top ten tuesday

Top Ten Tuesday: My Most Recent (Favourite) Reads

Top Ten Tuesday was created by The Broke and the Bookish in June of 2010 and was moved to That Artsy Reader Girl in January of 2018. It was born of a love of lists, a love of books, and a desire to bring bookish friends together.

It’s Tuesday again and this week’s TTT is going to seem a little repetitive since I have recently shared what I’ve read last month here.

Instead, I will share my last 4 to 5 star rated books in 2021 so far because they warrant just more notice and love! If anything catches your eye, please try and find a copy for yourself because I more than recommend these to anyone who is even remotely interested in their descriptions.

1. The Gilded Ones by Namina Forna (review)

  • A beautiful first book in a new fantasy world, a girl faces her inner demon (literally) when she realizes her blood bleeds a different colour. Her salvation? An offer to fight as the monster she is for the kingdom against savage beasts.
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4 star, YA

Review: The Gilded Ones by Namina Forna

Series: Deathless #1

Sixteen-year-old Deka lives in fear and anticipation of the blood ceremony that will determine whether she will become a member of her village. Already different from everyone else because of her unnatural intuition, Deka prays for red blood so she can finally feel like she belongs.

But on the day of the ceremony, her blood runs gold, the color of impurity–and Deka knows she will face a consequence worse than death.

Then a mysterious woman comes to her with a choice: stay in the village and submit to her fate, or leave to fight for the emperor in an army of girls just like her. They are called alaki–near-immortals with rare gifts. And they are the only ones who can stop the empire’s greatest threat.

Knowing the dangers that lie ahead yet yearning for acceptance, Deka decides to leave the only life she’s ever known. But as she journeys to the capital to train for the biggest battle of her life, she will discover that the great walled city holds many surprises. Nothing and no one are quite what they seem to be–not even Deka herself.

This one has been floating around the YA sphere even before it published recently and I can see where all the hype is coming from for it is very well deserved. The Gilded Ones is a female-empowering story that show girls are not only worth more than a subservient role in a patriarchal society, but they are strong and will fight until another day to survive.

Deka was raised in the Northern area of the kingdom although her appearance resembles that of her mother, a Southerner. Already deemed different in this way alone, she’d always wanted to fit in. The Ritual of Purity for every girl come of age would determine if they were pure or impure based on the colour of their blood. Deka was determined to fit in and finally be approved by her village. Of course, nothing goes as planned right?

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Anticipated Books Coming May 2021

I cannot believe it is officially May already, can you? It feels like I’m in some perpetual time loop where every day feels kind of the same but maybe with slight differences? I am hoping for good things this month. I’m starting a new job end of the month, wrapping up everything at my current place. It’s fitting that a month of rebirth like May is full of bittersweet goodbyes while also welcoming new beginnings.

I hope as your days get brighter (if you’re in the northern hemisphere), you will be reminded that there is good in sometimes just the simplest of pleasures in this world, like the budding of a new leaf or the coolness of splashing in some water.

Okay, now that we’re past the sentimentality, let’s move onto what we’re anticipating here at DTRH in a very full month of May!

May 4

  • Realm Breaker by Victoria Aveyard
  • Blade of Secrets by Tricia Levenseller
  • The Ones We’re Meant to Find by Joan He
  • Take Me Home Tonight by Morgan Matson
  • Sunkissed by Kasie West
  • 10 Truths and a Dare by Ashley Elston
  • Counting Down with You by Tashie Bhuiyan

May 11

  • Illusionary by Zoraida Cordova

May 18

  • Don’t Breathe a Word by Jordyn Taylor
  • Last Chance Books by Kelsey Rodkey

May 25

  • Sixteen Scandals by Sophie Jordan

That’s it from us! Let us know if you are anticipating any of these releases as much as we are! And if we’re missing something you are super excited for, please share with us so we can add that too 🙂