Updated: Apr 30
I bought an e-reader and it has opened a whole world of prolific reading for me. If you enjoy the Bookend episodes of The Alchemist's Inkwell podcast, you can find out a little more about which books I've read this month and how I rate them here. You can also grab a copy AND support indie bookstores using the links provided for each book!
A librarian takes on the aristocracy and an evil archon with the help of a sorcerer, a demon/cat, and a few sentient grimoires.
I loved the concept, liked the characters, but I needed more time with them. Apparently, there's now a novella that scratches this itch and I look forward to reading it!
A scholar with a special interest in Faerie lore gets caught up in her own too-real fairytale as she tries to finish her encyclopedia and earn tenure at her university.
This is such an accurate depiction of dealing with the fey as well as a well-written autistic coded character accommodating themselves in their own way and finding the people who appreciate and accept them for who they are.
This one made it on the shelf!
An Undertaker and a Warden bust the aristocracy and overcome childhood traumas in a mythological You've Got Mail love story that makes you rethink the tragic beauty of death.
I love the plot more than the characters. That being said, the world is extremely intricate and well-built. The characters felt more written as they went than intentionally created.
Two frenemy apprentices must join forces to save their mentors and challenge unfair circumstances in their world.
I love this and looked forward to every opportunity to read it. The characters were fun and relatable. The plot was great, and I wish I could read it again for the first time.
This one also made it on the shelf!
A nun and a revenant spirit team up to save their land from ancient grudges and uncover hints of the deeper truth behind the divine hierarchy of their world.
As with A Sorcery of Thorns, the world was incredible and I wish I had more time with it and with the characters. It does seem like this may eventually get a sequel, but the story stands well on its own as well!
With May now approaching, I will be spending even more time on airplanes traveling to NORWAC and then to Greece in early June, so look forward to several new books then!
(Full disclosure: I will also be losing myself in Legend of Zelda: Tears of the Kingdom, but video games are stories too so I'll include it in my May review!)
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