Most Anticipated 2021 Sequels

2021 has so many amazing books coming out this year that I could not contain them into one blog post. So, today’s is going to be about my most anticipated sequels coming out this year. I have found eleven books (I tried to get it down to ten, but I couldn’t!) that currently have release dates for this year most of which I have already preordered. This list is in order of release date and I am so excited to finally get to all of these.

Concrete Rose by Angie Thomas – 12th January 2021

This is a prequel to Angie Thomas’s much-loved book The Hate U Give. This follows Garden Heights seventeen years prior to The Hate U Give. Maverick Carter is a family man who only knows how to take care of his family in one way: dealing with the King Lords. He’s got his girlfriend and his cousin to help him. Until he finds out he has a son. This finally gives him the chance to get straight, finish school and care for his son. But it’s not that easy to just walk away.

I love Angie Thomas’s book. They are so beautifully written it gives such an insight into different cultures. The Hate U Give and On the Come Up are such prominent books within the YA book community and I do think that everyone should read them at least once. Hopefully Concrete Rose will be as insightful as the other two novels which I am sure it will be as Angie Thomas has not let me down so far.

Liberte by Gita Trelease – 2nd February 2021

This is the sequel to the book Enchantée (All That Glitters). I read the first book in this series when it first came out and I adored it. The setting was beautiful, and the characters were amazing. It follows Paris within the revolution Camille can change objects with magic. But when struggling to survive she decides to go for a bigger target. The court of Louis XVI and Marie Antoinette. She is forced to change into a baroness she meets a group of inventors, but she struggles to keep a hold of herself in the process.

This book was so beautiful mainly because of the description of the beautiful Parisian setting. It was so interesting to see the comparison between that of the revolutionaries and the aristocrats. It has such a good family dynamic within it and that is hard to achieve so if you like books with that dynamic then you should check out this series. I really loved Camille and Lazare. They were not like your usual YA couple; they could hold a conversation that held meaning to it and their romance developed at such a good pace.

A Court of Silver Flames by Sarah J. Maas – 16th February 2021

If you do not know about this one you have been living in a cave. This is the highly anticipated sequel to the A Court of Thorns and Roses series. This book series surrounds the feys in their different courts. Feyre is dragged into this world after killing a wolf in order to help her family. This newest instalment is the first book in a side series based off Feyre’s sister Nesta and Cassian.

I loved this series when I first read it. I know it is currently receiving a lot of hype on BookTok as well as Instagram, but I can not remember much of it and I am hoping to reread it before getting to this one. Although it does have its issues, I do think this is a very good series and I hope I enjoy my reread and this newest book as much as I remember loving them.

Covet by Tracey Wolff – 2nd March 2021

This is one of my most highly anticipated books. It is the third book in the Crave series which follows Grace after her parents die and she is sent to a boarding school in the middle of nowhere in Alaska. Here she meets Jaxon Vega, the guy that everyone looks up too. But the school is not what it seems, its full of paranormal creatures from vampires to werewolves to witches.

I am obsessed with this series. I read the first book in December and I have just finished the second book. Each book ends on a bigger cliff-hanger than the last and I think this is in the top two anticipated books. I love everything about these books, the characters, plot, humour, storyline. I hope this third book is as good as the last two.

Rule of Wolves by Leigh Bardugo – 30th March 2021

This is the sequel to the new Nickolai series by Leigh Bardugo. The first book in this series follows Nickolai three years after the events of Ruin and Rising. I’m not quite sure what else happens because I still have not read the first book in this series!

I anticipate anything that Leigh Bardugo brings out because she is my favourite author. Her Six of Crows series is my favourite books of all time and I know I will love this series as much as I loved her other books. Hopefully, I will be rereading her entire works at some point this year.

Skulduggery Pleasant Dead or Alive by Derek Landy – 1st April 2021

Skulduggery Pleasant is a long series, and this is the fourteenth book in the series. This series follows skeleton detective Skulduggery and his sidekick Valkyrie Cain. Thrown into the world of elementals and adepts Valkyrie is forced to keep fighting evil one day at a time.

This series has been one of my favourites since I was really young. I am currently rereading all of them in anticipation for this one. This is the only middle grade book on this list, but I really do love it. It is a long series to start but I really recommend it. The humour is perfect, and the magic system is one of my favourites in books.

Oculta by Maya Motayne – 6th April 2021

This is a Latinx inspired series following a girl who can change her face at will and a prince. The two have to team up in order to stop an evil that has been released on the world. After the prince’s older brother was murdered, he felt as though he could not live up to his older brother’s example.

I read this book a few years ago but I can not remember much about it. I do remember loving it especially the magic system involving the shapeshifting aspect. Before I read this book, I do plan on rereading the first book so that I can enjoy the sequel just as much. The whole world building in this book was beautiful and I can not wait to be thrown back into it again.

The Nobleman’s Guide to Scandal and Shipwrecks by Mackenzi Lee – 27th April 2021

This is the third book in the Montague sibling’s series; the first book following Percy and the second following Felicity. The final book in this series will be following Adrian Montague as he searches for his siblings. Siblings that up until recently he had no idea existed. As he goes to the Caribbean to seek the rest of his mother’s things after her death, he discovers his family tree.

I loved the Gentleman’s Guide to Vice and Virtue when I read it when it first came out. Then I was not as keen on the second book The Lady’s Guide to Petticoats and Piracy. However, this book sounds like it has a lot of focus on Monty again who is my favourite character so I am hoping I will love this one as much as I loved the first.

Heartstopper Vol 4 by Alice Oesman – 13th May 2021

Heartstopper follows Nick and Charlie two boys in High School who are trying to figure out who they are. Nick is the jock of the school and closeted from his family and friends whilst Charlie has just come out and is struggling to find his place. This explores their relationship from its highs and lows.

I love this series. It is so cute and easy to read. I like to read them as an escape, and it is so nice to read something so nice whilst everything is going on. I am currently working my way through Alice Oesman’s work and I am loving all of them. Hopefully this one is as good as the last three.

When Night Breaks by Janella Angeles – 24th August 2021

The first book in this series follows a magical competition where magicians compete to earn a place as a headliner in the Conquering Circus. As each act becomes riskier the contestants struggle more. Especially when they start showing up maimed and injured. Kallia must figure out who is behind the injuries before she gets hurt herself.

I loved this book. It ended up being in my top ten books of 2020 and I can not wait for the next one to come out. The cover already makes me love it and the synopsis sounds amazing. The whole idea of the competition and the magic used throughout this book is beautifully written. The first book also left off on a cliff-hanger, so I need this book as soon as possible!

