This Top 5 series started back in October 2018 and it has grown really big! This is a series of books that all have a common theme. I post the schedule for the next month the last week of the prior month. You can talk about books you want to read or books you have read and all prompts are open for interpretation! Feel free to get as creative as you want with the prompts.
December 19th, 2020 — Famous Authors
December 26th, 2020 — 2021 Releases
January 2nd, 2021 — Books You Meant to Read Last Year
January 9th, 2021 — Multiple Points of View
January 16th, 2021 — Metal in the Title (Gold, Silver, Brass, Steel, etc.)
January 23rd, 2021 — Book about Competition (Tournament, race, sibling rivalry, etc.)
January 30th, 2021 — Weapons on the Cover
February 6th, 2021 — Royalty in the Title (King, Queen, Princess, Prince, etc.)
February 13th, 2021 — Book with Unique Format (Diary entries, verse, documents, podcast, blog, etc.)
Metals in the Title
I always have fun with topics where the only things the books have in common is something in the title or on the cover so that the books really reflect the blogger’s personal interests. So obviously based on the books in this post you can tell that I really love science fiction and fantasy!
Seventeen-year-old Ana is a scoundrel by nurture and an outlaw by nature. Found as a child drifting through space with a sentient android called D09, Ana was saved by a fearsome space captain and the grizzled crew she now calls family. But D09—one of the last remaining illegal Metals—has been glitching, and Ana will stop at nothing to find a way to fix him.
Ana’s desperate effort to save D09 leads her on a quest to steal the coordinates to a lost ship that could offer all the answers. But at the last moment, a spoiled Ironblood boy beats Ana to her prize. He has his own reasons for taking the coordinates, and he doesn’t care what he’ll sacrifice to keep them.
When everything goes wrong, she and the Ironblood end up as fugitives on the run. Now their entire kingdom is after them—and the coordinates—and not everyone wants them captured alive.
What they find in a lost corner of the universe will change all their lives—and unearth dangerous secrets. But when a darkness from Ana’s past returns, she must face an impossible choice: does she protect a kingdom that wants her dead or save the Metal boy she loves?
Heart of Iron has been on my TBR list for years now, but it was never really a priority. Recently I read Ashley Poston’s most recent release, Among the Beasts and Briars, and I really loved it. I felt like it was a really fun fantasy read and a great mix of dark vibes with whimsical writing. Since I already know that I love Ashley Poston’s writing I’m more excited to read Heart of Iron than ever! I don’t read nearly enough science fiction and this book just sounds like a really fun read.
Divided by their castes. United by their vengeance.
Iraya has spent her life in a cell, but every day brings her closer to freedom—and vengeance.
Jazmyne is the queen’s daughter, but unlike her sister before her, she has no intention of dying to strengthen her mother’s power.
Sworn enemies, these two witches enter a precarious alliance to take down a mutual threat. But revenge is a bloody pursuit, and nothing is certain—except the lengths they will go to win this game.
Deadly, fierce, magnetically addictive: this Jamaican-inspired fantasy debut is a thrilling journey where dangerous magic reigns supreme and betrayal lurks beneath every word.
This upcoming release is one that I really hope will be good. I already have a review copy and I’m pretty excited. It sounds like it’s full of morally grey characters, which is super thrilling. It’s an #OwnVoices fantasy inspired by Jamaican history and it’s about witches! I just hope this one doesn’t disappoint!
Meghan Chase has a secret destiny; one she could never have imagined.
Something has always felt slightly off in Meghan’s life, ever since her father disappeared before her eyes when she was six. She has never quite fit in at school or at home.
When a dark stranger begins watching her from afar, and her prankster best friend becomes strangely protective of her, Meghan senses that everything she’s known is about to change.
But she could never have guessed the truth – that she is the daughter of a mythical faery king and is a pawn in a deadly war. Now Meghan will learn just how far she’ll go to save someone she cares about, to stop a mysterious evil, no faery creature dare face; and to find love with a young prince who might rather see her dead than let her touch his icy heart.
This series has been on my list forever now and I STILL haven’t read it. I read Julie Kagawa’s series The Immortal Rules and loved it and ever since then I’ve wanted to read the rest of her books. Now that the first book in the spin off series is coming out next month, I think it’s probably time to read the original series!
Here lives an orphaned ward named Lyra Belacqua, whose carefree life among the scholars at Oxford’s Jordan College is shattered by the arrival of two powerful visitors. First, her fearsome uncle, Lord Asriel, appears with evidence of mystery and danger in the far North, including photographs of a mysterious celestial phenomenon called Dust and the dim outline of a city suspended in the Aurora Borealis that he suspects is part of an alternate universe. He leaves Lyra in the care of Mrs. Coulter, an enigmatic scholar and explorer who offers to give Lyra the attention her uncle has long refused her. In this multilayered narrative, however, nothing is as it seems. Lyra sets out for the top of the world in search of her kidnapped playmate, Roger, bearing a rare truth-telling instrument, the compass of the title.
This is one of those books that I wish I read when I was a bit younger, but it didn’t really gain popularity until the movie came out. This book has been recommended to me several times in the past few years and I actually got a copy of it not too long ago, but it’s another one of those books that has never made it to the top of my TBR. One of my co-workers recommended it to me again today.
Four destinies collide in a unique fantasy world of war and wonders, where empire is won with enchanted steel and magical animal companions fight alongside their masters in battle.
A soldier with a curse
Tala lost her family to the empress’s army and has spent her life avenging them in battle. But the empress’s crimes don’t haunt her half as much as the crimes Tala has committed against the laws of magic… and her own flesh and blood.
A prince with a debt
Jimuro has inherited the ashes of an empire. Now that the revolution has brought down his kingdom, he must depend on Tala to bring him home safe. But it was his army who murdered her family. Now Tala will be his redemption—or his downfall.
A detective with a grudge
Xiulan is an eccentric, pipe-smoking detective who can solve any mystery—but the biggest mystery of all is her true identity. She’s a princess in disguise, and she plans to secure her throne by presenting her father with the ultimate prize: the world’s most wanted prince.
A thief with a broken heart
Lee is a small-time criminal who lives by only one law: Leave them before they leave you. But when Princess Xiulan asks her to be her partner in crime—and offers her a magical animal companion as a reward—she can’t say no, and soon finds she doesn’t want to leave the princess behind.
This band of rogues and royals should all be enemies, but they unite for a common purpose: to defeat an unstoppable killer who defies the laws of magic. In this battle, they will forge unexpected bonds of friendship and love that will change their lives—and begin to change the world.
Steel Crow Saga is a book that I picked up because other book bloggers have recommended it. I probably wouldn’t have picked this one up if it hadn’t been recommended to me so many times, but since everyone seemed to love this one I really want to read it for myself. I love the idea of magical animal companions and it sounds like this is a character driven story. I don’t really know what to expect for this one because I basically just picked it up because so many people told me that I should read it. So I’m going into this one pretty blind.
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Lauren @ Lala’s Book Reviews — Metal in the Title: Top 5 Saturday
Are there any books with metals in the title that you would recommend? Have you read any books that are on my top 5 list? What did you think? Make sure to comment below so we can chat about books with metals in the title!