Hello friends!! I am so excited to kick of Woven in Books 2020 and spread the happiness and love for diverse books, authors and creators. Every week we will have guest posts where book lovers will be recommending their favourite diverse books and we also an exciting author and blogger feature soon. You can sign up to talk about your favourite diverse books too and I would love to have you come and support and feature. Find out more from the Intro Post here.
Now onto today’s feature where we have an amazing book blogger Noémie from Tempest of Books recommending her favourite diverse books! Onto Noémie!
When Krisha announced the Woven in Books feature, to support diverse books, I knew from the start which books I would love to talk about. Each of these books holds a very important place in my heart, for different reasons, and I am so happy to be part of this feature. Being able to share my love for some of my favourite books of all time is something truly special to me, so thank you so much Krisha for this opportunity!
When I think about Warcross, I immediately think of this feeling of being at home; each time I think about when I read this novel, it warms my heart. From the first chapter, I knew there was something special about this story Marie Lu crafted, something that made this novel one I will never forget. Yes, it’s very much an action-packed book with mysteries and twists and turns that definitely kept me on my toes, but what made it even more powerful for me was the characters. The sense of family I felt from the team Emika is a part of, Emika’s strength and the strong teamwork the game itself requires built a beautiful ensemble I could not help but love.
I’m a gamer; I love video games, and often I find myself playing my favourite video games when I feel stressed, nervous or when I need to relax. This novel brought this to the page; with Warcross, I found that part of myself in a book and that is always a magical feeling.
Jade City is a masterfully crafted novel with absolutely incredible storytelling and world building that created a universe I love so much. I love when books focus on family dynamics, and Jade City does that so beautifully, while exploring so many themes like heritage, legacy, traditions … All the characters have strong voices and intricate development. The world building is incredibly gripping and detailed; we get a view of present Kekon with its past history still woven in the current times. I love getting to read about an entire new universe, and discovering its history and all the little details that make it so real. There were no boring moments in Jade City; everything was written in a way that made it interesting and everything was important.
What really made me fall in love with this novel however was the surprising storytelling. For one, it’s perfectly crafted, but that’s not all. The storytelling in Jade City‘s was unexpected and I was completely taken by surprise by some events and especially when they happen in the story. If you’ve read the book, you probably know what part I’m talking about, but I was in denial for the rest of book after that particular chapter. Even now that I’ve read Jade War, the second novel, part of me is still hoping a twist is coming. The way the story is crafted broke my heart (in the best way possible), made me smile and also question everything I thought I knew about the story. And that’s what made this novel a favourite for me.
Now, I know this is the second novel for this series; and you should know I love the first one a lot. The sequel, however, is truly special for me; even thinking about it even now, months later, I get teary-eyed and for great reasons. In the story of A House of Rage and Sorrow, the main character Esmae Rey, goes through so many different emotions and states of mind; the two that stood out to me were grief and depression. Those are two things I understand on a personal level and Sangu Mandanna talks about these subjects with so much care and so much realness, this novel spoke right to my heart.
I read this book really quickly because the story was compelling, and because I was truly attached to these characters. I had to stop to cry sometimes, because the emotions on the page felt so real, and I loved that with all of my heart. This book means a lot to me and it deserves so much love.
These three particular novels are ones that will always hold a very special place in my heart, and that I will never forget. They bring with them really different memories, reading experiences and different reasons as to why I fell in love with them; but each and every one of them is as important as the last. To me, they’re a great reminder of how amazing reading is; and that is why I wanted to share them with you all today.
Noémie is a french book blogger at Tempest of Books who loves stories and discovering new universes within books. She also enjoys playing video games, drinking tea and writing (she mostly procrastinates by making pinterest boards for her characters though).
You can also find her on Twitter.
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