The Bronzed Beasts by Roshani Chokshi – 21st September 2021

This is another third and final book in a series. This is the final book in the Gilded Wolves trilogy which surrounds a heist to find an artifact which an ancient order seeks. To do this Séverin the leader pulls together four unlikely people to retrieve it: an engineer, a historian, a dancer, and a brother. They explore the dark, wealthy streets of Paris in order to find it so that Séverin can retrieve his true inheritance.

I do not want this series to end. This is truly one of my favourite book series and I do not think it gets the hype that it deserves. I think this might be my most anticipated release this year.  Each book takes place in a different location which feels as though I am being transported throughout every novel to a different place. The first one takes place in Paris, the second in Russia and this third instalment will be taking place in Venice which sounds amazing. The last book ended on a huge cliff hanger and I cannot wait for this last instalment even though I do not want it to ever end. These characters are so special to me and make me love them each time I read this book. The romance is heartbreakingly beautiful, and the friendship dynamics are some of the best I have ever read. Also, this cover is beautiful.

I am really excited for all of these releases this year. It is such a great year for book sequels and I this is not even all of them! Some of them I am more excited for than others but they are all great series that I would recommend to everyone. Thank you for reading; please comment your most anticipated sequel down below and follow to find out my other anticipate books for this year!

Accidentally in Love by Belinda Missen Review

This book sounded like the perfect adult romance for me after loving the Flatshare by Beth O’Leary last year however, it just did not hit the mark for me. I do not know if I had too high hopes for it but I ended up not enjoying it which was really disappointing.

“I Love Postcards – It means someone’s thinking enough about me to want to share something with me.”

Accidentally in Love follows Katherine Patterson who has grown seemingly bored of her 9-5 life. After quitting her job surrounded by overbearing males and leaving her boyfriend she decides to move back home to Sheffield. She decides she’s going to finally open the art gallery that she has dreamed of since she was younger, and she has one artist that she has her eye on for the opening. Kit is a local artist, but his stubbornness and lack of communication is not what Katherine is after. But when the two seem to be attracted to more than each other’s work things begin to go wrong.

The book started out pretty strong in the beginning where there was a strong feminist theme with Katherine quitting her job because a male has got the position she is more qualified for the third time. The thing I loved most about this book was the references to Sheffield. I am from that area which was exciting to see within a book as it’s not a usual setting. It was the small details but Missen did such a good job of describing the area. There was a good sense of humour throughout the narration which did have me laughing out loud at some moments. Also the cover is so cute and adorable!

The thing I disliked the most about this was the romance. I just found that the communication between the two characters were lacking and I feel like Kit’s character started to rub me the wrong way. The development between the characters seemed rushed and the ending was so fast I could not quite believe I was reading it. It felt like all the conflict occurred within the last fifty pages which took me by surprise. I think that the romance did have somewhere to go but it just did not quite achieve it. The timeline got a little bit lost.

Overall I planned to love this book but it just fell flat for me. I ended up giving it a two stars for the humour and the location of Sheffield! I feel like if you do enjoy a fast, movie romance then this book is for you but I was hoping for a more of a slow burn romance.

Thank you to NetGalley for providing me with a copy of this book for an honest review!

Top Five Wednesday, Furry Friends

This is going to be the first post in my top five Wednesday series and I am so excited to start this little series! I joined the goodreads group which gives out prompts monthly for each Wednesday of the month and you choose five books that fit. I’ll link the group here if anyone wants some more information about the group: https://www.goodreads.com/group/show/118368-top-5-wednesday . This weeks prompt is furry friends which is all about your favourite animals in books so today I will be discussing my top five favourite book creatures. These are just the ones I can think of I am sure there is more that I love but these are the five I came up with.

5. The Dæmons from His Dark Materials by Phillip Pulman

Art by: @KhaliaArt

I love the concept of the dæmons. During the series they are the physical manifestation of the characters souls. Even though they often have a form that they rely on they can adapt to their environment by changing into a different animal. They represent the characters personality and they share their emotions and traits. Dæmons are able to communicate verbally with their partner and other dæmons but should not be touched by other humans. I’d like to think if I had a dæmon it would be my rabbit which I would love to be able to communicate with.

Pantalaimon is the main dæmon in this series and I love him so much. He is extremely funny but also just a good addition to the book. He is the voice of reason to Lyra and has many forms like a puppy and a mouse but is mainly an ermine. I think without Pantalaimon I would not have enjoyed this book as much as I did.

4. The Direwolves from Game of Thrones by George R. R. Martin

Art by: @AlectorFencer

I loved the Direwolves in Game of Throne so much. They were such a good and interesting aspects in the show despite not appearing too often throughout. Direwolves are huge wolves that appear on the Starks coat of arms within the series. They are huge beasts and are extremely intelligent and have huge emotional attachments to their owners. Around the size of a small horse they are extremely loyal not only to their masters but to their masters friends. I would love a direwolf to follow me round and they look

During Game of Thrones there are six main direwolves after their mother is found dead at the beginning of the series. The six wolves are Shaggydog belonging to Rickon, Summer who belonged to Bran, Nymeria who belonged to Arya, Lady for Sansa, Grey Wind for Robb and my personal favourite Ghost who belonged to Jon Snow. The direwolves go on such a journey within the story and I love watching the scenes that they are in.

3. Mister Kindly from Nevernight by Jay Kristoff

Art by: @Pinktofu_art

This is another form of daemon who is attached to Mia within the book. He is made out of shadows and takes the form of a cat although he is not truly a cat. During the book he helps Mia on her journey and adds a lot to the story. He is created by rage; Mia’s rage at the outcome of her family and then has remained with her ever since. By living alongside Mia he devours her fear so that she can not feel it and that is so interesting to read about.

He is very witty and clever within the book and is another voice of reason overall. I think the reason I love Mister Kindly so much is the way he interacts with Mia and also the quotes he comes out with are some of my favourite parts of the book. “…bravo…’ Mister Kindly said, ‘..if only I had hands to applaud..’ The cat is literally so sarcastic, and I love it so much.

2. Hippogriffs from the Harry Potter series

Art by: Jim Kay – Harry Potter Illustrated

I love the hippogriffs. So, so much. I would love to have one. It is half horse and half griffin. The body is that of a horse and its head is that of a griffin. It is covered in feathers and has talons for claws. Buckbeak is introduced in the third book and appears in the fifth book as well.

I like Buckbeak mainly because of how proud he is. He does not like insult, and he is extremely proud of himself. I love his loyalty to Hagrid and how he defends himself from Draco. I wish that he had been in the fifth movie and not forgotten about completely. I love the friendship which is formed between him and Sirius.

