5 Books I Didn’t Know I Needed (in my life)

i’ve officially been away from the blog life (and the book life) for more than two years now. it goes without saying that i know nothing about the books on the market right now. NOTHING. it’s absolutely tragic and if you need to shed a tear or two, i will completely understand.

that being said, i figured the best way to re-enter the blogosphere was to peruse the dark (maybe not so dark, we book bloggers are quite a bright and happy people) corners of the blog world to find some of the most fascinating titles hitting the market. (or already on shelves, demonstrating just how late i am to the party)

^^ the party, to which i am late

NIGHT OF THE RAVEN, DAWN OF THE DOVE by Rati Mehrotra

Katyani’s role in the kingdom of Chandela has always been clear: becoming an advisor and protector of the crown prince, Ayan, when he ascends to the throne. Bound to the Queen of Chandela through a forbidden soul bond that saved her when she was a child, Katyani has grown up in the royal family and become the best guardswoman the Garuda has ever seen. But when a series of assassination attempts threatens the royals, Katyani is shipped off to the gurukul of the famous Acharya Mahavir as an escort to Ayan and his cousin, Bhairav, to protect them as they hone the skills needed to be the next leaders of the kingdom. Nothing could annoy Katyani more than being stuck in a monastic school in the middle of a forest, except her run-ins with Daksh, the Acharya’s son, who can’t stop going on about the rules and whose gaze makes her feel like he can see into her soul.

But when Katyani and the princes are hurriedly summoned back to Chandela before their training is complete, tragedy strikes and Katyani is torn from the only life she has ever known. Alone and betrayed in a land infested by monsters, Katyani must find answers from her past to save all she loves and forge her own destiny. Bonds can be broken, but debts must be repaid.

i found this book on A Fictional Bookworm. if the cover wasn’t enough to sell me (why am i so weak to golden tones?) there’s the fact that the author was born and raised in India, lending an authentic voice to this fantasy novel. one thing that hasn’t changed in the past two years is how much i love an authentic-voiced fantasy novel

THE KILLING CODE by Ellie Marney

Virginia, 1943: World War II is raging in Europe and on the Pacific front when Kit Sutherland is recruited to help the war effort as a codebreaker at Arlington Hall, a former girls’ college now serving as the site of a secret US Signals Intelligence facility in Virginia. But Kit is soon involved in another kind of fight: Government girls are being brutally murdered in Washington DC, and when Kit stumbles onto a bloody homicide scene, she is drawn into the hunt for the killer.
 
To find the man responsible for the gruesome murders and bring him to justice, Kit joins forces with other female codebreakers at Arlington Hall—gossip queen Dottie Crockford, sharp-tongued intelligence maven Moya Kershaw, and cleverly resourceful Violet DuLac from the segregated codebreaking unit. But as the girls begin to work together and develop friendships—and romance—that they never expected, two things begin to come clear: the murderer they’re hunting is closing in on them…and Kit is hiding a dangerous secret.

i’m maybe not 100% sold on this book yet, which is in part because Reads Rainbow gave it only 3.5 stars. hey, that’s a solid middle rating, so i’m going to give it a chance. and i definitely love my historical fiction, especially since this one throws in a mystery too. if you have any thoughts that will get me either solidly into this book or running for the hills, by all means, drop a comment!

THE WEIGHT OF BLOOD by Tiffany D. Jackson

An outcast at her small-town Georgia high school, Madison Washington has always been a teasing target for bullies. And she’s dealt with it because she has more pressing problems to manage. Until the morning a surprise rainstorm reveals her most closely kept secret: Maddy is biracial. She has been passing for white her entire life at the behest of her fanatical white father, Thomas Washington.

After a viral bullying video pulls back the curtain on Springville High’s racist roots, student leaders come up with a plan to change their image: host the school’s first integrated prom as a show of unity. The popular white class president convinces her Black superstar quarterback boyfriend to ask Maddy to be his date, leaving Maddy wondering if it’s possible to have a normal life.

But some of her classmates aren’t done with her just yet. And what they don’t know is that Maddy still has another secret… one that will cost them all their lives.

okay, i’m actually screaming about this book right now. way back in my lil old high school days (i might scream for different reasons if i think about how many years ago that was now) when i first learned about segregation, i wondered what it would be like for me, a biracial girl. and THIS BOOK is actually hitting on that topic with mystery and intrigue as well. brb running to the library now. thanks to The Reading Book Fairy for this rec!

VIOLET MADE OF THORNS by Gina Chen

Violet is a prophet and a liar, influencing the royal court with her cleverly phrased—and not always true—divinations. Honesty is for suckers, like the oh-so-not charming Prince Cyrus, who plans to strip Violet of her official role once he’s crowned at the end of the summer—unless Violet does something about it.

But when the king asks her to falsely prophesy Cyrus’s love story for an upcoming ball, Violet awakens a dreaded curse, one that will end in either damnation or salvation for the kingdom—all depending on the prince’s choice of future bride. Violet faces her own choice: Seize an opportunity to gain control of her own destiny, no matter the cost, or give in to the ill-fated attraction that’s growing between her and Cyrus.

ahhh how have i not read a book with a plot even close to this before? i’m in love. apparently reviews are not so stellar so far but i’m hoping the premise pulls through. (also, who doesn’t love a good curse?) found this one on Kristin Kraves Books. and are you seeing what i’m seeing? golden tones. golden. thus = i need.

MALICE by Heather Walter

Princess Aurora. The last heir to Briar’s throne. Kind. Gracious. The future queen her realm needs. One who isn’t bothered that I am Alyce, the Dark Grace, abhorred and feared for the mysterious dark magic that runs in my veins. Humiliated and shamed by the same nobles who pay me to bottle hexes and then brand me a monster. Aurora says I should be proud of my gifts. That she . . . cares for me. Even though it was a power like mine that was responsible for her curse.

But with less than a year until that curse will kill her, any future I might see with Aurora is swiftly disintegrating—and she can’t stand to kiss yet another insipid prince. I want to help her. If my power began her curse, perhaps it’s what can lift it. Perhaps, together, we could forge a new world.

okay am i READING THIS rIGHT? a princess Aurora sapphic romance with the villain of her story?? oof, i am gagging right now, this is too exciting. found this read through The Reading Book Fairy and just a reminder that my fingertips are tingling in excitement.

these books are listed in no particular order, really just the way i found them. but i want to know!!

✨ what books should i be excited about?
✨what have i missed in the book world?
✨what’s the title everyone talks about (for good or bad)?

please, write a paragraph. give me a noVEL. i need to know what i missed and where i should invest my library card. it is about to get swiped hARD.

10 thoughts on “5 Books I Didn’t Know I Needed (in my life)

  1. AH welcome back!!! i’m so happy to hear that you’re going to try out night of the raven, dawn of the dove!!! the weight of blood is also on my tbr (i just read my first tiffany d. jackson book ever!) so I’m so excited to hear your thoughts on it! violet made of thorns is a book i relatively enjoyed but it’s definitely heavier on the morally-grey character arcs and the political tension than the action!

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    1. Thank you, thank you! I almost picked up a copy of Violet Made of Thorns yesterday but turns out it was checked out at my library. Next time! I usually love an action heavy book, especially when I’m in a reading slump like I am now, but there’s just something tempting about a morally grey character…

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