Mini Reviews #16: Sequels Galore!

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The Raven King by Nora Sakavic

The Foxes are a fractured mess, but their latest disaster might be the miracle they've always needed to come together as a team. The one person standing in their way is Andrew, and the only one who can break through his personal barriers is Neil.

Except Andrew doesn't give up anything for free and Neil is terrible at trusting anyone but himself. The two don't have much time to come to terms with their situation before outside forces start tearing them apart. Riko is intent on destroying Neil's fragile new life, and the Foxes have just become collateral damage.

Neil's days are numbered, but he's learning the hard way to go down fighting for what he believes in, and Neil believes in Andrew even if Andrew won't believe in himself.

5/5 Rowena Ravenclaws.

While I liked The Foxhole Court, I did have a pretty serious issue with it. However, that problem was completely absent in The Raven King. Add to that characters that just get more compelling with each page and a plot that just gets more suspenseful and you have one of my favorite reads of the year thus far. <3

Recommended for lovers of:

Windwitch by Susan Dennard

Sometimes our enemies are also our only allies…

After an explosion destroys his ship, the world believes Prince Merik, Windwitch, is dead. Scarred yet alive, Merik is determined to prove his sister’s treachery. Upon reaching the royal capital, crowded with refugees, he haunts the streets, fighting for the weak—which leads to whispers of a disfigured demigod, the Fury, who brings justice to the oppressed.

When the Bloodwitch Aeduan discovers a bounty on Iseult, he makes sure to be the first to find her—yet in a surprise twist, Iseult offers him a deal. She will return money stolen from him, if he locates Safi. Now they must work together to cross the Witchlands, while constantly wondering, who will betray whom first?

After a surprise attack and shipwreck, Safi and the Empress of Marstok barely escape with their lives. Alone in a land of pirates, every moment balances on a knife’s edge—especially when the pirates’ next move could unleash war upon the Witchlands.

3/5 baby donkeys.

Truthwitch was definitely a you-love-it-or-you-hate-it book. I loved it, so I was SUPER excited for Windwitch (just look at that cover, y'all). However, a lot of this book seemed to be spent dickering around doing nothing. Plus, Merik's plot line seemed to pick up in a totally different place than where it left off in Truthwitch. 

But in the last 100 pages, the writing and action became twice as intense and compelling. For the first time, I was swept into the pages and the story. Susan Dennard is capable of writing brilliantly, don't get me wrong. But for 3/4 of this book, she just.....didn't. And that frustrated me so freaking much.

However, Windwitch had some good spots. I loved getting to see parts of the story from Vivia's POV, and Iseult and Aeduan were incredible characters. Although Safi herself was a tad annoying, I loved getting to explore pirate territory with her. 

Overall, Windwitch was good.....but not great. I will be reading Bloodwitch, but my expectations have been lowered.

Recommended for lovers of:

Tears of the Giraffe by Alexander McCall Smith

Precious Ramotswe is the eminently sensible and cunning proprietor of the only ladies’ detective agency in Botswana. In Tears of the Giraffe she tracks a wayward wife, uncovers an unscrupulous maid, and searches for an American man who disappeared into the plains many years ago. In the midst of resolving uncertainties, pondering her impending marriage to a good, kind man, Mr. J. L. B. Matekoni, and the promotion of her talented secretary (a graduate of the Botswana Secretarial College, with a mark of 97 per cent), she also finds her family suddenly and unexpectedly increased by two.

2/5 unstoppable demon duos.
I really loved The No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency, but I kind of had to drag myself through TotG. This book focused a lot more on the personal lives of the characters than on the fun mysteries brought to the detective agency. Though the writing was gorgeous, its slowness was not balanced out by lots of action as had been the case in the preceding book. I don't think I'm going to continue reading this series, and this was one of my least favorite books so far this year. :(

Not recommended.


Let's chat! Have you read any of these books? If so, what did you think? What are your favorite and least favorite sequels? What's your favorite book thus far this year? Comment below, and have an amazing day. <3


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  1. I picked up truthwitch a little while ago and have yet to get to it. *cue tbr wailing in the distance*
    I've heard so many conflicting things about it, but I'm hopeful I'll like it, considering my massive adoration of throne of glass, and the fact that the two are supposedly similar in feel.
    My favorite sequel (excluding the raven king of course) would probably have to be Clockwork Prince by Cassandra Clare. I felt next to nothing when it came to the first book, but boy was that second one a game changer. Least favorite is probably The Infinite Sea. The 5th Wave is one of my utter favorite books, but at this point I've taken to believing the rest of the series just doesn't exist. :/
    And as for favorite book this year, it's definitely The Hating Game, considering I've already read it twice over the past three months. Never thought a NA romance book would be something I loved so much but here I am. xD
    Another fabulous post Ellie!!
    xx a || not gary cooper

    1. Ahhh, I'll be interested to hear your thoughts! It's a very you-love-it-or-you-hate-it book.

      It actually sounds really good!? But I've read a few samples and I'm just not sure it has the "zing" I usually need to get through contemporary books. :/

      Thank you! <3

      - Ellie

  2. I love reading your mini reviews! I don't think that I've read any of these, but it's still nice to read your thoughts!

  3. Oh the baby donkey's are so bloody cute! I must admit, Truthwitch and I didn't have a great time together. I just couldn't get into it and it felt as though I was dropped in the middle of a storyline. A friend of mine loves the Foxhole series and I can't wait to get started on them. I think the covers tend to turn away a lot of readers sadly. I've had a few favourites already this year but I think Strange The Dreamer comes out slightly on top. Great reviews Ellie, really enjoyed them <3


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