Top 10 Tuesday: New Fantasy Books On My TBR

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Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish. This week’s theme is: Books From X Genre That I’ve Recently Added To My TBR List.

As someone who just keeps adding books to her TBR instead of reading them, I am all over this week’s T10 theme 😛

If you’ve been around for a while, you already know Fantasy is pretty much my most-read genre. This means I’m constantly picking new Fantasy books to read, always adding to my ever-growing TBR Pile. Here are some of the recent titles that caught my attention:

31145148An Enchantment of Ravens
by Margaret Rogerson


Isobel is a prodigy portrait artist with a dangerous set of clients: the sinister fair folk, immortal creatures who cannot bake bread, weave cloth, or put a pen to paper without crumbling to dust. They crave human Craft with a terrible thirst, and Isobel’s paintings are highly prized among them. But when she receives her first royal patron—Rook, the autumn prince—she makes a terrible mistake. She paints mortal sorrow in his eyes – a weakness that could cost him his life.

22840421Akata Witch by Nnedi Okorafor


Born in New York, but living in Aba, Nigeria, twelve-year old Sunny is understandably a little lost. She is albino and thus, incredibly sensitive to the sun. All Sunny wants to do is be able to play football and get through another day of school without being bullied. But once she befriends Orlu and Chichi, Sunny is plunged in to the world of the Leopard People, where your worst defect becomes your greatest asset.

30233110Flame in the Mist by Renee Ahdieh


The only daughter of a prominent samurai, Mariko has always known she’d been raised for one purpose and one purpose only: to marry. Never mind her cunning, which rivals that of her twin brother, Kenshin, or her skills as an accomplished alchemist. Since Mariko was not born a boy, her fate was sealed the moment she drew her first breath. So, at just seventeen years old, Mariko is sent to the imperial palace to meet her betrothed, a man she did not choose, for the very first time.

18189606Trickery by Jaymin Eve, Jane Washington


In Minatsol, being a dweller means that you are literally no better than dirt. In fact, dirt might actually be more useful than Willa. Her life will be one of servitude to the sols, the magic-blessed beings who could one day be chosen to become gods. At least her outer village is far removed from the cities of the sols, and she won’t ever be forced to present herself to them… Until one small mistake changes everything.

27883214The Waking Fire by Anthony Ryan


The novel follows an unregistered blood-blessed as he searches for an elusive variety of drake so potent, its capture would mean unrivalled riches; the second in command of a blood-burning ironclad ship; and a young woman in a lifelong contract to a trading syndicate, whose espionage mission places her on the front lines of a newly declared war. As empires clash and arcane mysteries reveal themselves, these characters are tested again and again and soon discover that the fate of the world rests on their shoulders.

23299512Traitor’s Blade by Sebastien de Castell


Falcio is the first Cantor of the Greatcoats. Trained in the fighting arts and the laws of Tristia, the Greatcoats are travelling Magisters upholding King’s Law. They are heroes. Or at least they were, until they stood aside while the Dukes took the kingdom, and impaled their King’s head on a spike. Now Tristia is on the verge of collapse and the barbarians are sniffing at the borders.

24485589The Bedlam Stacks by Natasha Pulley


In 1859, ex-East India Company smuggler Merrick Tremayne is trapped at home in Cornwall after sustaining an injury that almost cost him his leg and something is wrong; a statue moves, his grandfather’s pines explode, and his brother accuses him of madness. When the India Office recruits Merrick for an expedition to fetch quinine—essential for the treatment of malaria—from deep within Peru, he knows it’s a terrible idea.

23592235The Cruel Prince by Holly Black


Jude was seven years old when her parents were murdered and she and her two sisters were stolen away to live in the treacherous High Court of Faerie. Ten years later, Jude wants nothing more than to belong there, despite her mortality. But many of the fey despise humans. Especially Prince Cardan, the youngest and wickedest son of the High King. To win a place at the Court, she must defy him–and face the consequences.

30095464Warcross by Marie Lu


For the millions who log in every day, Warcross isn’t just a game—it’s a way of life. The obsession started ten years ago and its fan base now spans the globe, some eager to escape from reality and others hoping to make a profit. Struggling to make ends meet, teenage hacker Emika Chen works as a bounty hunter, tracking down players who bet on the game illegally. But the bounty hunting world is a competitive one, and survival has not been easy.

25733660Wicked Like a Wildfire by Lana Popović


All the women in Iris and Malina’s family have the unique magical ability or “gleam” to manipulate beauty. Iris sees flowers as fractals and turns her kaleidoscope visions into glasswork, while Malina interprets moods as music. But their mother has strict rules to keep their gifts a secret, even in their secluded sea-side town. Iris and Malina are not allowed to share their magic with anyone, and above all, they are forbidden from falling in love.


