For the first time in four years, I will be having time off in December. I really want to make the most of this time by forming some kind of reading plan so I can finally get around to some of my most anticipated reads. I’m not sure if I’ll actually get through all of these, but here’s to hoping.
The Atlas Six (The Atlas #1) by Olivie Blake
It’s almost blasphemous that I haven’t read The Atlas Six yet. I feel like everyone and their dog have read this by now. For some reason, I thought it was super long so I kept putting it off, but it turns out it’s less than 400 pages.
I’m a big fan of ensemble books so I hope this one will live up to my expectations.
Synopsis: The Alexandrian Society is a secret society of magical academicians, the best in the world. Their members are caretakers of lost knowledge from the greatest civilizations of antiquity. And those who earn a place among their number will secure a life of wealth, power, and prestige beyond their wildest dreams. Each decade, the world’s six most uniquely talented magicians are selected for initiation – and here are the chosen few…
– Libby Rhodes and Nicolás Ferrer de Varona: inseparable enemies, cosmologists who can control matter with their minds.
– Reina Mori: a naturalist who can speak the language of life itself.
– Parisa Kamali: a mind reader whose powers of seduction are unmatched.
– Tristan Caine: the son of a crime kingpin who can see the secrets of the universe.
– Callum Nova: an insanely rich pretty boy who could bring about the end of the world. He need only ask.
When the candidates are recruited by the mysterious Atlas Blakely, they are told they must spend one year together to qualify for initiation. During this time, they will be permitted access to the Society’s archives and judged on their contributions to arcane areas of knowledge. Five, they are told, will be initiated. One will be eliminated. If they can prove themselves to be the best, they will survive. Most of them.
Spectacle Vol. 2 by Megan Rose Gedris
I have review copies of this whole series, including the unreleased fifth volume, so I’m planning to make my way through the rest of them before January. 2022 has been the year of the graphic novel for me, I actually think around half of my books read were graphic novels.
The first instalment in the Spectacle series was pretty decent, so I’m hoping they keep getting better. Considering there are now five of them I’d like to think there has been a lot of plot and character development. My reviews for this series will be spread across the next few months.
Synopsis: A murder is tough thing to solve, even without temperamental performers, supernatural occurrences, and the ghost of the victim giving commentary. But as Kat’s only link to the living world, it’s up to scientifically-minded Anna to figure out who killed her sister—before any more murders rock the small traveling community. Yet as she gets closer to finding a lead, even more unbelievable events obscure the truth: roustabouts start sprouting horns, performers grow forked tongues, and a demon visits Anna’s sleep at night. Does Kat know more than she’s letting on? And can Anna keep the circus—let alone herself—safe?
The Raven King (The Raven Cycle #4) by Maggie Stiefvater
I’ve actually already started this one, but I haven’t got too far yet, I’m in denial that I’m on the last book in this series and I don’t want it to end. At the same time I want to finish it quickly because I need to know how everything ends. Do you see my problem? I’ve done this with every single book in this series and it’s getting a bit annoying now.
Synopsis: All her life, Blue has been warned that she will cause her true love’s death. She doesn’t believe in true love and never thought this would be a problem, but as her life becomes caught up in the strange and sinister world of the Raven Boys, she’s not so sure anymore.
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