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My mother randomly gave me a book voucher, so I went looking for The Bone Witch by Rin Chupeco from a specific book shop that’s not so great with the YA selection. It wasn’t there! So I bought Four Dead QUeens by Astric Scholte and One of Us is Lying by Karen M McManus instead. THen, in the second bookshop I went to (which has a much better selection) I found The Bone Witch, and I was also drawn to Neverworld Wake by Marisha Pessl because of the shiny silver and neon pink spine. This is an example of using a book’s cover to attract readers, because it worked!
Four Dead Queens by Astric Scholte
Four Queens. A divided nation. A ruthless pickpocket. A noble messenger. And the murders that unite them.
Keralie Corrington is a talented pickpocket. She steals for the black market in her quadrant. Her nation is divided into four regions, each strictly separated from the other. Four queens, one from each quadrant, rule as one.
When Keralie steals a particularly valuable item from a messenger, she discovers she’s intercepted instructions to murder the queens. Hoping to find the culprit, Keralie teams up with Varin Bollt. But with Keralie and Varin each keeping secrets – and the lives of the queens hanging in the balance – everything is at stake. And no one can be trusted in a world full of ruthless thieves, black markets, a golden palace, daring heists, royal intrigue, noble messengers, forbidden love, four queens – each with a secret, and, of course, murder.
An enthralling fast-paced murder mystery where competing agendas collide with deadly consequences, Four Dead Queens heralds the arrival of an exciting new YA talent.
I’m newly into murder mysteries and I’ve been wanting to read this for a while, so it seems like the perfect time to buy myself a copy.
One of Us is Lying by Karen M McManus
Yale hopeful Bronwyn has never publicly broken a rule.
Sports star Cooper only knows what he’s doing in the baseball diamond.
Bad boy Nate is one misstep away from a life of crime.
Prom queen Addy is holding together the cracks in her perfect life.
And outsider Simon, creator of the notorious gossip app at Bayview High, won’t ever talk about any of them again.
He dies 24 hours before he could post their deepest secrets online. Investigators conclude it’s no accident. All of them are suspects.
Everyone has secrets, right?
What really matters is how far you’ll go to protect them.
Another murder mystery, this time a contemporary YA hopefully with unreliable narrators since I’m really into those at the moment.
The Bone Witch by Rin Chupeco
In the captivating start to a new, darkly lyrical fantasy series for readers of Leigh Bardugo and Sabaa Tahir, Tea can raise the dead, but resurrection comes at a price…
Let me be clear: I never intended to raise my brother from his grave, though he may claim otherwise. If there’s anything I’ve learned from him in the years since, it’s that the dead hide truths as well as the living.
When Tea accidentally resurrects her brother from the dead, she learns she is different from the other witches in her family. Her gift for necromancy means that she’s a bone witch, a title that makes her feared and ostracized by her community. But Tea finds solace and guidance with an older, wiser bone witch, who takes Tea and her brother to another land for training.
In her new home, Tea puts all her energy into becoming an asha-one who can wield elemental magic. But dark forces are approaching quickly, and in the face of danger, Tea will have to overcome her obstacles…and make a powerful choice.
Who would have thought that a book I wasn’t initially drawn to would turn out to be so amazing? I listened to this on audiobook and fell so far in love that I wanted to re-read it in paperback. This will be an amazing experience because I don’t know how anyone’s names are spelled!
Neverworld Wake by Marisha Pessl
Five friends – the beautiful elite at their exclusive prep school – reunite a year after graduation. After a night out, they narrowly avoid a collision with a car on a deserted road. Back at the mansion belonging to one of the girls, a storm rages and a mysterious man knocks on the door, announcing something world-shattering. The friends must make a choice: one of them will live, and the rest will die. And the decision must be unanimous. So begins the Neverworld Wake. The nightmare. The nothingness. Time backbends and they are fated to repeat that day, but fears are now physical and memories come alive in horrifying ways. How will they vote? And will they be able to escape the Neverworld?
I picked this up purely because of the colours on the cover, but when I read the blurb, it sounded really interesting and the kind of thing I’m into at the moment.