This is my first blog post ever, and I’m nervous about publishing it! I honestly feel like I don’t know what I’m doing (this took an unbelievably long time to figure out!), so please be patient with me! Note that I first saw this challenge from Katja @ Little Blossoms for Jesus and that the original challenge is from Jana @ Review From the Stacks.
M – Mark of the Raven by Morgan L. Busse
About the Book: Lady Selene is the heir to the Great House of Ravenwood and the secret family gift of dreamwalking. As a dreamwalker, she can enter a person’s dreams and manipulate their greatest fears or desires. For the last hundred years, the Ravenwood women have used their gift of dreaming for hire to gather information or to assassinate.
As she discovers her family’s dark secret, Selene is torn between upholding her family’s legacy–a legacy that supports her people–or seeking the true reason behind her family’s gift.
Her dilemma comes to a head when she is tasked with assassinating the one man who can bring peace to the nations, but who will also bring about the downfall of her own house.
One path holds glory and power, and will solidify her position as Lady of Ravenwood. The other path holds shame and execution. Which will she choose? And is she willing to pay the price for the path chosen?
My Thoughts: I read Mark of the Raven earlier this year, and it was wonderful. I’m looking forward to seeing how the series continues (I already have the second book, Flight of the Raven!), but if you like Christian fantasy, this may be for you!
A – A Wrinkle in Time by Madeleine L’Engle
About the Book: It was a dark and stormy night; Meg Murry, her small brother Charles Wallace, and her mother had come down to the kitchen for a midnight snack when they were upset by the arrival of a most disturbing stranger.
“Wild nights are my glory,” the unearthly stranger told them. “I just got caught in a downdraft and blown off course. Let me sit down for a moment, and then I’ll be on my way. Speaking of ways, by the way, there is such a thing as a tesseract.”
A tesseract (in case the reader doesn’t know) is a wrinkle in time. To tell more would rob the reader of the enjoyment of Miss L’Engle’s unusual book. A Wrinkle in Time, winner of the Newbery Medal in 1963, is the story of the adventures in space and time of Meg, Charles Wallace, and Calvin O’Keefe (athlete, student, and one of the most popular boys in high school). They are in search of Meg’s father, a scientist who disappeared while engaged in secret work for the government on the tesseract problem.
A Wrinkle in Time is the winner of the 1963 Newbery Medal.
My Thoughts: We’ve owned an old copy of this one for the longest time, but I still haven’t read it yet. Science fiction is actually not really my thing (I’m sorry!), but I do like classics and A Wrinkle in Time is a classic (right?). I want to read this sometime this year, but I also have tons of other books I want to read. Someday, though! (I’d love to hear what you thought of this one if you’ve read it!)
Y – Young Elites, The by Marie Lu
About the Book: From the New York Times bestselling author of the Legend series
I am tired of being used, hurt, and cast aside.
Adelina Amouteru is a survivor of the blood fever. A decade ago, the deadly illness swept through her nation. Most of the infected perished, while many of the children who survived were left with strange markings. Adelina’s black hair turned silver, her lashes went pale, and now she has only a jagged scar where her left eye once was. Her cruel father believes she is a malfetto, an abomination, ruining their family’s good name and standing in the way of their fortune. But some of the fever’s survivors are rumored to possess more than just scars—they are believed to have mysterious and powerful gifts, and though their identities remain secret, they have come to be called the Young Elites.
Teren Santoro works for the king. As Leader of the Inquisition Axis, it is his job to seek out the Young Elites, to destroy them before they destroy the nation. He believes the Young Elites to be dangerous and vengeful, but it’s Teren who may possess the darkest secret of all.
Enzo Valenciano is a member of the Dagger Society. This secret sect of Young Elites seeks out others like them before the Inquisition Axis can. But when the Daggers find Adelina, they discover someone with powers like they’ve never seen.
Adelina wants to believe Enzo is on her side, and that Teren is the true enemy. But the lives of these three will collide in unexpected ways, as each fights a very different and personal battle. But of one thing they are all certain: Adelina has abilities that shouldn’t belong in this world. A vengeful blackness in her heart. And a desire to destroy all who dare to cross her.
It is my turn to use. My turn to hurt.
My Thoughts: Okay, Adelina is a pretty crazy character. It’s been a few years since I’ve read (Correction: I listened, not read. Do audiobooks still count as reading?) this series, but I remember loving The Young Elites. Still, this is a general market YA series, so the themes and content aren’t always appropriate (there’s nothing too bad, though!). I’m going to wait another year or so before I reread this for updated thoughts on it.
How did I do? Am I doing this blogging thing right? In time, I think I will become accustomed to adding blocks and writing posts and just being on WordPress in general, but for now, this feels like a new adventure to me! If you’re an experienced blogger, my perfectionist self would love to hear any tips you can offer. And thank you for being here in the first place! I really appreciate it!