This week: Six predicted 5-star reads
This is going to be hard, given how huge my TBR list is and how intensively I vet books before they even make it onto said list! I’ll stick to books I already own to make things easier…
‘Burn’ by Patrick Ness (out 7 May)
“An all-consuming story of revenge, redemption and dragons from the twice Carnegie Medal-winner Patrick Ness.”
Ness is one of my autobuy authors and I hear the words ‘revenge’, ‘redemption’ and ‘DRAGONS’ in the same sentence? YES PLEASE.
SO happy to be able to read an eARC thanks to Netgalley!
‘Spinning Silver’ by Naomi Novik
“Will dark magic claim their home?”
I’ve never read a retelling involving ‘Rumplestiltskin’ before, and I’ve heard only good things about Novik’s work! I also just plain adore the retellings sub-genre.
Also I’ve just realised that this draws on MULTIPLE fairytales, in addition to ‘Rumplestiltskin’, and my hype level now?? THROUGH THE FRICKIN’ ROOF.
‘The Poppy War’ by R.F. Kuang
“The Nikara Empire is at peace, but the Federation of Mugen still lurks across a narrow sea. The militarily advanced Federation occupied Nikan for decades after the First Poppy War, and only barely lost the continent in the Second. While most are complacent to go about their lives, some are aware that a Third is just a spark away…”
Seeing how this is based on the real-life Opium Wars between China and British Empire, and as someone born in Hong Kong, a place with a history directly tied to the Opium Wars, to say that I am ‘interested’ in this book is a gross understatement.
(Also I’ve heard nothing bad about this book!)
‘Radio Silence’ by Alice Oseman
“It’s only by facing up to your fears that you can overcome them. And it’s only by being your true self that you can find happiness.”
I’ve heard this YA contemporary is phenomenal. Oseman is probably my favourite author and I’ve loved everything I’ve ever read by her.
And I’ve waited SO LONG to read this that my hype just keeps inflating.
‘The Girl in the Tower’ (‘Winternight’ Trilogy, #2) by Katherine Arden
“For a young woman in medieval Russia, the choices are stark: marriage or life in a convent. Vasya will choose a third way: magic…”
Given how much I enjoyed ‘The Bear and the Nightingale’, the first book in this trilogy, I have really high hopes for the sequel! It really gives me retelling vibes, though I’d say it’s more retelling-esque rather than a reincarnation of a specific folktale.
‘Barefoot on the Wind’ (‘The Moonlit Lands’, #2) by Zoë Marriott
“When Hana’s father goes missing, she is the only one who dares try to save him. Taking up her hunting gear, she goes in search of the beast, determined to kill it – or be killed herself.“
Um, so I only recently found out that ‘Shadows on the Moon’, one of my all-time favourites (retelling of Cinderella), has…a…sequel. ‘Barefoot on the Wind’. Well, more of a companion novel set in the same fictional country rather than a sequel, but HOW am I so late to the party?? DISHONOUR.