We are officially 40 books into my to read shelf on Goodreads and so far I’ve removed 20 books (including this post) and I’ve actually read four books I said I’d keep. Not too bad if you ask me.
Empire of Sand by Tasha Suri
I honestly feel like this is the first time I’ve seen this book, which obviously makes no sense as I’ve clearly added it to my Goodreads, but I have zero recollection of doing so. This is an easy remove.
Synopsis: A nobleman’s daughter with magic in her blood. An empire built on the dreams of enslaved gods. Empire of Sand is Tasha Suri’s captivating, Mughal India-inspired debut fantasy.
The Amrithi are outcasts; nomads descended of desert spirits, they are coveted and persecuted throughout the Empire for the power in their blood. Mehr is the illegitimate daughter of an imperial governor and an exiled Amrithi mother she can barely remember, but whose face and magic she has inherited.
When Mehr’s power comes to the attention of the Emperor’s most feared mystics, she must use every ounce of will, subtlety, and power she possesses to resist their cruel agenda.
Should she fail, the gods themselves may awaken seeking vengeance…
Nameless Queen by Rebecca McLaughlin
This is another pretty easy remove, I don’t know anything about the book or author so in the bin with you. Just kidding, this could be a great book, but I have no intention of reading it.
Synopsis: Everyone expected the king’s daughter would inherit the throne. No one expected me.
It shouldn’t even be possible. I’m Nameless, a class of citizens so disrespected, we don’t even get names. Heck, dozens of us have been going missing for months and no one seems to care.
But there’s no denying the tattoo emblazoned on my arm. I am queen. In a palace where the corridors are more dangerous the streets, though, how could I possibly rule? And what will become of the Nameless if I don’t?
All the Stars and Teeth by Adalyn Grace
If you’ve been keeping up with my other Organising My Goodreads posts, you will know just how much I love books about mermaids – which I didn’t realise this was. Basically, you’re about to notice that I really don’t read the synopsis of most books before adding them to my to be read.
I’ve read Belladonna by Adalyn Grace and I really liked it, so I’m definitely keeping this one.
Synopsis: Set in a kingdom where danger lurks beneath the sea, mermaids seek vengeance with song, and magic is a choice.
She will reign.
As princess of the island kingdom Visidia, Amora Montara has spent her entire life training to be High Animancer — the master of souls. The rest of the realm can choose their magic, but for Amora, it’s never been a choice. To secure her place as heir to the throne, she must prove her mastery of the monarchy’s dangerous soul magic.
When her demonstration goes awry, Amora is forced to flee. She strikes a deal with Bastian, a mysterious pirate: he’ll help her prove she’s fit to rule, if she’ll help him reclaim his stolen magic.
But sailing the kingdom holds more wonder — and more peril — than Amora anticipated. A destructive new magic is on the rise, and if Amora is to conquer it, she’ll need to face legendary monsters, cross paths with vengeful mermaids, and deal with a stow-away she never expected… or risk the fate of Visidia and lose the crown forever.
I am the right choice. The only choice. And I will protect my kingdom.
Heretics Anonymous by Katie Henry
I’ll be honest and say I added this to my to be read because of the title. Also because it has toast on the cover and that is not something I’ve ever seen before.
I thought this book was going to be about magic but after actually reading the synopsis, I can see that it definitely isn’t. So, it’s a no from me, goodbye Heretics Anonymous.
Synopsis: Michael is an atheist. So as he walks through the doors at St. Clare’s—a strict Catholic school—sporting a plaid tie, things can’t get much worse. His dad has just made the family move again, and Michael needs a friend. When a girl challenges their teacher in class, Michael thinks he might have found one, and a fellow nonbeliever at that. Only this girl, Lucy, is not just Catholic . . . she wants to be a priest.
But Lucy introduces Michael to other St. Clare’s outcasts, and he officially joins Heretics Anonymous, where he can be an atheist, Lucy can be an outspoken feminist, Avi can be Jewish and gay, Max can wear whatever he wants, and Eden can practice paganism. After an incident in theology class, Michael encourages the Heretics to go from secret society to rebels intent on exposing the school’s hypocrisies. When Michael takes one mission too far—putting the other Heretics at risk—he must decide whether to fight for his own freedom, or rely on faith, whatever that means, in God, his friends, or himself.
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