What I've Been Reading Lately


Unfortunately, my goal to read 52 books in 2017 doesn't seem to be going so well. It's currently taking me about a month to read a single book, but I am managing a few. Here are the most recent books to make it to my "read" pile...

King's Cage by Victoria Aveyard
The third instalment in the Red Queen series

I must say, I have really enjoyed the Red Queen series so far and King's Cage was no different. Admittedly, it isn't the perfect series. There's a lot of instalove going on and I really didn't think the decision to tell the story from a certain character's viewpoint was the right decision, not least because that character is really irritating. However, I still sped through the series with ease and enjoyment. Looking forward to the next instalment!

Queen Song by Victoria Aveyard 
A Red Queen Novella - a prequel to the events of the series focusing on Cal's mother 

I really loved this tragic little story that gives us a little insight into how Cal's mother Coriane and the King actually got together. It really demonstrated what a truly nasty piece of work a certain character we meet in Red Queen is, and if you've read any of my previous reading roundups, you will know I LOVE a well fleshed out fantasy world with lots of history I can dive into.

Steel Scars by Victoria Aveyard
A Red Queen Novella focusing on Farley's introduction to Norta 

I'm not sure I enjoyed this novella as much as Queen Song, simply because of the way it's laid out - with lots of military style reports - didn't really work for me. However, Farley is one of my favourite characters in the series and it was really interesting to explore her relationship with her father and learn how the Scarlet Guard came to infiltrate Norta.

A Court of Wings and Ruin by Sarah J Maas
The third instalment of the A Court of Thorns and Roses series 

After finishing the second book, A Court of Mist and Fury, last year, this series became one of my favourite series of ALL TIME, making A Court of Wings and Ruin THE MOST hotly anticipated release of 2017 for me. Unfortunately, I was slightly disappointed. After the ending of ACOMAF, I was hoping that we'd get some more chapters from the viewpoint of Rhys but that didn't happen and I felt a lot of the shall we say, romantic scenes, were really rushed. Then of course, the ending...I want my blog to remain a spoiler free place so I can't explain what annoyed me about it but I think it should have been more final - then it would have had much more impact.

THAT BEING SAID...I still sped through this book in a matter of days, I cried like a baby, there were some absolutely AMAZING scenes and characters in it and when I realised that it wasn't going to be the last in the series after all, I started crying even harder. Sarah J Maas is definitely one of my favourite authors and if you're into young adult fantasy fiction, you MUST read ACOTAR and Throne of Glass. I really look forward to learning what happens next.

Pride and Prejudice and Zombies 
Jane Austen's classic romance, with added zombies 

I read this book a few years ago and decided it was high time for a re-read. I believe it starts off fantastically. The first few chapters I found myself having to restrain myself from snorting on the bus because it's so funny. However, as the novel continues, the humour gets a little too crass for me and I just feel some of what happens is a little too ridiculous. Having seen the film, which takes on a plot of its very own, I've decided that I like that much better.

What have you been reading lately?