Shorefall by Robert Jackson Bennett. Nice follow up to Foundryside. Not groundbreaking, but book 2s are usually middlefodder. The magic system in the series is well thought out though.
The Companions by Katie M. Flynn. It garnered mediocre reviews (some especially bonkers I-hated-it’s on Goodreads. PS: even as a reader, never read Goodreads reviews, some people are just being cunts for cunt’s sake). I liked it, even though it gave me the creeps. Kinda reminded me of Philip K. Dick’s stories, but also reminiscent of the movie A.I. (just less technicolor).
The Priory of the Orange Tree by Samantha Shannon. Decent epic fantasy novel, even if a bit traditional.
The Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes by Suzanne Collins. I’m gonna go against a lot of those bitchy Goodreads people on this one too– I thought it was fantastic. It’s 64-65 years before the events of The Hunger Games… did those twits really think the games would have been all the glamour and spectacle that they became? It’s gritty, dirty, and makes Coriolanus Snow seem far more human than who he became. And yeah, I’d read another Hunger Games prequel if Ms. Collins dared so. I kinda want to see Snow’s rise to power.