Organising My Goodreads #4

We’ve reached the point of my Goodreads which is mostly very random. I remember sitting down one day and adding loads of books to my to be read just based on the title and cover, a few of those are in this post. I’m still terrible for doing this, I don’t think I’ll ever stop to be fair.

Anyway, onto the Goodreads organise, let’s see which books I decide to keep or get rid of.

An Ember in the Ashes by Sabaa Tahir

This is yet another book in this post that I’ve wanted to read for the longest time that I haven’t gotten around to. I think I actually own the first two books in this series so it would feel like a waste of money to not read them. Also they’re on my Kindle so they aren’t taking up any space.

Verdict: keep

Synopsis: Laia is a slave. Elias is a soldier. Neither is free.

Under the Martial Empire, defiance is met with death. Those who do not vow their blood and bodies to the Emperor risk the execution of their loved ones and the destruction of all they hold dear.

It is in this brutal world, inspired by ancient Rome, that Laia lives with her grandparents and older brother. The family ekes out an existence in the Empire’s impoverished backstreets. They do not challenge the Empire. They’ve seen what happens to those who do.

But when Laia’s brother is arrested for treason, Laia is forced to make a decision. In exchange for help from rebels who promise to rescue her brother, she will risk her life to spy for them from within the Empire’s greatest military academy.

There, Laia meets Elias, the school’s finest soldier—and secretly, its most unwilling. Elias wants only to be free of the tyranny he’s being trained to enforce. He and Laia will soon realize that their destinies are intertwined—and that their choices will change the fate of the Empire itself.

The Girl the Sea Gave Back (Sky and Sea #2) by Adrienne Young 

I read Sky in the Deep a few years ago and loved it which is why I’ve got The Girl the Sea Gave Back on my to be read. As far as I know they aren’t actually connected, but I do want to check this out at some point. 

The ‘first’ book was on Kindle Unlimited so I may have to check if this one is too. If it is, I’ll definitely give it a go.

Verdict: Keep

Synopsis: For as long as she can remember, Tova has lived among the Svell, the people who found her washed ashore as a child and use her for her gift as a Truthtongue. Her own home and clan are long-faded memories, but the sacred symbols and staves inked over every inch of her skin mark her as one who can cast the rune stones and see into the future. She has found a fragile place among those who fear her, but when two clans to the east bury their age-old blood feud and join together as one, her world is dangerously close to collapse.

For the first time in generations, the leaders of the Svell are divided. Should they maintain peace or go to war with the allied clans to protect their newfound power? And when their chieftain looks to Tova to cast the stones, she sets into motion a series of events that will not only change the landscape of the mainland forever but will give her something she believed she could never have again—a home.

Rebel Girls by Elizabeth Keenan

I’m a big fan of these types of stories. Anything to do with the Riot Grrrl movement instantly has my interest. I studied this at university, so it’s a special interest of mine. 

Back when Spotify had free audiobooks I had this saved to listen to, but sadly that option is no longer available. Not that I specifically want to listen to the audiobook, but the free option for this book was nice to have. Well for a while, shame I didn’t get around to it. 

For now, I’m going to keep this on my to be read as the premise is really interesting. 

Verdict: Keep

Synopsis: It’s 1992, and there’s a rumor spreading in Baton Rouge…

When it comes to being social, Athena Graves is far more comfortable creating a mixtape playlist than she is talking to cute boys—or anyone, for that matter. Plus her staunchly feminist views and love of punk rock aren’t exactly mainstream at St. Ann’s, her conservative Catholic high school.

Then a malicious rumor starts spreading through the halls…a rumor that her popular, pretty, pro-life sister had an abortion over the summer. A rumor that has the power to not only hurt Helen, but possibly see her expelled.

Despite their wildly contrasting views, Athena, Helen and their friends must find a way to convince the student body and the administration that it doesn’t matter what Helen did or didn’t do…even if their riot grrrl protests result in the expulsion of their entire rebel girl gang.

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