a ton of new series that I need to finish. But I am proud to say that  I’ve either finished or decided I won’t continue most of the series in the previous posts (Except Daughter of Smoke and bone I’M SORRY! I’ll finish it one day, I promise!). In the interest of not making this post 100000 books long, I’ll limit myself to series that are completed as of right now.


The Dark Artifices by Cassandra Clare

Still need to read the final book. I know. What am I doing? I even own it. I’m just not prepared for it okay. I’m not ready.

Kingdom of Ash by Sarah J. Maas

Same goes for Kingdom of Ash. I’m just not ready to read this book. I will. Sometime. I promise.

The Illuminae Files by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff

I started reading Obsidio and wasn’t enjoying it as much as the previous books. I will probably enjoy it more once I get more into it, but I haven’t been in the mood for it.

The Heroes of Olympus by Rick Riordan

I’ve read the first two books. I don’t like it as much as I liked PJ, but I want to read it so I can get on to the Apollo books. I’m still enjoying them, but I’m just not picking them up very frequently. I still have 3 books left 😦 I also don’t own them and I’ve been trying to not buy books until I get my TBR down a bit. So every time I think about getting the next one, I’m reluctant to because of that.

Red Rising by Pierce Brown

I’ve read the first two books. Just one more to go. I really enjoyed this series, so I need to get on with it! I know that there’re a new trilogy or a continuation and those are not all out yet. But I don’t know if I’m going to read that. I’ll decide once I’ve finished the original trilogy.

The Broken Empire by Mark Lawrence

Only read the first book. I didn’t love it as much as his other series. At this point, I do still want to continue with this series. But I might change my mind. We’ll see.

Dreamblood by N. K. Jemisin

Read the first book and really enjoyed it (though not as much as The Broken Earth). I still want to read the second one though.


Those are all the ones that I could remember. There are probably more. And more still that are ongoing, but I’ve yet to catch up with. But we’ll stop here. Cause I can already feel the anxiety mounting.

SFF BFFs – Top 5 Wednesday

Top 5 Wednesday is a weekly meme. Check out the Goodreads group for more details. This week’s topic is favourite best friends in science fiction and fantasy, and this is also a Booktube SFF Awards topic.

Friendship is one of my favourite dynamics to read about. I adore good friendships, so I actually struggled to pick just 5, which is why I  have some honourable mentions.


First the honourable mentions

Will and Jem from The Mortal Instruments by Cassandra Clare

I still love them to bits.

The Night Court from A Court of mist and Fury by Sarah J. Maas

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Squad goals, really.

Fred and George Weasley from the Harry Potter series by J. K. Rowling

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They just had to be mentioned.

And now on to the actual top 5.

5. Artemis and Butler from the Artemis Fowl series by Eoin Colfer

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I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again, this series is so underrated. I love the relationship of Butler and Artemis, because there’s such a huge age difference between them. Butler is both a father figure and a friend and a cool uncle all in one. There are some other great relationships in this series. Seriously, more people need to read it.

4. Mia Corvere and Mr. Kindly from Nevernight by Jay Kristoff

Mr. Kindly is such a sassy lil shadow demon thing and I love him. I think Mia’s interactions with him are some of my favourites. I also love the relationship of Mr. Kindly and Eclipse in the second book. I’ve reviewed both Nevernight and Godsgrave.

3. Spensa and M-Bot from Skyward by Brandon Sanderson

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I’ve always loved robot/AI type characters. I always enjoy reading about the relationships that they form and M-Bot is just a joy. I love how him and Spensa play off one another and learn from one another and come to genuinely care for each other.

2. The Gentlemen Bastards from The Lies of Locke Lamora by Scott Lynch

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Their friendship and loyalty is everything. They’re a little fierce band of misfits who will kill for one another. Especially Jean and Locke, but the entire group are just everything.

1. Nona and Kettle from The Book of the Ancestor by Mark Lawrence

All of Nona’s friendships, really. She’s so loyal and values friendship so much. I relate so much with Nona in that way, because I love my friends and I would move mountains for them. She never gives up on her friends, not ever. No matter what. She is loyal to a fault and I love her for it. But I think out of all the friendships, I love Nona and Kettle most. I couldn’t tell you why. I think I just like Kettle more than I like any of the others.

Mother Figures – Top 5 Wednesday

Top 5 Wednesday is a weekly meme. Check out the Goodreads group for more details. This week’s topic is favourite mother figures.

Trying to think of what to pick for this topic, I realised how under-represented good mother figures are. We get so many examples of father figures, but I struggled with thinking of strong mother figures.


5. Charlotte from The Infernal Devices by Cassandra Clare

This is a very popular and well loved series, but I feel like Charlotte is one of the characters that gets somewhat overlooked. She is so integral to the found family atmosphere that is such a huge part of why the series is so amazing. She’s the glue that holds all of them together and she is determined to look after them, she takes all this responsibility on herself even though she’s not much older than the rest of them. But she loves and protects them fiercely, like only a mother could. And I think she’s very underrated and she deserves some recognition.

4. Kara Resnik from The Themis Files

We don’t see a lot of her as a mother in the series, but what we do see in my opinion definitely qualifies her for this list. She’s so fierce, will do anything to protect her child and I just got so many feels reading this series, particularly the stuff that related to Kara’s story arc as a mother. I found it very compelling, I felt how visceral her need to look after he child was. And I did enjoy her as a character in general, but I think it was not until I saw her as a mother that I really loved her. I do have a review of the series if you want to hear more of my thoughts.

