Weekend Reads #10: YA High Fantasy & Magical Realism

Happy Saturday, friends!

This weekend I shall (hopefully) be hunting for cars! I’m excited to finally buy a new car. It’s been over a year since I’ve owned a car, and to be honest, it has been so dreadful! I absolutely love to drive, so being able to do so again will be a huge relief. I’m keeping my fingers crossed that things will work out! Please, wish me all the best! I’ll need it.

Since this weekend will be spent on life theatrics, a slightly stressful one to boot, I decided to do a very chill post about the books that I will be reading in between the buying shenanigans. Both titles are from the young adult genre, with the latter being one of my most-anticipated reads for 2018.

Let me know in the comments some of the things you will either be reading or watching. Until next time, keep reading and keep otakuing.

Daughter of the Pirate King by Tricia Levenseller

This young adult high fantasy novel revolves around a young lady named Alosa. She is on a mission to find a map that will lead her to an amazing legendary treasure. The best way to find it is for her to get captured by her enemies so that she can search their ships. Once captured, she meets a first mate named Riden who is handsome and very cunning, and he is the only obstacle standing between her and this glorious map. But Alosa is not intimated by this pretty boy pirate, after all she is the daughter of the pirate king and being as such means she’s got tricks up her sleeves too.

I haven’t started this book quite yet, but I’ve heard it’s a nice light, romance type book. I figured this would be just the thing I’ll need to help complement all the emotionally heavy things I shall be encountering with my second read.

The Astonishing Colour of After by Emily X.R. Pan

Leigh Chen Sanders is certain about one thing: When her mother died by suicide, she turned into a bird. Leigh, who is half Asian and half white, travels to Taiwan to meet her maternal grandparents for the first time. There, she is resolute in finding her mother, the bird. In her search, she winds up chasing after ghosts, uncovering family secrets, and forging a new relationship with her grandparents. And as she grieves, she must try to reconcile the fact that on the same day she kissed her best friend and long-time secret crush, Axel, her mother was taking her own life.

The subject matter sounds like it will be very evocative and heart-breaking, but quite revealing as well as this young girl essentially embarks on a journey of self-discovery spurred on by the sheer amount of grief that she is faced with. I look forward to reading her story.

This is an #OwnVoices Taiwanese YA novel written by a female author.


13 thoughts on “Weekend Reads #10: YA High Fantasy & Magical Realism

    • It is very good, but it has some strong triggers for depression and suicide. But so far I love the writing and I’m totally captivated by the story.

  1. I’m picking up daughter of the pirate king soon too! Already got my copy of the duology 😊 Happy reading!

    • My copy of the second book came in a couple days ago! Hoping to start it after I finish another book. I hope you like it. It surprised me and I enjoyed it quite a lot.

  2. Oh my, both of these sound like great reads! I’m all for light romance that’s not insta-love, and the other title sounds so eerie and intriguing! Also congrats on the new car ✨✨

    • Daughter of the Pirate King ended up being rather good. No instalove or love triangles. Planning on posting a review in a couple of days, but I recommend it for a fun, fast read. 😃 Thanks so much!! I really love the car.

  3. Ahhh I know already that you got the coolest car ever! Glowy spaceship wheel ftw <3 I've got The Astonishing Colour of After on my tbr too, hope you enjoyed it!

    • Yes! I totally did, haha. 😀 I’m only a few chapters into it, but I love the writing style. It’s very artistic and flowery.

  4. Definitely let me know how Daughter Of The Pirate King is! I’m really curious! It’s in my local overdrive audio library so if it’s good I’ll totally check it out

    • So far I’m really enjoying it. It’s a super fast-read. I love that the main character’s have chemistry, but it’s not insta-love. The MC is a very independent, strong-willed female too. I’m about halfway done. Should be finishing by the end of the week. 🙂

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