Wyrd & Wonder Final Wrap-Up

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Books Read (or at least attempted) for Wyrd & Wonder 2021

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The Isle of the Lost by Melissa de la Cruz – *** (reread)

And this is a good example of why I don’t reread as much as I’d like: I wind up feeling somewhat meh about so many of my rereads. Still like the characters, but the world building was super squirrel-ly.

The House of Hades by Rick Riordan – ***

There were moments – I mean, of course there was, it’s a Riordan book (there’s always moments in his books) – but most of the time… I’m just wondering if maybe I’m too old because I keep wanting more (more depth, more impact (except when I want less fights)) and I don’t know if that’s a symptom of MG books or just a sign that this isn’t the author for me. (I’m still here only because I need to get to Magnus Chase.)

Scavenge the Stars by Tara Sim – DNF

I take full responsibility for DNF’ing this one. I might have known what it was at one point (like when I put in on my TBR three years ago) but for the six months at least, I thought it was something completely different than it was. If I’d known, I would have still tried to read it, but probably just grabbed a sample.

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Deosil by Jordan L. Hawk – *****

Occasionally in life, you will come across a series finale that leaves you not wanting to let the characters go. This was just such a finale for me. Honestly, the road here was rocky, but this book was amazing and I am so happy I kept going back there around book 5 when my interest was waning. (This is an eleven book series.)

Mort by Terry Pratchett – **

So I know Pratchett’s work and I usually like it – but between the bog standard ‘romance’ and the teen-aged boy mentality and the dated feeling with everything to do with romance and/or women… I’m kind of thinking about forgetting Discworld.

City of Betrayal by Claudie Arseneault – *****

… I want to hug every POV character. But I won’t because at least one of them does not like being touched. Anyway, this is an amazing second book to the series and I love the characters so much and I love the queerness in a book that isn’t about that. Highly recommend this series.


I’m also currently – perpetually, it seems – in the midst of rereading The Palace Job by Patrick Weekes. It’s such a fun fantasy heist story and it’s really working out well for me, even being a reread. (And even considering how long I’ve been working on rereading it.)


I was supposed to get to Beneath the Citadel by Destiny Soria – and even a recent as last week, I thought I’d make it. I, however, have not read more than a chapter any day for over a week, I think. Needless to say, that’s crimped my plans a little.




Anyway, once again, had fun despite my poor planning. All you people that participated in this thing – especially while holding a full time job or school – are all rockstars. Me? I need sleep.


4 thoughts on “Wyrd & Wonder Final Wrap-Up

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  2. I’ve heard great things about City of Betrayal… how many books are in this series actually??? I’m not sure if I want to start it if it’s not already completed…
    But such a great wrap up.. so many wonderful books !!


    1. City of Betrayal is an amazing book – but if you’re interested, start with City of Strife which is the first in the series and also a great book. There are supposed to be four books in the series – though only the first two have been published. Be aware that, while the second book doesn’t, in my opinion, end on a cliffhanger, there are a lot of loose ends to be tied up. Both the first two books were published in 2017 and there is no projected release date for the sequels that I’ve been able to find. I personally don’t regret reading them, because it’s been ages since a fantasy book has struck me as perfectly as these two did, but if you decide to go ahead and read them, be prepared for a long wait to see the sequels.

      Thank you, I mostly had fun with these books. (And if you can’t tell, will take any chance to talk about City of Strife/City of Betrayal.)

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      1. Haha I love your gushing about them… I can clearly feel how much you love them and how wonderful they must be … I actually remember putting them off an year or so ago because I realized it wasn’t complete.. I’m sad it’s still the same.. I will think on it if I wanna start even now but I’ll definitely keep them on my mind for one day 😊😊

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