I am joining forces with Sarah today and bringing you a joint monthly reading wrap up as it seemed pointless for me to do one on my own for just two or three books. If I take into account her current read, we both read about the same which is surprising. Yes, my page count is a lot higher but it’s still two to three books each.
Anyway, shall we just get on with it?
Harry Potter and the Cursed Child by JK Rowling, John Tiffany, and Jack Thorne.
I liked revisiting the characters I know and love but I’m not sure on the story. It was a little confusing for me when they went backwards and forwards in time.
Rating: 3 ★
LumberJanes Vol 10: Parent’s Day by Shannon Watters, Kat Leyh, Ayme Sotuyo (Illustrator), and Maarta Laiho (Colourist)
Another fun and quick read.
Rating: 4 ★
The Priory of the Orange Tree by Samantha Shannon.
As my top anticipated release for the year, this book had to deliver and deliver it did! I loved all 804 pages of this beauty and now I want nothing more than to dive back into it again. The world is rich and well developed, the characters complex, the slow-burn romance is to die for, and the dragons definitely hit the mark. However, it is not quite as spectacular as I expected because there are a few niggles that ever so slightly push down my rating. For one thing, I find Niclays and Tané a little too arrogant and self-centred for my liking. It took until the last 100 or so pages to finally click with their characters and even then, they weren’t my favourite POVs. I know I expect not to love every POV in a multiple-POV book but it bugs me that it took until the final section to start liking them that bit more. Speaking of the final section, it feels a bit too rushed and nicely packaged. I get that it is 804 pages long not including the character list and glossary, but if was maybe 10 or so pages longer to draw out the ending ever so slightly, I think the story would be more nicely balanced. I’m not complaining about how it ended, because I was satisfied and loved it, it just happened quicker than I expected. Apart from that, everything else was brilliantly done and I want more fantasy books like it.
Rating: 4.5 ★
The Book of Dust: La Belle Sauvage by Philip Pullman
Having waited patiently for two years to get around to reading this, I’m glad I finally picked it up in March because it was definitely the book to get me out of my post-Priory book rut. I needed something familiar yet new and this fit the bill perfectly. It didn’t feel as spectacular as the original His Dark Materials trilogy and I think I did skim read passages when I flicked from the audiobook – highly recommended by the way – to my hardcover copy, but I still very much enjoyed it. It was interesting to learn more about the politics and organisations included in this world as well as the daemons, and the complexity of important devices such as the alethiometer. I think this is an expansion series that will improve with each book so I hope that The Secret Commonwealth published later on this year will be even better!
Dr Jekyll & Mr Seek by Anthony O’Neill
I’m having a hard time describing this book because for those of you who want to read the classic story of The Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde by Robert Louis Stevenson, this sequel completely spoils the ending. Again the main character is Gabriel John Utterson (lawyer and friend to Dr Jekyll), who is determined to solve another mystery.
Despite that the language and setting felt in tune with the classic, I didn’t very much care for the characterisation of Utterson. I can understand his obsession behind the mystery and how it might make him a little passionate and crazed, but he was a complete deviation from what I remember and I couldn’t get behind him. It didn’t feel right. However, it was an okay, short read to finish the month with and it boosted my GR reading goal which is what I wanted.
Rating: 2.5 ★
And that is it. I don’t know if Sarah and I will be back for a joint wrap up in April, or if it will just be me! We’ll have to see!
What did you read in the month of March?
As always, thanks for reading and have a brazzle dazzle day!