Weekly Reading List #302

Hey, there avid readers! I hope everyone is doing well. Sad news for me, if you follow my Instagram you already know my cat Cloud (yes, named after Cloud Strife of VII) passed away due to congestive heart failure. We took him to the vet but there was not anything we could do except make him comfortable and when he was ready to go he would let us know. He passed away in the middle of the night. Honestly, I’m glad I was home even if I was asleep. At least he was not alone. My greatest worry was whether I was going to be at work and get the news via text or on the car ride home. And I’m glad he’s not suffering or in any pain and that he went on his terms.

So, as you might expect, I was not in the mood to read much. I’m just physically and emotionally exhausted, trying to joke around with everyone so that everyone knows that I’m okay. I didn’t think I looked so bad but considering every single coworker of mine asked me if I was okay, clearly, even my bright makeup was enough to mask my sadness.

But now it is a new week, I’m trying to get back into the swing of things, balancing mom and work life while remembering to make some me-time. So, on that note, check out my latest reading list, a sneak peek of reviews to come.

1. We Are the Fire

by Sam Taylor 

In the cold, treacherous land of Vesimaa, children are stolen from their families by a cruel emperor, forced to undergo a horrific transformative procedure, and serve in the army as magical fire-wielding soldiers. Pran and Oksana―both taken from their homeland at a young age―only have each other to hold onto in this heartless place.

Pran dreams of one day rebelling against their oppressors and destroying the empire; Oksana only dreams of returning home and creating a peaceful life for them both.

When they discover the emperor has a new, more terrible mission than ever for their kind, Pran and Oksana vow to escape his tyranny once and for all. But their methods and ideals differ drastically, driving a wedge between them. Worse still, they both soon find that the only way to defeat the monsters that subjugated them may be to become monsters themselves.

2. Life As We Knew It

by Susan Beth Pfeffer

In this New York Times best-seller, when a meteor knocks the moon closer to earth, Miranda, a high school sophomore, takes shelter with her family in this heart-stopping post-apocalyptic thriller that’s “absorbing from first to last page.”* (Publishers Weekly, starred review)

I guess I always felt even if the world came to an end, McDonald’s still would be open. Like one marble hitting another, when the moon slams closer to earth, the result is catastrophic. Worldwide tsunamis wipe out the coasts, earthquakes rock the continents, and volcanic ash blocks out the sun.

As August turns dark and wintery in northeastern Pennsylvania, Miranda, her two brothers, and their mother retreat to the unexpected safe haven of their sunroom, where they subsist on stockpiled food and limited water in the warmth of a wood-burning stove.

Told in a year’s worth of journal entries, Life as We Knew It chronicles the human struggle to hold on to the most important resource of all—hope—in an increasingly desperate and unfamiliar world.

3. The Dragon’s Promise

by Elizabeth Lim

From the New York Times Bestselling author of Six Crimson Cranes comes a thrilling new adventure! A journey to the kingdom of dragons, a star-crossed love, and a cursed pearl with the power to mend the world or break it… Fans of Shadow and Bone will devour this soaring fantasy.

Princess Shiori made a deathbed promise to return the dragon’s pearl to its rightful owner, but keeping that promise is more dangerous than she ever imagined.

King Harristan was thrust into power after his parents’ shocking assassination, leaving the younger Prince Corrick to take on the brutal role of the King’s Justice. The brothers have learned to react mercilessly to any sign of rebellion–it’s the only way to maintain order when the sickness can strike anywhere, and the only known cure, an elixir made from delicate Moonflower petals, is severely limited.

She must journey to the kingdom of dragons, navigate political intrigue among humans and dragons alike, fend off thieves who covet the pearl for themselves and will go to any lengths to get it, all while cultivating the appearance of a perfect princess to dissuade those who would see her burned at the stake for the magic that runs in her blood.

The pearl itself is no ordinary cargo; it thrums with malevolent power, jumping to Shiori’s aid one minute, and betraying her the next—threatening to shatter her family and sever the thread of fate that binds her to her true love, Takkan. It will take every ounce of strength Shiori can muster to defend the life and the love she’s fought so hard to win.

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