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!
The Breakfast Club meets Pretty Little Liars, One of Us Is Lying is the story of what happens when five strangers walk into detention and only four walk out alive. Everyone is a suspect, and everyone has something to hide.
Pay close attention and you might solve this.
On Monday afternoon, five students at Bayview High walk into detention. Bronwyn, the brain, is Yale-bound and never breaks a rule. Addy, the beauty, is the picture-perfect homecoming princess. Nate, the criminal, is already on probation for dealing. Cooper, the athlete, is the all-star baseball pitcher. AndSimon, the outcast, is the creator of Bayview High’s notorious gossip app.
Only, Simon never makes it out of that classroom. Before the end of detention, Simon’s dead. And according to investigators, his death wasn’t an accident. On Monday, he died. But on Tuesday, he’d planned to post juicy reveals about all four of his high-profile classmates, which makes all four of them suspects in his murder. Or are they the perfect patsies for a killer who’s still on the loose? Everyone has secrets, right? What really matters is how far you would go to protect them.
Throughout One of Us is Lying we follow the perspective of multiple different characters. We begin with a Breakfast Clubesque set up with out protagonists in detention. All from different walks of life. We have all the classics from stereotypical groups. As the book progresses we move quickly from a heart warming 80’s movie to an intense murder mystery. It really put a twist on the classic high school story.
As we learn more about each of characters as a reader I began to make predictions about the whole ‘Who done it?’ situation. I was definitely not correct in these, eventually I did predict some of the twist, which I will not divulge here at all, but I believe at this point I think most people would would figure it out before me.
It was interesting to see the growth in the characters and that throughout this difficult time where they are suspected of murder as well as having more personal information divulged to the members of their high school. All the characters show growth… that I love.
There were a few characters that I did not like! One in particular, a side character was genuinely the worst person ever and I hated him,to the point where I thought it might ruin the book for me! Luckily, it didn’t and I decided to stick through to the end.
The end of this story is FIRE. I’ve recently discovered that as a reader I love a great plot twist or plot development, i eat them up!
The overall premise of ‘One of Us is Lying’ combines some of my favorite things, I love anything breakfast club themed as well as stories that keep me on the edge of my seat. This is definitely a tale that will stay with me.
Plot: 7/10 Ease of reading: 8/10 Character Development: 7.5/10 World Building: 6/10 Quality of Writing: 7/10 Overall: 4/5
I knew we were both in mortal danger. Still, in that instant, I felt well. Whole. I could feel my heart racing in my chest, the blood pulsing hot and fast through my veins again. My lungs filled deep with the sweet scent that came off his skin. It was like there had never been any hole in my chest. I was perfect – not healed, but as if there had never been a wound in the first place.
For Bella Swan, there is one thing more important than life itself: Edward Cullen. But being in love with a vampire is even more dangerous than Bella could ever have imagined. Edward has already rescued Bella from the clutches of one evil vampire, but now, as their daring relationship threatens all that is near and dear to them, they realize their troubles may be just beginning
After rereading Twilight I knew I wanted to do a complete reread of the series. It has been a lot time since I have sat down and actually reread these books and the nostalgia is real!
If you don’t know Twilight follows our main character Bella as she moves to the town of Forks to live with her dad after she decides that her mum should go with her new husband on his travels as a minor league baseball player.
Once there we are introduced to the mysterious Edward and the ever friendly Jacob.
Within the sequel ‘New Moon’ Bella is faced with hreat break and forced to move on, however instead of doing so Bella decides to embark on fixing motorbikes with Jacob. The development of the relationship between Jacob and Bella is one that I will always enjoy. Both are a little over dramatic but I was defnitely here for it when I read it in high school and I’m here for it now.
Although New Moon develops the character of Bella from the inital book, I don’t find it to be a positive development. She seems like a classic over dramatic heart broken teen, who really can’t function without thier ‘Soulmate’. It’s definitely not healthy but it is I woulf say accurate to intense teenage romance.
The setting of LaPush is one that I’ve always injoyed in both movies and books. It is such an interesting place in terms of its history and the community aspect of the peoples of the reservation. There was a developemnt of the mythology that surrounds the tribe as well as a progression from beleiving the myth to realising its reality. The scenery was definitely one that really does encaptulate me when it comes to the Twilight Saga.
Overall this reread is one that brings up so much nostaligia as a reader. I am deeply enjoying my time revisting the Twilight Saga and experiencing the characters again.
Plot: 5/10 Ease of reading: 8/10 Character Development: 6.5/10 World Building: 6/10 Quality of Writing: 6/10 Overall: 4.5/5
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
Sarai has lived and breathed nightmares since she was six years old.
She believed she knew every horror and was beyond surprise.
She was wrong.
In the wake of tragedy, neither Lazlo nor Sarai are who they were before. One a god, the other a ghost, they struggle to grasp the new boundaries of their selves as dark-minded Minya holds them hostage, intent on vengeance against Weep.
Lazlo faces an unthinkable choice—save the woman he loves, or everyone else?—while Sarai feels more helpless than ever. But is she? Sometimes, only the direst need can teach us our own depths, and Sarai, the Muse of Nightmares, has not yet discovered what she’s capable of.
