If you do nothing more than read my commentary on the final book in this list, I will be happy. Like, seriously.
So, I’m not entirely sure if I will ever actually read Endless Water, Starless Sky by Rosamund Hodge, but it’s on my TBR for now because I know that I wanted to read the first book in this series, Bright Smoke, Cold Fire. It’s basically a strange Romeo and Juliet retelling that involves magic and the death of Juliet by Paris, but not the death of Romeo. And then another character who somehow saves Juliet? I have to admit, the synopsis for the first book is vaguely confusing and while I’m interested, I can’t say for sure if I will like it enough to continue on and read the next book in the series. It doesn’t have fantastic ratings, either, so that’s another reason for me to be uncertain. I look forward to reading the first book and deciding whether or not I intend to continue with this book.
The really funny thing about Sanctuary by Caryn Lix is that I do not really have that much desire to read it, but I am probably going to anyway. Here I am, adding this book to my TBR for two reasons. The first is that the cover is absolutely gorgeous and a part of me would feel incredibly sad if I had skipped it. The other reason is because the novel is set in space and while I genuinely have very little interest in a young girl who is a prison guard in training and whatever plot that involves. It just doesn’t sound like a great story or something that I would care to be reading about for more than five seconds. But I am really interested in space and the cover, so I’m willing to at least give this book a try to see if it might end up being better than I currently imagine it will be.
I actually have an arc of Lovely, Dark, and Deep by Justina Chen sitting around my apartment that I just haven’t gotten to, so that’s the main reason why this book is on my TBR. The other reason is that it just sounds super interesting. Then again, I think this plot was done first with Everything, Everything and so I’m not sure how this will turn out. Basically, our main character Viola Li has returned from a trip with a severe case of photosensitivity–I don’t know how accurate that is as an illness at the moment, but I’d never heard of it before now so I’ll have to look it up before I make any decisions about realism in this novel–and is now forced to live in darkness. And then there’s a love interest that inspires her to take risks with her illness that she really shouldn’t be taking, so I’m sure you can see where I can see similarities.
There are so many things I could say about The Impossibility of Us by Katy Upperman and so many ways in which it has the potential to be handled badly that I’m very anxious about reading this book. But I’m also incredibly curious to see how it was written and what happens in the story. The big premise of this book basically lies in the fact that Elise’s brother died fighting in Afghanistan and later she meets Mati, an Afghan boy living in California. As you can probably guess from the cover, they fall in love. But their relationship isn’t all perfection because her family quickly develops some pretty strong opinions and concerns about their relationship. And I am just so curious to see how the issues within this book are handled and how the potentially racist family views are dealt with. I’m sure that you can recognize why I might be a little anxious about this book. The book has really high ratings thus far, though, so that’s promising?
Okay, I have to start my commentary on Heart of Thorns by Bree Barton by saying that I entirely misread the synopsis when I first came across it and thought that the plot had something to do with Mia’s father becoming engaged to the prince and a tomboyish girl being forced to become a lady of the court. Low and behold, when I just looked at it now I realized that it actually tells of Mia wanting to be a warrior, but being forced into fancy silk dresses when her father promises her hand in marriage to the prince. It’s an entirely different story than I thought it would be and, honestly, I’m a little disappointed. I was really looking forward to this story about a young warrior girl whose father was marrying the prince of the land and I’m getting an entirely different story altogether. It’s still on my TBR, but a part of me very much wishes I’d been able to add the other story. Does anyone want to write it?
And those are the most recent additions to my TBR! Let me know what you think of them in the comments! Did you add any to your own TBR?