The craze for hyped books can either have someone want to pick them up, or leave them alone. I’m someone where I go more based on the story itself. Time from time I like to look up what books people are raving about and recommend when I have read through my entire bookshelf. It’s never affected me whether a book has made its way around social media or is hardly spoken about, I go more for what the story is promising. Below is a list of books that have been hyped over. There are plenty more that are talked about, but these were the ones that intrigued me to actually go ahead and buy them.
- The Song of Achilles by Madeline Miller
I am a sucker for Greek and roman mythology, having been a fan of it for many years. So when I heard about this book and how it is a re-telling of the trojan war with Achilles at its centre, I was instantly intrigued. But it wasn’t until I bought the book and read the blurb did I realise it was about the relationship and the growth between Achilles and Prince Patroclus.
Whilst looking into this book, I also heard that it apparently is very emotional. It takes a lot for me to cry at a book, or even a film or tv show for that matter, so I am up for the challenge to see if this book will break that streak.
I know the mythology behind Achilles quite well, so I am intrigued to see what this re-telling has in store.
2. One of Us is Lying by Karen M. McManus
I am more a fantasy girl, but I do like to dive in to other genres now and then. Normally I find myself either reaching for an historic fiction book, or a thriller. In this case, I felt like I wanted to read a few more thrillers and when I did some research to see what thrillers are being well received, the series by Karen M. McManus was everywhere.
A more YA thriller — so perhaps a good idea to start with if you want to stretch newly into the genre — and follows a group of students who have been sent to detention, and one of them ends up being murdered.
I like a who’s done it mystery, and I love to be flipped all over the place and constantly guessing. The fact that the reviews I read up on this book said that’s exactly what happens, I am very intrigued.
I also love a debut novel, as you get to explore the author’s writing as well as the story, and normally that is when I get an urge whether to continue with more of their work or not.
3. Serpent & Dove by Shelby Mahurin
Another debut novel on this list, and I was actually quite surprised when I bought this to see it was such a large book. Normally publishers don’t want to take the risk on a book any more then four hundred pages, or equivalent to 100,000 words. So the fact that this is quite a hefty book already is bringing my expectations quite high.
The story is known to be more of a romance fantasy, and since I am a lover of Sarah J. Maas and the From Blood and Ash series by Jennifer L. Armentrout, I am anticipating to read this.
Following the idea of a witch hunter falling for a witch, it already sounds like it is going to be an enemies to lovers tale — which once again I am a sucker for. To be honest, I don’t know too much about this book as many reviews I came across were full of spoilers, and naturally I don’t want to know the ins and outs with what happen. But I know it is meant to be quite steamy and romance focused, so if it is up there with ACOTAR and From Blood and Ash, then I will definitely be picking up the sequel immediately.
4. Kingdom of the Wicked by Kerri Maniscalco
I do love a bit of a mystery within fantasy books, and when finding out about this book, it sounded exactly like that. Not only do we have a murder of a beloved twin sister, but they are also witches, bringing in that supernatural element.
I do like a bit of a murky tale, one that is wrapped in darkness and mayhem, and this is exactly what seems to be promised. It also does help to know that Maniscalco’s past work has been a New York Times best seller, and already sounds like this is her genre.
Mixing in a murder with the use of dark magic sounds like my cup of tea, and if it gives as much as it is promising, then I doubt I will be able to put the book down once it gets going — especially since it’s promising a dark, mysterious male character.
5. A Curse so Dark and Lonely by Brigid Kemmerer
I am a lover of the ACOTAR series by Sarah J. Maas as stated above, and so when I heard this book is another beauty and the beast re-telling, I was a bit sceptical as I didn’t think anyone could do such a good job as Maas did with flipping the re-telling on its head.
But after reading some more on it, I am finding myself more and more intrigued to read it — so I have caved and bought the book. The main thing that drew me to it is the fact that the main protagonist suffers from cerebral palsy. I find it rare for a fantasy book to really dive into disabilities and I am very intrigued to read how the character is written and how she uses what some see as a disadvantage to actually be her super power.
Not to mention, I am curious about the curse on the male character. It sounds quite different to the fairy-tale, and so I can’t help but wonder how many more twists and turns are in the tale that has people raving about it.
6. Scythe by Neal Shusterman
I’ll be honest, I did go through the stage of loving sci-fi when I was in my mid-teens, but since I have entered by twenties, I tend to steer away from it. But when I heard about this trilogy and the story, I couldn’t help but feel the urge to buy it.
Following a world where humans have conquered death, it sounds elevating. Its something we all want, the idea that we don’t have an end, and so a story about this already has me gripped. But then finding out that there is a job role for certain people who have the power to kill and stop the population from tipping over the edge, is the final push to get me to buy this.
From what the story is about, I already am certain I will be gripped to every page, and am very much looking forward to see what Shusterman has created when there is a world where humans are classified as immortal.
7. These Violent Delights by Chloe Gong
I have seen and heard many Romeo and Juliet re-telling’s over the years, so when I heard there was another I didn’t think much of it. But when I heard it was based in Shanghai and in the 1920s, that had me hooked.
It’s so inviting to see different cultures and to experience a new environment, and yet has familiarity with the story. I am not surprised this book has been flying off the shelves. Yet, when I read the blurb and got even more inside to what the story involved, I was shocked why I hadn’t picked it up already. The idea that there is more than just the re-telling of Shakespeare’s beloved tale. That there is a whisper of a monster in the shadows… it’s safe to say that this is in line for the next book I pick up to read.
8. The Poppy War by R. F. Kuang
Not only is this booked raved about on social media, but also I have many friends who have told me that I need to pick up this series. I do love an epic fantasy series, and the fact that this is meant to be based on politics from mid-20th century China mixed with the second Sino Japanese war makes it sound so refreshing from the typical middle ages European plot.
This series is meant to be hard gripping and does sound very dark, but I have never shied away from it. Some reviews have said it is a difficult read, but I am someone who respects when an author decides to explore taboo subjects and hard gripping events — as long as they do it correctly and respectfully, and it sounds like Kuang has done that.
Now the whole trilogy is out, I am ready to turn to this series and get my hands finally into the world Kuang has created.
Have you read any of these books? Which one would you recommend to read first? Or are you more someone who doesn’t like to get on the hype and rather find your own golden nuggets?