I recently wrote a post about the video games I am most anticipating this year (and into the future) which reminded me of the list I had been compiling on random post it notes scattered throughout my house of all the books I am so excited to read this year.
If you’ve been here for a while or even if you are new (Welcome!) it might be obvious that I am a pretty avid reader. Now I know things are most likely going to slow down once Bubs is in the mix but I am hoping to still be able to read something each month, even if its just one book.
Every year I look forward to seeing all the books that they are going to be released in a new year, it always seems like an exciting ‘fresh start’ for the year and even through everything going on last year it was something to look forward too.
Without adding to much to the preamble, these are the books that I am most looking forward too picking up this year.
Since I am writing this post so late there are some books that I am am mentioning that have already been released that I just haven’t picked up yet.
I am so excited for all these books to come out and these are just the releases I know about that I’m excited for. If you have any book recommendations of new releases leave a comment so I can add it to my list!
10:00 a.m. The principal of Opportunity High School finishes her speech, welcoming the entire student body to a new semester and encouraging them to excel and achieve.
10:02 a.m. The students get up to leave the auditorium for their next class.
10:03 a.m. The auditorium doors won’t open.
10:05 a.m. Someone starts shooting.
Told from four different perspectives over the span of fifty-four harrowing minutes, terror reigns as one student’s calculated revenge turns into the ultimate game of survival.
Man oh man ‘This is Where it Ends’ is one hell of a realistic fiction story. Even prior to reading it I was thankful to live in Australia where in general this isn’t an issue. I was however interested in seeing how something as serious as a school shooting is portrayed in a fiction story.
I was definitely gripped by the story and began to feel invested in the characters. As a reader I found myself getting frustrated with out shooter. His irattionality and deperation to have everyone do as he says was something that made me really angry, assuming this was the authors intention it was done beautifully. I doubt a reader could pick up this book without having the same viseral dislike for the shooter.
This book definitely took my on a ride. For such a sort read I went through so many different emotions. I was saddened by the deaths of some characters as well as having the addition of tweets and texts between family members… utter heartbreak. I also felt a ton of anger towards the shooter (as we’ve noted).
‘This is Where it Ends’ is a fasyt paced read that has the reader engaged as well as educting some about the expereinces of high school students where active shooter situations are a real issue. I think this very serious topic was approched well and at an approiate level for its target audiance.
Plot: 8/10 Ease of reading: 8.5/10 Character Development: 6/10 World Building: 6/10 Quality of Writing: 7/10 Overall: 4/5
Dark schemes unfold–and Sophie’s loyalty is pushed to the limit–in this thrilling fifth book in the best-selling KEEPER OF THE LOST CITIES SERIES.
Sophie Foster is back in the Lost Cities–but the Lost Cities have changed. The threat of war hangs heavy over her glittering world, and the Neverseen are wreaking havoc.
The lines between friend and enemy have blurred, and Sophie is unsure whom to trust. But when she’s warned that the people she loves most will be the next victims, she knows she has to act.
A mysterious symbol could be the key–if only she knew how to translate it. Every new clue seems to lead deeper into her world’s underbelly and the Black Swan aren’t the only ones who have plans. The Neverseen have their own Initiative, and if Sophie doesn’t stop it, they might finally have the ultimate means to control her.
Lodestar takes the Keeper of Lost Cities to a whole new level of twists and turns. Throughout the series we have had our fair share of plot twists, but it feels like Lodestar really takes the cake (at least so far).
Everything from earlier in the series is beginning to intensify from the darkness of some of our more villainous characters, to the mysteries of our unidentified members, to the love square that has been developing since book one! Its all getting so much more intense, and I am loving it.
The progression of the characters from when we first meet them to now is a slow and even growth, so far in the series the characters are acting as would be expected as well as the love square progressing in appropriate way for the characters age., as well as that of the target audience of the story.
Lodestar’s story line really takes a turn after the events in Neverseen. We start to explore trust between characters and the lines between good and evil really begin to blur as all our main characters attempt to fit reality with what they have previously believed.
