I started off the month by finishing Children of Blood and Bone by Tomi Adeyemi. In this book, magic has been gone for eleven years and, with its disappearance, the king of Orïsha took the chance to murder all adult maji, leaving only their children. Their white hair marks them as divîners, maji without magic, and makes them a target for oppression, discrimination and even enslavement. Zélie, the main character, is a divîner. Her mother was killed during the Raid, along with numerous other maji, leaving Zélie, Tzain, her brother, and their father alone. When an escaping princess asks Zélie for help, she reluctantly agrees. The princess Amari has run away from the castle with a very important scroll and, when Zélie touches it, she feels the magic in her veins. After that, Zélie, Amari and Tzain embark on a dangerous journey to bring magic back to Orïsha. I was not expecting to enjoy this book, to be honest. I knew about the hype but had also heard mixed reviews, which made me hesitate to pick it up. The truth is that I’m glad I did it. I loved this book! It was fast-paced and the story kept me reading. Even though it is fairly big, I feel like I flew through it. I recommend it.
After that, I read Amelia Anne is Dead and Gone by Kat Rosenfield. This was a huge disappointment. I was expecting some kind of murder mystery but that was only the background. The book focused on Becca, a girl who lives in a small town but wants to leave it as soon as she can. But, when Amelia’s dead body appears on the side of the road, she starts to reconsider her decision. I didn’t care for Becca at all, which made the book completely boring. I actually liked the few chapters from the point of view of Amelia Anne but they were so scarce they didn’t save the book at all. The person who killed her was jokingly easy to guess, which made me dislike the book even more. Even though it was fairly quick to read, it wasn’t good so I don’t recommend it.
Next, I read Major League, which is the fifth volume of Chew, a graphic novel series by John Layman. This whole series centres around Tony Chu, a cibopath, which means that, when he eats something, he can tell where it came from, how it grew, and how it was harvested. He joins the F. D. A. and we follow his adventures from there. I had not read Chew for a while and it felt good to come back to the series.
Finally, I read Shore of the Dying Light which is the third volume of Low by Rick Remender. I really enjoy this series. I’ve talked about it on my blog but I feel like the main character, Stel, is completely different from what I’m used to. When her daughters were kidnapped and her husband killed, she was left alone with her son, Marik, who was heartbroken by the news. They fell apart in the following years but, when Stel detects a probe with proof on another habitable planet, Marik and her set out on a journey to retrieve it.
I started off the month by posting my review of the first volume of Low, The Delirium of Hope. I already talked about this series above but feel free to check out my review here.
After that, I posted my review of the Book Club Book of the Month, The Labyrinth Wall by Emilyann Girdner. In this book, we follow Araina, a Mahk living inside the Labyrinth. When Darith and her see a man passing through one of the walls and being arrested shortly after, they begin a journey to save him and escape the labyrinth. This book was easy to read but not at all mindblowing. The story and the characters were nothing out of the ordinary but it was still enjoyable to read. If you want to know more, check out my review here.
Next, I continued posting my reviews of Bookburners (link).
After that, I posted my reviews of Chew, which I’ve already mentioned above.
Finally, I posted my June Book Haul.
Books added to my TBR
The first book I added to my TBR this month was The Seven Deaths of Evelyn Hardcastle by Stuart Turton. This book came out in February and it seems to be quite interesting. From what I can gather, Evelyn Hardcastle is murdered and the day keeps repeating itself until the murderer is discovered. I had heard of this book before but only now did I finally check out the synopsis and, guess what, I’m really looking forward to reading it someday.
Then, I added Relic by Alan Dean Foster. This book comes out in August and it is about the last human. It sounds interesting and I haven’t seen a lot of science fiction books featuring the last member of humanity, so I want to read it.
Let me know in the comments which books you read this month and which ones are you planning on reading next!