Today I’m doing a slightly different edition of Mini Reviews, where I will be writing a wrap up of what I read for Series Crackdown Readathon , with short reviews of some of the books.
Series Crackdown is a readathon run by Mel @TheBookMoo and is dedicated to finish off series books that have been sitting on your TBR. Each night there are reading sprints, and there are prompts that you can complete if you want to. This round took place between 14th and 23rd February. It’s always my favourite readathon to take part in, because Mel is very chill about it and frequently lets me bend the rules (the first two rounds I took part in, I didn’t read a single series book). This time, I managed to read a book for each prompt.
Books Read – 8
Pages Read – 3115
Prompts Completed – 8
First Book in a Series – Three Dark Crowns by Kendare Blake. I absolutely loved this one, and regretted having put off reading it for so long. I instantly went out and bought the other three books in this series and will be doing a series review of them when I have finished.
Sequel – Muse of Nightmares by Laini Taylor. This is the sequel to Strange the Dreamer, which I read and loved when it was first published. I’ve had Muse sat on my shelf since publication day, and Series Crackdown gave me the kick I needed to pick it up. This was the one book I wanted to complete during this readathon. I was really intrigued to see how Laini would make this work given Sarai’s death at the end of book one. Sarai is still there, as is Lazlo and the two are falling for each other hard. I loved the development of their relationship and Sarai working through her feelings about being dead and how that changes things for her. My favourite parts of this book were where we learn more about Minya, and about what happened in the Citadel Nursery. This was absolutely stunning and I’m so glad I read it.
Gathering Dust On Your Shelf – Anansi Boys by Neil Gaiman. This has been sat on my shelf for the longest time and I have no excuse for not reading it sooner. I thoroughly enjoyed it, far more than I’d anticipated, and will be reviewing it next week as part of my Mini Reviews: Series Beginnings post.
Includes A Map – One Dark Throne by Kendare Blake. The second in the Dark Crowns series. This one was much darker, but just as gripping. I’ll be sharing more of my thoughts in the series review.
Recommended By A Friend – Language of Thorns by Leigh Bardugo. How stunning is this book though? That cover is enough reason to love it; fortunately the stories and illustrations inside are just as beautiful. The stories are all dark and twisted fairytales, which are my very favourite kind. It’s not necessary to have read the Grishaverse novels first, I hadn’t; many of the stories are familiar to us from our own fairy tales. My personal favourites in the collection were: The Witch of Duva, which has many similarities to Hansel and Gretel, but with some killer twists and a refreshing new perspective; and Little Knife, in which a king offers his daughter’s hand to the man who can perform best in his tasks, one man tries to control the water to do his bidding and help him win, and this goes well for neither of them; the princess however, gets the very best ending. All the stories in this collection are marvellous, and I’d recommend it to any lover of dark fairytales.
Fantasy – Viper’s Daughter by Michelle Paver. I read this on the day it was sent to me by the publishers and reviewed it in a recent edition of Mini Reviews, which you can read here.
Read With A Warm Drink – What Could Possibly Go Wrong? by Jodi Taylor. This is the sixth book in the Chronicles of St Mary’s series. It’s hard to explain, but it’s sort of historians actually travel back in time to collect important information and keep getting themselves into sticky situations. If I believed in guilty pleasure reads, these would be mine. I just love them. They’re quick reads, fast-paced and a lot of fun, interspersed with brilliant characters and a lot of history. This book sees Max take on some trainees and try not to break them. I howled with laughter. As someone who delivers training for a living, I could get on board with a lot of Max’s feelings. There are some difficult scenes, like the trainees watching the death of Joan of Arc, and some awful secrets come to light and unsettle everything I knew. I’d forgotten hoe much I loved these books and I’ll definitely be reading more of them soon.
5 Star Author – Heartstopper Volume 3 by Alice Oseman. Oh how I adore Nick and Charlie. I am going to be reviewing this one in full in the next few weeks when I have collected my thoughts beyond screaming fangirling. Suffice it to say this is a 5* read from a 5* author.
Do you take part in Series Crackdown? Have you read any of the books on my list? Which series is still sitting on your TBR waiting to be read?