Yay! Saturday is finally here! This means I get to return some library books and then spend the day playing video games with Sir Betrothed; hell, we may even take a nap because that’s what Saturdays are for. You know what else Saturdays are for? Lazy book reading in bed while in my cosiest pyjamas, cuddling with my number one cat cow. With that unnecessarily strange intro, hello everyone! I hope your weekend is off to a neat start.
I have been reading so many non-fiction books to get through my stack of rented Japanese and Japanese-American history books that I feel I need a break so as not to burn myself out on the subject matter. So, this week I shall be diving more diligently into my pile of speculative fiction. This weekend I will be beginning with two of my most-anticipated. In addition, I also have a young adult new release that is an #OwnVoices South Asian thriller. If the video games don’t fill my Saturday and Sunday with excitement, hopefully these reads can.
Bloodstar (Star Corpsman #1) by Ian Douglas
Y’all may recognise this from my first library loot post. It’s a military science-fiction book, a first in a series, that revolves around Navy Corpsman Elliot Carlyle. He joined the military so he could help people, but now him and Bravo Company’s Black Wizards of the interstellar Fleet Marine Force are on their way to a hellish, volatile rock planet called Bloodworld that is colonised by a fanatical group called the Salvationists, who wants an inhospitable place to atone for humankind’s sins. When the Qesh—a strange alien race that’s been detected but unknown for six decades—finally make their violent first contact, the Salvationists desire for penance may prove deadly. Now it’s up to Bravo Company to confront this force of powerful, impenetrable foes in an effort to save countless number of lives.
Into the Drowning Deep (Rolling in the Deep #1) by Mira Grant
A mythological, science-fiction, fantasy novel that revolves around the Mariana Trench. Seven years ago, the Atargatis set off on a voyage to the Trench to film a “mockumentary” that would bring the ancient sea creatures of legend to life. The crew was lost at sea with all hands. Many people have referred to it as a maritime tragedy, whiles others believe it’s a hoax. Now a new crew has been assembled, but this time their aim is not for entertainment, but for validation as well as adventure. But for one crew member, Victoria Stewart, it is a mission to uncover the fate of the sister she lost.
Damselfly by Chandra Prasad
I randomly came across this book at the library a few weeks ago! It’s an #OwnVoices young adult suspense thriller that follows a teenager named Sam Mishra. She awakes in the middle of the jungle with no idea how she got there or where she is exactly. One moment her team was being flown to a fencing tournament, and the next she’s here. As she wanders around, desperately searching for her best friend, Mel, Sam comes across some of her teammates. As everyone tries to figure out how to survive, they soon discover that they are most-definitely not alone in this strange and alien jungle, and now a fight for survival turns into a frantic fight for their very lives.
I have a feeling that Damselfly will be a fast-paced read. I’ve already read the first couple of pages and it picks up rather quickly with its ambiance and tension! My goal is to stay optimistic about it turning into a delightful, and somewhat terrifying, surprise.