With Christmas just around the corner, I ever-so-subtly gave my husband a list of books I’d love to have. So without further ado…
- Three Dark Crowns by Kendare Blake
In every generation on the island of Fennbirn, a set of triplets is born: three queens, all equal heirs to the crown and each possessor of a coveted magic. Mirabella is a fierce elemental, able to spark hungry flames or vicious storms at the snap of her fingers. Katharine is a poisoner, one who can ingest the deadliest poisons without so much as a stomachache. Arsinoe, a naturalist, is said to have the ability to bloom the reddest rose and control the fiercest of lions.
But becoming the Queen Crowned isn’t solely a matter of royal birth. Each sister has to fight for it. And it’s not just a game of win or lose…it’s life or death. The night the sisters turn sixteen, the battle begins. The last queen standing gets the crown.
Why I want to read this: I love the idea that its focused on women fighting for the power. But I can imagine that there will be a lot of tension. I mean, they’re sisters. It can’t be that easy. Not only that, but they’re twins. Talk about complicated. Also, it sounds like the young adult Game of Thrones and that only makes it more intriguing.
2. Carve the Mark by Veronica Roth
Cyra Noavek and Akos Kereseth have grown up in enemy countries locked in a long-standing fight for dominance over their shared planet. When Akos and his brother are kidnapped by the ruling Noavek family, Akos is forced to serve Cyra, the sister of a dictator who governs with violence and fear. Cyra is known for her deadly power of transferring extraordinary pain unto others with simple touch, and her tyrant brother uses her as a weapon against those who challenge him. But as Akos fights for his own survival, he recognizes that Cyra is also fighting for hers, and that her true gift—resilience—might be what saves them both.
When Akos and Cyra are caught in the middle of a raging rebellion, everything they’ve been led to believe about their world and themselves must be called into question. But fighting for what’s right might mean betraying their countries, their families, and each other.
When the time comes, will they choose loyalty or love?
Why I want to read it: I love the idea of someone in Cyra’s position also having to fight their own battles, where it isn’t simply someone just being a villain but rather faces their own hardships and struggles too. Besides, I’m a sucker for a forbidden/unlikely romance.
3. Cruel Beauty by Rosamund Hodge
Betrothed to the evil ruler of her kingdom, Nyx has always known that her fate was to marry him, kill him, and free her people from his tyranny. But on her seventeenth birthday when she moves into his castle high on the kingdom’s mountaintop, nothing is what she expected—particularly her charming and beguiling new husband. Nyx knows she must save her homeland at all costs, yet she can’t resist the pull of her sworn enemy—who’s gotten in her way by stealing her heart.
Why I want to read it: Honestly, Beauty and the Beast is my favorite fairy tale. And honestly, I want something “fun” to read after A Court of Thorns and Roses. I doubt this will be as good, but I hope it will surprise me.