Welcome to book spotlight where instead of giving you another book review, I’m just going to talk about books I’ve read recently that I enjoyed. Prepare yourself for the fangirl gushing.
Do you ever finally pick up a book to read and want to hit yourself over the head with it for not reading it sooner? Yeaaaah.
So my library weeded three of the books from the Ravenspire series by C.J. Redwine a little while ago and I bought them from the book sale. I remember being interested in The Shadow Queen when it first released (I mean just look at that dang cover!), but I never picked it up and I was a little hesitant to read it because someone I used to follow on Goodreads didn’t think highly of it.
So when we finally weeded book four, I bought it as well and decided I was going to finally give them a chance and let myself decide if they were worth my time.
Well, guess what?
I adored this series. I enjoyed them so much that I was so mad I didn’t read them earlier. I was mad nobody else told me to read them earlier either. It started with the shape shifting dragon characters in The Shadow Queen and the way she used the original tale of Rumpelstiltskin in The Wish Granter and ended with the epic monster battles in The Traitor Prince and the ridiculous amount of tension between two characters in The Blood Spell to convince me that I will read anything C.J. Redwine writes in the future.
(Yes, I know she has another series, but I’m not as interested in that at the moment. Maybe someday.)
I just love the world she created. I love how each book is about a different kingdom and its magic and problems. I love the myths and creatures and magic. I love the characters and the romance and the sibling relationships. I love how she retold each fairy tale and gave it new twist that fit with the world she created. I love so many things about this series.
I’m sure it’s not a perfect series. Just scrolling through Goodreads reviews proves that some people didn’t like these books because they’re too generic YA plot lines or similar to something else or whatever. But I don’t care because I’ve felt like I’ve been in this weird writing slump the last few months. I’ve read books I like, but not too many that I loved. And then I read these and they reminded me why I like YA, why I like fairy tale retellings, why I like fantasy.
And that’s really all that I care about.