Bookworm: The Tales I Am Reading

I thought I would let you all know what I am reading right now.

(Photo credit to: me, via my Instagram)

“Beyond the Red” is the debut novel for one of my favorite bloggers, Ava Jae.

I’m only a couple of chapters in but the world-building is amazing and the character development has you caring from the very beginning.

The Goodreads Summary:

A story of betrayal, love, and loss—all on a technologically advanced alien planet where monarchy reigns, but lies rule.Alien queen Kora has a problem as vast as the endless crimson deserts. She’s the first female ruler of her territory in generations, but her people are rioting and call for her violent younger twin brother to take the throne. Despite assassination attempts, a mounting uprising of nomadic human rebels, and pressure to find a mate to help her rule, she’s determined to protect her people from her brother’s would-be tyrannical rule.Eros is a rebel soldier hated by aliens and human alike for being a half-blood. But that doesn’t stop him from defending his people—at least until Kora’s soldiers raze his camp and take him captive. He is given an ultimatum: be an enslaved bodyguard to Kora, or be executed for his true identity—a secret kept even from him.When Kora and Eros are framed for the attempted assassination of her betrothed, they flee. Their only chance of survival is to turn themselves in to the high court, where revealing Eros’s secret could mean a swift public execution. But when they uncover a violent plot to end the human insurgency, they must find a way to work together to prevent genocide.

“Infatuation of a Merman” by: Scarlel

The 2nd tale that has made the top of my list is, “Infatuation of a Merman” on Wattpad.

It truly surprised me and taught me to not always judge a book by its title. The author has done quite a good job at world building. It’s set on a planet where the water is feared for within its depths the man-eating mer-people reside. But there is one girl that is not afraid of the water, for that’s where her friends the fish swim and play. She can speak to the sea creatures and she feels safe with them. One day though her gift betrays her and that’s when everything changes.

The Wattpad summary:

They lure you into the waters, twisting their haunted melody. 
You don't feel a thing as you drown into the sea, 
unaware of your new deathbed. 
Only once they sink their teeth into your soft skin will you feel the agony 
and realize your mistake. 
They are mermaids, the ones who leave nothing but bones in their wake. 
They're the reason everyone abides by the unwritten rule: 
Never go near the ocean. 
Everyone except Nyx, a human with the ability to talk to fish, 
who ignores all these warnings. 
But her peace is shattered when she encounters a merman, 
the flesh eating fish of the sea. 
Soon she's about to realize that there are no such thing as allies; 
only enemies. 
And this flesh eater will do anything to ensure that he stays 
the only threat to her heart.