  1. Syrinx from House of Earth and Blood by Sarah J. Maas
Art by: @_artjake_

Finally, we have Syrinx who I have grown to love this year. Syrinx is a chimera who has the appearance of a lion with wings and lives with Bryce within the book. She is best friends with Lehabah which I think is the cutest thing in the world. He often takes up residence within the library alongside the sprite which is just such a beautiful and cozy image.

The friendship between the two is the thing I love the most with these creatures. This image of the two within the library made me love this duo and Syrinx even more. I wish I could come home and find syrinx laid on my bed to lay with. He is the most beautiful creature which is why he is my top creature.

That was my first top five Wednesday! I hope you enjoyed and let me know which creatures you love in the comments! Thank you for reading and please follow down below. See you in the next one tomorrow!

The Most Disappointing Books of 2020

In 2020 it was such a good year for reading. I found some new favourites that I am obsessed with. However, with any good thing there is an opposite and these are some of the books that I am really disappointed by. I know that some of these are very popular books and these are controversial opinions, but this is how I personally felt about these books. I am not saying that no one should read them because you might love the books, but this is just how I feel.

Me Before You by Jojo Moyes

This book is loved by a lot of people so when I came to read it last year, I was extremely excited for it. However, when I actually got to it, I was disappointed by the message that is created around the representation of disabilities. This book follows Louisa Clarke who takes a job caring for Will Traynor who has recently been left in a wheelchair. Louisa sets out to make Will realise that he can still live his dreams despite being bed bound.

The first problem I had with this book was the pacing. I found that in parts the plot felt like it was not moving forward. My other issue with this book is the representation with the disability in this book. Will acts as though once you have a disability that your life is not worth living. That you cannot do anything. The ending seemed to have morally and ethnically apposing ideas and something did not sit right with me in the way this book played out.

Mexican Gothic by Silvia Moreno-Garcia

I was really disappointed with this one. This was on my most anticipated books of 2020, but I was let down a lot by the ending. When NoemÍ receives a letter from her cousin begging for someone to save her, she rushes to help. NoemÍ is not sure of her cousins’ new husband and the house he is living in. Once she begins getting nightmares in the house, she knows something is wrong and being kept secret. Eventually she begins to realize she needs to find out what is going on before she cannot leave the house herself.

I loved the beginning of the book. It was looking to be one of my favourites of the year. The atmosphere and the characters were beautifully written. It felt like a slow burn mystery romance which was looking to have an amazing twist to it. Also look at the cover; it’s gorgeous! As soon as I found out what was occurring at the house, I was immediately put off reading it. The characters were creepier in a weird way than an atmospheric way. And the ending, I honestly just did not understand it in the slightest. There also seemed to be barely any Mexican setting in it whatsoever.

Regretting You by Collen Hoover

I have heard such amazing things about Collen Hoover that I was really let down by this book. It follows a mother and a daughter after their family is struck by tragedy. Chris the husband and father is killed in a questionable accident. As the two attempts to get along they find themselves being torn more apart by secrets.

I found the characters quite unlikable in most of the scenes within this book. Throughout I really hoped that the book would focus on grief and heartache, but it seemed to focus more on teenage drama than the accident. It needed the characters to communicate instead of making matters worse by lying. I do want to try and give more of Collen Hoovers book a chance, but this was not my favourite.

The Spectacular Now by Tim Tharp

This was a book that has sat on my shelf for a long time and I think I knew I was not going to enjoy it. This is about two teenagers; Stutter who is the popular guy that everyone wants to be but has a serious drinking problem and Aimee. The clueless naive girl who has her entire life planned out but is a disaster when it comes to real life. When the two meet and Stutter decides he’s going to help Aimee but soon realises the situation is more than it seems.

The whole book just fell a little bit flat for me. Aimee seemed to have no personality and the whole narrative of the book just felt like a teenage boys rambling. The way that girls are spoken about depending on their weight. My main issue was that the book was completely unmemorable. I felt like the plot went nowhere and the ending was just a little underwhelming regarding Stutters drinking problem. I just felt like the whole plot was unrealistic and uninteresting.

Wayward Son by Rainbow Rowell

Finally, we have the sequel to Carry On. Carry On is the fanfiction that Cath writes in Rainbow Rowells other book Fangirl. It’s almost a retelling of Harry Potter with the chosen one trope but if the chosen one was not as good as everyone makes him out to be. It features a magical school and vampires and all the stuff that sets up for this to be a really good book.

I did love the first book; it was cute, and I loved the characters in the book. But this one just did not give me the same feeling as the first one did. It just felt so flat to me and it was almost as though this was a filler book between the first book almost a ‘second book syndrome’. The ending felt very abrupt and dissatisfying overall.

So, these are the very few books I did not enjoy last year. Overall, I had a very good reading year, but these were the few that let it down. I’m not saying these were bad books, but they did not work for me personally. Thank you for reading and let me know if there were any books you found disappointing in 2020. Please follow down below and I’ll see you in my next post!

Crave by Tracy Wolff Review

I don’t know how I transported myself back to 2010 with my Twilight vampire phase yet here we are again. When I got confirmed for the arc of Crave by Tracy Wolff, I was skeptical. I haven’t read a vampire novel since I finished the Vampire Academy series by Richelle Mead and I never thought I would re-enter that part of my life. But here we are.

I ate this book up. Crave was the biggest guilty pleasure book I have ever read. It had your typical clumsy high school girl meets a tall, handsome vampire who she thinks will never be interested in her. Throw in a gorgeous, funny best friend who brings together the love triangle and there you have it. This book.

After Grace’s parents are killed in an accident, she is sent to her uncles boarding school, Katmere Academy, where she immediately notices everything is not quite as it initially seems. As she becomes the only human in a school full of vampires, witches and shape shifters her life is immediately put in danger. Especially since more than one of them are trying to kill her. When Jackson Vega, a mysterious vampire, begins to show a special interest in her Grace must figure out where she belongs in this world full of paranormal creatures.

What I loved the most about this book is how it knew how cliché it sounded yet just went with it. It makes fun of itself which had me laughing on more than one occasion because unlike other cliché vampire books (Twilight) it does not take itself too seriously. It makes references to how she did not want to be the typical boring girl who falls for the dangerous guy or how she is constantly having near death experiences.

Fanart by @whimsicalillustration

The romance kept me wanting more the entire book. Grace and Jackson had a great chemistry that works despite the book only taking place over the space of a week. Even Grace acknowledges this constantly holding her own by saying that she does not want to be one of ‘them’ girls. The back and forward of the two texting each other dad jokes was the most hilarious and romantic part of this relationship. It is easy to tell why Grace falls for Jackson; his use of dad jokes and love of 90’s music makes him a perfect guy.

