Backlist Blast #2: A Great and Terrible Beauty by Libba Bray

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Backlist Blast is a weekly book meme hosted by Milana from A Couple Reads and Flavia from Flavia the Bibliophile. The purpose of this meme is to feature and discuss backlist books that we haven’t gotten to yet, but have the intention of doing.

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Title: A Great and Terrible Beauty
Author: Libba Bray
Series: Gemma Doyle #1
Publisher: Simon & Schuster
Publication Date: December 9, 2003
Genre: Young Adult, Fantasy, Historical Fiction

In this debut gothic novel mysterious visions, dark family secrets and a long-lost diary thrust Gemma and her classmates back into the horrors that followed her from India.

It’s 1895, and after the suicide of her mother, 16-year-old Gemma Doyle is shipped off from the life she knows in India to Spence, a proper boarding school in England. Lonely, guilt-ridden, and prone to visions of the future that have an uncomfortable habit of coming true, Gemma’s reception there is a chilly one. To make things worse, she’s been followed by a mysterious young Indian man, a man sent to watch her. But why? What is her destiny? And what will her entanglement with Spence’s most powerful girls—and their foray into the spiritual world—lead to?

The book I’ve decided to feature in this week’s Backlist Blast is A Great and Terrible Beauty by Libba Bray. This has been sitting on my shelf at my dad’s house for the longest time. So long, I don’t even remember how many years I’ve owned it. But I really want to read it and one day I swear I’ll get to it. Maybe later this year or earlier next year? I hope so.

Thanks for reading my Backlist Blast post! Let me know what you think of my choice in the comments below. Is A Great and Terrible Beauty worth getting to soon?

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Backlist Blast #1: Crown of Midnight by Sarah J. Maas

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Backlist Blast is a weekly book meme hosted by Milana from A Couple Reads and Flavia from Flavia the Bibliophile. The purpose of this meme is to feature and discuss backlist books that we haven’t gotten to yet, but have the intention of doing.

When I first saw this meme a while back on Flavia’s blog, I thought it’d be something really awesome to participate in. Most posts are hyped around new releases and I think it’s always good to talk about books that are from a while back to keep them hyped up too! You never know who might discover a new favourite by reading an older book.

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Title: Crown of Midnight
Author: Sarah J. Maas
Series: Throne of Glass Series #2
Publisher: Bloomsbury USA Childrens
Publication Date: August 23, 2018
Genre: Young Adult, Fantasy

From the throne of glass rules a king with a fist of iron and a soul as black as pitch. Assassin Celaena Sardothien won a brutal contest to become his Champion. Yet Celaena is far from loyal to the crown. She hides her secret vigilantly; she knows that the man she serves is bent on evil.

Keeping up the deadly charade becomes increasingly difficult when Celaena realizes she is not the only one seeking justice. As she tries to untangle the mysteries buried deep within the glass castle, her closest relationships suffer. It seems no one is above questioning her allegiances—not the Crown Prince Dorian; not Chaol, the Captain of the Guard; not even her best friend, Nehemia, a foreign princess with a rebel heart.

Then one terrible night, the secrets they have all been keeping lead to an unspeakable tragedy. As Celaena’s world shatters, she will be forced to give up the very thing most precious to her and decide once and for all where her true loyalties lie… and whom she is ultimately willing to fight for.

The book I’ve decided to feature in my first ever Backlist Blast is Crown of Midnight by Sarah J. Maas, the second book in the Throne of Glass series. I’ve read the first book twice and absolutely adored it to the moon and back so I desperately need to get to this book. Unfortunately it’s been out long enough that I know the big thing that happens (which is my own fault for taking so dang long), but I’m still looking forward to picking this up. Also, I lent one of my friends the entire series and he won’t get off my back about reading it because it’s just so good so I really do need to pick it up asap.

Thanks for reading my first Backlist Blast post! Hopefully you guys liked it. Let me know what you think of my choice in the comments below. Is Crown of Midnight really worth getting to soon?