This is a bit of an abbreviated What I Read, because I’m excluding Romanov, which I’ve already written about. I read 6 books in total, putting me slightly ahead of my goal of 5 per month. The 5 books I’m talking about here were all extremely good!
The Tea Dragon Society (Katie O’Neill) ★★★★★
This web comic turned graphic novel is so lovely! Greta, a blacksmith apprentice, stumbles into the magical world of tea dragons. They’re adorable, as is the little story told here. I definitely wanted more from this world.
Crooked Kingdom (Leigh Bardugo) ★★★★
This was a little slow to start, also interrupted by the fact that my library loan ran out midway through and a had to wait to borrow it again. Six of Crows was fun, but Crooken Kingdom had an emotional depth that blew me away. While I enjoyed the heist story of Six of Crows, it’s the heart of Crooked Kingdom that was really compelling.
Chemistry (Weike Wang) ★★★
I read about Weike Wang who completed her scientific PhD at the same time as her MFA at two Boston universities. She decided to become an author, instead of doing a post-doc and pursuing science. I liked her already. This, her debut novel, was good, but made me feel suffocated. With a nameless narrator, you feel like you are the main character. While she struggles with her PhD program, I felt like I struggled. I didn’t like the nameless narrator at first, but the effect was successful. I’d definitely be interested in reading more from Wang.
A Natural History of Dragons (Marie Brennan) ★★★★
This series, The Memoirs of Lady Isabella Trent, starts slowly, introducing you to the curious young Isabella, narrated by a much older, experienced Isabella. She is infatuated with dragons and wants to study them, which a lady simply does not do. As Lady Trent recounts her first expedition and drops hints about what happens, I found myself enthralled in the study and the character herself. She’s a funny narrator. This may not be an action-packed book, but anyone with an interest in anthropology would find it fascinating.
Daughter of Smoke & Bone (Laini Taylor) ★★★★
My first Laini Taylor book! Strange The Dreamer has been in my stack for a while, and at this juncture, is still packed away, so I borrowed this from the library. WOW is this story gorgeous. I love Karou, and I love Taylor’s writing. It’s so amazingly inventive. With sinister angels invading the world, Karou finds herself targeted. Of course, Karou isn’t exactly ordinary.– raised by strange monsters, collecting teeth for them in exchange for wishes. I could’ve love that concept more.
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