So, this year my Goodreads challenge is to read 65 books. I’m going to keep the system where to choose three priority reads before delving into the other categories later. I’m hoping to gradually get through some of my To Read pile this year.
1. We Hunt the Flame by Hafsah Faizal
People lived because she killed. People died because he lived.
Nobody knows that Zafira is the Hunter. Forced to disguise herself as a man, she braves the cursed forest to feed her people. If she is exposed as a girl, all of her achievements will be rejected.
Nasir is the infamous Prince of Death, assassinating those foolish enough to defy his autocratic father, the sultan. If he refuses he will be punished in the most brutal of ways.
Both are legends in the kingdom of Arawiya – but neither wants to be. And when Zafira embarks on a quest to restore magic to her suffering world, Nasir is sent by the sultan on a similar mission: retrieve magic and kill the hunter. But an ancient evil stirs as their journey unfolds, and the prize they seek may pose a threat greater than either can imagine…
2. The Demon World by Sally Green
Scattered by the tides of war, Princess Catherine leads a ragtag band of survivors into the barren wasteland of the Northern Plateau.
With enemies snapping at their heels, they are driven into the strange and deadly tunnels of the demon world. But while Tash dares to go deeper, Catherine must return to the surface to confront a nation in turmoil – and her growing love for Ambrose. On the run from the law, Edyon and March grow closer even as their secrets threaten to tear them apart.
Under attack from all sides, truth becomes the first casualty. But as their deceptions multiply, will the Smoke Thieves’ lies save them or bring disaster?
3. The Diviners by Libba Bray
It’s 1920s New York City. It’s flappers and Follies, jazz and gin. It’s after the war but before the depression. And for certain group of bright young things it’s the opportunity to party like never before.
For Evie O’Neill, it’s escape. She’s never fit in in small town Ohio and when she causes yet another scandal, she’s shipped off to stay with an uncle in the big city. But far from being exile, this is exactly what she’s always wanted: the chance to show how thoroughly modern and incredibly daring she can be.
But New York City isn’t about just jazz babies and follies girls. It has a darker side. Young women are being murdered across the city. And these aren’t crimes of passion. They’re gruesome. They’re planned. They bear a strange resemblance to an obscure group of tarot cards. And the New York City police can’t solve them alone.
Evie wasn’t just escaping the stifling life of Ohio, she was running from the knowledge of what she could do. She has a secret. A mysterious power that could help catch the killer – if he doesn’t catch her first.
On my Netgalley Shelf:
- Mooncakes by Suzanne Walker
In my Audible Library:
- Romeo and Jude by Marty Ross (5h 45m)
- Geography Club by Brent Hartinger (5h 9m)
- Egghead: Or, You Can’t Survive on Ideas Alone by Bo Burnham (1h 23m)
- American Panda by Gloria Chao (7h 32m)
- Damaged Like Us by Krista and Becca Ritchie (10h 27m)
- My Week With Marilyn by Colin Clark (3h 25m)
- The Child: An Audible Drama by Sebastian Fitzek (6h 55m)
- Slated by Teri Terry (10hr 17m)
- Skulduggery Pleasant by Derek Landy (7hr 9m)
To Review on Readers First:
- Killer T by Robert Muchamore
- Kill [redacted] by Anthony Good