I’ve been trying to decide how to structure this series for quite some time now. I had the idea for it at the beginning of the year, I finally drew the graphic for it a couple of months ago and now finally I know how I want it to look. It’s been a long time coming, I hope it doesn’t disappoint.
My Goodreads isn’t messy in the fact of not having organised shelves. I’m actually ok at putting books into specific shelves, it’s more that I have books on my to-read shelf from 2016 and I need to decide whether to remove them.
I’ve decided to include the synopsis for each book because even though I might not want to read them, someone will be interested.
1. Red Queen (Red Queen #1) by Victoria Aveyard
I’ve attempted to read this book on multiple occasions and I’ve never been able to get into it. Red Queen is quite possibly the most marmite book in the world. People seem to either absolutely love it, or absolutely hate it. There’s never an in between.
Due to this being on my to be read since 2016 and I’ve also tried to read it multiple times I am going to remove it from my Goodreads. I do actually own a physical copy of this book so I’ll either give it away or take it to a charity shop.
Synopsis: This is a world divided by blood—red or silver. The Reds are commoners, ruled by a Silver elite in possession of god-like superpowers. And to Mare Barrow, a seventeen-year-old Red girl from the poverty-stricken Stilts, it seems like nothing will ever change. That is until she finds herself working in the Silver Palace. Here, surrounded by the people she hates the most, Mare discovers that, despite her red blood, she possesses a deadly power of her own. One that threatens to destroy the balance of power. Fearful of Mare’s potential, the Silvers hide her in plain view, declaring her a long-lost Silver princess, now engaged to a Silver prince. Despite knowing that one misstep would mean her death, Mare works silently to help the Red Guard, a militant resistance group, and bring down the Silver regime. But this is a world of betrayal and lies, and Mare has entered a dangerous dance—Reds against Silvers, prince against prince, and Mare against her own heart.
2. Everything, Everything by Nicola Yoon
I do actually own this book so I’m going to keep it on my Goodreads. Which I know contradicts my decision on the previous book, however, I’ve never tried reading it so I may really like it. Plus it’s actually quite short and sounds really interesting so I’ll give it a go.
Synopsis: My disease is as rare as it is famous. It’s a form of Severe Combined Immunodeficiency, but basically, I’m allergic to the world. I don’t leave my house, have not left my house in fifteen years. The only people I ever see are my mom and my nurse, Carla.
But then one day, a moving truck arrives. New next door neighbors. I look out the window, and I see him. He’s tall, lean and wearing all black—black t-shirt, black jeans, black sneakers and a black knit cap that covers his hair completely. He catches me looking and stares at me. I stare right back. His name is Olly. I want to learn everything about him, and I do. I learn that he is funny and fierce. I learn that his eyes are Atlantic Ocean-blue and that his vice is stealing silverware. I learn that when I talk to him, my whole world opens up, and I feel myself starting to change—starting to want things. To want out of my bubble. To want everything, everything the world has to offer.
Maybe we can’t predict the future, but we can predict some things. For example, I am certainly going to fall in love with Olly. It’s almost certainly going to be a disaster.
3. Bright Smoke, Cold Fire by Rosamund Hodge
I love a good retelling and I’ll be honest and say I didn’t actually realise this one was until now. Basically, I added it to my to be read because of the cover. I definitely need to read this. So I will be keeping this on my Goodreads, also because it’s on Kindle Unlimited so I can read it for free.
Synopsis: When the mysterious fog of the Ruining crept over the world, the living died and the dead rose. Only the walled city of Viyara was left untouched.
The heirs of the city’s most powerful—and warring—families, Mahyanai Romeo and Juliet Catresou share a love deeper than duty, honor, even life itself. But the magic laid on Juliet at birth compels her to punish the enemies of her clan—and Romeo has just killed her cousin Tybalt. Which means he must die.
Paris Catresou has always wanted to serve his family by guarding Juliet. But when his ward tries to escape her fate, magic goes terribly wrong—killing her and leaving Paris bound to Romeo. If he wants to discover the truth of what happened, Paris must delve deep into the city, ally with his worst enemy . . . and perhaps turn against his own clan.
Mahyanai Runajo just wants to protect her city—but she’s the only one who believes it’s in peril. In her desperate hunt for information, she accidentally pulls Juliet from the mouth of death—and finds herself bound to the bitter, angry girl. Runajo quickly discovers Juliet might be the one person who can help her recover the secret to saving Viyara.
Both pairs will find friendship where they least expect it. Both will find that Viyara holds more secrets and dangers than anyone ever expected. And outside the walls, death is waiting. . .
4. Three Dark Crowns by Kendare Blake
Very much like Bright Smoke, Cold Fire this is also on Kindle Unlimited so I will probably read it at some point. I’ve wanted this book for such a long time and I really like Kendare’s writing style. So keeping this quick, I will be keeping Three Dark Crowns on my Goodreads shelves.
Synopsis: When kingdom come, there will be one.
In every generation on the island of Fennbirn, a set of triplets is born—three queens, all equal heirs to the crown and each possessor of a coveted magic. Mirabella is a fierce elemental, able to spark hungry flames or vicious storms at the snap of her fingers. Katharine is a poisoner, one who can ingest the deadliest poisons without so much as a stomachache. Arsinoe, a naturalist, is said to have the ability to bloom the reddest rose and control the fiercest of lions.
But becoming the Queen Crowned isn’t solely a matter of royal birth. Each sister has to fight for it. And it’s not just a game of win or lose…it’s life or death. The night the sisters turn sixteen, the battle begins.
The last queen standing gets the crown.
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