Anyone with a fondness for books knows how quickly a To Be Read pile can get out of control. It seems the more I read, the more books end up on that pile. These are the books that hit my radar and got added to that list over the past week.
This week we have amnesia, amnesia and faeries. I told you faeries were coming back into style.
Stay - CC Jackson
Callie is shocked when she is ripped from her home in the middle of the night. She is taken to a city that she never knew existed only to find that she has a strange connection to her sexy captor. To top it all off, he tries to convince her that she is not even human. She learns that she is actually a fairy. Not just any fairy, but a fairy who has been destined to become queen of the fairies. The only problem is that the current queen is a cruel tyrant and Callie will have to fight for the title that she was meant for. She is not completely convinced that this is a life that she wants to live. She would love nothing more than to go back to being the normal human girl that she always thought that she was. When tragedy strikes, Callie finds that she no longer knows who she can trust. She must learn to survive on her own in a harsh underground world. She finds herself dealing with the struggles of life and love for the first time. Two gorgeous guys, a bunch of new friends, and a whole new world. Will it be more than she can bear?
What did I say last week? Faeries are the new urban fantasy go-to creature. This sounds like it has the potential to be a car wreck, overwrought and cheesy, but it’s been getting go reviews on GoodReads and if the characters are well-written, it could be a pretty good YA fantasy novel. I’ve only found one modern faerie-based novel that was good (Martin Millar's The Good Fairies of New York), but maybe this will be the second.
Before I Go to Sleep by SJ Watson
'As I sleep, my mind will erase everything I did today. I will wake up tomorrow as I did this morning. Thinking I'm still a child. Thinking I have a whole lifetime of choice ahead of me ...' Memories define us. So what if you lost yours every time you went to sleep? Your name, your identity, your past, evens the people you love - all forgotten overnight. And the one person you trust may only be telling you half the story. Welcome to Christine's life.
I’m always intrigued by storylines that revolve around consistent amnesia. Not amnesia for the sake of a plot twist, but a story built on the idea that your life is not your own because you don’t remember anything but now. While this doesn’t sound like it will have any twisty sci-fi qualities to it, friends on GoodReads have written positive reviews and I think this might be a good break from my usual reading died of zombies, robots and dystopias when I need a break.
The Adoration of Jenna Fox by Mary E. Pearson
Who is Jenna Fox? Seventeen-year-old Jenna has been told that is her name. She has just awoken from a coma, they tell her, and she is still recovering from a terrible accident in which she was involved a year ago. But what happened before that? Jenna doesn't remember her life. Or does she? And are the memories really hers?
This fascinating novel represents a stunning new direction for acclaimed author Mary Pearson. Set in a near future America, it takes readers on an unforgettable journey through questions of bio-medical ethics and the nature of humanity. Mary Pearson's vividly drawn characters and masterful writing soar to a new level of sophistication.
This book came out a few years back and this week was the first time I’ve heard about it. Apparently it’s just made a resurgence amongst book bloggers because every time I turned around, someone was mentioning it or giving a copy away. I believe I already know the twist to this story (because there always has to be a twist), but by the time I get my hands on a copy, I’ll probably have forgotten. This is another one of those amnesia stories, but I’m almost positive this one has a sci-fi twist.
All book blurbs pulled from the wonderful Goodreads.com