5-Star Predictions Wrap-up + New Predictions

This post is very late. Very extremely late.

You guys probably don’t know, but back in July (yes, I know—so long ago), I made a six-book TBR consisting only of books that I thought would be 5-star reads. Yes, it took me months to finish a six-book TBR. Haha, you thought you were a mood reader? Think again.

The bad timing of this post aside, I’m excited to share what I thought about these books with you today. I love 5-star predictions TBRs, because they push us to read books that we’re pretty sure we’ll love. They’re also a great way to gauge our taste in books and how well we know it. If you haven’t done a 5-star predictions TBR yet, I highly recommend doing so!

The Dragon Republic by R.F. Kuang

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I actually rated The Dragon Republic 5 stars after I finished it. Honestly, it was because everyone else was rating it 5 stars, so I subconsciously thought that I had to rate it 5 stars as well. Since then, I’ve realized that this series is a little too dark for me to handle, and that I don’t connect with its characters very much, which I know are very subjective criticisms. Don’t get me wrong, I still enjoyed this book, and I see why everyone loves it so much, because as a sequel, The Dragon Republic was excellent. It had the same grittiness as the first book. But I loved that this time it focused on naval battles, which were clearly well-researched. I also love that we got more of Su Daji, everyone’s favorite snake empress.


CWsrape, infanticide, war themes, graphic violence, graphic depiction of injury, racism, drug addiction

Rep: Chinese-coded main characters, Japanese antagonists, Mongolian-coded side characters

Related: review of The Poppy War + review of The Dragon Republic

Descendant of the Crane by Joan He

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Descendant of the Crane was… not great, my friends. I’m really disappointed because this book has Chinese characters, and it’s written by a Chinese author!! Plus, a lot of people I admire in the blogging community love it.

I do commend Joan He for writing such an original story. It was refreshing to read a YA book that didn’t follow a “special” heroine or an epic battle against the forces of evil. This story is more of a quiet one that makes you think, and it’s filled with tons of twists and turns.

However, as a character-driven reader, I wasn’t satisfied. I think I once saw a thread written by Joan He on Twitter about how she tried to approach the writing of her characters in a different way. That’s probably why I felt such a palpable detachment to them. On top of that, the writing didn’t flow well, and though there were a lot of plot twists, those ruined the pacing.

I agree that we don’t give teens enough credit, but as a teen myself, I couldn’t take this book seriously. I can get past a 15-year-old girl being the sole ruler of a kingdom. But when you make every character who holds an important role in the kingdom (general, adviser, high-ranking soldier, etc.) a teen??? I’m sorry, but I can’t suspend my disbelief that much! Again, this was probably intentional, because the author has stated that DOTC is supposed to represent the pressure that teens face daily.

So maybe I just don’t get this book? I feel like the problems I had with it were written on purpose.


CWsslavery, blood, self-harm, institutionalized oppression, parental neglect, death of a parent

Rep: Chinese-coded main characters, Asian-inspired setting

Sorcery of Thorns by Margaret Rogerson

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Sorcery of Thorns is the love child of The Infernal Devices series and Howl’s Moving Caste. There’s no better way to describe it! And yes, it’s filled with tropes, but I truly think that these tropes were depicted at their finest. Also, Silas is my baby. I am literally the 🥺 emoji whenever I think of him.


CWsanxiety depiction, anxiety attacks, talk of loss of a loved one, captivity, talk of forced institutionalization, and violence

Rep: bisexual love interest, main character with anxiety, aromantic side character

Related: review of Sorcery of Thorns

Foundryside by Robert Jackson Bennett

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Foundryside has one of the most complex and interesting magic systems I’ve ever read about!! The author is a genius for coming up with it. (Though I’ll admit that its sheer intricacy confused me at times.)

If you enjoyed Six of Crows and want an adult version of it, then I’d highly suggest picking Foundryside up, because it has:

  • A main f/f relationship
  • A heist plotline
  • Three-dimensional characters whose personalities jump off the page
  • Lots of fun banter between the characters
  • A talking key
  • A setting that feels like a character of its own

I really don’t know why more people haven’t picked it up yet, because I’m pretty sure that so many readers will love it.

(I would like to say though, that some comments about fat people that were made in this book left a poor taste in my mouth. Check out Melanie’s review for quotes.)


