Hey, everyone! I’m finally back with another ABC Book Challengepost. I decided to do this to add more variety to the blog and also because it looked incredibly fun (and so far, it is!). Once again, thank you to Sofii @A Book. A Thought. for introducing this tag to me, and for her support. You should definitely check out her blog if you haven’t already!
Here’s the challenge: Every week (though I have not strictly been following this, haaaa), I’ll have a post sharing my most favorite titles as well as those on my current TBR list that start with the corresponding letter. (For weird letters like Q, X, and Z, I might have to bend the rules a little and just have those letters somewhere in the title, but we’ll see.)
It’s the start of April, which means it’s time to talk about the book releases I’m most excited for this month! I swear, each month is getting faster, and I don’t like that, even if it is bringing me closer to some awesome books.
In fact, there’s so many books I’m looking forward to this month that it was beyond difficult to choose a most anticipated, but reading a certain ARC clenched it for me:
A girl who can speak to gods must save her people without destroying herself.
A prince in danger must decide who to trust.
A boy with a monstrous secret waits in the wings.
Together, they must assassinate the king and stop the war.
In a centuries-long war where beauty and brutality meet, their three paths entwine in a shadowy world of spilled blood and mysterious saints, where a forbidden romance threatens to tip the scales between dark and light. Wicked Saints is the thrilling start to Emily A. Duncan’s devastatingly Gothic Something Dark and Holy trilogy.
Why I Want to Read This:I love darker works of fiction; this is just a consistent thing about me. It’s thrilling at the same time it’s cathartic. I also love morally gray characters and seeing multiple sides of a situation. I love books with monsters and powerful gods that try to manipulate and play with humanity’s fate. I love when characters have their world views challenged while still trying to hold on to their morality. After being fortunate enough to read an ARC of Wicked Saints, I can say that Emily A. Duncan delivered on every account. I love this book, I already own a copy, and I’m excited for others to experience it, even if it’s not their brand. [Review]
Hey, everybody! Recently, I saw a trend on Twitter going around, asking people what books were “their brand.” In other words, what books represent you—body, heart, mind, and soul? It’s more than asking what books you’d bring with you on a deserted island, but rather what books you carry with you always because they speak to every fiber of your being.
Plus, I think it’s a great way to get to know other readers and what their interests are.
I’ll be tagging some folks to do this, but if you like this post and want to do your own, please feel free and tag me with your answers! You can also do however many books you want. The Twitter post originally called for five, but I had to do ten, you feel me?
Title: Defy the Stars
Author: Claudia Gray Genre: Sci-Fi, Young Adult Version: Hardcover Page Count: 503 Publisher: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers Synopsis:GoodReads Notable Notables: POC Protagonist Recommended Readers: EVERYONE, especially fans of sci-fi and I, Robot Rating: ★★★★★
The more of Claudia Gray’s work I read, the more I like her. I’ve read her Star Wars book, Lost Stars, and that was pretty good, especially since it dealt a lot with the Empire and what it means to fight for or against them.
Defy the Stars is an unrelated, original novel, and it is worlds above everything I’ve read of her so far in terms of characters, plot, and world building. I absolutely adored this book from the first page on, and once I started, I couldn’t put it down for long.
Noemi Vidal is a native soldier of the planet Genesis, which has been at war with Earth and its mechanized soldiers for decades. She’s willing to do anything, even die, to ensure her planet remains free, but secretly she wishes to explore the galaxy beyond the Genesis Gate.