Can’t Wait Reads for 2019

Hello All!!!

As you may know, I am posting on my blog, twice a week, which is on Sunday and Thursday. So on this lovely Sunday, I am herewith a another post, my Can’t wait Reads for. I am super excited about these books guys, there are so many amazing books that are to be published in. Being said that, these are the top once, that I am totally excited about.

With great difficulty, I have picked 6 books and they are;

1. King of Scars by Leigh Bardugo

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Nikolai Lantsov has always had a gift for the impossible. No one knows what he endured in his country’s bloody civil war—and he intends to keep it that way. Now, as enemies gather at his weakened borders, the young king must find a way to refill Ravka’s coffers, forge new alliances, and stop a rising threat to the once-great Grisha Army.

Yet with every day a dark magic within him grows stronger, threatening to destroy all he has built. With the help of a young monk and a legendary Grisha Squaller, Nikolai will journey to the places in Ravka where the deepest magic survives to vanquish the terrible legacy inside him. He will risk everything to save his country and himself. But some secrets aren’t meant to stay buried—and some wounds aren’t meant to heal. (from Goodreads)

Expected publication: January 29th 2019 by Imprint

2. The Wicked King –  (The Folk of the Air #2) by Holly Black

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You must be strong enough to strike and strike and strike again without tiring.

The first lesson is to make yourself strong.

After the jaw-dropping revelation that Oak is the heir to Faerie, Jude must keep her younger brother safe. To do so, she has bound the wicked king, Cardan, to her, and made herself the power behind the throne. Navigating the constantly shifting political alliances of Faerie would be difficult enough if Cardan were easy to control. But he does everything in his power to humiliate and undermine her even as his fascination with her remains undiminished.

When it becomes all too clear that someone close to Jude means to betray her, threatening her own life and the lives of everyone she loves, Jude must uncover the traitor and fight her own complicated feelings for Cardan to maintain control as a mortal in a Faerie world. (from Goodreads)

Expected publication: January 8th 2019 by Little, Brown Books for Young Readers

3. On the Come Up by Angie Thomas

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Sixteen-year-old Bri wants to be one of the greatest rappers of all time. Or at least make it out of her neighborhood one day. As the daughter of an underground rap legend who died before he hit big, Bri’s got big shoes to fill. But now that her mom has unexpectedly lost her job, food banks and shutoff notices are as much a part of Bri’s life as beats and rhymes. With bills piling up and homelessness staring her family down, Bri no longer just wants to make it—she has to make it.

On the Come Up is Angie Thomas’s homage to hip-hop, the art that sparked her passion for storytelling and continues to inspire her to this day. It is the story of fighting for your dreams, even as the odds are stacked against you; of the struggle to become who you are and not who everyone expects you to be; and of the desperate realities of poor and working-class black families. (from Goodreads)

Expected publication: February 5th 2019 by Balzer + Bray

4. The Gilded Wolves (The Gilded Wolves #1) by Roshani Chokshi

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Set in a darkly glamorous world, The Gilded Wolves is full of mystery, decadence, and dangerous but thrilling adventure.

Paris, 1889: The world is on the cusp of industry and power, and the Exposition Universelle has breathed new life into the streets and dredged up ancient secrets. In this city, no one keeps tabs on secrets better than treasure-hunter and wealthy hotelier, Séverin Montagnet-Alarie. But when the all-powerful society, the Order of Babel, seeks him out for help, Séverin is offered a treasure that he never imagined: his true inheritance.

To find the ancient artifact the Order seeks, Séverin will need help from a band of experts: An engineer with a debt to pay. A historian who can’t yet go home. A dancer with a sinister past. And a brother in all but blood, who might care too much.

Together, they’ll have to use their wits and knowledge to hunt the artifact through the dark and glittering heart of Paris. What they find might change the world, but only if they can stay alive. (from Goodreads)

Expected publication: January 15th 2019 by Wednesday Books

5. The Priory of the Orange Tree by Samantha Shannon

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A world divided.
A queendom without an heir.
An ancient enemy awakens.

The House of Berethnet has ruled Inys for a thousand years. Still unwed, Queen Sabran the Ninth must conceive a daughter to protect her realm from destruction—but assassins are getting closer to her door.

Ead Duryan is an outsider at court. Though she has risen to the position of lady-in-waiting, she is loyal to a hidden society of mages. Ead keeps a watchful eye on Sabran, secretly protecting her with forbidden magic.

Across the dark sea, Tané has trained all her life to be a dragonrider, but is forced to make a choice that could see her life unravel.

Meanwhile, the divided East and West refuse to parley, and forces of chaos are rising from their sleep. (from Goodreads)

Expected publication: February 26th 2019 by Bloomsbury Publishing

6. A Curse So Dark and Lonely (A Curse So Dark and Lonely #1) by Brigid Kemmerer

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Fall in love, break the curse.

