Welcome to Blogtober Day 3! A trend I have been seeing a lot more lately is people posting videos and blogs listing off their 5-Star TBR predictions, so I thought it would be fun to try! I first saw this over on BooksandLala’s channel which you can find here!
I will not be including any sequels.
The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo by Taylor Jenkins Reid.
This is one of the books on this list that I have absolutely no doubt in my mind I will love. I have added this to so many monthly TBRs, but haven’t found a good enough time to start it. It isn’t necessarily my type of book, but I have yet to see someone give it anything less than 5 stars, so I have high hopes. I will definitely be getting to this before 2019.
Evelyn Hugo is finally ready to tell the truth about her glamorous and scandalous life. But when she chooses unknown magazine reporter Monique Grant for the job, no one in the journalism community is more astounded than Monique herself. Why her? Why now?
Monique is not exactly on top of the world. Her husband, David, has left her, and her career has stagnated. Regardless of why Evelyn has chosen her to write her biography, Monique is determined to use this opportunity to jumpstart her career.
Summoned to Evelyn’s Upper East Side apartment, Monique listens as Evelyn unfurls her story: from making her way to Los Angeles in the 1950s to her decision to leave show business in the late 80s, and, of course, the seven husbands along the way. As Evelyn’s life unfolds through the decades—revealing a ruthless ambition, an unexpected friendship, and a great forbidden love—Monique begins to feel a very a real connection to the actress. But as Evelyn’s story catches up with the present, it becomes clear that her life intersects with Monique’s own in tragic and irreversible ways.
The Book of Essie by Meghan Maclean Weir.
Confession: I am reality TV trash, like hardcore. I will watch anything that is considered trashy, so I am always interested when it comes to books being about reality shows, but this is the first to TRULY intrigue me. The synopsis sounds so interesting, and I do think it has the potential to be an important read. I read the first chapter back in July, and I really enjoyed it, so let’s see how I feel when I finish it!
Esther Ann Hicks–Essie–is the youngest child on Six for Hicks,a reality television phenomenon. She’s grown up in the spotlight, both idolized and despised for her family’s fire-and-brimstone brand of faith. When Essie’s mother, Celia, discovers that Essie is pregnant, she arranges an emergency meeting with the show’s producers: Do they sneak Essie out of the country for an abortion? Do they pass the child off as Celia’s? Or do they try to arrange a marriage–and a ratings-blockbuster wedding? Meanwhile, Essie is quietly pairing herself up with Roarke Richards, a senior at her school with a secret of his own to protect. As the newly formed couple attempt to sell their fabricated love story to the media–through exclusive interviews with an infamously conservative reporter named Liberty Bell–Essie finds she has questions of her own: What was the real reason for her older sister leaving home? Who can she trust with the truth about her family? And how much is she willing to sacrifice to win her own freedom?
The Last Time I Lied by Riley Sager.
Let me start this one by saying I believe both The Final Girls and The Last Time I Lied will be 5 star reads, but I only own this one so it is what I decided to go with. Riley Sager is my perfect author. Her stories are both right up my alley, having to do with the slasher drama, playing with popular tropes. I heard mostly good things about this one, so hopefully I feel the same way.
Two Truths and a Lie. The girls played it all the time in their tiny cabin at Camp Nightingale. Vivian, Natalie, Allison, and first-time camper Emma Davis, the youngest of the group. The games ended when Emma sleepily watched the others sneak out of the cabin in the dead of night. The last she–or anyone–saw of them was Vivian closing the cabin door behind her, hushing Emma with a finger pressed to her lips.
Now a rising star in the New York art scene, Emma turns her past into paintings–massive canvases filled with dark leaves and gnarled branches that cover ghostly shapes in white dresses. The paintings catch the attention of Francesca Harris-White, the socialite and wealthy owner of Camp Nightingale. When Francesca implores her to return to the newly reopened camp as a painting instructor, Emma sees an opportunity to try to find out what really happened to her friends.
Yet it’s immediately clear that all is not right at Camp Nightingale. Already haunted by memories from fifteen years ago, Emma discovers a security camera pointed directly at her cabin, mounting mistrust from Francesca and, most disturbing of all, cryptic clues Vivian left behind about the camp’s twisted origins. As she digs deeper, Emma finds herself sorting through lies from the past while facing threats from both man and nature in the present.
