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Books I read in March

Hey people! I trust everyone is self-isolating whether happily(us introverts), or not(the extroverts). Either way, stay home and read and stuff I guess, such as this post, where I wrap up the books I read in March and all the recommendations that come with, alongside the books I disliked as well. Most these books are fantasy, or at least contain fantasy elements, whether they are adult or YA, with 10 of them fantasises, 3 sci-fis, 1 contemporary and 1 classic, for a total for 15 books. Yeah, I read a lot, I know, but there is not much else to do right to be honest. 

Title: Archenemies(Renegades #2)

Author: Marissa Meyer

Genre: YA/Sci-fi

Book size: Large for YA

Thoughts: I didn’t enjoy this one as much as book one and found that it suffered a bit from middle book syndrome. Nonetheless, it was fun to read.

Recommended for: Anyone needing a fun superhero series.

Final rating: 5.5/10

 

Title: Supernova(Renegades #3)

Author: Marissa Meyer

Genre: YA/Sci-fi

Book size: Still large for YA

Thoughts: This was by far the best book in the series and shows that the author is probably better at writing endings than beginnings. 

Recommended for: Fans of the first two books.

Final rating: 7.5/10

 

Title: Red Rising(Red Rising #1)

Author: Pierce Brown

Genre: Sci/fi

Book size: Pretty normal

Thoughts: I was fairly disappointed and really didn’t like how the author would tell the reader events instead of showing us them.

Recommended for: People wanting a sci-fi set on Mars and deals with inequality in the future.

Final rating: 5.5/10

 

Title: Falling Kingdoms

Author: Morgan Rhodes

Genre: Fantasy/YA

Book size: Small for fantasy, normal for most other genres.

Thoughts: This was literally a mush of all the stereotypical fantasy elements and had cases of instalove and the dialogue just felt a bit off to me.

Recommended for: People wanting a series that has been called the YA Game of Thrones.

Final rating: 3/10

 

Title: The Traitor’s Game

Author: Jennifer Neilsen

Genre: Fantasy/YA

Book size: Normal

Thoughts: Ehh, yeah nah. I didn’t like this at all really. The characters were really ehh, the worldbuilding was like not there and no, it wasn’t good.

Recommended for: Why would you want to put yourself through this?

Final rating: 1.5/10

 

Title: The Light Fantastic(Discworld #2)

Author: Terry Pratchett

Genre: Fantasy/Absurdist

Book size: Small

Thoughts: I quite liked this and just like book 1 it remained very weird and absurd, which was expected

Recommended for: People needing a bit of a weird fantasy for a change.

Final rating: 6/10

 

Title: Stormdancer(The Lotus War #1)

Author: Jay Kristoff

Genre: Fantasy/Steampunk/YA

Book size: Normalish?

Thoughts: I liked it, though it was not as good as some of the other books by Kristoff, which is understandable since this is his debut and it was also fairly predictable.

Recommended for: People wanting a steampunk Japanese inspired fantasy.

Final rating: 6/10

 

Title: Wuthering Heights

Author: Emily Brontë

Genre: Classic

Book size: Normal.

Thoughts: It’s very slow and all the characters are written to be very hatable.

Recommended for: Anyone that wants to read a very popular classic.

Final rating: 6/10

 

Title: Fire and Blood

Author: George R.R Martin

Genre: Epic Fantasy/Adult

Book size: VERY VERY BIG

Thoughts: I liked it, yet it reads as a history textbook and it didn’t have the appeal to me as A Song of Ice and Fire.

Recommended for: If anyone wants to learn about more of the history of Westeros.

Final rating: 5.5/10

 

Title: The Rage of Dragons

Author: Evan Winter

Genre: Epic Fantasy

Book size: Pretty large

Thoughts: Wow, yeah this was great. It’s been getting lots of attention in the fantasy community recently and I think it is absolutely deserved.

Recommended for: For anybody wanting an original military African inspired fantasy.

Final rating: 9.5/10

 

Title: Infinity Son

Author: Adam Silvera

Genre:  Urban Fantasy/YA

Book size: On the smaller side of normal but still normal I guess.

Thoughts: As a fantasy fan, this was hot garbage. Worldbuilding was not there, the plot was all over the place and the characters, I mean, what even where the characters?

Recommended for: Anyone wanting a YA ‘fantasy’ although, not recommended to fantasy fans.

Final rating: DNF – 1/10

 

Title: The Surprising Power of a Good Dumpling

Author: Wai Chim

Genre: Contemporary/YA

Book size: Normal for YA

Thoughts: I really enjoyed this one and found myself being able to relate to lots of things in the book, yet also gave me other perspectives on growing able as a Asian-Aussie.

Recommended for: Anyone looking for a diverse book by a diverse Australian author.

Final rating: 9/10

 

Title: Call Down the Hawk(Dreamer Trilogy #1)

Author: Maggie Stiefvater

Genre: Paranormal/Fantasy/YA

Book size: Definitely on the larger side for YA.

Thoughts: I really liked this and love the characters and the author’s writing style. The plot is a bit loose yet everything makes sense by the end.

Recommended for: Fans of the Raven Cycle and Ronan Lynch

Final rating: 9/10

 

Title: Blood of Elves(Witcher #1)

Author: Andrzej Sapkowski

Genre: Epic fantasy/adult

Book size: Very small for Epic fantasy, but normal for most other genres.

Thoughts: I was surprised at the fact that most of the book is just dialogue, with very little descriptions, which is weird for fantasy. However, I really enjoyed it for the part and the characters were awesome.

Recommended for: Either fans of the show, or games, or anybody wanting to try out a fantasy that has been translated from Polish.

Final rating: 8/10

 

Title: The Time of Contempt(Witcher #2)

Author: Andrzej Sapowski

Genre: Epic fantasy/adult

Book size: Again, very small for epic fantasy, yet normal for like every other genre.

Thoughts: I really loved this, even more so than book 1 and really liked at how things rapidly came together, and then there is Geralt and Yennefer, which is just like, ahh!

Recommended for: Fantasy fans needing a book that has been translated.

Final rating: 9/10

So umm, yeah, those are all the books I read and finished or DNF’d this month. The month did start sort of weak the in the books that I liked, yet ended quite strongly with lots of books I really loved reading, most of which were fantasy. What can I say, I love myself some good fantasy. Well, until next month everyone, which granted, is tomorrow, but also often I post as well. Take care everyone!

4 comments

inky State Library Victoria

Wow! Good reading! I've only read four books this month! And it feels like it has been the longest month in history!
Love your review of Wuthering Heights (totally agree!). Thanks for the tip on Traitor's Game - why would I want to put myself through it? HA! And as for Infinity Son -it took 10 years to write that hot garbage!!! But I defer to your expertise in all things fantasy. Glad you found some top notch reading for March.

31st Mar, 20
zitongbooks

Yeah, March just, kept on going forever and forever. I know that Infinity Son took ten years to write, but it honestly felt more like a contemporary novel, with its loose plot and minimal world building, which is what Silvera is better known for writing. One of the major plot elements was growing a YouTube channel of all things. And thanks, I did find some really good book this month :)

31st Mar, 20
sekhmet

I read ONE of those books - The Surprising Power of a Good Dumpling, definitely agree, I loved it.

2nd Apr, 20
inky State Library Victoria

Yes that one is getting lots of good reviews!

3rd Apr, 20