Book Review: Shadow of the Fox

Book Title: Shadow of the Fox

Book Author: Julie Kagawa

Book Rating: 5 out of 5 Stars

Would I Recommend: YES! 

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Hello Book Friends!  I hope ya’ll are having a fantastic Monday! 🙂

After a month hiatus from my local library,  I went and visited last week. (I racked up a hefty fine over the holidays because I had SO MANY books out even though I was only four days late.  I didn’t want another one so soon so I took a short break, but I’ve returned, finally.)

I’ve seen Shadow of the Fox by Julie Kagawa on bookstagram lately, so when I saw it at the library I decided to give it a go.  I LOVED her Iron Fey series.  Not so much the Talon Series, and I haven’t even attempted the Immortal Series yet. (I’d love to know if any of you’ve read it though, and what you thought of the series!)

I’m SUPER HAPPY I decided to check this book out! 😍 The synopsis sounded amazing, and so I decided to dive right into as the FIRST book to read on my 2019 TBR pile.  Even though I made up my mind about only reading 4 books a month which I already planned out, I just couldn’t RESIST reading this one.

It was AMAZING!  I must say that this is my favorite book of hers that I’ve read so far and I loved EVERY minute of it! It involves Japanese folklore (which I love learning about!) – specifically a kitsune (a.k.a. fox or fox spirit) as well as other yokai (supernatural spirits, demons, and monsters, etc.), ninja, samurai, and ronin!   This book had my past anime and manga loving-self squealing with delight! 😍 (Also my dear anime friends – does this not have an Inuyasha vibe to it? Because I keep picturing it!)

It’s written mainly from two, but sometimes three point of views and I’ve read that in so many books lately I sort of expect it these days! 🙂

I absolutely ADORED the two main characters, Yumeko and Tatsumi, SO SO VERY MUCH! They were very well-written fleshed out-characters.  There is a lot of character development and set-up, and it is all so very cute! Also, there are a lot of character introductions and the pacing is done extremely well.  I loved the side characters and villains too!

Needless to say, I loved the fantasy world-building and thought it was done fabulously.  I was immediately immersed in this world.  Some might say the story is a bit slow, but I disagree. I’ve read books in this type of setting that were much, much slower.  I thought this one was set at a good pace, and I wasn’t bored for a second! I thought that there was plenty of action throughout the book and a lot of risk-taking on everyone’s part. Everything is super-exciting and fun to read.

And again, there’s a cliffhanger!!!!! Aaah! I want the next book in my hands asap!

So, overall I absolutely LOVED this book so much I have the heart eyes and all. 😍😍 It’s going to be a difficult reading year, because all the books I read in the future now need to live up to this standard! I loved the world building, the characters, the pacing, the action, the plot, and pretty much everything else about the book!  I highly recommend this to anyone interested in Japanese folklore or culture, and anime and manga fans. And people who like fantasy. (Basically everyone, because I loved this okay?)

Anyway, these are my non-spoilery opinions and thoughts about this book! Let me know what your thoughts are in the comments below! Also, thanks for reading!

If you want to find out more about the story you can check it out here:  Shadow of the Fox
And if you want to find out more about this author you can check it out here: Julia Kagawa

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My Top 5 Favorite Reads of 2018 So Far

Hello Book Friends!  I hope you all are having a great start to the week!  I can’t believe another one is here already, but here we are.  Since it’s July already I’d thought I share with you some of my TOP favorite books that I’ve read this year in any order.  They didn’t necessarily release this year, but I read them in the first half of 2018.  With that being said…let’s get started! 🙂

 

  1. Crooked Kingdom
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I’d also add this one, but I read this in 2017!

 

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This series was probably the best heist series I’ve ever read.  (It’s probably the only one I’ve read so far!) 🙂  I thought that these two books were INCREDIBLE.  And that’s pretty good coming from me, because I didn’t actually LOVE the Grisha series.  Though, I would recommend that you read the Grisha series first, as there are some references to it that will make a lot more sense.  It’s not NECESSARY to do so, you can still read them all by themselves and enjoy it just fine. And another thing, it took me THREE times to get into Six of Crows because I wasn’t a fan of the FIRST chapter.  The second chapter gets much BETTER  in my personal opinion.  However, I couldn’t put Crooked Kingdom down once I had my hands on it!  (I have heard that Mistborn is similar, but I haven’t read that one yet, so I can’t compare…yet.  Gasp, I know – I’m getting there! :))

2. Daughter of the Pirate King

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Hello there, book about Pirates.  I’ve watched all the Pirates of the Caribbean movies and loved every single one so when I saw this book at the library one day, I knew I just had to read it.  And it was getting a lot of attention on bookstagram which made me want to read it even more.  Not to mention it’s from a female perspective!  Count me in!  I read it and loved every second of it!  It has fantastic witty banter which is what I live for to be honest, and was so much FUN to read about!  I was laughing about 90% of the time, which is practically the whole story!

