hello my lovelies and a happy friday to you all!! my week was absolutely exhausting; not only did i work three days back to back but i also started uni again! i absolutely enjoyed being back in the seminar room and seeing familiar faces, talking about political theory and democracy in countries around the world. whiiich means i kind of haven’t had time to read proper books. oh for sure, i’ve been reading lots of fanfic ::guilty:: if i had a rough guess at how many words i’ve read this week, it’s probably around 200-250k. i’m just aching for the familiarity of old favourites and re-reading my favourite ghost hunt fanfic.
that being said, i do plan on finishing a book this weekend! i’m honestly encouraging myself with the mantra that if i just finish this, i’ll be able to tackle one of my most anticipated reads of 2019! if you scroll blow, you’ll probably see a pattern in my tbr books: not only are almost all of them written entirely by asian authors, but there’s a thread running throughout all of them that corresponds with the confucius quote below:
Before you embark on a journey of revenge, dig two graves.
the theme of this week, essentially, is vengeance. if you couldn’t tell by the name of my blog, i love revenge stories!
In the aftermath of the Third Poppy War, shaman and warrior Rin is on the run: haunted by the atrocity she committed to end the war, addicted to opium, and hiding from the murderous commands of her vengeful god, the fiery Phoenix. Her only reason for living is to get revenge on the traitorous Empress who sold out Nikan to their enemies.
With no other options, Rin joins forces with the powerful Dragon Warlord, who has a plan to conquer Nikan, unseat the Empress, and create a new Republic. Rin throws herself into his war. After all, making war is all she knows how to do.
But the Empress is a more powerful foe than she appears, and the Dragon Warlord’s motivations are not as democratic as they seem. The more Rin learns, the more she fears her love for Nikan will drive her away from every ally and lead her to rely more and more on the Phoenix’s deadly power. Because there is nothing she won’t sacrifice for her country and her vengeance.
The sequel to R.F. Kuang’s acclaimed debut THE POPPY WAR, THE DRAGON REPUBLIC combines the history of 20th-century China with a gripping world of gods and monsters, to devastating effect.
y’all.. this book. if the poppy war hadn’t already completely destroyed me last year, the dragon republic is here to finish off what’s left. i’ve already written about tdr extensively on twitter and in one of my waiting on wednesdays posts. tpw took us on a great and terrible journey, ending on a high note of death and destruction and rin’s promise of vengeance. i was absolutely devastated when i found out it wasn’t coming out until june of next year. THEN the date got pushed back. but don’t worry, my dear, you’re here now *pines softly* i’ve already got a tdr playlist queued up with lots of tracks from house of flying daggers and elizabeth: the golden age. i’m scared though because a lot of my fave book bloggers are reading it/have read and it’s…. it’s not looking good for my emotional wellbeing. i am the biggest baby and i cry easily over books, tv shows, movies, etc.
Once upon a time, a girl had a father, a prince, a society of friends. Then they betrayed her, and she destroyed them all.
Adelina Amouteru’s heart has suffered at the hands of both family and friends, turning her down the bitter path of revenge. Now known and feared as the White Wolf, she flees Kenettra with her sister to find other Young Elites in the hopes of building her own army of allies. Her goal: to strike down the Inquisition Axis, the white-cloaked soldiers who nearly killed her.
But Adelina is no heroine. Her powers, fed only by fear and hate, have started to grow beyond her control. She does not trust her newfound Elite friends. Teren Santoro, leader of the Inquisition, wants her dead. And her former friends, Raffaele and the Dagger Society, want to stop her thirst for vengeance. Adelina struggles to cling to the good within her. But how can someone be good when her very existence depends on darkness?
Bestselling author Marie Lu delivers another heart-pounding adventure in this exhilarating sequel to The Young Elites.
the young elites was another book about the rise of an anti-heroine and the dark path that the powerless take to rise up and seize power. like rin, adelina too is abandoned by allies, betrayed and looked upon with suspicion. i read it years and years ago when it came out but i still have a deep, abiding love for it. the entire trilogy is sitting on my bookshelf waiting for me to pick it up and plunge back into its universe. adelina was such a tragic character, full of passion and love for her sister but also plagued by dark impulses that she struggled to master. marie lu once described adelina as a ‘young, female darth vader‘ and you KNOW i’m on that shit. i swear, the rose society, i will give you the adoration and respect you are due once i’m finished all my arcs. this i promise, my queen. i’m ready to continue adelina’s journey.
Postcard-perfect Jar Island is home to charming tourist shops, pristine beaches, amazing oceanfront homes—and three girls secretly plotting revenge.
KAT is sick and tired of being bullied by her former best friend.
LILLIA has always looked out for her little sister, so when she discovers that one of her guy friends has been secretly hooking up with her, she’s going to put a stop to it.
MARY is perpetually haunted by a traumatic event from years past, and the boy who’s responsible has yet to get what’s coming to him.
None of the girls can act on their revenge fantasies alone without being suspected. But together…anything is possible.
With an alliance in place, there will be no more “I wish I’d said…” or “If I could go back and do things differently…” These girls will show Jar Island that revenge is a dish best enjoyed together.
hello contemporary revenge fantasy!! i love jenny han and this book comes highly recommended from khanh and i punted it onto my tbr ages ago. i heard it was fun, mean and bitchy, full of unlikeable characters who you root for nonetheless. might i say, my brand? there’s also a weird magic plotline as well at the end of the book so i’m all eye emoji over it. i’ll probably give it a go after all the high fantasy i’ve been reading.
that’s it for this week! i love doing themed tbr fridays like this. do you love revenge stories as well? what are your favourites? tell me your opinions about the selections in the comments below!!