AUGUST 2022 RECOMMENDATIONS
Updated: Sep 7
I thought of making a list of things I read, played or used every month and share them with you in case you need some new ideas. Here's AUGUST 2022 for you!
The Witch's Heart by Genevieve Gornichec
Angrboda has been burned, reborn three times and got her heart stabbed out because of her foresight and for not providing Odin information about the future. As she fled and tried to hide her existence from Odin, she was found by Loki who brought her her heart (quite literally) and decided she was interesting. I find this novel hilarious as Loki, as with his nature, never fails to get himself into trouble while Angrboda, still in hiding, has no choice but to take care of him (because he keeps on visiting her supposedly secret hideout). Their friendship, which is filled with funny banters, eventually turned to love and that's as far as I'll go because you should be getting yourself a copy so you can read what happens next!
Troy by Stephen Fry
It is always amazing to read any Stephen Fry book. He has a unique witty way of describing the characters that makes it easy to imagine how they act, think and speak. The Trojan War can be a boring subject to discuss but Stephen Fry was able to make it simple, clear and cheeky as he pokes fun on every little tale. Any book Stephen Fry writes is such fun!
Daughter of Sparta by Claire M. Andrews
I am at page 47 when I decided that I am hooked. This is probably the first time that I liked a retelling of Daphne x Apollo (because all myth nerds know how that went) and the way Claire Andrews wrote Daphne and gave her a voice + reimagined her as a strong, independent Spartan woman is empowering! The novel is a page turner because Daphne has to find 9 things that were stolen from the Olympian gods that caused their powers to wane. As Artemis has warned her, "A dying god is a dangerous god."
Cultish: The Language of Fanaticism by Amanda Montell
Amanda explains how cults work and how they managed to entice people into joining them (some even not knowing that they are). Cults usually target sad, depressed people wanting to belong and so they use "empowering and affirming" words to hook you in. It is a good eye-opener book that will help anyone especially in the woo woo community to be aware of their presence and influence.
Duel With The Vampire Lord by Elise Kova
This MARRIED TO MAGIC series by Elise Kova has quickly become a favourite of mine. Honestly, I was captured by the awesome cover art and when I read the first book, it felt like I won the lottery. Elise Kova has become one of my favourite authors so it's obvious I got excited when she announced that she's writing a vampire spicy romance! Elise Kova's worldbuilding is amazingly rich and vivid. I highly recommend this book if you like vampires x mortal woman with biting, light spice and adventure!
The Taking of Persephone Series: Kore by Ambrosia R. Harris
This is another amazing retelling of Hades x Persephone. I especially like that the author used Aidoneus (Hades' birth name) to introduce Hades. It was a slow start but Ambrosia's world building was worth it. Can't wait for the next book!
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