The last Top 5 of May from Shana at Bionic Bookworm and I have to say, this one threw me for a loop.
When I picture “summer reads”, I’m thinking of only one thing. Wistful female protagonists wearing pastel coloured dresses and straw sun hats walking along the beach daydreaming about a love they regret walking away from. I’ve never once read a book like that in my life and without dissing them, they’re just not my thing.
I embraced goth culture in my teenage years: the dyed black hair, the black nails, the works. Even now, I still love the darker side of books and so my summer reads aren’t exactly traditional. Today’s Top 5 is a list of all the books I’m looking forward to this summer and though they aren’t that summer-y, I still can’t wait to read them!
1. The Shadow of Kyoshi by F.C. Yee
I. Can’t. Wait for this book!
Due to release in hardback only in July this year, I’ve waited a full 12 months for this one. The sequel to The Rise of Kyoshi, which I read and reviewed last year and loved, this book is top of my list.
Carrying on the story of Kyoshi, an avatar with incredible powers, I’m expecting more grit and heartbreak in this book. Like Game of Thrones, the first book took no prisoners and literally anyone could die. Book one was full of feels, twists and some off-the-wall drama and if book two is anything like it, I’ll love this one too.
I’m begging for certain characters to survive but one way or the other, The Shadow of Kyoshi is a guaranteed epic read. Roll on July!
2. Neverwhere by Neil Gaiman
Told you I liked them dark!
A London-based urban fantasy that reveals a hidden magical world in Britain’s capital city. I don’t know much about this book other than it’s hugely popular and written by Neil Gaiman. Both are great indicators that Neverwhere is an awesome read and it’s high time it came off my TBR pile and got itself thoroughly read.
Even though it’s a darker book, I can’t wait to read this book any longer. If I have to wait until night time to get properly in the mood, I’ll do it!
3. Uncharted: The Fourth Labyrinth by Christopher Golden
This may or may not be urban fantasy/magic realism BUT I’m rolling the dice on this being the case.
The Fourth Labyrinth is (so far) the only novelisation of the story of Nathan Drake, star of the Uncharted video game series. The video games are amazing and all of them have some magical elements even if it’s not front and centre. Although, a zombie disease and an ancient city with a hallucinogenic water supply is arguably a bit more sci-fi.
Either way, the plots for the video games are not of this world and I’m expecting the same for this book. Even if the magic is in short supply, the action definitely won’t be!
4. Maelstrom by Andrew Hastie
Another sequel I am overdue reading!
I read and reviewed book one, Anachronist back in late 2018 (holy marscapone, how has it been that long?). Somehow, I haven’t read this sequel yet and I have no idea why because book one was epic. Plus, it ended on a cliffhanger and it’s actually driven me nuts for nearly two years.
A time travelling organisation, a young man who is struggling to put his criminal past behind him and a prophecy. It’s as good as it sounds!
Anachronist was full of fairly complex concepts, because hey, time travel isn’t straightforward. Maelstrom is probably going to delve even further into the intricacies of time travel so I’m really going to have concentrate. This summer, I’m making a pledge to get this book read!
5. The Haunting of Alaizabel Cray by Chris Wooding
It has been years since I read this book and I can’t tell you how much of a crime this is. This book is incredible and it deserves a re-read.
Chris Wooding is a fantastic author and I love his books but especially this one. Set in Victorian London, protagonist Nathanial discovers the mysterious Alaizabel Cray and all the horrors that come with her. Monsters stalk London now, both above and below, and it’s up to Nathanial to protect Alaizabel.
If you’re into horror-style historical urban fantasies, this one is an absolute must-read. That’s why it is going back on my TBR this summer, even if it’s not exactly traditionally summery!
Thanks for reading!