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Arc Review: AN UNNATURAL VICE by K.J. Charles


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AN UNNATURAL VICE
K.J Charles

SeriesSins of the Cities #2
Genre: LGBTQ+, Historical, Mystery
Publisher: Loveswept
Pages: 250
Release date: June 6th 2017

Crusading journalist Nathaniel Roy is determined to expose spiritualists who exploit the grief of bereaved and vulnerable people. First on his list is the so-called Seer of London, Justin Lazarus. Nathaniel expects him to be a cheap, heartless fraud. He doesn’t expect to meet a man with a sinful smile and the eyes of a fallen angel—or that a shameless swindler will spark his desires for the first time in years.

Justin feels no remorse for the lies he spins during his séances. His gullible clients simply bore him. Hostile, disbelieving, utterly irresistible Nathaniel is a fascinating challenge. And as their battle of wills and wits heats up, Justin finds he can’t stop thinking about the man who’s determined to ruin him.

But Justin and Nathaniel are linked by more than their fast-growing obsession with one another. They are both caught up in an aristocratic family’s secrets, and Justin holds information that could be lethal. As killers, fanatics, and fog close in, Nathaniel is the only man Justin can trust—and, perhaps, the only man he could love.


“I’ll tell the truth if you will.”


An Unnatural Vice is a wonderful and engrossing enemies-to-lovers story! It introduces new characters, but follows some of the events in the first installment of this series, An Unseen Attraction. It has an added element of mystery that keeps you on your toes, some paranormal shenanigans, and complex and developed characters.

K.J. Charles continues to deliver entertaining and fast-paced novels. This one is action packed, and a great mixture of mystery and romance. It has some steamy and sweet scenes to counterbalance the dangerous ones, and keeps you flipping pages the entire time to figure out what’s going on.

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To Be Read – June 2017

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The new post structure continues to be a success, so I think I’m gonna make it a permanent thing. Last month I managed to achieve all of the goals I set up, so I’m pretty happy with how this is going.

June means the end of the semester! I don’t know how busy this month will be for me, although I’m hoping it’ll be chiller than May. Please, so I can survive. This means I’ll be sticking with a list of review copies I need to read + new goals I want to achieve.

Must Reads


Only two ARCs this month (so far):

An Unnatural Vice by K.J. Charles ✨

Historical M/M Romance, yes! This is the second installment in the Sins of the Cities series. While the first book – An Unseen Attraction – is kind of a murder-mystery, this seems to be an enemies-to-lovers kind of book. I’m rather looking forward to it, as Charles’ stuff is always great.

Until It Fates by K.A. Tucker ✨

Aaaahh, New Adult, how I missed you. This is a book about a single mom, Catherine, how saves the life of a hockey star. I’ve read Tucker’s book before – she’s amazing at writing emotional and touching stories, so I’m super excited for this one!

Goals


So I do this thing where I keep adding books to my TBR? Which means I have piles and piles of unread books at home. That also goes for starting new series; I find a book that interests me and then just… forget to read the next installments. So for this month, my goals are:

✨ Read 1 pick from my TBR Jar

In an effort to, you know, deal with it. This month’s pick is Shadow Born by Jasmine Walt and Rebecca Hamilton. It’s an Urban Fantasy novel about Brooke Chandler, a police detective, who has the ability to see the past when she touches an object.

✨ Read 1 installment in one of my on-going book series

So a little while ago I added this nifty page to my blog: Shameful Series Section. It’s a list of the series I’m reading and plan to finish… someday. So this month I’m going to pick one book from one of the series in that list and r e a d i t. 😀


What are you reading this month? Have you read any of the books mentioned above? Let me know in the comments!


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Anticipated Reads – June 2017

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New month, new book releases!

June brings only a few books I’m excited to get my hands on, but all of them are dear to my heart. Fantasy, once again, dominates the list. What an unforeseen turn of events, huh? 😛

27883214Down Among the Sticks and Bones by Seanan McGuire


Twin sisters Jack and Jill were five when they learned that grown-ups can’t be trusted. They were twelve when they walked down the impossible staircase and discovered that the pretense of love can never be enough to prepare you a life filled with magic in a land filled with mad scientists and death and choices.

RELEASE DATE: JUNE 13TH.

Until It Fades by K.A. Tucker


Twenty-four-year-old truck stop waitress and single mother Catherine Wright has simple goals: to give her five-year-old daughter a happy life and to never again be the talk of the town in Balsam, Pennsylvania: population two thousand outside of tourist season. And then one foggy night, on a lonely road back from another failed attempt at a relationship, Catherine saves a man’s life.

