- Recurring Reading Reflections

Recurring Reading Reflections: July & August 2014

Every month, I post all the books that I read the previous month, and make rambly remarks that sort of resemble reviews, but not really.

I don’t fancy myself a book critic, but I do like talking about books and sharing my love and appreciation for really good stories. Not every book I read may fall into that category, but I’ve never regretted reading anything so far! So these aren’t so much critiques as little reflections (hence the title). Also, I just took them from my Pinterest – whoo, laziness!


The Dragon’s Apprentice
by James A Owen
4/5 ✦ – Finished 6 July 2014.
The fifth in the Chronicles of the Imaginarium Geographica series. This one is a bit quick in the action and plot, sometimes with events that seem too easily glossed over. There are TONS of characters, so none really get the pagetime they deserve. That Owen does manage to have it all make sense and kept fresh and interesting in this third to last installment is a testament to excellent writing choices. Ends in good cliffhanger sort of way.




GoodreadsTrickster’s Choice
by Tamora Pierce
2/5 ✦ – Finished 3 Aug 2014.
Part of the Tortall universe, first in the Tricksters duet. In my entire readthrough of the Tortall series, Aly is the first protagonist I don’t really like, as she lacks respect, self-awareness, and sensitivity in circumstances that really require it, and overall seems less developed than her literary predecessors. Like Daine, I also thought her powers were far too convenient, and the whole slave aspect seemed a bit unnecessary (aside from setting the plot in motion), especially given that it really doesn’t affect her life that much in terms of character development. The book handles politics, race, and other sensitive subjects quite nicely, though, with only a few missteps.


GoodreadsTrickster’s Queen
by Tamora Pierce
3/5 ✦ – Finished 13 Aug 2014.
Part of the Tortall universe, second in the Tricksters duet. I liked it better than the first one, though Aly still isn’t my favorite Tortall character. Much like Korra from The Legend of Korra, she remains arrogant and acts superior to those around her, and her extraordinary talents come across as abnormal and off-putting. That said, the whole revolution plot is pulled off extremely well, much emphasis given to the proper parties involved, and doesn’t sugarcoat the harsh realities of such an event. I’d love to read more about the other characters, though, especially Dove.



by Tamora Pierce
4/5 ✦ – Finished 28 Aug 2014.
Part of the Tortall universe, the Beka Cooper series. This book is MASSIVE, and a little slow to start, but once the mysteries start to align, it becomes one of those “can’t put it down” novels. I found Beka to be a wonderful protagonist, whose social shyness I certainly could identify with. She too is Gifted, but it works in a refreshingly low-key manner, her utilizing it only as a complement to her own abilities, which are quite realistic. The police-esque, lower class setting makes this gritty, almost noir-style, journal format a much different experience from the other Tortall books.

2 thoughts on “Recurring Reading Reflections: July & August 2014

  1. Yeah, for me part of falling in love with this seires was because I fell in love with the land, Tortall. There are just so many wonderful things in that world, and horrible ones too but plenty of interesting for many adventures. And as you go along reading the other books set in this world more and more things keep appearing! Like in the Immortals Quartet you get to know more about the gods and magic, in Trickter’s you learn more about spying and politics, and in the Beka Cooper seires you’ll get to read about Tortall’s past and the characters you’ve been reading up to now. After reading your reviews, I think I might have to do a re-read of Tamora’s seires! 😀

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    • Aw, thank you for your kind words! And I totally agree, I think that’s definitely the draw and magic of Pierce’s created world – there are so many parts to enjoy. Like for me, I didn’t care much for Immortals’ magic, but I REALLY liked the Beka Cooper series for its grittiness and realism. Glad to meet another fan!!


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