The only thing that let this book down for me was the world building. I feel like a lot of the characters were there just to support Jackson and Grace’s romance and I would love to see more from the shape-shifters in the second book because I found them so interesting but they were not in this instalment as much as I thought they might be. I feel as though a lot of the information about the creatures; the rules, the backgrounds and the powers were rushed and did not give as much depth as it needed.

I gave this book 3.5 stars purely because of the world building and the cliché moments that just reminded me a little too much of my twilight days, however, I will be getting the next one because this is going to be a series and I could not be more excited. I have also heard that Universal has bought the film rights for this book and I can not wait to see how the movie comes out (and who they’re going to cast as Jaxon Vega!).

Thank you so much to NetGalley and Entangled Teens for letting me read this Arc!

Books Series I Need to Finish Part Two

This is part two of the book series I need to finish that I really want to get to! I posted part one on my blog yesterday so if you have not read that one, yet you should go check it out! I’m going to get right on with today’s post so enjoy!

Monsters of Verity by V. E. Schwab

This was a lockdown read for me last year. It’s a duology which features This Savage Song and Our Dark Duet. I loved the first book. I thought the entire world building and the characters were perfect. The fine line between good and bad as well as the monsters within the world were written amazingly. I can not wait to get to the second book this year!

This book follows a young man and woman and their decision to be good or bad. Both of them heirs to a war-torn city; Kate who wants to be just as ruthless as her father and August a monster who wants to be as good as his human father. When August is offered a chance to protect Kate with his weapon of music, he jumps at the chance but when they are both nearly assassinated, they must decide where their loyalties lie.

Monstress by Marjorie M. Liu

Monstress is a graphic novel series with breath-taking artwork and a dark, in-depth story. I have read the first two and I am really looking forward to diving into the story more although I always put off buying graphic novels. The characters are ones that you hate to love apart from the little cinnamon roll Kippa.

This is set in Asia with a teen girl who is struggling with the repercussions of war and is somehow connected to a monstrous being. But this connection causes consequences with both humans and monsters alike who are hunting them through the world.

Nevernight Chronicles by Jay Kristoff

Another lockdown book series that I started last year and loved. This series is a trilogy featuring Nevernight, Godsgrave and Darkdawn. I know this is a lot of people’s favourite book series and I can see why. The first book ended up on my favourite books of 2020 list and I already own the second book, so I am really excited to get to the rest of them.

This is about Mia Corvere who is a daughter of an executed traitor who joins a school of assassins in order to get revenge on those that killed her family. She is entered into a competition in order to defeat the rest of the students in challenges to become a Blade of the Lady of Blessed Murder. Alongside her shadow cat Mr Kindly, she must figure out the answers to the tasks and find out who is murdering her fellow students.

The Raven Cycle by Maggie Stiefvater

I read the first book in this series a few years ago and I thought it was okay, but I was not as obsessed as everyone else. However, I do want to give the series another try eventually to read all four because I know this is another one of BookTubes favourites. Some of the aspects I enjoyed like the friendship between the boys as well as the setting but for some reason I could not get into it fully.

This is about Blue who when she kisses the love of her life he will die. Every year her and her mother go to the graveyard to see the soon-to-be dead, but Blue has never seen one until a young boy approaches her. Gansey is a student at the privet school near her house who seems to have everything. But the two are drawn to each other and Gansey is on a quest with his raven boys. As their lives become intertwined the two realise more sinister things are going on.

Saga by Brian K. Vaughan and Fiona Staples.

This series is a graphic novel series which I read the first book years ago and really enjoyed. I never got around to the rest of the series even though I did love it, but this is mainly because graphic novels are expensive, and I don’t often get to them.

This is about two soldiers from two sides of the war who fall in love. It results in the two having a child and fleeing from the opposing sides who are after them both. Alana and Marko are running from everyone across the galaxy to protect the one thing they love more than each other.

Skulduggery Pleasant by Derek Landy

I began reading this series as a child and is one of the series that got me into reading. I read most of the series when I was younger, but I ended up falling behind as I grew up and I now have around five unread. Currently I am doing a readathon of the series which I am loving, and I am hoping to finish them all before the end of this year.

This follows a skeleton detective in a world of magic and his sidekick Valkyrie Cain. They both use elemental magic in order to figure out who is trying to end the world. Both must work together in order to defeat a threat from Skulduggerys past who wants to rebuild the world in his image.

Systems Divine by Jessica Brody and Joanne Rendell

I read the first book in the series when it came out in 2019 and love it. This series has got two books out so far; Sky Without Stars and Between Burning Worlds and the third book Suns Will Rise is coming out in August this year. I had the sequel pre-ordered and it has been sat on my shelf ever since. I will definitely be getting to the second book before August so I am ready for the third book which I will hopefully read as soon as it released.

This is a Les Misérables retelling which follows three perspectives five hundred years after hope was promised to the planet. It is now ruled by the high class and the poor are left to starve. But the rebels are coming back in the shadows. A thief who will do anything to escape her life agrees to spy on the grandson of the most powerful man. An officer who is being taught to command the governments army. A girl who protects the underground library is brought to the surface after twelve years due to a murder.

The Blood of Stars by Elizabeth Lim

This is another duology featuring the books Spin the Dawn and Unravel the Dusk. Once again, I read the first book in this series during lockdown and loved it. I immediately ordered the second book but for some reason it did not turn up for months and I had gone back to my university address before it arrived. Over Christmas I managed to pick it up, so I am going to read it very, very soon.

Spin the Dawn is a Mulan retelling about a young girl who loves to tailor clothes. However, in their world girls are supposed to marry and have children; not make clothes. Maia decides to take her fathers place when a royal messenger delivers a message about a competition to become the royal tailor. Posed as a boy she risks everything in order to save her family from ruin. But when the challenges get increasingly harder, she realises that achieving her dreams is harder than it seems.

The Witcher by Andrzej Sapkowski

I picked up the first book in this series after watching the Netflix TV show last year. I am obsessed with the TV show; I have watched it three times since it has been released and I really enjoyed the book too. The only reason I have not read the second book yet is that my aunt has my copy of the second book and has not finished with it yet. It is translated from Polish, which is really interesting to see, and I can not wait to get to the rest of this series.

Geralt is a Witcher; a being whose magic has been enhanced. This makes him an excellent assassin, but he targets specific monsters that plague the land. This is a collection of short stories that are set before the official series and this and Sword of Destiny are the books that the first season is based on.

Throne of Glass by Sarah J. Maas

I have tried to finish this series twice now and I can not get passed the third book. Although I love the first two books and the prequel Assassins Blade for some reason, I can not get into the third. However, I do really want to finish this series and I am planning on trying to read one book a month this year to try and get through it.

