The Read Lapse #1

Soooo hello? I know I know I’m not being consistent in reading updates and reviews but school started this month and I can’t seem to find good fantasy books to read. Hence a slump. But I’m sorta out of it and cue the flood of reviews.

A Dowry of Blood

By S. T. Gibson

Rating: 3.5 out of 5.

LGBTQ+ and polyam vampires were a definite read for me. This was the first book I read for Pride Month this June and I enjoyed it quite a lot. Its not that long so it took me a few hours at best. The thing that drew me to it was the first line. It was a wonderful hook.

I never dreamed it would end like this, my lord: your blood splashing hot flecks onto my nightgown and pouring in rivulets onto our bedchamber floor. But creatures like us live a long time. There is no horror left in this world that can surprise me. Eventually, even your death becomes its own sort of inevitability.

A Dowry of Blood

The writing was lyrical and pretty and the book highlighted certain dark things. The whole concept was about abusive relationships and how it made the characters doubt themselves and how they broke from its clutches. This was an amazing reimagining of Dracula’s Brides. And it had sapphic love on the backdrop of gothic opera. WOW. But I’m still hung up on the sapphic yearning at opera AHH.

Howl’s Moving Castle

By Diana Wynne Jones

Rating: 5 out of 5.

This was my 9th time reading this book. I know I’m obsessed but I love it so much. Howl especially. And Sophie was just so badass. And I cry every time it comes to an end. That’s just nostalgia hitting hard.

I might or might not have forced a few friends to read it because they probably got sick of my gushing. But you’ve gotta admit it, Diana Jones writes masterpieces in fantasy.

“I’m dying of boredom,” Howl said pathetically. “Or maybe just dying.”

Howl’s Moving Castle

It is my comfort book. And I love the Studio Ghibli movie but that focused too much on the war. So darker than the novel. BUT I still love it.

Death on Nile

By Agatha Christie

Rating: 4.5 out of 5.

Death on Nile unravels in a signature Poirot style and I love his stories. The ending was, unfortunately, a little predictable but I enjoyed the cruise on Nile setting a lot. And the reason why I love Agatha’s books so much is because she ends them with a sorta happy ending. Its light-hearted usually which is not how you describe murder mysteries but these just feel happy in the end. Murder solved, matchmaking, bad guys in jail and good guys enjoy a holiday. You get the gist.

“Love can be a very frightening thing. That is why most great love stories are tragedies.”

Death on Nile

It was quite a story about what love makes you do. Linnet Ridgeway is a rich heiress who steals her best friend’s fiancé and they go on a honeymoon to Egypt. And the ex-best friend whose boyfriend she stole, sorta shows up everywhere with a very practiced kicked puppy face to make them feel guilty. When Linnet ends up dead, the ex-BFF is the prime suspect but she has a perfect alibi. It turns out everyone on board has tonnes of secrets.

The Tower of Nero

By Rick Riordan

Rating: 4 out of 5.

The Tower of Nero is the last book in Trials of Apollo series. And it is better than all of his books. Most of his earlier series follow the same pattern. Prophecy, quest, obstacles, yada yada, war. The end.

But this one started the fight halfway and it was legit unique and the best RR book I’ve ever read. Periodt. It took me just a few hours and I loved it.

In the first book Meg and Apollo are quite annoying but ah, Apollo’s character arc is awesome. And the way Meg overcomes her hesitation and stand up for herself is so pretty.

“Ladies and Gentlemen, meet my glow-in-the-dark boyfriend.”

Tower of Nero

And no one can forget our favourite couple. They were so cute and I loved how Rick acknowledges that Nico has suffered too much. I mean he couldn’t even admit he was gay in the earlier series and now he’s embracing his identity. Just so amazing.

Dial A for Aunties

By Jesse Q. Sutanto

Rating: 4.5 out of 5.

No book can be this hilarious.

A for Aunties was quirky and smart and just pure Asian chaos. Accidental murders, wedding gone wrong, the perfect ending, a tiny (very tiny) bit of insta-love, ridiculous adventures of guilt-tripping aunties. This was just so fun.

Pretty sure that when Glad was planning their marketing campaign, they didn’t think their target market would be a bunch of middle-aged Chinese women arguing about how to best dispose of a body.

Dial A for Aunties

It got me out of my slump with all the laughter and I enjoyed reading it. Especially the heartwarming ending <33

Currently Reading

A cute Indian middle-grade fantasy in Kingdom Beyond universe. AHH. And the girl on the cover looks so badass in a sari.

If you want some magical, mythological fantasy with Indian representation, Sayantani DasGupta’s middle grade novels are just that. This is sorta a prequel to another series in the same universe. It gets me out of a slump every time.

That’s all for now! Hope you have an awesome day. Review for One Last Stop coming soon.

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