Beat the Backlog May

I joined the beat the backlog challenge created by owlbesatreading to deal with my unread kindle books neglected for years. But instead of posting individual reviews, here is my end of month summary

The Poppy Wars by RF Kuang

Why did I get the book:  an Amazon 99p deal and I love fantasy

How long has this been on my Kindle? : Not that long compared to some- 2019

Review

Here is my full review

A one line summary.

Chinese inspired dark historical, military fantasy with plenty of magic,action,intrigue and angst featuring a heroine that while hard to love , I did admire.

Do I kick myself for not reading this sooner?

Yes- I couldn’t put this book down and loved the world-building

Dragon Republic by RF Kuang

Why did I get the book:  I liked some of the authors tweets and this book  was on a daily deal . I had the first book sitting on my kindle so I though why not

How long has this been on my Kindle? : 2020

Review

Read my full review here

A one line summary

This Chinese inspired historical fantasy continues Rin’s story with plenty of action,drama,politics magic with added dragons.

Do I kick myself for not reading this sooner?

Yes, despite I slow middle I couldn’t put this down and ended up buying the next book as soon as I finished this book.

Drake by Peter McLean

Why did I get the book: This was an Amazon Prime pick and it looked like light and fun read.

How long has this been on my Kindle? : 2020

Review

This was DNF. I couldn’t read anymore when the main character accidentally killed a child which is a bit of at turn off for me

Do I kick myself for not reading this sooner?

No. I might give this another try but not anytime soon

The Dark Days Club by Alison Goodman

Why did I get the book: I saw a review in a magazine and thought it sounded good

How long has this been on my Kindle? : 2018

Review

This was a fun and light-hearted read that made me think of Buffy if she was constricted by Regency standards. It was a predictable read but it was fun ,once the supernatural parts kicked in.

Do I kick myself for not reading this sooner?

Yes- five years to read a book, that is far too long

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