I am up to the fifth colour in my Book Rainbow! I can’t believe it! It’s gone so quickly, and there’s only two more posts to go. Today’s post is books with blue spines; though unlike previous weeks, a couple also have entirely blue covers. Each book is a different shade and lead from purple to green really well.
Here are my picks for blue books!
Bitterblue – Kristin Cashore. Medium. ★★★★☆
It’s a great continuation of the Graceling trilogy, but is quite unique from the other two books. It’s a lot more about the political side of ruling, rather than fighting and war.
Bitterblue herself has grown into an intriguing character, and has inherited huge responsibilities now that she is Queen of Monsea. She has mysteries and conspiracies to unravel, which could be putting her life and the lives of her people in danger.
It has maps in the front which I love as they’re super helpful when you are trying to understand where the characters are travelling. Also these maps are beautiful, just as the title page is (shown left).
“For a group of people who claimed to be concerned for her safety, they did seem to have developed rather a habit of encouraging uprisings against monarchs.”
Sasha – Joel Shepherd. Medium. ★★★★☆
I found this book when I was about 11. There was a lot I didn’t understand the first time I read it, so I’m thankful I kept it and re-read it a few years later. It’s the first in a series called ‘A Trial of Blood and Steel’.
It’s set in a medieval world being ravaged by religious war. Sasha is a princess of Lenayin, who has spurned her royal heritage in the pursuit of becoming powerful warrior. She is an incredibly gifted fighter and seen by the pagan Goeran-yai as the great spirit who will unite them.
Thrown back into the politics of the court and forced to decide which side she will help lead in the war, Sasha faces betrayal, deception, and murder. She is a strong and determined young female character, who does things her own way in a world where there is only one proper way to do things.
“’Sasha,’ Kessligh said around his mouthful, ‘if you’d seen as many people killed as I have, all because one of them believes this thing and the other believes this other thing, you wouldn’t think it was all so harmless. Tales and legends are fun, but beliefs, Sasha. Beliefs are dangerous. Be careful what you believe in, for beliefs are far more dangerous then swords.’”
Game of Thrones – George R.R. Martin. Hard. ★★★☆☆
Quite obviously it’s the first in the ‘A Song of Ice and Fire‘ series, which the television show ‘Game of Thrones‘ is based upon. I read the book after watching the show and I think that made it easier to follow (there are a LOT of characters).
It follows the stories of the great houses of Westeros and the East. This book really sets the scene for the rest of the series. It introduces the world and all the characters who play a part in the struggle for the Iron Throne. It largely follows the family Stark; the head of which is Eddard Stark, Warden in the North. He and his family become embroiled in court politics after they move to the capital in order for Ned to serve as Hand to the King.
No one is quite what they seem in Westeros. And Winter is coming.
“The man who passes the sentence should swing the sword. If you would take a man’s life, you owe it to him to look into his eyes and hear his final words. And if you cannot bear to do that, then perhaps the man does not deserve to die.”
Emma ❤ LA – Keris Stainton. Easy. ★★★☆☆
This book follows on from ‘Jesse ❤ NYC‘, and is about Jesse’s friend Emma. Emma moves from England to LA with her mother and younger sister. Once there she reunites with an old friend, Oscar, and begins the journey of making a home in a new country and finding love (naturally).
It’s a cute book, and if you’ve read and loved Jesse’s story, then you’ll love this one. The representation of LA is quite evocative, and truly adds to the story. It’s sort of like LA is it’s own character. The characters themselves seem so real and genuine. Everything is incredibly realistic. Oscar is a great quirky character, which, by now, you may have noticed I love.
“I close my eyes and try to picture myself in LA. Lying on the beach. Rollerblading in Malibu. Shopping on Rodeo Drive. For some reason my subconscious has given me enormous fake boobs.”
Racing Savannah – Miranda Kenneally. Easy. ★★★★☆
Yes, I know, another book by Kenneally. What can I say? She is one of my favourite authors. This book, Savannah’s story, is probably my least favourite, but that’s not saying much because I still love it.
Savannah dreams of becoming a horse jockey. She moves to the Goodwin estate with her father and his girlfriend to work with their horses. She has to deal with starting at a new school, trying to enter the high stake world of horse racing, and falling for the popular and rich Jack Goodwin.
“But you’re kind of like a great book…you know, you pick up a book at the bookstore because it has a beautiful cover…but it’s what’s inside that pulls you in.”
Next week is the last of the pretty colours, green!