🏙 City of Bones by Cassandra Clare (★★★★★)
If you saw my August TBR, you’d know that I wanted to finally reread and complete TMI series this month,, and I am so glad I did! This is my fourth reread of City of Bones but I haven’t actually read it since 2014. The nostalgia was so real this time around. I’ve never loved this series as much as TID – not even close – but boy oh boy, did this hit me with all the feels and make me fall in love with Cassie Clare’s books all over again. Without oversharing, the Shadowhunter Chronicles – despite their faults – have changed my life and being back in this world was wonderful.
🥁 The Brightsiders by Jen Wilde (★★★★☆)
I know a lot of people find Wilde’s style a tad too juvenile but her books are so much fun I find it easy to overlook. This book tackled recovering from child abuse and it was just so precious. I adored all of the characters, especially Alfie, and the fact that cast was so queer made my heart melt.
🗡 The Last Namsara by Kristen Ciccarelli (★★☆☆☆)
I heard dragons and came running,, but this was such a disappointment. The world-building was lacklustre and the plot rather dull. Also, master-slave relationships need a lot of nuance and development to be done right – so the fact that the protagonist was pro-slavery until she fell in love with her betrothed’s personal slave made me rather uncomfortable. If this story was narrated by her brother, Dax, this could have been a whole lot better but overall, it wasn’t very memorable.
👩❤️💋👩 I love this part by Tillie Walden (★★★☆☆)
I saw this on the what’s hot table at my library and I couldn’t turn down an interracial wlw graphic novel. The lilac colour scheme was breathtakingly gorgeous but I’m kind of over sad sapphic stories?? Personally. Idk. It didn’t do anything for me.
🏙 City of Ashes by Cassandra Clare (★★★★☆)
I know this series isn’t literary gold but I’m tired of defending my love for it. I like it a lot?? If Clary and Jace were not the mcs, this series would be my bread and butter. I did think there was a lot of waiting around in this sequel and I want more time with the scs but, still good. This is Good Shit. Fight me.
🔎 Goldie Vance, Vol. 1 by Hope Larson & Brittney (★★★★☆) • Review
!! The Nancy Drew-eqsue graphic novel series I have been needing in my life. I had so many people telling me to pick this up and y’all, you were right. I loved every second of this wild ride. It was unputdownable and fun and queer and sassy and gave me Grease x Eloise vibes?? I cannot wait for my hold on the sequels to come in.
🏰 The End of Oz by Danielle Paige (★☆☆☆☆)
Welp. This was beyond disappointing. This series absolutely crashed and burned in the last two books. I can scarcely believe this was the genuine finale. It felt like a quickly scribbled out plot outline for a pitch?? The bare bones were there but God, it was so rushed. It was barely 200 pages and just, a mess. A genuine mess. Dorothy’s narration was a joke.
🧜 Sea Witch by Sarah Henning (★★☆☆☆) • Review
This was my irl book club’s book of the month and one of my most anticipated books of the year. I mean, an Ursula villian origin story?? Please,, but it was decidedly Not Good. A disservice to Ursula fans.
🖌 Blood Water Paint by Joy McCullough (★★★★☆)
Wow. This was my first book in verse. Ever. Unbelievely feminist and powerful. I was made aware of it from the sheer abundance of glowing reviews so I really should have expected more. But wow. I will say that the ending was a little too open for me – it needed something – and some of the passages a little too modern but the writing, God. It’s so poetic and the flow was brilliant. This is an author I will definitely be keeping an eye on and I may even try more verse books?? We’ll see.
🔥 A Million Worlds With You by Claudia Gray (★★★★☆)
This series. It is cheesy and a little much but so. much. fun! I think Ten Thousand Skies Above You is still my fave but this had so many incredible elements. And Paul. Well, really, all the characters. I’m so here for them. I want novellas set in all the different worlds and just more of them. A solid ending to a series I enjoyed so much more than I expected.
🎙 The Backstagers, Vol. 1: Rebels Without Applause by James Tynion IV, Ryan Sygh & Walter Baiamonte (★★★★☆)
I honestly had zero idea this was not a contemporary graphic novels series about theatre nerds. It’s fantasy? The backstage part of their school’s theatre is a magical maze?? But I adored it. The humour was a little off for me, on a personal level, but I hardcore fell for the characters and it was just so sweet and queer. Definitely recommend. Looking forward to picking up more volumes.
👻 The Hollow Boy by Jonathan Stroud (★★★★☆) • Review
This series is so slept on! It is so freaking spooky and twisty. Some of the most solid world-building I have ever had the pleasure to read and a fantastic assembly of characters. Lucy reminds me of Harry in OoTP. I just wish there hadn’t been any needless girl-on-girl hate. And that ending? I’m scared for The Creeping Shadow,, but so ready.
🔮 From the Earth to the Shadows by Amanda Hocking (★★★☆☆)
I don’t have a lot to say about this?? It was decent but not Quality. I genuinely like these sorts of urban fantasies worlds and I am always here for more queer protagonists in sff. But the cons definitely outweighed the pros in this. Hocking’s writing style grated my nerves for all 500+ pages.
🗑 The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up by Marie Kondo (★★☆☆☆)
I cannot even explain my reaction to this book. I have so many thoughts, I think I’ll need to do a proper review. But look, it was not what I expected and also kind of exactly what I thought it would be. It’s silly… but I cannot lie and pretend it didn’t spark – lol *gags* – an intense change of mindset in me that made me not just declutter my house but redecorate/reoutfit my room and literally change my entire fucking lifestyle so. I’m a hypocrite and don’t know what else to say.
🔮 Harry Potter & the Philosopher’s Stone by J.K. Rowling (★★★★★)
I reread this HP series for the first time in five or so years at the end of 2017,, but, for some reason, I started the reread at Prisoner of Azkaban?? Anyway, I bought myself a new edition for my bday and decided to reread it for the ninth time. It was probably the first time reading it that I felt like I got it, though. I don’t know. Something about Harry as a character really cut to my core when I reread OotP last year and this reread hit me with a new intensity. I obviously adore the series, despite its fault and its creator, but this time it really, truly cemented Harry Potter into the core of who I am. Dramatic, I know.
🏙 City of Glass by Cassandra Clare (★★★☆☆)
*unpopular opinion alert* This is my least favourite of the series so far. There was more of a focus on the romance than before, which I give zero fucks about, I’m not gonna lie, and it dragged my interest right down. Too much of what happened felt – somehow – both like a filler sequel and a finale and I just didn’t enjoy nearly as much as City of Bones or City of Ashes.
🏙 City of Fallen Angels by Cassandra Clare (★★★★☆)
,, now that is more like it! *most unpopular opinion of all time alert*: I ship Simon and Jace. Like not even in a that’d-be-cute way. It’s my hill to die on. They have so much chemistry?? And genuinely have a connection. Unlike Clary and Jace who seem to be together because…?? Plus, it’d be hate-to-friends-to-more. Anyway. At this point, I am just so invested in all of the secondary characters that this was a pleasure to read.
What did you get up to this month? Did you read any five-star new faves?? Let me know 😊