Wrap-Up: June

Listen to Your HeartSmoke in the Sun (Flame in the Mist, #2)Sky in the DeepSave the DateThe City of Brass (The Daevabad Trilogy, #1)

Novels: 5
Novellas: 0
Graphic novels: 0
Non-fiction: 0
Total: 5
Page count: 2 057

3 Favourite Covers:

  • The City of Brass
  • Sky in the Deep
  • Save the Date

3 Favourite Books:

  • Save the Date
  • The City of Brass
  • Smoke in the Sun

3 Favourite Characters :

  • Mariko (Flame in the Mist)
  • Nahri (The Daevabad Trilogy)
  • Eelyn (Sky in the Deep)

3 Favourite Relationships (Romantic):

  • Mariko & Ōkami (Flame in the Mist)
  • Nahri & Dara (The Daevabad Trilogy)
  • Eelyn & Fiske (Sky in the Deep)

3 Favourite Relationships (Platonic):

  • The Grant siblings (Save the Date)
  • Eelyn & Iri (Sky in the Deep)
  • Katie & Alana (Listen to Your Heart)
To Be Brief…

Listen to Your Heart: Cute summer-appropriate contemporary in true Kasie West fashion. Cheesy, but in a fun way. 3.75/5 stars

“It wasn’t that I wasn’t social…well, okay, it was a little bit that.”

Smoke in the Sun (Flame in the Mist #2): A pretty nice ending to the duology, though I kind of wish there were more. 4/5 stars

“You are the least useless warrior I’ve ever met, Lady Mariko. Never forget that.”

Sky in the Deep: Fast-paced, brutal, and pretty much exactly what I expected when I decided to pick it up. My main complaint is that it was a bit repetitive since they kept having different versions of pretty much the same conversation, but that’s more of a small annoyance than a huge issue. There’s also a hate to love situation going on, and while I generally like that trope, the transition could have been a bit smoother. Still, it was entertaining and I kind of flew through it, so I’ll probably pick up Young’s next book as well. 3.75/5 stars

“We find things, just as we lose things. If you’ve lost your honor, you’ll find it again.”

Save the DateMorgan Matson has finally blessed us with a new book (huzzah!). This time it took me a sec to get properly engulfed in the story, but, of course, ended up really enjoying it. Matson is the queen when it comes to YA contemporaries, and her books, while funny and adorable, always have some more serious aspects to them, which I appreciate. I loved that this one focused a lot more on family than romance, and I’m not gonna lie, I actually got a bit bleary-eyed at one point. While not my favourite of hers, I still recommend it. 4/5 stars

“You mess with one Grant, you mess with us all.”

The City of Brass (The Daevabad Trilogy #1) This one was a bit tricky for me to rate, folks. It has many things I love: interesting, sharp-witted characters, nice world-building, and some good ol’ flirtatious banter….but it lacked a certain something to make me 100 % truly adore it. Some parts felt a bit on the slow side, and the politics of the world just got a bit too complicated for my personal taste. It also took more than half the book before I properly warmed to one of the two protagonists, and there were moments when I had to push myself to keep reading. In the end I enjoyed it, but didn’t love it, and though I’ll definitely pick up the next book, I’m not dying waiting for it. 4/5 stars

“You’re some kind of thief, then?”
“That a very narrow-minded way of looking at it. I prefer to think of myself as a merchant of delicate tasks.”


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