I’m sure most people know what this series is about but in case you do not; it follows Celaena Sardothien who is offered her freedom from the horrific salt mines on the condition that she fights for the Crown Prince as his champion. She must compete in a condition to find a new royal assassin against other assassins of the world. But when champions start turning up dead, she realizes something a lot darker is occurring in the palace.

You by Caroline Kepnes

This is another book I picked up after watching the Netflix show like a lot of people. I am obsessed with the TV show and even though I do prefer the TV series I still want to finish the book series. This is written in a really creepy way where it feels like the narrator is watching you instead of the main character.

When Guinevere Beck walks into Joe Goldberg’s bookshop, she does not realise her life is about to change. After he googles her name, he begins to find out everything about her through her social media account. He begins to take control of her through stalking her in order to become her boyfriend. But things get darker when Joe begins to take everything that gets in their way and destroys in.

This is the end of my list of series I need to finish. One of my goals this year is to try and finish some of these series which I know that I will achieve because I am so excited for most of these series! I hope you enjoyed this post, please comment down bellow a series that you need to finish this year! Please follow and I will see in the next post!

Book Series I Need to Finish Part One

One of my resolutions for this year is to finish more of the series that I have started over the years (if you would like to see what other resolutions I have this year I did a post about it!). During today’s post I’m going to speak about the book series that I really need to finish. The list is in alphabetical as I have none that I want to get to more than others. This post is going to be quite long  but it is going to be split into two posts as it is more of a list, but I hope you enjoy!

A Song of Ice and Fire by George R. R. Martin

This series is more commonly known as Game of Thrones and I am always intimidated to pick up the next book. I read the first book in this series during 2018 and the second book at the beginning of 2019. I really want to at least get to the third book this year if not a few of them.

For those of you that do not know (although I presume everyone will) A Song of Ice and Fire is a high fantasy series that follows several families as they compete for the Iron Throne; the ruler of the seven kingdoms. After the hand of the king is killed Ned Stark is sent to the Red Keep to help rule the seven kingdoms but there is something not right in the kingdom and the stakes are very high.

All Souls Trilogy by Deborah Harkness

This series includes a Discovery of Witches, Shadow of Night and The Book of Life. I read the first book in 2020 and it did make my top books of the year. I adored the first book and I will definitely be getting to the second book in 2020 without a doubt and hopefully finishing the entire series this year. I adore this story and this world, so I am excited to continue with the series.

This series follows Diana Bishop; a witch who has denied her powers ever since her parents were young. When she uncovers a book that has been missing for centuries where she sets off a chain of events including her involvement with Matthew Clairmont. As it becomes clear the Diana is in danger it is up to her to figure out if she truly wants to turn her back on magic or embrace who she is.

Arc of a Scythe by Neil Schusterman

This book trilogy includes Scythe, Thunderhead and The Toll. I read the first two books in this trilogy back to back in 2018 and I adored them. The second book left me on such a cliffhanger and I could not wait for the third book. However, I have been putting off finishing this series for so long because of how much I love them (I know I sound ridiculous) even though I do own the third book and I am so excited to eventually get to it.

This series follows a world without death; there is no disease, no hunger or war. The only way you can die is by a Scythe in order to keep the population controlled. When Citra and Rowan are chosen to apprentice a scythe, they must compete against each other to become the next scythe; or die as a consequence.

Bloodlines by Richelle Mead

I read this book during my original vampire stage back when Twilight was huge. Before this I had read the Vampire Academy series and absorbed all six of them and then immediately read these books. Even though I really enjoyed this book for some reason I did not end up reading the rest of the series and I have no idea why! I plan on reading this book this month and then hopefully moving onto the rest of the series.

This book follows on from the Vampire Academy series however, the focus is on Sydney; an alchemist whose job is to keep the peace between vampires and humans. Sydney’s decisions during the Vampire Academy lead to her being charged with the protection of Jill Dragomir at a human boarding school.

Crave Series by Tracey Wolff

This is another book series that I started in 2020 which I reviewed for NetGalley and my review will be up on this account soon. This is the book that kicked off my recent vampire addiction; I adored it. I have recently brought myself the sequel Crush and I know the next book is coming out soon so I really want to catch up with the series before the new book.

Crave follows Grace after her parents are killed and she is sent to her uncles boarding school but things are not as they seem. The school is home to people Grace never thought to exist; vampires, werewolves and witches. But when a particular vampire named Jaxon Vega begins to show an interest in her Grace’s life is turned around.

Crazy Rich Asians by Kevin Kwan

Another series I began in 2020 after watching the movie again I decided I wanted to get to the source material and see if the book was as good. As much as I enjoyed the first book I’ve heard the rest of the series is not as good so I am unsure about whether I want to continue with this series or not. Let me know your thoughts in the comments!

This follows China’s elite families and their dramas within the families. After one of the richest family’s children brings back his American girlfriend to the wedding event of the year she is thrown into a world that she never knew existed. This book has scandals, heartbreak and all the things you expect of the world’s richest families.

The Diviners by Libba Bray

Last year must have been the year that I started most of my series because I also read this one during the summer last year. I was hooked by this series immediately and I can not wait to get back to this world hopefully this month. This has the possibility to become one of my favourite series because I just love the setting and the characters; just everything about this book.

This is set in the jazz age New York where Evie O’Neil is struggling to hide her unacceptable supernatural power from the world. But when a murder is revealed Evie realizes she could help. But she isn’t the only one with a power. Memphis, Theta and Jericho are hiding there own secrets but with a dark secret unfurling they might be forced to reveal it.

An Ember In The Ashes by Sabaa Tahir

I read the first book in this series in 2017 and the second book in 2018 before I forgot to keep up with the series after that. I loved the first two books in this series, and I don’t know why I did not keep up with the releases because I love the characters and the stories within this series. I do plan on binge reading the entire series soon so that I can finally get to the final two installments.

This follows Elias and Laia within the Martial Empire where if you don’t follow the rules you die. When Laia’s brother is arrested for treason she makes the choice to join the rebels who will free her brother if she spies for them within the academy. Elias is the academy’s finest soldier but all he wants is to be free. But when their fates come together they need to realise who they truly are.

Gumiho by Kat Cho

This is a duology featuring the books Wicked Fox and Vicious Spirits. I read the first book last year during the lockdown due to Books with Chloe’s recommendation and I loved it. It features Korean mythology focusing specifically on the nine tailed fox but has other elements mixed in. Hopefully I will be reading this book within the first few months of this year.

Wicked Fox follows Gu Miyoung; a gumiho who must devour the energy of men. Set in modern day Seoul she takes evil mens lives without anyone noticing. But when she comes across Jihoon, a boy getting attacked by a goblin she saves the boy but loses her soul in the process. When there friendship becomes something more she must decide between her life or his.

