I have so many books on my physical TBR that I’m really excited for. I almost made a list of ten books I predict will be five star reads for me, but then I got nervous. I was worried I was setting myself up for disappointment. A lot of the books have hype surrounding them. Of course, hype is not something you can necessarily rely on.
The five I chose to put on this list for several reasons. One is I have read books I loved by these authors before, so I know I will love their new books, too. Another reason is the subject matter interests me and when I think about it, I get excited to read. That is how I determine the five books I predict will be five star reads.
Children of Blood and Bone by Tomi Adeyemi
Despite being the most hyped book everywhere right now, I would read Children of Blood and Bone regardless. It is set in a world based on African mythology; something I don’t read enough of and I want to change that. A strong female lead along with several other companions, including a rogue princess, set out to bring magic back to their world. Plus, there’s an evil king and a morally gray prince. And, from what I heard, they ride leopards. How is that not cool?
To Kill a Kingdom by Alexandra Christo
I am basing my expectations for To Kill a Kingdom on several factors. First, I love mermaids, yet I have not read a lot of mermaid books. Second, it is a retelling of The Little Mermaid, with the mermaid being a siren that kills princes and steals hearts—so, she’s not a nice person. Third, she is changed into a mortal as punishment by her mother and is sent to the human world to claim the heart of a prince. Lastly, that prince is a siren hunter. You cannot comprehend how badly I want to read this book right now….
The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas
In regards to The Hate U Give, my five-star expectations are based on hype. It is inspired by the Black Lives Matter movement and follows a young girl torn between two worlds and puts her life on the line when she witnesses her childhood best friend shot unarmed by a police officer. The reviews for The Hate U Give have been nothing but positive. I want to read more diversely in my 20s than I did growing up binging trash like Sweet Valley. I’m hoping The Hate U Give will teach me something, too.
The Price Guide to the Occult by Leslye Walton
The Price Guide to the Occult is Leslye Walton’s second novel, her first in close to five years since her debut The Strange and Beautiful Sorrows of Ava Lavender. Though I remember giving that book four stars, her writing style was beautiful and I believe talent improves the more you work at it. So, if she’s been working on The Price Guide to the Occult for that long, her abilities have likely gotten better since then. The story itself also excites me: generations of witches with secrets causing havoc in their small island community over an ancient spellbook. Of course, it is probably a lot cooler than how I just made it sound.
Lord of Shadows by Cassandra Clare
How much love has this book gotten since it came out? I bought Lord of Shadows not long after I read Lady Midnight, which I did give five stars. However, I learned with authors like Cassandra Clare and Sarah J. Maas, I need to give myself breaks between reading their books due to possible emotional distress. From what I know about Lord of Shadows, “emotional distress” is the definition of the plot. And I need to make sure I’m mentally prepared for anything that might happen.