This Sunday tag is created and run by Steph over at A Little But A Lot. There are some very interesting and fun prompts coming up this winter so check it out. Today’s topic is Red and White books. Turns out a lot of thrillers are red and white, mostly the ones I didn’t enjoy. But I did end up with a decent list of books with red and white covers that I enjoyed. Though none of these are Holiday worthy. Not really.
Let’s dive into the list of my 6 Red and White books.
A Gathering of Shadows (A Darker shade of Magic #2) by V. E. Schwab
The sequel to A Darker Shade of Magic, this is one with the reddest cover. The other two have similar covers in Red, White and Black. But not as red as the second instalment.
Synopsis of book 1:
Kell is one of the last Antari—magicians with a rare, coveted ability to travel between parallel Londons; Red, Grey, White, and, once upon a time, Black.
Kell was raised in Arnes—Red London—and officially serves the Maresh Empire as an ambassador, traveling between the frequent bloody regime changes in White London and the court of George III in the dullest of Londons, the one without any magic left to see.
Unofficially, Kell is a smuggler, servicing people willing to pay for even the smallest glimpses of a world they’ll never see. It’s a defiant hobby with dangerous consequences, which Kell is now seeing firsthand.
After an exchange goes awry, Kell escapes to Grey London and runs into Delilah Bard, a cut-purse with lofty aspirations. She first robs him, then saves him from a deadly enemy, and finally forces Kell to spirit her to another world for a proper adventure.
Now perilous magic is afoot, and treachery lurks at every turn. To save all of the worlds, they’ll first need to stay alive.
Blood Red Road (Dustlands #1) by Moira Young
I love the first book in this series, but the other two were just ok. Still these covers are great. The first one is red, the second is yellow and the third is green.
In a lawless land, where life is cheap and survival is hard, Saba has been brought up in isolated Silverlake. She never sees the dangers of the destructive society outside. When her twin brother is snatched by mysterious black-robed riders, she sets out on an epic quest to rescue him.
The Power by Naomi Alderman
Definitely not a happy fluffy book for the Holidays but a strong powerful read. I loved it.
All over the world women are discovering they have the power.
With a flick of the fingers they can inflict terrible pain – even death.
Suddenly, every man on the planet finds they’ve lost control.
The Day of the Girls has arrived – but where will it end?
American Gods by Neil Gaiman
An all time favourite book of mine, American Gods is an epic.
Days before his release from prison, Shadow’s wife, Laura, dies in a mysterious car crash. Numbly, he makes his way back home. On the plane, he encounters the enigmatic Mr Wednesday, who claims to be a refugee from a distant war, a former god and the king of America.
Together they embark on a profoundly strange journey across the heart of the USA, whilst all around them a storm of preternatural and epic proportions threatens to break.
Scary, gripping and deeply unsettling, American Gods takes a long, hard look into the soul of America. You’ll be surprised by what – and who – it finds there…
Extremely Louds & Incredibly Close by Jonathan Safran Foer
I almost don’t remember this book at all. I remember that his father dies and that’s why he runs around town solving the mystery of the key. And I remember some of my inner visuals of the different places he went, but I have no idea about anything else.
Nine-year-old Oskar Schell is an inventor, amateur entomologist, Francophile, letter writer, pacifist, natural historian, percussionist, romantic, Great Explorer, jeweller, detective, vegan, and collector of butterflies. When his father is killed in the September 11th attacks on the World Trade Centre, Oskar sets out to solve the mystery of a key he discovers in his father’s closet. It is a search which leads him into the lives of strangers, through the five boroughs of New York, into history, to the bombings of Dresden and Hiroshima, and on an inward journey which brings him ever closer to some kind of peace.
Me Before You by Jojo Moyes
This is probably the only book I would maybe consider to be happy enough to be a Holiday read. But still, it’s not happy.
They had nothing in common until love gave them everything to lose . . .
Louisa Clark is an ordinary girl living an exceedingly ordinary life—steady boyfriend, close family—who has barely been farther afield than their tiny village. She takes a badly needed job working for ex–Master of the Universe Will Traynor, who is wheelchair bound after an accident. Will has always lived a huge life—big deals, extreme sports, worldwide travel—and now he’s pretty sure he cannot live the way he is.
Will is acerbic, moody, bossy—but Lou refuses to treat him with kid gloves, and soon his happiness means more to her than she expected. When she learns that Will has shocking plans of his own, she sets out to show him that life is still worth living.
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