His Dark Materials by Phillip Pullman

This series is initially made up of three books; The Golden Compass, The Subtle Knife and The Amber Spyglass but it has since been extended. Once again I have only read the first book in this series but I really want to catch up before too many books come out. I really enjoyed the first book when I read it around three years ago but I might have to reread it before I carry on with the series.

It follows Lyra after Gobblers steal her best friend Roger. In a world where humans are born with a daemon; an animal bonded to their spirit. She begins to travel North where witch clans and bears that wear armor live in a hunt for her uncle Asriel and the children that have been stolen.

Hush Hush by Becca Fitzpatrick

This is a book series that I read when I first properly began to read. I loved it when I read it but I’m not sure of what I’d think of it if I read it now. I read three out of the four books and I have no idea why I didn’t read the fourth book at the time but now I am not sure if I ever will but maybe one day.

Nora Grey has never been interested in boys until Patch comes along. But even though Patch attempts to push Nora away it only makes her want him more. When Nora’s life is threatened more than once she doesn’t know who is to trust. Especially when she finds out Patch isn’t human.

Illuminae Files by Jay Kristoff and Amie Kaufman

I read the first book in this series back in May 2018 and I did not love it. I thought the concept was amazing and the mix media is one of my favourite formats but for some reason I couldn’t get into the book. However, I think my reading taste has changed in the last two years and now I really want to read the entire series to see what I think of it now. There is three books in this series the second one being Gemina and the third being Obsidio and I know a lot of people love this series so I really want to be able to get behind the hype.

The first book in this series follows two rival corporations who are at war over a planet which is forced to flee. But when a plague breaks out the two realise that from opposing ships they have to communicate to try and figure out what is going on with the ship and stop everyone from being taken over before it is too late.

Legacy Of Orïsha by Tomi Adeyemi

I’m not sure how long this book series is going to be but so far there is two books out; Children of Blood and Bone and Children of Virtue and Vengeance. I read the first book as soon as it came out in 2018 and I loved it! I was so ready for the second book but when it came out, I just did not get round to buying it!

The first book follows a world without magic and Zélie has one chance to bring back magic. In order to do this she must strike against the monarchy and outrun the prince who wants to rid the world of magic once and for all. But as Zélie struggles to get her powers under control she threatens to destroy herself.

Lunar Chronicles by Marrisa Meyer

The final one for today’s post is another series that I am not sure if I am going to carry on with or not. There is four books in this series and a couple of novellas. I did not love the first one and I was never interested in picking up the rest of the series but I have seen people saying how it does get better each book so let me know if you think I should pick this one up or not! I do love a retelling so I thought I would love this series but I am not sure.

The first book is a Cinderella retelling but with androids. A plague is destroying the population and only one girl Cinder, a mechanic, can fix it. But Cinder is an android, a second class citizen who is hated by her step-mother and blamed for her sisters illness. When she meets Kai, who also happens to be the prince she must figure out her own secrets in order to protect the world.

So this is the first half of book series I need to finish! Let me know what series I should finish first and whether I should not finish some of them! I can not wait to share the rest of my list with you tomorrow. Please comment and follow down below!

Weekly Reading Blog

Friday 1st January

Today started off a bit slow on reading. I woke up not feeling too good, so I spent most of the day watching The Greatest Showman and Muppets Christmas Carol (the best Christmas film) on the sofa, but I did mange to get some reading in. I have to finish Nick by Michael Farris Smith by the fifth of January for a Net Galley review, so I decide to try and make a start on that. I read around sixty-eight pages and so far, I am really enjoying this book. I love The Great Gatsby, and this is a retelling about Nick before he came to meet Gatsby. It shows him in the war and how he did fall in love once but it also helps you realize why Nick is the way he is. Smith does a really good job of recreating Fitzgerald’s writing style and enrapturing Nick’s mindset. It will be interesting to see where this book goes but hopefully, I will get a little more read tomorrow as I have nothing planned for the daytime.

Saturday 2nd January

On Saturday it ended up snowing where I live so I went out to take some bookstagram photos in the snow which turned out really cute! I then spent most of the day writing blog posts and trying to keep up with all the ones that I had to do. After this I decided I needed to get some of Nick read so I could finish it by Tuesday, so I ended up running a bath made myself a coffee and got my Hello Pandas to try and get a good chunk of the book read. I managed to get up to page 107 which was some really good progress for the day!

Sunday 3rd January

I managed to read quite a lot of Nick today throughout the day but I also watched Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows p1 with my family to split the day up a bit. On Saturday I go back to my term address so I took quite a lot of my bookstagram photos so that I have some prepared before I go back to my house. I did manage to get to about 100 pages of Nick and I honestly think this is one of the best retellings I have ever read. I can’t believe how brilliant his writing style is and how it compares to that of Fitzgerald. Sometimes I forget I’m not reading his work its that close.

Monday 4th January

Today I finished Nick by Michael Farris Smith just in time to write my view for tomorrow. I ended up giving it four stars because it was an amazing book yet for some reason I could not bring myself to give it five stars, but I still loved the experience of reading it all the same. When this goes up hopefully my review will be up so you can see more of my thoughts on it and you’ll be able to find that here: https://aworldofwordsandcoffee.com/2021/01/05/new-year-new-blog-day-five-nick-by-michael-farris-smith-review/. I read about 150 pages of Nick today in order to finish it, so I did not manage to pick anything else up. Hopefully I can start a new book tomorrow. I do want to eventually start reading a few books at once again because I find when I have got a choice, I end up reading more.

Tuesday 5th January

I could not decide on what to start so I ended up picking Death Bringer by Derek Landy which is part of my Skulduggery Pleasant readathon that I have been doing since the beginning of December. I am loving rereading these books and I cannot wait to share all my thoughts with you when I’ve finished! I read to page 98 of Death Bringer and so far, I am loving it! This is book six in the series and it has been getting a lot darker in the most recent books. So far, this one has a lot of focus on the necromancers which makes a lot of sense as it is called Death Bringer. Hopefully I love this one as much as I have loved the others in the series.

Wednesday 6th January

I ended up not doing any reading today. I have an assignment due in Monday that needed finishing and I also go back to my term address Saturday to start working again so my mum and I have been trying to finish Game of Thrones before I go back. We are on the last series and three episodes in I am so far enjoying it which I know is not a popular opinion with this last season. Let me know in the comments if you want to know more about what I have been watching recently in a blog post because I love TV shows and movies and would love to discuss it more!

Thursday 7th January

Today was another bad reading day for me with my assignment and having to pack before going home. I did manage to read one of the short stories in Armageddon Outta Here by Derek Landy which I really enjoyed. I find the short stories just as enjoyable as the full-size novels which is rare because I often don’t enjoy short stories that much. Derek Landy’s writing is extremely witty but dark at the same time. I really enjoy that within books with the comparison between humour and wickedness.

