#SixforSunday is… it’s really just that. You choose 6 books (normally) that you’d choose to fit whatever the prompt is that week. This meme is hosted by A Little but a Lot and you can follow the link to find the prompts for January to March. I’ll also post this month’s prompt’s at the end of the post.
August’s theme is 2021 Books!
This week’s prompt: 2021 books you bought because of the covers
Since I already did a fantastic book covers post for Top Ten Tuesday, I went with six other novels that were (mostly) not on the other list. Some are repeats as the covers were amazing to me. All of the novels are ones that I bought either before or after reading them and the covers were appealing.
**My choices are in no particular order. You can click on their covers to explore their Goodreads entries.**
1. Under a Sicilian Sky
Global box office sensation, Ruby Locke, is a long way from her Yorkshire roots. Together with her fiancé, movie heartthrob Tyler Harrison, they are Hollywood’s new glitterati.
Overnight, however, Ruby’s life implodes when her social media accounts are hacked with a multitude of vile posts, turning her into an international pariah. Even Tyler breaks off their engagement.
Confused and heartbroken, Ruby escapes to the beautiful island of Sicily to avoid the media scrutiny and clear her name. With only a Yorkshire Terrier to comfort her, Ruby is befriended by a handsome neighbour and slowly begins to heal.
But who is this mysterious man and what are his intentions?
When her Sicilian hideaway is compromised, Ruby is once again forced to relocate, this time to the stunning Isle of Skye.
In the tranquil cove of Glentorrin, Ruby is left questioning not only who wants to destroy her career, and why but also if celebrity lifestyle is really for her…
2. In Deeper Waters
Prince Tal has long awaited his coming-of-age tour. After spending most of his life cloistered behind palace walls as he learns to keep his forbidden magic secret, he can finally see his family’s kingdom for the first time. His first taste of adventure comes just two days into the journey, when their crew discovers a mysterious prisoner on a burning derelict vessel.
Tasked with watching over the prisoner, Tal is surprised to feel an intense connection with the roguish Athlen. So when Athlen leaps overboard and disappears, Tal feels responsible and heartbroken, knowing Athlen could not have survived in the open ocean.
That is, until Tal runs into Athlen days later on dry land, very much alive, and as charming—and secretive—as ever. But before they can pursue anything further, Tal is kidnapped by pirates and held ransom in a plot to reveal his rumored powers and instigate a war. Tal must escape if he hopes to save his family and the kingdom. And Athlen might just be his only hope…
3. Six Crimson Cranes (Six Crimson Cranes #1)
Shiori, the only princess of Kiata, has a secret. Forbidden magic runs through her veins. Normally she conceals it well, but on the morning of her betrothal ceremony, Shiori loses control. At first, her mistake seems like a stroke of luck, forestalling the wedding she never wanted, but it also catches the attention of Raikama, her stepmother.
Raikama has dark magic of her own, and she banishes the young princess, turning her brothers into cranes, and warning Shiori that she must speak of it to no one: for with every word that escapes her lips, one of her brothers will die.
Penniless, voiceless, and alone, Shiori searches for her brothers, and, on her journey, uncovers a conspiracy to overtake the throne—a conspiracy more twisted and deceitful, more cunning and complex, than even Raikama’s betrayal. Only Shiori can set the kingdom to rights, but to do so she must place her trust in the very boy she fought so hard not to marry. And she must embrace the magic she’s been taught all her life to contain—no matter what it costs her.
4. A Dragonbird in the Fern
When an assassin kills Princess Jiara’s older sister Scilla, her vengeful ghost is doomed to walk their city of glittering canals, tormenting loved ones until the murderer is brought to justice. While the entire kingdom mourns, Scilla’s betrothed arrives and requests that seventeen-year-old Jiara take her sister’s place as his bride to confirm the alliance between their countries.
Marrying the young king intended for her sister and traveling to his distant home is distressing enough, but with dyslexia and years of scholarly struggles, Jiara abandoned any hope of learning other languages long ago. She’s terrified of life in a foreign land where she’ll be unable to communicate.
Then Jiara discovers evidence that her sister’s assassin comes from the king’s own country. If she marries the king, Jiara can hunt the murderer and release her family from Scilla’s ghost, whose thirst for blood mounts every day. To save her family, Jiara must find her sister’s killer . . . before he murders her too.
5. Oracle (Diana Hawthorne Supernatural Mystery #1)
For the past two-thousand and some odd years, I’ve been able to see the past, present, and future with near-perfect accuracy. Okay, that’s a lie. I have a big gaping hole in my own past I can seem to get clarity on. For whatever reason, the first twenty years of my existence is a complete blank and I don’t know why.
Then I met Blake Wilson.
Not only is he another blind spot—he’s also a Private Investigator hired to disprove my abilities in order to protect some missing girls they were both tasked with finding. With my psychic gifts on the fritz whenever Blake’s around, everything I’ve been fighting for starts to unravel.
And worst of all, it’s leading me to the one thing I’ve always wanted: the key to my past.
Will I be able to get over my deficiencies and show Blake how gifted I really am? Or will the callings of my ancient past cloud my judgment and derail our mission to save the girls?
6. For the Wolf (Wilderwood #1)
The first daughter is for the Throne. The second daughter is for the Wolf.
As the only Second Daughter born in centuries, Red has one purpose-to be sacrificed to the Wolf in the Wood in the hope he’ll return the world’s captured gods.
Red is almost relieved to go. Plagued by a dangerous power she can’t control, at least she knows that in the Wilderwood, she can’t hurt those she loves. Again.
But the legends lie. The Wolf is a man, not a monster. Her magic is a calling, not a curse. And if she doesn’t learn how to use it, the monsters the gods have become will swallow the Wilderwood-and her world-whole.
Together they stand against a vicious opponent, invincible and determined to burn all kingdoms to ash, and an army unlike anything the realm has ever witnessed.
August – 2021 books!
- 22 –
2021 books you could/will reread
– 2021 books you bought because of the covers
September – The School Month
- 5 – fictional schools/universities you’d like to go to
- 12 – characters you’d like to swap lives with
- 19 – books you think they should study in school
- 26 – books you studied in school
Thank you for reading my final Sunday post for August!
There are so many gorgeous covers out there for novels published in 2021 that these six do not even scratch the surface. I have many more that were published prior to 2021, but I read them this year, such as Raybearer, where I loved the cover and is an additional reason (aside from enjoying it) I bought the book.
How did you interpret this week’s topic? Feel free to sound off in the comments as I also explore around to check out everyone else’s lists!