And it’s time for another installment of YA books on my TBR as I tackle another five from my January list to discuss quickly here today.
Blood and Sand by C.V. Wyk is one of those books that I’m kind of hesitant about. It has a lot of mixed reviews and the premise isn’t one that sounds especially groundbreaking or captivating. I think, ultimately, I’m just really curious about this book regardless and I’m mildly weary to the point that, if I end up not liking it, I’m not going to be all that surprised. I’m going in with minimal expectations for this book. All I can say is that I love the era and the historical aspect that it has, so I’ve decided to go ahead and add it to my list.
After reading that synopsis, I find myself rather terrified and intrigued with All That Was by Karen Rivers. I initially had thought I wouldn’t want to read this book on account of the death since I’m not a fan of murder mysteries in general, but it turns out that this book might have a lot more going for it than I had thought before. I dunno how this one is going to turn out for me, but I’m definitely interested in the experience. There’s something deeply poignant about the theme of the book, from what I can currently tell, and that alone is rather enticing.
Markswoman by Rati Mehrotra is kind of a weird one for me since it sounds a lot like the sort of books that have been written time and time again in YA Fantasy, just with a few twists to it that aren’t all that intriguing, but at least provoke some interest. I think, ultimately, the way the author handles the characters in this one is going to be what does it for me because the revenge plot sounds tried and true and I don’t really hold much hope for the obvious romance. Still, there’s something to be said for the fact that I still want to read nearly every book like this that I get my hands on. So, someone’s doing something right.
Whoa. Okay, Reign of the Fallen by Sarah Glenn Marsh sounds pretty amazing. I’m just gonna say that right now. I am utterly entranced by the world that is proposed here and must admit that I am immensely jealous and wish I had thought of it myself. Now, I’m not usually one to care about necromancy or any of those sorts of things…but, this book just sounds so fascinating. What a synopsis! What a plot! I’m ready to be chilled to the bone thinking about these shades. Whether or not that will happen is yet to be seen, but I can say quite simply that I’m looking forward to it either way.
Let’s Talk About Love by Claire Kann is such an important book. I haven’t read it, naturally, just yet but there’s so much to the fact that we don’t get asexual representation almost…ever. Literally the only instance I recall it ever happening was in the Archie comics with the character, Jughead. And even then, I think it was only one rendition of him that was portrayed in this manner? There’s so much diversity merely in the portrayal of the book, and for that I am extremely excited to be reading this one at some point. Please, add this one to your TBRs, too. Diversity in books, especially when it’s almost never been done, is essential. And it deserves to be talked about.
That’s all I have for you guys today. Check back in soon for another update. And, as always, let me know your thoughts about these books in the comments! Do you have any on your TBR? Will you be adding some? What do you think of the book choices?
Happy reading, everyone!