Books from the Backlog #165

Posted May 27, 2021 by Carole in Books from the Backlog / 11 Comments

Books from the Backlog is a fun way to feature some of those neglected books sitting on your bookshelf unread.  If you are anything like me, you might be surprised by some of the unread books hiding in your stacks.

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This week’s neglected book

Books from the Backlog #165The Guinevere Deception by Kiersten White
Series: Camelot Rising #1
ISBN: 9780525581673
Published by Delacorte Press on November 5, 2019
Genres: Arthurian, Young Adult Fiction
Pages: 342
Format: Hardcover
Source: Purchased
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"Fascinating. . . . Kiersten White has taken the best parts of the Arthurian legend and made them all her own."--Renée Ahdieh, #1 New York Times bestselling author of The Wrath and the Dawn series.

A new fantasy series set in the world of Camelot that bestselling author Christina Lauren calls "brilliant," reimagining the Arthurian legend . . . where nothing is as magical and terrifying as a girl.

Princess Guinevere has come to Camelot to wed a stranger: the charismatic King Arthur. With magic clawing at the kingdom's borders, the great wizard Merlin conjured a solution--send in Guinevere to be Arthur's wife . . . and his protector from those who want to see the young king's idyllic city fail. The catch? Guinevere's real name--and her true identity--is a secret. She is a changeling, a girl who has given up everything to protect Camelot.

To keep Arthur safe, Guinevere must navigate a court in which the old--including Arthur's own family--demand things continue as they have been, and the new--those drawn by the dream of Camelot--fight for a better way to live. And always, in the green hearts of forests and the black depths of lakes, magic lies in wait to reclaim the land.

Deadly jousts, duplicitous knights, and forbidden romances are nothing compared to the greatest threat of all: the girl with the long black hair, riding on horseback through the dark woods toward Arthur. Because when your whole existence is a lie, how can you trust even yourself? *THE FIRST BOOK IN THE CAMELOT RISING TRILOGY*

"A rare and enviable mix of impeccable writing, heart-stopping action, lush scenery, and complex, relatable characters . . . brilliant!" --New York Times bestselling author Christina Lauren

"Stunning. . . . will leave every reader hungry for more." --Somaiya Daud, author of the Mirage series

Why did I add The Guinevere Deception to my bookshelf?

I remember being very excited about this book and added it to my Book of the Month box just as soon as I saw that it was an option. I also subscribed to Owlcrate for the first time around the same time and it turned out that I got a copy in my very first box as well. So I have 2 copies of this book on my shelf and have read exactly none of them. I don’t even know what I am doing some days. I do need to give this one a try so I can decide if I want to get my hands on the new book in the trilogy.

What are your thoughts? Have you read this book?  Would you recommend it to others?

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11 responses to “Books from the Backlog #165

  1. Somehow it’s crazy funny to have not one but two copies of books that we have not read on our shelves. I had that problem last year, but I solved it—I put one of the copies in my Little Free Library and I decided to read the other book next!

  2. a nice case of subscription box picking the same book because it’s probably that good(?). I’ve seen this a lot when it was released and I was a bit curious myself but then I’m not a big fantasy reader in general.

  3. I’ve read a couple Kiersten White books so I’m sure this one would be good, too. That’s funny you ended up with two copies.

  4. I have heard of this trilogy but haven’t read it. It does sound promising! I hope you enjoy it when you read it!

    I sometimes end up with two copies of books somehow too. My husband gave me one I already have on my shelf for Mother’s Day. I haven’t had the heart to tell him. LOL

  5. I don’t pay as much attention to YA so this one isn’t on my radar. But often I get invested with the second or third book, causing me to read the first ones to get the later book.