(This is part of a weekly meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish)
Top Ten Tuesday time! I decided to blog about the young adult fantasy reads I’m hoping to dive in to as I’ve tried to set a goal to read more of them this year. My read count is currently nine – one of which I couldn’t bring myself to finish and another was a re-read – so technically seven. If you have any recommendations then please drop me a comment below as I’d love to know what book to read next.
1. Song of the Current by Sarah Tolcser: I’ve only just recently stumbled across this book and I am so intrigued. A romantic fantasy with a headstrong heroine, smuggling, water gods and ships! Caroline Oresteia is destined for the river. For generations, her family has been called by the river god, who has guided their wherries on countless voyages throughout the Riverlands. Caro decides to take her future into her own hands when her father is arrested for refusing to transport a mysterious crate.
2. The Last Magician by Lisa Maxwell: Did someone say magic in modern day New York? You did? Yas. The Mageus (magic wielders) live in the shadows, hiding who they are. It’s starting to sound a little like Harry Potter but I’m game. Any Mageus who enters Manhattan becomes trapped by the Brink, a dark energy barrier that confines them to the island. Crossing it means losing their power — and often their lives. The wait until July is going to be painful.
3. Dividing Eden by Joelle Charbonneau: A sweeping fantasy about two royal siblings forced to compete for the crown. With their country and their hearts divided, Carys and Andreus will discover exactly what each will do to win the crown. How long before suspicion takes hold and the thirst for power leads to the ultimate betrayal? I’m a lot more excited about this book now than I was when I first heard about it.
4. Wicked Like Wildfire by Lana Popović: A novel about a bargain that binds the fates — and hearts — of twin sisters to a force larger than life. when their mother is mysteriously attacked, the sisters will have to unearth the truth behind the quiet lives their mother has built for them. I haven’t seen a lot of YA books with strong relationships between siblings so I’m interested in how this plays out.
5. Daughter of the Pirate King by Tricia Levenseller: I am really excited to read this. I need more badass pirate ladies in my life. Sent on a mission to retrieve an ancient hidden map—the key to a legendary treasure trove seventeen-year-old pirate captain Alosa deliberately allows herself to be captured by her enemies, giving her the perfect opportunity to search their ship.
6. The Traitor’s Kiss by Erin Beaty: An obstinate girl who will not be married. A soldier desperate to prove himself. A kingdom on the brink of war. I am ready for a political uprising. Give it to me.
7. Mask of Shadows by Linsey Miller: The first book in a duology that features a gender fluid main character, impressive worldbuilding, and fast-paced action. Supposedly tailored towards fans of Sarah J. Maas and Leigh Bardugo, I’m interested to see how this book pans out.
8. Even the Darkest Stars by Heather Fawcett: Set in a fictional Himalayan kingdom, this is the story of a girl enlisted by a legendary explorer to help him climb the kingdom’s deadliest mountain – only to discover that his true mission may threaten her whole world. Are you intrigued because I am intrigued?
9. Frost Blood by Elly Blake: The frost king will burn. Ruby is a Fireblood who has concealed her powers of heat and flame from the cruel Frostblood ruling class her entire life. But when her mother is killed trying to protect her, and rebel Frostbloods demand her help to overthrow their bloodthirsty king, she agrees to come out of hiding, desperate to have her revenge.
10. Children of Blood and Bone by Tomi Adeyemi: When a book blogger becomes an author. Hell yaas. Zélie Adebola remembers when the soil of Orïsha hummed with magic. Burners ignited flames, Tiders beckoned waves, and Zelie’s Reaper mother summoned forth souls. Danger lurks in Orïsha, where snow leoponaires prowl and vengeful spirits wait in the waters. Yet the greatest danger may be Zélie herself as she struggles to control her powers—and her growing feelings for the enemy.