The final part of my reading catchup series in which I discuss Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo, Winter by Marissa Meyer and Soundless by Richelle Mead.
[book-info]Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo is a new series set in the same world as her Grisha Trilogy, which I loved. One of Bardugo’s strengths as a writer is her worldbuilding – and that continues in this new outing. Instead of a Russianesque setting, the action moves to a place reminiscent of Amsterdam in its Golden Age. The characters were interesting, but in an ensemble book like this, they aren’t always given the time to be as fully developed as a single protagonist novel. I look forward to seeing where the series goes and will certainly keep up with it.
I gave Six of Crows four stars out of five.
[book-info number=1]Winter by Marissa Meyer is the fourth and final book in the Lunar Chronicles series and was one of my most anticipated reads of the year. This final book was loosely based on the Snow White fairytale and tells the story of Princess Winter of Luna as well as continuing the stories of Cinder, Scarlet and Cress and their attempt to overthrow the evil Queen Levana. I must admit I was ever so slightly disappointed in Winter – perhaps my expectations were a little too high. Meyer had done her setup so well in the previous books, so at times it felt as if I was just watching things play out as expected. On the other hand, this being the last book in the series did mean that all bets were off and I was concerned for our protagonists’ survival at various points. Once again though I did love the fairytale mashup – the way in which Meyer has adapted the various fairytale tropes – like Snow White’s glass coffin into a sci-fi setting is brilliant. Our heroines continue to be kick-ass and I did enjoy how it all came together.
I gave Winter five stars out of five, mainly for my love of the series as a whole.
[book-info number=2]I admit I’d been initially reluctant to pick up Soundless by Richelle Mead, despite my love of her Vampire Academy and Bloodlines series. This is because some of the reviews I’d read were mixed at best. I had originally been intrigued by the concept of a deaf girl living in a soundless world begins to hear again and embarks on an adventure to save her community.
As an exploration into discovering a sense of which your community has no concept, the book is wonderful. I just loved the way in which Fei comes to terms with her new hearing. The way in which she struggled to conceptualise the new experience was beautifully written. I’d have liked to have read more of this.
However the whole community rescue plotline is not developed to nearly the same extent. The book is very short – well under three hundred pages – and this is the aspect which suffered the most. The book could have done to have been twice as long.
I gave Soundless three and a half stars out of five.
In other news, I am particularly excited this week as my husband and I have booked our tickets for Chicago in May 2016 to attend BEA, the Book Expo of America. Yay! This will be my first time attending and I’m so looking forward to it – I’ve heard BEA described as Disneyland for book nerds. If any of you have been before and have tips, please let me know in the comments.