By Angela Maria Hart
There are always more and more great books being published. Sometimes it is difficult to keep up with all of the novels I want to read. If you want to see my complete to-be-read list, please visit my Goodreads page.
Today, I thought I would name a few (in no particular order):
"Lara Lington has always had an overactive imagination, but suddenly that imagination seems to be in overdrive. Normal professional twenty-something young women don't get visited by ghosts. Or do they?"
I have had this book on my to-be-read list for a long time now. I am going to physically move it on my bookshelf as a reminder because it sounds amazing. Who doesn't love the 1920s?
"Stealing Athena is the story of two women, separated by centuries but united by their association with some of the world's greatest and most controversial works of art. Aspasia, a philosopher and courtesan to visionary politician Pericles during Athens's Golden Age, defies societal restrictions to become fiercely influential in Athens' power circle. Mary, the Countess of Elgin and a beautiful Scottish heiress, charms the fearsome men of the Ottoman Empire to make possible her husband's costly acquisitions, all the while brazenly defying the social conventions of her time. Both women prevail yet pay a heavy price for their rebellion. A tale of romance, intrigue, greed, and glory, Stealing Athena interweaves the lives of two of history's most beguiling heroines."
The alternating storyline is intriguing to me. I am drawn to the idea of the two interwoven narratives.
"About to be executed for murder, Yelena is offered an extraordinary reprieve. She'll eat the best meals, have rooms in the palace—and risk assassination by anyone trying to kill the Commander of Ixia. And so Yelena chooses to become a food taster. But the chief of security, leaving nothing to chance, deliberately feeds her Butterfly's Dust—and only by appearing for her daily antidote will she delay an agonizing death from the poison. As Yelena tries to escape her new dilemma, disasters keep mounting. Rebels plot to seize Ixia and Yelena develops magical powers she can't control. Her life is threatened again and choices must be made. But this time the outcomes aren't so clear... "
This summary is beyond intriguing.
"Around the world, black hand prints are appearing on doorways, scorched there by winged strangers who have crept through a slit in the sky."
Putting aside the fact that the cover is gorgeous, I think the storyline sounds INCREDIBLE!
"Inside little blue envelope 1 are $1,000 and instructions to buy a plane ticket. In envelope 2 are directions to a specific London flat. The note in envelope 3 tells Ginny: Find a starving artist. Because of envelope 4, Ginny and a playwright/thief/ bloke–about–town called Keith go to Scotland together, with somewhat disastrous–though utterly romantic–results. But will she ever see him again? Everything about Ginny will change this summer, and it's all because of the 13 little blue envelopes."
I've read other novels by Maureen Johnson and I LOVED them. She is extraordinarily talented and I can't wait to read other pieces by her.
"Best friends Dave and Julia were determined to never be cliché high school kids—the ones who sit at the same lunch table every day, dissecting the drama from homeroom and plotting their campaigns for prom king and queen. They even wrote their own Never List of everything they vowed they’d never, ever do in high school."
Anytime lists are involved, I want to read them.
7. Love Hurts by Malorie Blackman (Goodreads Author), Patrick Ness (Contributor), Lauren Myracle (Contributor), Gayle Forman (Goodreads Author)(Contributor), Susie Day (Contributor), Jenny Downham (Contributor), Maureen Johnson (Goodreads Author) (Contributor), Laura Dockrill(Contributor) , David Levithan (Goodreads Author) (Contributor), Markus Zusak (Goodreads Author) (Contributor), Lauren Kate (Goodreads Author)(Contributor), Catherine Johnson (Contributor), James Dawson (Goodreads Author) (Contributor), Philip Pullman (Contributor), E. Lockhart (Goodreads Author) (Contributor), Non Pratt (Contributor), Bali Rai (Contributor), Melvin Burgess (Contributor), Phil Earle (Contributor), Andrew Smith(Contributor), Matt Haig (Goodreads Author) (Contributor), Tabitha Suzuma(Goodreads Author) (Contributor), Marcus Sedgwick (Goodreads Author)(Contributor)
Did you read all of the incredibly talent authors listed above? Then, you understand why I want to read this particular piece.
Have you read any of these books? If so, did you enjoy them?