CWsabandonment, torture, abuse, murder, death, mentions of sexual assault, child trafficking, loss of a loved one, slavery

Rep: main f/f relationship

Vicious by V.E. Schwab

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I’ve been screaming about this book so much lately! You already know how I feel about it—I loved it!! I’m not gonna talk about it here because I’ve already written a review. Plus, this post is long enough.


CWstalk of suicide, attempted suicide, overdosing, self-harm, drug use, murder, animal death, abandonment, panic attacks

Rep: N/A

Related: mini-review of Vicious

Muse of Nightmares by Laini Taylor

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I’ve written an in-depth review of this already, so I won’t be talking too much. It was a wonderful conclusion, and I’m convinced that this book holds magic within its pages. I did find the writing too heavy-handed at times, even though it was beautiful.


CWswar themes, death, torture, human trafficking, rape, parental abuse, suicide, PTSD

Rep: side mlm characters, multiple characters with PTSD, side f/f relationship

Related: review of Muse of Nightmares

Overall, I’m super proud of myself because I highly enjoyed all except one of my 5-star predictions. In the original post wherein I made the predictions, I even said that Vicious would probably be the one I’d love the most, and I was right. Go me!

Yes, I made a graphic because I’m extra

NEW 5-Star Predictions!

This time, I’m giving myself a lot more leeway to finish these books—until June 2020, to be exact. This will work super well because all five of my new 5-star predictions are around 500 to more than 500 pages long (it’s what I get for liking fantasy lmao).

The Priory of the Orange Tree by Samantha Shannon

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This book is well-known for two reasons: 1) the fact that it has dragons and sapphics, and 2) its page count. I’m pretty sure I’ll love it because of reason #1, and I’ll admit, I used to be intimidated by its size. But I’ve read some of it (as in less than five pages) already, and the writing was surprisingly easy to get through.

Jade City by Fonda Lee

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I promised CW @ The Quiet Pond that I’d get to this before the end of the year, and I really don’t want to break my promise! In my heart, I just Know that I’ll love this. So many people I trust consider Jade City as one of their favorite books of all time. Also, this is an Asian-inspired fantasy featuring martial arts and gangsters. Yes. Please!!

The Final Empire by Brandon Sanderson

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I’ve been intimidated by adult fantasy for so long, but I don’t think I am any longer. I’m ready to read one of the most popular adult fantasy series out there, written by one of the most popular adult fantasy authors out there. Plus, many people cite the Mistborn series as a great starting point for readers who are transitioning from YA fantasy to adult fantasy.

Steel Crow Saga by Paul Krueger

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Ever since this released, it’s been getting rave reviews. And if Steel Crow Saga is anything like its author’s humor (and from the quotes I’ve seen, it is), I’m going to love it. Also, this is an Asian-inspired fantasy by an Asian author—I’m on brand here.

The Starless Sea by Erin Morgenstern

I’m excited to read Erin Morgenstern’s first work in eight years. From what I’ve heard, The Starless Sea was worth the wait, and many people have described it as magical.


I just spent the entirety of this post exposing myself for my love of fantasy. Oops. Anyways, fingers crossed that the next round of predictions will be as successful (or even more successful) than the first round!

HAVE YOU READ ANY OF THE BOOKS I TALKED ABOUT? HAVE YOU EVER DONE A 5-STAR PREDICTIONS TBR? DO YOU LIKE IT WHEN PEOPLE DO THEM? WHAT’S A BOOK THAT YOU THINK YOU HAVE A HIGH CHANCE OF GIVING 5 STARS?

64 thoughts on “5-Star Predictions Wrap-up + New Predictions

  1. Great list which is full of my favorites 😍😍😍 Foundryside is one of my all time top books and I just got the ARC of the sequel and I’m so so excited 😃😃😃
    I hope you love Jade City, Priory and Steel Crow Saga because I found them to be amazing … and I’m planning on reading Final Empire in 2020 too… Good luck to both of us with that 🙌🙌

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    1. Thank you! And yeah, come to think of it, this list is filled with your favorites 😂
      Foundryside is SO GOOD! I swear, the author is a genius. Congrats on that arc! I hope you enjoy Shorefall even more than you do Foundryside!
      They all sound AMAZING. if they don’t end up being five star reads, I don’t know what will. Ahh, the final empire so hyped, but i really feel like I’ll love it! Good luck to both of us for meeting all of our reading goals ❤

