I give up. This year has both flown by and crawled, merely inching passed. I don’t know what to think anymore. Time is a construct and COVID has tossed all sense of time flow on its head. Be that as it may, here I sit, still reading. Let me tell you, September involved both comfort reading and trying something outside of my usual genre preferences and even reading something I really wasn’t sure I’d like. So let’s take a look back at September and see how it all went down.
A Court of Thorns and Roses (#1-3) by Sarah J. Maas – Sometimes we all need a bit of a comfort read and early in September I accepted this and reread the Thorns and Roses original trilogy. Sometimes a bit of fae smut and ridiculous male posturing can be fun. Admittedly, Wings and Ruin is still my least favorite of this series (I like to pretend Frost and Starlight doesn’t exist) but since reading these feels like hanging out with old friends I’m not going to complain too much. (new adult, fantasy) 4/5
Defy the Night (Defy the Night #1) by Brigid Kemmerer – I really did not have much in the way of expectations when I started reading this book. The last book I read by Kemmerer, A Vow so Bold and Deadly, let me down in ways I was unaware a book could let me down and I very nearly did not read this one. But, I did, so here we are. I ended up loving this YA fantasy romp which was surprising because I’ve found myself straying away from YA recently. It had good character development and enough hidden little tid-bits to keep me interested. I can easily see this becoming a comfort read and am looking forward to the next book in the series. (young adult, fantasy, romance) 4/5
A Dead Djinn in Cairo (Dead Djinn Universe #.1) by P. Deli Clark – This is the book I mentioned that was a little outside of my usual preferences and I absolutely loved it! I’ve listened to Dead Good Book Reviews recommend this for a while now and I’m glad I finally decided to listen to her. I absolutely loved this novella. You jump right into the action, no lead up, and it is just a constant roller coaster from there. The world was interesting, the main character grabbed my attention, and it left me wanting more! I hope to be able to read the full length novel in this series soon. (adult, fantasy, steampunk, alt history) 4.5/5
A History of Wild Places by Shea Ernshaw – ARC read. I loved the first two books I read of Ernshaw’s which were both YA, this one is her first published adult novel and it did not disappoint! Ernshaw’s writing just sucks me in and I can see the worlds she builds so vividly, it is wonderful. I never want to let the characters go. A History of Wild Places was no different just with some more adult themes and an underlying mystery that kept me on the edge of my seat until the build up to the reveal. Wonderful story, wonderful writing. (adult, mystery, suspense) 4.5/5
Added to the Shelves
If you remember a while back I warned ya’ll that September was going to be a big month for a book haul for me. While a couple of books I preordered had their shipping delayed (incredibly frustrating) I think I still have one of my biggest haul stacks to date. I’m not the type to buy a book unless I am 99% positive I am going to love it so to have so many gorgeous releases in September was truly a gift.
- The Bronzed Beasts (The Gilded Wolves #3) by Roshani Chokshi – When I read The Gilded Wolves a couple of years ago I thought it was really very good. The beginning was a little difficult to get into but once you were into the story it was amazing. This is the final book in that trilogy and I can’t wait to finish up the series. The dynamics between the set of main characters in this series is amazing, Chokshi really brought everyone to life and they are all very different. I can’t wait to dive in and see how this whole thing wraps up! (young adult, fantasy, historical fiction, queer)
- Defy the Night (Defy the Night #1) by Brigid Kemmerer – We already chatted about this one because I read it as soon as it came across my doorstep. This young adult fantasy romance is one of the better books I’ve read in the genre and I would happily recommend it. (young adult, fantasy, romance)
- Iron Widow (Iron Widow #1) by Xiran Jay Zhao – This book is absolutely freaking amazing! I was lucky enough to receive an ARC of it and was drawn into the story from page one. Just fantastic. Fantasy, mech, love triangle, high stakes, vengeance, and the twist at the end absolutely bowled me over! Ya’ll need to read this one. Yes, it is billed as a YA but I feel that is just because marketing YA is more profitable as I would say this book falls squarely in new adult and I am sticking with that. (new adult, fantasy, retelling, science fiction)
- Once Upon a Broken Heart (Once Upon a Broken Heart #1) by Stephanie Garber – I gave in (with very little fuss) back in April and ordered this signed special edition from Barnes & Noble. I just like the pink cover so much more than the original one. Did Garber’s Caraval trilogy send me on a loop of apathy, excitement, and epic disappointment? Yes, absolutely. But I’m going to read this anyway because I am an absolute sucker. (young adult, fantasy, romance)
- The Corpse Queen by Heather Herman
- A Lesson in Vengeance by Victoria Lee (August OwlCrate)
- The First Sister (The First Sister Trilogy #1) by Linden A Lewis
- The Invisible Library (The Invisible Library #1) by Genevieve Cogman
On The Blog
These are the posts that went live on Literary Weaponry in September excluding any reviews
- September Preorders I’m Excited to Read
- Fourth Quarter Releases on my TBR | 2021
- Book Spotlight | King of Battle & Blood (Adrian x Isolde #1) by Scarlett St. Clair
- What and How we Read | Questionnaire (I need your help!)
In The Life
September was actually a fairly chill month for me, overall. Did I get a lot of reading done? No. Didn’t do much else outside of that besides continue with my first university course in over a decade, which I thankfully have now finished, and work. After the way the rest of the year has gone I am downright grateful for that.
I hope everyone is having a wonderful month and that life is treating you gently.