“Autumn is a second spring when every leaf is a flower.” ~ Albert Camus.
Summer is over *sob* and it’s time to take out our jackets and scarfs as the weather becomes bearable and at times chilly. The breeze is moving, the leaves are blushing, and the books are lining up for us to get a taste of them ! It’s time to have a closer look at this wonderful time we’re in !
Flaming Leaves is a two-part analysis of Autumn in which I will be featuring;
In Part I: Best of last Fall releases and recommendations featuring books with red/orange covers.
In Part II: The depiction of autumn in books !
Boring introductions aside, let’s get to the fun part !
Best of Fall 2016
*flail* THIS BOOK *deep breath* It actually took me longer than I expected to read it, but maybe it’s because it’s big, because it is big. But the ending was so well done, action-packed and satisfying ♥ Also with a lot of heartbreak D:
- The Fever Code by James Dashner
This book is the last James Dashner will be writing in the Maze Runner world, or so I’ve heard. It explains nearly everything that wasn’t revealed in the other books, and reveals details about the characters that adds so much more depth and meaning to their personalities and choices. After I read this book I felt almost like I’ve known them all my life. It starts at the very beginning, and ends right before the events of The Maze Runner, so when I read it last, I felt like I was reading a loop, and wanted to start TMR all over again. I did reread it, and The Scorch Trials too. But I couldn’t reread The Death Cure. My heart would break all over again *sob* 😭😭😭
- Tales of The Peculiar by Ransom Riggs
This book is the Tales of Beedle the Bard of Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children. I really enjoyed the expansion, and remembering where these tales fit in the story !
- The Midnight Star by Marie Lu
We don’t talk about this book 😭 All I can say is that it broke me and I inhaled it.
- Heartless by Marissa Meyer
It’s Marissa Meyer. It’s a standalone. It’s a retelling from the perspective of Queen of Hearts from Alice in Wonderland. The characters are to die for. If you haven’t read it yet, I hereby decree you have been granted permission to cut reading this blog post right now and go get this book.
There are SO many more, like Aerie, sequel to Magonia, and Empire of Storms and The Hammer of Thor. But I wanted 5 because it’s a neat little number and I didn’t read Empire of Storms because I’m saving it to read it right before Tower of Dawn #StrategicReader
Recommendations of Books with Red Covers!
This Savage Song by Victoria Schwab
There’s no such thing as safe in a city at war, a city overrun with monsters. In this dark urban fantasy from author Victoria Schwab, a young woman and a young man must choose whether to become heroes or villains—and friends or enemies—with the future of their home at stake. The first of two books.
Kate Harker and August Flynn are the heirs to a divided city—a city where the violence has begun to breed actual monsters. All Kate wants is to be as ruthless as her father, who lets the monsters roam free and makes the humans pay for his protection. All August wants is to be human, as good-hearted as his own father, to play a bigger role in protecting the innocent—but he’s one of the monsters. One who can steal a soul with a simple strain of music. When the chance arises to keep an eye on Kate, who’s just been kicked out of her sixth boarding school and returned home, August jumps at it. But Kate discovers August’s secret, and after a failed assassination attempt the pair must flee for their lives.
Read this if you like: Music, monsters, Sin City, action.
The Wrath and The Dawn by Renée Ahdieh
One Life to One Dawn.
In a land ruled by a murderous boy-king, each dawn brings heartache to a new family. Khalid, the eighteen-year-old Caliph of Khorasan, is a monster. Each night he takes a new bride only to have a silk cord wrapped around her throat come morning. When sixteen-year-old Shahrzad’s dearest friend falls victim to Khalid, Shahrzad vows vengeance and volunteers to be his next bride. Shahrzad is determined not only to stay alive, but to end the caliph’s reign of terror once and for all.
Night after night, Shahrzad beguiles Khalid, weaving stories that enchant, ensuring her survival, though she knows each dawn could be her last. But something she never expected begins to happen: Khalid is nothing like what she’d imagined him to be. This monster is a boy with a tormented heart. Incredibly, Shahrzad finds herself falling in love. How is this possible? It’s an unforgivable betrayal. Still, Shahrzad has come to understand all is not as it seems in this palace of marble and stone. She resolves to uncover whatever secrets lurk and, despite her love, be ready to take Khalid’s life as retribution for the many lives he’s stolen. Can their love survive this world of stories and secrets?
Read this if you like: Retellings, fantasy, A Thousand and One Nights, butt-kicking females, cool weapons
Furthermore by Tahereh Mafi
Alice Alexis Queensmeadow,12, rates three things most important: Mother, who wouldn’t miss her; magic and color, which seem to elude her; and Father, who always loved her. Father disappeared from Ferenwood with only a ruler, almost three years ago. But she will have to travel through the mythical, dangerous land of Furthermore, where down can be up, paper is alive, and left can be both right and very, very wrong. Her only companion is Oliver whose own magic is based in lies and deceit. Alice must first find herself—and hold fast to the magic of love in the face of loss.
Read this if you like: Whimsical tales, logicless worlds, gorgeous writing style, Alice in Wonderland.
Inkheart by Cornelia Funke
Twelve-year-old Meggie learns that her father, who repairs and binds books for a living, can “read” fictional characters to life when one of those characters abducts them and tries to force him into service.
Characters from books literally leap off the page in this engrossing fantasy. Meggie has had her father to herself since her mother went away when she was young. Mo taught her to read when she was five, and the two share a mutual love of books. He can “read” characters out of books. When she was three, he read aloud from a book called Inkheart and released characters into the real world. At the same time, Meggie’s mother disappeared into the story. This “story within a story” will delight not just fantasy fans, but all readers who like an exciting plot with larger-than-life characters.
Read this if you like: Unforgettable characters, books about books, quotes from other books at the beginning of chapters.
That was Part I ! Next week you’ll have Part II in your hands !