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Ten Books I Want to Read in 2018

I recently talked about the three books I wanted to read this semester, but I’ve since gotten rid of two of those books and the list is different now. So today, I’m going to do an updated version of that list, albeit for the entirety of 2018 instead of only this semester.

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  1. Furyborn by Claire Legrand // Two women, separated by a millennia, possess the powers prophesied to belong only to the Sun Queen, a queen of light and salvation, and the Blood Queen, a queen of destruction.
  2. Crooked Kingdom by Leigh Bardugo // Six criminals face the aftermath of attempting to pull off an impossible heist.
  3. Lord of Shadows by Cassandra Clare // A family of demon hunters tries to prevent a war between Nephilim and half-demon creatures.
  4. Truthwitch by Susan Dennard // A witch with the ability to tell truth from lie is on the run from enemies who wish to use her power for their personal gain.
  5. Lair of Dreams by Libba Bray // Diviners (people with special powers) must protect New York City from a mysterious sleeping sickness that may be linked to their own powers.
  6. A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J. Maas // A Beauty and the Beast retelling about a woman who is taken for murdering a wolf that turned out to be a faerie.
  7. An Ember in the Ashes by Sabaa Tahir // A slave and a soldier try to survive in a Roman Empire-inspired fantasy world.
  8. Ace of Shades by Amanda Foody // A young woman must travel to the City of Sin to find her missing parent.
  9. The Falconer by Elizabeth May // A hunter of the fae seeks to save the world and avenge her mother’s murder.
  10. Strange the Dreamer by Laini Taylor // A young librarian sets out on an adventure to find the lost city of Weep.

That’s my updated list of books I want to read in 2018! I’ve owned many of them (items 2-7) for years and want to read them before I stop being excited about them. Starting in May, I will only (or mostly) be reading books from this list; all other books need to wait until I finally get through these ones, which are the ones I am most likely to enjoy. We’ll see if this list goes better than the last one!

 

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Top 5 Wednesday: Auto-Buy Fantasy Authors

Top 5 Wednesday is a weekly book meme hosted by Sam from Thoughts on Tomes. This week’s topic is Auto-Buy SFF Authors. (I don’t read Sci-Fi, so I will only be mentioning Fantasy authors.)

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  1. Leigh Bardugo – Leigh Bardugo writes excellent morally gray characters, from the villain in her first series (who is my favorite villain of all time), to her main characters in the Six of Crows duology. There are only two books by her that I haven’t read, though I do own them and plan to read them soon.
  2. Cassandra Clare – Cassandra Clare writes the Shadowhunter Chronicles, which is a world that I love. Her characters aren’t the best I’ve ever read about, but I can’t get enough of the world. (And the characters do get better with each series she writes about, which is great.) She will likely be one of my auto-buy authors for years until the Shadowhunters Chronicles are finished.
  3. Sarah J. Maas – This one is interesting because I buy all of Sarah J. Mass’s books, but I don’t love them. There are several books by her that I’ve enjoyed, though they are more annoying than enjoyable. Still, I keep buying and reading all of them.
  4. V.E. Schwab – I’ve only read this author’s Adult books (she publishes Young Adult books under the name Victoria Schwab), and I haven’t loved any of them. However, her stories are easy to read and I like her as a person, so I keep buying and reading her books.
  5. Amanda Foody – This is another case of liking the author as a person. I haven’t read either of her two books yet, though her new book, Ace of Shades, just came out and I plan to read it in either April or May. Once I read that, I will figure out for sure if Foody is going to keep being one of my auto-buy authors.

Are there any Sci-Fi or Fantasy authors who are on your auto-buy list? If so, who are they?

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“Waiting On” Wednesday: Ace of Shades by Amanda Foody

“Waiting On” Wednesday is a weekly event that was hosted by Breaking the Spine, in which people talk about a book they are highly anticipating. For me this week, that book is Ace of Shades by Amanda Foody.

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Book title: Ace of Shades (The Shadow Game #1)
Author: Amanda Foody
Publication date: April 10, 2018

Summary:

Welcome to the City of Sin, where casino families reign, gangs infest the streets…
and secrets hide in every shadow.

Enne Salta was raised as a proper young lady, and no lady would willingly visit New Reynes, the so-called City of Sin. But when her mother goes missing, Enne must leave her finishing school—and her reputation—behind to follow her mother’s trail to the city where no one survives uncorrupted.

Frightened and alone, her only lead is a name: Levi Glaisyer. Unfortunately, Levi is not the gentleman she expected—he’s a street lord and a con man. Levi is also only one payment away from cleaning up a rapidly unraveling investment scam, so he doesn’t have time to investigate a woman leading a dangerous double life. Enne’s offer of compensation, however, could be the solution to all his problems.

Their search for clues leads them through glamorous casinos, illicit cabarets and into the clutches of a ruthless mafia donna. As Enne unearths an impossible secret about her past, Levi’s enemies catch up to them, ensnaring him in a vicious execution game where the players always lose. To save him, Enne will need to surrender herself to the city…

And she’ll need to play.