3. Thunderhead

 

 

Ok, so I wrote Thunderhead because it was the most recent book out so far in the series, but Scythe was amazing too.  I’d heard so many fantastic things about it, and besides did you notice how cool the covers look?  I love the Grim Reaper look on the covers.  Dear publishers – please don’t do a cover change for the next book okay?  It doesn’t NEED one! This utopian story ended up being a much cuter and more in depth story than I expected and all of the plot twists had me on EDGE.  And wow, so much is going on, and that horrible cliffhanger at the end of Thunderhead has me dying for the next one! Soon please!

4. Tempests and Slaughter

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I KNEW about this book a LONG LONG time ago.  About ten years ago, one of my best friends introduced me to Tamora Pierce’s books.  They were her absolute favorites and she handed them to me so we could squeal together about the magicalness of these books.  And they are exactly that – magical.  I read the Tortall series first – My friend handed me them in order – Alanna, Daine, Kel,  and Aly series. I know they have official series names, but this is what I call them.  My friends favorite is the Kel series, and mine is Aly’s – (a.k.a the Trickster Series). NUMAIR – which Tempests and Slaughter is about comes from Tortall. He isn’t called Numair in this book though, he hasn’t obtained that name yet!

Tamora Pierce also has another series called the Circle of Magic which is a quartet series, followed by the Circle Opens (another quartet), and the Circle Reforged (a trilogy which hadn’t been released when I read the other ones long ago.)  She also published the Beka Cooper trilogy around this time – my second favorite in the entire series and I highly recommend it!

This was a long round about way of saying that a Numair series was mentioned before the Beka Cooper series was published so I’ve been looking forward to this book for a long long time!  I was so excited to finally get a change to read about his upbringing! He is a very beloved character in the Tortall series and I can’t wait to see what the next books will be like! 🙂

I loved learning about the different types of people in this book. Numair comes from a uniquely different place than his adult peers and its neat to see where he comes from.  Also, the Daine Series (The Immortals) is where you will read about him as an adult, and I definitely suggest that you read that series before reading Tempests and Slaughter. Although its not necessary that you do, but I think you will have a deeper appreciation for Numair going into the book like I did.

5. A Darker Shade of Magic

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This book was a fantastic read and I love books about Traveling to new worlds.  Also, the world building was great and the two main characters, Kell and Lila, are fantastic.  There are a ton of plot twists in this series. I actually loved the entire series and all the characters were super amazing – including the villians!  I loved the world building in this story and it was a really FUN fantasy magical read!

And there you have it, my top 5 favorite books of 2018, so far!  We’re only a little over halfway through the year and my top favorite books might be different by the end of the year! As always, Happy Reading!

My Favorite Reads of 2017

Good Evening Book Friends!  I hope ya’ll had a great week!  Mine’s been busy with Christmas Shopping, Christmas Baking (I made a peppermint roll for the first time!), Wrapping Gifts, Decorating and of course Christmas Music.

Now it’s that time of year where we (and by we I mean myself) reflect on what we did throughout the year.  This includes reading, and I’ve made a list of all my favorite books that I’ve read during the year (not necessarily books that were released in 2017).

So here’s a list of my FAVORITE READS for 2017, in no particular order.


1. Stalking Jack the Ripper by Kerri Maniscalco

This book reminded me so much of Sherlock (the BBC series), that I couldn’t not like it.  The characters were brilliant and smart, with parts that made me laugh and cry, too. And it was so well written. Seriously, this book is definitely one of my top favorites of all time.

2. Hunting Prince Dracula by Kerri Maniscalco (Book 2 in the series)

Not all books can keep me enthralled by the second book in the series, but the second one definitely did.  I love the main character so much for just being who she is, and standing up for herself in this one.  I can’t wait to read the next one when it is released. 

3. Tower of Dawn by Sarah J. Maas

Although, Chaol wasn’t my favorite person in the Throne of Glass series, I think he more than makes up for it in this book.  This is the sixth book in the series so if you haven’t kept up, you’ll want to read the rest before getting to this one. And yes, you’ll have to read this book to understand all the happenings in the next book of the Throne of Glass series.  Seriously, I think this book is my favorite one (so far) out of all books in the series. 

4. Wonder Woman:Warbringer by Leigh Bardugo

I recently read this book, so it’s still fresh in my mind.  I was a little skeptical about liking this book because I’ve read the Grisha series, and I wasn’t a fan of the writing style.  However, this book was different and I loved every minute of it.  I haven’t read Batman by Marie Lu yet, but it’s definitely on my list now!


5. Illuminae by Jay Kristoff & Amie Kaufman

I’m not typically a fan of sci-fi outer space books, but this was an entirely different thing.  The chapters are written in different formats.  One chapter will be a chat between two friends, another will be in the form of a classified file by a higher authority, and some are written in work email between two coworkers. It was so much fun to read that I went to the library and immediately and checked out Gemina, book two in the series.  I’d post a picture, but I don’t have that book in my possession right now.

And there you have it, my top favorite reads of 2017!  Thanks for reading!  If you’d like to let me know what you’re favorite books of 2017 were, let me know in the comment box below!