Adult Books, Books by Muslim Authors, The Daevabad Trilogy

The River of Silver by S.A. Chakraborty – Audiobook Review

I have been dying for more Daevabad content ever since I finished The Empire of Gold and Shannon certainly delivered! This book was everything I wanted and more!

Rating: 5 out of 5.

Synopsis from Goodreads:

A prospective new queen joins a court whose lethal history may overwhelm her own political savvy…

An imprisoned royal from a fallen dynasty and a young woman wrenched from her home cross paths in an enchanted garden…

A pair of scouts stumble upon a secret in a cursed winter wood that will turn over their world…

Now together in one place, these stories of Daevabad enrich a world already teeming with magic and wonder. From Manizheh’s first steps towards rebellion to adventures that take place after The Empire of Gold, this is a must-have collection for those who can’t get enough of Nahri, Ali, and Dara and all that unfolded around them.

TW: suicidal thoughts, attempted suicide, self harm, torture, attempted rape

I am completely enthralled by the Daevabad trilogy and so it was bittersweet when I finished The Empire of Gold but then Shannon blessed us with these stories. Stories of love and hope and even the darker parts were balanced with lighter elements. A perfect collection to see so much more of the world and characters in these stories.

So first about the audiobook itself, I love listening to the trilogy and was so glad that the same narrator was narrating this too. I love listening to her and how she brings the story to life. I think that even if you aren’t a huge fan of audiobooks this will be okay to listen to especially as we are already familiar with the story and characters.

Some stories Shannon had shared before on her website so I was familiar with some but some were brand new and I especially loved Duriya and Hatset’s stories. How these women carved a place for themselves in a world that barely made space for them. That they showed strength and bravery and fighting for something better. It was amazing to see these glimpses into the past, the younger versions of the characters we all know and see how they may have been different and what may have caused them to become the characters we see in the books.

My favourite stories were of course the ones of Alizayd, the scene we see set just before The Kingdom of Copper was so funny and we get more of a glimpse of him using his abilities and just more of him trying not to implode when girls throw themselves at him which is always hilarious to read.

But my favourite scene was of course that last story that Shannon had vaguely hinted at before and it was everything I wanted and more. It was such a beautiful story about love and taking that step to be vulnerable with someone you love even if it terrifies you. It’s about trust and respecting each others decisions and boundaries and it is about building something on a strong foundation of friendship and care.

It was the perfect story to end on especially as this is the last story we will be getting of these characters and we end on a note of hope and joy and love.

I have already listened to it multiple times especially that last story and I know that I will be coming back to these stories time and time again.

My reviews for the trilogy can be found here: The City of Brass, The Kingdom of Copper, The Empire of Gold

Book Recommendations

Audiobooks I loved

I have come to love audiobooks so much. This year especially I have heavily relied on audiobooks to get me through. I have been using Scribd all year and loving all the audiobooks available on there. If you would like to try scribd you can use my link which will give you two months free and also give me a month free! This is my referral link.

So here are some of my favourite audiobooks I listened to this year:

The City of Brass by S.A. Chakraborty

An Ember in the Ashes by Sabaa Tahir

Love From A to Z by S.K. Ali

The Never Tilting World by Rin Chupeco

The Poppy War by R.F. Kuang

The Bloodprint by Ausma Zehanat Khan

Descendant of the Crane by Joan He

Pride, Prejudice and Other Flavours by Sonali Dev

A Song of Wraiths and Ruin by Roseanne A. Brown

Daughter of the Pirate King by

Aladdin: Far From Agrabah by Aisha Saeed

Invisible Women by Caroline Criado Perez

I have loved these and the narrator makes the story even more enthralling and honestly most of these I have barely been able to stop listening. I highly recommend all of these.

Book Recommendations, Booksish Discussions

Audiobook Recommendations

So last year I really got into audiobooks. I found that I was able to reread my favourite books without having to feel guilty about the unread books on my shelves and wow it was a life changer!

I have loved using audiobooks to read especially as I get motion sickness and cannot look at a book or my phone while travelling and it means I can still read while cooking or working!

So I thought that as it has helped me so much I would share some of my favourite audiobooks.

1 The City of Brass and The Kingdom of Copper by S.A. Chakraborty – Obviously this book would be on here! But no seriously guys, the audiobook is absolutely amazing! The narrator does such a great job of sucking you right into the story!

2 Six of Crows duology by Leigh Bardugo – This is a full cast! I loved this audiobook so much!

3 Fight Like a Girl by Clementine Ford – Clementine reads this herself and it is so good. She is witty and sarcastic and it makes it a really fun read listening to her

4 The Bone Season by Samantha Shannon – I really enjoyed rereading the books by listening to them!

5 An Ember in the Ashes series by Sabaa Tahir – There’s a narrator for each point of view character and it makes it such a thrilling read. I’m listening to book 2 at the moment and I am enjoying it even more as an audiobook!

