Wrap-Up: September

Spin the Dawn (The Blood of Stars, #1)PumpkinheadsWe Hunt the Flame (Sands of Arawiya, #1)Well MetSerpent & Dove (Serpent & Dove, #1)

Fiction: 5
Non-fiction: 0
Short stories: 0
Graphic novels: 1
Total: 5
Page count: 1 837
Average rating: 3.55

3 Favourite Covers:

  • Pumpkinheads
  • Well Met
  • Spin the Dawn

3 Favourite Books:

  • Pumpkinheads
  • Well Met
  • Serpent & Dove

3 Favourite Characters :

  • Lou (Serpent & Dove)
  • Deja (Pumpkinheads)
  • Josiah (Pumpkinheads)

3 Favourite Relationships (Romantic):

  • Emily & Simon (Well Met)
  • Lou & Reid (Serpent & Dove)
  • Deja & Josiah (Pumpkinheads)

3 Favourite Relationships (Platonic):

  • Deja & Josiah (Pumpkinheads)
  • Lou & Coco (Serpent & Dove)
  • Maia & her brothers (Spin the Dawn)
To Be Brief…

Spin the Dawn (The Blood of Stars #1): Spin the Dawn tells the story of Maia Tamarin, a girl who disguises herself as her brother in order to compete for the position of court tailor. As promised by the marketing team, it’s Mulan meets Project Runway, and I thouroughly enjoyed…..the first half of it. Lim managed to make me fall in love with Maia’s brothers in less than one chapter, the competition was entertaining, and the main romance had potential to be exactly my kind of shit. However, the brothers ended up being the most interesting characters, the competition was over way too quickly, and the relationship between the two main characters went from fun and intriguing to cheesy and cliché. Unfortunately, I felt a disconnect between the first and second half of the book, with the latter being, to be frank, boring and generic. Though I really wanted to love it, Spin the Dawn had an intriguing premise and a great cover, but somewhere along the way it just lost me. I didn’t completely hate it, I’m just…very disappointed. 2.75/5 stars

“Seize the wind,” I whispered. “Don’t become the kite that never flies.”

PumpkinheadsA graphic novel about two friends working their last shift at their town’s pumpkin patch. Rainbow Rowell’s writing and Faith Erin Hick’s art style is a match made in heaven, and I’m very happy they decided to work together. It’s easy to get through, absolutely adorable, and definitely a book I recommend this autumn. 4/5 stars

We Hunt the Flame (Sands of Arawiya): YA fantasy about a girl who hunts in order to feed her village, and a boy known as the Prince of Death. Their paths cross as they both venture out to find a certain artifact that will restore magic to their land. I had pretty high expectations for this one, and while it had a bit of a shaky (and confusing) start, I came to enjoy it. The dynamic between the characters was promising, the world seemed interesting, and who can say no to a good ol’ quest? Sadly, though, in the end I didn’t feel particularly invested in any of the characters, and the story wasn’t quite as original or memorable as I hoped, which resulted in me slowly but surely losing interest. Also, while I can’t deny that I’ve appreciated the dark and “monstrous” love interest with a tragic back story in the past, I’m kind of over it. So, while I had a somewhat enjoyable time reading this book, I doubt I’ll be picking up the sequel. 3/5 stars

“He came here for one act alone: murder.”

Well Met: Adult contemporary hate to love romance taking place at a Renaissance Faire. This book had a couple of flaws and some tropes that I am personally a bit tired of, but it was still super fun and just what I needed. Fans of The Hating Game will probably enjoy this one. 4/5 stars

“I didn’t choose the wench life. The wench life chose me.”

Serpent & Dove (Serpent & Dove #1): A fun and angsty YA fantasy about a witch on the run from her coven, and a witch hunter. I really liked the magic system in this one, as well as the chaotic main character. Also, who can resist the fake marriage trope? Sure, the book had some flaws (some bigger than others) and didn’t quite reach its full potential (in my opinion), but in this case I didn’t mind too much. I also think it could have been a pretty nice standalone with some adjustments, but since it’s not, I guess I’ll just have to read the sequel as well. 4/5 stars

“Thou shalt not suffer a witch to live.”



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