Hurrah! March is here!
It’s already lured us Yorkshire dwellers into a false sense of security with brilliant warm sunshine, the arrival of rows of golden daffodils and bright, blue skies – only to snatch it all away a day later and bestow northern winds and icy rain upon us. Thanks, March!
It’s all good, Spring isn’t due to start until the end of the month and I’m not daft enough to expect garden reading until May at the earliest!
So, it’s time to share my reading goals for March 2019!
Slayer – Kiersten White
As you know, I love Buffy (Well, I like her, I love Spike) anyhow, Slayer is based in the Buffyverse. It centres around a young woman called Nina who is training to be a healer in a secret Watcher’s academy (Watchers, if you don’t know, are the ones who watch over the Slayer and advise them as required) So, it turns out Nina is meant for more than just healing and researching – she is actually a Slayer. The Slayer. The last one EVER.
I’m expecting lots of Buffy references, the usual humour which comes with all of Whedon’s creations… and I’m also hoping for a fast based, emotionally taxing and dark yet strangely upbeat read. (This was an anticipated read of 2019 for me! Eek!)
Goodreads has this book rated at 3.82 out of 5, I’m hoping to give it 4/5.
Shadowblack – Sebastian De Castell
Shadowblack is the 2nd book in the Spellslinger series.
I read the first novel last year and I loved it, I also developed a teeny crush on Ferius Parfax.
The pacing of the first novel is so well done, and the humour is just my cup of tea.
In the first book Kellen, the main character, found out something about himself which puts a target on his head. I’m not going to say too much because if I do it’ll count as spoilers for book one and I don’t want to do that to you.
From this book, I am expecting more of the same humour, fantastically written characters and witty one-liners.
Goodreads rating is 4.15 / 5 and I hope to give this 4/5
Starfish – Akemi Dawn Bowman
This novel centres around a half-Japanese teen who struggles with crippling social anxiety who lives a repressed life with her narcissist mother and has her hopes set on getting into a prestigious art school in order to escape her current situation.
When she is rejected, she feels lost and at odds with herself, she already feels a lack of self and struggles with her identity as well as being held back by her anxiety.
A friend offers to take her on a trip to visit art schools with them and the girl agrees to go, despite her fears. This promises to be a tale about identity and finding personal truth.
I’m hoping this is as emotional a read as the synopsis suggests.
Identity is something a lot of people struggle to identify and I love books about self-exploration and discovery.
This book has a 4/5 star rating on Goodreads, I hope to give it 5/5.
A Curse so Dark and Lonely – Brigid Kemmerer
Here we have a fairytale retelling of Beauty and the Beast and I am so ready for this new take on a childhood favourite – I just hope it’s better than the retelling of The Little Mermaid I read last year (The Surface Breaks)
This is a dark retelling – the beast character must relive his 18th Autumn repeatedly until he can find a girl to fall in love with him – at the end of each season, he turns into a beast hell-bent on destroying everything in his path. This is proving to make things difficult, as you can imagine.
The Belle – Harper, is captured and taken away from her family – her dying mother and her brother and finds herself in The Beast’s world. Not only has she been kidnapped, but she also suffers from cerebral palsy which puts an interesting perspective on things.
I love the sound of this – dark fantasy is one of my favourites, I’ll be interested to see how cerebral palsy is represented in this tale too.
This novel has 4.2 out of 5 on Goodreads, I’m hoping to give it 5/5.
Spinning Silver – Naomi Novik
Here we have another retelling – loosely based on the tale of Rumpelstiltskin.
A young woman finds herself destitute due to her father’s inability to collect money from those who owe him when the family find themselves in poverty, she takes matters into her own hands and finds herself with a talent for getting the money they so desperately need – and more.
Her efforts do not go unnoticed, however, and the creatures of the wood learn her reputation and hope to exploit it for their own gain.
I’m not sure what to think of this idea, I hope it’s amazing but I’m just not sure.
I’ve not heard a lot about this novel and I’m trying to think of that as a good thing but I guess I’ll find out soon enough!
This book has a 4.3 / 5 rating on Goodreads and I’m thinking I will give it 4/5. (I hope)
So this month I am also taking part in the Zodiacathon which runs from March 20 – 26th so I have a bunch of books to read for that too but I will share those in a separate post!
Wish me luck!
Let me know if you’ve read any of these books yourself, I’d love to know your thoughts!
Until next time,