So I follow several different booktubers and this tag came up a lot. Basically these are just three books that I’m a little afraid to read (for a variety of different reasons) but I really want to read them. These books are either going to require some extra focus or determination but I think I can get through them (and hopefully enjoy them!).
After Alice by Gregory Maguire
Uh can we just talk about this cover for a second, I’m in love. I’m all about a fairy tale spin-off, and Gregory Maguire is known for them. And unf just listen to this plot description on Goodreads:
When Alice toppled down the rabbit-hole 150 years ago, she found a Wonderland as rife with inconsistent rules and abrasive egos as the world she left behind. But what of that world? How did 1860s Oxford react to Alice’s disappearance?
In this brilliant new work of fiction, Gregory Maguire turns his dazzling imagination to the question of underworlds, undergrounds, underpinnings — and understandings old and new, offering an inventive spin on Carroll’s enduring tale. Ada, a friend of Alice’s mentioned briefly in Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland, is off to visit her friend, but arrives a moment too late — and tumbles down the rabbit hole herself.
Ada brings to Wonderland her own imperfect apprehension of cause and effect as she embarks on an odyssey to find Alice and see her safely home from this surreal world below the world. If Euridyce can ever be returned to the arms of Orpheus, or Lazarus can be raised from the tomb, perhaps Alice can be returned to life. Either way, everything that happens next is After Alice.
Cool right? But honestly, I don’t know if I will be able to handle his writing. I read Wicked and that was brutal. Not that it was bad, it was just A LOT. Granted, this one is smaller than Wicked but I’m still a little nervous. It just sounds so cool so I hope that I’m engaged. And it’s just so pretty. (#priorities)
Walk on the Earth a Stranger by Rae Carson
I think I’ve only read short stories by Rae Carson, if anything. I’ve heard her writing is good and the plot of this one sounds pretty unique:
Lee Westfall has a strong, loving family. She has a home she loves and a loyal steed. She has a best friend—who might want to be something more.
She also has a secret.
Lee can sense gold in the world around her. Veins deep in the earth. Small nuggets in a stream. Even gold dust caught underneath a fingernail. She has kept her family safe and able to buy provisions, even through the harshest winters. But what would someone do to control a girl with that kind of power? A person might murder for it.
When everything Lee holds dear is ripped away, she flees west to California—where gold has just been discovered. Perhaps this will be the one place a magical girl can be herself. If she survives the journey.
The acclaimed Rae Carson begins a sweeping new trilogy set in Gold Rush-era America, about a young woman with a powerful and dangerous gift.
Here’s the thing: 1) it’s a big book, 2) I’m not familiar with the author, and 3) it’s the start of a series. Some people get so excited to start a series, I get a little nervous. I have this tendency to not finish them. I have book commitment issues. I’m hoping that the writing and plot will be so good that I’ll just have to keep up!
Ink by Amanda Sun
COVER. Oh my gosh it is so pretty. So this book isn’t very long, and it’s got a decent sounding plot (plus it takes place in Japan):
On the heels of a family tragedy, the last thing Katie Greene wants to do is move halfway across the world. Stuck with her aunt in Shizuoka, Japan, Katie feels lost. Alone. She doesn’t know the language, she can barely hold a pair of chopsticks, and she can’t seem to get the hang of taking her shoes off whenever she enters a building.
Then there’s gorgeous but aloof Tomohiro, star of the school’s kendo team. How did he really get the scar on his arm? Katie isn’t prepared for the answer. But when she sees the things he draws start moving, there’s no denying the truth: Tomo has a connection to the ancient gods of Japan, and being near Katie is causing his abilities to spiral out of control. If the wrong people notice, they’ll both be targets.
Katie never wanted to move to Japan—now she may not make it out of the country alive.
Okay so this is a part of a series so there is my book commitment problem. But also, I’ve heard pretty mixed reviews.
What are some books on your shelf that seem a little intimidating? I want to know! Have a great day guys!