I won’t be talking about the summary because that would spoil things for those of you who haven’t read Truthwitch yet. I hope that this review will convince you to go pick up a copy of the first book in The Witchlands series if you were on the fence before.
Last year I really enjoyed Truthwitch, yes I had a little trouble getting into it at first but only because there was so much going on in this beautiful, diverse new world. And by the swoony dance scene a few chapters in I was 100% invested! After reading the second book I can tell you that Dennard has a firm grip on this world and how it works. The story takes place in three different landscapes and each one is painted so vividly that I see it, feel it, and smell it (which was unfortunate at times – you’ll have to read it to know what I mean). It takes a masterful hand to deliver a complex, vivid new world to a reader without overwhelming them and I can’t wait to explore it more in book three! There are so many incredible places to visit and new creatures to run into, the witchlands is quickly becoming one of my new favorite fantasy worlds.
In the second book in the witchlands series the characters are separated and so we read from five points of view throughout. I find that MPOV is hit or miss and this was a hit! I was never confused or forgot who I was reading about because each character had such a distinct voice. I really enjoyed the way that some of the characters stories overlapped and influenced one another and I hope that continues as the series does. That being said, I favor some of the characters and couldn’t wait to get back to their chapters! (Sorry Merik) That is not a criticism of the authors writing though just my personal preferences. In fact, I had no dislikes when it comes to the characters. Each of them faced a different struggle both internally and externally and I felt that the author managed to maintain each character’s integrity throughout. I would imagine it can be hard to stay true to each character’s nature when switching back and forth but Dennard did it without a hitch. I personally related to Iseult the most, there is a moment around page 260 that just broke my heart because I’ve been there myself. This book showed more depth to the characters, their vulnerabilities and the pasts that haunt them. Making them all the more real and loveable to me. There wasn’t a lot of romance in this book, but there was build up and tension between certain characters that I SHIP SHIP SHIP!! They are just like my OTP of all time. Their interactions were like a well choreographed dance, a graceful, intense push and pull between them that was so steamy in a subtle way.
I felt like Dennard’s writing was good in Truthwitch and it only improved in Windwitch. The thing that blew me away was the unpredictability. There were all these hints along the way and I was trying to figure it out but I never saw the reveals coming. Once they happened, I thought back and realized all the clues I needed were there! There is a line in Truthwitch, “With your right hand give a man what he expects and with your left cut his purse: and that’s exactly what Dennard did. She left you clues but you were looking in all the wrong places when the answer was right in front of you! It was masterful, all the pieces fell into place and I think that is exactly how a story should be written. I’m not capable of describing this books amazingness, just go read it for yourself, trust me.
I am dying for book three already, mostly because of the build up in book two. Second books are often dull, dragging things out unnecessarily. Windwitch however, sank its claws in right from the start, offering twists I didn’t see coming and new intriguing side characters. Dennard gave us a little time to get reacquainted with everyone and then the adventure took off, keeping a nice pace that had me turning the pages well into the night. As the book went on the intensity the action built and built until I was on the edge of my seat reading the last few chapters, well aware even before reaching the end that I was heading for a major book hangover. Be ready for the ride of your life because there is never a dull moment with this cast.
I devoured this book, fell in love with the characters, laughed at their sass and related to their sorrows. I highly recommend this series to anyone who loves fantasy, Dennard is working magic on these pages and I have a feeling she’s only going to impress us further in Bloodwitch!
A big thank you to Tor Teen for sending me a copy of Windwitch for this review!
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New 2016 Series I Meant To Read
There were quite a few sequels and finales released in 2016 that I meant to read but I had already planned to talk about them in another post. So, for this TTT, I decided to talk just about the new series that began in 2016 that I meant to read.
Riders by Veronica Rossi – A book I wouldn’t never have picked up had I not read the chapter sampler. Now I need to know what happens in the rest of the book! Picked up a copy from Book Outlet and it has just sat on my shelf, waiting.
The Shadow Queen by C J Redwine – I was so excited about this one that I pre-ordered a signed copy! AND it has dragons in it. How could I have dropped the ball on this one?
Passenger by Alexandra Bracken – I really wanted to wait until I was done her Darkest Minds series before starting this one but I cant wait any longer!
4. The Star-Touched Queen by Roshani Chokshi – I hear good things about it everywhere on Twitter and Booktube so I asked my library to get a copy and they did!
5. These Vicious Masks by Tarun Shanker – My #otspsecretsister gave me an ARC of this last year and Im shamed to say that I still havent read it. Sorry Amanda!
