Nevernight by Jay Kristoff (★★★★☆½)
Be warned, Nevernight is not your grandma’s fantasy revenge novel. The first in a new series from Jay Kristoff, Nevernight follows a bad ass orphan named Mia who is on a quest to avenge her family. A quest that takes her to the famed Red Church, where would-be assassins are trained by the world’s deadliest killers. It’s basically if Arya went to Hogwarts, but with even more murder. And more humorous footnotes.
The Dazzling Heights by Katharine McGee (★★★★☆)
The sequel to The Thousandth Floor, The Dazzling Heights is a slightly less fun version of its predecessor, but is still 100% future Gossip Girl. From an intriguing new character to a new murder mystery, McGee’s latest novel is a fun and frothy diversion from real life that suffers from too many POVs and the loss of the best character in the series (because they didn’t survive book one).
Invictus by Ryan Graudin (★★★★★)
This standalone young adult novel — are those making a comeback!?! — from Ryan Graudin has it all: time travel heists, period clothing, paradoxes, teen romances and red pandas. You’ll laugh, you’ll cry, and for once, you’ll be upset that it’s only one book. Don’t let the cover scare you away, Invictus is the super fun and super smart young adult novel you should have read yesterday.
Paper Girls Vol. 3 by Brian K. Vaughan (★★★☆☆½)
The third collection in the Paper Girls series is the weakest volume in the bunch, due in large part to the hit or miss messiness of the plot, including a lackluster trip to the past that resulted in more questions than answers. Thankfully, we did get some great character development to make up for it, not to mention one hell of a cliffhanger. *shakes fist at Brian K. Vaughan*
Saga Vol. 7 by Brian K. Vaughan (★★★★☆½)
Saga continues to kill the visual storytelling game, not to mention some much beloved and only recently beloved characters. Get your hankies ready, because this volume is one hell of a ride. And a downer. More jokes in the next trade, please? My heart can’t take much more of this.
Forest of a Thousand Lanterns by Julie C. Dao (★★★★☆½)
An Asian re-imagining of the evil stepmother’s tale from Snow White, Forest of a Thousand Lanterns is the dark fantasy prequel you didn’t know you wanted. Cheer along as the main character makes one terrible decision after another in the name of destiny, and puts a delicious new spin on the term “evil.” Bet you didn’t know the dark side could be so fun?
Paperbacks from Hell by Grady Hendrix (★★★★☆½)
Get ready to learn all about the horror fiction boom of the ’70s and ’80s, and the iconic cover art that made everyone want to buy it. Feeling nostalgic? Just want to learn something? Curious how many horrible books Stephen King endorsed? Grady Hendrix’s humorous and informative collection has all the nightmare inducing cover art you might recognize, and plenty you’ve never heard of.
The Wicked + The Divine Vol. 5: Imperial Phase I by Kieron Gillen (★★★☆☆)
If it weren’t for the twist ending, I would probably be giving up on The Wicked + The Divine series for good. Aside from issue 23, which is essentially an in-world high fashion magazine, the latest trade was painful, boring and meandering. Possibly even worse, now that the big bad has been dealt with, I’m not quite sure where the story is heading.
They Both Die at the End by Adam Silvera (★★★☆☆½)
I really really really wanted to love They Both Die at the End, but despite all the hype, it just wasn’t the book for me. The story takes place in a world not unlike our own, except for the fact that you receive a phone call on the evening of your death. Unfortunately, while the premise and even some of the world building were top notch, Silvera’s novel ultimately suffers from extremely painful writing … and I couldn’t look past that.
Books Read This Month: 1
Totals: 22/24 books
- Nevernight by Jay Kristoff
Books Read This Month: 5
Totals: 34/14 books
- The Dazzling Heights by Katharine McGee
- Invictus by Ryan Graudin
- Forest of a Thousand Lanterns by Julie C. Dao
- Paperbacks from Hell by Grady Hendrix
- They Both Die at the End by Adam Silvera
Prequel/Sequel Points Earned This Month: 2
Totals: 64/78 points
- The Dazzling Heights by Katharine McGee
Series Enders Completed This Month: 0
Totals: 3/7 books
Books Read This Month: 2
Totals: 26/25 books