This week has been basically meh. Nothing too terrible exciting, minus the fact that I’ve been on a big reading spree and I read 4 books in three days (I blame the Lunar Chronicles) and I got to meet up with an old friend from high school. Otherwise, it’s been pretty boring here. I’m holding back on the books that I’m accepting for review simply because I have a bunch to get through and I want to get through them before accepting more…It’s a dangerously long list, but I have made a good solid dent in it!
The Forbidden Wish (The Forbidden Wish #1) by Jessica Khoury
This is an Aladdin retelling that I have been eyeing up for quite a while now. I found the motivation to truly read it this month with a book club I have joined through Instagram, called the Social Book Club, and I have say the books have not yet disappointed! In this story we have Aladdin who finds Zahara’s jinni lamp but in a world where magic is illegal. However, as she realizes she’s falling in love with Aladdin, the King of the Jinni offers her an opportunity to become free completely and naturally she jumps at it. Suddenly she must decide between what her heart wants and ultimate freedom. I haven’t actually started this book (which puts me very much behind on the read-a-long) but since I’ve been on a good kick lately, this should be coming up soon on my list.
UQ Holder 1 by Ken Akamatsu
This was a bit of an impulse buy, but I’m still very glad that I did because it sounds very fun and enjoyable! The best way I have found to discover new manga, considering my sources are sadly lacking, is by grabbing one that captures my eye and seeing what happens. This is one such manga that I am quite excited to at least try and see what happens. This is the story of vampires. I know, I’m iffy on vampire stories, but I’m willing to try this one. What I didn’t realize is that this is a story that is falling another…about the grandson of the star of another manga which I have not read. Anyways, I still want to read this because there are swords and vampires and kinda a neat looking cover. Not sure, the descriptions aren’t the best to get a solid understanding of the stories.
Twin Star Exorcist, Vol 5 by Yoshaki Sukeno
I’ve been waiting for some reason to keep reading this series. Which is stupid because the first one was really good and I enjoyed it immensely! However, now I have the first five and that’s always a good start to a manga binge read. I see this in my upcoming future for sure my dear friends. For those of you who haven’t heard, this is the story of two of the top youth fighters who are destined to be together. They are young but are forced to accept the fact that they will have to rely on each other from now on. I mean, let’s be honest as well, this cover is absolutely beautiful! I have a very difficult time saying no to a beautiful cover!
Deep Blue (Waterier Saga #1) by Jennifer Donnelly
Look, guys!! I found a mermaid book!! One of the outlines I’ve been working on slowly is a story about mermaids and I figured that reading a bit more about them (fictionally for now) is probably a good idea. This story is about Serafina, the princess of one of the oldest mer-folk cities in existence. But on the eve of the ceremony that determines whether or not she is worthy of the crown, she has a terrible dream that an old terror is returning. She ignores the dream until her mother, the queen, is shot during the ceremony. Suddenly, the entire kingdom is in a panic and Serafina has to step up to her place and make the journey across the six seas and meet the mer-folk of the other seas in hopes of saving their world. I’m super excited for this!!
Updraft (The Mer Chronicles #1) by Errin Stevens
This was a bit of a surprise that I kinda forgot I was receiving. I got this book through an Instagram group and hurriedly attempted to put it up here before getting distracted, but I ended up passing out instead (a feat for me). Anyways, this isn’t a very long book and I’m going into it blind (on purpose) but I do know: mermaids. As I have said before I want to read more mermaid books because I feel this is important to the fact that I want to write a mermaid book in the nearer kinda future. From what I understand though it is about a girl who has to make the choice between living life on land as a human or in the water as a mermaid. Tough choice? Maybe… I also received this book SIGNED and with a neat bookmark and little picture card! Woo!! Thank you Errin Stevens!
Countryside: The Book of the Wise by J.T. Cope IV
I was sent this book by the author in exchange for an honest review, and I’m pretty excited to get into it. This is the start to a mid-grade series about a city-boy named Luke who moves to the countryside with his family only to end up in a fantastical land. He develops an interest in a book that will determine the fate of the world. However, he’s not the only one with this interest, and he must find it before the evil forces looking to destroy the world do. Overall, this book sounds very interesting and was presented to me as similar to both Narnia and Percy Jackson, so how was I supposed to say no? I am pretty excited to read it and the cover draws me in, I wanna know about the dark figure!!
What did you guys get this week?