Morning, book lovers!
Honestly, I don’t believe this winter will end any time soon. So I need some positive vibes to keep me from the gloom and doom of the next few weeks. Do you feel the same?
Anyways, I want to try something new on my blog. I’ve seen a lot of similar posts. But I’ve never dabbled with this one though. So here is my first official “most anticipated reads” post.
Now, I’ve included only the upcoming titles that have either snagged a spot on my TBR list or captivated my attention. This list isn’t complete, and I don’t want to bore you with an entire one. What’s the point? So hopefully, you find some new additions to your TBR list. I sure have!
I hope you all enjoy.
The Fever King by Victoria Lee
Young adult, science fiction, fantasy, LGBTQ
In the former United States, sixteen-year-old Noam Álvaro wakes up in a hospital bed, the sole survivor of the viral magic that killed his family and made him a technopath. His ability to control technology attracts the attention of the minister of defense and thrusts him into the magical elite of the nation of Carolinia.
The son of undocumented immigrants, Noam has spent his life fighting for the rights of refugees fleeing magical outbreaks—refugees Carolinia routinely deports with vicious efficiency. Sensing a way to make change, Noam accepts the minister’s offer to teach him the science behind his magic, secretly planning to use it against the government. But then he meets the minister’s son—cruel, dangerous, and achingly beautiful—and the way forward becomes less clear.
Caught between his purpose and his heart, Noam must decide who he can trust and how far he’s willing to go in pursuit of the greater good.
Okay, I may be a bit late with this title, but I cannot exclude it. I first found out about it on Kaleena’s blog. Kal is one of the trusted bloggers everyone should listen to. If she tells you to pick up a book, you may want to listen to her.
Bloodleaf by Crystal Smith
Young adult, fantasy
Princess Aurelia is a prisoner to her crown and the heir that nobody wants. Surrounded by spirits and banned from using her blood-magic, Aurelia flees her country after a devastating assassination attempt. To escape her fate, Aurelia disguises herself as a commoner in a new land and discovers a happiness her crown has never allowed.
As she forges new bonds and perfects her magic, she begins to fall for a man who is forbidden to rule beside her. But the ghosts that haunt Aurelia refuse to abandon her, and she finds herself succumbing to their call as they expose a nefarious plot that only she can defeat. Will she be forced to choose between the weight of the crown and the freedom of her new life?
Bookstagrammers haven’t stopped talking about Bloodleaf. And I don’t blame them. Look at the cover. It reminds me of the Wicked Deep. I am loving the blurb, and I cannot wait to see how the court intrigue plays out!
Internment by Samira Ahmed
Young adult, dystopian, contemporary
Set in a horrifying near-future United States, seventeen-year-old Layla Amin and her parents are forced into an internment camp for Muslim American citizens.
With the help of newly made friends also trapped within the internment camp, her boyfriend on the outside, and an unexpected alliance, Layla begins a journey to fight for freedom, leading a revolution against the internment camp’s Director and his guards.
Heart-racing and emotional, Internment challenges readers to fight complicit silence that exists in our society today.
I feel like I need to read this book. Not many titles own that sway over me, but the storyline is pivotal in this dangerous climate we live in. I am not a huge contemporary fan, but I’ll make an exception.
Never-Contented Things by Sarah Porter
Young adult, fantasy
Seductive. Cruel. Bored
Be wary of…
Prince and his fairy courtiers are staggeringly beautiful, unrelentingly cruel, and exhausted by the tedium of the centuries―until they meet foster-siblings Josh and Ksenia. Drawn in by their vivid emotions, undying love for each other, and passion for life, Prince will stop at nothing to possess them.
First seduced and then entrapped by the fairies, Josh and Ksenia learn that the fairies’ otherworldly gifts come at a terrible price―and they must risk everything in order to reclaim their freedom.
I saw this book on Mogsy’s blog. And I haven’t stopped thinking about that cover, which gives me some serious Leigh Bardugo vibes. You know how much I love fairy stories. I may take a risk and buy it.
Saphyre by Scarlett Snow and Loxley Savage
Reverse harem, dark fantasy, paranormal romance
I’ve spent my entire life pretending to be someone I’m not.
Forced to hide in the slums of Tenebris from those who would enslave me, I carry the Golden Curse that has been passed through my family for generations. This affliction makes me the perfect breeder to carry the offspring of the Kings of Emperia and their elite warriors.
I’ve tried everything to avoid this fate, until one careless mistake lands me in the hands of my enemy.
Unfortunately for King Leonidas, my name is Saphyre Aurelian, and I’ll make him regret the day he chose me as his breeder.
Saphyre is a fast burn dark fantasy reverse harem romance. This trilogy contains explicit scenes and dark themes which may be triggering for some.
I’m a member of an RH group on Facebook. Lately, I’ve seen a lot of readers rave about this dark fantasy. Sometimes, I take a chance on books I know that are out of comfort zone. And this one definitely meets that challenge. But I’m on an RH binge. So I’m slightly conflicted.
Sky without Stars by Jessica Brody and Joanne Rendell
Young adult, science fiction, retelling
A thief. An officer. A guardian.
Three strangers, one shared destiny . . .
When the Last Days came, the planet of Laterre promised hope. A new life for a wealthy French family and their descendants. But five hundred years later, it’s now a place where an extravagant elite class reigns supreme; where the clouds hide the stars and the poor starve in the streets; where a rebel group, long thought dead, is resurfacing.
Whispers of revolution have begun—a revolution that hinges on three unlikely heroes…
Chatine is a street-savvy thief who will do anything to escape the brutal Regime, including spy on Marcellus, the grandson of the most powerful man on the planet.
Marcellus is an officer—and the son of a renowned traitor. In training to take command of the military, Marcellus begins to doubt the government he’s vowed to serve when his father dies and leaves behind a cryptic message that only one person can read: a girl named Alouette.
Alouette is living in an underground refuge, where she guards and protects the last surviving library on the planet. But a shocking murder will bring Alouette to the surface for the first time in twelve years…and plunge Laterre into chaos.
All three have a role to play in a dangerous game of revolution—and together they will shape the future of a planet.
I’ll admit that I haven’t watched nor read Les Misérables. However, I love when I find a new revolutionary tale. But what sells me is the science fiction!