Hello readers and welcome or welcome back to Blogmas. How is everyone’s December going? I am currently working on all the challenges and things I want to try for 2021. It is day 4 and we are going to discuss the series I would love to start in 2021, even though I shouldn’t start any. I am going to try to restrain from starting too many new series, but these are the ones at the top of the list, if I do start any. Yesterday, in my series I want to finish, I gave you five series I want to finish in 2021. Today, we are going to discuss six series I would like to start in 2021, and in a perfect world, finish.
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Uglies by Scott Westerfeld
Every year I tell myself that I want to take the leap and try this series, and I just need to get to it in 2021. Uglies is the book that has been on my Goodreads TBR the longest, at eight years, nine in 2021. I need to just take the jump, and try to borrow them from the library, or something. I am not sure why I didn’t read this during the dystopian craze back in 2012/2013, or ever since. I haven’t heard much about them, good or bad, so I don’t know what this series will bring.
Synopsis: Tally is about to turn sixteen, and she can’t wait. Not for her license — for turning pretty. In Tally’s world, your sixteenth birthday brings an operation that turns you from a repellent ugly into a stunningly attractive pretty and catapults you into a high-tech paradise where your only job is to have a really great time. In just a few weeks Tally will be there. But Tally’s new friend Shay isn’t sure she wants to be pretty. She’d rather risk life on the outside. When Shay runs away, Tally learns about a whole new side of the pretty world — and it isn’t very pretty. The authorities offer Tally the worst choice she can imagine: find her friend and turn her in, or never turn pretty at all. The choice Tally makes changes her world forever.
The Daevabad trilogy by S.A. Chakraborty
This is a series I considered starting in 2020, but I haven’t gotten around to it. In 2021, my reading will be much more flexible, and I can fit it in. As I venture more into fantasy in 2021, this will be the place I start. I currently don’t have my subscription to Scribd, but I will get it back next year and read these books!
Synopsis: Nahri has never believed in magic. Certainly, she has power; on the streets of 18th century Cairo, she’s a con woman of unsurpassed talent. But she knows better than anyone that the trade she uses to get by—palm readings, zars, healings—are all tricks, sleights of hand, learned skills; a means to the delightful end of swindling Ottoman nobles. But when Nahri accidentally summons an equally sly, darkly mysterious djinn warrior to her side during one of her cons, she’s forced to accept that the magical world she thought only existed in childhood stories is real. For the warrior tells her a new tale: across hot, windswept sands teeming with creatures of fire, and rivers where the mythical marid sleep; past ruins of once-magnificent human metropolises, and mountains where the circling hawks are not what they seem, lies Daevabad, the legendary city of brass, a city to which Nahri is irrevocably bound. In that city, behind gilded brass walls laced with enchantments, behind the six gates of the six djinn tribes, old resentments are simmering. And when Nahri decides to enter this world, she learns that true power is fierce and brutal. That magic cannot shield her from the dangerous web of court politics. That even the cleverest of schemes can have deadly consequences. After all, there is a reason they say be careful what you wish for…
Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo
I binged the entire Shadow and Bone trilogy in 2019, and I fully planned on buying this series immediately, and reading it. I just haven’t done it yet. At some point, in 2021, I will buy these books and read them. I would really like to get to these books and King of Scars before the TV show comes along, but I don’t really know when that will be. According to the reliable internet, it could come at any moment.
Synopsis: Ketterdam: a bustling hub of international trade where anything can be had for the right price—and no one knows that better than criminal prodigy Kaz Brekker. Kaz is offered a chance at a deadly heist that could make him rich beyond his wildest dreams. But he can’t pull it off alone. . . .
A convict with a thirst for revenge
A sharpshooter who can’t walk away from a wager
A runaway with a privileged past
A spy known as the Wraith
A Heartrender using her magic to survive the slums
A thief with a gift for unlikely escapes
Kaz’s crew is the only thing that might stand between the world and destruction—if they don’t kill each other first.
Akata Witch by Nnedi Okorafor
Akata Witch is a middle grade fantasy series about an albino Nigerian girl that I have been recommended on the Libby app over and over. I have received it on Libby a few times, and haven’t had time to get to it. I just need to take the leap and try it next year. Before compiling this list, I didn’t even know it was middle grade, but it does make me want to read it more.
Synopsis: Sunny Nwazue lives in Nigeria, but she was born in New York City. Her features are West African, but she’s albino. She’s a terrific athlete, but can’t go out into the sun to play soccer. There seems to be no place where she fits in. And then she discovers something amazing—she is a “free agent” with latent magical power. And she has a lot of catching up to do. Soon she’s part of a quartet of magic students, studying the visible and invisible, learning to change reality. But just as she’s finding her footing, Sunny and her friends are asked by the magical authorities to help track down a career criminal who knows magic, too. Will their training be enough to help them against a threat whose powers greatly outnumber theirs?
Wolf by Wolf by Ryan Graudin
I just recently heard about this duology. From what I understand, it is a book about Nazi Germany winning the war. It follows a person who is on a mission to kill Hitler. I read a book before that was about the Nazis winning the war, and it was not that good. It was called The Man in the High Castle. I have heard the TV show is amazing, but the book was lacking for me. I am excited to try this book and see if it is a better representation of that concept, because it is an interesting one.
Synopsis: The year is 1956, and the Axis powers of the Third Reich and Imperial Japan rule. To commemorate their Great Victory, Hitler and Emperor Hirohito host the Axis Tour: an annual motorcycle race across their conjoined continents. The victor is awarded an audience with the highly reclusive Adolf Hitler at the Victor’s Ball in Tokyo. Yael, a former death camp prisoner, has witnessed too much suffering, and the five wolves tattooed on her arm are a constant reminder of the loved ones she lost. The resistance has given Yael one goal: Win the race and kill Hitler. A survivor of painful human experimentation, Yael has the power to skinshift and must complete her mission by impersonating last year’s only female racer, Adele Wolfe. This deception becomes more difficult when Felix, Adele twin’s brother, and Luka, her former love interest, enter the race and watch Yael’s every move. But as Yael grows closer to the other competitors, can she bring herself to be as ruthless as she needs to be to avoid discovery and complete her mission? From the author of The Walled City comes a fast-paced and innovative novel that will leave you breathless.
Nevermoor by Jessica Townsend
This is a series I almost read for a readathon earlier this year, but it didn’t come in on time. The third book in the series was just released, and I only hear really good things about it. I just need to dive into it in 2021 during a middle grade readathon, and binge the whole series.
Synopsis: A cursed girl escapes death and finds herself in a magical world – but is then tested beyond her wildest imagination Morrigan Crow is cursed. Having been born on Eventide, the unluckiest day for any child to be born, she’s blamed for all local misfortunes, from hailstorms to heart attacks–and, worst of all, the curse means that Morrigan is doomed to die at midnight on her eleventh birthday. But as Morrigan awaits her fate, a strange and remarkable man named Jupiter North appears. Chased by black-smoke hounds and shadowy hunters on horseback, he whisks her away into the safety of a secret, magical city called Nevermoor. It’s then that Morrigan discovers Jupiter has chosen her to contend for a place in the city’s most prestigious organization: the Wundrous Society. In order to join, she must compete in four difficult and dangerous trials against hundreds of other children, each boasting an extraordinary talent that sets them apart – an extraordinary talent that Morrigan insists she does not have. To stay in the safety of Nevermoor for good, Morrigan will need to find a way to pass the tests – or she’ll have to leave the city to confront her deadly fate.
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