Sunday Lineup (11.22.2020)

Another week went by and so did the weekend sadly. I had some great and some not so great reading this weekend. I went from a really high high to a really low low with my books. I actually DNFed an ARC for the very first time this week and while I am very unhappy with that, I just couldn’t keep going with it anymore. I also spent a lot of time on rearranging my main book shelves this week. I’m only about halfway finished but I’m pretty happy with it so far. So here is what I am starting the new week with. I am pretty excited about both of them.

Print

The Kingdom of Back // by Marie Lu

Synopsis:

Two siblings. Two brilliant talents. But only one Mozart.

Born with a gift for music, Nannerl Mozart has just one wish–to be remembered forever. But even as she delights audiences with her masterful playing, she has little hope she’ll ever become the acclaimed composer she longs to be. She is a young woman in 18th century Europe, and that means composing is forbidden to her. She will perform only until she reaches a marriageable age–her tyrannical father has made that much clear.

And as Nannerl’s hope grows dimmer with each passing year, the talents of her beloved younger brother, Wolfgang, only seem to shine brighter. His brilliance begins to eclipse her own, until one day a mysterious stranger from a magical land appears with an irresistible offer. He has the power to make her wish come true–but his help may cost her everything.

Why did I choose this:

This is a book club pick this month!

Current Thoughts:

I’m only on the first chapter but so far so good.

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Audio

Legacy of Ash // by Matthew Ward

Synopsis:

A shadow has fallen over the Tressian Republic.

Ruling families — once protectors of justice and democracy — now plot against one another with sharp words and sharper knives. Blinded by ambition, they remain heedless of the threat posed by the invading armies of the Hadari Empire.

Yet as Tressia falls, heroes rise.

Viktor Akadra is the Republic’s champion. A warrior without equal, he hides a secret that would see him burned as a heretic.

Josiri Trelan is Viktor’s sworn enemy. A political prisoner, he dreams of reigniting his mother’s failed rebellion.

And yet Calenne Trelan, Josiri’s sister, seeks only to break free of their tarnished legacy; to escape the expectation and prejudice that haunts the family name.

As war spreads across the Republic, these three must set aside their differences in order to save their home. Yet decades of bad blood are not easily set aside. And victory — if it comes at all — will demand a darker price than any of them could have imagined.

Why did I choose this:

I mean, did you read that synopsis?? But really, I heard a lot of good things from other reviewers about this series and then won the second book in a Twitter giveaway. Since I just started my Audible subscription again to prepare for a Sanderson readalong next year and I had some credits to spend, I figured it was the perfect time to start this series.

Current Thoughts:

I’m about a fifth into the story and loving it so far. It took some getting used to in the beginning. I felt very lost and had to keep rewinding but I got the hang of it now and am thoroughly enjoying it. My heart aches already though for the characters.

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That is it. It actually feels pretty weird to neither have an ebook no an ARC going right now but it’s pretty refreshing to be honest. It takes a little bit of pressure off although I am expecting to write reviews for both of these books anyways. What are you currently reading? Are you enjoying it?

Note: I am super excited to be a part of Bookshop.org as an affiliate. With every book sale that is done through my shop link here and above, I receive a percentage which will be used to continue to bring you book-related content (probably going straight back into Bookshop). What is really awesome though is that a percentage will also go to independent book stores across the country, which has already helped support (and even save!) many book stores during the COVID struggles.

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