5 STAR PREDICTIONS
Hello bookworms, today I am taking a look at my current TBR, and sitting down to chat about what books from it, might get a five-star rating from me. Personally, I give them out quite often, I’d say on average I give out 1 or so a month. I might be a little over-generous, but I also don’t often think that they will be five stars. That’s because I am always worried about setting myself up to fail. So often, I’ve thought a book will be AMAZING, and then I’m insanely disappointed when it is just an average book, so I try to keep my hopes low.
Anyway, let’s get into it.
THE SECRET HISTORY – DONNA TART
Under the influence of their charismatic classics professor, a group of clever, eccentric misfits at an elite New England college discover a way of thinking and living that is a world away from the humdrum existence of their contemporaries. But when they go beyond the boundaries of normal morality they slip gradually from obsession to corruption and betrayal, and at last – inexorably – into evil.
I’ve started this book twice and loved it both times. I think the furthest I’ve gotten is 60ish pages. It seems strange to say a book I’ve tried twice will be a five star, right? TSH is a slow-going book that is full of dense language and I think that’s why at the time I wasn’t in the mood for it, but that is also one of my favourite types of book. Add that into the fact that this is dark academia and I have very high hopes.
THE NIGHT CIRCUS – ERIN MORGERNSTERN
The circus arrives without warning. No announcements precede it. It is simply there, when yesterday it was not. Within the black-and-white striped canvas tents is an utterly unique experience full of breathtaking amazements. It is called Le Cirque des Rêves, and it is only open at night.
But behind the scenes, a fierce competition is underway—a duel between two young magicians, Celia and Marco, who have been trained since childhood expressly for this purpose by their mercurial instructors. Unbeknownst to them, this is a game in which only one can be left standing, and the circus is but the stage for a remarkable battle of imagination and will. Despite themselves, however, Celia and Marco tumble headfirst into love—a deep, magical love that makes the lights flicker and the room grow warm whenever they so much as brush hands.
Honestly, I cannot stop gushing about THE STARLESS SEA, and that has set me up to be insanely excited for her first novel, TNC. I adored the layered way she told TSS and the magic she weaved in so I just have high hopes that TNC will be the same, and that I will walk away with a new favourite book of all time again.
KING OF THORNS – MARK LAWRENCE
Prince Honorious Jorg Ancrath vowed when he was nine to avenge his slaughtered mother and brother—and punish his father for not doing so. When he was fifteen, he began to fulfill that vow. Now he is eighteen—and he must hold on by strength of arms to what he took by torture and treachery.
But he has found, in a chamber hidden beneath the castle, ancient and long-lost artifacts. Some might call them magic. Jorg is not certain—all he knows is that the secrets they hold can be put to terrible use in the coming battle…
I have loved every single book by this author, and the first book in this series was a five-star read. I adored the darkness, the bloodshed and the plot. There wasn’t a thing I disliked and so I have high expectations for the sequel.
THE DREAM THIEVES – MAGGIE STIEVATER
Now that the ley lines around Cabeswater have been woken, nothing for Ronan, Gansey, Blue, and Adam will be the same. Ronan, for one, is falling more and more deeply into his dreams, and his dreams are intruding more and more into waking life. Meanwhile, some very sinister people are looking for some of the same pieces of the Cabeswater puzzle that Gansey is after…
Here’s another book I’ve started twice in my life and never finished. Again, I’ll give the same reasons as I did for The Secret History, I just wasn’t in the mood for a book that was slow going. But I think the best way to read this book, is slowly, taking in every single word. I adored the first book in this series so again, like many other of these selections, I think I’ll love this too.
KING OF SCARS – LEIGH BARDUGO
Nikolai Lantsov has always had a gift for the impossible. No one knows what he endured in his country’s bloody civil war—and he intends to keep it that way. Now, as enemies gather at his weakened borders, the young king must find a way to refill Ravka’s coffers, forge new alliances, and stop a rising threat to the once-great Grisha Army.
Yet with every day a dark magic within him grows stronger, threatening to destroy all he has built. With the help of a young monk and a legendary Grisha Squaller, Nikolai will journey to the places in Ravka where the deepest magic survives to vanquish the terrible legacy inside him. He will risk everything to save his country and himself. But some secrets aren’t meant to stay buried—and some wounds aren’t meant to heal.
SO, I know, I knoooooow. This was a hit or miss for everyone, and I understand that. But I think, knowing me it will be a hit. I adored everything Leigh Bardugo writes, and this has Nikolai who is one of my favourites so I can’t see how this would go wrong or badly. But of course, it might. God I hope it doesn’t.
IF WE WERE VILLAINS – M.L RIO
Oliver Marks has just served ten years in jail – for a murder he may or may not have committed. On the day he’s released, he’s greeted by the man who put him in prison. Detective Colborne is retiring, but before he does, he wants to know what really happened a decade ago.
As one of seven young actors studying Shakespeare at an elite arts college, Oliver and his friends play the same roles onstage and off: hero, villain, tyrant, temptress, ingenue, extra. But when the casting changes, and the secondary characters usurp the stars, the plays spill dangerously over into life, and one of them is found dead. The rest face their greatest acting challenge yet: convincing the police, and themselves, that they are blameless.
Yup, this is on my DECEMBER TBR because I am THAT excited to get to it. I think my thing, like the overly specific genre that I love is dark literature academia that has to do with murder and mysteries. So, like, duh I have to love this.
THE BECOMING OF NOAH SHAW – MICHELLE HODKIN
This is what happens after happily ever after.
Everyone thinks seventeen-year-old Noah Shaw has the world on a string.
Mara Dyer is the only one he trusts with his secrets and his future.
And both are scared that uncovering the truth about themselves will force them apart.
The MARA DYER trilogy was a five star read for me. It was the perfect fun early 2000’s vibe read, and I am honestly super excited to get to this one. My friend was an angel and got me a sampler and a poster that came out with the release and I have been nervously waiting to read this ever since. I’m both excited and scared.
GATHERING OF SHADOWS – V. E SCHWAB
Now, restless after having given up his smuggling habit, Kell is visited by dreams of ominous magical events, waking only to think of Lila, who disappeared from the docks as she always meant to do. As Red London finalizes preparations for the Element Games–an extravagant international competition of magic meant to entertain and keep healthy the ties between neighboring countries–a certain pirate ship draws closer, carrying old friends back into port.
And while Red London is caught up in the pageantry and thrills of the Games, another London is coming back to life. After all, a shadow that was gone in the night will reappear in the morning. But the balance of magic is ever perilous, and for one city to flourish, another London must fall.
So, I only gave A DARKER SHADE OF MAGIC 4 stars when I read it. BUT, somehow, in my head, ever since I read ADSOM, I knew that the rest of the series would somehow be a five star read. I don’t know why or how but that is what my brain has decided. And even though I have only read one V.E Schwab book, she is one of my favourite authors simply for her social media presence.
OKAY. That’s it. 8 books that I think will get a 5 star rating from me. When I’ve read all of these, I will do a wrap-up and such on this post to see how right I was about them.
Are any of these books ones that you gave five stars? Or did you hate any of these?
Tell me below!