Recently Read #9: A Reread, Some Faves & A ‘Meh’ Read

I honestly have no idea how this happened again, but I’m actually quite behind on keeping you guys up to date with my reading? I just recently published my most recent post in this series and I’ve already completed four more books and two novellas. And I’m about 40% into two more books. My reading is off the charts at the moment – I’m loving it, not going to lie!

To make sure this post doesn’t get out of control, let’s just jump right in!

Ghosts Of The Shadow Market by Cassandra Clare & More

The first book we’re talking about is the third novella bindup Ghosts Of The Shadow Market by Cassandra Clare, a young adult fantasy novel released on June 4th, 2019 by Walker Books.

To be fair, I didn’t read the entire book – I just read/listened to the last two novellas that were released with this bindup. Last year, leading up to the release of Queen Of Air And Darkness, Cassie shared a novella per month following one of my all-time favorite characters during different points in time visiting these Shadow Markets and the people inhabiting them at the time.

Overall, this was quite the mixed bag as far as how much I enjoyed each novella and I had clear favorites (aka whenever my The Infernal Devices characters made an appearance) but in no way was I ready to read that final story.

The final two novellas (Ghosts Of Old Loves & Forever Fallen) are set after the events of QOAAD and set up the events/story for The Wicked Powers (which is still three years away which is just rude) and I am honestly even more excited for it after what we’ve just gotten. I adored half of the last novella while I didn’t really care for the second half – I’m just at a point where I’m tired of the TMI characters (unless they’re Magnus & Alec) and want the focus to be on characters we haven’t had the chance to really get to know so far. I feel like 9 books (TMI & TDA) is more than enough time for most of the TMI cast.

When it was time to actually rate this bindup, I took into account my rating for all of the previous novellas that I read and rated last year as well my rating for the last two and ended up with an average of 3.6 stars which I rounded up to 4 stars.

Daughter Of The Burning City by Amanda Foody

Up next, we have Amanda Foody’s Daughter Of The Burning City, a young adult fantasy novel released on July 25th, 2017 by Harlequin Teen.

This was actually a reread for me, as I first read it when it originally came out in 2017 but I didn’t really remember much about the book anymore (I have a terrible memory) and since Caro had put this on her TBR for June, I asked if she wanted to buddy read the book and she agreed! πŸ˜€

I have to say, out of all three of Amanda’s books, this is probably my least favorite but I still very much enjoyed my time reading this and I think it was done really, really well for a debut novel and you can clearly see that she has improved with each book since (I’m not trash for her Shadow Game trilogy for nothing)!

We so very rarely get standalone fantasy novels these days and we got that here with a murder mystery thrown into the mix. And on top of that we’ve got a bisexual main character and a love interest who is asexual – so if you’re still looking for some reads for Pride month, you should give this a go! πŸ™‚

Overall, I ended up giving this book a 4-star rating (I swear, in my memory this wasn’t as good as it ended up being, probably because I wasn’t in the right mood when I first read this) and I’m so happy I reread this.

Golden Son by Pierce Brown

Up next, we have Pierce Brown’s Golden Son, an adult sci-fi novel which was released on September 24th, 2015 by Hodder & Stoughton.

Before we move any further into this, I need to make sure I make it absolutely clear that this series is not actually young adult as I stated my previous Recently Read post. Nope. This is most definitely adult and deals with topics in a more graphic manner because of it. Also, there’s so much murder and death in this book as well. Again, this is adult sci-fi.

Here’s the thing about this book: I don’t really have too many new things to say about it that I haven’t already expresses here and I don’t want to repeat myself here, so please check out that post for a more detailed opinion on the series so far.

But what I do want to say again is that I really, really want Pierce to treat his female characters better. That was the first thing that came to mind when I thought of what I’d want to say here and that’s definitely it.

Unless you’re name is Mustang, your chances of survival aren’t all that good. The men in this world pull some of the most disgusting and horrible things but they get rescued over and over again. If we tallied up the death counts for male and female characters in this series so far, there are way more women who have died or have had horrible things done to them compared to men. By far, probably. And that’s just not okay and something I will bring up over and over again.

And while that’s all true and something I care about, I do still enjoy these books a lot. For me, the story was a bit slow until my favorite showed up but things really went off from there and they kept getting more and more bleak the closer we got to the end of the book. And my mistake? Despite having been told this over and over was not having book 3 ready to go. The way Golden Son ends you want the next book ready immediately, trust me

I ended up giving Golden Son 4-stars and am currently trying to wrap up some other books so I can dive into Morning Star and find out how the story continues.

