As you probably noted, I haven't really talked about what I read/audiobooked via the past few months. July was a surprise blog break and then, to ease self back into blogging this month, I took on a bunch of blog tours (which were fun as this made look into books and series, some of which I wouldn't have noticed till I was asked and now am going "I need to put this on my radar, if I have time/space on my TBR") to help me ease back into blogging.
But that didn't mean I have stopped reading. Oh no. I have still been reading. And, for the most part, I have been reviewing them on my Goodreads (goodreads.com/pewterwolf). But there were a few I wanted to reference on here as they were SO GOOD, that I wanted to share with you guys. I hope you don't mind...
My second is so different to my first. It's an adult fiction, shortlisted for the 2020 Women's Prize of Fiction. A Thousand Ships by Natalie Haynes is a retelling of the end of the Trojan War, told from an all female perspective. Mortals, goddesses, nymphs, etc. While lacking a bit of an emotionally punch, what we had was a compelling story, layered and showing snapshots of what these women went through.
Now, the above two were five star reads. I love them and will push them onto you lot for quite a while... But there is one or two other books/audiobooks I want to talk to you about. These weren't 5 star reads for me, but I know you guys will ether super enjoy them or I think you guys will enjoy hugely. Now, some of these I was going to keep quiet over and put in a later post when I chat about audiobooks I was approved to listen to via NetGalley (they started allowing audiobooks to be requested on NetGalley! This makes me happy as I love a good audiobook, though this might mean I might/should close my Audible account as I listen to audiobooks everywhere expect the audiobooks I've bought or preordered. That will change in the coming months! You mark my words!!!)
So, the first I want to chat about is Raybearer by Jordan Ifueko. Now, I audiobooked the US edition, not the UK, so my opinion on the story might have been different if I read the ARC the UK publisher gave me or listened to the UK edition (to be honest, I read a good 100 pages of ARC and I think I would have liked this a lot more if I read it, though I found the first 100 or so pages really slow and, to be honest, they felt like a prologue. Very similar to Sarah J Maas's House of Earth and Blood - the first few hours of that audiobooked dragged! I will chat about in a moment). However, while the first half of the book was a tad slow, the world building, character development and magic system was rich and complex, and I know I will be reading the sequel!
Ok, one more audiobook than I will leave you all to have a lovely day. Let's talk Sarah J Maas's House of Earth and Blood. I audiobooked this via my library and I am glad I did as this is a chunky book and, if I wasn't audio booking, I would have DNF. Like I said, the first Part of the book (so... 2/3 hours of audiobook) are really a prologue and is painfully slow. I see why Sarah had to do it, to show us a rich, complex world with its own myths, background, magic systems. And, for the most part, I liked it - once it found its feet. I liked the world complexness and rich, the mystery plot intrigued me hugely and there would one or two other things I really liked. However, this wasn't a sexy book like you guys said there would be (lots of swearing but, barring one scene of finger ****ing and mentions of sexual partners, horniness and toys) and it's too long. Plus, you can easily read this as a standalone and be fine: just don't read the epilogue. I liked this (I rounded up to four stars), but this is going to be a standalone for me. Unless something changes my mind.
So, that's it. I only wanted to do a handful of writing. Hopefully, in the coming few weeks, I will write more reviews/write-ups on here and have a proper chat with you. If not, keep eye on my Goodreads and my other social media as that might be the best places to look!