This month will consist mostly of re-reads in preparation for the release of two new books in the series. I will be re-reading the Red Queen series and the Darker Shade of Magic series. As well as re-reads I hope to read a contemporary novel and a very dark and a very twisted book.
Below are all the books I plan on reading-
Red Queen by Victoria Aveyard
This is a world divided by blood – red or silver. The Reds are commoners, ruled by a Silver elite in possession of god-like superpowers. And to Mare Barrow, a seventeen-year-old Red girl from the poverty-stricken Stilts, it seems like nothing will ever change. That is, until she finds herself working in the Silver Palace. Here, surrounded by the people she hates the most, Mare discovers that, despite her red blood, she possesses a deadly power of her own. One that threatens to destroy the balance of power. Fearful of Mare’s potential, the Silvers hide her in plain view, declaring her a long-lost Silver princess, now engaged to a Silver prince. Despite knowing that one misstep would mean her death, Mare works silently to help the Red Guard, a militant resistance group, and bring down the Silver regime. But this is a world of betrayal and lies, and Mare has entered a dangerous dance – Reds against Silvers, prince against prince, and Mare against her own heart.
I started this series last year and absolutely loved it. I loved the characters, the plot and the writing. I am re-reading this book this month because the third book in the series is released and I really want to read the first two books before starting the third.
Glass Sword by Victoria Aveyard
If there’s one thing Mare Barrow knows, it’s that she’s different. Mare’s blood is red – the colour of common folk – but her Silver ability, the power to control lightning, has turned her into a weapon that the royal court wants to control. Pursued by the vengeful Silver king, Mare sets out to find and recruit other Red-and-Silver fighters to join the rebellion. But Mare finds herself on a deadly path, at risk of becoming exactly the kind of monster she is trying to defeat. Will she shatter under the weight of the lives that are the cost of rebellion? Or have treachery and betrayal hardened her forever?
I didn’t think it would be possible to top Red Queen, but when I read Glass Sword last year I thought it knocked Red Queen out of the water. I hope I enjoy reading this book a second time round.
King’s Cage by Victoria Aveyard
Mare Barrow is a prisoner, powerless without her lightning, tormented by her mistakes. She lives at the mercy of a boy she once loved, a boy made of lies and betrayal. Now a king, Maven continues weaving his web in an attempt to maintain control over his country – and his prisoner. As Mare remains trapped in the palace, the remnants of the Red Rebellion continue organizing and expanding. As they prepare for war, no longer able to linger in the shadows, Cal – the exiled prince with his own claim on Mare’s heart – will stop at nothing to bring her back.
I am so excited to start reading the third book in the Red Queen series. I have no idea what is going to happen in the book, but I cant wait to find out. The Red Queen series was one of my favourite new series of last year and I am sure I will love this book as well.
The Roanoke Girls by Amy Engel
The Roanoke girls seem to have it all. But there’s a dark truth about them which is never spoken. Every girl either runs away, or dies. Lane is one of the lucky ones. When she was fifteen, over one long, hot summer at her grandparents’ estate in rural Kansas, she found out what it really means to be a Roanoke girl. Lane ran, far and fast. Until eleven years later, when her cousin Allegra goes missing – and Lane has no choice but to go back. She is a Roanoke girl. Is she strong enough to escape a second time?
I am lucky enough to have been sent a review copy of The Roanoke Girls by the publisher. I can not wait to start this book because I have heard nothing but amazing things about it. Its meant to be dark, gripping and very twisted, which sounds like its going to be a great read.
A Darker Shade of Magic by V. E. Schwab
Most people only know one London; but what if there were several? Kell is one of the last Travelers magicians with a rare ability to travel between parallel Londons. There is Grey London, dirty and crowded and without magic, home to the mad king George III. There is Red London, where life and magic are revered. Then, White London, ruled by whoever has murdered their way to the throne. But once upon a time, there was Black London.
Another re-read I am doing this month is the Darker Shade of Magic trilogy. With the final book being released at the end of this month I really want to read the first two books again to refresh myself on what happened.
A Gathering of Shadows by V. E. Schwab
Kell is one of the last magicians with the ability to travel between parallel universes, linked by the magical city of London. It has been four months since a mysterious obsidian stone fell into his possession and he met Delilah Bard. Four months since the Dane twins of White London fell, and the stone was cast with Holland’s dying body back into Black London. Now Kell is visited by dreams of ominous magical events, waking only to think of Lila. And as Red London prepares for the Element Games an international competition of magic a certain pirate ship draws closer. But another London is coming back to life. The balance of magic is perilous, and for one city to flourish, another must fall.
I adored A Gathering of Shadows when it was released last year. The plot, the characters, the writing, kept me glued to each page of the book. Everything about it was brilliant and I cannot wait to re-read this book again in February.
A Conjuring of Light by V. E. Schwab
The precarious equilibrium among the four Londons has reached its breaking point. Once brimming with the red vivacity of magic, darkness casts a shadow over the Maresh Empire, leaving a space for another London to rise. Kell begins to waver under the pressure of competing loyalties. Meanwhile, an ancient enemy returns to claim a crown and a fallen hero is desperate to save a decaying world.
The final book in the Darker Shade of Magic series. I am beyond excited to read this book. I have been waiting for a year for this book to be released, and now its finally here, I cant wait to start it.
History Is All You Left Me by Adam Silvera
OCD-afflicted seventeen-year-old, Griffin, has just lost his first love – his best friend, ex-boyfriend and the boy he believed to be his ultimate life partner – in a drowning accident. In a desperate attempt to hold onto every last piece of the past, a broken Griffin forges a friendship with Theo’s new college boyfriend, Jackson. And Griffin will stop at nothing to learn every detail of Theo’s new college life, and ultimate death. But as the grieving pair grows closer, readers will question Griffin’s own version of the truth – both in terms of what he’s willing to hide, and what true love ultimately means.
I have seen reviews and posts about History is Ally You Left Me and how amazing the book is, and after reading the description for the book I can tell that its my sort of book. I love reading a great contemporary story and I think this will be one a treasure forever.
What do you plan on reading in February?