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      1. Ohh I totally agree that Bennett is a genius.. I’m so in love with his worlds 😍😍 have you read his previous works, Divine Cities trilogy???
        Haha I agree.. I hope they all end up 5 stars 👍👍
        IKR??? Sometimes I feel Final Empire is tooo hyped and it’s inevitable that it might not live up to all the expectations in my head… hope that doesn’t happen to both of us and we enjoy it just like everyone else did 😊😊😊

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  2. I’m so glad you loved Vicious. It’s one of my top favorite books ever. I need to pick up Sorcery of Thorns again. I stopped half way but never picked it up. The Dragon Republic is one of my next high priority reads of 2020. Looking forward to hearing your thoughts on your 5 star predictions!

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  3. I hope you wil rate all of these 5 stars! The final empire is one of my faves!
    I really need to read foundryside, that one sounds so good!

    (www.evelynreads.com)

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  4. Looks like you made some great predictions! (Also, if it makes you feel any better, I made five 5 star fantasy predictions back in February, I think, and I’ve still only read two of them…) I’m sorry to hear you didn’t enjoy Descendent of the Crane as much as you hoped – it’s on my TBR, too, but I’m also a little hesitant about reading a book where every high-ranking official is a teen.

    The Priory of the Orange Tree, The Poppy War, The Starless Sea, Jade City, Sorcery of Thorns and Vicious are all on my TBR. I really enjoyed Foundryside, too – I love Sancia, and I can’t wait to read the next book in the series. 🙂

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    1. Hehe, I’m pretty proud of myself! Thank you! Ahh, I hope you get to finish all five books soon! Don’t rush yourself, because those books aren’t going anywhere ❤ UGH, I don't know because everyone else love Dotc. Personally, I don't get it? I feel like the author was trying WAY too hard to be original, and it worked to an extent, but also, IT DIDN'T. ahh, it shocks me that the teen thing bothered me because I'm a teen myself and I usually can look past that stuff. but this time it made the whole story laughable to me, and just.. no.

      I hope to read all of those soon! Sorcery of Thorns and Vicious are AMAZING books. YES. Sancia was an excellent main character, and she was so well-rounded. I loved her romance with berenice so much, and I truly think that foundryside is a work of genius ❤

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  5. Haha I have a TBR from February I still haven’t finished 😂😂
    I agree that The Poppy War is a very dark series and it can be hard to handle. I think I have to be in the right mood to pick up the sequel!!
    I definitely agree about Descendant of the Crane being a very original story which so refreshing to read but I do feel like the characters could have been more developed even though I enjoyed it myself!!
    I think Foundryside sounds really interesting, I love heist stories. It is a shame about the comments on fat people though!!

    It’s so great that you enjoyed most of them!! I’m so happy for you!! 💛

    Oh.. I am hoping to read Jade City next year and I have high hopes too!! Hopefully we will both love it!!
    Ah.. I’m currently reading The Starless Sea and I have only just started it but I’m loving it!! 💛
    I hope you love them all Caitlin!!!

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    1. Lol, that is RELATABLE content right there. but I hope you can finish it soon!
      Yeah, I’m honestly wondering if I should still continue the series, because it’s amazing, but sometimes the darkness is too hard to read.
      Ugh, I legitimately wouldn’t have cared if all the characters in DOTC just fell off a cliff–that was how detached I felt from them.
      AHHH. I’M PRETTY SURE YOU’LL LOVE IT. it’s like, on a brandon sanderson level. i say that as someone who has never read a sanderson book, but i just.. know that foundryside deserves more hype. it’s truly a work of GENIUS. and yeah.. it’s a shame. i mean, i let the first comment slide. but i feel like the author just kept piling the comments about fat people on and on, that it gradually became disturbing.
      Thank you!!
      I need to read Jade City before the end of the year, or else I will have broken my promise :(( I think that I’ll love The Starless Sea a lot! I hope you enjoy it the whole way through!

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  6. Ahhh Caitlin you’ve reminded me I should do one of these posts again!!

