They call her Traitor Kate. It’s a title Kate Brighton inherited from her father after he tried to assassinate the high king years ago. Now Kate lives as an outcast, clinging to the fringes of society as a member of the Relay, the imperial courier service. Only those most skilled in riding and bow hunting ride for the Relay; and only the fastest survive, for when dark falls, the nightdrakes—deadly flightless dragons—come out to hunt. Fortunately, Kate has a secret edge: she is a wilder, born with magic that allows her to influence the minds of animals. But it’s this magic that she needs to keep hidden, as being a wilder is forbidden, punishable by death or exile. And it’s this magic that leads her to a caravan massacred by nightdrakes in broad daylight—the only survivor her childhood friend, her first love, the boy she swore to forget, the boy who broke her heart.
The high king’s second son, Corwin Tormane, never asked to lead. Even as he waits for the uror—the once-in-a-generation ritual to decide which of the king’s children will succeed him—he knows it’s always been his brother who will assume the throne. And that’s fine by him. He’d rather spend his days away from the palace, away from the sight of his father, broken with sickness from the attempt on his life. But the peacekeeping tour Corwin is on has given him too much time to reflect upon the night he saved his father’s life—the night he condemned the would-be killer to death and lost the girl he loved. Which is why he takes it on himself to investigate rumors of unrest in one of the remote city-states, only for his caravan to be attacked—and for him to be saved by Kate.
With their paths once more entangled, Kate and Corwin have to put the past behind them. The threat of drakes who attack in the daylight is only the beginning of a darker menace stirring in the kingdom—one whose origins have dire implications for Kate’s father’s attack upon the king and will thrust them into the middle of a brewing civil war in the kingdom of Rime.
Why I Can’t Wait:
Magic and creatures and romance! Oh My! I am so excited for Onyx and Ivory. This book sounds like something right up my alley. It’s an epic fantasy that promises to beautifully blend magic and romance in a story that will have me staying up way late reading.
Narrated by Feyre and Rhysand, this bridges the events in A Court of Wings and Ruin and the upcoming novels in the series.
Feyre, Rhys, and their close-knit circle of friends are still busy rebuilding the Night Court and the vastly-changed world beyond. But Winter Solstice is finally near, and with it, a hard-earned reprieve. Yet even the festive atmosphere can't keep the shadows of the past from looming. As Feyre navigates her first Winter Solstice as High Lady, she finds that those dearest to her have more wounds than she anticipated--scars that will have far-reaching impact on the future of their Court.
Why I Can’t Wait:
I don’t think I can fully express how ready I am for this book. Even though it is considered more as a novella that would bridge the events of A Court of Wings and Ruin and the upcoming books, at 272 pages it seems more like a novel; a short novel considering that all of Sarah J Maas’ books are range between 400 and 800 pages. Also, did I mention that Rhys is narrating parts of A Court of Frost and Starlight???? I adore him and I am beyond excited for that!
Also, if you are interested, there is a pre-order campaign for a really nice Night Court enamel pin (here).
Leah Burke—girl-band drummer, master of deadpan, and Simon Spier’s best friend from the award-winning Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda—takes center stage in this novel of first love and senior-year angst.
When it comes to drumming, Leah Burke is usually on beat—but real life isn’t always so rhythmic. An anomaly in her friend group, she’s the only child of a young, single mom, and her life is decidedly less privileged. She loves to draw but is too self-conscious to show it. And even though her mom knows she’s bisexual, she hasn’t mustered the courage to tell her friends—not even her openly gay BFF, Simon.
So Leah really doesn’t know what to do when her rock-solid friend group starts to fracture in unexpected ways. With prom and college on the horizon, tensions are running high. It’s hard for Leah to strike the right note while the people she loves are fighting—especially when she realizes she might love one of them more than she ever intended.
