Top 5 Wednesday: Books that aren’t set in/inspired by the Western world

Happy Wednesday everyone, and here another Top 5 Wednesday, and the topic is:

July 19th: Books That Aren’t Set In/Inspired By The Western World
–I know this is a long title, but I couldn’t figure out how else to word it and still get the point across. Talk about books that are set outside of the Western World (so outside of North America and Western Europe) or if they are SFF, books that aren’t inspired by those places (so no medieval setting fantasy!)

Top 5 Wednesday is a group in Goodreads and was formerly created by Lainey at gingerreadslainey and is now done by Sam from Thoughts on Tomes. It is open to everyone.

Want by: Cindy Pon

This book is set within a futuristic Taipei. Taiwan. Cindy Pon does a good job at describing how the city would look in the future and describing a lot of the major monuments.

Flame in the Mist by: Renee Ahdieh

This is a semi Mulan retelling set in feudal Japan. I really enjoyed this book, and Renee Adieh really takes full advantage of the books setting and seeing myself transported in Japan.

Serpentine by: Cindy Pon

Yes, another Cindy Pon book. This one is set in Ancient China and it was one of my favorites of 2016. It blends a lot of fantasy with Chinese mythology, which made it awesome.

The Star Touched Queen by: Roshani Chokshi

This is a fantasy series set in India, and has a lot of Indian mythology within the book. While it wasn’t as plot heavy like I wanted it to be it still was a great read.

The Girl of Fire and Thorns by Rae Carson

This is a fantasy book inspired by a lot of South American culture and its history. This is a very underrated book series, but I enjoyed reading it.

Those are my favorite books set outside the western world? What are your favorite books outside the western world? Let me know in the comments below.

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October Wrap up/November TBR

Hello everyone,

We are currently in the month of November, and I was suppose to do this a few days ago, but I got busy. It was still a pretty good reading month despite how busy I was, but I still read what I needed to read. So lets recap.

What I Read:

Queen of Shadows by: Sarah J Maas

While everyone else was reading Empire of Storms, I was a little behind and was reading Queen of Shadows. Here is my review. I gave it 4/5.

Crooked Kingdom by: Leigh Bardugo

One of my most anticipated reads. After reading the great Six of Crows and loving it, I had to finish the series. Here is my review. I gave it 5/5

And I Darken by: Kiersten White

It was a nice book, the cover looks amazing. I actually liked the book more than I thought I would. Here is my review. I gave it 4/5

The Midnight Star by: Marie Lu

The conclusion of one my favorite series by one of my favorite authors. It was a good conclusion, and I enjoyed the series. Here is my review. I gave it 3.8/5

Vicious by VE Schwab

Another great book by the fabulous VE Schwab, and it was amazing. A very good read, that blurs the lines between good and bad. Here is my review. I gave it 4.7/5

Illuminae by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff

This was a book, that I kept saying, why did it take me long to read this. I loved how unconventional the book was. Mainly told through chats, and security and I loved every page of it. Here is my review. I gave it 5/5

The Girl of Fire and Thorns by Rae Carson

This was a nice short read. I enjoyed reading it and I plan to read the rest of the series. Here is my review. I gave it 3/5

Across the Universe by Beth Revis

Another book on my TBR list that I finally read, and I really liked it. Here is my review. I gave it 3.5/5

November TBR:

Heartless by Marissa Meyer

Golden Son by Pierce Brown

My Lady Jane by: Cynthia Hand, Brodi Ashton and Jodi Meadows

Three Dark Crowns by Kendare Blake

That was my monthly wrap up. I am very surprised I read that many books in October. I hope I will get to all my November books. If you have any recommendations. Let me know in the comments below.

 

 

 

 

 

The Girl of Fire and Thorns by: Rae Carson

Summary:

Once a century, one person is chosen for greatness.
Elisa is the chosen one.

But she is also the younger of two princesses, the one who has never done anything remarkable. She can’t see how she ever will.

