Best of 2019

The Tyrant’s Tomb – Rick Riordan - The Tyrant's Tomb opens with Apollo and Meg escorting Jason's body to Camp Jupiter for funeral rites in what is possibly the most heartbreaking sendoff in all the books so far. But neither Camp Jupiter nor Apollo can mourn overlong. The Romans are just recuperating from one battle and another is fast approaching - the Emperors intend to wipe out the camp and the Romans stand no chance - unless Apollo can find the answer to their problems in the tomb of a Roman king - who might just be the worst foe he has yet to face.…
Kingsbane – Claire Legrand - Rielle may have succeeded in her trials and the church has accepted her as Sun Queen, but many still have their doubts. A visit to the Gate reveals that it is weakening, and it will take the seven original castings of the saints to repair it, all of which are well hidden, and those who guard them have a less than favourable opinion of Rielle. A thousand years in the future, Eliana struggles with revelation of her past - she is the daughter of the Blood Queen Rielle, and more than anything, she fears that she is destined to become like her.…
Mini Reviews #5 - Hello readers! It's time for another round of Mini Reviews, where I talk about some of the books I don't write full length reviews for. This installment, let's chat about four books: Red, White & Royal Blue, Ghosts of the Shadow Market, Romanov and Once & Future.…
Mini Reviews #3 - Hello readers, and welcome back to Mini Reviews! This installment, let's chat about four books: American Princess: A Novel of First Daughter Alice Roosevelt, Aru Shah and the Song of Death & One Dark Throne.…
There’s Something About Sweetie – Sandhya Menon – ARC Review - This review is spoiler-free! Ashish Patel, star basketball player, is not in a very good place post breakup with his girlfriend and he's lost his confidence. Annoyed by his parents' comments that they could find someone perfect for him, he challenges them to set him up with an Indian-American girl like they did for his older brother Rishi.…
Enchantée – Gita Trelease - Gita Trelease has perfectly captured the magnificence of Versailles and portrayed it in breathtaking detail. Enchantée is a work of art, carefully crafted from beginning to end.…
King of Scars – Leigh Bardugo - In the aftermath of the bloody civil war that rocked Ravka, all Nikolai wants is to concentrate on rebuilding and strengthening his borders. But though the Darkling is gone, the darkness inside Nikolai is not - it has awakened, and threatens to take over.…
The Gilded Wolves – Roshani Chokshi - The Gilded Wolves is a delightful, Six of Crows-esque roller coaster, with a healthy dose of mystery thrown in for good measure. Paris, at the turn of the nineteenth century is an intriguing setting, with fact and fantasy intertwined.…