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The Sunbearer Trials
The Sunbearer Trials | Aiden Thomas
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Welcome to The Sunbearer Trials, where teen semidioses compete in a series of challenges with the highest of stakes, in this electric new Mexican-inspired fantasy from Aiden Thomas, the New York Times bestselling author of Cemetery Boys. Only the most powerful and honorable semidioses get chosen. Im just a Jade. Im not a real hero. As each new decade begins, the Suns power must be replenished so that Sol can keep traveling along the sky and keep the evil Obsidian gods at bay. Ten semidioses between the ages of thirteen and eighteen are selected by Sol himself as the most worthy to compete in The Sunbearer Trials. The winner carries light and life to all the temples of Reino del Sol, but the loser has the greatest honor of allthey will be sacrificed to Sol, their body forming the new Sun Stones that will protect the people of Reino del Sol for the next ten years. Teo, a 17-year-old Jade semidios and the trans son of Quetzal, goddess of birds, has never worried about the Trials...or rather, hes only worried for others. His best friend Niyadaughter of Tierra, the god of earthis one of the strongest heroes of their generation and is much too likely to be chosen this year. He also cant help but worry (reluctantly, and under protest) for Aurelio, a powerful Gold semidios and Teos friend-turned-rival who is a shoo-in for the Trials. Teo wouldnt mind taking Aurelio down a notch or two, but a one-in-ten chance of death is a bit too close for Teos taste. But then, for the first time in over a century, Sol chooses a semidios who isnt a Gold. In fact, he chooses two: Xio, the 13-year-old child of Mala Suerte, god of bad luck, and...Teo. Now they must compete in five mysterious trials, against opponents who are both more powerful and better trained, for fame, glory, and their own survival.
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Branwen
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I absolutely adored this! I'm a sucker for a YA story centered around a big competition and this one was excellent! Plus, the banter between some of the characters was really perfect and had me laughing out loud!

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Branwen
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Up next! 💕📚💕 I've really loved his previous works so I have very high hopes for this one! #catsoflitsy #littenkitten #jupiterjazz

RaeLovesToRead Aww Jazz... such soulful eyes 😇🥰 1w
Graywacke Those eyes! 💙 1w
Branwen @RaeLovesToRead @Graywacke She has definitely used those eyes to persuade me to give her more treats! 😹 7d
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RavenclawPrincess913
The Sunbearer Trials | Aiden Thomas

The book I just finished I was about to look for movie to rewatch it to cheer me up 😂 than I'm like oh that was a book 🙄

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RavenclawPrincess913
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For those of y'all that annotate books don't buy Maped glitter highlighters this one didn't even last through a 400 page book I think it was about 200 pages it lasted and I didn't even highlight as much as usual not worth it spending 1.40 per highlighter per half a book that'll get exspensive just wanted to let y'all know so y'all don't waste money as well

ReadingRachael Thanks! 😊 3w
kplovesbooks Nope. I'd a been mad. 😤 3w
RavenclawPrincess913 @kplovesbooks Pissed me off so much 2w
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RavenclawPrincess913
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people. If a sacrifice doesn't take place every ten years to refuel the stone they will be set free. The eight golds and two jades must compete in five Trials to see who Sol deems worthy enough of being Sunbearer and the one who is sacrificed to protect all others.

This boom had a lot of action which I loved and made it very interesting. I love books that are action packed. Some Trials were more interesting than the others.

RavenclawPrincess913 My favorite was probably the trial where Aurelio and Teo teamed up and won it. They were friends when little so it must have been nice being able to work together again. I also loved the animal one the animal that Teo collected was so cute. The trial they had to collect all the stones seems fun as well. The last one was pretty scary though especially Auristela's outburst at the end of it. By the end of the book I was crying. 3w
RavenclawPrincess913 Teo, Nina and Xio were friends throughout the Trials but I always had a bad feeling about Xio. Something about him just seemed off. So I was surprised but not surprised by their betrayal at the end.

My least favorite character of the ten competitors was probably Ocelo. He just gives off bad vibes.
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RavenclawPrincess913 It was Auristela at first to but I came to realize deep down she was just trying to protect her twin brother Aurelio and help him to become Sunbearer. She wanted this for him so their mom would deem him worthy and stop treating him so badly.

Outside the Trials my favorite scene was probably when Aurelio and Teo sneaked off the boat to get the candy to cheer up Niya. I loved when Aurelio touched Teo's wings it was cute.
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RavenclawPrincess913 If you love books with God's, Goddesses, and their children I definitely recommend reading this. Also, I love the cover it fits the story perfectly. 3w
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GirlNamedJesse
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At 95% I remembered this was a duology and despaired/rejoiced. Despaired because I neeeeeeeded to know the ending, and rejoiced because I have a whole other BOOK to read! I love books that surprise me, and this one did just that. The end had me holding my breath and flipping pages as fast as I could. I really love Teo‘s relationships with everyone.

I cannot wait to read the rest of this story! ❤️ 🦜

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Branwen
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My book haul from earlier today! 🎉🎉🎉 I was very surprised and delighted to find the bottom two books at the store, since technically their publication date is this Tuesday! 😱 What a lucky find! I'm probably going to start All of Our Demise first since I absolutely adored the first book and that cliffhanger nearly killed me! 😂💕📚 #bookhaul

wanderinglynn The Sunbearer Trials is on my TBR. I‘ll be interested to hear what you think! 3w
Branwen @wanderinglynn I will let you know how it is! I've lived his other two books so I have high hopes for this one! 3w
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GirlNamedJesse
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Spent some time in the hammock yesterday reading this one. Loving it very much. Covid has been raking me over the coals; glad to be feeling a bit better today! 🦜

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GirlNamedJesse
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I bought a kindle for the sole purpose of reading ARCs and I love my case! I‘m dragging my feet with the tagged read because I don‘t want it to be overrrrrr 😍😍😍😍

New Kid on the Book It's lovely! 1mo
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TheBiasedBibliophile
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I was absolutely blown away by this book! The trials in the book were inventive and action-packed. I thought the camaraderie was phenomenal! Teo develops complex and multifaceted relationships with most of the other competitors, and I adored this human element of the story. One of the aspects I enjoyed most about the book was the queer representation. Similarly, the worldbuilding was fantastic, and I love that being queer was normalized!

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The PV for this was soooooo good!! Also, would've claimed with my points but I was too late 😭 #bookishfirst

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GirlNamedJesse
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I bought a kindle to read my eArcs on! Screens mess with my eyes, so I‘m hoping the paperwhite helps. Super excited to read this one! Cemetery Boys is one of my all-time favorite books. ❤️