top ten tuesday

Top Ten Tuesday – Bookish Characters

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly feature hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl. This week’s topic is: Bookish Characters (these are characters who are readers, writers or librarians). I always like reading about bookish characters because you can instantly relate to them on some level.

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Nesta – ACOTAR #4 by Sarah J. Maas
Mera – Shadow Beast Shifters series by Jaymin Eve
Vanessa – Message Not Found by Dante Medema (I was sent an arc of this book by the publisher)
Robin – The Guild Codex: Demonized series by Annette Marie
Lou – A Sky Painted Gold by Laura Wood

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Claire – The Library of the Unwritten by A.J. Hackwith
Elisabeth – Sorcery of Thorns by Margaret Rogerson
Lundy – In An Absent Dream (Wayward Children #4) by Seanan McGuire
Tessa – The Infernal Devices series by Cassandra Clare
Will – The Infernal Devices series by Cassandra Clare

Have you read any of these books?

top ten tuesday

Top Ten Tuesday – Books With Flowers On the Cover

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly feature hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl. This week’s topic is: Books With ___ On the Cover. I decided to go with books with flowers on the cover because it’s springtime and flowers match well with this season.

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Crave (Crave #1) by Tracy Wolff
Redemptor (Raybearer #2) by Jordan Ifueko
The Once and Future Witches by Alix E. Harrow
The Light Between Worlds by Laura Weymouth
The Square Root of Summer by Harriet Reuter Hapgood

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All the Bright Places by Jennifer Niven
Darkest Mercy (Wicked Lovely #5) by Melissa Marr
New Moon (The Twilight Saga #2) by Stephenie Meyer
King of Battle and Blood (Adrian X Isolde #1) by Scarlett St. Clair
Champion (Legend #3) by Marie Lu

Have you read any of these books?

top ten tuesday

Top Ten Tuesday – Books With an Adjective In the Title

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly feature hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl. This week’s topic is: Books With an Adjective In the Title. This was an interesting topic and I had fun picking out the books for it.

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A Strange Hymn (The Bargainer #2) by Laura Thalassa
Dangerous Remedy (Battalion of the Dead #1) by Kat Dunn
Montrous Design (Battalion of the Dead #2) by Kat Dunn
The Cursed Sea (The Glass Spare #2) by Lauren DeStefano
The Cruel Prince (The Cruel Prince #1) by Holly Black

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More Happy Than Not by Adam Silvera
Dark Lover (Black Dagger Brotherhood #1) by J.R. Ward
Wicked Lovely (Wicked Lovely #1) by Melissa Marr
The Long Way to a Small Angry Planet by Becky Chambers
Dark Arts and a Daiquiri (The Guild Codex: Spellbound #2) by Annette Marie

Have you read any of these books?

book review

Book Review: Redemptor (Raybearer #2) by Jordan Ifueko

redemptorBook: Redemptor
Series: Raybearer #2
Author: Jordan Ifueko
Age & Genre: YA fantasy

For the first time, an Empress Redemptor sits on Aritsar’s throne. To appease the sinister spirits of the dead, Tarisai must now anoint a council of her own, coming into her full power as a Raybearer. She must then descend into the Underworld, a sacrifice to end all future atrocities.

Tarisai is determined to survive. Or at least, that’s what she tells her increasingly distant circle of friends. Months into her shaky reign as empress, child spirits haunt her, demanding that she pay for past sins of the empire.

With the lives of her loved ones on the line, assassination attempts from unknown quarters, and a handsome new stranger she can’t quite trust . . . Tarisai fears the pressure may consume her. But in this finale to the Raybearer duology, Tarisai must learn whether to die for justice . . . or to live for it.

My Rating: 5 STARS

My Review:

After reading and loving Raybearer, Redemptor became one of my most anticipated book releases and I’m so glad that I ended up loving it too and now these books are some of my favourite books.

I loved Redemptor just as much as Raybearer. In the beginning of Redemptor something happens that affects Tarisai mentally and ends up causing Tarisai a lot of guilt and pain. We see her struggle throughout Redemptor as she blames herself for things she has no control over which takes her down a dark path and leaves her vulnerable. It was hard to read Tarisai doubting herself since we see how much of a good person she is.