6 PS. I Love You by Cecelia Ahern – Listening to it made me sob even more than when I read it.

7 Invisible Women by Caroline Criado-Pérez – Such a powerful book and even more so when you listen to it

8 The Lunar Chronicles by Marissa Meyer – It’s even more of a fun read when you listen to the audiobooks!

9 Caraval by Stephanie Garber – I actually enjoyed it more as an audiobook!

10 Why I’m No Longer Talking To White People About Race by Reni Eddo-Lodge – This book is such a necessary read and is even more powerful when you listen to it.

Top 10 Tuesday

Top 10 Tuesday – Books I’ve Read That I’d Like In My Personal Library

Hey booknerds! I’m taking part in another week of Top Ten Tuesday!

Top Ten Tuesday was created by The Broke and the Bookish in June of 2010 and was moved to That Artsy Reader Girl in January of 2018. It was born of a love of lists, a love of books, and a desire to bring bookish friends together. You can find more information here

I use my library a lot, it has been so helpful in fuelling my reading obsession when I can’t always buy the book. My local library has a really great selection of books both physical and ebooks and audiobooks. I love using the library but it does leave me wanting to own books I’ve borrowed that I’ve loved. I’ve also been lucky enough to get a couple of these as ARCs but I haven’t been able to actually buy a finished copy.

So here is the books I would love to own:

1 Everyday Sexism by Laura Bates
2 No Big Deal by Bethany Rutter
3 Stepsister by Jennifer Donnelly
4 Nine From the Nine Worlds by Rick Riordan
5 Ayesha Dean The Seville Secret by Melati Lum
6 The Disasters by M.K. England
7 Why I’m No Longer Talking To White People About Race by Reni Eldo-Lodge
8 Bad Feminist by Roxane Gay
9 The Diminshed by Kaitlyn Sage Patterson
10 Amal Unbound by Aisha Saeed

If you haven’t read these I highly recommend them all! And hopefully I can buy them soon toad to my library!

Monthly Wrap Up

July Monthly Wrap Up

This month has been really busy for me so I haven’t had as much time to read. Plus I’ve been in a weird slump where I want to read but also don’t want to read. Yes, I know, it’s weird.

I met Hannah Witton at the beginning of the month when she went on tour for her new book, The Hormone Diaries. I absolutely loved the event. It was fun and insightful and honestly you should all go read her book.

Then at the end of the month I attended YALC! I went with my sisters and I’ve written two blog posts about my experience. You can read them here: Part 1 and Part 2

So anyways back to the books I read this month! I’ve found some new favourites and some which were well and truly disappointing.

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So this is what I read this month:

1 An Ember in the Ashes by Sabaa Tahir – A reread because I want to read A Reaper at the Gates and I loved it just as much the second time around as I did when I read it a couple years ago.

Rating: 5/5

2 We Hunt the Flame by Hafsah Faizal – I would die for the zumra okay! I absolutely loved her writing and her world building and such amazing complex characters!

Rating: 4.5/5

3 Once and Future by AmyRose Capetta & Cori McCarthy – I cannot begin to explain what a mess of a book this is. The plot is all over the place and how has no-one picked up on the racism in this book?!

Rating: 1/5

4 Caraval by Stephanie Garber – Another reread and I forgot how much I loved this book! I loved Scarlet and Julian and how vivid the imagery is!

Rating: 5/5

5 Everyday Sexism by Laura Bates – Wow this book made me so mad. The stories were so awful and me and my husband were absolutely disgusted at how vile men can be. Yet it’s a discussion that needs to be had.

Rating: 4/5

6 Girls of Paper and Fire by Natasha Ngan – I did not expect to love this book as much as I did! I could not put this book down and I am so looking forward to the next book! Though I would advise everyone to check the trigger warnings before reading.

Rating: 5/5

7 You’re Crushing It: Positivity for Living your Real Life by Lex Croucher – I really enjoyed reading this. It’s a book you can dip in and out of and although it deals with heavy topics, it does in a way that doesn’t seem too much.

Rating: 4/5

8 The Paper and Hearts Society by Lucy Powrie – I was really looking forward to reading this but I was really disappointed by it.
Rating: 2.5/5

9 Bright Ruin by Vic James – I put off reading this book for ages because I was terrified of what Vic would do to my favourite characters and I was right to. But I still absolutely loved this book!

Rating: 5/5

So these are the books I read this month!

I also wrote reviews for these books:

1 No Big Deal by Bethany Rutter
2 Light Upon Light by Nur Fadhilah Wahid
3 Sorcery of Thorns by Margaret Rogerson
4 Queen of Ruin by Tracy Banghart

And here a couple other things I wrote about on my blog this month:

Places I would love to travel to
Surah Kahf – People of the Cave

And that’s all for my wrap up this month!

What were your favourite reads this month? Were you disappointed by any books?