I really need to find an actual name for these book reviews…
Can you believe there are only 41 more weeks to go this year? I can’t. Seriously! I also read another five books in the last month. (Whoop. Whoop.) My aim this year is to not only read 50 books but to also read as diversely as possible and I’m on the path to doing that. All five authors read this month were women, incredibly talented women! Romance is a genre that I have been reading for years and I absolutely love it. I’m surprised it’s taken me this long to dive back into it this year.
Here we go.
- Stars Above by Marissa Meyer
Stars Above is a short story anthology in the Lunar Chronicles Series by Marissa Meyer. I am a huge fan of the series and have been since the very first book, Cinder. The entire series is a retelling of fairy tales is a dystopian Earth where Earthens colonized the Moon millennia ago. Each book in the series follows an incredibly well written and diverse female protagonists. The short stories are a continuation of their stories and its absolutely brilliant to read. My favourite of short story in the anthology has to be Something Old, Something New. If you loved the series you will love this anthology!
- The Duchess War by Courtney Milan
I have a thing for regency romance novels, I don’t know why, I don’t know how it started, but I do. (I kind of blame Pride and Prejudice.) This is the first Courtney Milan novel I have read and it was a really highly enjoyable read. The one thing that I absolutely strive for when I read regency romance novels is a female protagonist that is allowed to explore all aspects human emotions, and the Minerva Lane does all of that. Equally, the male protagonist, Robert Blaisdell, character receives the same treatment. You see why each character is the way they are and how they came to be in the situation they are in. You see their struggle, not only in their relationship, but in the greater world as well. The two of them have a beautiful love story. This book sits alongside some of my favourite regency romance novels.
- The Countess Conspiracy by Courtney Milan
This is the third book in the Brothers Sinister series, which The Duchess War was the second in, and it’s just as good. I find with a lot of regency romance novel series that you don’t specifically need to read them in order or have to read all of them to get the full scope. Each book is capable of standing on their own and that goes for both The Duchess War and The Countess Conspiracy. The female protagonist in this novel is Violet Waterfield, by day she is a widowed Countess and by night she is a scientist that is changing how human beings understand genetics. She’s pretty awesome. Sebastian Malheur, who is the male protagonist, has been lifelong friends with Violet and has been publishing her scientific work under his name for years. Sebastian wants to dissolve this farce and Violet does not. Sebastian is also in love with Violet and has been for a while. The push and pull between these two characters is really what makes the novel awesome. Courtney Milan has definitely hooked me with these two novels and I’ll definitely be checking out her backlist.
- Beautiful Boss by Christina Lauren
This is a novella and the ninth book in the Beautiful series and continues the story of Will and Hanna from the fifth book Beautiful Player. I’ve enjoyed all the characters from the series but Will and Hanna have been my two favourite, there is just something about the two of them that just draws me in. I loved reading this book. It addressees the questions of what happens after you get married, how to be in a successful partnership, and how to share a life when you have two brilliant scientific minds who both have careers in different but highly pressurized fields. It also has some A+ horizontal shuffle scenes as well. If you’ve enjoyed the other novels in the series this book won’t disappoint.
- The Left Hand of Darkness by Ursula Le Guin
This is the first Ursula Le Guin novel that I have read and I was overly excited to start reading it. Le Guin describes in the introduction to the book that the story she is about to tell is a thought experiment and she’s not wrong. To me it was a thought experiment, which is probably why it took me so long to finish reading the book. An abundance of issues are explored in the book, gender being a largest one. How you see gender and how it informs your outlook on the world is explored. Topics of alienation and intimacy, differences and similarities, love and friendship, are all discussed. Ultimately, the book is about what it is to be human and unapologetically so. If you haven’t read this book, please do. It’s a little cerebral at the beginning but it definitely grows on you.
I’ll be posting these small reviews after every fifth book I read this year. If you’re interested in seeing what I am reading at the moment then check out my Twitter for the latest update.
Currently reading: When Breath Becomes Air by Paul Kalanithi