At the end of Raybearer we were told about Tarisai needing a new council and I didn’t know if I’d like that since I really love the group she already is a part of. I love how much of a close bond she has with her fellow raybearers. So I didn’t know how I would feel with Tarisai making her own council but I love how the author made the new bonds Tarisai made feel special without making her original raybearer family feel anything less.

Redemptor is such an amazing sequel and ending to Raybearer. I enjoyed every moment of reading this book and I love the themes of it. Tarisai’s journey from being a lonely child with almost no family to growing up and finding a family while also at the same time leading her people and trying to fix the injustice throughout the world of Raybearer was beautifully told. I love how she was true to herself and treated people with kindness.

Overall I loved Redemptor, I loved the storytelling and how you can really feel the message of the story throughout the author’s writing and how she expresses Tarisai’s story. This book was full of beautiful quotes just like the first one and I am so glad I read this duology.

Favourite Books

My Favourite Books of 2021

I really like going over my year of reading and reflecting on what books were my favourite throughout the year. These books are not in any particular order but they are all books I loved and gave five stars too.

Raybearer & Redemptor by Jordan Ifueko

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I loved reading this duology and I thought the world and characters were amazing. The writing completely enraptured me and I think the author is a wonderful storyteller.

A Kingdom of Flesh and Fire and The Crown of Gilded Bones (Blood and Ash #2 & #3) by Jennifer L. Armentrout

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I liked From Blood and Ash but I definitely liked these two books more. I loved how the relationship develops between Poppy and Casteel in these books and I really enjoyed seeing Poppy grow more.

Reclaimed (Shadow Beast Shifters #2) by Jaymin Eve

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I read the first and third book of this series in 2021 too but Reclaimed is my favourite of them. I grew more attached to Mera in this book and liked seeing her and Shadow together.

The House in the Cerulean Sea by T.J. Klune

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I loved the themes of this book and how it had such deep topics mixed with such a whimsical story. I really liked reading about the characters and I’m excited to read more books by this author.

A Court of Silver Flames (ACOTAR #4) by Sarah J. Maas

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I was so surprised at how much I grew to love Nesta in this book. Reading about her struggles really made me feel differently towards her and I loved how Sarah J Maas writes her characters and makes you love them so completely.

Chain of Iron (The Last Hours #2) by Cassandra Clare

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I enjoyed the first book in this series but I loved this one even more. The tension between the characters really ramped up and I loved their interactions with each other in this book.

A Song of Wraiths and Ruin (A Song of Wraiths and Ruin #1) by Roseanne A. Brown

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I was so captivated by the plot of this book and I really enjoyed reading about the characters and their choices. I loved Malik’s pov the most and really liked how anxiety played a big part in Malik’s life, it was nice to see that included in a fantasy story.

Sorcery of Thorns by Margaret Rogerson

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I liked the world the author created in this book with there being great libraries full of books that have their own personalities. I loved the characters and how all got along with each other.

Leviathan Wakes & Caliban’s War (The Expanse #1 & #2) by James S.A. Corey

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I started The Expanse series in 2021 and I’m really loving the books so far. I knew I would at least like them since I’ve already watched the tv series of The Expanse and loved that. This series (both the tv show and books) are so action packed and fast paced with such intriguing plots.

A Dowry of Blood by S.T. Gibson

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I loved how lyrical the writing of this book was and how captivating the story was. It’s told in a letter format from Constanta to her vampire creator and is such a beautifully written story that really makes you think.

Cemetery Boys by Aiden Thomas

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I think this is such a perfect autumn read and I really loved it. I loved reading about Yadrial and Julian’s interactions with each other and I really liked their romance.

What are some of your most favourite books that you read in 2021?

most anticipated books

Most Anticipated Book Releases of November 2021

These are all the books releasing in November that I’m most excited for. Book release dates can sometimes change so these are meant to be releasing in November as of writing this post.

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A Psalm of Storms and Silence (A Song of Wraiths and Ruin #2) by Roseanne A. Brown

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A Rush of Wings by Laura E. Weymouth

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Gilded by Marissa Meyer

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With Dagger and Song (Curse of the Cyren Queen #2) by Helen Scheuerer

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King of Battle and Blood by Scarlett St. Clair

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All of Us Villains by Amanda Foody and Christine Lynn Herman

What books releasing in November are you most excited about?