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Squuueeeeee so it is officially the last week of July and therefore the last part of the alphabet extravanganza that has been Top 5 Tuesday these past few weeks. It was so much more difficult that I expected to find books with every letter, and I did have to cheat so many times and ignore the words ‘the’ and ‘a’ in order to actually complete it.
This week, I have a mix of: letters I have so many recommendations for and other letters I struggled with so much. There’s literally no books beginning with V or X, I swear it. So expect lots of books I haven’t had a chance to read yet, but that I’m still very excited for! (and expect lots of books beginning with W to make up for the fact I have a big fat zero for X…)
The letter U
Unbroken – Brooklyn Ray
So I haven’t quite read this one yet, but I’m hoping I get a chance to soon. This book is about Victor, who moves into an old haunted house. And of course falls in love with the witch turned demon who is bound to the house. Yes please, sign me up, I am here for this trope!
Upright Women Wanted by Sarah Gailey
Publishing early 2020, this book tells the story of Esther, a stowaway who’s trying to escape her arranged marriage. The arranged marriage to a guy who used to be engaged to best friend and love of her life before her execution. Queer librarians, resistance fighting and spies, this book sounds excellent. Queer librarians will sell me every time!
The Unspoken Name by A.K Larkwood
Another publishing early 2020, this book has everything that makes me want to scream about fantasy: religion, venegful gods, sacrificial magic (and I think it’s f/f?!!) Csorwe is destined to give herself up as sacrifice to her gods. However, on the eve of her foretold death, a poweful mage offers her freedom, if she’ll become his thief, assassin and spy. This is the story of a villain’s sidekick – and that is something I never knew I wanted until I heard about this book and now I can think of nothing better!
The letter V
Viper by Bex Hogan
I love pirates. I just do. So of course this seafaring adventure with a female lead caught my eye! Marianne is fated to one day become the Viper, the legendary defender of the Twelve Isles. But until that day, the current Viper rules the seas in a murderous and venegful way. Oh and the current Viper is her father. This sounds like a thrilling pirate adventure with lots of family drama and hopefully eyeliner wearing pirates.
The letter X
I’m sorry book bloggers, for I have failed.
I have nothing beginning with X. I did find book I thought sounded interesting but I was concerend about potential for problematic content so I read the reviews, and they confirmed my concerns – hence I don’t feel comfortable recommending it to people!
So instead of books beginning with the letter X, here’s some containing the letter X….
I’m very sorry for my failure….Have lots of W books instead!
The letter W
The Wicker King – K. Ancrum
This book is absolutely mindblowing, from the design of the book (would highly recommend reading a print copy over eBook if you’re able!) to the poetic prose. The book follows August as he watches best friend Jack slowly succumb to degenerative hallucinatory disorder. No review I could ever write can do this book justice, but I did try and you can find out my full thoughts here.
We Hunt the Flame – Hafsah Faizal
What a debut fantasy this was! We Hunt the Flame is an Ancient Arabia inspired fantasy, involving broody assassins, amazing bros, fierce hunter women who is an ace with a bow (YES), and a creepy and disturbing villain who is slowly taking over the entire land… Check out my full review here!
Wicked Saints – Emily A Duncan
Another great fantasy debut this year, Wicked Saints has so many of my absolute favourite things in fantasy: blood magic, religion, Gods who commune with people, sassy bisexual icons, dark broody monsters….I could go on. Plus the cover is just stunning on my bookshelf. Check out my full review here!
We are Totally Normal – Rahul Kanakia
I am so here for queer couples of covers. There’s been a sweep of just stunning queer covers recently and this is another! Publishing in early 2020, We are Totally Normal is a YA, coming-out love story about labels and what it means to be normal. When Dave and Nandan hook up at a party, despite not being into guys before, Nandan vows to give it a shot but struggles when everyone starts to look at him differently.
Wicked Fox – Kat Cho
Eeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee I am so excited for this book! I was waiting for it be delivered for almost 2 months, and it finally arrived and so I’m definitely planning to read this one in July. “Gu Miyoung has a secret – she’s a gumiho, a nine-tailed fox who must devour the energy of men in order to survive.” Ummmmmmm yes?! I’ve heard such great things about the romance in this (as in, I’ve heard people it describe as one of their favourite YA romances ever) so I can’t wait to start reading!
The Letter Y
You Asked for Perfect – Laura Silverman
This book hurt my heart because it hit very close to home: featuring a teen struggling to feel good abotu himself, who always needs to be the best to feel worthwhile, and who suddenly fails his first test and everything slowly falls apart.
The letter Z
I actually have a book for Z! Yes! Although again, I haven’t technically read this one yet…
Ziggy, Stardust and Me – James Brandon
Set in the 1970’s, this book follows a teen in a time where homosexuality was still considered a mental illness, as they fall for someone they really don’t want to. It looks to be quite a difficult read, with discussions around homophobia and queer conversion therapy, but despite how hard-hitting this will be, I think it sounds phenomenal.
And that’s it for this week! I can’t believe I made it to the end of the alphabet – and with only one letter I totally failed on!
I can’t wait to see what everyone put this week (especially for letter X!!!)
Rach + Draco