The Keeper of Lost Cities series is such a whimsical and magical series with all different species of magical creature having a hand in the story, the magic really never stops.
Plot: 7/10 Ease of reading: 9/10 Character Development: 8/10 World Building: 7/10 Quality of Writing: 6/10 Stars: 4.5/5
The long path to the throne has only just begun for Aelin Galathynius as war looms on the horizon. Loyalties have been broken and bought, friends have been lost and gained, and those who possess magic find themselves at odds with those who don’t.
With her heart sworn to the warrior-prince by her side, and her fealty pledged to the people she is determined to save, Aelin will delve into the depths of her power to protect those she loves. But as monsters emerge from the horrors of the past, and dark forces become poised to claim her world, the only chance for salvation will lie in a desperate quest that may mark the end of everything Aelin holds dear.
In this breathtaking fifth instalment of the New York Times bestselling Throne of Glass series, Aelin will have to choose what—and who—to sacrifice if she’s to keep the world of Erilea from breaking apart.
Empire of Storms is the fifth novel in The Throne of Glass series which I am utterly determined to finish before the end of 2019!
This series is one that I just want to devour as quickly as possible! There is cliffhanger after cliffhanger that leave me constantly wanting to pick up the next book.
This is no different in Empire of Storms. Things are really kicking off now, which makes sense with only two more books to go in the series. The characters are all facing a battle they don’t quite feel ready for in this fight to save Erilea and their lands.
Many of the characters have begun to shift in their dynamic and their beliefs with some becoming more drastic to achieve their ends and others discovering the true nature of what is happening and wanting to benefit their kingdoms in the best way possible. This makes for intriguing decisions and much political manoeuvring.
I have found myself as a reader backing certain characters and feeling a deeper connection to their stories. Elodie has quickly become on of my beloved characters who I really feel for and want to see succeed in this war. What is there to say about Celaena Sardothian? She is hands down one of the most bad-ass book characters EVER. We see her grow more confident in herself throughout the fifth instalment as well showing yet again that she will make the self sacrificing leader play.
As a band of characters they are really like a much older much darker comparison to Sophie and her friends in Keeper of Lost Cities, with civilisations relying on them to change the course of history and I love every second of it.
The Throne of Glass series thus far has been one that I have jumped head first into. Every moment has felt as though it is leading up to this and I am more than eager to see how this is all going to end.
Plot: 8/10 Ease of reading: 5/10 Character Development: 7/10 World Building: 8/10 Quality of Writing: 8.5/10 Stars: 5/5
The graphic novel debut from rising star Noelle Stevenson, based on her beloved and critically acclaimed web comic, which Slate awarded its Cartoonist Studio Prize, calling it “a deadpan epic.”
Nemeses! Dragons! Science! Symbolism! All these and more await in this brilliantly subversive, sharply irreverent epic from Noelle Stevenson. Featuring an exclusive epilogue not seen in the web comic, along with bonus conceptual sketches and revised pages throughout, this gorgeous full-color graphic novel is perfect for the legions of fans of the web comic and is sure to win Noelle many new ones.
Nimona is an impulsive young shapeshifter with a knack for villainy. Lord Ballister Blackheart is a villain with a vendetta. As sidekick and supervillain, Nimona and Lord Blackheart are about to wreak some serious havoc. Their mission: prove to the kingdom that Sir Ambrosius Goldenloin and his buddies at the Institution of Law Enforcement and Heroics aren’t the heroes everyone thinks they are.
But as small acts of mischief escalate into a vicious battle, Lord Blackheart realises that Nimona’s powers are as murky and mysterious as her past. And her unpredictable wild side might be more dangerous than he is willing to admit.
When I picked up Nimona I really didn’t have much idea what it was about. I knew it involved the characters on the cover but that was about it. I went in completely blind.
I’m always glad when that happens, being an avid watcher of YouTube and BookTube I constantly see new books I want to read, synopsis about them and peoples thoughts. It is very rare when I pick up a book I’ve heard nothing about.
