The books that I am reading this week are Of Light and Darkness by Shayne Leighton and Truthwitch by Susan Dennard.
This past week I have added several books to my to be read pile on goodreads. To check out my full goodreads list, follow this link here!
1. The Abyss Surrounds Us by Emily Skutskie
Summary: For Cassandra Leung, bossing around sea monsters is just the family business. She’s been a Reckoner trainer-in-training ever since she could walk, raising the genetically-engineered beasts to defend ships as they cross the pirate-infested NeoPacific. But when the pirate queen Santa Elena swoops in on Cas’s first solo mission and snatches her from the bloodstained decks, Cas’s dream of being a full-time trainer seems dead in the water.
There’s no time to mourn. Waiting for her on the pirate ship is an unhatched Reckoner pup. Santa Elena wants to take back the seas with a monster of her own, and she needs a proper trainer to do it. She orders Cas to raise the pup, make sure he imprints on her ship, and, when the time comes, teach him to fight for the pirates. If Cas fails, her blood will be the next to paint the sea.
But Cas has fought pirates her entire life. And she's not about to stop
I'm really excited to read The Abyss Surrounds Us because it has pirates and genetically modified monsters! I consider that a win/win.
2. Unhooked by Lisa Maxwell
Summary: For as long as she can remember, Gwendolyn Allister has never had a place to call home—all because her mother believes that monsters are hunting them. Now these delusions have brought them to London, far from the life Gwen had finally started to build for herself. The only saving grace is her best friend, Olivia, who’s coming with them for the summer.
But when Gwen and Olivia are kidnapped by shadowy creatures and taken to a world of flesh-eating sea hags and dangerous Fey, Gwen realizes her mom might have been sane all along.
The world Gwen finds herself in is called Neverland, yet it’s nothing like the stories. Here, good and evil lose their meaning and memories slip like water through her fingers. As Gwen struggles to remember where she came from and find a way home, she must choose between trusting the charming fairy-tale hero who says all the right things and the roguish young pirate who promises to keep her safe.
With time running out and her enemies closing in, Gwen is forced to face the truths she’s been hiding from all along. But will she be able to save Neverland without losing herself?
Again, another pirate novel! I haven't read books about pirates since middle school. I feel like the subject hasn't been touched fully, only just minor instances but never a full novel about pirates. Also, I will read any story tale retellings.
3. The Dark Days Club by Alison Goodman
Summary: London, April 1812. On the eve of eighteen-year-old Lady Helen Wrexhall’s presentation to the queen, one of her family’s housemaids disappears-and Helen is drawn into the shadows of Regency London. There, she meets Lord Carlston, one of the few who can stop the perpetrators: a cabal of demons infiltrating every level of society. Dare she ask for his help, when his reputation is almost as black as his lingering eyes? And will her intelligence and headstrong curiosity wind up leading them into a death trap?
I loved Alison Goodman's writing ever since I read Eon. That book was my first high fantasy that I ever read. It reminded me that females could be princesses yet be killer warriors. I am excited to read The Dark Days Club.
4. A Darkly Beating Heart by Lindsay Smith
Summary: A time-travel story that alternates between modern day and 19th century Japan as one girl confronts the darkness lurking in her soul. No one knows what to do with Reiko. She is full of hatred. All she can think about is how to best hurt herself and the people closest to her. After a failed suicide attempt, Reiko’s parents send her from their Seattle home to spend the summer with family in Japan to learn to control her emotions. But while visiting Kuramagi, a historic village preserved to reflect the nineteenth-century Edo period, Reiko finds herself slipping back in time into the life of Miyu, a young woman even more bent on revenge than Reiko herself. Reiko loves being Miyu, until she discovers the secret of Kuramagi village, and must face down Miyu’s demons as well as her own
I believe 2016 will be the year about time travel and I fully look forward to A Darkly Beating Heart. I am excited to read a character who has a darkness lurking in her soul, actual darkness. It is rare to see a character with such intent and I look forward to seeing this is played out. And this book deals with time travel, I can't wait.
5. Reign of Shadows by Sophie Jordan
Summary: Seventeen years ago, an eclipse cloaked the kingdom of Relhok in perpetual darkness. In the chaos, an evil chancellor murdered the king and queen and seized their throne. Luna, Relhok’s lost princess, has been hiding in a tower ever since. Luna’s survival depends on the world believing she is dead.
But that doesn’t stop Luna from wanting more. When she meets Fowler, a mysterious archer braving the woods outside her tower, Luna is drawn to him despite the risk. When the tower is attacked, Luna and Fowler escape together. But this world of darkness is more treacherous than Luna ever realized.
With every threat stacked against them, Luna and Fowler find solace in each other. But with secrets still unspoken between them, falling in love might be their most dangerous journey yet.
With lush writing and a star–crossed romance, Reign of Shadows is Sophie Jordan at her best.
Okay I am a sucker for anything star-crossed. I just love the fact two individuals can be together even though they are worlds apart. It shows that we don't have to follow within the bounds of our society. And the cover is gorgeous. What is not there to love?
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