I thought I would do something a little different on the blog today and put out some recommendations from books I have read and loved, and want to read. As a writer I never want to loose my love of reading and so I make time to read for an hour each day, and sharing that with you guys is something I want to do each month. You can also give me your recommendations.
Red Queen by Victoria Aveyard
Blurb: 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 ...
Thoughts: I have never wanted to read a book more than this one. The blurb is so gripping and I just can't wait to dig my claws into this story.
Beltane by Alys West
Blurb: Finn McCloud is a druid, connected by magic to the earth. He’s made a big mistake; one he expects to pay for with his life. Maeve Blackwell has plans for a new start, free of the façade she so carefully maintains. At Beltane, the Celtic festival of fire on 1st May, all her preparations will come to fruition. Struggling artist, Zoe Rose is in Glastonbury to work on the illustrations for a book about King Arthur. But when she arrives at Anam Cara, the healing retreat run by Maeve, it’s not the haven she hoped for.
Maeve isn’t the warm-hearted, hippy she expected and Zoe can’t help feeling there’s something very odd about the place. Is it coincidence that the other guests become ill after Maeve’s given them healing? And why did the Green Man carved on a tree in the garden, which she’d felt inexplicably drawn to, mysteriously vanish during a thunderstorm? As if that wasn’t enough, the weird dreams she’d had all her life are getting worse. Every night she dreams of a handsome stranger. Then, the day after the thunderstorm, she meets Finn. Realising he’s the man she’s dreamt of (not that she’s going to tell him that!) she’s forced to accept that her dreams are premonitions.
With Beltane fast approaching Finn knows that Maeve must be stopped. He’s torn between wanting to protect Zoe from the supernatural world and his desire to be with her. And the more time they spend together the harder it is to keep secrets from her. When Zoe’s dreams reveal that at Beltane both their lives will be in terrible danger, it’s clear that only by trusting each other can they have any hope of defeating Maeve.
Thoughts: I freaking loved this story. When my editor wrote about her friends book I took a look and when I found the above blurb I knew it would be an amazing story. I was put in contact with Alys and was given a free copy for review, and it was brilliant. More than I could have ever wanted in a book, this debut is something you'll want to get your hands on.
Cipher by Aileen Erin
Blurb: Alone and on the run, Cipher doesn't talk about her secrets, her powers, or the people chasing her. She can’t let anyone get that close. At least, she shouldn’t.
Knight is working undercover for the bad guys. He’s done things that have marked his soul, but it’ll all be worth it if he can save the girl who means everything to him—the girl who saved his life by putting herself in danger. It’s been twelve years, but Knight knows she’s still alive, and he’s made it his mission to find her and keep her safe. When Knight finally catches up to Cipher, electricity sparks. He’s crazy gorgeous, stupid brilliant, and begging to lift the burden from Cipher’s shoulders. Can she really trust him with her secrets? With her life?
She doesn’t have long to decide, because Knight isn’t the only who’s been looking for her. Now Cipher can’t run without leaving him behind. What good is being together if they’re both dead? To save Knight, Cipher will finally stop running…one way or another.
Thoughts: This book blew me away. I was looking for a way to fuel my fantasy ideas but what I found instead was a book series that took hold of my heart and made me fall in love. This series not only has a superpower element but it also has an action element with hints of romance and honestly they all gelled together perfectly to create a story you won't want to put down.
Those are my three recommendations for this month. Do you have any books that I should be reading? Let me know in the comments!