Friday, July 12, 2024

Book Review: "The Throne of Honor and Blood" by J. Bree

Title: The Throne of Honor and Blood
Author: J. Bree
Series: "Mortal Fates" #2
Genre: NA Fantasy Romance
Page Length: 683 pages
Publication Date: May 19, 2024
Rating: 4 // 5 stars

The Throne of Honor and Blood was one of my most anticipated releases of the year. The first book, A Crown of Oaths and Curses, was in my top reads of 2023. I hadn't stopped thinking about it since I finished it and I was endlessly looking for updates on when the sequel would come. Finally, after a somewhat difficult release month for J. Bree, it finally arrived!

I read this book over the course of two days and I could barely put it down. I was so excited to be back with these characters and in this world. I absolutely could not stop thinking about it anytime I had to do something like work or eat food or brush my teeth. I was addicted.

That being said, I do feel some disappointment in this book as a follow-up to Oaths and Curses. The first book was such a strong, amazing story. While I loved this book, a lot of that comes from the fact that I already loved the characters after the first book and was just happy to be with them again. From the standpoint of personal enjoyment, this book was five stars to me. But, unfortunately, some of the issues with it were too much objectively for me to be able to rate it that.

What it really boils down to, for me, is that this feels like a very disjointed story akin to a first draft. I know that J. Bree did a re-edit for sensitivity reasons in the last couple months before it finally releases and, while I don't know what the original text was like, this did not feel like a fully edited book ready for release. I do believe that she might have been under stress from readers and put it out before she was ready. 

There were glaringly obvious mistakes like switching between first and third person multiple times in the same page. And then there were the plot turns that felt out of the blue and completely wrong for the story. Maybe the plot changed as she wrote, maybe not, but I do know that it often felt disjointed. 

I will say, despite issues with it, I still loved it. It's still a series I love. And my hope would be that J. Bree would take the time needed to write an absolutely stellar third book even if it takes longer to do so. She's one of my auto-buy authors and I did love this book, even though I have complicated feelings around some of the larger issues with it. 



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xoxo
Lauren



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Friday, July 5, 2024

June 2024 Wrap-Up + Book Haul


June has come to a close and we're already halfway through the year! This was a very busy month for me and I did not read as much as I'd hoped to. I enjoyed the two books I read, though, and I'm very much looking forward to July's reading goals!


1.
Title: Leather & Lark
Author: Brynne Weaver
Rating: 5 // 5 stars
Review TK 

2. 
Title: The Ever King
Author: L.J. Andrews
Rating: 4 // 5 stars
Review TK 





I hauled four books this month, which is a rather large number compared to the past few months. I'm pretty excited about all that I got, though, so let's go ahead and dive in!

Up first, I got Leather & Lark by Brynne Weaver. This is the sequel to Butcher & Blackbird which is one of my favorite reads of the year so far. I was so incredibly excited for this sequel (which I've already finished and loved). Not only that, but the first printings had a typo with a mini "i" and I know it's silly but I really wanted one. This one does indeed have the baby "i" and I'm just so thrilled about it!

Then I picked up I Am Grey by Jane Washington. This is a standalone from Jane that she recently announced she'd re-edited and changed a bit. This version was going to be going out of print and I wanted to snag a copy so that I could compare the original versus the new version. It's also just beautiful.

When I was visiting my hometown, my mom and I went to the local used bookstore I've been going to for years. I just browsed for a bit and ended up grabbing a copy of The Candy Shop War by Brandon Mull. This is one of my favorite stories from when I was a kid and I had actually never had a copy before. So when I saw a hardcover in perfect condition I snagged it up. And now I can reread it and finally get to the sequels!

The last book I picked up this month was the Fairyloot edition of Emily Wilde's Map of the Otherlands by Heather Fawcett. I ordered this ages ago, I think right when I moved back to the USA, and it's finally here! This is the sequel to Emily Wilde's Encyclopaedia of Faeries which I got in a Fairyloot box a while back. It was the most stunning edition and I knew I was going to want the matching edition for this one. I haven't yet read the first one but it's on my fall TBR so I can't wait to get to it then and be able to dive straight into the sequel after!



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xoxo
Lauren



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