Hello & welcome to my Top 5 Wednesday post!
This week’s theme is…
May 22nd: Emerald Covers
— May’s birthstone is emerald so talk about those emerald covers. Not just green. EMERALD.
For some reason this week’s topic sounded like an interesting challenge! I feel like emerald is not a common color included on book covers, so I was interested in seeing if I could find 5 books with emerald on the cover… to my delight, I found 6! Some of these are a bit of a stretch, but I think they still count 🙂
» The Stone Sky (Broken Earth #3) by N.K. Jemisin
THIS IS THE WAY THE WORLD ENDS… FOR THE LAST TIME.
The Moon will soon return. Whether this heralds the destruction of humankind or something worse will depend on two women.
Essun has inherited the power of Alabaster Tenring. With it, she hopes to find her daughter Nassun and forge a world in which every orogene child can grow up safe.
For Nassun, her mother’s mastery of the Obelisk Gate comes too late. She has seen the evil of the world, and accepted what her mother will not admit: that sometimes what is corrupt cannot be cleansed, only destroyed.
The remarkable conclusion to the post-apocalyptic and highly acclaimed trilogy that began with the multi-award-nominated The Fifth Season.
There are many different colors going on in this cover, but there is definitely some emerald hues in there!
The Broken Earth series is one of my favorite series of all times! If you are looking for a very unique post-apocalyptic series, I highly encourage you to give this series a go!
You can read my mini review here ⇒ The Stone Sky (The Broken Earth #3)
» Nevermoor: The Trials of Morrigan Crow (Nevermoor #1) by Jessica Townsend
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.
This cover includes an emerald umbrella… yes it counts 🙂
I started this middle grade fantasy series this past December and fell in love with it! I loved this book so much, I immediately picked up the next book in the series. This series has come the closest to giving me “Harry Potter feels” than any other book before.
» A Reaper at the Gates (An Ember in the Ashes #3) by Sabaa Tahir
Beyond the Empire and within it, the threat of war looms ever larger.
The Blood Shrike, Helene Aquilla, is assailed on all sides. Emperor Marcus, haunted by his past, grows increasingly unstable, while the Commandant capitalizes on his madness to bolster her own power. As Helene searches for a way to hold back the approaching darkness, her sister’s life and the lives of all those in the Empire hang in the balance.
Far to the east, Laia of Serra knows the fate of the world lies not in the machinations of the Martial court, but in stopping the Nightbringer. But while hunting for a way to bring him down, Laia faces unexpected threats from those she hoped would aid her, and is drawn into a battle she never thought she’d have to fight.
And in the land between the living and the dead, Elias Veturius has given up his freedom to serve as Soul Catcher. But in doing so, he has vowed himself to an ancient power that will stop at nothing to ensure Elias’s devotion–even at the cost of his humanity.
This was probably my least favorite book in the series, BUT I still enjoyed this book & love this series.
There was a bit of controversy over this cover when it was released. Sabaa Tahir decided to redesign the book covers after releasing the first 2 books, so this was the new direction. Of course everyone got their panties in a bunch over it. Tahir explained that it was very important to her to feature brown characters on the covers of her books, so she decided to do a redesign.
» The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo by Taylor Jenkins Reid
Aging and reclusive Hollywood movie icon Evelyn Hugo is finally ready to tell the truth about her glamorous and scandalous life. But when she chooses unknown magazine reporter Monique Grant for the job, no one is more astounded than Monique herself. Why her? Why now?
Monique is not exactly on top of the world. Her husband has left her, and her professional life is going nowhere. Regardless of why Evelyn has selected her to write her biography, Monique is determined to use this opportunity to jumpstart her career.
Summoned to Evelyn’s luxurious apartment, Monique listens in fascination as the actress tells her story. From making her way to Los Angeles in the 1950s to her decision to leave show business in the ’80s, and, of course, the seven husbands along the way, Evelyn unspools a tale of ruthless ambition, unexpected friendship, and a great forbidden love. Monique begins to feel a very real connection to the legendary star, but as Evelyn’s story near its conclusion, it becomes clear that her life intersects with Monique’s own in tragic and irreversible ways.
Written with Reid’s signature talent for creating “complex, likable characters” (Real Simple), this is a mesmerizing journey through the splendor of old Hollywood into the harsh realities of the present day as two women struggle with what it means—and what it costs—to face the truth.
I’m sure this book is going to be included in most T5W posts today.
This book was one of my favorite books of 2018! We read this book for one of my book clubs and EVERY member loved it… that NEVER happens. I cannot recommend this book enough to everyone.
» Blue Lily, Lily Blue (The Raven Cycle #3) by Maggie Stiefvater
The third installment in the all-new series from the #1 NEW YORK TIMES bestselling author Maggie Stiefvater!
Blue Sargent has found things. For the first time in her life, she has friends she can trust, a group to which she can belong. The Raven Boys have taken her in as one of their own. Their problems have become hers, and her problems have become theirs.
The trick with found things, though, is how easily they can be lost.
Friends can betray.
Mothers can disappear.
Visions can mislead.
Certainties can unravel.
This was my favorite book in The Raven Cycle AND my favorite cover too. This YA fantasy series is very atmospheric and character driven. While I was not a fan of the final book in the series, I still think it is a worth while series to read.
You can read my review here ⇒ Book Review: Blue Lily, Lily Blue (The Raven Cycle #3) by Maggie Stiefvater
» The Lie Tree by Frances Hardinge
The leaves were cold and slightly clammy. There was no mistaking them. She had seen their likeness painstakingly sketched in her father’s journal. This was his greatest secret, his treasure and his undoing. The Tree of Lies. Now it was hers, and the journey he had never finished stretched out before her.
When Faith’s father is found dead under mysterious circumstances, she is determined to untangle the truth from the lies. Searching through his belongings for clues, she discovers a strange tree. A tree that feeds off whispered lies and bears fruit that reveals hidden secrets.
But as Faith’s untruths spiral out of control, she discovers that where lies seduce, truths shatter…
I LOVED this book when I read it back in 2016. It has some pretty mixed reviews, but I really enjoyed it. I loved the deliciously atmospheric writing and I loved historical/fantasy mash up.
You can read my review here ⇒ Book Review: The Lie Tree by Frances Hardinge
Have you read any of the books included on this list? If so, what did you think?
Comment below & let me know 🙂