Hey everyone! It’s that time of year again where I’m making my book reading list, and this year, I decided I should get some input from all of my wonderful readers!
So as some of you may know, last year I started a reading challenge with a friend where I had to read at least one book a month (since I always struggled to find time to read, I decided that would be a good number to start with). Well, I’m glad to say I reached that goal and almost got thirty-six books read! So this year, I’m hoping to read at least two books a month, if not more! I also tried to review each book I read, and even did some extras, which I’m hoping to keep doing this year too!
That being said, I thought it would be fun if I asked all my readers for their input on what book they would like me to read and review next! If I get a lot of participation, I may do this every month, so please, participate in the poll and if you’d like, leave a comment below! First off, here are the choices!
Choice #1: The King’s Scrolls (Ilyon Chronicles #2) by Jaye L. Knight
Following the harrowing events that brought them to Landale Forest, Jace and Kyrin have settled comfortably into their new lives and the mission of protecting those under the emperor’s persecution. The fast approach of winter brings with it the anticipation of a quiet few months ahead. That is until the arrival of four mysterious, dragon-riding cretes who seek aid in a mission of great importance—not only to their own people, but to all followers of Elôm.
Hidden in the vast mining valley north of Valcré, a faithful crete has spent years sharing his knowledge with the destitute miners and their families and is known to possess what may be Arcacia’s last surviving copies of the King’s Scrolls—the Word of Elôm. Joining the cretes, those in Landale must find the crete teacher and bring him to safety, but it is a race against time. Should Daican’s men find him first, execution and the destruction of the Scrolls is certain.
When disaster strikes, all seems lost. Could Elôm have a plan even in the enemy’s triumph?
I read the first book in the series (review here) and really enjoyed it, so this was a definite one on my list!
Choice #2: Dare (The Blades of Acktar Book 1) by Tricia Mingerink
Courage could cost him everything.
Third Blade Leith Torren never questions his orders or his loyalty to King Respen until an arrow wound and a prairie blizzard drive him to the doorstep of the girls whose family he once destroyed.
Their forbidden faith and ties to the Resistance could devastate their family a second time.
Survival depends on obedience, but freedom beckons. How far does he dare go to resist the king and his Blades?
No matter what Leith chooses, one thing is certain.
Someone will die.
This book is another I had to put on my list! I saw that this author and the author of the Ilyon Chronicles did a little character get together once on one of their blogs, and since every time I looked up the Ilyon Chronicles, this series also came up, I’ve been wanting to read it. Besides, just look at that synopsis! Seems compelling to me!
Choice #3: A Midwinter’s Wedding: A Retelling of the Frog Prince (The Four Kingdoms) by Melanie Cellier
Princess Cordelia is used to being overshadowed by her many brothers and sisters. So when she’s offered the chance to attend her brother’s wedding in a faraway kingdom, she leaps at it. In Northhelm, she’ll finally have the chance to stand out. And maybe, just maybe, she’ll even find romance.
But not everything in the Northhelmian court is as it appears. With her brother distracted by the wedding, only Ferdinand, the ugliest man at court, will listen to Cordelia’s concerns. An observant princess and a strangely amphibious soldier may be the only thing standing between all Four Kingdoms and disaster.
Cordelia will have to overcome prejudice, deceit and danger if she wants to save the day and find romance at A Midwinter’s Wedding.
So I’m not usually too into romance, but since this one is clean and Christian AND a fairytale retelling, I decided to get the book, and that’s why it is on here! I actually read Melanie Dickerson’s retelling of the Frog Prince, and much to my surprise I really liked it. So I’m hoping I’ll like this one just as much!
Choice #4: Desperate Forest: A YA Fairytale Romance (The Forest Tales Series Book 1) by Cece Louise
A princess on the run. An outlaw plagued by secrets. Will they lose everything to the dark forest?
For nineteen years, Princess Roselynn’s life has been safe and comfortable. Until her father is murdered, and she discovers a plot to end her life. Hoping to find safety in the arms of her betrothed, she flees to the perilous Eternity Forest—only to be captured by a brash outlaw named Jay.
With no choice but to join forces with his group, Roselynn soon discovers everyone there has their own purpose—and secrets. Torn between her disdain for Jay and growing attraction to him, she strives to solve the mystery behind his tough exterior and shadowy past, especially when he tells her she can’t trust the man she promised her hand to.
As the lines between enemy and ally blur, Roselynn must question what she knows and where her heart lies. Can she discover the truth and save her kingdom before it’s too late?
This one looks really good, especially the whole lover’s to enemies and runaway princess trope, which I love! And the cover is gorgeous, which really makes me want to read it!
Choice #5: The King’s Knight by Matthew Blythe and Cynthia Stuckey
After a dramatic rescue from a putrid dungeon, a lanky former slave named Jonathan embarks on a journey toward a new identity.
Filled with awe and gratitude over the king’s pardon of his deserved death penalty, Jonathan resolves to serve the king all of his days-but his commitment does not come without difficulty.
Much to his surprise, Jonathan’s rescuers take him under their wing and welcome him into their royal military unit, dubbing him with a new name-Sir Jonathan. Despite their mentorship and heartwarming camaraderie, Sir Jonathan must still face a number of life-threatening personal dragons on his own.
Will he overcome them in time? Or will it be too late?
Filled with suspense, inner turmoil, and a determined hope,
The King’s Knight accurately and poignantly depicts the many challenges and joys faced by those who follow the true king.
So my grandma accidentally got me this book for Christmas instead of another book I asked for, but since it looked and sounded interesting (and since I love allegories and that’s what it sounds like) I decided to keep it and try it sometime!
The day of the deadline, I will post in the comments which book has won, so keep tuned for that!
Have you ever read any of these? Do you want to read any of these yourself? Let me know in the comments below, and thank you so much for participating! God bless! ~ Kay Adelin
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Okay, it looks like book #5, The King’s Knight by Matthew Blythe and Cynthia Stuckey has won the poll!