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Did I read them? – 2020 Most Anticipated SFF Books Pt.1 – Hyped

I’ve just made a most anticipated post for next year and it looks like its going to be a good year. But its time to look back on the previous year to see if I got to them all.

I can’t believe I forgot to update last years graphics from 2019 to 2020! Maybe that was a sign that I was already trying to erase 2020…hmm.

So let’s get this over and done with…

Hyped Books

The Invisible Life of Addie La Rue by V. E. Schwab

Published: 8th August 2019

Did I read it?: YES!

I love this slow and steady love story for art and life itself. It was original, lovable, and totally worth the 560 pages 🙂

Full review

Synopsis as of December 2019: It’s about a love story between a French girl and the devil over 300 years. She sells her soul for the ability to live forever, and the devil curses her to be forgotten by everyone she meets.

Goodreads page for Addie La Rue

Vicious Spirit (Gumiho #2) by Kat Cho

Published: 18th August 2020

Did I read it?: No.

I never got around to it and I completely forgot it was due out. I think this is one of those books which got lost in the madness of 2020. The cover looks great tho. There was no cover last year.

FYI I still want to read this but it’s not on my main priority right now.

Synopsis as of December 2019: As Vicious Spirits begins, Miyoung and Jihoon are picking up the pieces of their broken lives following the end in Wicked Fox (Gumiho #1).

Goodreads page for Vicious Spirit

House of Earth and Blood (Crescent City #1) by Sarah J Maas

Published: March 2020

Did I read it?: YES!

I read this this autumn and I loved it. Its boing to be an interesting series and I quite look forward to the next instalment.

Synopsis as of December 2019: Bryce Quinlan had the perfect life—working hard all day and partying all night—until a demon murdered her closest friends, leaving her bereft, wounded, and alone. When the accused is behind bars but the crimes start up again, Bryce finds herself at the heart of the investigation. She’ll do whatever it takes to avenge their deaths.

Hunt Athalar is a notorious Fallen angel, now enslaved to the Archangels he once attempted to overthrow. His brutal skills and incredible strength have been set to one purpose—to assassinate his boss’s enemies, no questions asked. But with a demon wreaking havoc in the city, he’s offered an irresistible deal: help Bryce find the murderer, and his freedom will be within reach.

As Bryce and Hunt dig deep into Crescent City’s underbelly, they discover a dark power that threatens everything and everyone they hold dear, and they find, in each other, a blazing passion—one that could set them both free, if they’d only let it.

With unforgettable characters, sizzling romance, and page-turning suspense, this richly inventive new fantasy series by #1 New York Times bestselling author Sarah J. Maas delves into the heartache of loss, the price of freedom—and the power of love

Goodreads page for Crescent City

Docile by K. M. Szpara

Published: 3rd March 2020

Did I read it?: No

I think I lost interest or forgot about this book quite quickly after posting this. Its kind of a forgettable book. But then I saw some bad reviews of this which added to the lack of interest feeling. I’m not sure if I still want to read this or not.

Synopsis as of December 2019: Docile is a science fiction parable about love and sex, wealth and debt, abuse and power, a challenging tour de force that at turns seduces and startles.

To be a Docile is to be kept, body and soul, for the uses of the owner of your contract. To be a Docile is to forget, to disappear, to hide inside your body from the horrors of your service. To be a Docile is to sell yourself to pay your parents’ debts and buy your children’s future.

Elisha Wilder’s family has been ruined by debt, handed down to them from previous generations. His mother never recovered from the Dociline she took during her term as a Docile, so when Elisha decides to try and erase the family’s debt himself, he swears he will never take the drug that took his mother from him. Too bad his contract has been purchased by Alexander Bishop III, whose ultra-rich family is the brains (and money) behind Dociline and the entire Office of Debt Resolution. When Elisha refuses Dociline, Alex refuses to believe that his family’s crowning achievement could have any negative side effects—and is determined to turn Elisha into the perfect Docile without it.

GoodReads page for Docile

Wicked As You Wish by Rin Chupeco

Published: 3rd March 2020

Did I read it?: No.

In my defence, it’s standing on my shelf ready to be picked up. Its a gorgeous cover, so many details. Anyway, yes I will read this soonish. I may make it this year but probably not.

Synopsis as of December 2019: Tala Warnock has little use for magic – as a descendant of Maria Makiling, the legendary Filipina heroine, she negates spells, often by accident. But her family’s old ties to the country of Avalon (frozen, bespelled, and unreachable for almost 12 years) soon finds them guarding its last prince from those who would use his kingdom’s magic for insidious ends. 

And with the rise of dangerous spelltech in the Royal States of America; the appearance of the firebird, Avalon’s deadliest weapon, at her doorstep; and the re-emergence of the Snow Queen, powerful but long thought dead, who wants nothing more than to take the firebird’s magic for her own – Tala’s life is about to get even more complicated….

GoodReads page for Wicked As You Wish

The City We Became by N. K. Jemisin

Published: 26th March 2020

Did I read it?: YES!

I was lucky enough to get a e-ARC and I loved it! I loved the size of the concept. This is definitely a series I will follow and I have also acquired more book of this author which are standing on my shelf ready to be read.

Full review

Synopsis as of December 2019: Five New Yorkers must come together in order to defend their city in the first book of a stunning new series by Hugo award-winning and NYT bestselling author N. K. Jemisin.

Every city has a soul. Some are as ancient as myths, and others are as new and destructive as children. New York City? She’s got five.

But every city also has a dark side. A roiling, ancient evil stirs beneath the earth, threatening to destroy the city and her five protectors unless they can come together and stop it once and for all. 

Goodreads page for The City We Became

The Burning God (The Poppy War #3) by R.F. Kuang

Published: 19th November 2020

Did I read it?: Currently reading

It took me ages before I dared pick up this book. It’s the ending to The Poppy War series and I was scared it would hurt. And since picking it up, I have seen mems of how much it hurts etc, but I will finish it soon 🙂 And it probably will hurt, but that’s ok.

Full review to come.

Synopsis as of December 2019: No synopsis available.

Goodreads page for The Burning God

The Empire of Gold by S. A. Chakraborty

Published: 30th June 2020

Did I read it?: YES!

I love the ending to this series! Did it hurt? Yes it did in a kind of happy for the characters. It didn’t end the way I wanted but that’s fine. It was a really good ending anyway and I was really happy with it.

Full review

Spoiler free synopsis: The final chapter in the bestselling, critically acclaimed Daevabad Trilogy, in which a con-woman and an idealistic djinn prince join forces to save a magical kingdom from a devastating civil war.

Goodreads page for Empire of Gold

This was my list for 2020 part 1. I read 5 out of 8 books (including the one I’m currently reading 🙂 ), which isn’t bad.

What was on your list? Did you have on these on yours? Did you read all of yours?

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