Y’all, I have been on a TEAR this month! I went from being in a total reading slump in February to reading 10 books in March, including three fantasy series. Sheesh! I’m not sure if it’s been the crappy spring weather or the lingering seasonal depression, but I’ve fallen hard into escapist reading this month and, honestly, I’m not mad about it. Here is everything I read March:
Ugh. You guys, I wanted to like this book so much, but I just couldn’t. I’ve been trying to read more lesbian romance since my rotation is very straight and/or male heavy, but this was just not it. First of all, the power dynamic is off from the start given the entire premise is a romance between a boss and assistant (a personal ‘yikes’ for me). It goes on to be a deeply unsexy book where I fully don’t believe the two characters are in love nor is there any steam. And on top of it, the plot relies on a lot of unfortunate racial and cultural stereotyping, which feels gross. Feel free to skip this one – and give me other lesbian romance recommendations!
I’m listing all of these together because, frankly, if I talked about each one separately we’d be here all day. I absolutely LOVED this series. I am the first to say that I have never been a fantasy reader. In fact, I’ve had a strong “no books with maps” rule for the last ten years. So, when the TikTok algorithm told me I needed to read this series I was skeptical. But oh my god I’m so glad I did! The second book, A Court of Mist and Fury, is by far my favorite in the series, but they’re all worth reading and, in my opinion, live up to the hype. The series features lots of strong female characters, interesting but not overly complex world-building, and they’re spicy (especially A Court of Silver Flames, geez). Highly, highly recommend. Please read so we can talk about them!
This was a lovely, fun romp of a romance if you’re looking for something light! I needed a pallet cleanser after binge reading ACOTAR for two weeks straight and this was just the thing to clear my head. I read it on a Saturday morning with my coffee and it was the perfect way to start the weekend. If you love British regency settings and queer romance that’s both spicy and sweet, then I recommend picking this one up. Definitely looking forward to reading more by Cat Sebastian!
Once I was introduced to the YA fantasy world, I really dove in with another frequently-recommended series, From Blood and Ash. This was the perfect series to sink my teeth into after ACOTAR since the world has a similar feel, the lead is another strong female character, and the dynamic between the two main love interests is fiery, swoony, and fun. It gets extra points for having a lot of sex scenes (love to see it), but loses points because there are a lot of world-building details that are confusing and I frankly didn’t care about that much. Regardless, I can’t wait for the third book in the series to come out in April and, yes, I already pre-ordered through my local bookstore!
To round out my month of fantasy, I read the first two books in the Bargainer series, another fairy-based series but this time set in the modern day. I’ll admit that this is my least favorite of the series I’ve read so far. I liked the first book, Rhapsodic, quite a bit but didn’t find A Strange Hymn quite as compelling. Will I finish out the series since there’s only one more book left? Sure. But I’m not tearing into it the way I was with the others. With that said, they’re easy reads and are on the shorter side of the fantasy spectrum (only like 350 pages lol) so they move quickly and are well paced. We also love a hot, silver-haired (à la Henry Cavill in The Witcher) so that helped, too.
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