    So sad that you really disliked one of the books you thought you’d love! I’ve just heard AMAZING things about Sorcery of Thornes, it doesn’t seem like my thing but I FEEL LEFT OUT hehe.
    I hope you love your new predictions xx

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    1. DO ITTTT. hehe, i would honestly read anything you wrote bc i love your voice!

      yeah, but at least my experience had variety? trying to look at the bright side here, hehe :”) omg same. there are some hyped books that I just know aren’t my thing but I want to read them just to be in on the hype!! i think that if you don’t think it’s up your alley, you shouldn’t read it though!
      thank youuuu :((( ❤

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      1. hopefully it’s a hit!! i honestly would not go in expecting something ~original~ because SoT is more of a love letter to YA fantasy. i keep saying this but you know what it’s the truest statement ever: if Howl’s Moving Castle and TID had a baby, Sorcery of Thorns would be it.

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  7. I haven’t done one of these posts before but I think I shall for 2020 🙂 it’s a cool idea. There are a bunch of early-2020 releases that I think I’ll really enjoy which are the latest installments in some of my favourite series; hope you enjoy your new tbr!

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  8. Most of these are on my TBR and I can’t wait to read them all. Hopefully I’ll get them done next year. I seriously need to get on with Sorcery Of Thorns as everybody loves it and I’ve had it since it came out. Priory Of The Orange Tree is on my TBR too, hopefully we’ll both love it enough to give it five stars. The Starless Sea is one that I’ll also hopefully read pretty soon. I hope you end up enjoying all of your five star predictions and I’m sorry to hear about Descendant Of The Crane, I’m still hoping I’ll enjoy it though.

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    1. I hope you enjoy all of them!! You should definitely try it! Be aware that it’s sorta tropey though. I feel like a lot of people went into it expecting something original, when really, it’s a celebration of classic fantasy.
      ahh, Priory is intimidating, but it’ll be worth it for the dragons and the f/f romance!
      I hope we can both read and enjoy The Starless Sea pretty soon!
      Thank you! I hope you enjoy DOTC more than I did ❤

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      1. Thank you. Ah right well thanks for letting me know. I can’t wait to pick it up and see what I think of it.
        That’s true and the world sounds amazing too!! I try to look at long books as having more to love (:
        Yes fingers crossed.
        Thank you ❤️

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  9. I really want to do a tbr post like this, and the only thing stopping me is that I’m awful at following any tbr I set for myself, haha. I relate to being a mood reader 1000%. I’m still planning on trying something like this in January, though. And I’m happy to see you’ve succeeded in completing your tbr despite being a mood reader! 😀 Also, wow, it’s awesome you were able to guess correctly you’d love most of these books (despite not all of them being five star, this is such a success.)

    I adore Jade City and The Final Empire; the latter was my first introduction into high fantasy and I enjoyed it a lot. It has a teen heroine, so it was a great choice for me to start on the genre. I hope your five start predictions will prove to be true! 🙂

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    1. Hehe, MOOD. but i honestly love it when people do posts like this, and I’d love to see one coming from you. I don’t think anyone will care about how you stick to the tbr, because, well… look at me, haha. Thank you! it’s pretty awesome, and I’m still mentally high-fiving myself! and I rarely rate books five stars, so i wasn’t that surprised!

      I hope i can get to both of them soon! I really feel like I’ll love them. I always here that The Final Empire is a great transition book, and that’s why I’m so excited for it to be the start of my official foray into adult fantasy. thank you so much! If you make a five star prediction tbr, I hope that you’ll enjoy all of the books on it!

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    1. I think that you’re really gonna love it, Sofi ❤ ❤
      Thank you 😭😭 You literally have the kindest soul ever, and I can't wait to continue following your blog in 2020 as well. you are truly such a gem in the book blogging community, and we would truly be lost without you! ❤

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  10. vicious was also on my 5 star prediction list, and just like you, i loved it! i loved the setting and the characters and, especially, the way it is written. it was really unique and while i was still dying to know what would happen next, i also wanted to savor each word. it was indeed remarkable!
    it seems like most of the books in your TBR were indeed good, even if not all 5 stars. i’m wishing you luck on your next predictions; all the books seem intimidating to me, probably because i don’t read that much fantasy, but hopefully they’ll meet all your expectations.
    i had a very low-key 5-star prediction TBR this year and, unfortunately, vicious was the only one that i actually gave 5 stars too. yesterday, i finished the last book i had on that list, which was anger is a gift, by mark oshiro, and i really didn’t like it as much as everyone else, which was real sad. but i’ll try doing another 5 star prediction for 2020 and hopefully i’ll have better luck then!

