September was a pretty good reading month for me! I got through ten books, and managed to complete my Goodreads reading goal for the year *woohoo*. I was also treated to nine amazing, and surprisingly different books. This was another month I struggled to narrow down my favourites, but I’ve managed to pick a top three.
Avi Hirsch has always known his daughter was different. But when others with incredible, otherworldly gifts reveal themselves to the world, Avi realizes that her oddness is something more—that she is something more. With this, he has a terrifying revelation: Emmeline is now entering a society where her unique abilities unfairly mark her as a potential threat. And even though he is her father, Avi cannot keep her safe forever. Emmeline soon meets
others just like her: Carrie Norris, a teenage girl who can turn invisible . . . but just wants to be seen. Fahima Deeb, a woman with an uncanny knack for machinery . . . but it’s her Muslim faith that makes the U.S. government suspicious of her.They are the nobody people—ordinary individuals with extraordinary gifts who want one only thing: to live as equals in an America that is gripped by fear and hatred. But the government is passing discriminatory laws. Violent mobs are taking to the streets. And one of their own—an angry young man seething with self-loathing—has used his power in an act of mass violence that has put a new target on the community. The nobody people must now stand together and fight for their future, or risk falling apart.
“I actually don’t care what you do, Avi.’ Patrick says. ‘I never have. But I’d ask yourself if you’re helping Emmeline by staying in her life. Or if you’re blundering around, doing more harm than good because you can’t imagine the world as anything but a story with you as the main character.”
“I don’t like either of you,’ Fahima says, hiding her smile. None of them get to joke anymore. She has to hold onto moments like this to remember what the fuck they’re even fighting for. Stupid jokes and the right to pay too much for a pretty hijab. To feel like a person and not a point of contention, all day, her whole life.”
Nobody people really blew me away, filled with social commentary and characters that draw out some really mixed emotions from us as readers. It shows the depravity of humanity, and unfortunately much of what is shown is happening in todays society, not to people with superpowers, just regular people like you and me, looking for a better life.
After her mother dies in an accident, sixteen-year-old Bree Matthews wants nothing to do with her family memories or childhood home. A residential program for bright high schoolers at UNC–Chapel Hill seems like the perfect escape—until Bree witnesses a magical attack her very first night on campus. A flying demon feeding on human energies. A secret society of so called “Legendborn” students that hunt the creatures down. And a mysterious teenage mage who calls himself a “Merlin”
and who attempts—and fails—to wipe Bree’s memory of everything she saw. The mage’s failure unlocks Bree’s own unique magic and a buried memory with a hidden connection: the night her mother died, another Merlin was at the hospital. Now that Bree knows there’s more to her mother’s death than what’s on the police report, she’ll do whatever it takes to find out the truth, even if that means infiltrating the Legendborn as one of their initiates. She recruits Nick, a self-exiled Legendborn with his own grudge against the group, and their reluctant partnership pulls them deeper into the society’s secrets—and closer to each other. But when the Legendborn reveal themselves as the descendants of King Arthur’s knights and explain that a magical war is coming, Bree has to decide how far she’ll go for the truth and whether she should use her magic to take the society down—or join the fight.
“Some truths only tragedy can teach. The first one I learned is that when people acknowledge your pain, they want your pain to acknowledge them back. They need to witness it in real time, or else you’re not doing your part.”
“Love is a powerful thing, more powerful than blood, although both run through us like a river.”
“power taken and not returned incurs a debt. And the universe, and the debt, will always come to collect, one way or another.”
This was such a fun and fast paced read that dealt brilliantly with grief. Filled with overly loveable characters, Arthurian legend and a kick ass female MC. This is a world I won’t hesitate to come back to.
The emperor’s reign has lasted for decades, his mastery of bone shard magic powering the animal-like constructs that maintain law and order. But now his rule is failing, and revolution is sweeping across the Empire’s many islands. Lin is the emperor’s daughter and spends her days trapped in a palace of locked doors and dark secrets. When her father refuses to recognise her as heir to the throne, she vows to prove her worth by mastering the forbidden art of bone
shard magic. Yet such power carries a great cost, and when the revolution reaches the gates of the palace, Lin must decide how far she is willing to go to claim her birthright – and save her people.
“Danila looked at the tattoo, and then at my face. Her eyes narrowed, then widened ‘Jovis,’ she said in a whisper. “You’re that smuggler.’ ‘I’d prefer most successful smuggler in the last 100 years, but I’ll settle for that smuggler.”
“When everyone was asleep, I felt alone in the world. There was a comfort in that loneliness, the soft touch of black silk wrapped around me, hiding me away. My father might have ruled the Empire, but when he was asleep, when Bayan and all the servants were asleep, this Palace was my Kingdom.”
Love books told from multiple POV’s, with a rich and intriguing magic system and world building to die for… well then look no further. I fell a little in love with every character in this book and am eagerly anticipating the sequel.