This week was not the best in terms of reading due to my assignment being due however I did end up reading one book and starting another. I finished Nick which I gave four out of five stars and I started Death Bringer by Derek Landy. This meant I read four hundred and forty-eight pages this week which I am really happy with considering how busy I have been. Next week I really want to finish Death Bringer and then start a few books on my January TBR. I hope you enjoyed reading this post and please follow down below!

Books I Need to Get to in 2021 Part 2

This is part two to the blog post I put up yesterday telling you about the other ten books I plan on reading in 2021. I don’t really have much else to say so enjoy!

These Violent Delights by Chloe Gong

This is a debut novel by Chloe Gong that came out in 2020 and I could not be more excited for it. I love retellings, it is a favourite trope of mine especially if they are done well. This book has been receiving so much hype towards the end of the year which makes me so excited to get to this book.

It’s a Romeo and Juliet retelling set in the roaring twenties where a gang leaders’ daughter has been betrayed by the rival gangs’ heir. But when a monster begins killing throughout the city the two heirs must put their issues aside to discover what is destroying their city before it destroys them.

Circe by Madeline Miller

This book was popular a few years back especially on BookTok, so I bought it for my mum for her birthday and then she loved it. She gave it to me, but this is another one that I have never got around too. It is also another book based on Greek mythology which is one of my targets for this year.

Circe is about the daughter of a titan who turns her back on the gods and enters the world of mortals. When Zeus banishes her to a deserted island, she tames wild beasts and meets several of the most famous creatures within Greek mythology. She eventually has to choose between the Gods and the mortals that she has grown to love.

Woven in Moonlight by Isabel Ibañez

This is another book that has become popular more recently. This book has the most gorgeous cover, but I do not know that much about it. I know it surrounds Bolivian politics and is about magic in tapestries. I really want to read this book because of all the amazing reviews I have heard about it.

This follows a girl who is a stand in for a royal but when the prince proposes marriage to the royal, she takes her place. She goes to take revenge for her people who were pushed away by an ancient relic. When the girl takes her place, she finds out the relic is no longer with them and tries to find it in order to regain her people’s lives.

 A Darker Shade of Magic by V.E. Schwab

I tried to read this book about two years ago but never fully got into it. After reading This Savage Song earlier this year I now really want to read more of V. E. Schwab’s writing because I loved that book. I know that this is her most popular series and everyone loves it so hopefully I can finally get around to reading it.

This is about a world where four London’s exist; red, white, grey and black. Kell travels between the London’s as an ambassador smuggling pieces of the different worlds that others will never get to see. After he meets Delilah who robs him before saving him, he takes her to another world for an adventure.

The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo by Taylor Jenkins Reid

This book is BookTubes baby. Everyone and their mum read this a few years ago but for some reason I never got myself a copy. I have however read Daisy Jones and the Six which was one of my favourite books a few years ago. I am also obsessed with old Hollywood and the lives of actresses so this one sounds amazing.

This is about Evelyn Hugo, a glamourous actress who is finally ready to tell all about her scandalous life. When she chooses a journalist that no one has heard about the whole community is confused. Evelyn tells about her making her way to LA before deciding to leave show business as well as all about her husbands. They soon realise their lives are intersected together.

Lady Midnight by Cassandra Claire

I have slowly been making my way through Cassandra Claire’s books and this is the next trilogy on my list now. I’ve really been enjoying revisiting these books especially now I am on the books I have not read before. This is the first book in the Dark Artifices trilogy which is set after the events of The Mortal Instruments series.

This picks up five years after the events of City of Heavenly Fire and Emma Carstairs is set on revenge. Alongside her parabati Julian Blackthorn she has got to figure out a demonic plot that is taking over Los Angeles. After a face from the past is returned by the faeries as a peace offering to try and figure out who is killing their kind the everything gets a little more complicated.

The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern

Another one of BookTubes babies that I haven’t yet got around to. If anyone is interested in me doing a series reading old popular BookTube books, then let me know in the comments! This was A Clockwork Readers favourite book and I know it is supposed to be amazing. It also has a competition trope as well as an enemy to lovers.

This follows a circus that appears overnight. It is only open to the public at night and it is spectacular. But this is a fierce competition between two of the magicians. However, only one can be the winner but when the two become closer than they should have. Despite this they must continue with the game or the fates will destroy everything.

Strange the Dreamer by Laini Taylor

I cannot believe I have not got to this one yet. This one has been living on my shelf since BookswithChloe recommended it years ago. It was huge on BookTube years ago and is one of the most popular duologies out there. The whole plot of the book sounds amazing and I know I am going to love it when I eventually get to it.

This follows Lazlo Strange who is obsessed with the lost city of Weep. When a group decide to go on an expedition to try and find the city, they choose Lazlo to find it. There is so many unanswered questions but also a mystery to figure out. Who is the woman that keeps appearing in Lazlo’s dreams and why does she seem so real?

The Poppy War by R. F. Kuang

Another series that has been raved about this year, but I just really want to try and get to the first book. I tried to start reading the e-book this year, but I could not focus on the story due to it being on my phone. I have since picked up the physical book but have not got to it, so I am excited to finally get to this one this year.

This is another one that I am not quite sure what it is about. I know this is about a war-torn county and a girl is studying to try and get into a school. After she aces all her exams much to the surprise of everyone around her. But being at the school is harder than she realises, and she might lose herself in the process.

Godsgrave by Jay Kristoff

Finally, we have Godsgrave which is the second book in the Nevernight trilogy. I read the first book earlier in 2020 and I loved it. It made my top ten books of 2020 and I can see this becoming one of my favourite trilogies. Jay Kristoff’s writing is so unique especially with the use of footnotes which I know a lot of people don’t like but I personally loved this little extra.

This series follows Mia Corvere and her shadow cat Mr Kindly as she trains to become an assassin as revenge. She travels to join a school of assassins where she has to beat the rest of the students in several tasks to become a Blade of the Lady Blessed Murder. But when people start to be murdered within the keep Mia must figure out who is behind them before it is too late.

They are all the books that I want to get to in 2021. I am not sure how many I will end up getting to but hopefully I will get through over half of the books on this list. Next year I am going to look back on this list and write a post about if I got to these books or not, but I hope you enjoyed. Please leave a comment if you have read any of these books and please follow if you enjoyed!

Books I Need To Get To In 2021 Part One

Today’s blog post is going to be all about the twenty-one books I need to get to in 2021. This is books that have come out either in 2020 or even before that, that I just have not had the chance to get to yet. These are books that I either just have not got around to or books that I have seen highly recommended and want to read. This list is not in any order it’s just books that I’ve taken note of that I need to read. This post is going to be split in two due to the length this post ended up being too long for one post so here is the first eleven books!

