Book Recs: Invisible Narratives in Historical Fiction

Good morning, good afternoon, or good evening, friends! I hope you are all reading some awesome books. And if you aren’t, well, I hope that I can recommend you some great books in today’s Book Recommendations post!

On the third Monday of every month, I share some Book Recommendations that pertain to a theme! I’ll tell you all a little bit about the book, what I liked about them (because I always only recommend books I have read and liked!), and give you all the links so you can add them to your list of books to read.

Just a quick reminder: I’m currently on hiatus from Twitter and don’t have access to my account (just so I don’t procrastinate)! If you need to contact me, contact me via email or my Instagram.

In my last recap post, I mentioned how I was going to share with you ‘books for your discoursing heart’ and ‘books that will make you laugh’. And whilst I’ll be posting them in September and October respectively, I really wanted to share some historical fiction books that I really liked, but, with a twist. Read More »

The Tiger’s Watch by Julie Ember – Brimming with fantastic ideas but ultimately underdeveloped

Summary:

Sixteen-year-old Tashi has spent their life training as a inhabitor, a soldier who spies and kills using a bonded animal. When the capital falls after a brutal siege, Tashi flees to a remote monastery to hide. But the invading army turns the monastery into a hospital, and Tashi catches the eye of Xian, the regiment’s fearless young commander.

Tashi spies on Xian’s every move. In front of his men, Xian seems dangerous, even sadistic, but Tashi discovers a more vulnerable side of the enemy commander—a side that draws them to Xian.

When their spying unveils that everything they’ve been taught is a lie, Tashi faces an impossible choice: save their country or the boy they’re growing to love. Though Tashi grapples with their decision, their volatile bonded tiger doesn’t question her allegiances. Katala slaughters Xian’s soldiers, leading the enemy to hunt her. But an inhabitor’s bond to their animal is for life—if Katala dies, so will Tashi.

I received a copy from the publisher through Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.

My review:

For a book that boasts a fantastic premise with very needed representation, I was excited to read this book and I was ready to love it. Unfortunately though, I am sad to say that I was a little disappointed by The Tiger’s Watch. I have such mixed feelings about this book too, but I’ll do my best to articulate them all.

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Carry On by Rainbow Rowell – Cute, shippy, nostalgic… but what else is there?

Summary:

Simon Snow is the worst chosen one who’s ever been chosen.

That’s what his roommate, Baz, says. And Baz might be evil and a vampire and a complete git, but he’s probably right.

Half the time, Simon can’t even make his wand work, and the other half, he sets something on fire. His mentor’s avoiding him, his girlfriend broke up with him, and there’s a magic-eating monster running around wearing Simon’s face. Baz would be having a field day with all this, if he were here—it’s their last year at the Watford School of Magicks, and Simon’s infuriating nemesis didn’t even bother to show up.

Carry On is a ghost story, a love story, a mystery and a melodrama. It has just as much kissing and talking as you’d expect from a Rainbow Rowell story—but far, far more monsters.

My review:

Carry On is the sort of book that either works for you, or it doesn’t. I don’t like to describe books using such rigid polarity, but I’ve never seen it more true for any other book.

For me, I unfortunately fall into the latter category; Carry On did not work for me. I, like a few others, just did not get it. I appreciate what fanfiction does and achieves – such as exploring the plethora of potential and possibilities of a given story and its characters. I tried very hard to understand the appeal of this book, tried very hard to find its merits, but the problem is: fanfiction it may be, but Carry On was just not a good story.

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My TBR for #TheReadingQuest (and my own special class!)

Hello friends! I hope you all are having a restful and lovely weekend so far, and I hope you’re enjoying your current reads.

#TheReadingQuest has taken the book community by storm, and I think we can all agree that this is a really exciting event (even more so for me, because video games were my life). The reading challenge is hosted by my dear friend and all-round wonderful person Aentee of Read at MidnightIf you haven’t heard about it yet, be sure to visit the main post and sign up!

I volunteered to draw the character classes for this reading challenge, and I’ve been very honoured by all the kind and lovely comments about my art. Thank you all; I’m glad you like them! 💛

But anyway, today, I’m going to be sharing with you all my TBR (to be read) for this challenge! I think I’ve got some really cool books lined up, so I’m super excited. But before I tell you all what books I’m reading, I want to share my character card!
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What I’m Currently Reading: From superheroes with superpowers to invisible, unsung heroes

Hello friends! I’m so glad it’s the end of the week; I’ve had a pretty rough week, and am ready to leave this week behind and start a new week. I hope you all are well and as excited for the weekend as I am! (Not that I’m doing anything fun. It’s all work work work for me.)

Also, I am taking a break from all my social media for awhile, which includes Twitter and Instagram. I’ve given my passwords to my partner, and I’ll ask for them back when I feel like I’m ready to come back. I am okay. I just need to get away from it all for awhile. I’ll still be updating my blog though, and, who knows, maybe I’ll come back sooner than I anticipate.

To ease into, what I hope will be, a somewhat relaxing weekend, I thought I’d do a relaxing post. So, here’s the second post of my What I’m Reading feature!

What I’m Reading is where, every once in awhile, I’ll share and tell you all about the awesome books that I’m currently reading (and engage in not-so-subtle book-pushing), especially since I read more than one book at a time. I’ll share my thoughts, who recommended this book to me or what review spurred me to pick this up, and other thoughts that spring to mind!

The books I’m reading now are a little different to the books I shared in my previous post (and I’ll briefly share my thoughts on the books I featured last week!) but, I’m quite enjoying them so far. But, I’ll talk a little bit more about them in a bit! Read More »