Books That I’ve Read Recently (Mini Reviews and Comments)

While I’ve been on my hiatus, I’ve been doing some reading. My main goal was to read just for the fun of reading and not to closely analyze the text to make a comprehensive review. I also really wanted to read some older books, books I’ve been planning to read for some time now, and books that had been sitting in my library for a while (I still have 25 unread books in my room).

I did manage to read some newer releases but I haven’t chosen which ones I will be reviewing in depth just yet. However, I will review Daughter of the Siren Queen for sure, as it is the second and last book to the duology.

For now though, here is a list of the books I’ve read these past two months and some comments/mini reviews to accompany them.

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They Both Die at the End | Adam Silvera

This was my first book by Adam Silvera and people told me I should have tissues ready. I really should have had some Kleenex nearby because I was destroyed by the end of this. You’d think that I’d try not to get attached to the characters with a title like that, but I did and I suffered for it. This book was so beautiful and heartbreaking. Loved every bit of it.

The Cruel Prince | Holly Black

Holly Black is one of my favorite authors. I can rely on her to give me the dark version of the Fae. I wasn’t impressed with The Darkest Part of the Forest, but I was incredibly impressed with The Cruel Prince. Every character in this book is cunning and unreliable. The betrayal and scheming runs deep, and even though this usually bothers me, it was really fitting this time. I enjoyed this book very much and can’t wait for The Wicked King.

Fahrenheit 451 | Ray Bradbury

I promised myself that I would read one classic by the end of February and on the very last day, by God I did. And it was a good one! I enjoy Bradbury’s style and writing in this book. I will admit the story is strange but also poetic and strong in message.

Call Me By Your Name | AndrΓ© Aciman

My friend and I started a book club around this book after seeing the phenomenal movie. I think I prefer the film over the book, but the book has some striking prose and lovely images that weren’t carried over to the big screen. There were so many discussable themes and ideas brought up in the text and I’m so happy to have tried my hand at it instead of just settling for the film.


City of Ashes and City of Glass | Cassandra Clare

I’ve been slowly rereading the TMI series with my buddy Daan @ A Library Monster these past two months and we’ve managed to finish up the 2nd and 3rd installments. Both are as good as I remember them. Very action-packed, romance heavy, well-constructed, and loads of fun.

However, I have to point out how creepy Jace and Clary’s relationship is up until the 3rd book. I thought so back in the day and I still think so now. They showed a great lack of effort to not be in love even though they believed they were siblings…I love them together but all things considered, it’s still kind of weird. On another note, much love to Malec, forever and always.

Obisido | Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff

This series has been one of the most original and engrossing stories I’ve ever read, and I’m heartbroken that this book marks the end of a brilliant and complex journey. While Obsidio is not my favorite of the trilogy (Asha and Rhy weren’t particularly my favorite characters but the story as a whole was phenomenal), I can’t say that it was a disappointment. What a fantastic end to a fantastic tale.

Daughter of the Siren Queen | Tricia Levenseller

Even though I liked the first book, I still had a few issues with it. The world felt small and the story compact. There wasn’t enough swashbuckling action or adventure upon both the seas and land. Thankfully, this book addressed those issues and took me on a more expansive, dangerous, and thrilling journey than the first. It wasn’t perfect but it was a massive improvement over the first book!


The Raven Cycle series | Maggie Stiefvater

What a magnificent series. Hands down one of the best I’ve ever read. The writing is magnetic and musical. The character development is phenomenal. The way in which the story is told hold an undercurrent of true magic. Everything about this series is top-notch. My favorite of the four is The Dream Thieves (because Ronan, obviously) but The Raven King was an outstanding conclusion to such an enthralling and unique story. I can’t believe it’s taken me this long to finish this series. I read the first book so long ago but never continued until now. I’m so glad I did. What would I do without Blue, Adam, Gansey, and Ronan in my life?

Opal (Raven Cycle, #4.5) | Maggie Steifvater

Usually I don’t read many novellas or companion stories but this one is definitely worth it as it dives a bit further into Ronan and Adam’s relationship and focuses more on Ronan’s little Orphan Girl. And better yet, it adds something new to both the characters and the story that was and that story that will be in the upcoming spinoff series.

Night of Cake and Puppets (DOSAB, #2.5) | Laini Taylor

Zuzana and Mik are one of the most lovable couples in YA and I’m so happy that this book exists. The illustrations complement the personalities of each character and add some whimsy to the adorable events that take place. Such a cute book.

Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone | J.K. Rowling

I cannot believe I finally read the first book to this ridiculously hyped up series. I’ve seen all the movies but have yet to read all the books. But now I get all the love. The world-building in this book is insane, the writing is superb, the characters even more so, and the entire experience was pure magic. I’m really excited to continue on with this series.

