I decided to update my To Be Read pile to reflect what I will be actually reading coming up and what reviews you can expect. I decided to change it up a bit since I needed some new reading inspiration and was having issues with becoming invested/interested in picking up new things (and trust me, I have a lot of new things to read). So here’s the breakdown of my new reads/reviews, and their descriptions, you can look for coming up soon!
Phasma by Delilah S. Dawson
She commands the favor of her superiors, the respect of her peers, and the terror of her enemies. But Captain Phasma, renowned officer of the First Order, remains as unknowable as the impassive expression on her gleaming chrome helmet. Now an obsessed adversary is determined to unearth her mysterious origins—and expose the secret she guards as zealously as she serves her masters.
Aboard the battle cruiser Absolution, a Resistance spy endures brutal interrogation at the hands of Cardinal, a crimson-armored stormtrooper. The information he desires has nothing to do with covert operations. What Cardinal seeks is the hidden history of Phasma, his hated rival for power and privilege in the ranks of the First Order. Whatever long-buried scandal, treachery, or private demons Cardinal means to discover will be the weapon he wields to destroy her. While the captor and the captive are locked in a painstaking war of wills, the spellbinding chronicle of the inscrutable Phasma unfolds. But this knowledge may prove more than just dangerous once Cardinal possesses it—and once his adversary unleashes the full measure of her fury. – Phasma by Delilah S. Dawson, back cover
Tower of Dawn by Sarah J. Maas
Chaol Westfall has always defined himself by his unwavering loyalty, his strength, and his position as the Captain of the Guard. But all of that has changed since the glass castle shattered, since his men were slaughtered, since the King of Adarlan spared him from a killing blow, but left his body broken.
His only shot at recovery lies with the legendary healers of the Torre Cesme in Antica–the stronghold of the southern continent’s mighty empire. And with war looming over Dorian and Aelin back home, their survival might lie with Chaol and Nesryn convincing its rulers to ally with them.
But what they discover in Antica will change them both–and be more vital to saving Erilea than they could have imagined. –Tower of Dawn by Sarah J. Maas, book description
Black Spire by Delilah S. Dawson
After devastating losses at the hands of the First Order, General Leia Organa has dispatched her agents across the galaxy in search of allies, sanctuary, and firepower—and her top spy, Vi maradi, may have just found all three, on a secluded world at the galaxy’s edge.
A planet of lush forests, precarious mountains, and towering petrified trees, Batuu is on the farthest possible frontier of the galactic map, the last settled world before the mysterious expanse of Wild Space. The rogues, smugglers, and adventurers who eke out a living in the largest settlement on the planet, Black Spire Outpost, are here to avoid prying eyes and unnecessary complications. Vi, a Resistance spy on the run from the First order, is hardly a welcome guest. And when a shuttle full of stormtroopers lands in her wake, determined to root her out, she has no idea where to find help.
To survive, Vi will have to seek out the good-hearted heroes hiding in a world that redefines scum and villainy, With the help of a traitorous trooper and her acerbic droid, she begins to gather a colorful band of outcasts and misfits, and embarks on a mission to spark the fire of resistance on Batuu—before the First Order snuffs it out entirely. –Black Spire by Delilah S. Dawson, inside cover.
Dark Force Rising by Timothy Zahn
The dying Empire’s most cunning and ruthless warlord, Grand Admiral Thrawn, has taken command of the remnants of the Imperial fleet and launched a massive campaign aimed at the New Republic’s destruction. Meanwhile, Han Solo and Lando Calrissian race against time to find proof of treason inside the highest Republic Council—only to discover instead a ghostly fleet of warships that could bring doom to their friends and victory to their enemies.
Yet most dangerous of all is a new Dark Jedi, risen from the ashes of a shrouded past, consumed by bitterness, and scheming to corrupt Luke Skywalker to the dark side. –Dark Force Rising by Timothy Zahn, back cover.
The Heart’s Invisible Furies by John Boyne
Cyril Avery is not a real Avery—or at least, that’s what his adoptive parents tell him. And he never will be. But if he isn’t a real Avery, then who is he?
Born out of wedlock to a teenage girl cast out from her rural Irish community and adopted by a well-to-do if eccentric Dublin couple via the intervention of a hunchbacked Redemptorist nun, Cyril is adrift in the world, anchored only tenuously by his close friendship with the infinitely more glamorous and dangerous Julian Woodbead. At the mercy of fortune and coincidence, he will spend a lifetime coming to know himself and where he came from—and over his many years will struggle to discover an identity, a home, a country, and much more.
In this, Boyne’s most transcendent work to date, we are shown the story of Ireland from the 1940s to today through the eyes of one ordinary man. The Heart’s Invisible Furies is a novel that sparks both laughter and tears while reminding us all of the redemptive power of the human spirit. –The Heart’s Invisible Furies by John Boyne, inside cover.
None Like Him: 10 Ways God is Different From Us (and why that’s a good thing) by Jen Wilkin
Our limitations are by design. We were never meant to be God. But at the root of every sin is our rebellious desire to possess attributes that belong to God alone. Calling us to embrace our limits as a means of glorifying God’s limitless power, Jen Wilkin invites us to celebrate the freedom that comes when we rest in letting God be God. –None Like Him by Jen Wilkin, back cover