Hello readers ! April isn’t a big month for new book releases, but there are a few great books coming out in the next couple of weeks.
Here are the four new releases that caught my eye 👀, and that might join my bookshelve real soon.
Author: Madeline Miller
Publisher: Lee Boudreaux Books
Release date: 10/04/2018
Synopsis: In the house of Helios, god of the sun and mightiest of the Titans, a daughter is born. But Circe is a strange child–not powerful, like her father, nor viciously alluring like her mother. Turning to the world of mortals for companionship, she discovers that she does possess power–the power of witchcraft, which can transform rivals into monsters and menace the gods themselves.
Threatened, Zeus banishes her to a deserted island, where she hones her occult craft, tames wild beasts and crosses paths with many of the most famous figures in all of mythology, including the Minotaur, Daedalus and his doomed son Icarus, the murderous Medea, and, of course, wily Odysseus.
But there is danger, too, for a woman who stands alone, and Circe unwittingly draws the wrath of both men and gods, ultimately finding herself pitted against one of the most terrifying and vengeful of the Olympians. To protect what she loves most, Circe must summon all her strength and choose, once and for all, whether she belongs with the gods she is born from, or the mortals she has come to love.
Thoughts: Her name might not sound familiar, but you’ve probably already heard about Madeline Miller. Indeed, she’s the author of the best-selling novel The Song of Achille. Both this novel and Circe, her new book, are based on and inspired by the greek mythology. If you know me, then you know that’s exactly the kind of things I love.
Author: Veronica Roth
Publisher: Katherine Tegen Books
Release date: 10/04/2018
Synopsis: Fate brought them together. Now it will divide them.
The lives of Cyra Noavek and Akos Kereseth are ruled by their fates, spoken by the oracles at their births. The fates, once determined, are inescapable.
Akos is in love with Cyra, in spite of his fate: He will die in service to Cyra’s family. And when Cyra’s father, Lazmet Noavek—a soulless tyrant, thought to be dead—reclaims the Shotet throne, Akos believes his end is closer than ever.
As Lazmet ignites a barbaric war, Cyra and Akos are desperate to stop him at any cost. For Cyra, that could mean taking the life of the man who may—or may not—be her father. For Akos, it could mean giving his own. In a stunning twist, the two will discover how fate defines their lives in ways most unexpected.
Thoughts: Last year, Veronica Roth, author of the Divergent Saga, made her big return with Carve The Mark. To be completely honest, I didn’t read this book and don’t think I will. But this sequel is still a hot new release and I’m sure many are looking forward to it.
Auhtor: Becky Albertalli
Publisher: Balzer + Bray
Release date: 24/04/2018
Synospsis: When it comes to drumming, Leah Burke is usually on beat—but real life isn’t always so rhythmic.
She’s an anomaly in her friend group: the only child of a young, single mom, and her life is decidedly less privileged. She loves to draw but is too self-conscious to show it. And even though her mom knows she’s bisexual, she hasn’t mustered the courage to tell her friends—not even her openly gay BFF, Simon.
So Leah really doesn’t know what to do when her rock-solid friend group starts to fracture in unexpected ways. With prom and college on the horizon, tensions are running high.
It’s hard for Leah to strike the right note while the people she loves are fighting—especially when she realizes she might love one of them more than she ever intended.
Thoughts: For a little while now, I’ve been meaning to read a Becky Albertalli book. First, because I want to read Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens before watching the movie adaptation. Plus, everyone seems to be in love with her books. So I think I will read Simon first, since Leah on the Offbeat is a sort of sequel, and then read Leah.
Author: Adrienne Young
Publisher: Wednesday Books
Release date: 24/04/2018
Synopsis: OND ELDR. BREATHE FIRE.
Raised to be a warrior, seventeen-year-old Eelyn fights alongside her Aska clansmen in an ancient, rivalry against the Riki clan. Her life is brutal but simple: fight and survive. Until the day she sees the impossible on the battlefield—her brother, fighting with the enemy—the brother she watched die five years ago.
Faced with her brother’s betrayal, she must survive the winter in the mountains with the Riki, in a village where every neighbor is an enemy, every battle scar possibly one she delivered. But when the Riki village is raided by a ruthless clan thought to be a legend, Eelyn is even more desperate to get back to her beloved family.
She is given no choice but to trust Fiske, her brother’s friend, who sees her as a threat. They must do the impossible: unite the clans to fight together, or risk being slaughtered one by one. Driven by a love for her clan and her growing love for Fiske, Eelyn must confront her own definition of loyalty and family while daring to put her faith in the people she’s spent her life hating.
Thoughts: This is a debut novel for Adrienne Young, and already it’s making a lot of noise. I am really curious about this book. The Goodreads reviews are amazing. Plus, Vikings and a bad-ass woman? Count me in.