Now, on her sixteenth birthday, she has become the secret wife of a handsome and worldly king—a king whose country is in turmoil. A king who needs the chosen one, not a failure of a princess.

And he’s not the only one who seeks her. Savage enemies seething with dark magic are hunting her. A daring, determined revolutionary thinks she could be his people’s savior. And he looks at her in a way that no man has ever looked at her before. Soon it is not just her life, but her very heart that is at stake.

Elisa could be everything to those who need her most. If the prophecy is fulfilled. If she finds the power deep within herself. If she doesn’t die young.

Most of the chosen do.

The Review:

This was another book on my very large TBR list and I decided to finally give it a read, and I enjoyed it.

Let me first discuss the character, I love Elisa. I felt it was very refreshing to an YA-heroine that wasn’t perfect and acknowledge her imperfections. Also her plot didn’t involve dumb romances and felt forced in.

I felt some of the supporting characters could have had a but more development, such as Alejandro who I felt was a pretty good character and sort of love interest but he could have used some background because I like his scenes with Elisa and Alejandro.

I also loved Elisa’s relationship with Ximena because you don’t see a lot of female-female friendships, and she was a great supporting character.

I also felt that the world building could have been a better. The thing with fantasy novels is trying to set up setting, and I did get a descent sense of the setting but I wanted the book to dive more deeper into the lore, maybe the next few books swill dive deeper into the lore.

I also liked the plot, it was a different take on the “chosen one” trope, and it was great to see Elisa come into her powers.

I also liked the use of reliogion and how it tied into the world, which you don’t see a a lot in fantasy novels.

In the end, The Girl of Fire and Thorns was a very solid first book, in hopefully a good series, while the world building could have been better, it gave us a great main character in Elisa and I want to see more of her story.

Grade: 3/5

WWW Wednesday Oct 25th 2016

Welcome to WWW Wednesday which is currently being hosted by Sam @ Taking On A World of Words. It’s really just a place to do little update on what all you’ve been reading lately. Anyone is welcome to join, just leave a link to your post in the comments and be sure to give the appropriate credit to Sam.

The Three Ws are:

What are you currently reading?
What did you recently finish reading?
What do you think you’ll read next?

What are you currently reading?

This was on my TBR for a while now, and after reading Illuminae I always wanted to read more YA set in space.

What did you recently finish?

Seriously, why did it take me so long to finally read this?! I loved every page of it. Here is my review.

This was another book on very long TBR list, it was a surprisingly good book, I should have the review up by the end of the week.

What do you think you’ll read next?

This was a book I wanted to read for the longest time, I finally got the book and will be reading it soon.

I read Red Rising, loved it, and now I am going to read the next two book because I need to know what happens next.

That is my WWW Wednesday. What books are you currently reading? What have you recently finished and what will you be reading next? Let me know in the comments below!

Happy Wednesday!

WWW Wednesday: Oct 19th 2016

Welcome to WWW Wednesday which is currently being hosted by Sam @ Taking On A World of Words. It’s really just a place to do little update on what all you’ve been reading lately. Anyone is welcome to join, just leave a link to your post in the comments and be sure to give the appropriate credit to Sam.

The Three Ws are:

What are you currently reading?
What did you recently finish reading?
What do you think you’ll read next?

What are you currently reading?

I read This Savage Song, really liked it so I am also reading V.E. Schwab other books as well.

What did you recently finish?

It was on my TBR, I really liked it. Sort of like a lite version of Game of Thrones with a lot of political intrigue. I will post the review later this week.

Really liked this one, a good conclusion to one my favorite trilogies. Here is my review for the book.

What did you think you’ll read next?

I have heard nothing but good things about this series, and most of my blogger friends are talking about this book, so I will most likely read this series.

Another book that was on my TBR list, just got it on my Nook and will be reading that shortly.

That is my WWW Wednesday. What books are you currently reading? What have you recently finished and what will you be reading next? Let me know in the comments below!

Happy Wednesday.