6. The Impostor Queen by Sarah Fine – This one sat on my radar for a long time and even though I’ve heard mixed things I want to try it for myself
7. Front Lines by Michael Grant – I met a fellow bookworm last year quite unexpectedly, and she recommended this to me.
8. Nevernight by Jat Kristoff – I got caught up in all the hype and ordered a special edition… now I’m afraid I wont like it! Does anyone else ever feel that way?
9. Three Dark Crowns by Kendare Blake – I love bees so the premise behind this book just enchants me, I have excuse for not reading this one yet.
10. True Born by L E Sterling – It’s by a Canadian author!! It isn’t often I come across a book by a Canadian author that interests me so I must read this ASAP!
See anything you read? Meant to read?
Let me know in the comments below which of these I need to read right away! And if you also still need to read any of these 2016 release, let me know, maybe we can budy read?!
It’s that time of year when I feel suspended in a moment where I’m looking back on where I’ve been while simultaneously looking forward and wondering/planning what is yet to unfold. January always feels like a fresh canvas and that makes me excited. This is the first year in a while that I haven’t had any idea what I want to do with that canvas. It’s been a little unsettling, and I can’t help but think this is because I’ve lost touch with myself in the business of being a mom. (As well as a friend, dog owner, worker, blogger, daughter, etc.) So I really want to take some time this month to give myself the time I need to reflect and reconnect with myself. That does include my reading and blogging goals, which I feel are a 180 from last years.
As a blogger, I didn’t really have any expectations when it came to followers last year. This year however, I would like to accomplish the following milestones on social media:
1000 Twitter Followers
250 Blog Followers
2000 Instagram Followers
Hopefully, that means more giveaways too! This is more about pushing myself to be more consistent in posting and content then really being concerned with how many followers I get. I do believe thought that the two go hand in hand. I would also like to post at least four reviews each month and make sure to do them within three days of finishing the book. Last year I put them off and put them off and eventually I felt like it wasn’t fresh enough in my mind to review. This year I also have a review book to take notes in as I read and so far it’s been working out great, and I think its improving the quality of my reviews.
First here is a recap from 2016
I had a Goodreads Goal of 55 books and I ended up reading 73!
For Around The World In 52 Books I read 46 out of 52 books
I had a goal of 16 books for Flights of Fantasy and I read 41!!
I had a goal of 16 books for Backlist Books and I read 40!!
I had a goal of 35 books for #RockmyTBR and I only read 18
And I had a goal of finishing 6 series and I only finished 4
So I’m considering the year a success because the best part was that I read a LOT of books I wouldn’t have otherwise. I consider my biggest failure to be that I didn’t connect with the #RockmyTBR, Flights of Fantasy or Backlist Books community. After March I really just forgot all of that. I love, love, love the book community but I am really awful at participating in challenges like that, sorry guys! If I was to sign up for another I would sign up for just one so I could really commit myself to it. I also feel like some of the challenges like Flights of Fantasy weren’t really a challenge for me, and that’s the point right? So I wouldn’t participate in that again.
In 2017 I want to focus on reading books I own or books I can borrow from the library. I said this last year but this year I’m really dedicated. And honestly, I bought enough books last year that this shouldn’t be a problem. I will NOT be putting myself on a book buying ban but I’ve promised myself I will only buy books I’ve borrowed from the library and would reread. (Could be books I borrowed in previous years or in 2017) Or a book that is the next in a series I’m reading.
So here are my 2017 Reading Goals:
I’ve set a Goodreads goal of 65 books
I want to finish 10 series!! (cheer me on guys, I need it)
I would like to reread at least 9 books
I want to read half of the books on my TBR shelf and to make it fun I will be posting a photo of that shelf monthly so you guys can see it (hopefully) slowly emptying.
Only buying books that I have read, loved and would re-read. So that means reading the books I currently own or borrowing from the library or Overdrive. The only exception I’m giving myself is if the book is a continuation of a series I love.
I also want to HOST a reading challenge in March! It will be fun, easy and there will be giveaways, so I hope you’ll join me! More information to come!
And thats it folks! Thank you for reading and please let me know in the comments below how you did on your reading challenges and which ones you plan on participating in this year. Happy Reading!
So, this is a little late but better than never! In the new year I’m going to revamp my wrap up post, add some new content and get rid of some old. Give it a bit of a fresh look and hopefully make it more enjoyable for you to read. Until then here’s what my December reading and blogging looked like –
What I was Going to Read
What I ended up reading…
This was a month of highs and lows, Windwitch and The Alchemists of Loom both ended up being 5-star reads and are tied for best book of the month. A Shadow Bright And Burning comes in as the worst considering it was DNF for me.