THE FAE RADAR is a new prompt on The Night Faerie blog that features categorized books that I’ve recently discovered.
Hi folks! Penguin Teen recently revealed 6 gorgeous covers all at the same time (check them out here). Because of their post, I discovered new amazing reads to add to my bottomless TBR pit (whoops! #sorrynotsorry). One of those books is from an Asian author I really love!
Today I am going to share my thoughts on these newly radar-detected reads that I am so excited for and I hope at least one catches your eye too!
A RIVER OF ROYAL BLOOD by Amanda Joy
Seventeen-year-old Eva is a princess, born with the magick of blood and bone–a dark and terrible magic that hasn’t been seen in so long, the knowledge on how to wield its power has been lost to history. She wants nothing to do with the magick or with the Ivory Throne and heavy responsibility of leading her fractured country. But she has little choice. If she can’t learn to harness the magick inside her by her nameday, she’ll die at the hands of the Rival Heir. Her older sister Isadore, whose magick of light and persuasion is more glamorous but no less dangerous than Eva’s, holds the hearts and alliances of the Court, and is widely favored to win the crown. Because in the Queendom of Myre, only the strongest, most ruthless rulers can ascend to the throne, and princesses kill for the right to do so.
When an assassin attacks Eva weeks before the competition is set to begin, she discovers there is more to the attempt on her life than meets the eye–and it isn’t just her sister who wants to see her dead. Although humans have ruled Myre since the Great War, with fey holding only the illusion of power, bloodkin banned from noble society, and the despised khimaer forced to live in the Enclosures, unrest is growing, and someone is using the naming of the True Heir as a smokescreen for political gain.
As tensions escalate, alliances are tested and family secrets are revealed, and Eva turns to the help of an instructor of mythic proportions and a mysterious khimaer prince to grow her magick into something to fear. Because despite the love she still has for her sister and the childhood memories they share, Eva will have to choose: Isa’s death, or her own; her freedom, or the Queendom.
Okay that cover is probably the most gorgeous of them all. It reminds me of some Roman setting and I love the colors! The blurb definitely has a Three Dark Crowns story going on but I can’t wait to see how different this one will be.
SONG OF THE CRIMSON FLOWER by Julie C. Dao
Will love break the spell? After cruelly rejecting Bao, the poor fisherman who loves her, Lan, a wealthy nobleman’s daughter, regrets her actions. So when she finds Bao’s prized flute floating in his boat near her house, she takes it into her care, not knowing that his soul has been trapped inside it by an evil witch, who cursed Bao, telling him that only love will set him free. Though Bao now despises her, Lan vows to make amends and help break the spell.
Together, the two travel across the continent, finding themselves in the presence of greatness in the forms of the Great Forest’s Empress Jade and Commander Wei. They journey with Wei, getting tangled in the webs of war, blood magic, and romance along the way. Will Lan and Bao being to break the spell that’s been placed upon them? Or will they be doomed to live out their lives with black magic running through their veins?
In this fantastical tale of darkness and love, some magical bonds are stronger than blood.
I AM SO EXCITED FOR THIS ONE. That cover is pretty and so minimalist but I bet it will be one beast of a book. And it is set in the same world as FOTL, a few years after KOTBP!!!
AS MANY NOWS AS I CAN GET by Shana Youngdahl
In one impulsive moment the summer before they leave for college, overachievers Scarlett and David plunge into an irresistible swirl of romance, particle physics, and questionable decisions. Told in non-linear, vivid first-person chapters, As Many Nows As I Can Get is the story of a grounded girl who’s pulled into a lightning-strike romance with an electric-charged boy, and the enormity of the aftermath. Cerebral, accessible, bold, and unconventionally romantic, this is a powerful debut about grief, guilt, and reconciling who you think you need to be with the person you’ve been all along.
Okay if A RIVER OF ROYAL BLOOD was my fave cover then this is a close second. And the plot sounds like a good contemporary I might actually enjoy. I look forward to reading this one.
RULES FOR VANISHING by Kate Alice Marshall
Once a year, the path appears in the forest and Lucy Gallows beckons. Who is brave enough to find her–and who won’t make it out of the woods?
It’s been exactly one year since Sara’s sister, Becca, disappeared, and high school life has far from settled back to normal. With her sister gone, Sara doesn’t know whether her former friends no longer like her…or are scared of her, and the days of eating alone at lunch have started to blend together. When a mysterious text message invites Sara and her estranged friends to “play the game” and find local ghost legend Lucy Gallows, Sara is sure this is the only way to find Becca–before she’s lost forever. And even though she’s hardly spoken with them for a year, Sara finds herself deep in the darkness of the forest, her friends–and their cameras–following her down the path. Together, they will have to draw on all of their strengths to survive. The road is rarely forgiving, and no one will be the same on the other side.
“Anyone can follow the road. But few will leave it alive”. Isn’t that dreadfully chilling? And intriguing too. Oh dear. My TBR is getting dreadfully deadly. Did I mention how dreadful my situation is?
WE SPEAK IN STORMS by Natalie Lund
It’s been more than 50 years since a tornado tore through a drive-in movie theater in tiny Mercer, Illinois, leaving dozens of teens — a whole generation of Mercerites — dead in its wake. So when another tornado touches down in the exact same spot on the anniversary of this small-town tragedy, the town is shaken. For Brenna Ortiz, Joshua Calloway, and Callie Keller, the apprehension is more than just a feeling. Though they seem to share nothing more than a struggle to belong, the teens’ paths continue to intersect, bringing them together when they least expect it, and perhaps, when they need it most. Both the living and the dead have secrets and unresolved problems, but they may be able to find peace and move forward–if only they work together.
A beautifully told, haunting yet hopeful novel about pushing past the pain, facing the world, and finding yourself.
I love title but the cover? Not my type. Based on the given blurb, I don’t think I’ll be reading this book any time soon, but I’d still like to. Maybe when I’ve cleared down my TBR a bit.
ALL THE BAD APPLES by Moïra Fowley-Doyle
The day after the funeral all our mourning clothes hung out on the line like sleeping bats. ‘This will be really embarrassing,’ I kept saying to my family, ‘when she shows up at the door in a week or two.’
When Deena’s wild and mysterious sister Mandy disappears – presumed dead – her family are heartbroken. But Mandy has always been troubled. It’s just another bad thing to happen to Deena’s family. Only Deena refuses to believe it’s true.
And then the letters start arriving. Letters from Mandy, claiming that their family’s blighted history is not just bad luck or bad decisions – but a curse, handed down through the generations. Mandy has gone in search of the curse’s roots, and now Deena must find her. What they find will heal their family’s rotten past – or rip it apart forever.
This cover is so surreal and I get lost in those pretty eyes whenever I look to closely! I suppose the story is interesting, but a bit common to me and I’m probably not going to be able to read this one so soon.
And that’s it for my second THE FAE RADAR post. I hope you enjoyed this post and found it informative!
Have you read/heard of any of these books?
Which one in this list sounds the most appealing to you?
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