Why I Can’t Wait:
Leah was one of my favorite characters in Simon Vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda and I am so happy she gets her own story. Becky Albertalli is such a wonderful story teller and her characters are so well developed and easy to love. The minute I finished Simon vs. I was wondering about what was next for Leah, and I was beyond excited when the announcement for Leah on the Offbeat came. I already pre-ordered the book and I expect to read it as soon as it gets here.
What made your list this week?
Hello Booknerds!!! Hope everyone is doing well. As mentioned in some of my previous posts, this year I decided to participate in five different challenges; so far I am doing just okay in all of them, but have plenty of time to improve. You can check out my reading challenges announcement on my Reading Challenges page for additional details on which challenges I committed to and get access to the amazing bloggers hosting each of the challenges. Below are the books I’ve read since my last wrap-up blogpost and which challenge they count towards:
2018 GoodReads Challenge
For this challenge I decided to go with 50 books for the year and so far I completed 10. I am a bit behind schedule here, but I feel like I’ll be able to catch up in no time. The books I’ve read since my last Wrap-up post are: Secrets of Bennett Hall (review), Pride & Prejudice, The Rose & The Dagger, The Hate U Give, Fangirl, Strange the Dreamer and The Upside of Unrequited.
2018 Series Enders Challenge
My goal for this challenge is 7 books for the year and I am happy to finally have a book count towards this challenge, The Rose & The Dagger.
2018 New Release Challenge
My goal in 2018 is to read a minimum of 15 new releases and so far I’ve read two books counting towards this goal. The book I’ve read since my last wrap-up post is: Secrets of Bennett Hall.
2018 Audiobook Challenge
My goal for the Audiobook challenge this year is a minimum of 17 books and so far I’ve listened to 7 audiobooks. The books I’ve listened to since my last wrap-up post are: The Rose & The Dagger, The Upside of Unrequited, Fangirl, Strange the Dreamer, and Pride and Prejudice.
2018 Mount TBR Reading Challenge
My goal for this challenge is 36 books for the year and so far I have six books counting towards this challenge. The books I’ve read since my last wrap-up post are: The Hate U Give, The Upside of Unrequited, Strange the Dreamer, and The Rose & The Dagger.
Are you participating in any reading challenges this year? How are they coming along? Let me know in the comments below. Happy reading!!
Rating: 4 OWLS
Becky Albertalli’s sophomore novel is everything you could hope and wish for and then some. The Upside of Unrequited is an uplifting young adult novel, a quick, fun, and heartwarming read that tackles some very important issues in an easy, natural way.
If you are familiar with Becky Albertalli’s debut novel, Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda (side note: if you are not, what are you waiting for??? Your life will exponentially improve by reading it) you know that her books tend to be very much character driven. The Upside of Unrequited is wonderfully diverse in a natural way. There is religious, sexual orientation, race, and so much more diversity that it will blow your mind. And guess what?? It is not the focus of the book!!! This is entirely a Molly centered book and everything else is just there in a natural way. I don’t know how Becky Albertalli manages, but all her characters are extremely well developed so that by the end you are completely emotionally committed to their happiness. She developed beautiful friendships that left me awed. I found myself quickly attached to most of the characters and I wanted to know what happened to them in the end, which Albertalli managed to deliver flawlessly.
One thing that stood out to me more than anything else was the normalization of prescription medicine for mental illness. I feel like there is such a stigma surrounding the topic that it was utterly refreshing seeing Molly’s casual mentions of her anxiety medication.
Another thing that I tend to really enjoy in Becky’s books is the family relationships. We need more books with positively portrayed parents and even more importantly present parents (I mean seriously, where are the parents in 97% of books???). Patty and Nadine were the absolute perfect moms!!!! I loved them to pieces.
The Upside of Unrequited was an insanely fun read that tackled very realistic struggles in a non-preachy way. Becky is an incredible storyteller and I am looking forward to reading more from her. She is an auto-preorder author for me because I know that I will not be disappointed. Her new book, Leah on the Offbeat will be released on April 24 and I cannot wait to devour it!