Breathless by Jennifer Niven

One of my favourite books of all time is All the Bright places by Jennifer Niven; I adore this book and I reread it at least once a year. I have also read Jennifer Niven’s other book Holding Up The Universe which I did not love as much but I still enjoyed. Jennifer Niven’s book often contains hard-hitting content that can be triggering for some people, but I find them really interesting and really heart-warming.

Breathless follows a girl named Claude who is focused on her career and falling in love but everything falls apart when her dad announces he is separating from her mum. Claude is whisked away to a small island where she soon meets a local boy. He loves photography and as Claude can see herself falling for him something goes wrong.

Get A Life Chloe Brown by Talia Hibbert

This series has been everywhere this last year specifically on BookTube with BookTubers such as BookswithChloe. It is the first book in the Brown Sisters series and I know all the books are supposed to be amazing but my aim for this year is to at least get to this first book.

Get A Life Chloe Brown follows Chloe who has a chronic illness. When she has a near death experience, she decides that she is not going to let her illness dictate her life anymore and she creates a list of things to do. One of these things includes becoming a bad girl but she needs the help of the town bad boy to do so. However, she discovers things are not quite as they seem as she grows to know him.

The Switch by Beth O’Leary

I read the Flatshare by Beth O’Leary in 2020 and I adored it. I know she has a few books out but this is her newest book and the plot sounds so cute! It really reminds me of the plot of The Holiday with Cameron Diaz and Kate Winslet mainly because of the switching lives plot. I would like to get to the rest of Beth O’Leary’s books, but I think this is a really good place to start.

The Switch follows a 79-year-old woman who is sick of being older and a girl who is bored of life in her twenties. When the young girl ruins her presentation at work, she takes a two month sabbatical and escapes to her grandmothers house. Her grandmother is newly single and wants to get out of her small town. When the young girl proposes they switch, and she stays in the small town whilst her grandmother moves in to her London flat to look for love.

Midnight Sun by Stephanie Meyer

This book was on so many of my TBR’s last year so I really need to get to this book this year. I have been in a huge vampire mood recently and have been devouring vampire books ridiculously quickly so it will be interesting to jump back into one of the original teenage vampire books and see how it compares to the amazing books I have read recently.

Just in case you did not know Midnight Sun is the new book in the Twilight series that tells Edwards perspective of the first book of the series. It allows us to see a different version of what occurs in the first book but also allows us to see into what other characters are thinking thanks to Edwards power.

From Blood and Ash by Jennifer L. Armentrout 

This book has been receiving so much hype on every single platform these past few months. The hype around it does make me cautious about reading this book but I am planning on picking it up for the New Year Readathon in January so hopefully it will live up to the hype. It contains a lot of tropes that I love in books especially the enemies to lover’s trope so I do not know why I would not love it.

From Blood and Ash follows a princess who is not allowed to be spoken too or touched. When she is assigned a guard and they clash in their views troubles instantly begins. But soon hate turns to love forcing the princess to question everything that she has known.

Lovely War by Julie Berry

This is another book that I have been seeing everywhere at the minute. I have recently got back into my love of Greek myths and I know this contains a perspective from Aphrodite which sounds like a really interesting format to read. This is another book that has received a lot of hype but I am worried that it wont live up to they hype but I am definitely going to try and get to this book this year.

This follows Aphrodite telling a story of love to her husband Hephaestus and her lover Aries during the second world war. It follows two couples as they struggle to make their way through the war in different ways. The book looks for an answer to the question: why are love and war eternally drawn to one another?

Loveless by Alice Oesman

This is another book that was on a lot of TBRs in 2020 and I was supposed to buddy-read it with my best friend, but I ended up not getting round to it. This is another one that is on my January TBR so I will hopefully be getting to it this month.

This follows Georgia an asexual girl who when she moves to university, she is ready to find love. When she gets involved in a Shakespeare play, she may get what she was hoping for. I really want to read more diverse and LGBTQIA+ books during 2021 and I have heard that this one has really great representation throughout.

Cemetery Boys by Aiden Thomas

This is another book I bought towards the end of 2020 and this book has a lot of hype surrounding it too. As I said about Loveless I want to read more books with representation and I know this one is supposed to have great trans representation in it as well as Latinx representation.

This follows a trans boy as he attempts to prove himself to his Latinx family. He attempts to resurrect his cousin who has been murdered with the help from his other cousin. However, he ends up resurrecting the high school bad boy who has some unfinished business. As they begin to work together the two realise, they might be getting too close for comfort. 

The Poet X by Elizabeth Acevedo

Over the past year or so Elizabeth Acevedo has become one of my favourite authors. With the Fire On High is one of my favourite books of all time and Clap When You Land is on my favourite books of 2020 list. However, I haven’t managed to get to her debut novel yet even though I know I am going to love it.

This book is written in the same style as Clap When You Land which is all written in verse. It follows a young girl as she comes to grips with her mother’s religion as well as her growing up. She’s invited to a slam poetry class where she can read her poems out loud without her mother finding out about her secret life and the words she writes.

The Toll by Neal Shusterman

This is the third and final book in The Arc Of A Scythe trilogy which I absolutely adore but I still haven’t managed to get to it yet. I haven’t heard much about this last book despite the first book Scythe being hugely popular a few years ago. I don’t know why I haven’t got to this book yet even though I loved the first two and the second one ended on a huge cliff-hanger.

The Arc of a Scythe series follows a world where no one can die; there is no illness, no old age, no accidents. You can just be brought back to life. The only way you can die is if a Schythe kills you. A Scythe can choose who he kills and when depending on their own reasoning. At the beginning of the first book a Scythe chooses a boy and a girl to have as an apprentice but there can only be one of them that can survive.

The Entire Ember In The Ashes Series by Sabaa Tahir

I read the first book in this series years ago and I loved it. It’s probably one of my favourite first books in a series ever. I then read the second book and loved it just as much. For some reason I bought the third book and just never got around to it and now the fourth book has just come out. Since reading the first book I have forgotten a lot of what happened in the first two books so now I really want to binge the entire series.

This follows Laia who is a slave and Elias who is a soldier. After Laia’s brother is arrested she is forced to join the revolution and disguise herself in order to spy at the Empires military academy. Here she meets Elias a soldier who wants nothing to do with the Empire and the uprising.

So this is the first half of my list of books I need to get to in 2021 and I can not wait to tell you my other ten! Let me know in the comments what books you need to get to this year or which book you are most excited to get to this year. Thank you for reading and please follow down below!