RELEASE DATE: JUNE 27TH.

27883214The Hollow Crown by Jeff Wheeler


Following the downfall of a tyrant in the Wall Street Journal bestselling Kingfountain trilogy, years have passed in prosperity for the kingdom of Ceredigion. Now, as the time comes to celebrate the new king’s nuptials, the specter of a new enemy emerges to destroy all that has been painstakingly built in those years.

RELEASE DATE: JUNE 13TH.

27883214Damaged Like Us by Krista & Becca Ritchie


Maximoff Hale is a force of nature. A ship unwilling to be steered. Headstrong, resilient, and wholly responsible — the twenty-two-year-old alpha billionaire can handle his unconventional life. By noon, lunch can turn into a mob of screaming fans. By two, his face is all over the internet. Born into one of the most famous families in the country, his celebrity status began at birth.

RELEASE DATE: JUNE 27TH.

27883214The Witchwood Crown by Tad Williams


Thirty years have passed since the events of the earlier novels, and the world has reached a critical turning point once again. The realm is threatened by divisive forces, even as old allies are lost, and others are lured down darker paths. Perhaps most terrifying of all, the Norns—the long-vanquished elvish foe—are stirring once again, preparing to reclaim the mortal-ruled lands that once were theirs….

RELEASE DATE: JUNE 27TH.


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Wrap-Up: May 2017

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And we’re reaching the middle of the year! I can’t quite believe how quickly time’s passing. I need things to happen less often, please.

So May was… a lot. This has been my worst reading month so far, which says something. Once again, Fantasy wins as my most read genre, but I also read some Contemporary books this time around. Oh, and a comic, haha!


BOOKS I READ


Books marked with a 📚 are the ones that were on my May TBR pile.

A Court of Wings and Ruin (ACOTAR #3) by Sarah J. Maas – 4‘s • 📚
An Unseen Attraction (Sins of the Cities #1) by K.J. Charles (ARC) – 3‘s
Assassin’s Fate (The Fitz and the Fool #3) by Robin Hobb (ARC) – 5‘s
↠ The Beauty, vol. 1 by Jeremy Haun – 4‘s
Complicated by Kristen Ashley – 3‘s
Fool’s Quest (The Fitz and the Fool #2) by Robin Hobb – 4‘s
↠ Gemina (The Illuminae Files #2) by Amie Kaufman, Jay Kristoff – 5‘s
↠ One of Us Is Lying by Karen McManus (ARC) – 4‘s • 📚
Roar (Stormheart #1) by Cora Carmack (ARC) – 4‘s • 📚
Strange the Dreamer (Strange the Dreamer #1) by Laini Taylor – 4‘s
↠ Tide by Deirdre Riordan Hall (ARC) – 3‘s • 📚
↠ We Are All Made of Stars by Rowan Coleman – 4‘s • 📚

Total: 12 books


ON THE BLOG


REVIEWS

A Gathering of Shadows by V.E. Schwab • An Unseen Attraction by K.J. Charles (ARC) • Assassin’s Fate by Robin Hobb (ARC) • Complicated by Kristen Ashley • Gemina by Amie Kaufman, Jay Kristoff • One of Us Is Lying by Karen McManus (ARC) • Roar by Cora Carmack (ARC) • Strange the Dreamer by Laini Taylor • Tide by Deirdre Riordan Hall (ARC)

MUSING MONDAYS

Strange the Dreamer & Fiction • Different Editions & Book Reviews • Rereads

 TOP TEN TUESDAY

Covers Around the World • Reading Wishlist • Buddy Reads with Mom • Summer Reads • Most Anticipated Books 2017/2

 WWW WEDNESDAY

May 10 • May 24


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Top 10 Tuesday: Most Anticipated Books 2017/2

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Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish. This week’s theme is: Most Anticipated Books For The Second Half of 2017.

There are too many!!!! Of them!!!!! Really, from debut novels to new installments in my favorite series to new releases from authors I love – I am in book heaven.

31145148Beasts Made of Night by Tochi Onyebuchi


In the walled city of Kos, corrupt mages can magically call forth sin from a sinner in the form of sin-beasts – lethal creatures spawned from feelings of guilt. When Taj is called to eat a sin of a royal, he’s suddenly thrust into the center of a dark conspiracy to destroy Kos. Now Taj must fight to save the princess that he loves – and his own life. Release date: October 31st.

22840421Warcross by Marie Lu


For the millions who log in every day, Warcross isn’t just a game—it’s a way of life. The obsession started ten years ago and its fan base now spans the globe, some eager to escape from reality and others hoping to make a profit. Struggling to make ends meet, teenage hacker Emika Chen works as a bounty hunter, tracking down players who bet on the game illegally. But the bounty hunting world is a competitive one, and survival has not been easy. Release date: September 12th.

