Unpopular Pearls

Unpopular Pearls #2

Het valt me zo vaak op wanneer ik rondstruin op Booktube of Goodreads dat men gek is van een bepaald boek wat dan (nog) helemaal niet bekend is. Dit is vooral aan de orde als ik op Booktube een boek voorbij zie komen en hem opzoek op Goodreads en ik vervolgens zie dat het boek een gemiddelde rating heeft van 4.00 sterren of hoger! Daarom zet ik elke maand een stel boeken op een rijtje om ze met jullie te delen en om deze pareltjes net wat meer bekendheid te bieden! Deze rubriek is wel alleen met Engelse boeken, omdat ik daar vooral mijn inspiratie uit haal!


Average rating: 4.39 (58% 5 stars, 27% 4 stars)

Dit boek staat echt aan de top van mijn nog-te-kopen-lijstje, want dit boek lijkt me fantastisch! Zo jammer dat zo weinig mensen van dit boek weten!

If I tell you right up front, right in the beginning that I lost him, it will be easier for you to bear. You will know it’s coming, and it will hurt. But you’ll be able to prepare.

Someone found him in a laundry basket at the Quick Wash, wrapped in a towel, a few hours old and close to death. They called him Baby Moses when they shared his story on the ten o’clock news – the little baby left in a basket at a dingy Laundromat, born to a crack addict and expected to have all sorts of problems. I imagined the crack baby, Moses, having a giant crack that ran down his body, like he’d been broken at birth. I knew that wasn’t what the term meant, but the image stuck in my mind. Maybe the fact that he was broken drew me to him from the start.

It all happened before I was born, and by the time I met Moses and my mom told me all about him, the story was old news and nobody wanted anything to do with him. People love babies, even sick babies. Even crack babies. But babies grow up to be kids, and kids grow up to be teenagers. Nobody wants a messed up teenager.

And Moses was messed up. Moses was a law unto himself. But he was also strange and exotic and beautiful. To be with him would change my life in ways I could never have imagined. Maybe I should have stayed away. Maybe I should have listened. My mother warned me. Even Moses warned me. But I didn’t stay away.

And so begins a story of pain and promise, of heartache and healing, of life and death. A story of before and after, of new beginnings and never-endings. But most of all…a love story.



Average rating: 4.42 (58% 5 stars, 29% 4 stars)

Nog een boek van Amy Harmon, maar een heel ander verhaal. En ook deze staat enorm hoog aangeschreven!

Swallow, Daughter, pull them in, those words that sit upon your lips. Lock them deep inside your soul, hide them ‘til they’ve time to grow. Close your mouth upon the power, curse not, cure not, ‘til the hour. You won’t speak and you won’t tell, you won’t call on heav’n or hell. You will learn and you will thrive. Silence, Daughter. Stay alive.

The day my mother was killed, she told my father I wouldn’t speak again, and she told him if I died, he would die too. Then she predicted the king would trade his soul and lose his son to the sky.

My father has a claim to the throne, and he is waiting in the shadows for all of my mother’s words to come to pass. He wants desperately to be king, and I just want to be free.

But freedom will require escape, and I’m a prisoner of my mother’s curse and my father’s greed. I can’t speak or make a sound, and I can’t wield a sword or beguile a king. In a land purged of enchantment, love might be the only magic left, and who could ever love . . . a bird?



Average rating: 4.34 (50% 5 stars, 36% 4 stars)

Dit boek leek me nooit echt iets, tot ik zag welke goede recensies er allemaal werden geschreven. Nu staat hij bijna bovenaan mijn lijstje!

All Evie wants is to be normal. She’s almost off her meds and at a new college where no one knows her as the girl-who-went-crazy. She’s even going to parties and making friends. There’s only one thing left to tick off her list…

But relationships are messy – especially relationships with teenage guys. They can make any girl feel like they’re going mad. And if Evie can’t even tell her new friends Amber and Lottie the truth about herself, how will she cope when she falls in love?



Average rating: 4.20 (42% 5 stars, 39% 4 stars)

Ik moet nog steeds een boek lezen van miss V.E. Schwab, dus ik schaam me diep. Maar dit boek van haar is weer heel hoog aangeschreven en hij is pas net uit!

There’s no such thing as safe in a city at war, a city overrun with monsters. In this dark urban fantasy from author Victoria Schwab, a young woman and a young man must choose whether to become heroes or villains—and friends or enemies—with the future of their home at stake. The first of two books.

Kate Harker and August Flynn are the heirs to a divided city—a city where the violence has begun to breed actual monsters. All Kate wants is to be as ruthless as her father, who lets the monsters roam free and makes the humans pay for his protection. All August wants is to be human, as good-hearted as his own father, to play a bigger role in protecting the innocent—but he’s one of the monsters. One who can steal a soul with a simple strain of music. When the chance arises to keep an eye on Kate, who’s just been kicked out of her sixth boarding school and returned home, August jumps at it. But Kate discovers August’s secret, and after a failed assassination attempt the pair must flee for their lives.



Average rating: 4.20 (52% 5 stars, 28% 4 stars)

Ik wist nooit wat ik van dit boek moest verwachten, maar door deze hoge ratings ben ik wel van plan om hem uit te gaan testen!

In a land where three suns almost never set, a fledgling killer joins a school of assassins, seeking vengeance against the powers who destroyed her family.

Daughter of an executed traitor, Mia Corvere is barely able to escape her father’s failed rebellion with her life. Alone and friendless, she hides in a city built from the bones of a dead god, hunted by the Senate and her father’s former comrades. But her gift for speaking with the shadows leads her to the door of a retired killer, and a future she never imagined.

Now, Mia is apprenticed to the deadliest flock of assassins in the entire Republic—the Red Church. If she bests her fellow students in contests of steel, poison and the subtle arts, she’ll be inducted among the Blades of the Lady of Blessed Murder, and one step closer to the vengeance she desires. But a killer is loose within the Church’s halls, the bloody secrets of Mia’s past return to haunt her, and a plot to bring down the entire congregation is unfolding in the shadows she so loves.

Will she even survive to initiation, let alone have her revenge?



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