As humans and godspawn reel in the aftermath of the citadel’s near fall, a new foe shatters their fragile hopes, and the mysteries of the Mesarthim are resurrected: Where did the gods come from, and why? What was done with thousands of children born in the citadel nursery? And most important of all, as forgotten doors are opened and new worlds revealed: Must heroes always slay monsters, or is it possible to save them instead?
As soon as I finished ‘Strange the Dreamer’ I knew I needed to pick up ‘Muse of Nightmares’ I was so addicted to the story.
Muse of Nightmares follows on from the events in Strange the Dreamer, almost immediately picking up where that book left off. I loved that we really didn’t miss any time from the first book. Laini Taylor has however added in a new element, a back story which brings new characters into the the tale really adding more depth to the story.
I still love Lazlo Strange more than ever, he’s still a quirky, quiet librarian that believes in things others only want to see as myth or as impossible. In Muse of Nightmares he has really gained new strength and really developed as a character.
We explore more of the Citadel and the secrets that it is hiding throughout Muse of Nightmares as well as what makes the characters tick and why they are the way they are, this is part of the struggle that Lazlo faces in this new world.
Muse of Nightmares was a poetic and lyrical ending to a magical duology, I can’t imagine one without the other, they are two parts of a whimsical whole that will suck you in until you turn the last page.
Plot: 8/10 Ease of reading: 6/10 Character Development: 8/10 World Building: 7/10 Quality of Writing: 10/10 Stars: 5/5
What did you think of the Strange the Dreamer Duology?
Meet Daisy Winters. She’s an offbeat sixteen-year-old Floridian with mermaid-red hair, a part time job at a bootleg Walmart, and a perfect older sister who’s nearly engaged to the Crown Prince of Scotland. Daisy has no desire to live in the spotlight, but relentless tabloid attention forces her join Ellie at the relative seclusion of the castle across the pond.
While the dashing young Miles has been appointed to teach Daisy the ropes of being regal, the prince’s roguish younger brother kicks up scandal wherever he goes, and tries his best to take Daisy along for the ride. The crown–and the intriguing Miles–might be trying to make Daisy into a lady . . . but Daisy may just rewrite the royal rulebook to suit herself.
Prince Charming follows Daisy Winters the sister to Ellie Winters who is engaged to the prince of Scotland. This puts Daisy in the spotlight even though she is the opposite of a royal. This leads to Daisy needing to go to Scotland before the big day so that the royal family can control how the media portrays Daisy. Daisy is not happy at all about this arrangement.
I really felt for Daisy throughout the book. She definitely had some grumpy teenager vibes but I could also see her point of view when it came to having to work around what her sister needs. It was interesting to see how each character saw themselves as the ones having to compromise and how they dealt with the feelings that came along with it, including feeling resentful towards each other.
I’ve recently discovered my love of the hate to love trope! This was probably one of the first books I’ve read in recent times that include that trope where it didn’t make me mad. I enjoyed seeing the conversations between Miles and Daisy from their first encounter.
The royal aspect as well as the Scottish country side setting gave be winter in Europe vibes that honestly just added to the story. I enjoyed being immersed in this story and feeling like I was in Scotland with all the autumn vibes.
Overall Prince Charming is a lovely contemporary that I really enjoyed while I read it. I wouldn’t say its particularly memorable but I loved it all the same.
Plot: 6/10 Ease of reading: 8/10 Character Development: 6/10 World Building: 6/10 Quality of Writing: 6/10 Stars: 3/5
Back in May I decided to join in on the 2019 Reading Challenge hosted by The Perks of Being Noura. After working away at it for a couple of months I thought I would give an update on how its all going. When I posted about the challenge I had already completed the following:
Here are the books I’ve read since then that have fulfilled more challenges!
‘Crazy Rich Asians’ By Kevin Kwan fulfils the prompt 1 which is to read a ‘Book turned into movie in 2019’.
‘Milk and Honey’ By Rupi Kaur fulfils prompt number 6 which is to read a ‘poetry book’.
‘Sky in the Deep’ By Arienne Young fulfils prompt 13 which is to read a ‘Goodreads award winning book’
‘Girls With Shard Sticks’ By Suzanne Young fulfils prompt 22, ‘read a dystopian/science fiction’.
‘Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone’ By J.K. Rowling fulfils prompt 25 to read ‘an authors debut novel’
‘The Kingdom’ By Jess Rothenberg fulfils prompt 29 to read a book ‘that takes place in the future’
‘Magnus Chase and the Gods of Asgard: The Sword of Summer’ By Rick Riordan fulfils prompt 32, ‘a story within a story’
‘Heartstopper: Volume 1’ By Alice Oseman fulfils prompt 33, read a book that is ‘set around the world’ with Heartstoppers being set in England it was the perfect choice.
‘Magnus Chase and the Gods of Asgard: ‘The Hammer of Thor’ By Rick Riordan fulfils prompt number 40 to read ‘a diverse book’ I counted this for this prompt because we have a Bi sexual character and a gender fluid character.
‘Emergency Contact’ By Mark H.K. Choi fulfils prompt 50, ‘read a contemporary’
‘The Geography of Lost things’ By Jessica Brody fulfils prompt 52 which is to read a book ‘based on the cover’
After checking off these reads I’ve now completed 29 of 52 prompts!
Another month means another wrap up, even if it is a little late!
I definitely did not read as much in June as I was hoping too however I did still get through some books that I planned on reading. I ended up reading FOUR books for the month… not quite the ambitious nine I’d been planning on reading.