We’re nearing the end of the series, and there’s just two posts left! It’s been so long since I added books to my Goodreads Want To Read List, I no longer want to read most of them.
I’m going to choose a few books once a fortnight and Bank Them, keeping them on my Want To Read shelf, or Bin Them, removing them from my wishlist entirely.
In Search Of Us by Ava Dellaira
The author of the beloved Love Letters to the Dead returns with a parallel story of a mother and daughter each at age seventeen. Marilyn’s tale recounts the summer she fell in love and set out on her own path. Angie’s story is about her search for her unknown father.
This sweeping multi-generational love story introduces readers to mother-and-daughter pair Marilyn and Angie. To seventeen-year-old Angie, who is mixed-race, Marilyn is her hardworking, devoted white single mother. But Marilyn was once young, too. When Marilyn was seventeen, she fell in love with Angie’s father, James, who was African-American. But Angie’s never met him, and Marilyn has always told her he died before she was born. When Angie discovers evidence of an uncle she’s never met she starts to wonder: What if her dad is still alive, too? So she sets off on a journey to find him, hitching a ride to LA from her home in New Mexico with her ex-boyfriend, Sam. Along the way, she uncovers some hard truths about herself, her mother, and what truly happened to her father.
Verdict – Bin It
I don’t feel like this story is offering me anything new – after Mamma Mia, stories of girl’s searching for their fathers increased ten fold, and the split POV of a mother and daughter is fairly common too.
The Places I’ve Cried in Public by Holly Bourne
Amelie loved Reese. And she thought he loved her. But she’s starting to realise love isn’t supposed to hurt like this. So now she’s retracing their story and untangling what happened by revisiting all the places he made her cry.
Because if she works out what went wrong, perhaps she can finally learn to get over him.
Verdict – Bank It
This sound positively heartbreaking. I didn’t like the author’s other book, It Only Happens In The Movies but I want to give her a second chance!
Green Rider by Kristen Britain
Karigan G’ladheon always seemed to be getting into a fight, and today was no exception.
But as she trudged through the forest, using her long walk home to contemplate her depressing future – and the expulsion it was bound to hold – a horse burst through the woodland and charged straight for her. The rider was slumped over his mount’s neck with two arrows embedded in his back. Wherever his horse was taking him, he would be dead before they got there.
There’s nothing Karigan can do, as the young man lies dying on the road. He had sworn to carry out his mission as a Green Rider – one of the legendary messengers of the king – and he has a life or death message that must reach King Zachary. Karigan may be unable to save him, but she can deliver his message. He makes her swear to it, to keep it secret and, with his last breath, he warns her to ‘beware the shadow man…’
Pursued by an unknown assassin, following a path only her horse seems to know, and accompanied by the silent specter of the original messenger, Karigan is going to become a legendary Green Rider herself. Caught up in a world of deadly danger and complex magic, compelled by forces she cannot understand, her simple promise to deliver a letter is about to become a race against time… and a race for her life…
Verdict – Bank It
I am obsessed with the cover, and I do think the story sounds really cool. I love stories of characters growing emotionally over multiple books, which seems to be what this series is offering.
Mr. Was by Pete Hautman
A teen goes back in time to prevent his mother’s murder in this riveting read—in trade paperback for the first time.
A secret passageway that leads back in time? Jack can’t believe what he’s discovered, but it’s true: The hidden metal door in his grandfather’s house leads him to 1941. Shaken by his experience, Jack vows not to use the door again. But when his alcoholic father gets drunk one too many times, Jack witnesses his mother’s horrific death and flees back through the door. He plans to stay alive until he can reach the present and prevent his mother’s death. However, with World War II on the horizon, Jack soon finds himself fighting not only for his mother’s life, but for his own.
Verdict – Bank It
The plot is pretty extreme, but I am obsessed with magical doorways and time travel.
Beast: A Tale of Love and Revenge by Lisa Jensen
Filled with magic and fierce emotion, Lisa Jensen’s multilayered novel will make you question all you think you know about beauty, beastliness, and happily ever after.
They say Château Beaumont is cursed. But servant-girl Lucie can’t believe such foolishness about handsome Jean-Loup Christian Henri LeNoir, Chevalier de Beaumont, master of the estate. But when the chevalier’s cruelty is revealed, Lucie vows to see him suffer. A wisewoman grants her wish, with a spell that transforms Jean-Loup into monstrous-looking Beast, reflecting the monster he is inside. But Beast is nothing like the chevalier. Jean-Loup would never patiently tend his roses; Jean-Loup would never attempt poetry; Jean-Loup would never express remorse for the wrong done to Lucie. Gradually, Lucie realizes that Beast is an entirely different creature from the handsome chevalier, with a heart more human than Jean-Loup’s ever was. Lucie dares to hope that noble Beast has permanently replaced the cruel Jean-Loup — until an innocent beauty arrives at Beast’s château with the power to break the spell.
Verdict – Bin It
I can’t believe I added this after seeing it was a Beauty And The Beast retelling, and didn’t stop to think if a name like “Jean-Loup Christian Henri LeNoir” might be a marker that this book was terrible. The Goodreads Community rating is just 3.14!
NOTE: I just read the reviews and this book has a two page graphic rape scene within the first few chapters (by the love interest what the fu-).
Snow Like Ashes by Sara Raasch
A heartbroken girl. A fierce warrior. A hero in the making.
Sixteen years ago the Kingdom of Winter was conquered and its citizens enslaved, leaving them without magic or a monarch. Now, the Winterians’ only hope for freedom is the eight survivors who managed to escape, and who have been waiting for the opportunity to steal back Winter’s magic and rebuild the kingdom ever since.
Orphaned as an infant during Winter’s defeat, Meira has lived her whole life as a refugee, raised by the Winterians’ general, Sir. Training to be a warrior—and desperately in love with her best friend, and future king, Mather — she would do anything to help her kingdom rise to power again.
So when scouts discover the location of the ancient locket that can restore Winter’s magic, Meira decides to go after it herself. Finally, she’s scaling towers, fighting enemy soldiers, just as she’s always dreamed she would. But the mission doesn’t go as planned, and Meira soon finds herself thrust into a world of evil magic and dangerous politics – and ultimately comes to realize that her destiny is not, never has been, her own.
Verdict – Bank It
This is giving me a Shadow And Bone kinda vibe, and if it’s not ridiculously long, might be a really good story.