And the closer she gets to the truth about Camp Nightingale, the more she realizes it may come at a deadly price.
Dark Places by Gillian Flynn.
I have absolutely no idea what this is about, and the reason I believe it will be 5 stars is completely because of the author. I have only read Sharp Objects, which I gave 4 stars, but my only complaint was the writing wasn’t *perfect*, which I do think will be different in this one… so yes, this is a shot in the dark, but I do think I will be giving this 5 stars.
Libby Day was seven when her mother and two sisters were murdered in “The Satan Sacrifice” of Kinnakee, Kansas. She survived—and famously testified that her fifteen-year-old brother, Ben, was the killer. Twenty-five years later, the Kill Club—a secret secret society obsessed with notorious crimes—locates Libby and pumps her for details. They hope to discover proof that may free Ben. Libby hopes to turn a profit off her tragic history: She’ll reconnect with the players from that night and report her findings to the club—for a fee. As Libby’s search takes her from shabby Missouri strip clubs to abandoned Oklahoma tourist towns, the unimaginable truth emerges, and Libby finds herself right back where she started—on the run from a killer.
Throne of Glass by Sarah J. Maas.
This is the other book on this list I am pretty positive will receive 5 stars from me. Everyone knows what this book is, and everyone has read it… except me. I LOVE the Court of Thorns and Roses series, and I know this is a lot of people’s favorite series, so I am pretty confident I will feel the same way. Sorry for the repetitiveness…
After serving out a year of hard labor in the salt mines of Endovier for her crimes, 18-year-old assassin Celaena Sardothien is dragged before the Crown Prince. Prince Dorian offers her her freedom on one condition: she must act as his champion in a competition to find a new royal assassin.
Her opponents are men-thieves and assassins and warriors from across the empire, each sponsored by a member of the king’s council. If she beats her opponents in a series of eliminations, she’ll serve the kingdom for four years and then be granted her freedom. Celaena finds her training sessions with the captain of the guard, Westfall, challenging and exhilarating. But she’s bored stiff by court life. Things get a little more interesting when the prince starts to show interest in her … but it’s the gruff Captain Westfall who seems to understand her best.
Then one of the other contestants turns up dead … quickly followed by another. Can Celaena figure out who the killer is before she becomes a victim? As the young assassin investigates, her search leads her to discover a greater destiny than she could possibly have imagined.
Year One by Nora Roberts.
Apocalyptic have and will always be my favorite, and this has just that. I love character driven stories, and this seems to be just that, so I am pumped! From what I got from the synopsis there are magical elements along with the apocalypse, so that will be new and interesting. I have never read Nora Roberts, but she seems to write a lot of different types of novels.
It began on New Year’s Eve.
The sickness came on suddenly, and spread quickly. The fear spread even faster. Within weeks, everything people counted on began to fail them. The electrical grid sputtered; law and government collapsed–and more than half of the world’s population was decimated.
Where there had been order, there was now chaos. And as the power of science and technology receded, magic rose up in its place. Some of it is good, like the witchcraft worked by Lana Bingham, practicing in the loft apartment she shares with her lover, Max. Some of it is unimaginably evil, and it can lurk anywhere, around a corner, in fetid tunnels beneath the river–or in the ones you know and love the most.
As word spreads that neither the immune nor the gifted are safe from the authorities who patrol the ravaged streets, and with nothing left to count on but each other, Lana and Max make their way out of a wrecked New York City. At the same time, other travelers are heading west too, into a new frontier. Chuck, a tech genius trying to hack his way through a world gone offline. Arlys, a journalist who has lost her audience but uses pen and paper to record the truth. Fred, her young colleague, possessed of burgeoning abilities and an optimism that seems out of place in this bleak landscape. And Rachel and Jonah, a resourceful doctor and a paramedic who fend off despair with their determination to keep a young mother and three infants in their care alive.
In a world of survivors where every stranger encountered could be either a savage or a savior, none of them knows exactly where they are heading, or why. But a purpose awaits them that will shape their lives and the lives of all those who remain.
The end has come. The beginning comes next.
