Book Scavenger Hunt is a bookish meme hosted by me! Each month there are directions to find a chain of new-to-you books. You can do these on a weekly or monthly basis. I decided on the latter.
1. Find a book with flowers on the cover.
2. Find a book with the same color on the background as the flowers from book 1.
3. Find a book with written by an author whose last name starts with the same letter as the author of book 2.
4. Find a book that has approximately the same amount of pages as book 3 (± 20 pages).
5. Find a book that has been published in the same month as book 4.
These are all the books I found following my own directions. Don’t they look pretty together? Let’s have a look, shall we…
“At the edge of the Russian wilderness, winter lasts most of the year and the snowdrifts grow taller than houses. But Vasilisa doesn’t mind—she spends the winter nights huddled around the embers of a fire with her beloved siblings, listening to her nurse’s fairy tales. Above all, she loves the chilling story of Frost, the blue-eyed winter demon, who appears in the frigid night to claim unwary souls. Wise Russians fear him, her nurse says, and honor the spirits of house and yard and forest that protect their homes from evil.
After Vasilisa’s mother dies, her father goes to Moscow and brings home a new wife. Fiercely devout, city-bred, Vasilisa’s new stepmother forbids her family from honoring the household spirits. The family acquiesces, but Vasilisa is frightened, sensing that more hinges upon their rituals than anyone knows.
And indeed, crops begin to fail, evil creatures of the forest creep nearer, and misfortune stalks the village. All the while, Vasilisa’s stepmother grows ever harsher in her determination to groom her rebellious stepdaughter for either marriage or confinement in a convent.
As danger circles, Vasilisa must defy even the people she loves and call on dangerous gifts she has long concealed—this, in order to protect her family from a threat that seems to have stepped from her nurse’s most frightening tales.”
Since this is the first direction it’s quite a simple one. Nevertheless, I spent a good 15 minutes in there before I found any books with flowers on them. Once I found one I instantly saw a million others surrounding it. Who would have thought all the flowery books would be piled together in the corner of the bookshop? Some kind of marketing thing? When I picked it up I thought this book was completely new-to-me but it turns out I had heard of it before. I just remembered it by the other cover (the blue-ish one). It sounds pretty cool. I am always in when it’s about stories coming to life. That probably has to do with the fact that I love books and the idea of them becoming reality is so magical. I wouldn’t want every story to come alive though…
“Once upon a time, in a land blighted by terror, there was a very clever boy.
The people thought the boy could save them, so they opened their gates and sent him out into the world.
To where the monsters lived.”
As you can see in the picture of book 1, most of the flowers are a very bright orangey red. So that’s what I went with and I think this is a pretty good match! The synopsis is extremely tiny but intriguing nonetheless. I did already know about the existence of this book before but I had never read the synopses (not that I gained much information after reading it now). I own M.R. Carey’s other book, The Girl with all the Gifts, but I haven’t read it yet. I’ve tried. On that moment I just wasn’t intrigued enough to keep reading it. I remember liking the writing though.
“Opening in England at the turn of the twentieth century, C is the story of a boy named Serge Carrefax, whose father spends his time experimenting with wireless communication while running a school for deaf children. Serge grows up amid the noise and silence with his brilliant but troubled older sister, Sophie: an intense sibling relationship that stays with him as he heads off into an equally troubled larger world.
After a fling with a nurse at a Bohemian spa, Serge serves in World War I as a radio operator for reconnaissance planes. When his plane is shot down, Serge is taken to a German prison camp, from which he escapes. Back in London, he’s recruited for a mission to Cairo on behalf of the shadowy Empire Wireless Chain. All of which eventually carries Serge to a fitful—and perhaps fateful—climax at the bottom of an Egyptian tomb…”
The last name of the author from book 2 starts with a C. So here we have it. Isn’t that fitting? The title is C. This is the first book I had to search on Goodreads because I didn’t have the opportunity to go to the bookstore for a while. The cover and very short name got my attention. The synopsis sounds like this book has a lot of potential, with some unique plot points. However, I think the synopsis gives away waaay too much.
“The last thing Saki Yamamoto wants to do for her summer vacation is trade in exciting Tokyo for the antiquated rituals and bad cell reception of her grandmother’s village. Preparing for the Obon ceremony is boring. Then the local kids take an interest in Saki and she sees an opportunity for some fun, even if it means disrespecting her family’s ancestral shrine on a malicious dare.
But as Saki rings the sacred bell, the darkness shifts. A death curse has been invoked… and Saki has three nights to undo it. With the help of three spirit guides and some unexpected friends, Saki must prove her worth – or say good-bye to the world of the living forever.”
Book 3 is 310 pages, so I had to find a book between 290 and 330 pages. This one is 320. Again… the cover drew me in, particularly those vibrant colors. Love the cover art. It sounds whimsical and possibly dark too, which is the perfect combination. I love that it’s (partially) set in Tokyo.
“After a tragic accident on Martha’s Vineyard, keeping secrets becomes a way of life for the Tangle family. With memories locked away, the sisters take divergent paths. Callie disappears, Mimi keeps so busy she has no time to think, and Ginger develops a lifelong aversion to risk that threatens the relationships she holds most dear.
When a whispered comment overheard by her rebellious teenage daughter forces Ginger to reveal a long-held family secret, the Tangles’ carefully constructed web of lies begins to unravel. Upon the death of Glory, the family’s colorful matriarch, and the return of long-estranged Callie, Ginger resolves to return to Martha’s Vineyard and piece together what really happened on that calamitous day when a shadow fell over four sun-kissed siblings playing at the shore. Along with Ginger’s newfound understanding come the keys to reconciliation: with her mother, with her sisters, and with her daughter.”
Book 4 was published in January and so is this one, January of this year actually. This one has gone by totally unnoticed? I at least haven’t seen it around anywhere. This book is giving me some serious We Were Liars vibes. It’s because of the cover that reminds me of the island in that book, but also because of the theme of family secrets uncovering. I wasn’t a huge fan of that book but the synopsis still sounds pretty good.
That’s it! My chain of books. My treasures.
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Would you consider reading any of these books?
Thanks for reading and I hope you have a wonderful day!