March has been a weird month for me, does anybody else feels like it lasted forever? I have definitely been in a reading rut this month and seemed to be forcing myself to read rather than reading for enjoyment. I did manage to read five books, however, and I mostly enjoyed all of them! Keep scrolling to see which books I read this month along with a short review on each one.
Red Queen – Victoria Aveyard – 4/5 stars
“This is a world divided by blood – red or silver. The Reds are commoners, ruled by a Silver elite in possession of god-like superpowers.”
The first book I picked up this month was Red Queen. The suspense in this book is just incredible, and the unexpected twists kept me turning pages so quickly, I finished this book in just over a day! I love the main character, Mare, who is strong-willed and determined. She cares deeply about her loved ones even in a cruel, harsh world, and will do anything to keep them from harm. There are a lot of characters I absolutely hated, but also quite a few dreamy characters, my personal favourite being Maven (which may be controversial… I can’t say why, so read the book to find out why!).
*WARNING: Slight spoilers for the Red Queen series ahead. If you haven’t read Red Queen or Glass Sword…. read at your own risk!*
Glass Sword – Victoria Aveyard – 3/5 stars
This book picks up straight after the events of Red Queen. The plot follows Mare, Cal and the Scarlet Guard on a search for newbloods (redbloods with silver abilities), all whilst being hunted down by Maven.
I felt that in Red Queen Mare was strong and lovable, however, I have to admit she was slightly annoying in this book. She was narcissistic and egotistical, always finding a way to remind other characters and the reader, how powerful and important-to-the-cause she is.
The last half of the book is exactly what you’d expect from a Victoria Aveyard book, tension, heartbreak and of course one hell of a cliffhanger. I won’t say too much because I don’t want to spoil anything… so I’ll just leave this here instead:
“I do as he says. I kneel.”
Kings Cage – Victoria Aveyard – 4/5 stars
The plot for Kings Cage is slow to start off with, mainly focusing on Mares imprisonment. But the second half of the book is fast paced and full of action, you won’t want to put it down!
One of the things I liked about this book was being able to read from different characters perspectives: Mare, Cameron and Evangeline. I really enjoyed reading from Evangeline’s perspective and it allowed me to get to know her a lot better and it actually made me like her so much more (so much that after reading Kings Cage, I might even say she became one of my favourite characters!). I do however feel like Cameron’s perspective seemed a bit random and it would have been much more interesting to read from Cal or Mavens point of view.
I was very glad that we get to see a lot of Maven in this book, and get a little insight into just how awful Elara was to him and the horrible things she did to him. I know he’s is not a good person, but I couldn’t help feel sorry for him (and occasionally swoon… because I really do love him).
Am I Normal Yet? – Holly Bourne – 4/5 stars
First of all, I have to say that absolutely love Holly Bourne. Her books always manage to make me laugh and cry, and they’re always relatable.
This book is no exception. It’s brutally honest about mental illness, and how mental health issues like depression, OCD and many others are easily thrown around and often used in everyday sentences, or even as a way to seem “quirky” and “different”. The book also touches on feminism and female friendships and that no matter how hard we try, we are not perfect, and that it’s okay to be flawed. Am I normal yet? is thought-provoking, powerful and full of dark humour.
The Final Empire – Brandon Sanderson – 3.5/5 stars
I have to be honest, it took me a while to really get into this book. I feel like the first half of the book was just very slow, and focused mostly on characters and world building. The second half definitely made up for the slow beginning. It was incredibly intense and full of action (and I won’t even get started on the heartbreak and plot twists).
The setting of this story was very unique, with ash-covered cities, a red sun and the mist. I also thought Allomancy was a very interesting take on magic. I loved the characters, the crew and Kelsier (especially Kelsier). The heroine Vin very loveable despite being the typical ‘starts off weak but learns she is special’ kind of character and it was enjoyable to see her development throughout the story.
Well, that concludes the wrap-up! I think (despite only giving it a 3.5/5 rating) my favourite read this month was The Final Empire. I enjoyed this book the most because, for me, the take on magic and the world itself was unlike anything I have read before.
What books did you read this month and what was your favourite? Let me know in the comments!
Thanks for reading!