Scythe by Neal Shusterman.
A book about grim reapers in training? Sign me up. This sounds SO interesting to me, and based on what I heard it is as amazing as it sounds. I haven’t read anything by Shusterman, so this would be a good introduction into his work. This has all of the makings of a 5-star read, it better be executed well!
Thou shalt kill.
A world with no hunger, no disease, no war, no misery. Humanity has conquered all those things, and has even conquered death. Now scythes are the only ones who can end life—and they are commanded to do so, in order to keep the size of the population under control.
Citra and Rowan are chosen to apprentice to a scythe—a role that neither wants. These teens must master the “art” of taking life, knowing that the consequence of failure could mean losing their own.
Heartless by Marissa Meyer.
As I have stated many and many times before, Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland is one of my favorite novels ever. It is so unique, and I feel everyone should read it at least once. This is a retelling based on The Queen of Hearts and how she got to where she is in Alice. Pair that with Marissa Meyer, one of my favorite authors, there is no way I won’t love this. I plan on reading this really soon.
Long before she was the terror of Wonderland—the infamous Queen of Hearts—she was just a girl who wanted to fall in love.
Catherine may be one of the most desired girls in Wonderland, and a favorite of the unmarried King of Hearts, but her interests lie elsewhere. A talented baker, all she wants is to open a shop with her best friend. But according to her mother, such a goal is unthinkable for the young woman who could be the next queen.
Then Cath meets Jest, the handsome and mysterious court joker. For the first time, she feels the pull of true attraction. At the risk of offending the king and infuriating her parents, she and Jest enter into an intense, secret courtship. Cath is determined to define her own destiny and fall in love on her terms. But in a land thriving with magic, madness, and monsters, fate has other plans.
Daughter of Smoke and Bone by Laini Taylor.
I honestly have no idea what this is about, and I don’t really have a reason as to why I believe I will be giving this 5 stars, but I just do. The reason I originally bought this was because of the covers, but I read the synopsis at some point and liked it, so yes. Hopeful 5 star read!
Around the world, black hand prints are appearing on doorways, scorched there by winged strangers who have crept through a slit in the sky.
In a dark and dusty shop, a devil’s supply of human teeth grows dangerously low.
And in the tangled lanes of Prague, a young art student is about to be caught up in a brutal otherworldly war.
Meet Karou. She fills her sketchbooks with monsters that may or may not be real, she’s prone to disappearing on mysterious “errands”, she speaks many languages – not all of them human – and her bright blue hair actually grows out of her head that color. Who is she? That is the question that haunts her, and she’s about to find out.
When beautiful, haunted Akiva fixes fiery eyes on her in an alley in Marrakesh, the result is blood and starlight, secrets unveiled, and a star-crossed love whose roots drink deep of a violent past. But will Karou live to regret learning the truth about herself?
This Savage Song by Victoria Schwab.
This spot could literally go to any Victoria Schwab book. I have literally no excuses as to why i haven’t read any of Victoria’s novels. I absolutely ADORE her as a person, and every one of her books sounds perfect for me, but I just haven’t picked any up. I actually did start this at some point in 2016, but I didn’t ever get past page 75 for some reason. Regardless, 2019 will be the year of Schwab.
There’s no such thing as safe in a city at war, a city overrun with monsters. In this dark urban fantasy from author Victoria Schwab, a young woman and a young man must choose whether to become heroes or villains—and friends or enemies—with the future of their home at stake. The first of two books.
Kate Harker and August Flynn are the heirs to a divided city—a city where the violence has begun to breed actual monsters. All Kate wants is to be as ruthless as her father, who lets the monsters roam free and makes the humans pay for his protection. All August wants is to be human, as good-hearted as his own father, to play a bigger role in protecting the innocent—but he’s one of the monsters. One who can steal a soul with a simple strain of music. When the chance arises to keep an eye on Kate, who’s just been kicked out of her sixth boarding school and returned home, August jumps at it. But Kate discovers August’s secret, and after a failed assassination attempt the pair must flee for their lives.
These are 10 books that are on my shelves that I believe will be 5 star reads. Whenever I read all 10 I will post an update blog, so keep an eye out for that! As always, thank you for reading!