Hello all! March was an amazing reading month for me. I managed 11 books and they were all so awesome. In fact they were that good that I found it nearly impossible to pick just one book for my book of the month, in fact there were three that really stood out to me. Three completely different reads; one a brilliant and thought provoking sci-fi novel, one that focused on the aftermath of the ‘hero’ saving the world and one filled to the brim with rebels and deceptions with a fantastically built magic system.
Despite increasing restrictions on the freedoms of women on Earth, Valerie Black is spearheading the first all-female mission to a planet in the Goldilocks Zone, where conditions are just right for human habitation. The team is humanity’s last hope for survival, and Valerie has gathered the best women for the mission: an ace pilot who is one of the only astronauts ever to have gone to Mars; a brilliant engineer tasked with keeping the ship fully operational; and an experienced doctor to keep the crew alive. And then there’s Naomi
Lovelace, Valerie’s surrogate daughter and the ship’s botanist, who has been waiting her whole life for an opportunity to step out of Valerie’s shadow and make a difference.The problem is that they’re not the authorized crew, even if Valerie was the one to fully plan the voyage. When their mission is stolen from them, they steal the ship bound for the new planet. But when things start going wrong on board, Naomi begins to suspect that someone is concealing a terrible secret — and realizes time for life on Earth may be running out faster than they feared . . .
“The women were stealing a Planet.
They were stealing a future.”
“Earth was such a little, vulnerable thing in the grand scope of the universe.”
“Take a little jaunt to Mars and its shiny new warp ring. Fold space and time. Travel ten and a half light years. Establish a hard colony on an alien planet. Wait for Earth to build the ships to start ferrying people across. Save humanity. Sounds doable enough right?”
This was one of my most anticipated reads of the year and it did not let me down. I have been trying to branch out and read more sci-fi and this book has definitely made me fall in love with the genre. Thought-provoking and sometimes a little horrifying I couldn’t put this one down. Read my full review here.
A decade ago near Chicago, five teenagers defeated the otherworldly enemy known as the Dark One, whose reign of terror brought widespread destruction and death. The seemingly un-extraordinary teens—Sloane, Matt, Ines, Albie, and Esther—had been brought together by a clandestine government agency because one of them was fated to be the “Chosen One,” prophesized to save the world. With the goal achieved, humankind celebrated the victors and began to mourn their lost loved ones.Ten years later, though the champions
remain celebrities, the world has moved forward and a whole, younger generation doesn’t seem to recall the days of endless fear. But Sloane remembers. It’s impossible for her to forget when the paparazzi haunt her every step just as the Dark One still haunts her dreams. Unlike everyone else, she hasn’t moved on; she’s adrift—no direction, no goals, no purpose. On the eve of the Ten Year Celebration of Peace, a new trauma hits the Chosen: the death of one of their own. And when they gather for the funeral at the enshrined site of their triumph, they discover to their horror that the Dark One’s reign never really ended.
“You there? Over the phone, in a whisper, in the dead of night, or right to her face when she spaced out on something. Sloane had been annoyed by the question at first. Of course i’m here, where the fuck else would I be? But now it meant he understood something about her, something about her that they never acknowledged: she couldn’t always say yes.”
“And she would tarnish too. Always famous but always fading, the way old movie stars were, carrying ghosts of their younger selves in their faces.”
“‘ I’m tired of being special,’ Albie said with a shaky laugh. “I’m tired of being celebrated for the worst thing that ever happened to be.'”
I really felt this book when reading it. We always see the hero(s) being celebrated, but no one ever delves into what happens after. I loved every single character in the book, but Sloane will always hold a special place in my heart. An honestly, the book has the biggest twist ever! Read my full review here.
Renata Convida was only a child when she was kidnapped by the King’s Justice and brought to the luxurious palace of Andalucia. As a Robari, the rarest and most feared of the magical Moria, Renata’s ability to steal memories from royal enemies enabled the King’s Wrath, a siege that resulted in the deaths of thousands of her own people. Now Renata is one of the Whispers, rebel spies working against the crown and helping the remaining Moria escape the kingdom bent on their destruction. The Whispers may
have rescued Renata from the palace years ago, but she cannot escape their mistrust and hatred–or the overpowering memories of the hundreds of souls she turned “hollow” during her time in the palace. When Dez, the commander of her unit, is taken captive by the notorious Sangrado Prince, Renata will do anything to save the boy whose love makes her place among the Whispers bearable. But a disastrous rescue attempt means Renata must return to the palace under cover and complete Dez’s top secret mission. Can Renata convince her former captors that she remains loyal, even as she burns for vengeance against the brutal, enigmatic prince? Her life and the fate of the Moria depend on it. But returning to the palace stirs childhood memories long locked away. As Renata grows more deeply embedded in the politics of the royal court, she uncovers a secret in her past that could change the entire fate of the kingdom–and end the war that has cost her everything.
“Sometimes I wonder if a person can have so much regret they drown in it.”
“The need to be hear him and forget everything else is simply us. He’s too free with his heart and I shut down because deep down I don’t deserve to have this kind of happiness. The sight of him warps my thoughts, his voice is like an anchor weighing me down. Sometimes, when I’m alone, I wonder if I’ve stayed with the Whispers for the rebellion, to restore the kingdom of Memoria, to find peace. Or if I’ve stayed for him. Perhaps they are the same thing in the end.”
This book blew me away and , though it started off a little slow, the story picks up rapidly and then takes you on a wild ride full of revolutionaries, love and deception. You can find my full review here.