Okay, so. I’m sure many of you can relate to this, but I have a lot of unread books sitting on my shelves. Some of them I’m not so sure about anymore, and others I just know I’m going to love. Today, I want to talk a little bit about the latter group 😊
Without going too in-depth into my personal rating system, it’s hard to explain what elevates a book to that highest rating, but I’ll try my best to summarise 😂 Basically, if a book has a good balance of plot, character development, and world-building, the writing meshes well with me, and I can see myself re-reading it in the future, I’m more likely to give it a stellar rating. Those things don’t guarantee 5 stars, but the final factor is just a feeling, one that resonates with me when I finish a book 🙉 Like I said, it’s difficult to explain, and that’s not really the point of this post anyway 😂
Today I wanted to talk about the books that are sitting on my shelves, waiting to be read, that I think have the potential to be 5 star books for me. I’m not going to talk about my reasoning behind these predictions, because for the most part it’s just a gut feeling. Whether it’s the premise, the author, or the hype, here are the 6 books (not including sequels) on my TBR that I think could be 5 star reads for me!
Kingdom Of The Wicked
by Kerri Maniscalco
Two sisters. One murder.
A quest for vengeance that will unleash Hell itself…
Emilia and her twin sister Vittoria have been inseparable all their lives. As streghe – witches who exist secretly among humans – they know the dangers of drawing attention, and work at their family’s renowned Sicilian restaurant, avoiding notice and persecution.
But one night, Vittoria doesn’t come home. And it’s not long before a distraught Emilia discovers the body of her beloved twin, desecrated beyond belief. Devastated, Emilia vows to find her sister’s killer and seek vengeance at any cost – even if it means calling upon a dark magic that has been long forbidden.
Then Emilia meets Wrath, one of the Wicked – princes of Hell she has been warned against since she was a child. Wrath claims to be on Emilia’s side, tasked by his master with solving a series of murders on the island, of which Vittoria is the latest victim.
But when it comes to the Wicked, nothing is as it seems…
The Wrath & The Dawn
by Renée Ahdieh
Khalid, the eighteen-year-old Caliph of Khorasan, is a monster. Each night he takes a new wife, only to have her killed by sunrise.
Shahrzad is the first volunteer to become Khalid’s bride. She vows to stop his reign of terror – for the friend she lost, and all those who perished before her.
Incredibly, Shahrzad manages to survive her first morning… then the next.
Night after night, she mesmerizes the Caliph with her storytelling – at once buying time and digging deeper into the elusive boy-king’s past.
If Khalid is truly the murderous madman everyone says he is, how does Shahrzad find it so easy to fall for him?
by Cora Carmack
In a land ruled and shaped by violent magical storms, power lies with those who control them.
Aurora Pavan comes from one of the oldest Stormling families in existence. Long ago, the ungifted pledged fealty and service to her family in exchange for safe haven, and a kingdom was carved out from the wildlands and sustained by magic capable of repelling the world’s deadliest foes. As the sole heir of Pavan, Aurora’s been groomed to be the perfect queen. She’s intelligent and brave and honourable. But she’s yet to show any trace of the magic she’ll need to protect her people.
To keep her secret and save her crown, Aurora’s mother arranges for her to marry a dark and brooding Stormling prince from another kingdom. At first, the prince seems like the perfect solution to all her problems. He’ll guarantee her spot as the next queen and be the champion her people need to remain safe. But the more secrets Aurora uncovers about him, the more a future with him frightens her. When she dons a disguise and sneaks out of the palace one night to spy on him, she stumbles upon a black market dealing in the very thing she lacks – storm magic. And the people selling it? They’re not Stormlings. They’re storm hunters.
Legend says that her ancestors first gained their magic by facing a storm and stealing part of its essence. And when a handsome young storm hunter reveals he was born without magic, but possesses it now, Aurora realizes there’s a third option for her future besides ruin or marriage.
She might not have magic now, but she can steal it if she’s brave enough.
Challenge a tempest. Survive it. And you become its master.
by Brandon Sanderson
Spensa’s world has been under attack for decades.
Now pilots are the heroes of what’s left of the human race, and becoming one has always been Spensa’s dream. Since she was a little girl, she has imagined soaring skyward and proving her bravery. But her fate is intertwined with that of her father’s – a pilot himself who was killed years ago when he abruptly deserted his team, leaving Spensa the daughter of a coward, her chances of attending Flight School slim to none.
No one will let Spensa forget what her father did, yet fate works in mysterious ways. Flight school might be a long shot, but she is determined to fly. And an accidental discovery in a long-forgotten cavern might just provide her with a way to claim the stars.
The Dark Vault
by V.E. Schwab
Imagine a place where the dead rest on shelves like books.
Each body has a story to tell, a life seen in pictures only Librarians can read. The dead are called Histories, and the vast realm in which they rest is the Archive.
Mackenzie Bishop’s grandfather first brought her here four years ago, when she was twelve years old, frightened but determined to prove herself. Now her grandfather is dead, and Mac has grown into what he once was: a ruthless Keeper, tasked with stopping often-violent Histories from waking up and getting out. Because of her job, she lies to the people she loves, and she knows fear for what it is: a useful tool for staying alive.
The Bone Season
by Samantha Shannon
The year is 2059. Nineteen-year-old Paige Mahoney is working in the criminal underworld of Scion London, based at Seven Dials, employed by a man named Jaxon Hall. Her job: to scout for information by breaking into people’s minds. For Paige is a dreamwalker, a clairvoyant – and, in the world of Scion, she commits treason simply by breathing.
It is raining the day her life changes for ever. Attacked, drugged and kidnapped, Paige is transported to Oxford – a city kept secret for two hundred years, controlled by a powerful, otherworldly race. Paige is assigned to Warden, a Rephaite with mysterious motives. He is her master. Her trainer. Her natural enemy. But if Paige wants to regain her freedom she must allow herself to be nurtured in this prison where she is meant to die.
So there you have the 6 books on my TBR that I think could be 5 star reads for me! Have you read any of these books? What did you think? Until next time, happy reading 😘