Hi guys and happy May, can you believe it’s already May? April went incredibly fast given we’ve been in lockdown and not our usual busy selves (at least I haven’t haha).
I’ve had a great start to the month with lots of bookish mail; my March Wondermail from Read and Wonder arrived which is based on A Court of Mist and Fury by Sarah J Maas and it was fab! I have the earlier version based on A Court of Thorn and Roses and I’m hoping they’ll be another one based on A Court of Wings and Ruin.
I’ll start with my Waterstones order, I’ve seen a lot of hype for Brandon Sanderson on Bookstagram so I decided it’s time to finally start reading some of his work. If you’ve seen my buying books of eBay post you’ll know I actually own one of his books but in true Chloe fashion I haven’t even touched it.
I picked up Skyward after seeing one of my favourite bookstagrammers (Anne and the books) talk about how much she loved it. I’m trying to read more outside of my favourite genres so I figured I’d try reading some Sci-Fi.
Spensa’s world has been under attack for hundreds of years. An alien race called the Krell leads onslaught after onslaught from the sky in a never-ending campaign to destroy humankind. Humanity’s only defense is to take to their ships and fight the enemy in the skies. Pilots have become the heroes of what’s left of the human race.
Spensa has always dreamed of being one of them; of soaring above Earth and proving her bravery. But her fate is intertwined with her father’s – a pilot who was killed years ago when he abruptly deserted his team, placing Spensa’s chances of attending flight school somewhere between slim and none.
No one will let Spensa forget what her father did, but she is still determined to fly. And the Krell just made that a possibility. They’ve doubled their fleet, making Spensa’s world twice as dangerous … but their desperation to survive might just take her skyward…
The other book I picked up was another book recommend by one of my favourite bookstagrammers (Jodie @ vanillaxmoon) and it’s Outlander by Diana Gabaldon. I’ve been wanting to watch the tv series of Outlander on Amazon Prime Video for a while now but decided I need to read the books first.
What if your future was the past?
It’s 1946, and Claire Randall goes to the Scottish Highlands with her husband Frank. For the couple, separated by time and war, it’s a second honeymoon, a chance to learn how war has changed them and to re-establish their loving marriage.
But one afternoon, Claire walks through a circle of standing stones and vanishes into 1743, where the first person she meets is a British army officer – her husband’s six-times great-grandfather. Unfortunately, Black Jack Randall is not the man his descendant is, and while trying to escape him, Claire falls into the hands of a gang of Scottish outlaws, and finds herself a Sassenach – an outlander – in danger from both Jacobites and Redcoats.
Marooned amid danger, passion and violence, her only chance of safety lies in Jamie Fraser, a gallant young Scots warrior. What begins in compulsion becomes urgent need, and Claire finds herself torn between two very different men, in two irreconcilable lives.
Included in my Fairyloot April box, the book included is the Bone Crier’s Moon by Kathyrn Purdie. This was one of the books I was looking forward to this year, I mean look at that cover! The Fairyloot edition has fab artwork on the reverse of the dust jacket and cool green sprayed edges.
Bone Criers are the last descendants of an ancient famille charged with using the magic they draw from animal bones to shepherd the dead into the afterlife-lest they drain the light from the living.
Ailesse has been prepared since birth to become their matriarch, but first she must complete her rite of passage: to kill the boy she’s destined to love.
Bastien’s father was slain by a Bone Crier and he’s been seeking revenge ever since. Now his vengeance must wait, as Ailesse’s ritual has begun and their fates are entwined-in life and in death.
Lastly, we have the Illumicrate book of the month which is Dangerous Remedy by Kat Dunn. Admittedly I haven’t heard of this book but it’s due to be released in August. The premise is interesting so I’m looking forward to reading this one.
The first in a dazzling, commercial, historical adventure series set in the extravagant and deadly world of the French Revolution. A whirlwind of action, science and magic reveals, with a diverse cast of fearless heroines, a band of rebels like no other.
Camille, a revolutionary’s daughter, leads a band of outcasts – a runaway girl, a deserter, an aristocrat in hiding. As the Battalion des Morts they cheat death, saving those about to meet a bloody end at the blade of Madame La Guillotine. But their latest rescue is not what she seems. The girl’s no aristocrat, but her dark and disturbing powers means both the Royalists and the Revolutionaries want her. But who and what is she?
In a fast and furious story full of the glamour and excesses, intrigue and deception of these dangerous days, no one can be trusted, everyone is to be feared. As Camille learns the truth, she’s forced to choose between loyalty to those she loves and the future.