It’s no secret that I have a hard time following a TBR, or a challenge for that matter. I’d say that I don’t know why I keep making lists of books to read, but it’d be a lie : I love planning, okay? Doing what I’ve planned is another story altogether, but oh well. *shrugs* Yet I’m glad to announce that I’ve managed to read two books for this challenge so far, which given that I started the challenge in March, is a good news, lmao.
⫸ Let’s take a took at the books I’ve read, those I’ve started and what I intend to read next!
- Legendborn by Tracy Deonn : ★★★★★ | Read my review | I fell in love with the world and the characters (especially Bree and Selwyn) and it’s fair to say that I’m obsessed with this book! I’ve read it at the beginning of the week and since then it’s been really hard to read anything else *hides* Highly recommended.
- Trail of Lightning by Rebecca Roanhorse : ★★★★✩ | CW : Past Abusive relationship (including grooming), gore, graphic violence, graphic deaths, gun violence, body violence, death of loved one | My relationship with Urban Fantasy is often of a one-night-stand quality : I enjoy them when they’re done well, but they never stay with me. Will Trail of Lightning make a liar out of me, though? Maybe – and the hope behind that single word should tell you everything you need to know. The Native mythology is fascinating, the pacing great and I really enjoy Rebecca Roanhorse’s writing. It’s so full of action that when the emotion took me, I was shell shocked. The importance of belonging and of family is so patent that it’s impossible not to feel deeply for Maggie in her quest. Moreover, I loved Maggie and Kai’s grumpy/sunshine dynamics – Maggie being the grump, of course. If Maggie is my favorite, I really enjoyed getting to know Kai as a character, too. Because you know that I love grumps with a heart of gold, but you know who I love even more? Sunshine characters who hide their scars under a flashy grin. It’s like catnip for me. I did have issues with the way Maggie’s worth seemed shaped by the male gaze – it’s prevalent in UF in my opinion, and one reason why I never seem to love them – but the ending satisfied me in that regard, so I’m feeling hopeful for the sequel.
- Phoenix Extravagant by Yoon Ha Lee : I’ve been slowly making progress with this one, not because it’s bad – I like it so far – but because sometimes, I need to read a novel by little chunks, you know? Within its pages, it offers a very interesting reflection on imperialism and its consequences for the colonized. Gyen Jebi, the main character, finds themselves torn between their family and their need to survive, and the utter violence of that impossible choice, narrated in such a matter-of-fact, quiet way is truly heart-breaking.
- Nubia : Real One by L. L. McKinney : I’ve just started this one and I’m looking forward spending my afternoon following Nubia’s adventures!
Since I’ve read Legendborn my attention is all over the place so what better than jump into a novella and savor short stories? I’ve just got those two and I cannot wait to start them!