You Made Me Read This #2 | All the fantasy books are haunting me

A couple of weeks ago I did the Try A Chapter Tag and I loved doing that so I thought, why not let people decide which books I try next? So I asked you for some suggestions and ended up with a big filled with pieces of paper with a lot of books, some of which I have been wanting to read, others I have never heard of. This is now a regular feature on my blog called You Made Me Read This and you can read my first attempt here!

This time the books I have randomly picked from my cup are: Etiquette & Espionage by Gaile Carriger (suggested by Gayle @this_lil_light), The Orphan Queen by Jodie Meadows (suggested by Ayla @booksnbabbles) and Followed by Frost by Charlie N. Holmberg (suggested by @Saugustine928).

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Etiquette & Espionage by Gail Carriger

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Expectations: I don’t think I’ve heard of this book but I just glanced over the synopsis and I’m not sure. It sounds kinda cool about a kind of spy school? But also, it seems to be fantasy and that’s not my thing anymore (and yet I ended up with all these high fantasy books lol)

Experience: [on page 1] Is this girl seriously called Sophronia Barnaclegoose?? what. I’m sorry but this is the stupidest character name I have ever heard.

[on page 2] I think Sophronia is trying to go somewhere with a dumbwaiter (I had to think for a while before realizing that this wasn’t a waiter who is dumb) and ended up in pudding. I’m not sure how she managed to do that.

[on page 5] ohhh she’s 14 years old, that kinda explains the weird things she’s been doing, I think? If I were 14, I’d try to climb through a dumbwaiter.

[on page 6] They keep casually mentioning vampires and werewolves so I guess those live in whatever world they live in. She thinks her mom is angry and wants to sell her off as servant for vampires?? Vampires are also really into fashion apparently.

[I switched to the ebook sample so no more pagemarkers] Now her mom is discussing with a “vampire drone”, whatever that might mean, about how Sophronia is a terrible daughter. And she’s basically trying to sell her to vampires (or finishing school?) like she suspected. So nice.

Now the vampire lady who is apparently also the owner of a finishing school is asking her all these odd questions to see whether she’s fit to go to school there. It is decided that she shall go and must leave immediately.

Verdict: I am very confused about the vampires and werewolves and how that’s supposed to fit in the story and era it’s set in. Though it seems kinda fun, I do not think this book is for me. Perhaps if I were somewhat younger and actually liked historic and supernatural books, I’d enjoy it!

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The Orphan Queen by Jodi Meadows

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Expectations: I’ve heard of The Orphan Queen and it has always seem like one of those really generic YA high fantasy books that I’ve never really been interested (the only reason I’ve ever been interested in fantasy is because it’s so hyped tbh).

Experience: [on page 1] world building world building world building.

[on page 2] there are a lot of terms thrown around and I have no idea what any of them mean.

[on page 5] I still have no idea what the MC’s (who is called Wil) gender is. They sneak in some place together with their friend Melanie. Wil secretly has magic and uses it to steal something – some kind of papers.

[on page 8] there’s a fight and I don’t know why or who they’re fighting. They’re called “glowmen” *raises eyebrow*

[on page 11] when the fight is over and Wil won, “Black Knife” shows up. This seems like an important character. Wil runs.

Verdict: If I weren’t feeling so anti-fantasy (right now) I would probably have enjoyed this but I couldn’t really care less about it tbh. Wil seems pretty badass and I haven’t really paid attention to the world building so I can’t say much about it, but the story seems promising.

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Followed By Frost by Charlie N. Holmberg

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Expectations: I have never heard of this book, perhaps because I’m not really into fantasy but I’ve heard of The Paper Magician, I think. The cover seems to have a weird contrast of ice and a desert? Kinda confusing.

Experience: [on prologue] uhm. ok. The MC knows cold and death and is also a tad bit dramatic.

[on chapter 1, again no page markers] The MC (who still remains nameless) is eating some food from a distant land with a friend. And now some introduction to some people and the city blablabla. Some guy named Mordan has a crush on the MC and she’s totally creeped out by him.

Apparently she’s called Smitha? What is it with these strange names? MORDAN THE CREEP IS 8 YEARS OLDER THAN HER AND SHE’S A TEEN YUK. This whole situation is so wrong on so many levels but she’s only not interested in him because he’s not handsome enough wtf.