One of Us is Lying | Karen M. McManus

This is the most recent book I read and it was a welcome departure from the fantasy genre I’d been reading so much of lately. It’s hard to find a really good YA mystery and thriller and thankfully, this is one of the good ones. I loved the Breakfast Club and Pretty Little Liars influences. Even though I had a good idea of whodunnit, I was never entirely sure. There were so many shocking twists, unpredictable character reveals, and red herrings that I was kept on my toes the entire time. The romance element didn’t really do it for me and some plot points were very clichΓ©, but everything else was spot on.

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And that’s most of everything I read these past two months! Of course I read some freebies on the kindle and indulged in some cheesy romances here and there, but these were the bulk of my reading load. I think I done good! πŸ˜€

My favorite reading experiences were The Raven Cycle and Harry Potter, but all the other books were extremely enjoyable as well. So no complaints here.

Thanks so much for stopping by. Next up I’ll be posting about my recent book haul from the Festival of Books!

Until then, I’ll be seeing you ❀

Azia Sig

13 thoughts on “Books That I’ve Read Recently (Mini Reviews and Comments)

  1. You have read so many books! I hope you keep going! I want to read almost all the books you have listed here! I am dying to read Call Me by Your Name! Thank you for sharing! I also want to read Fahrenheit 451! and I want to read it before the movie is out!

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    1. Oh I will! No plans to stop reading all the lovely books out there πŸ˜€ I think you will enjoy CMBYN. It’s a bit strange, but also so beautiful. And yes! Can’t wait for the film/show for Fahrenheit 451 too. Really hope you manage to get around to that one as well πŸ˜€ Thanks so much for stopping by!

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      1. Once I finish at least 2 of the books that I am reading, I will get to that one for sure! it is not that long! haha for CMBY I might need to way a bit more T_T haha

        Don’t stop! Please don’t! haha

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  2. You got through some amazing books Azia, and oh I am so so glad you loved They Both Die at the End. It’s my favourite by him but his other two are pretty brilliant as well so do you plan to pick them up anytime soon? Also I really glad you enjoyed The Cruel Prince and Obsidio. I am so excited for The Wicked King, especially after how The Cruel Prince ended, and I thought Obsidio was a perfect end to the series. Darker than the other two books, dramatic and terrifying and just all around amazing. πŸ™‚
    Great post. πŸ™‚ ❀

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    1. I really did, and They Both Die at the End was just brilliant. I needed a few days to recover afterwards haha. And I plan to read History is All You Left Me next, but not sure when I’ll be getting around to it though. I forget what his third book is called though… And both Cruel Prince and Obsidio were just plain fantastic. So sad that the Illuminae files are done, but it was a joy while it lasted. As for Wicked King, I’m desperate to see what comes next πŸ˜€
      Thanks so much ❀ πŸ™‚

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      1. Oh you always do after finishing an Adam Silvera book. I hope you enjoy History is All You Left Me as well, it’s my least favourite by him but still a good book.
        Definitely sad, but it was a great ending so I don’t think we could have asked for more right?
        That’s all right. πŸ™‚ ❀️

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  3. I’m very happy to hear that you enjoyed The Cruel Prince! It’s a book that I definitely plan on picking up in the future. I’ll probably get around to it closer to the release date of the second book. πŸ™‚
    I have read Fahrenheit 451 as well and I enjoyed it as well. I really like Bradbury’s writing style and I agree, the story was a bit strange.
    I have also recently finished City of Glass! πŸ˜€ I really don’t like Clary and Jace and their relationship. I completely agree on it being creepy until the third book (I seriously couldn’t get behind it, even though I knew the truth behind their relationship, it was still weird). And Malec is amazing! ❀

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    1. Oh I do hope you enjoy it once you pick it up. I thought it’s one of her best since her Modern Faerie Tales trilogy.
      Yay! Very happy you enjoyed Fahrenheit 450 as well πŸ˜€
      And yeah, I felt like Cassie was pushing their relationship a bit too hard, especially when they thought they were related. That was the time she should have dialed it back a bit, just to avoid the creepy incestuous vibes going on haha. But 100% behind Malec, all day er day LOL

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  4. Oooh also loved They Both Die at the End so much…flew through it too!! I’ve been on page 140ish of The Cruel Prince for a long time and can’t really get into it, does it get better or were you into the story at that point?? Thinking I just need to push through a little longer.

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    1. For me, I had been caught up in the story midway through, but I’ll concede that it’s a bit slow going for most of the book because it’s very much a set up of things to come in later books. I think things get really interesting in the last 100-150 pages of the book though! I hope that it goes the same for you and captures you by the end πŸ˜€

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