July stretched out in front of me like browned pages, the smell of sun-cream and seemingly endless time. Coming away from student status and saying goodbye to course based books. I’ve since indulged in buying books for myself, not to the extent that i’m wobbling out of the shop with my arms full, dropping them with a face of pure horror as I struggle, but close.
If there is one thing a Creative Writer knows, it’s that a book shop is our own personal heaven. There is no “let’s have a quick look inside”. Quick looks don’t exist, at least, not for me they don’t. Fortunately, this means that I’ve raked up some really interesting buys.
I’ve listed my most recent below, take a look, because some of these really do sound gripping!
Caraval – Stephanie Garber
“Remember, it’s just a game…”
A lot of YA Booktube and bloggers have been talking about this one for a while, and although I’m late to the bandwagon, i’ve since read the complete book and i’m so glad I have. Caraval is mystery and magic, twist and turns. It keeps you going and questioning the whole time, “is this really a game, or is this real life?”
It follows the story of two sisters’ stuck on their island by their controlling father, dreaming of leaving the island for the famous mysterious game Caraval, where the audience take part in the show. After writing to it’s Master, the eldest,Scarlet, gets her and her sister accepted to attend. The winner get’s one wish as their prize, but it’s not that easy, is it? It never is.
Gothic Utopia Dystopia Short Stories
I am a Dystopian writer through and through. I absolutely love the genre, and feel there is so much you can do with it. When I saw this book in America, I was first drawn to it’s cover. I mean, look at it. It looks so good on my shelf. I skimmed through quickly before deciding I absolutely needed to bring it back home. It’s full of so many amazing stories and I can’t wait to delve in and find new stories as well as writers!
We Were Liars – E. Lockhart
This isn’t a lighthearted read, or really a story that makes sense straight away. HOWEVER, the way that Lockhart writes drew me in pretty quickly, after flicking through the first two pages in Waterstones. They were advertising the book, along with E. Lockhart who I hadn’t actually heard of before.
Without spoiling anything, as this is another that I’ve recently finished, the story revolves around the Sinclair family. A well established, wealthy family who spend their summers on the island their grandfather owns. It specifically follows the eldest granddaughter, and her cousins on a specific summer where things go bad very quickly.
What I loved was that you never really knew what was real and what was in her mind, and although it’s not the usual genre I go for I was really surprised by how much I liked it. If you’re looking for something compelling and different, this one’s for you!
Snow Like Ashes and it’s sequel – Sarah Raasch
I’ve saved the best for last. This book jumped out at me so quickly it might as well have thrown it’s self into my arms. As you can see from the cover, smack in the middle is a symbol split into two seasons. Intrigued,and after reading the blurb the symbol was significant to the land the novel is set within. A land split by seasons.
It’s a fantasy novel full of dark magic, fighting and politics. In honesty, it was giving me Game of Thrones vibes and I’m all about that. I can’t wait to get into it. I read the first few pages and knew I liked the writing style, so snapped up the sequel immediately.
So there you have it, my book buys. I’d love to hear about some of the books you’ve recently bought, and any recommendations!