I also didn’t realise how many Victorian mysteries I ended up reading this month! 5 out of 11!
I’m so proud of myself! I mean I am/was supposed to be writing essays, but my depression hit me a bit harder this month than I expected. But who cares?! I read so many books. Am I right? haha ^^”
Let’s get into the books I read!:
The Agency Series
- Y.S. Lee
The Agency series follows Mary Quinn (who is Irish/Chinese) and her shenanigans in Victorian England. Mary was saved as a child by a female run school that has a secret side business as a spy agency! They use the stereotypical female “weak” nature as a way of infiltrating and solving the mysteries they get hired to do.
I love the premise and I love the host of characters. These are very fun and quick to read.
However, I will say that mysteries are somewhat easy to guess and there was a tendency to have the “villain” do a monologue about why they did what they did… which is fine, but can seem rather lazy storytelling.
Books 2 and 3 definitely were the better of the 4. Mary really grew into her own in these books and I loved seeing her do well in her job and bickering with James. Who is a wonderful character and I love him so much!
– Alice Oseman
This story about two boys finding themselves in school is so cute and emotional. Also, I love that this is set in an English school because it brings back so many memories (even though I went to an all girl’s school and not a boy’s… obviously haha ^^”).
The drawing style isn’t my favourite, but the characters and plot make up for it. Nick is honestly the cutest thing ever and needs to be protected at all costs!! And Charlie’s insecurities speak to me!
I’m so excited to read the next volume when it comes out!
– C.S. Pacat, Johanna the Mad
I know nothing about fencing apart from it looking super cool and this was such a good and comprehensive intro to the basics of fencing.
I’m not to used to coloured comics (I read manga) but the colours were nice and didn’t distract or make me hate everything. And I liked the art style as well.
I’m excited to see where the plot goes and I’m currently in love with Bobby!
– Veronica Roth
I had reservations about going into this book, but they were all unfounded!
Divergent was so much fun! Trials and combat training are always an interesting was to get to know characters and they’re just cool events!
Tris is a great protagonist. She is bold, headstrong and brave, but she isn’t above being weak and admitting to doing wrong. (but seriously tho did she have to shoot one of my children? why couldn’t she just shoot him in the leg? I’m bitter).
I will say I wasn’t totally sold on the romance… it had a lot of buildup and then BAM they were kissing and in love, which is fine, but I think I’ll need more time with them to fully appreciate (fingers crossed) their love.
Inferno (The Divine Comedy #1) – Dante
This was super interesting, especially as a religious studies student. This intricate landscape is so telling of the time, but also of Dante’s political views and general pettiness at those who exiled him. Many of the relevance of the characters he meets went over my head, apart from the mythological creatures and heroes.
Water Runs Red – Jenna Clare
I really enjoyed the message behind this collection and Jenna is definitely a skilled photographer. I will say that some of the poems had a pretentiousness about them in the language used, but for the most part I did like all the poetry. However, it’s nothing memorable in my opinion.
The breaking up with friends hit me the hardest. Ooof I know how that feels…
Death and the Harlot – Georgina Clarke
I was lucky enough to get accepted for an arc ebook copy of this book from Netgalley. And I’m so happy that I did. This was fun and character driven murder mystery set in Victorian London.
I did a spoiler free review, and you can check that out by clicking here.
Angels’ Blood (Guild Hunter #1)
– Nalini Singh
I’m not sure what I thought I was getting into with this book, but I love it! This has such interesting lore and I’m excited to get more into this world. Elena is such a fun, snarky and emotional protagonist and I love her bickering with an archangel who could literally snap her in half like it was nothing!
The relationship was a little rushed, but I’m not that mad because we got sexy smutty times haha I do think the dynamic is very interesting and I’m looking forward to seeing what happens in the next books with this relationship considering the end of this book.
This was a super fun, fast-paced and smutty read, full of a host of cool paranormal beings!
I’m still 2 books behind my reading goal, but I don’t care because I’m so proud of myself haha
How many books did you read in March? Which was your favourite?
Thanks for reading! I hope you are having a lovely day~