30233110They Both Die at the End by Adam Silvera


When Mateo receives the dreaded call from Death-Cast, informing him that today will be his last, he doesn’t know where to begin. Quiet and shy, Mateo is devastated at the thought of leaving behind his hospitalised father, and his best friend and her baby girl. But he knows that he has to make the most of this day, it’s his last chance to get out there and make an impression. Release date: September 5th.

18189606Wildfire by Ilona Andrews


Just when Nevada Baylor has finally come to accept the depths of her magical powers, she also realizes she’s fallen in love. Connor “Mad” Rogan is in many ways her equal when it comes to magic, but she’s completely out of her elements when it comes to her feelings for him. To make matters more complicated, an old flame comes back into Rogan’s life… Release date: July 25th.

27883214Renegades by Marissa Meyer


The Renegades are a syndicate of prodigies—humans with extraordinary abilities—who emerged from the ruins of a crumbled society and established peace and order where chaos reigned. As champions of justice, they remain a symbol of hope and courage to everyone…except the villains they once overthrew. Release date: November 7th.

23299512Archangel’s Viper by Nalini Singh


Venom has always been one of the most mysterious and seductive members of the Seven–Archangel Raphael’s personal guard. But even this powerful vampire has no idea what awaits when he returns to New York…and to a woman who might be the greatest threat of all… Release date: September 21st.

24485589Release by Patrick Ness


Adam Thorn doesn’t know it yet, but today will change his life. Between his religious family, a deeply unpleasant ultimatum from his boss, and his own unrequited love for his sort-of ex, Enzo, it seems as though Adam’s life is falling apart. At least he has two people to keep him sane: his new boyfriend (he does love Linus, doesn’t he?) and his best friend, Angela. Release date: September 19th.

23592235An Enchantment of Ravens by Margaret Rogerson


Isobel is a prodigy portrait artist with a dangerous set of clients: the sinister fair folk, immortal creatures who cannot bake bread, weave cloth, or put a pen to paper without crumbling to dust. They crave human Craft with a terrible thirst, and Isobel’s paintings are highly prized among them. But when she receives her first royal patron—Rook, the autumn prince—she makes a terrible mistake. Release date: September 26th.

30095464Wish You Were Here by Renee Carlino


Charlotte has spent her twenties adrift, floating from interest to interest, job to job, and guy to guy, searching for a spark but never quite finding it. All she knows is that she won’t discover it working as a waitress at a pies-and-fries joint in Los Angeles or living with her fun but aimless best friend in a tiny apartment in the Arts District. Then Charlotte collides with Adam, a gorgeous and soulful painter who seems just as lost as she feels. Release date: August 15th.

25733660Illegal Contact by Santino Hassell


New York Barons tight end Gavin Brawley is suspended from the team and on house arrest after a video of him brawling goes viral. Gavin already has a reputation as a jerk with a temper on and off the field—which doesn’t help him once he finds himself on the wrong side of the law. And while he’s been successful professionally, he’s never been lucky when it comes to love. Release date: August 15th.

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What are your most anticipated reads for 2017? Any recommendations for me?
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Musing Mondays – Rereads

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Musing Mondays is a weekly meme hosted by The Purple Booker, that asks you to choose a prompt to answer + reply to a random question.

Choose one of the following prompts to answer:

  • I’m currently reading…
  • Up next I think I’ll read…
  • I bought the following book(s) in the past week…
  • I’m super excited to tell you about (book/author/bookish-news)…
  • I’m really upset by (book/author/bookish-news)…
  • I can’t wait to get a copy of…
  • I wish I could read ___, but…
  • I blogged about ____ this past week…

I’m currently reading…

I’ve been doing a lot of rereads this year. I just love going back to some of my favorite series, especially when they have a new installment coming out soon. At present, I’m doing a reread of one of my favorite Urban Fantasy reads of 2014:

22840421Burn for Me by Ilona Andrews


Nevada Baylor is faced with the most challenging case of her detective career—a suicide mission to bring in a suspect in a volatile case. Nevada isn’t sure she has the chops. Her quarry is a Prime, the highest rank of magic user, who can set anyone and anything on fire.

Then she’s kidnapped by Connor “Mad” Rogan—a darkly tempting billionaire with equally devastating powers. Torn between wanting to run or surrender to their overwhelming attraction, Nevada must join forces with Rogan to stay alive.


This week’s random question…

No random question this week! Just a note that I will be archiving this feature. The last Monday of the month seems like a good time to stop. I’ll be continuing with WWW Wednesday posts, posting every week. It’s been fun!


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