So, last month was a little slow, hoping to gradually draw myself back into the flow of reading. I’ve been trying my best to take breaks and enjoy the experience rather than focusing too much on the challenge as a whole. This month I’m going to try and get through a few popular series that have been on my mind for a while, fingers crossed it all works out!
1. The Wicked King by Holly Black
After the jaw-dropping revelation that Oak is the heir to Faerie, Jude must keep her brother safe. To do so, she has bound the wicked king, Cardan, to her, and made herself the power behind the throne. Navigating the constantly shifting political alliances of Faerie would be difficult enough if Cardan were easy to control. But he does everything in his power to humiliate and undermine her even as his fascination with her remains undiminished.
When it becomes all too clear that someone close to Jude means to betray her, threatening her own life and the lives of everyone she loves, Jude must uncover the traitor and fight her own complicated feelings for Cardan to maintain control as a mortal in a Faerie world.
2. Heartstopper, Vol. 1 by Alice Oseman
Charlie, a highly-strung, openly gay over-thinker, and Nick, a cheerful, soft-hearted rugby player, meet at a British all-boys grammar school. Friendship blooms quickly, but could there be something more…?
Charlie Spring is in Year 10 at Truham Grammar School for Boys. The past year hasn’t been too great, but at least he’s not being bullied anymore. Nick Nelson is in Year 11 and on the school rugby team. He’s heard a little about Charlie – the kid who was outed last year and bullied for a few months – but he’s never had the opportunity to talk to him.
They quickly become friends, and soon Charlie is falling hard for Nick, even though he doesn’t think he has a chance. But love works in surprising ways, and sometimes good things are waiting just around the corner…
3. Shadow and Bone by Leigh Bardugo
Surrounded by enemies, the once-great nation of Ravka has been torn in two by the Shadow Fold, a swath of near impenetrable darkness crawling with monsters who feast on human flesh. Now its fate may rest on the shoulders of one lonely refugee.
Alina Starkov has never been good at anything. But when her regiment is attacked on the Fold and her best friend is brutally injured, Alina reveals a dormant power that saves his life—a power that could be the key to setting her war-ravaged country free. Wrenched from everything she knows, Alina is whisked away to the royal court to be trained as a member of the Grisha, the magical elite led by the mysterious Darkling.
Yet nothing in this lavish world is what it seems. With darkness looming and an entire kingdom depending on her untamed power, Alina will have to confront the secrets of the Grisha . . . and the secrets of her heart.
On my Netgalley Shelf:
- Blood Metal Bone by Lindsay Cummings
In my Audible Library:
- Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone by J.K. Rowling (9h 33m)
- Ghosting You by Alexander C. Eberhart (10h 13m)
- Cemetery Boys by Aiden Thomas (13h 47m)
- Boyfriend Material by Alexis Hall (13h 11m)
- Geekerella: A Novel by Ashley Poston (10h 32m)
- The Tales of Beedle the Bard by J.K. Rowling (1h 35m)
- Geography Club by Brent Hartinger (5h 9m)
- American Panda by Gloria Chao (7h 32m)
- Damaged Like Us by Krista and Becca Ritchie (10h 27m)
- The Child: An Audible Drama by Sebastian Fitzek (6h 55m)
- The Cuckoo’s Calling by Robert Galbraith (15h 53m)
- Twilight by Stephenie Meyer (12h 51m)
To Review on Readers First:
- Killer T by Robert Muchamore