It’s been a couple months since I’ve talked about books that I reallyyyyy want to buy so let’s get to it. I think that a couple of these may have been included in previous posts but I still don’t own any of them so this still stands!
Spinning Silver by Naomi Novik
Publication Date: July 10, 2018
“Miryem is the daughter and granddaughter of moneylenders… but her father isn’t a very good one. Free to lend and reluctant to collect, he has loaned out most of his wife’s dowry and left the family on the edge of poverty–until Miryem steps in. Hardening her heart against her fellow villagers’ pleas, she sets out to collect what is owed–and finds herself more than up to the task. When her grandfather loans her a pouch of silver pennies, she brings it back full of gold.
But having the reputation of being able to change silver to gold can be more trouble than it’s worth–especially when her fate becomes tangled with the cold creatures that haunt the wood, and whose king has learned of her reputation and wants to exploit it for reasons Miryem cannot understand.”
So I know that I’ve talked about how much I love Uprooted many times and I’ve also done an anticipated release post for Spinning Silver so it really shouldn’t be a shock that I’m desperate to get my hands on this book. I’m so excited to read it because I just know that I’ll love it and I’ve heard so many amazing things about it. The only reason that I haven’t bought it just yet is the price but hopefully I’ll be able to justify it soon.
Now I Rise by Kiersten White
Publication Date: June 27, 2017
“Lada Dracul has no allies. No throne. All she has is what she’s always had: herself. After failing to secure the Wallachian throne, Lada is out to punish anyone who dares to cross her blood-strewn path. Filled with a white-hot rage, she storms the countryside with her men, accompanied by her childhood friend Bogdan, terrorizing the land. But brute force isn’t getting Lada what she wants. And thinking of Mehmed brings little comfort to her thorny heart. There’s no time to wonder whether he still thinks about her, even loves her. She left him before he could leave her.
What Lada needs is her younger brother Radu’s subtlety and skill. But Mehmed has sent him to Constantinople—and it’s no diplomatic mission. Mehmed wants control of the city, and Radu has earned an unwanted place as a double-crossing spy behind enemy lines. Radu longs for his sister’s fierce confidence—but for the first time in his life, he rejects her unexpected plea for help. Torn between loyalties to faith, to the Ottomans, and to Mehmed, he knows he owes Lada nothing. If she dies, he could never forgive himself—but if he fails in Constantinople, will Mehmed ever forgive him?
As nations fall around them, the Dracul siblings must decide: what will they sacrifice to fulfill their destinies? Empires will topple, thrones will be won . . . and souls will be lost.”
It’s been so long since I read the first book in this series but ugh I adored it. I’ve been fascinated by Vlad the Impaler for over 10 years so a genderbent story is literally everything that I didn’t know I needed. But I just loved the first one and now I really need to continue on with the series, especially since the finale was just released a few months ago.
First We Were IV by Alexandra Sirowy
Publication Date: July 25, 2017
“It started for pranks, fun, and forever memories.
A secret society – for the four of us.
The rules: Never lie. Never tell. Love each other.
We made the pledge and danced under the blood moon on the meteorite in the orchard. In the spot we found the dead girl five years earlier. And discovered the ancient drawings way before that.
Nothing could break the four of us apart – I thought.
But then, others wanted in. Our seaside town had secrets. History.
We wanted revenge.
We broke the rules. We lied. We told. We loved each other too much, not enough, and in ways we weren’t supposed to.
Our invention ratcheted out of control.
What started as a secret society, ended as justice. Revenge. Death. Rebellion.”
I recently put this one in a creepy books wishlist and I haven’t been able to stop thinking about it since I first heard about it. I really think that I need to pick this one up soon because it’s just going to be at the very top of my wishlist until I can read it.