May 2018 Blots & Brews

So it’s May, and it definitely feels like we skipped spring and went straight into summer, with these ridiculous days of 95 degree weather with 90% humidity. Along with hot weather comes the desire to just relax – for me, at least. I’m not sure about you.

Similar to my last post (in December… man, I need to get better at writing more frequently! I certainly still read enough), I’m going to be posting a list of recommended books and drinks. I’d like to try to do this more regularly – would that be enjoyable for y’all? Leave me your thoughts in the comments! It’s like a combination book review & drink review, and it’s oddly enjoyable for me to write.

Three Dark Crowns – Kendare Blake
My Thoughts: OMG. I love fantasy but this book took the cake. Absolute adoration for this one! I loved the three queens, I loved the characterization… the world building was complex and honestly, because of this, the first 50% of the book was slow going. But Blake created an amazing world here, and I’m so excited to read the second book in the series that I checked the e-copy out from the library immediately after I finished the first one!
One Word Description: Stunning.
Drink Pairing: a lavender white mocha… complex, rich, but with a light herbal flavor.
My Blot & Brew rating: 5/5.

Incarceron – Catherine Fisher.
My Thoughts: The world… wow! To me, it was a unique setting – a prison that’s alive and sentient – but also indescribably creepy. There were a lot of details that were somewhat scattered, and I do feel like there were ways to tighten up the plot. I also didn’t fall in love with any of the characters… but I still loved the story, and I also checked out the e-copy of the sequel immediately after finishing this book!
One Word Description: Intriguing.
Drink Pairing: Bubly Grapefruit sparkling water… light, tangy, refreshing.
My Blot & Brew rating: 3.5/5.

The Deception Of The Emerald Ring – Lauren Willig.
My Thoughts: Currently reading. However, I adore Lauren Willig’s writing – a combination of swashbuckling adventure and chick lit – and so far Emerald Ring is not disappointing me! I’ve been a fan of her Pink Carnation series since I discovered the first book in the early 2000s. I adore the court intrigue, humor, and light romance. Willig’s characters are also quirky and don’t take themselves too seriously, which is appreciated given how seriously most characters in historical fiction take themselves.
One Word Description: Lighthearted.
Drink Pairing: Steel Reserve Blue Razz beer… fruity, sweet with a fizz of alcohol, but very smooth.
My Blot & Brew rating: Thus far, 4/5.

So there you have it! My May 2018 Blots & Brews. Hopefully I will be able to continue this at least once a month. Life is busy but this year I’ve been trying to keep up with reading, so I may as well continue posting my thoughts and recs! (Though I am noting here – I have not been active at all on Netgalley for over 2 years at this point, and I am woefully behind in reading provided ARCs. Only in the past few months have I been able to amp my reading back up, and we’re still getting settled in a new house… but hopefully once we’re settled here, I’ll be able to start catching up on the ARCs I’ve received. Apologies for my impossibly slow pace…!)