Monday, 1 October 2018

Books I'm Squeeing About in October

It's birthday month in the Review Diaries household! (Well, my birthday, and really that's the most important one...) So it's not only an epic book purchasing month (my husband knows me well...) but it also means that I'm going to have to change my bio because I will no longer be a twenty something book blogger. Dum dum duh.
But there are some truly awesome books hitting the shelves this month which will help to ease that transition.

Muse of Nightmares by Laini Taylor

In the wake of tragedy, neither Lazlo nor Sarai are who they were before. One a god, the other a ghost, they struggle to grasp the new boundaries of their selves as dark-minded Minya holds them hostage, intent on vengeance against Weep.

Lazlo faces an unthinkable choice—save the woman he loves, or everyone else?—while Sarai feels more helpless than ever. But is she? Sometimes, only the direst need can teach us our own depths, and Sarai, the muse of nightmares, has not yet discovered what she's capable of.
As humans and godspawn reel in the aftermath of the citadel's near fall, a new foe shatters their fragile hopes, and the mysteries of the Mesarthim are resurrected: Where did the gods come from, and why? What was done with thousands of children born in the citadel nursery? And most important of all, as forgotten doors are opened and new worlds revealed: Must heroes always slay monsters, or is it possible to save them instead?

Confession time, I've not yet read Strange the Dreamer, but I've heard so many wonderful things about it, and I've adored all of Laini's previous books, that this is an auto buy for me. I'm really looking forward to having both books on my shelf, partly because oh my god those covers, and partly so that I can storm through both books without a break.

Two Dark Reigns by Kendare Blake

The battle has been fought, blood has been spilt and a queen has been crowned, but not all are happy with the outcome.
Katharine, the poisoner queen, has been crowned and is trying to ignore the whispers that call her illegitimate, undead, cursed.
Mirabella and Arsinoe have escaped the island of Fennbirn, but how long before the island calls them back?
Jules is returning to Fennbirn and has become the unlikely figurehead of a revolution threatening to topple Katharine's already unsteady rule.
But what good is a revolution if something is wrong with the island itself?
Urgh, this series. It completely blew me away with the first book. I adored it so much, and then the second book was brilliant too, and frankly I have been desperate to read this third book ever since I turned the last page in the second. It's brutal, it's brilliant, it sucks you in and that's it, there's no escape. It's just that good. Plus the marketing for book one was genius and was what first caught my attention - three different covers, one for each sister, so you could choose your allegiance. Brilliant.

Beneath the Citadel by Destiny Soria

In the city of Eldra, people are ruled by ancient prophecies. For centuries, the high council has stayed in power by virtue of the prophecies of the elder seers. After the last infallible prophecy came to pass, growing unrest led to murders and an eventual rebellion that raged for more than a decade. 
In the present day, Cassa, the orphaned daughter of rebels, is determined to fight back against the high council, which governs Eldra from behind the walls of the citadel. Her only allies are no-nonsense Alys, easygoing Evander, and perpetually underestimated Newt, and Cassa struggles to come to terms with the legacy of rebellion her dead parents have left her — and the fear that she may be inadequate to shoulder the burden. But by the time Cassa and her friends uncover the mystery of the final infallible prophecy, it may be too late to save the city — or themselves. 

This is an example of Bookstagram at work. I saw the cover, I found the description, I was intrigued so it went on my October list. I know nothing else, but I'm very excited to find out.

Blanca & Roja by Anna-Marie McLemore

The biggest lie of all is the story you think you already know.
The del Cisne girls have never just been sisters; they’re also rivals, Blanca as obedient and graceful as Roja is vicious and manipulative. They know that, because of a generations-old spell, their family is bound to a bevy of swans deep in the woods. They know that, one day, the swans will pull them into a dangerous game that will leave one of them a girl, and trap the other in the body of a swan.
But when two local boys become drawn into the game, the swans’ spell intertwines with the strange and unpredictable magic lacing the woods, and all four of their fates depend on facing truths that could either save or destroy them. Blanca & Roja is the captivating story of sisters, friendship, love, hatred, and the price we pay to protect our hearts.

I've really enjoyed McLemore's previous novels, and her haunting and lyrical "When the Moon was Ours" has stayed with me in the back of my mind to be remembered at odd moments. I'm hoping that I'll experience that same beauty and magic with her latest.

Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo

Ketterdam: a bustling hub of international trade where anything can be had for the right price–and no one knows that better than criminal prodigy Kaz Brekker. Kaz is offered a chance at a deadly heist that could make him rich beyond his wildest dreams. But he can’t pull it off alone…
A convict with a thirst for revenge.
A sharpshooter who can’t walk away from a wager.
A runaway with a privileged past.
A spy known as the Wraith.
A Heartrender using her magic to survive the slums.
A thief with a gift for unlikely escapes.
Six dangerous outcasts. One impossible heist. Kaz’s crew is the only thing that might stand between the world and destruction—if they don’t kill each other first.

Why do you have this book on your list Rosy? Surely you've already read and loved this book when it first came out? You are correct dear reader, but this version is pretty and beautiful, and I need it, and by this point my husband is used to the fact that I sometimes require several beautiful copies of the same book...

Kingdom of Ash by Sarah J Maas

Aelin has risked everything to save her people―but at a tremendous cost. Locked within an iron coffin by the Queen of the Fae, Aelin must draw upon her fiery will as she endures months of torture. Aware that yielding to Maeve will doom those she loves keeps her from breaking, though her resolve begins to unravel with each passing day…
With Aelin captured, Aedion and Lysandra remain the last line of defense to protect Terrasen from utter destruction. Yet they soon realize that the many allies they’ve gathered to battle Erawan’s hordes might not be enough to save them. Scattered across the continent and racing against time, Chaol, Manon, and Dorian are forced to forge their own paths to meet their fates. Hanging in the balance is any hope of salvation―and a better world.
And across the sea, his companions unwavering beside him, Rowan hunts to find his captured wife and queen―before she is lost to him forever.
As the threads of fate weave together at last, all must fight, if they are to have a chance at a future. Some bonds will grow even deeper, while others will be severed forever in the explosive final chapter of the Throne of Glass series.

I can't believe the journey is nearly over. From that very first page, when I sat down with my (now very battered) ARC of Throne of Glass, I have been completely hooked on this story. It has grown and evolved and become such a complex and layered story, and I am so not ready to see it be over. But at the same time, my heart was in pieces after the ending of Empire of Storms, so some closure and possible heart mending (along with a whole new load of heart break) is going to be a good thing. Plus Maas has confirmed that Fleetfoot is safe, so it can't be all tragedy...

Given that the final book of the month is Kingdom of Ash, please send tissues in preparation for November's book list. 
What are you excited about reading this month?

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