The guy just followed her home and something bad is going to happen, I feel it. He wants to talk to her. Alone. She doesn’t show up and that’s where the chapter ends.

Verdict: I have to be honest, I’m intrigued about what’s going to happen with Mordan because I feel it’s going to be bad. I think this book is a good book, from what I’ve read. But I don’t want to read it because it’s high fantasy and I just really don’t care about high fantasy. I’ve just been skimming over all the worldbuilding stuff tbh because I knew I wasn’t going to continue haha.

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This went as well as I predicted haha, I didn’t think any of them were for me (mostly because I’m really in a fantasy slump right now and I don’t think I’ll be getting out of it any day soon.

Have you read any of these books? Or are they still on your TBR? Do you think I judge too harshly?

25 thoughts on “You Made Me Read This #2 | All the fantasy books are haunting me

  1. Sophronia Barnaclegoose – WHAT EVEN?? I’m laughing so hard hahaha! I’ve been kinda anti-fantasy at the moment as well (which is not good for my current two reads which are high fantasy… no wonder I haven’t been reading much lately). It’s weird cause fantasy used to be my favorite genre but they all sort of sound the same at one point?

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    1. I DON’T EVEN KNOW?? That name is just… ????
      I don’t know what’s up with me and fantasy but our relationship isn’t good at the moment. I’m just really uninterested in reading any fantasy books at the time.

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  2. Sophronia Barnaclegoose?? Seriously??

    Looks like we’re very different, since fantasy is pretty much my favourite genre 😀 Although there are definitely many fantasy books that are generic or cliché.

    “uhm. ok. The MC knows cold and death and is also a tad bit dramatic.” I laughed at this. now I kinda want to read that prologue.

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    1. Yeahhhh it’s an odd name??
      I’ve always had a love/hate relationship with fantasy but lately it’s just been more hate than love haha
      You should look it up on amazon, it’s really short and dramatic haha

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  3. I love this feature you’ve started! I read Orphan Queen a few years ago and it wasn’t the greatest, and if I’m being honest I don’t really remember much of what happens because it was super generic, as you pointed out.

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  4. I have this vague memory of starting Etiquette and Espionage when I was 14/15 and reading the first two chapters or so before putting it down! I think I was also confused then about the vampire/werewolf stuff and the thing with the dumbwaiter and just couldn’t get into it, so I don’t blame you for putting it down now haha

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  5. I felt the same way about the first book – I just think that historical steampunk novels like that one just aren’t for me haha, and the main character has such a strange name hahaha. 🙂

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  6. This is a cool feature! And I read Etiquette and Espionage a couple years back. I bought it on a whim at a festival. The cover looked cool and the spy school thing was appealing to me at the time, but the character’s young age was a bit off-putting. I enjoyed it for the most part, despite all the weird stuff going down. It was a weird mix of Supernatural and Victorian Steampunk, but it still kind of worked? I dunno. If you’re anti-fantasy right now, though, I don’t think it’ll be all that fun for you to get through LOL. It’s a bit off the walls XD

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  7. Etiquette and Espionage is a prequel series, though written after, to another series so maybe the author expected you to know all that stuff already? I did read E&E before that original series though, so I’m not sure haha. I really don’t remember, it’s been so long since I read these. I did love E&E and the next two books (still haven’t read the final one) but I was a lot younger then so I have no idea how I’d feel about it now haha

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    1. Ohh that would make much sense. I think I would enjoy it if I were younger and still into that whole supernatural/vampire thing, but that’s just not for me anymore.

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  8. Personally I love those supernatural things so maybe Etiquette and Espionage I would like. But with a name like Sophronia Barnaclegoose, I am just going to laugh I’m sorry XD All those books are probably not good for your anti-fantasy kick but maybe pick up some contemporary! I’m reading Second Chance Summer and I am really enjoying it!

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    1. Haha yes you probably would like it more! Yeah the name is… a bit odd XD
      I’m reading a lot more contemporary now and am loving it 🙂

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  9. I love this idea. I was about to do the try a chapter tag Too. I love how you set out this post and asked for recommendations!

    Lucy //

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    1. Thanks! I like trying out new books, especially ones outside of my comfort zone, just to see if I could like it.


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