The first month of a new year has passed, and I’ve already sunk my teeth into some tasty books! Here’s a quick recap of some of the books I’ve read.
I must start out this post by discussing Marie Lu’s The Young Elites. A blood fever ripped through the world–this fever permanently marks its victims and, in some cases, grants special powers. These gifted individuals are called Young Elites. Adelina Amoretu survived the blood fever, but endured harsh cruelty at the hands of her father. After escaping, Adelina meets an organization of fellow Elites, who offer to show her how to control her abilities in exchange for her help in overthrowing the king. But can Adelina overcome her own darkness? I was sucked into Lu’s world, and she delivered a gut-wrenching tale. Don’t miss this one!
I also checked out Pierce Brown’s Golden Son, the sequel to Red Rising (a favorite of mine last year). Darrow has left the Institute for a position in the family of Arch-Governor Augustus. He hasn’t forgotten his promise to his wife Eo and is struggling to support the rebellion while staying afloat in a cutthroat political arena. However, he finds achieving this goal more challenging then he ever would have believed. This follow-up did not suck me in as much as Red Rising did–I think it fell a bit into “second book” slump and I personally do not always find political maneuverings interesting. Nevertheless, I still enjoyed it and look forward to reading the trilogy’s conclusion.
I also have been reading a lot of manga lately. I just finished Naoko Takeuchi’s rewritten and redrawn Sailor Moon! Sailor Moon was my gateway anime, so reading this manga was pure nostalgia. While I sometimes felt like I was getting a “cliff notes” version of some of the story arcs and characters,the series has plenty of action and a real go-getter message! I am currently working on CLAMP’s Cardcaptor Sakura and Toshiaki Iwashiro’s Psyren. CLAMP’s Sakura is charming and precious, and the story is action-packed and heartwarming; I can’t believe it took me so long to read this! Psyren follows the adventure of three high school students who acquire cards that read “Psyren”. They are transported to a futuristic apocalyptic Japan; there they must use their psychic powers to fight off monsters and solve the mystery of Japan’s disastrous future. I have been enjoying the action and mystery in this series and can’t wait to read what happens!
Okay, that’s it for this month. I hope to be back next month with another report!