March was a weird month, I had hardy any lectures but an awful lot to do, somehow I still had a rather great reading month! I got through quite a few books I had been sent for review and finally after being pushed by my friend Ali read The Bear and The Nightingale by Katherine Arden. I hope April is as good a reading month...
4. The Bear and the Nightingale by Katherine Arden
This series is now among my favourites. The Bear and the Nightingale is the first in the Winternight trilogy and my does it start the series with a bang. Set in medieval Russia, Vasya has always been able to see the benign spirits that dwell in the stables, the bath houses and the hearth. A fact that makes her an outsider...not that she cared. I love how whimsical this series was whilst still managing to maintain a really dark and gritty feel.
I have a full review for The Bear and the Nightingale here.
I didn't think I could love this series any more than I already did. I read this and I was wrong. Vasya grew so much as a character but still remained true to her beliefs. There were more characters introduced from other Russian folklore and new characters in general. I loved them all. They were so complex and interesting, even though many didn't get a great deal of page time. I need the next book in this series now!
I have a full review for The Girl in the Tower here.
I will forever be thanking Fi for finally making me read this series. The Illuminae Files is like no other series. Rather than traditional prose it's told through a series of letters, IM's and dossiers. Somehow the personalities of the characters are even more vibrant. This is simply a phenomenal series and a huge thank-you to Rock the Boat for sending Obsidio* over. This is one of the most incredible series finales I've ever read.
You can find the Goodreads page for Obsidio* here.
Every Heart A Doorway by Seanan McGuire
I'd heard so much about this series, it was all over the blogging and Youtube community. I was a little sceptical because of how polarising this book seemed but I loved it. It's whimsical whilst still managing to be very dark. I think Tim Burton would make an incredible film out of this book! The characters are vivid and the plot is so action packed for such a short book. I need the next two now!
A huge thank-you to Hot Key for sending this lovely book over! This book hit me right in the feels, it's so wonderful but so so bitter sweet. Think If I Stay and the Lovely Bones for a comparison. Lily wakes up alone in a road, looks across to see herself bent at odd angles...quickly she realises she's dead. But not only is she dead but she's the victim of a hit and run and can't yet pass over. Definite trigger warnings for grief but it was handled beautifully.
This was such a cute little graphic novel. From the creator of The Bunny Suicides comes Puppy Vs. Kitten, two pets that just don't have a clue. There isn't a plot to this. It's just a book of cute little scenes with animals. Being an animal lover I'm a big fan. Thank-you to Hodder for sending this cutie over!
I did well with reading review copies this month... another thank-you to the lovely Piccadilly Press for sending this book across. Oh and thanks for making me weep. I was a mess reading this book. If anyone ever tells you children's book are only for children get rid. You don't need that kind of negativity in your life. This is such a beautiful but heartbreaking book.