I honestly have no excuse for buying these, other than a few being some of my anticipated releases this year. However, the moment I saw the others I couldn’t hold back in getting them. Thankfully, most of them was in a deal in Waterstones so I didn’t have to pay full price.
Wild Embers | Nikita Gill
Published: 2017, by Trapeze.
Genre: Poetry, Feminism, Nonfiction
Summary: Wild Embers explores the fire that lies within every soul, weaving words around ideas of feeling at home in your own skin, allowing yourself to heal and learning to embrace you uniqueness with love from the universe.
This cover is simply gorgeous and I couldn’t leave it there after reading the blurb. I’ve been meaning to find other poets for a while, after falling in love with Amanda Lovelace, and I’m really hoping to feel the same with Gill. Plus, it sounds like an incredibly empowering read.
The Belles | Dhonielle Clayton
Series: The Belles
Published: 2018, by Gollancz
Genre: Fantasy, Young Adult
Summary: In the opulent world of Orleans, the people are born grey and damned, and only a Belle’s powers can make them beautiful.
Camellia Beuregard wants to be the favourite Belle – the one chosen by the queen to tend to the royal family.
But once Camellia and her Belle sisters arrive at court, it becomes clear that being the favourite is not everything she always dreamed it would be. Behind the gilded palace walls live dark secrets, and Camellia soon learns that her powers may be far greater – and far darker – than she ever imagined.
When the queen asks Camellia to break the rules she lives by to save the ailing princess, she faces an impossible decision: protect herself and the way of the Belles, or risk her own life, and change the world forever.
This book has been on my Goodreads TBR for a while now, but since the author has been announced at YALC this year, I felt obliged to pick it up in the hopes of reading as much as possible before the convention. I want to get involved with as many events as possible!
Spark | Alice Broadway
Series: The Skin Books
Published: 2018, by Scholastic.
Genre: Fantasy, Fiction, Young Adult
Summary: Leora is reeling: questioning everything she has ever known about her family and herself.
As half-Marked and half-Blank, can she ever wholly belong in either fractured community? Mayor Longsight wants to use her as a weapon: to infiltrate Featherstone, home of the Blanks, and deliver them to him for obliteration. Leora longs for answers about her mysterious birth mother, and Featherstone may reveal them.
But will she find solace and safety there or a viper’s nest of suspicion and secrets?
This book was the main reason I wanted into Waterstones and what I blame for the fact my bank account is now crying. However, I adored Ink and Alice Broadway’s writing and can’t wait to begin reading the next in the series. Everything about this series is perfect.
Illuminae | Amie Kaufman & Jay Kristoff
Series: The Illuminae Files
Published: 2015, by Oneworld Publications.
Genre: Young Adult, Science Fiction, Romance
Summary: The year is 2575 and two mega-corporations are at war over a planet that’s little more than an ice covered speck.
Too bad nobody thought to warn the people living on it. With enemy fire raining down on them, Ezra and Kady have to make their escape on the evacuating fleet. But their troubles are just beginning. A deadly plague has broken out on one of the spaceships and it is mutating with terrifying results. Their ship’s protection is seriously flawed. No one will say what is going on.
As Kady hacks into a tangled web of data to find the truth its clear only one person can help her. Ezra. And the only problem with that is they split up before all this trouble stated and she isn’t supposed to be talking to him.
I’ve seen this series talked about everywhere and there was even a table dedicated to it in my local bookstore. Admittedly, I haven’t read up on it before, yet the blurb alone was enough to make me buy it. It sounds like a really fun and creepy read.
To Kill a Kingdom | Alexandra Christo
Published: 2018, by Hot Key Books.
Genre: Fantasy, Young Adult, Retellings, Romance
Summary: I have a heart for every year I’ve been alive.
There are seventeen hidden in the sand of my bedroom. Every so often, I claw through the shingle just to check they’re still there. Buried deep and bloody.
Princess Lira is siren royalty and revered across the sea until she is cursed into humanity by the ruthless Sea Queen. Now Lira must deliver the heart of the infamous siren killer or remain a human forever.
Prince Elian is heir to the most powerful kindomw of the world, and captain to a deadly crew of siren hunters. When he rescues a drowning woman from the ocean, she promises to help him destroy sirenkind for good. But he has no way of knowing whether he can trust her…
This sounds so dark and I’m so ready. I need to read this as soon as possible.
The Witch Doesn’t Burn In This One | Amanda Lovelace
Series: Women are some kind of magic
Published: 2018, Andrews McMeel Publishing.
Genre: Poetry, Feminism
Summary: The witch: supernaturally powerful, inscrutably independent, and now—indestructible. These moving, relatable poems encourage resilience and embolden women to take control of their own stories. Enemies try to judge, oppress, and marginalize her, but the witch doesn’t burn in this one.
This is quite possibly my most anticipated release of 2018. I adore Lovelace’s poetry, having a few of my favourites in my phone for times of need. Her work is incredibly inspiring and empowering and I’m so excited for this instalment.