I’m sorry to say it, but this month was TERRIBLE for reading. And honestly, that’s incredibly ironic considering that I spent 90% of my time in my campus library. However, a lot of that time was spent working. I think I have a good grasp on how my schedule will work now that I’m on campus though, so I’m going to try and get a lot more reading done! But I have to admit that I’m very glad I made the decision to change my reading goal to seventy books, haha! Anyways, let’s get to what I read this month! Also, MINOR Spoiler Warnings!
Namesake by Adrienne Young
Synopsis: With the Marigold ship free of her father, Fable and the rest of the crew were set to start over. That freedom is short-lived when Fable becomes a pawn in a notorious thug’s scheme. In order to get to her intended destination, she must help him to secure a partnership with Holland, a powerful gem trader who is more than she seems.
As Fable descends deeper into a world of betrayal and deception, she learns that the secrets her mother took to her grave are now putting the people Fable cares about in danger. If Fable is going to save them, then she must risk everything—including the boy she loves and the home she has finally found.
This book was such a slow read. I was originally supposed to get it done in August, but this book just kept going on and on and on. I began to wonder…would it ever get done??
Don’t get me wrong. I absolutely adore Adrienne Young’s writing, and the first book of this duology, Fable, is a excellent book! But I feel like Namesake fell a wee bit short compared to Fable. If you read my review of Fable, you know I really liked the atmosphere in this story, because honestly, nothing really happens. It has a few things going for it, but nothing edge-of-your-seat. That’s my opinion, at least.
With Namesake, I feel like a lot of random stuff happened. The whole search for this mythical gem deal seemed out of place, and then the end felt incredibly rushed. Yet, I can’t say I didn’t like this book. It’s not Fable, but it’s close. All in all, it was still a good book, despite it’s shortcomings. I’d say give it a try, if you’re interested!
Rating: 3/5 Stars
The Story of King Arthur and His Knights by Howard Pyle
Synopsis: In these wonderfully illustrated tales, renowned storyteller Howard Pyle carries us back to the enchanting world of King Arthur and his Round Table. The book chronicles the adventures of Arthur as he draws the sword Excalibur from the anvil, proving his right to the throne, and as he courts and wins the heart of Guinevere. Later he suffers the treachery of the wicked Morgana le Fay and witnesses the tragic fate of the Enchanter Merlin. In Pyle’s classic retelling, the legends come alive in unsurpassed vividness. More powerful than any of Merlin’s spells, The Story of King Arthur and His Knights has enthralled and delighted generations of readers fascinated by chivalry, magic, and the unforgettable drama of medieval times.
I was really happy to find this at the campus library! It was full of great stories, and I really loved the writing style! It was the perfect book to read at a stressful time!
I’ve never really read much of King Arthur besides retellings, but I’m really glad I was finally able to read this one. Of course, I ended up really liking Arthur, though I think he might be tied as my favorite with Gawain.
If you’re looking for an easy, yet exciting read, this is the one for you!
Rating: 5/5 Stars
See what I meant? Very sad reading month… But anyway, let’s hope October holds more time for me to read! Pray for me my lovely readers :0!
Let me know what you’ve been reading in the comments below! As always, God bless and have a wonderful week!
Synopses taken from Goodreads