Reading Rush Wrap-Up

During The Reading Rush, my goal was to read 4 books:
–The Tea Girl of Hummingbird Lane
–Small Country
–The Tea Dragon Society
–Sorcery of Thorns

I will list each book below and which challenges I fulfilled:

For the challenge ‘Read a book with at least 5 words on the cover’:
The Tea Girl of Hummingbird Lane by Lisa See. I found this story to be very touching and heartwarming. I’m currently on page 195 on this book. I love the historical facts that Lisa See weaves into her tale as she describes Li-Yan’s complicated life journey in China.

For the challenges ‘Read a book you meant to read last year’ and ‘Read an author’s debut novel’:
Small Country by Gael Faye. This was the first book I read during The Reading Rush. It was a tragic story detailing the life of Gaby, a 10 year old boy living in an expatriate community in Burundi. I loved every page of this riveting tale!

For the challenges ‘Read a book with a non-human main character’ and ‘Read a book in the same spot the entire time’
The Tea Dragon Society by Katie O’Neill. This is a graphic novel that told the story about Greta, a goblin who learns about the value of adorable Tea Dragons. I read this story while sitting at my family’s kitchen table, and I didn’t want it to end!

Sorcery of Thorns by Margaret Rogerson. I didn’t get a chance to read this story in time, but I look forward to when I’m finished with my Lisa See book.

‘Siege and Storm’ by Leigh Bardugo/A Review

**This review contains spoilers**

I appreciated ‘Siege and Storm’ a bit more than ‘Shadow and Bone’. This installment in the Grisha series heavily ventures into military strategy and royal influence as Alina fights to defeat the Darkling and restore peace to Ravka. Alina generates a following among commoners and Grisha alike, as many see her as the ‘Sun Saint’ who will bring an end to chaos. I appreciated viewing Alina’s friendship with Nikolai, as he uses his power of royalty to school her in military etiquette, as well as navigating diplomacy.

What I didn’t appreciate was the fact that Alina’s communication with Mal constantly led to lovers’ quarreling. Both characters have passionate feelings toward each other, yet Alina allowed her emotional bond with the Darkling interfere with restoring honesty in her relationship with Mal.

I absolutely enjoyed the final battle scene in the book. It contained just the right elements of action and shocking revelations.

My rating: 3.5/5 stars

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