It once seemed so easy to Prince Rhen, the heir to Emberfall. Cursed by a powerful enchantress to repeat the autumn of his eighteenth year over and over, he knew he could be saved if a girl fell for him. But that was before he learned that at the end of each autumn, he would turn into a vicious beast hell-bent on destruction. That was before he destroyed his castle, his family, and every last shred of hope.

Nothing has ever been easy for Harper Lacy. With her father long gone, her mother dying, and her brother barely holding their family together while constantly underestimating her because of her cerebral palsy, she learned to be tough enough to survive. But when she tries to save someone else on the streets of Washington, DC, she’s instead somehow sucked into Rhen’s cursed world.

Break the curse, save the kingdom.

A prince? A monster? A curse? Harper doesn’t know where she is or what to believe. But as she spends time with Rhen in this enchanted land, she begins to understand what’s at stake. And as Rhen realizes Harper is not just another girl to charm, his hope comes flooding back. But powerful forces are standing against Emberfall . . . and it will take more than a broken curse to save Harper, Rhen, and his people from utter ruin. (from Goodreads)

Expected publication: January 29th 2019 by Bloomsbury Children’s
Actually I am super excited about reading all these books in 2019. I just hope and pray, that I will get a hold of these books.
That is all for today folks, and do not forget to leave your thoughts and comments below.
Until next Thursday
XOXOX
Hasanthi

TBR for October

Hello All,

Welcome to my blog! Today I am here with my TBR for the month of October. This incudes both physical and eBooks that I am hoping to read within this month.

  1. What lies between us by Nayomi Munaweera
  2. The Midnight star by Marie Lu
  3. All you need to know by Carole Matthews
  4. To hell in a coach bag by M.J.Schiller

Including these four books, there will be more books added to the TBR within the month.

Currently I have started reading, What lies between us, a wonderful book written by the Sri Lankan author, Nayomi Munaweera. Review will be soon!

Do share with me, how many books are you planning to read within the month of October?

Until next post,

XOXOX

Hasanthi

Heartless by Marissa Meyer – Book Review

Hello All!!!!

Few days back I was able to finish my second Marissa Meyer book. If you have been with me for sometime, then you might remember that, I was very much looking forward to read Heartless. Few months back I got the opportunity to read Cinder and fell in love with the writing style of Marissa Meyer. She has this wonderful ability to re-tell stories in a different perspective. Or I can simply put it as re-create.

Let us head into to the review.

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Before she was the Queen of hearts, she was just a girl who wanted to fall in love.

Synopsis

Catherine may be one of the most desired girls in Wonderland, and a favorite of the unmarried King of Hearts, but her interests lie elsewhere. A talented baker, all she wants is to open a shop with her best friend. But according to her mother, such a goal is unthinkable for the young woman who could be the next queen.

Then Cath meets Jest, the handsome and mysterious court joker. For the first time, she feels the pull of true attraction. At the risk of offending the king and infuriating her parents, she and Jest enter into an intense, secret courtship. Cath is determined to define her own destiny and fall in love on her terms. But in a land thriving with magic, madness, and monsters, fate has other plans.

My Review

Well after and while reading the story I was completely enchanted by everything that was included and was completely hooked up till the end.

The story is about Catherine, who loves to bake, but it is against her parents wish. Her mere talent in Culinary arts makes her get the attention of the joyous, King of Hearts. Her parents being the Marquess and Marchioness, they insist that Cath should get married to the King and become the next Queen of Hearts. 

Next enters Jest into the story that gives everything a turn over and ultimately, Cath ends up falling in love with him, instead of the King.

There are some important facts that I found about the story;

  1. The setting of the story was so magical, and it reminded me of a pure and serene environment of hearts, bustling cobble stone streets, women in long dresses and aprons, men working busily, open windows of houses and shops with flower pots, cakes and pies kept on windows, surrounding smells like freshly baked bread… It was like a heaven made on earth.
  2. The characters were so fitting to that setting and both the setting and the characters brought the story to the winning point.
  3. I loved Catherine, who loves to bake and loved all the simple yummy and scrumptious details of the goodies that she bakes.
  4. My favorite male character is Jest, well that is actually because the way he loved Cath and also for the strong man within him. When comparing with the King he has more manly qualities in him. Jest even helps the King to write notes to Catherine by putting his ideas and feelings into them.
  5. The re-telling of Alice in Wonderland is completely successful. I loved the way Marissa Meyer has constructed this story because, I never much liked the story Alice in Wonderland, as a child.
  6. The plot was great. The story was exciting and I simply loved every detail about it, and the way it was delivered to the reader.
  7. Overall the story was wonderful and reading it made me enjoy every bit of it.

 

I went through the blogosphere and saw so many reviews about this books. each article had unique set of ideas and I enjoyed each of them. Some have liked the book while some readers don’t. It totally depends on your own feelings.

I loved this story immensely and would highly recommend it to anyone who loves to read story re-tellings. Because Marissa Meyer is a perfect author who re-creates stories in a wonderful way.

My Rating 

starstarstarstar Exceptional

 

Hope you enjoyed, and don’t forget to leave your comments below about your ideas and thoughts about the book.

Until next post,

XOXOX

Hasanthi