Welcome back to Wednesday Words!
On second Wednesdays, I wear pink. No, just kidding. I share what I've been reading. We're currently behind a week, because I forgot that IWSG was on the 2nd Wednesday this month, but that's okay. This week, it is independent author Ashia Monet's The Black Veins!
This cover is intriguing. I love the color scheme. I mentioned meeting Ashia at the Ace/Aro Conference I went to during my July Monthly Review. She's aromantic, and she wanted to write a romance-free book where the relationship focus is familial and platonic. We don't get to see that often, so I was glad for it. There is also a list of trigger warnings and what pages they're on, so that's good for people who do have traumas. Here is the blurb:
In a world where magic thrives in secret city corners, a group of magicians embark on a road trip—and it’s the "no-love-interest", found family adventure you’ve been searching for.
Sixteen-year-old Blythe is one of seven Guardians: magicians powerful enough to cause worldwide panic with a snap of their fingers. But Blythe spends her days pouring latte art at her family’s coffee shop, so why should she care about having apocalyptic abilities?
She’s given a reason when magician anarchists crash into said coffee shop and kidnap her family.
Heartbroken but determined, Blythe knows she can’t save them alone. A war is brewing between two magician governments and tensions are too high. So, she packs up her family’s bright yellow Volkswagen, puts on a playlist, and embarks on a road trip across the United States to enlist the help of six strangers whose abilities are unparalleled—the other Guardians.
I just realized I never read the blurb. I recently reached the kidnapping scene and wasn't prepared. So far, I'm intrigued by what will ensue. Blythe is about to leave in the Volkswagen, so the story is really about to move forward.
I don't want to go too far ahead in this one and spoil anything, so I'll share a line from an early page using random.org: page 23.
Frost Glade sounds amazing, it really does. She would rather see it with her family, where her mother can fall in love with that place again, than be trapped on its shores because the Trident Republic wants to kill her.
What are you reading this week?