Hi everyone! Stephanie and Felicia here to give you intel on the books we’re currently reading! Of course, we can’t be reading just one book at a time – where’s the fun in that? So buckle up, and let’s get started!
Brightly Burning by Alexa Donne
I picked up Brightly Burning on a whim one night at Barnes and Noble back in May and it’s been sitting on my shelf ever since. I didn’t know much about it, but the cover called to me so I bought it. Fast forward to planning my TBR for Reading Rivalry for October and I find out it’s a Jane Eyre retelling and will work for a criteria.
I’m about to start chapter five so I don’t know much of what it’s about yet since I rarely read the synopsis of a book. I’m really interested so far and can’t wait to read more of it!
Renegades by Marissa Meyer
I’ve started my reread of Renegades as well in preparation for Archenemies to be released next month. This book has everything I wanted and then some. Secret identities, extraordinary powers, vengeance, and justice. The dynamics between characters is amazing and I’m so excited to go back to this world that has been created with superheros and villains. Marissa Meyer’s writing is some of my favorite and I can’t wait for the sequel!
Say You’ll Remember Me by Katie McGarry
Say You’ll Remember Me is another reread for me, but this time I’m listening to the audiobook instead of just reading it and I’m enjoying it so much so far.
Say You’ll Remember Me is told in the duel perspective of the two main characters: Drix, who was convicted of a crime he didn’t commit, and Elle, the daughter of the governor. The first time I read this book, I was captivated by the story from the very beginning. It was my first story by Katie McGarry and since then I’ve come to love her writing and read a couple more of her books.
The Cruel Prince by Holly Black
I happened to find a signed copy of this book at a small bookstore in New York over the summer, so I just had to buy it! It’s been sitting on my bookshelf staring at me since then, but I’ve officially started it and I’m buddy-reading it with several of my teammates for Reading Rivalry!
I am quite obsessed with Fairy’s and fantasy worlds, so this book is right up my alley! We have wicked, trickster fairies, palace intrigue, and a story line that is sure to keep me interested! I can’t wait!
After Alice by Gregory Maguire
This book I was given as a Christmas gift several years ago, and I’m so excited to be able to sit down and really read it. I’ve started it several times, but have just never had the time or reason to finish it – until now!
After Alice is written by the same author as Wicked, one of my favorite retellings, and because of that, I was really intrigued by this book! This story follows a girl named Ada, one of Alice’s neighbors, who follows her down the rabbit hole. Throughout the story you get to see the waves that Alice made while in Wonderland, and you get to see the effect of her having been there. But it doesn’t stop there! You also get to see what happened topside while Alice and Ada were in Wonderland! It’s really phenomenal so far!
The Diviners by Libba Bray
I picked this book up at a book sale….who knows when! I’ve been wanting to read it, and I’ve used it as the subject for several of my Instagram photos, but just haven’t found the time to pick it up yet (are you noticing the trend?) I’ve been so excited to read it, and so far it has not disappointed!
The Diviners is set in 1920’s New York City, and let me tell you, that alone was enough to get me to pick it up, but then you throw in elements of the supernatural, and I was HOOKED! Here we have ghosts, ghouls, psychics, the occult, and even more other-worldly powers! I’m only a hundred pages in, but I know that this entire trilogy will quickly become one of my favorites!
Saving Juliet by Suzanne Selfors
I picked this book up years ago at my public library and absolutely loved it! When I realized the criteria “Classic or Retelling of a Classic” fit this book, I knew immediately that I had to reread it!
Mimi Wallingford is from a well-to-do theater family in New York. She is expected (mainly by her mother) to be the next great Shakespearean actor this side of the 21st century. The only problem? Mimi has crippling stage fright, and, quite frankly, would much rather become a doctor. Throw in a heartthrob Hollywood actor, and a magical bottle of ashes… and we’ve got a story on our hands! Mimi gets thrust in to the middle of Shakespeare’s Verona, and it’s up to Mimi to save the character she hates the most.
What are you currently reading?
Felicia and Stephanie