1800, Joseon (Korea). Homesick and orphaned sixteen-year-old Seol is living out the ancient curse: “May you live in interesting times.” Indentured to the police bureau, she’s been tasked with assisting a well-respected young inspector with the investigation into the politically charged murder of a noblewoman. As they delve deeper into the dead woman’s secrets, Seol forms an unlikely bond of friendship with the inspector. But her loyalty is tested when he becomes the prime suspect, and Seol may be the only one capable of discovering what truly happened on the night of the murder. But in a land where silence and obedience are valued above all else, curiosity can be deadly.
I had seen this one around quite a lot online and it looked pretty interesting. I knew I wanted to give it a shot at some point, but I wasn’t sure when I was going to get to. It didn’t seem like a book I would normally read, so I put it off. But, I recently had the urge to give it a try, so I did. And I am very, very glad I did. Trigger warnings: torture, abuse, suicide, death, gore
There was and there was not, as all stories begin, a princess cursed to be poisonous to the touch. But for Soraya, who has lived her life hidden away, apart from her family, safe only in her gardens, it’s not just a story. As the day of her twin brother’s wedding approaches, Soraya must decide if she’s willing to step outside of the shadows for the first time. Below in the dungeon is a demon who holds knowledge that she craves, the answer to her freedom. And above is a young man who isn’t afraid of her, whose eyes linger not with fear, but with an understanding of who she is beneath the poison. Soraya thought she knew her place in the world, but when her choices lead to consequences she never imagined, she begins to question who she is and who she is becoming…human or demon. Princess or monster.
I feel like this book kind of snuck up on me. I had seen so many excitement and love for it on Twitter that I was intrigued. Then, I finally read the synopsis and it sounded really, really interesting. Then, the love for it continued on Twitter and I wanted to give it a shot.
YES Jamie Goldberg is cool with volunteering for his local state senate candidate—as long as he’s behind the scenes. When it comes to speaking to strangers (or, let’s face it, speaking at all to almost anyone), Jamie’s a choke artist. There’s no way he’d ever knock on doors to ask people for their votes…until he meets Maya. NO Maya Rehman’s having the worst Ramadan ever. Her best friend is too busy to hang out, her summer trip is canceled, and now her parents are separating. Why her mother thinks the solution to her problems is political canvassing—with some awkward dude she hardly knows—is beyond her. MAYBE SO Going door to door isn’t exactly glamorous, but maybeit’s not the worst thing in the world. After all, the polls are getting closer—and so are Maya and Jamie. Mastering local activism is one thing. Navigating the cross-cultural romance of the century is another thing entirely.
This is a Becky Albertalli book so I wanted to read it. I’ve actually never read anything by Aisha Saeed, but so many people were excited that these two were teaming up, so it made me curious! I definitely want to check out her books too. And this is a book about teens and their political opinions. So many teens are involved in politics and I’m so glad more books are showing that. And in a way that is adorable and relatable. Continue reading “Yes No Maybe So by Becky Albertalli and Aisha Saeed”→
Generations of twin goddesses have long ruled Aeon. But seventeen years ago, one sister’s betrayal defied an ancient prophecy and split their world in two. The planet ceased to spin, and a Great Abyss now divides two realms: one cloaked in perpetual night, the other scorched by an unrelenting sun. While one sister rules Aranth—a frozen city surrounded by a storm-wracked sea —her twin inhabits the sand-locked Golden City. Each goddess has raised a daughter, and each keeps her own secrets about her sister’s betrayal. But when shadowy forces begin to call their daughters, Odessa and Haidee, back to the site of the Breaking, the two young goddesses —along with a powerful healer from Aranth, and a mouthy desert scavenger —set out on separate journeys across treacherous wastelands, desperate to heal their broken world. No matter the sacrifice it demands.
This book sounded really, really interesting and I was looking forward to reading it. But for some reason, it took me awhile to actually getting around to reading it. It sounds fascinating. One world that is split in two, one cloaked in never ending darkness, one burning in never ending sunlight. Goddesses, sisters, and so much more. I really do not know why I waited so long to read this! Trigger warnings: PTSD, grief
Princess Guinevere has come to Camelot to wed a stranger: the charismatic King Arthur. With magic clawing at the kingdom’s borders, the great wizard Merlin conjured a solution–send in Guinevere to be Arthur’s wife . . . and his protector from those who want to see the young king’s idyllic city fail. The catch? Guinevere’s real name–and her true identity–is a secret. She is a changeling, a girl who has given up everything to protect Camelot. To keep Arthur safe, Guinevere must navigate a court in which the old–including Arthur’s own family–demand things continue as they have been, and the new–those drawn by the dream of Camelot–fight for a better way to live. And always, in the green hearts of forests and the black depths of lakes, magic lies in wait to reclaim the land. Arthur’s knights believe they are strong enough to face any threat, but Guinevere knows it will take more than swords to keep Camelot free. Deadly jousts, duplicitous knights, and forbidden romances are nothing compared to the greatest threat of all: the girl with the long black hair, riding on horseback through the dark woods toward Arthur. Because when your whole existence is a lie, how can you trust even yourself?
I love the story of King Arthur and I’m sucker for any books written about it. So, a book about Guinevere (maybe I’ll be able to spell her name right on the first try after this review haha) definietly caught my attention. And it was supposed to focus on the women of this story and the strength they have and what they can add to everything around them. Plus, it there are lies and magic and Guinevere isn’t even who she seems. Trigger warnings: vague mentions of sexual assault
*Spoiler free, but spoilers for The Gilded Wolves*
Séverin and his team members might have successfully thwarted the Fallen House, but victory came at a terrible cost ― one that still haunts all of them. Desperate to make amends, Séverin pursues a dangerous lead to find a long lost artifact rumored to grant its possessor the power of God. Their hunt lures them far from Paris, and into icy heart of Russia where crystalline ice animals stalk forgotten mansions, broken goddesses carry deadly secrets, and a string of unsolved murders makes the crew question whether an ancient myth is a myth after all. As hidden secrets come to the light and the ghosts of the past catch up to them, the crew will discover new dimensions of themselves. But what they find out may lead them down paths they never imagined. A tale of love and betrayal as the crew risks their lives for one last job.
Thank you NetGalley and WednesdayBooks for the e-ARC!
While I didn’t overwhelmingly adore The Gilded Wolves, I liked it enough to be anticipating the sequel. The characters were brilliant, and I was looking forward to seeing them again! And it sounded like the stakes would be raised even higher and I was looking forward to seeing how everything played out.
Halloween is right around the corner, and since I’ve found that I really enjoy writing Halloweeney type posts! I don’t do a whole lot for Halloween, so this is a great way for me to experience it, but not be too involved haha. Plus, I’ve found that there are a ton of scary/spooky/creepy books that I want to read, so why not make a post about them!