What an amazing reading month. I think it stemmed from finally finishing my second year of University. I wanted to read all the things and read all the things I did. I had so many 5* reads and June seems to be shaping up just as well. I found a new favourite author in May too...
Lady Audley’s Secret by Mary Elizabeth Braddon
I'm always shocked when I end up really enjoying a 'classic' book. I shouldn't be at this point. It's happening more and more. Lady Audley's Secret is full of mystery, murder and scandal. At least, what was considered a scandal in the Victorian period. Lady Audley is such a complex character you spend most of the book wondering what she's capable of and if she's even aware of it herself. The plot kept me hooked and itching to carrying on reading. I loved it.
Thank you for coming to my Ted Talk. Seriously though, this is vital reading for the Witchlands series. It feeds directly into the next book Bloodwitch and contains reveals for the entire series and plot going forward. It's full of not only amazing prose but diagrams, drawings and so much extra content. It reminded me of Illuminae in that way. Ryber's history was fascinating and to read that along one of the first Sightwitches Eridysi. What an increible book.
This series has all the elements of fantasy that I adore. A huge cast of characters, a complex magic system and sprawling world. Every element is created with such care and attention across the series and when you think that the books couldn't possibly get any better...they do. This book primarily followed Aeduan, the Bloodwitch, and the most intriguing character in my opinion. His background has been a big question throughout the series and we finally got a glimpse into it in this book. All I can say omg. I need the next book.
**I was sent a copy of this in exchange for an honest review**
This was the most amazing ending to a wonderful series and I'm so sad that everything is over. However, I feel like the ending was left open enough that one day we could get more books from this world. It's the sort that never really leaves you satisfied because you will always crave more, like Pringles or jaffa cakes. This series is a tube of Pringles, one is never enough and before you know it you're up to your forearm and your hand is stuck...I think I got carried away with this metaphor. Regardless, what an atmospheric series with a captivating set of characters.
This series, and by proxy Ashley Poston, has my heart. It's equal parts adorable and heartwrenching. It emphasises how you can find not only your people in fandom but also yourself which is perhaps the hardest thing to do. Elle and Darien are two characters you tend to find yourself in the shoes of. Part of fandom that no one really knows, or assumed you know nothing about something you truly love because of who you are. It's amazing.
I loved The Princess and the Fangirl just as much as I loved Geekerella for all the same reasons. And for the cameos characters from the previous book had in this one. It was wonderful, utterly wonderful. What I think The Princess and the Fangirl really exposed was how women playing a character are in such a precarious position. They are either adored or viciously hated and very rarely are they viewed with a benevolent indifference. It's so scary and something that should be talked about. A series of equal parts fluffy and hard hitting.
**I was sent a copy of this book as part of the blog tour**
What a lovely book. It made me smile even whilst touching base on a lot of difficult topics such as displacement, Post Natal Depression and sexual assault. It was grounded but made you sit up and pay attention. I won't be forgetting this book, or it's characters who felt like such fully formed people. It felt like they could be your next door neighbour and you'd never really know.