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    1. exactly!!! it’s one of those books wherein i love pretty much everything about it. i mean, it’s sad that everyone in the book is white and straight, but i heard that the author rectifies that in the sequel, so i’m excited!
      they really were! i found all of them super enjoyable (except dotc, ugh). lol, i call myself a fantasy lover, but I’M super intimidated by them 😦 i’ve actually read jade city already, and sadly, i was a little disappointed, but i feel like it was a case of ‘it’s not you, it’s me’
      ohhh, actually i lowered my rating of sorcery of thorns from 5 stars to 4 stars upon more reflection. i still enjoyed it, but i think it’s more deserving of 4 than 5! so i guess that means that the only book i rated 5 stars off this tbr is vicious too. i’m still proud of that though because i rarely give out 5 stars, and besides, almost all of them got 4!
      ohh, that’s sad, because i’ve been debating with myself on whether or not i should read anger is a gift. i hope you find better reads in 2020 ❤

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  11. This is such a cool idea?? Okay, now I’m definitely going to be trying one of these five star prediction posts.😱Thank you for the inspo, Caitlin!

    Ahh, all of the books you mentioned are ones that I’ve heard about from being a part of the book blogging community and ones that are likely on my TBR, but ones I don’t usually prioritize because *whispers* I’m a contemporary lover who hardly ever ventures into fantasy even when everyone is recommending them to her.

    I’m sorry you didn’t enjoy Descendant of the Crane because I’ve heard good things about it too and it’s never fun to be disappointed by a book! :(( But yay for enjoying a lot of the others. I think the ones I’m most interested in reading are Vicious (heard lots of good about V.E. Schwab and Muse of Nightmares (any book that holds magic in its pages sounds like it’s for me).

    Lovely post!! I really enjoyed reading it! ❤

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    1. ahh, i just saw the post, and i can’t wait to read it and comment on it!! sorry, life is getting in the way 😭💗

      omg that makes my fantasy-loving heart a little sad, but i’m kinda the same w contemporary :”) lately, i’ve been reading more contemporary though, and it’s honestly relaxing to not have to lose brain cells trying to grasp magic systems and the complexities of fictional worlds. i hope we can both venture outside of our comfort zones though! ❤

      yes, all of my friends and people i admire in the community loved it, but i was like, where??? i mean, it wasn't that bad and i can see why people like it, but there were so many things about it that weren't for me. YESS!! laini taylor!!! honestly, i feel like you'll love strange the dreamer? it's definitely fantasy, and maybe it'll take a while for you to get into, but the worldbuilding isn't *too* hard to grasp. also, the themes are a little similar to contemporary novels'—i would definitely recommend!

      thank you so much, ahh 😭💛

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  12. I’m so glad to hear that you loved Foundryside so much – I feel like I’ll love it too when I finally pick it up 😄

    And Priory and The Starless Sea are some of my favorite books of 2019! I think you’ll definitely love them. Both of them took me a little bit to get into, tbh, but once I was in, I was IN

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    1. omg it’s AMAZING. though it had some flaws that made me give it 4 stars, it’s undoubtedly one of the best books i read in 2019, and its magic system is one of the best i’ve ever read about!!

      that’s so good to hear! yeah, i’ve been feeling intimidated by both lately, especially Priory, but it’s good to know that though they both take a while to get into, it pays off!

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    1. it does! honestly, it’s my dream book cover 🥺 i read jade city last month, and sadly, i simply gave it 3 stars :(( don’t get me wrong, i liked it, but it was such a dense read, and the slow pace just wasn’t working for me. plus, i wasn’t as attached to the characters as i would’ve liked. but i feel like it was a case of “it’s not you, it’s me.” i hope you enjoy it more than i did!

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  13. I love doing five star predictions!! The idea of wrapping that up later and following up with more is so cool, but that would involve me…reading the books I put on my five star predictions post and I don’t think I’ve read any of them yet whoops. I read Priory of the Orange Tree and I will admit that I don’t remember much of anything and I was super confused the whole time, however, there were gays so I enjoyed it.

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    1. Omg mood. As soon as I put a book on my TBR, it’s like all my will to read it gets sucked out. I hope you can finish yours though—and that you enjoy them all!!
      “There were gays so I enjoyed it” MOOD.
      I tried to pick it up again, and I’m intimidated all over again!! There are so many names, places and details to remember! I didn’t know it was possible to be scared of a book, but..

