I have never been in such a CRITICAL state about reading as I am right now. Between wanting to read EVERYTHING that is coming out like buckets of water being dropped, and having to study for upcoming, dreaded final exams, I don’t know what to do with myself. I have a long list of Fall, spooky and twisted books that I’m making my way through, but I sincerely DON’T KNOW WHAT TO PICK. I just don’t.
My indecision is reaching the utmost level, and I’ll end up not reading anything at all if I don’t make up my mind.
SO, here’s where you beautiful fellow book nerds can help me! Once again, thank you so much to
-I ask you which you want to see me review this month.
-I read, enjoy, & review.
-That’s it, we’re done.
Great. Let’s go:
1-Now I Rise by Kiersten White
Synopsis: She has no allies. No throne. All she has is what she’s always had: herself.
After failing to secure the Wallachian throne, Lada Dracul is out to punish anyone who dares to cross her blood-strewn path. Filled with a white-hot rage, she storms the countryside with her men, accompanied by her childhood friend Bogdan, terrorizing the land. But brute force isn’t getting Lada what she wants. And thinking of Mehmed brings little comfort to her thorny heart. There’s no time to wonder whether he still thinks about her, even loves her. She left him before he could leave her.
What Lada needs are her younger brother Radu’s subtlety and skill. But Mehmed has sent him to Constantinople—and it’s no diplomatic mission. Mehmed wants control of the city, and Radu has earned an unwanted place as a double-crossing spy behind enemy lines. Radu longs for his sister’s fierce confidence—but for the first time in his life, he rejects her unexpected plea for help. Torn between loyalties to faith, to the Ottomans, and to Mehmed, he knows he owes Lada nothing. If she dies, he could never forgive himself—but if he fails in Constantinople, will Mehmed ever forgive him?
As nations fall around them, the Dracul siblings must decide: what will they sacrifice to fulfill their destinies? Empires will topple, thrones will be won…and souls will be lost.
Hardcover, 471 pages // Genres: Historical Fiction, YA
Published June 27th, 2017
I read the first book in the series, And I Darken, earlier this year and LOVED the characters. All of the historical elements (although some things are not quite) and settings have me really excited, and they’re some of the elements that I enjoy the most about these books.
The characters absolutely FASCINATE me, and I’ve seen people saying that this second book is even BETTER than the first! At the moment it has an average rating of 4.29 stars on Goodreads, which is SUPER high, and 3,307 people have rated it. I’m looking forward to it, and my only setback is that it is quite a long book.
2-Labyrinth Lost by Zoraida Cordova
Synopsis: Nothing says Happy Birthday like summoning the spirits of your dead relatives.
Alex is a Bruja, the most powerful witch in a generation...and she hates magic. At her Deathday celebration, Alex performs a spell to rid herself of her power. But it backfires. Her whole family vanishes into thin air, leaving her alone with Nova, a Brujo boy she can't trust. A boy whose intentions are as dark as the strange marks on his skin.
The only way to get her family back is to travel with Nova to Los Lagos, a land in-between, as dark as Limbo and as strange as Wonderland…
All three of these books are on my Fall, general TBR, but I don’t know if I’ll actually get to all of them. I’d like to, but there are too many new releases that I’m planning on reading in November, so it’s October or nothing.
I don’t think I’ve read a latinex, witchy book EVER, so that is what’s really making me feel excited about this particular novel. I’m super willing to read this book next if it’s the one that gets chosen. Tell me if you recommend this at all, whether you’ve heard any good things about it, and if you have or if you know about any useful review on it, leave a link down below!
What do you think? Should I read Labyrinth Lost next?
3-Daughter of the Burning City by Amanda Foody
Synopsis: Sixteen-year-old Sorina has spent most of her life within the smoldering borders of the Gomorrah Festival. Yet even among the many unusual members of the traveling circus-city, Sorina stands apart as the only illusion-worker born in hundreds of years. This rare talent allows her to create illusions that others can see, feel and touch, with personalities all their own. Her creations are her family, and together they make up the cast of the Festival’s Freak Show.
But no matter how lifelike they may seem, her illusions are still just that—illusions, and not truly real. Or so she always believed…until one of them is murdered.
Desperate to protect her family, Sorina must track down the culprit and determine how they killed a person who doesn’t actually exist. Her search for answers leads her to the self-proclaimed gossip-worker Luca, and their investigation sends them through a haze of political turmoil and forbidden romance, and into the most sinister corners of the Festival. But as the killer continues murdering Sorina’s illusions one by one, she must unravel the horrifying truth before all of her loved ones disappear.
Hardcover, 384 pages // Fantasy, YA, Mystery.
Published July 25th, 2017
I’m absolutely in the mood for Circus illusions and mysteries right now. Especially if it’s woven in with Fantasy! One of my favorite books of this year was The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern, and I’m crushed that she hasn’t written anything else in a long time.
But I’d like to read more stories set in Circus atmospheres, and this novel besides Caraval by Stephanie Garber are two that are at the top of my TBR. Have you read any of these three Circus books? Should I read this one next?
Bonus: The Circus aesthetic is my fave. It’s so stunning and fun! Filled with magic even if it’s not fantasy.
Which of these novels do you want me to read next? Have you read any of them? If you haven’t, vote anyway! It doesn’t matter whether you are apt for recommending it because I just want to pick up whatever you think is more interesting merely by reading the synopsis or having a vague idea about it. And I also want you to vote thinking about which you’d like me to write a review about the most.
I hope you enjoyed this post! The TBR List feature is fantastic. I read Wonder Woman by Leigh Bardugo last month and it was GREAT. I trust your opinions now, so vote away. Have a wonderful month and happy reading to you all! HAPPY OCTOBER!
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