Another book update. So soon? Yes.
BOOKS TO READ:
1. Red Queen, by Victoria Aveyard
Expected publication: 26 March 2015
In a world where people are divided by the colour of their blood, silver or red, a girl finds herself endowed with magical powers. There’s rebellion, forced betrothal, and the struggle of the underdog (the protagonist belongs to the Reds, the inferior class). Kinda like Gattaca, come to think of it. Only with magic. And princes and princesses.
Plus, that cover is GORGEOUS.
2. The Girl at Midnight, by Melissa Grey
Expected publication: 28 April 2015
This is purportedly a mix of Cassandra Clare’s City of Bones and Leigh Bardugo’s Shadow and Bone. An ancient race of people with feathers for hair and magic running through their veins are kept hidden from humans thanks to age-old enchantments. When her home is threatened by a centuries-old war, a runaway pickpocket decides to find the Firebird, something that can end it for good.
3. Monstrous, by MarcyKate Connolly
Expected publication: 10 February 2015
As Bookworm007 said:
Sounds insanely interesting!!!
…with the wings of a raven, the tail of serpent, and the razor-sharp vision of a cat?
…who rescues captive girls from an evil wizard and avoids human interaction?
…in love with a page boy but has yet to reveal her appearance to him?
…forced to question who the real monster is: the wizard, her father, or…..herself?
Lordy, sign me up for this adventurous ride!!!
I’m inclined to agree.
(Seriously, how do these people come up with ideas like these??)
4. The Wrong Side of Right, by Jenn Marie Thorne
It says on Goodreads that “fans of Sarah Dessen and Huntley Fitzpatrick will enjoy this smart debut young adult novel, equal parts My Life Next Door and The Princess Diaries.”
Girl meets rebellious bad boy, family conflicts and duplicitous relationships amid a presidential campaign – all the ingredients of a Korean melodrama YA contemporary novel.
(Speaking of Korean melodramas, I’m currently watching Nice Guy – AKA Innocent Man. More *here!)
This could be good.
Good thing there are books ALREADY published so we don’t have to wait to immerse in awesomeness:
5. Dreams Underfoot, by Charles de Lint
Jilly paints wonders in the rough city streets, while Geordie plays the fiddle while dreaming of a ghost. The Angel of Grasso Street gather the fey and the wild and the poor and the lost; Gemmins live in abandoned cars and skells traverse the tunnels below; while mermaids swim in the grey harbor waters and fill the cold night with their song.
This book is “a must-read not only for fans of urban fantasy but for all who seek magic in everyday life”.
THAT WOULD BE ME, THANKS.
(Published in 1993?? How did I not know of this book until now and how can I get my hands on one?!)
6. In the Night Garden, by Catherynne M. Valente
Published in 2006? How did I ever miss this?!
I mean, shape-shifting witches and wild horsewomen, heron kings and beast princesses, snake gods, dog monks, and living stars, all these stories inked on a girl’s eyelids that are clues to her hidden identity? I WANT TO GET LOST IN THIS BOOK ALREADY!!!
1. Sinner (or rather, SINNER!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!), by Maggie Stiefvater
Anything from the Mercy Falls series is bound to be good. And I say that with utmost conviction. Shiver was life-changing, and Sinner is only going to rock (pun intended – you’ll get it if you read the books!).
(I did rush down to the bookstore during lunch to buy the book, but it’s not here yet. I know you’re thinking, Just buy it online, dinosaur! But I like the experience of heading down to the bookstore and making a purchase there, okay?)
2. The Midnight Thief, by Livia Blackburne
A con artist recruited by the Assassins Guild meets a palace knight intent on avenging his friend’s death. In my shopping basket now, please.
* So, Nice Guy.
It started out intriguing enough, with the male protagonist, a promising pre-med student, taking the blame for his childhood sweetheart’s accidental homicide. He goes to jail for a few years and comes out to find that the girl has moved on and married the CEO of some multinational company. (Nice.) He meets her stepdaughter, and makes use of her to get revenge on childhood not-so-sweetheart, but ends up falling for the daughter instead.
It’s a lot to digest, with a power struggle and backstabbing and deception and dead parents and sick sister and amnesia and car accidents and divided loyalties and personal agendas and OMG CALM YOUR HORSES PLEASE, SCRIPTWRITER.
That said, I’m going to finish watching it since I’m already three quarters of the way through (mostly by skipping the draggy bits). Plus, the male lead is easy on the eyes. He has an adorable smile, and fits perfectly into the sweet-nerdy-guy-turned-angsty-protagonist role, even if my dad thinks he has a fat face. Boo.
If you have any book or drama series to recommend, please share! I’m always in need of new narratives. Hope your week’s going great! :0)