It’s been a while since I’ve done an update post of any sort – the half of March was spent feverishly finishing up my PhD application, editing a section of some academic conference proceedings then generally getting life back into order. And on top of all that is making preparations for and adapting to the current situation we’re facing with the coronavirus. Hope everyone takes care!
Today’s topic: Top 10 books on my March-April-May TBR!
Featuring quite a few library books here!
1. ‘Wildcard’ (‘Warcross’, #2) by Marie Lu
Emika barely made it out of the Warcross Championships alive. Now that she knows the truth behind Hideo’s new NeuroLink algorithm, she can no longer trust the one person she’s always looked up to.
Determined to put a stop to Hideo’s plans, Emika and the Phoenix Riders band together, only to find a new threat lurking on the neon-lit streets of Tokyo. There’s a bounty on Emika’s head. Her sole chance for survival lies with Zero and the Blackcoats, his ruthless crew. But Emika soon learns that Zero isn’t all that he seems – and his protection comes at a price.
Caught in a web of betrayal, with the future of free will at risk, just how far will Emika go to take down the man she loves?
I’m about to finish ‘Warcross’ tonight, and given the helluva twist that’s just dropped, I’m stoked to finish this duology! Feel lucky that I came across both books available in the library so I didn’t have to wait.
2. ‘Weightless’ by ian.
If I stand still,
If I close my eyes,
I can see the empty sky
Kitten has almost made it through high school, until they get drugged at a party. Kitten’s entire life is turned upside down when the perpetrators make the violation public. With help from their one true friend, Kitten is able to find answers, who their real friends are, and a reason to keep living.
I’m really excited to read this narrative poetry book! Thanks so much to Enchanted Woods Publishing for involving me.
3. ‘North Child’ by Edith Pattou
This is a beguiling epic of magic, love, loss and betrayal based on the traditional fairytale “East of the Sun, West of the Moon”.
Rose was born into the world facing north, and as a north child, superstition says that she will be a wanderer, traveling far from home. This prophecy is fulfilled when she is taken on the back of a white bear to a mysterious empty castle, where a silent stranger appears to her night after night. When her curiosity overcomes her, she loses her heart, and must journey to a land east of the sun and west of the moon to reclaim it.
I’m a huge fan of retellings and have been meaning to read this FOREVER. I was so happy to come across this in my local library!
4 & 5. ‘More Happy Than Not’ and ‘History Is All You Left Me’ by Adam Silvera
Sixteen-year-old Aaron Soto is struggling to find happiness after a family tragedy leaves him reeling. He’s slowly remembering what happiness might feel like this summer with the support of his girlfriend Genevieve, but it’s his new best friend, Thomas, who really gets Aaron to open up about his past and confront his future.
As Thomas and Aaron get closer, Aaron discovers things about himself that threaten to shatter his newfound contentment. A revolutionary memory-alteration procedure, courtesy of the Leteo Institute, might be the way to straighten himself out. But what if it means forgetting who he truly is?
After the death of Theo, Griffin’s first love and ex-boyfriend, his universe implodes. Even though Theo went to college and started seeing Jackson, Griffin never doubted Theo would come back to him someday.
To make things worse, Jackson is the only person who truly understands Griffin’s heartache. But no matter how much they open up to each other, Griffin’s spiral continues. He’s losing himself in his obsessive compulsions and destructive choices, and the secrets he’s been keeping are tearing him apart.
If Griffin is ever to rebuild his future, he must first confront his history, every last heartbreaking piece in the puzzle of his life.
I’ll be honest. I didn’t enjoy Silvera’s novel ‘They Both Die At The End’. But I’m willing to give his other contemporaries a shot, given how much everyone else seems to love them!
6. ‘Kingdom of Ash’ (‘Throne of Glass’, #7) by S.J. Maas
The final battle is here.
Aelin Galathynius has vowed to save her people – but at what cost? Locked within an iron coffin by the Fae Queen, Aelin must draw upon her fiery will as she endures months of torture. The knowledge that yielding to Maeve will doom those she loves keeps her from breaking, but her resolve unravels with each passing day…
With Aelin captured, friends and allies are scattered to different fates. Some bonds will deepen while others will be severed forever. As destinies weave together at last, all must fight if Erilea is to have any hope of salvation.
Okay so I recently finished ‘Tower of Dawn’ (Book 6) and…this blurb is making me very nervous! I don’t want anyone I like to die!
7 & 8. ‘The Raven King’ and ‘The King’s Men’ (‘All For The Game’, #2-3) by Nora Sakavic
The Foxes are a fractured mess, but their latest disaster might be the miracle they’ve always needed to come together as a team. The one person standing in their way is Andrew, and the only one who can break through his personal barriers is Neil.
Except Andrew doesn’t give up anything for free and Neil is terrible at trusting anyone but himself. The two don’t have much time to come to terms with their situation before outside forces start tearing them apart. Riko is intent on destroying Neil’s fragile new life, and the Foxes have just become collateral damage.
Neil’s days are numbered, but he’s learning the hard way to go down fighting for what he believes in, and Neil believes in Andrew even if Andrew won’t believe in himself.
Neil Josten is out of time. He knew when he came to PSU he wouldn’t survive the year, but with his death right around the corner he’s got more reasons than ever to live.
Befriending the Foxes was inadvisable. Kissing one is unthinkable. Neil should know better than to get involved with anyone this close to the end, but Andrew’s never been the easiest person to walk away from. If they both say it doesn’t mean anything, maybe Neil won’t regret losing it, but the one person Neil can’t lie to is himself.
He’s got promises to keep and a team to get to championships if he can just outrun Riko a little longer, but Riko’s not the only monster in Neil’s life. The truth might get them all killed—or be Neil’s one shot at getting out of this alive.
I’ve heard Books 2 and 3 in this indie YA sports-contemporary trilogy are leaps and bounds better than Book 1 (‘The Foxhole Court’). And all the Andreil fanart is making me want to read this ASAP!
9 & 10. ‘Solitaire’ and ‘Radio Silence’ by Alice Oseman
My name is Tori Spring. I like to sleep and I like to blog. Last year – before all that stuff with Charlie and before I had to face the harsh realities of A-Levels and university applications and the fact that one day I really will have to start talking to people – I had friends. Things were very different, I guess, but that’s all over now.
Now there’s Solitaire. And Michael Holden.
I don’t know what Solitaire are trying to do, and I don’t care about Michael Holden.
I really don’t.
Frances Janvier spends most of her time studying.
Everyone knows Aled Last as that quiet boy who gets straight As.
You probably think that they are going to fall in love or something. Since he is a boy and she is a girl.
They don’t. They make a podcast.
In a world determined to shut them up, knock them down, and set them on a cookie cutter life path, Frances and Aled struggle to find their voices over the course of one life-changing year. Will they have the courage to show everyone who they really are? Or will they be met with radio silence?
Alice Oseman is one of my favourite authors and I need to get a grip on myself and just READ her first two books! I’m so terrified of being disappointed it’s almost embarrassing… But hopefully some springtime sunshine will make any letdowns softer and any pleasant surprises warmer.