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    1. yes!! they are in my top five faves of the year ❤ i hope you love MoN!!
      OMG SAME. i said in this post that i wasn't really intimidated, but i tried to pick the book up again, and i'm scared again!! just… the sheer number of names, places and stuff you have to remember… i'm scared

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  14. I always love these posts! I’m sorry to hear that you didn’t enjoy Descendant of the Crane; I’ll probably still pick it up, but my expectations are definitely lowered. I may be 16, but I can’t take other teenagers THAT seriously. We’re a self-aware people, haha!
    I 100% need to read The Dragon Republic and Muse of Nightmares, and they’ve been on my TBR for ages. I’ve never heard of Foundryside but it sounds fantastic – I’ll definitely have to check it out! Good luck with your next predictions!

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    1. Me too! Maybe you’ll enjoy it more than I did? A lot of people I know gave it 4 or 5 stars! YES OMG. I’m a teenager (actually almost the same age as the main characters), and I could never in a million years do what they’re doing. And I don’t know any other teenager that would be capable of doing that—or even why they would have to do that because grown-ups exist in this kingdom!!!
      They’re amazing books! I hope you love them! OMG FOUNDRYSIDE IS A WORK OF GENIUS. I feel like so many people would love it! Thanks! I’ve read Jade City already and I gave it 3 stars, but I’m more disappointed in myself than I am in the book 😭 I can see why everyone loves it so much, but unfortunately, it was way too dense for me :((

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      1. Haha exactly! I think that’s why I don’t usually completely connect to YA fantasy – it just seems absurd to me that a 15-18 year old has to save a kingdom or become a ruler or something like that. I mean, there has to be someone else more qualified, right??
        Wow I really hope I love it 😂
        Omg same!! I gave Jade City three stars too – I thought it was just a me thing but I really just didn’t enjoy it. It wasn’t necessarily any one thing so I think it was a combination of everything – slow pacing (for a fast paced book), characters I didn’t really care about (Oml if we could’ve followed the sister and that one cousin at school the entire time that would’ve been amazing), and the plot was just kind of… dry. I never see anyone else who doesn’t care for it 😂 I really wanted to love it, too, but apparently it just wasn’t meant to be. When I finished it I just set it aside and didn’t tell anyone I’d read it, haha!

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      2. OMG I’m so happy that someone else gave Jade City 3 stars! All my blogging friends are *obsessed* with it. It’s literally their favorite book of all time. and i was enjoying it at first when I read it, but at the end, i was like…. where???
        we had the exact same thoughts! it wasn’t just one thing—the whole book felt kinda… average.the pacing was so slow. i was expecting it to pick up after [redacted] died, and it kinda did but it also didn’t. and OML the characters!! I wasn’t connected to any of them! maybe it’s because i’m a teenager, so i can’t relate to their adult problems, but gosh were they kinda dry. i really didn’t care when [redacted] died lmao, and I was indifferent to everyone else. like, yeah, shae and anden were fun to follow, and i would’ve preferred them over Hilo, but even if we had just followed them, i still would’ve been meh about the book because of the snail-like pacing 🤦‍♀️

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  15. (My first comment didn’t go through, so I’m typing it out again. Sorry if it goes through twice! Haha) This was such a fun post!! I’m glad that a few of your books ended up meeting the five stars expectations! I seriously need to read Vicious asap! I adore just about everything about Victoria Schwab, and I LIVE for morally grey characters! Can’t wait to tackle that one this year! I actually wasn’t a huge fan of Sorcery of Thorns, but Silas was absolutely the highlight of the book for me! I read Jade City a few months back and had such high expectations going into it. Unfortunately it ended up being a 3 star read for me. I loved the concept and some of the character arcs, but the slow pacing made it difficult for me to become fully invested.

    Lovely post! ❤

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    1. Ahh, no worries! This is the only comment I got, and sorry for the technical difficulties 🥺
      Thank you, Kelly! Omg, if you like V.E. Schwab and morally grey characters, Vicious would be *perfect* for you!
      Aww, I’m sorry that you didn’t like it that much—I actually lowered my rating from 5 stars to 4, after looking back on it more. But everyone seems to agree that Silas is the highlight of the book!
      OMG SAME!! I read Jade City in December & I gave it 3 stars 😭 And we gave it 3 stars for the exact same reasons! It’s easy to see why it’s a favorite of many, but it was so slow and dense! No joke—I think I lost half my brain cells while reading it…

      Thank you 😭💖

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