3. Alana from Saga by Brian K. Vaughan and Fiona Staples

This graphic novel series is sooooo good. I love their little family. I’ve only read 3 volumes so far, but they’re such a cute family and I love Alana so much. She’s badass and vulnerable at the same time and she will DESTROY anyone who threatens her family.

2. Abbess Glass from The Book of the Ancestor by Mark Lawrence

This has become one of my favourite series, I love everything about it. All the characters are great, but Abbess Glass is definitely one of my favourites. She’s this scheming… I wanna say Dumbledore-like character. She’s not really anything like Dumbledore except that she has the same kind of long sight that Dumbledore has and also the same kind of connection with Nona that Dumbledore has with Harry. She sees herself as a parental figure for all of the girls at the Convent and to some extent the whole world. She has this strong desire to protect as many people as possible, but is quite ruthless at the same time.

1. Essun from The Broken Earth Series by N. K. Jemisin

I love everything about this series. If you’ve not heard me rave about this series, check out my spoiler-free review and my spoilery rave. But specifically, the amount of mum feels I got from this book is unprecedented. I’m not really a maternal person. But this series man! And Essun and her single-minded desire to protect her children. It just gave me all the feels.

April 2019 Wrap Up

I read 7 books in April, which is not too bad especially considering I didn’t really read anything for good chunks of the month. Although one of the books I only finished in April and I didn’t really have that much left of it and most of the books I read were shorter than my usual reads.


The Last Argument of Kings by Joe Abercrombie

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I finally finished this book. I’d been reading it for a while and had kind of been neglecting it because I wasn’t really in the mood for it. but I finally finished it. I had maybe 150-200 pages left of it. I’ve now completed the series, I even have a series review for it. Check me out, being productive! The first book is still my favourite and I think this is actually my least favourite of the series. It’s a bit too long and I feel like it could have been streamlined a bit without anything being lost. It was still really good, I would say 3.75-4 stars.

The Martian by Andy Weir

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I had been putting this book off for so long. Every time I thought about buying it and reading it, I just didn’t really feel it. But I went with a couple of friends on a charity shop spree and I found it for like a ridiculous price. I think it was like 50p or something stupid. So I bought it. And I really wanted to read something that had no romance in it and this was the only thing that really qualified. So I picked it up and I read it in one day. It was so addictive and so much fun. I’m so glad I read it. It’s so funny, I really liked Mark, which is good cause he’s more or less the only character. I loved his ingenuity and as a scientist, I loved seeing his basically survive with science. I loved every second of it. 5/5 stars.

Only Human by Sylvain Neuvel

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The conclusion to this series was finally released in paperback, which is what I’d been waiting for since I have the first two books in paperback too. I absolutely loved this series, it’s probably one of the best sci-fi series I’ve read recently and I jumped into it off the back of The Martian, so I was really in a sci-fi kick. The second book is still my favourite in the series I think, but not by much. I’ve also reviewed the series, if you want to know more of my thoughts. 5/5 stars

The Dark Vault by V. E. Schwab

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This is a bind-up of The Archived and The Unbound. They were recently re-released in this format since the originals are out of print, so I finally got them and read them. I counted this as two books, because it is two books, but my edition is just one volume. This was good, it’s not my favourite Victoria Schwab book. The story concept is really cool as her stories usually are, but having read so many of her more recent books, I could tell this was one of her earlier works. It’s not as well written as some of her other books. It was still really enjoyable, I liked the characters for the most part and the plot was fast paced. I flew through all 600+ pages of it in like 2 days. There were some love triangle vibes going on, which I just hate that trope. I feel like in the case of this series, it was used more as plot device rather than to create tension, so it didn’t get too annoying, but I still just really hate that trope. 3/5 stars

Holy Sister by Mark Lawrence

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This was probably my most anticipated book of the year, definitely for the first half of the year. I started it as soon as the audiobook got released. Well, I pre-ordered the audiobook. I listened to this whole series on audio and they’re amazing. The narration is so good. I found out after getting it that they almost changed the narrator for this last one, but ended up delaying the release in order to keep her and I’m so glad they did. I would have cried if they’d changed her. Anyway, this was just as fantastic as the other books in the series. I can’t even decide which is my favourite in the series, they’re all so good. This has become one of my favourite series. 5/5 stars. I also have a series review if you want to know more of my thoughts.

Fire and Heist by Sarah Beth Durst

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This was such a pleasant surprise for me. I actually only finished it yesterday, so technically I didn’t finish it in April, but I only had like 2 chapters left, so I’m counting it. I got this in a Fairy Loot and was just feeling very meh about it based on the synopsis and just the overall vibe of the book. And then I decided to try a chapter of some of my TBR books (you can check out my post about that) to see how I feel before getting rid of them. And I’m glad I did, because I ended up really enjoying this. It was fun, fast paced, there were dragons and heists and it was just a lot of fun. It was somewhat predictable, but that didn’t take away from how much I enjoyed it. 3.5/5 stars.

Overall, I had a pretty good reading month. I enjoyed all the books that I read and I read quite a lot.