By Alia Khan
Happy New Years everyone! I hope you had an amazing 2018 and got to read some fantastic books. For me, it was kind of a hit and miss. There were definitely some great reads but some huge disappointments as well. Well, it’s a new year and I’m definitely off to a way better start! I just finished Tempests and Slaughter by Tamora Pierce, which I thoroughly enjoyed. While I was deciding what books to read this month, I thought I’d share with you my January TBR.
- The Rose & The Dagger by Renee AhdiehThis is the second book of a duology and it’s also a retelling of 1001 Arabian Nights, which I used to love as a kid. I read the first book, The Wrath and the Dawn last summer and I really enjoyed it. It’s a slow burn romance with a bit of magic. I don’t typically read romance novels but I got pulled into Khalid and Shazi’s story very quickly. I’m also really liking duologies more and more, you get to immerse yourself in the authors’ world without having to commit to a full blown series (ahem… Throne of Glass, much?).
Here’s a quick summary of The Wrath and the Dawn, so I don’t spoil the story for you, in case you’re thinking of reading it:
In a land ruled by a murderous boy-king, each dawn brings heartache to a new family. Khalid, the eighteen-year-old Caliph of Khorasan, is a monster. Each night he takes a new bride only to have a silk cord wrapped around her throat come morning. When sixteen-year-old Shahrzad’s dearest friend falls victim to Khalid, Shahrzad vows vengeance and volunteers to be his next bride. Shahrzad is determined not only to stay alive, but to end the caliph’s reign of terror once and for all.
Night after night, Shahrzad beguiles Khalid, weaving stories that enchant, ensuring her survival, though she knows each dawn could be her last. But something she never expected begins to happen: Khalid is nothing like what she’d imagined him to be. This monster is a boy with a tormented heart. Incredibly, Shahrzad finds herself falling in love. How is this possible? It’s an unforgivable betrayal. Still, Shahrzad has come to understand all is not as it seems in this palace of marble and stone. She resolves to uncover whatever secrets lurk and, despite her love, be ready to take Khalid’s life as retribution for the many lives he’s stolen. Can their love survive this world of stories and secrets? (from Goodreads)
- Once Upon a River by Diane SetterfieldI’m reading this book with a couple of my friends. I first saw this on someone’s Goodreads and I was immediately interested by the name and the cover. It seems like it’s going to be several stories within stories. I love when novels share real mythology with its own twists, or create entirely new ones, so I’m pretty excited to dive into this book. I read the first few pages today and I can tell you I’m already hooked!
Here’s the summary:
A dark midwinter’s night in an ancient inn on the Thames. The regulars are entertaining themselves by telling stories when the door bursts open on an injured stranger. In his arms is the drowned corpse of a little child.
Hours later the dead girl stirs, takes a breath and returns to life.
Is it a miracle?
Is it magic?
Or can it be explained by science? (from Goodreads)
- Wolf by Wolf by Ryan GraudinI don’t know what possessed me to pick up ANOTHER series but hereee we go! Luckily it’s only two books, or technically 2.5 since there’s also a novella. The story sounds like a lot of fun though and I feel like it’s going to be one of those, ‘I have to read it one sitting so I can know what happens ASAP’ type books. Which is what I WISH I could do but I’m reading this with a couple of friends and we’ve decided to do about two chapters a week. Well, we’ll see how long THAT lasts.
Here’s the summary:
Her story begins on a train.
The year is 1956, and the Axis powers of the Third Reich and Imperial Japan rule. To commemorate their Great Victory, Hitler and Emperor Hirohito host the Axis Tour: an annual motorcycle race across their conjoined continents. The victor is awarded an audience with the highly reclusive Adolf Hitler at the Victor’s Ball in Tokyo.
Yael, a former death camp prisoner, has witnessed too much suffering, and the five wolves tattooed on her arm are a constant reminder of the loved ones she lost. The resistance has given Yael one goal: Win the race and kill Hitler. A survivor of painful human experimentation, Yael has the power to skinshift and must complete her mission by impersonating last year’s only female racer, Adele Wolfe. This deception becomes more difficult when Felix, Adele twin’s brother, and Luka, her former love interest, enter the race and watch Yael’s every move.
But as Yael grows closer to the other competitors, can she bring herself to be as ruthless as she needs to be to avoid discovery and complete her mission? (from Goodreads)
And that’s it! I hope I’m able to get through these books! I’m starting a new co-op for school and I have bunch of extracurricular stuff on the side, so life keeps me pretty busy. But you gotta make time for a good book!
Let me know what you’re reading this month in the comments below 🙂