Hey guys! I realised that I haven’t done a wrap up post in 2 months. I didn’t read any new books in March and I got back into reading towards the end of April. I had my exams and even after I was done with them I just didn’t feel like reading anything for a while. So after taking a pretty long break, I could safely say that I was able to read about 3 books this month. I wasn’t even planning on it but then I accidentally discovered a Korean webnovel that ripped me out my reading slump. It was so addictive and entertaining. It was a long web novel yet I couldn’t put it down. Anyways, enough of my rambling 🤭,let’s just dive into my wrap up.
1. From Blood and Ash by Jennifer L. Armentrout.
This was an average book for me. It was pretty entertaining to read but I personally had few issues with it. I have a full review of this book and you can check that out if you want to know more about my thoughts.
2. The Beginning After the End by TurtleMe.
King Grey once benefited from unrivaled strength, wealth, and prestige in a world governed by martial ability, but now finds himself reborn in a society dominated by magic. Given a second chance at life, the once-king strives to understand his role in this new world and the purpose of his reincarnation while correcting the mistakes of his past.
I love the reincarnation trope. It intrigues me and I think very few authors are able to execute it well. TurtleMe did a somewhat good job at it but it felt more like an experiment rather than a book. It had several good aspects to it. The world building was great and it had a pretty diverse society and culture. The magic system was really cool as well. It was so simple and the way the author explained everything in such a precise way made me really invested in it. It was the best part of the plot and there were still several unknowns that I am curious to know more about. I also loved how our protagonist Arther would make comparisons between his old and new life and use that knowledge as a stepping stone to become stronger. Though I have to admit even if I really loved multiple aspects of the story, the overall plot wasn’t anything new and original. Also, I had some issues with the pacing of the book. It was really fast and there were too many time skips. I didn’t get enough time in a particular time frame to get attached to the characters because I felt that everything was happening too fast. The prose was pretty dry as well and it bored me whenever the protagonist would explain how something in his world worked. It felt like a long lecture and my eyes would just glaze over it. Overall, It was a decent book for me. I saw the reviews on Amazon and a lot of people enjoyed it more than me. So if you are looking to give it a try, don’t let my issues hold you back from reading a good book.
3. Solo leveling by Chugong.
10 years ago, after “the Gate” that connected the real world with the monster world opened, some of the ordinary, everyday people received the power to hunt monsters within the Gate. They are known as “Hunters”. However, not all Hunters are powerful. My name is Sung Jin-Woo, an E-rank Hunter. I’m someone who has to risk his life in the lowliest of dungeons, the “World’s Weakest”. Having no skills whatsoever to display, I barely earned the required money by fighting in low-leveled dungeons… at least until I found a hidden dungeon with the hardest difficulty within the D-rank dungeons! In the end, as I was accepting death, I suddenly received a strange power, a quest log that only I could see, a secret to leveling up that only I know about! If I trained in accordance with my quests and hunted monsters, my level would rise. Changing from the weakest Hunter to the strongest S-rank Hunter!
If you don’t know this, Solo leveling is one of the most popular Korean webnovels out there and it was officially licensed for English release by Yen press few months back. They released the eBook of the first volume last month and I finished the whole book within a span of 5 hours. It was so freaking addictive and fun. It hooked me from the first chapter. Our mc, Jin woo was really smart while dealing with some of the most life threatening situations. He was perceptive enough to know when to fight back and when to back down in any dangerous circumstances. He was gifted with a rare magic that was similar to video games where he has to finish certain quest in order to level up and become stronger. The first volume didn’t have any overarching plot. It was about the mc trying to figure out his magic and how to use it efficiently. What hooked me so much into this book was the way he handled the quests and fought the monsters in the dungeons. The fighting scenes where great and world building was amazing and very detailed. I went ahead and finished the entire webnovel after reading the first volume. The world started to expand in the later half of the WN and we got to know about the reasons why the dungeons started appearing 10 years ago and what was the purpose of Jin woo in acquiring such a unique ability. I loved the webnovel and the translations were really good but I have to admit that there wasn’t much development of the side characters in this story. I also felt that Jinwoo became too overpowered towards the later third of the web novel and it became a bit repetitive to read. But it had a solid plot from beginning to the end and I had a huge hangover after I finished it.
Anyways, these are the three books (and web novel) I read this month. It was so refreshing to finally get back into my hobby after the stressful 2 months. Let me know your thoughts in the comment section down below and until then...