I like the whole anti hero/villain story in this book. I also like the messages it attempts to get across to young readers. There is a real focus on morals and learning to be happy with yourself. It also looks at how a person is more than just the stereotype. All great messages for young readers.
The vividness of the colours in the artwork of this graphic novel really added to the story.
Overall Nimona was an enjoyable read that was quick and contained great messages for readers.
Plot: 5/10 Ease of reading: 10/10 Character Development: 5/10 World Building: 5/10 Quality of Writing: 5/10 Stars: 2.5/5
In Sparks of Phoenix—Najwa Zebian’s third book of poetry—she takes her readers on a powerful journey of healing.
As the phoenix emerges from its ashes, Zebian emerges ablaze in these pages, not only as a survivor of abuse, but as a teacher and healer for all those who have struggled to understand, reclaim, and rise above a history of pain. The book is divided into six chapters, and six stages of healing: Falling, Burning to Ashes, Sparks of Phoenix, Rising, Soaring, and finally, A New Chapter, which demonstrates a healthy response to new love as the result of authentic healing. With her characteristic vulnerability, courage, and softness, Zebian seeks to empower those who have been made to feel ashamed, silenced, or afraid; she urges them, through gentle advice and personal revelation, to raise their voices, rise up, and soar.
Ok, so honestly if you have seen any of my other reviews on poetry, I have absolutely no idea what I am doing. On that, for this review I want to talk about some versus that really stuck with me.
Najwa’s piece on sensitivity is amazing. It really resonated with me, as a sensitive person it felt like someone got it. It begins with ‘Your sensitivity is not a sign of weakness.’ I felt like that opening really captured my attention to the piece.
Honestly the positivity I felt while reading the second half of this book of poetry was real. There were so many times where Najwa Zebian was talking about kindness and remembering to stay kind and being tired as well as the importance of continuing with your goals.
I really found something within the pages of Sparks of Phoenix and left my time with the book feeling positive and focused on my goals.
Ease of reading: 7/10 Quality of Writing: 7/10 Stars: 3.5/5
The dream chooses the dreamer, not the other way around—and Lazlo Strange, war orphan and junior librarian, has always feared that his dream chose poorly. Since he was five years old he’s been obsessed with the mythic lost city of Weep, but it would take someone bolder than he to cross half the world in search of it. Then a stunning opportunity presents itself, in the person of a hero called the Godslayer and a band of legendary warriors, and he has to seize his chance or lose his dream forever.
What happened in Weep two hundred years ago to cut it off from the rest of the world? What exactly did the Godslayer slay that went by the name of god? And what is the mysterious problem he now seeks help in solving?
The answers await in Weep, but so do more mysteries—including the blue-skinned goddess who appears in Lazlo’s dreams. How did he dream her before he knew she existed? And if all the gods are dead, why does she seem so real?
Welcome to Weep.
Why on why did it take me so long to pick up this book?! I finally found it on Audible and knew that the writing was lyrical and wanted to experience it as an audiobook.
I honestly love Strange as a character and a narrator. He is so sweet and innocent and completely and utterly adorable. He has an innocence that doesn’t make him naive but conscientious and kind. I loved when -as readers- we experienced things in his perspective.
The world the Lani Taylor creates really revolves around Weep, a lot civilisation that Strange studies in his spare time as a Librarian Apprentice. Its a land of magic and myth and when Strange talks about it gave me whimsical vibes.
It was really interesting to look back on what Weep was really like before everything happened and before the name was forgotten, there is such a big difference between what people thought of Weep and the reality of those who lived there. That contrast was really interesting to see.
Overall Strange the Dreamer is a magical and whimsical story. Lani Taylor writing is so lyrical and it really lends its self to the story. It’s a story that had different perspectives that you want to hear from all the time.
I loved my time reading this book and am so sad that its all over!
Plot: 8/10 Ease of reading: 6/10 Character Development: 8/10 World Building: 10/10 Quality of Writing: 9/10 Stars: 5/5