So it’s been a while since we’ve had FFNR and I’m sorry for that! Let’s get right to it then.
First up we have Chantress by Amy Butler Greenfield:
Description: Sing and the darkness will find you.
Shipwrecked on an island seven years ago, Lucy has been warned she must never sing, or disaster will strike. But on All Hallows Eve, Lucy hears tantalizing music in the air. When she sings it, she unlocks a terrible secret: She is a Chantress, a spell-singer, brought to the island not by shipwreck but by a desperate enchantment gone wrong.
Her song lands her back in England — and in mortal peril, for the kingdom lies in the cruel grasp of a powerful Lord Protector and his mind-reading hunters, the Shadowgrims. The Protector has killed all Chantresses, for they alone can destroy the Shadowgrims. Only Lucy has survived.
In terrible danger, Lucy takes shelter with Nat, a spy who turns her heart upside-down. Nat has been working with his fellow scholars of the Invisible College to overthrow the Lord Protector, and they have long hoped to find a living Chantress to help them. But Lucy is completely untrained, and Nat deeply distrusts her magic. If Lucy cannot master the songspells, how long can she even stay alive?
Beguiling and lyrical, dangerous and romantic, Chantress will capture readers in a spell they won’t want to break.
This caught my interest not only because of the gorgeous cover (which is so beautiful), but also because of the amazing summary. Everything about it sounds alluring and has made it high up there on my to-read list.
And now we have Arclight by Josin L. McQuein:
Description: There is the Light. There is the Dark. And no one survives The Fade. These are the absolutes… until a teenage girl stumbles out of the shadows with no memory of how she survived.
Her appearance brings hope, but also danger as a race of parasitic, chameleon-like creatures known as The Fade begin attacking those who have given her shelter. Torn between the possibility that she’s the key to defeating the Fade, and the growing dissent that would sacrifice the girl in hopes of stopping the attacks, she’s hard pressed to find anyone she can trust.
She finds a strained ally in the son of the man who died to bring her to safety. And when the two teens stumble across a captive Fade who begs them for help locating his lost mate, they begin to wonder if the Fade are the enemy they’ve been taught to believe.
This one sounds like a great book! A bit of dystopian, a bit of fantasy/sci-fi all weaved in mystery and intrigue. I love books like this and am so excited for it.
Now for some new reads I’ve gotten lately: