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TBR Thursday – Authors To Catch Up On – Part Four

Hello and welcome to another ‘TBR Thursday’.

In case you’re wondering ‘TBR Thursday’ is a feature where I pick five books from my TBR to share with you. They’re generally books that I feel are lesser known (have fewer ratings on Goodreads and/or I rarely see mentioned) and it’s basically an excuse to bring some more attention to these seemingly underrated books.

If anyone wants to join in you’re more than welcome to do so. I have a list of the year’s topics here. And would love the excuse to learn more about the books that you feel deserve some more appreciation. Feel free to link back to me, comment on this post or contact me via the contact page of my blog if you do join in and want me to link to your post here.

This month I’m doing a special edition of this feature and pairing it up with my ‘Literacy Lists’. Each week of January I’m going to mention ten of the authors that I want to catch up on in a Literacy List post and then share some lesser known, or mentioned, books by five of those authors from each week’s list here.

If anybody does decide to join in then feel free to pick authors that you want to catch up on. And you can do as many, or as few, weeks in January as you want to. From February onward I’m back to one ‘TBR Thursday’ a month

Navigating The Stars by Maria V. Snyder

Terra Cotta Warriors have been discovered on other planets in the Milky Way Galaxy. And Lyra Daniels’ parents are the archaeological Experts (yes with a capital E) on the Warriors and have dragged her to the various planets to study them despite the time dilation causing havoc with her social life.

When one of the many Warrior planets goes silent, and looters attack her research base, Lyra becomes involved in discovering why the Warriors were placed on these planets. And, more importantly, by who.

Why?

Mostly because the blurb sounds pretty amazing. Already I desperately want to know the answers behind the Terra Cotta Warriors. The mystery sounds pretty ominous when one of the Warrior planets goes silent. Plus I’ve loved books by this author in the past. Hopefully I’ll pick up the first two books soon.

The Weight Of Feathers by Anna-Marie McLemore

For twenty years, the Palomas and the Corbeaus have been rivals and enemies, locked in an escalating feud for over a generation. Both families make their living as traveling performers in competing shows—the Palomas swimming in mermaid exhibitions, the Corbeaus, former tightrope walkers, performing in the tallest trees they can find.

Lace Paloma may be new to her family’s show, but she knows as well as anyone that the Corbeaus are pure magia negra, black magic from the devil himself. Simply touching one could mean death, and she’s been taught from birth to keep away. But when disaster strikes the small town where both families are performing, it’s a Corbeau boy, Cluck, who saves Lace’s life. And his touch immerses her in the world of the Corbeaus, where falling for him could turn his own family against him, and one misstep can be just as dangerous on the ground as it is in the trees.

Why?

Like all of the author’s books this sounds whimsical and magical. I love the circus vibes that the blurb gives me; I adore that a feud is involved. And I want to know more about this magic already. Both families sound intriguing, but why is one said to have ‘ magia negra’? Is it simple hatred from the feud or is their magic really dark? I can’t wait to find out! Plus this book gives me total star crossed lovers vibes.

Fall For Anything by Courtney Summers

When Eddie Reeves’s father commits suicide her life is consumed by the nagging question of why? Why when he was a legendary photographer and a brilliant teacher? Why when he seemed to find inspiration in everything he saw? And, most important, why when he had a daughter who loved him more than anyone else in the world? When she meets Culler Evans, a former student of her father’s and a photographer himself, an instant and dangerous attraction begins. Culler seems to know more about her father than she does and could possibly hold the key to the mystery surrounding his death. But Eddie’s vulnerability has weakened her and Culler Evans is getting too close. Her need for the truth keeps her hanging on…but are some questions better left unanswered?

Why?

Because it’s bound to be heart wrenching and for some crazy reason I like books that tear at my emotions? I want to read everything by Courtney Summers but this book seemed to have the least ratings, which is why I decided to pick it for this list. It’s got a mystery element to it, which intrigues me, and the line about Culler ‘getting too close’ is giving me warning vibes too.

Love, Life And The List by Kasie West

Seventeen-year-old Abby Turner’s summer isn’t going the way she’d planned. She has a not-so-secret but definitely unrequited crush on her best friend, Cooper. She hasn’t been able to manage her mother’s growing issues with anxiety. And now she’s been rejected from an art show because her work “has no heart.” So when she gets another opportunity to show her paintings Abby isn’t going to take any chances.

Which is where the list comes in.

Abby gives herself one month to do ten things, ranging from face a fear (#3) to learn a stranger’s story (#5) to fall in love (#8). She knows that if she can complete the list she’ll become the kind of artist she’s always dreamed of being. But as the deadline approaches, Abby realizes that getting through the list isn’t as straightforward as it seems… and that maybe—just maybe—she can’t change her art if she isn’t first willing to change herself.

Why?

I think the title first drew me towards this book but I’m glad that it did as it sounds like the sort of contemporary novel that I could swiftly fall in love with. I absolutely adore the sound of the list involved in this book and can’t wait to see Abby tackle the tasks on it. The three items from it already mentioned sound like they could lead to interesting encounters in Abby’s life and I can’t wait to learn what the rest of the list includes.

Talon by Julie Kagawa

THE DRAGONS OF TALON:
Once hunted nearly to extinction, they are now poised to take over the world. 

THE ORDER OF ST. GEORGE:
The legendary dragonslayers will stop at nothing to wipe dragons from the face of the earth. 

These mortal enemies are locked in secret and deadly combat, with humanity none the wiser.

To take her rightful place in the Talon organization, young dragon Ember Hill must prove she can hide her true nature and blend in with humans. Her delight at the prospect of a summer of “normal” teen experiences is short-lived, however, once she discovers that she’s also expected to train for her destined career in Talon. But a chance meeting with a rogue dragon will soon challenge everything Ember has been taught. 

As Ember struggles to accept her future, St. George soldier Garret Xavier Sebastian is tasked with hunting her down. But when faced with Ember’s bravery, confidence and all-too-human desires, Garret begins to question everything the Order has ingrained in him—and what he might be willing to give up to uncover the truth about dragons.

Why?

Dragons? I’m pretty sure that for a lot of people their involvement is reason enough to add this book to my TBR. They’re beloved by so many for a reason after all. Julie Kagawa is a fantastic author though (reason number two). And I just know that I need to learn more; what’s the truth about the Order of St. George and the dragons of Talon? Are they really poised to take over the world? What will happen when Ember and Garret meet? I seriously can’t wait to read this.

Have you read any of the books that I’ve mentioned here today? Do you have any overlooked books on your TBR? Do you have any authors that you want to catch up with? Let me know in the comments section below, I’d love to hear from you.

Please note I’m currently on a semi-hiatus but I’ll be back sometime in January. After doing a lot of blog post planning I needed a bit of a break. But I’ll try to check in with comments a couple of times a week (probably after the first week in January as I would like a total blogging break over Christmas) and try to read other people’s posts fairly regularly so that I don’t totally fall behind.

During my check in’s I’ll also make sure to add a link back to your post too so don’t worry, I will still be linking back to anyone who wants to join in, it just might take a couple of days.

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