I have been so looking forward to starting this series since I stumbled across it on kindle last year. It’s taken me some time to get around to it (when doesn’t it, TBR struggles amiright?) but ohh was it worth the wait. I’m here to breakdown some of what makes Daughter of the Drowned Empire by Frankie Mallis such an incredible read.
I have been super excited for The Marriage Auction by Audrey Carlan since I stumbled across its upcoming release and presence on Kindle Vella. I have a sick fascination with stories that revolve around marriage competition type things, and this seemed like a similar vibe with the twist that the “competitors” are simply being auctioned off rather than in competition to marry someone. With this different take on this idea, I knew I had to see how this book turned out.
I didn’t quite know what to expect coming into Disenchanted by Brianna Sugalski, other than it sounded interesting and like the kind of book I would like, but I feel like it ended up being so much more.
I have so many thoughts on the Hannaford Prep series by J. Bree. I had heard about it quite a while ago but had put off starting it for a couple reasons.
I had no idea what to expect from an official Dark Souls novel when this was announced but I was excited by the prospect of it. I’m a huge fan of the Souls games and their lore. I’m a little obsessive about it actually, it’s uh…kind of a problem.
The first thing that drew my attention to Blood & Steel by Helen Scheuerer was actually the gorgeous cover. Reading the synopsis only further convinced me this was a book I had to get my hands on. A huge thanks to the author, Helen Scheuerer for the advanced copy because I am super grateful I didn’t end up having to wait in agony for the release date.
The Luminaries by Susan Dennard has been one of my most anticipated reads for 2022. The minute I saw it being compared to The Witcher I knew I had to get my hands on this one as soon as it came out. It’s been a long wait having to go until a November release date but finally this book is out in the world and I had my chance to give it a read. A huge thanks to Raincoast books for providing me with a review copy!
A Kingdom of Frost and Fear by Whitney Dean is the second in the series, and it was quite the wild ride. I don’t find this to be the case often, but I have to say this second book was actually even better than the first in my opinion. There was a lot more significant plot happening in this one, so it was more fast paced and answers set up from the first book could be answered or at least expanded upon here. Though a massive book, I found myself not ready for it to end because I was so invested in the story and the characters and everything happening to them.
A Kingdom of Flame and Fury by Whitney Dean was such a rollercoaster of emotions I’m having a hard time figuring out where to start with this. I enjoyed it immensely after some initial uncertainty about where the story was going when I first started. Now to clarify, this isn’t because it had a weak start by any means, it’s more that it wasn’t quite going in the direction I anticipated from what I had gleaned about the book. But this was actually very much a concern that was removed throughout the course of this book for many reasons.
Holy moly when I tell you this book was a wild ride. Here’s the thing about second books, I find in so many cases they don’t QUITE live up to the first book when it’s one that I find incredible. This is a typical occurrence, otherwise known as second book syndrome. Blood Solace by Vela Roth did not suffer from this affliction. I loved it just as much as the first and never felt like it lacked.