Every time I finish reading a book, I start writing a review, and then either; a) forget to finish it, or b) forget the points I wanted to write about, or c) forget what happened in the book entirely, I always start the reviews though.With that being said, I’m going to put multiple shorter reviews into one post, in order to cut down my drafts folder and so that I don’t have hundreds of reviews back to back – haha!
*Side note*: I have been rereading the Harry Potter series as well, but I’ll be doing a separate post for those, as well as a review for another book in my ‘Rereading Old Favourites’ blog series.
Review number 1: Red Sister by Mark Lawrence
I picked this book up after hearing so many great reviews about it, and I was not disappointed!
Red Sister follows Nona, a Novice at the Convent of Sweet Mercy, where young girls are trained to be killers. Straight away this book gave me Nevernight vibes, and I can’t help but love an epic fantasy tale!
I loved this book so much! It did take me a little bit to get into it (probably a couple of chapters) but, like Nevernight, once I was into it, I was hooked. I loved the concept of the book, and I enjoyed the way it was written. I think that the characters were pretty great and I loved reading all of the action! I think Nona was a brilliant main character, and I loved seeing the way her relationships with the other girls at the convent developed. I’m really looking forward to reading Grey Sister soon. I thought I would have already read it by now, but the NEWTs Readathon has taken priority this month.
Review number 2: The Paper and Hearts Society by Lucy Powrie
Let me start this review by saying that I really enjoyed this book and read it in two sittings (one about 2 and a half hours long, the other was just to finish the last 90 pages)! I bought this book on my most recent trip to Ireland, and started reading it at the ferry port on the way home. From the first page, I couldn’t help but love this book: a bookish book, about a reader, featuring a book club? Yes please! All of the hype surrounding this book at the moment is incredibly accurate!
This book was just excellent. I couldn’t put it down and I really loved reading it. It made me want to join TP&HS so badly. I wanted to join in with the Harry Potter marathon (obviously) and go on the literary road trip with them; exploring the different cities they visited. However, the way this book was written made me feel like I was there. Lucy Powrie’s writing was lovely to read, and I couldn’t help but adore her characters. I loved Tabby’s grandmother, she was the sweetest lady ever! I loved seeing the development of the characters too, especially Tabby. She went from a shy girl who wasn’t sure of this new group, to fairly confident and more trusting. I hated that she had to go through so much, but I like that she reflected and made amends. Honestly this book was just gorgeously written. I couldn’t rate it highly enough! I can’t wait to read the second book when that comes out, I want to hear more about what the Society is up to! This was a perfect summer read for me!!
Review number 3: Sorcery of Thorns by Margaret Rogerson
This book was brilliant. Again, it was another very book-centred book, but I adore that. This book did, however have a nice little twist to it: the books, or Grimoires, can turn into monsters! This book features Great Libraries, big libraries where Sorcerer’s grimoires are kept, and it is magical. I love books, I love magic, and I especially love books about books and magic!
The pacing in this book was brilliant and I thoroughly enjoyed reading it. I found that I flew through it. It was magical from start to finish and I loved it. I loved Elisabeth’s character from the start, and I loved seeing her grow and discover who she is throughout the book. I honestly wish this book was longer, or part of a series because I just want to read more about Elisabeth and Nathaniel and their world! I will definitely be rereading this in the future!!
Review number four: Letters to the Lost by Brigid Kemmerer
This book was so interesting. The premise had me intrigued straight away: two strangers writing letters to each other, after Declan finds Juliette’s letter to her dead mother on her grave whilst doing his community service. It was so interesting how these two developed a connection whilst not knowing who the other was. Juliette was going through such a hard time and she found comfort in the letters to her mother, and Declan’s responses helped her so much.
Brigid Kemmerer’s writing (as always) really made this book a beautiful read. The pacing of the book was done so well, I found myself not wanting to put it down when I was on my lunch breaks in work. I couldn’t wait to get home and read more. For such a short book, it had so much depth and it was just a gorgeous read.
I also found out there’s another book set in the same universe and I can’t wait to read it!
Review number five: Call It What You Want by Brigid Kemmerer
I went out and bought this book when I was still reading Letters to the Lost because I needed more Kemmerer. This book again dealt with some hard topics but it was done really well. Rob and Meagan’s relationship starts with a class project, but blossoms into them trusting each other with secrets they haven’t shared with anyone else.
I flew through this book as well. Again, I couldn’t stop thinking about this book and couldn’t wait to read it as soon as I got in from work! The writing was excellent, as expected, and honestly I need to read more of Brigid Kemmerer’s books as soon as possible.
There’s not a lot else I can say about this book except that I loved it and it made me want to read every single one of Kemmerer’s books.
The next book I read was part of the NEWTS Readathon, so I’ll save that for my Readathon Wrap Up at the end of the month.
What have you read recently? Have you read any of these books? Let me know!