Carry On by Rainbow Rowell

Up next, we have Rainbow Rowell’s Carry On, a young adult fantasy novel that was released on October 6th, 2015 by Wednesday Books.

Here’s a book I’ve been saying I will read ever since I finished Fangirl years ago. I remembered really enjoying the bits of fanfiction (aka Simon & Baz’ story) that we were given throughout Fangirl and I knew there was potential for me to like or love Carry On too. But as is typical for me, it took me a few more years to actually read (or, in my case listen to) the book.

But the other day I needed an audiobook to keep me company while running some errands and I had Carry On on Audible so I went for it. I did keep texting Sandra and Caro asking when Baz would show up already because everyone kept going on about him (in the fanom) and he just isn’t there. I was confused. xD And I kept trying to line up characters and storylines to Harry Potter characters & events that I somewhat knew about because this had always been ‘Harry Potter fanfiction’ in my head.

I had such a great time listening to this audiobook and just trying to figure out the plot throughout and I’m so happy my reading experience was so positive. Plus, this book made me actually laugh a couple of times (for example Baz’ invitation – he’s not as smooth as he apparently thinks he is, or the part where he tells Simon to say what Baz is. I texted Caro and Sandra in our groupchat like ‘Does Baz secretly watch Twilight?!’) and I will always be excited about that.

But what I’m probably the most excited about is the sequel to this because I love the idea that we’re going to explore how the Chosen One feels after the big fight is won!

In the end, Carry On ended up getting 4-stars from me and there is definitely potential for this book to be a favorite for the year!

Her Royal Highness by Rachel Hawkins

Lastly, we have Rachel Hawkins’ Her Royal Highness, a young adult contemporary novel released on May 7th, 2019 by G. P. Putnam’s Son Books For Young Readers.

Her Royal Highness was another audiobook I picked up on a whim one day to keep me company while running errands and unlike with Carry On, I didn’t really care much about this story or characters – at all. Luckily the audiobook was short, so it didn’t take me too long to actually finish it but I got out of it just feeling pretty ‘meh’ about the entire reading experience.

I never really cared deeply about any of the characters or whatever they got up – I don’t even remember much of what happened in this book and I just finished it a few days ago, if that tells you anything. xD

And since my entire reading experience was me going ‘this is okay, I guess?‘ that’s also the Goodreads rating this book got: 2-stars.

How about you guys? Have you read any of the books I finished recently? If so, what did you think of them? Did you have a better reading experience with Her Royal Highness? Let me know in the comments down below. πŸ™‚

And if you haven’t read either of these books – what are some books you’ve finished recently and what did you think of them? Come chat to me in the comments below – I can’t wait to hear from you guys! ❀

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14 thoughts on “Recently Read #9: A Reread, Some Faves & A ‘Meh’ Read

  1. Hi Swetlana! It’s been a while. I just got back from an unplanned 9-month-long hiatus. Glad to see you’re still blogging!! How have you been? Good on you for reading so many books lately. Could you pass some of that reading mojo over to me? Ha-ha. I’ve mostly been reading manga lately.

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    1. Welcome back, Nikki! It’s so nice to have you back to blogging again! πŸ™‚

      I’ve been doing well overall, though I’ve had my moments of not being sure if I still wanted to do this whole blogging thing. xD

      Hahaha, have you tried audiobooks? They definitely help me get a lot more reading done each month! πŸ™‚


  2. Ahhhh I’m so glad you liked Carry On!! It’s such a fun book, and I just adore it. And aghfdhgf I NEED to read the last two stories in Ghosts of the Shadow Market!!

    Also unrelated but I FINALLY started King of Fools today, and I’m not very far in yet but I love it so so so much!!

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    1. IRIS, you truly, truly do. Especially the final one. I was a crying mess. Kit is his usual precious self. JEM. Jem. I’m so, so happy with where his story is at right now!

      AHHHHHH!!!!! YES! I hope you end up feeling the same way by the time you’re done reading too! I can’t wait to hear what you think!

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  3. I loved Carry On!! It was so cute, and I can’t wait for Wayward Son to come out. I completely agree with you about the Red Rising series. The female characters are generally treated worse than the male ones, but overall I’ve still very much enjoyed the series so far.

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  4. I really enjoyed our buddy read for Daughter of the Burning City!! It was such an atmospheric book πŸ’— I prefer Ace of Shades, but I think you can see how she has grown πŸ™‚ also YES to reading Carry On, I loooove this book, so I’m very happy you ended up liking it as well 😍 You also read it at the perfect time as now the sequel is coming out soon 😱

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