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Meet The TBR – Most Anticipated Releases For The Rest Of 2020

Sorry for disappearing yet again. I really want to say that I’m back but honestly it’s going to be another couple of weeks as I’m still stuck in this ridiculous reading slump. I majorly want to push passed it before blogging about books and to be honest I’m also feeling a little low lately. On the bright side I do have a lot of blogging inspiration so once I’m back I have a lot of ideas for future content dancing around in my head. So I will definitely be back fully soon. I just need another few weeks to shake off this mood and slump.

Anyway onto today’s post. I didn’t just want to write a paragraph saying I’d be disappearing so instead I thought I’d start off a new series about my TBR for now. Why? Because it gives me a chance to remind myself of why I wanted to read some of the books on it in the first place – something that will hopefully reignite my passion for reading. Plus it means I can hopefully bring some fantastic sounding books to your attention too.

These are ten of my most anticipated releases for the rest of 2020. (I was so heartbroken to see that Empire Of The Vampire has been pushed to 2021!) I decided to start it from July onwards as we’re almost at the end of June already.

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Splinters Of Scarlet by Emily Bain Murphy

As soon as I saw this described as ‘Downton Abbey with magic’ it went straight onto my TBR. I mean honestly, what more could I ask for in a book? There’s also a mystery element, it’s set in 19th century Denmark and it states that ‘secrets can kill and magic is a deadly gift’. Plus I love the cover…
I may actually just have to go and pre-order this…

The Year Of The Witching by Alexis Henderson

Let’s be honest it was probably the title that first drew me to this book – we need more witch fiction! – but how could I possibly resist it with a blurb like that? Four dead witches, a land that sounds chilling, a secret journal and just… I Need This Book! Seriously. Plus I love the cover again… why is the UK version different?

The Notorious Virtues by Alwyn Hamilton

Magical competition, check. Mysterious death, check. A fortune up for grabs, check. Illegitimate daughter, check. Basically it’s magic, murder and a fascinating sounding world. I need this book. And here’s a little quote from the blurb:
‘Incredible tests, impossible choices and deadly odds await both girls. But there can only be one winner.’

Where Dreams Descend by Janella Angeles

Moulin Rogue & magicians. Need I say more? There’s unseen danger, a powerful showgirl, disappearing magicians, an enigmatic keeper and a brooding judge with a dark past. This book sounds dark, twisted, magical and just flat out incredible.

A Deadly Education by Naomi Novik

Speaking of incredible books… how did I not learn about this one sooner? It’s set in a school for the magically gifted where failure quite literally means death. There’s no escape until it’s students graduate. There are monsters lurking everywhere. And the main character has dark magic so powerful that it could kill everyone. Basically this went on my TBR as soon as I saw it described as a ‘dark, feminist Harry Potter’.

The Invisible Life Of Addie La Rue by V.E. Schwab

Ah this book. I’ve been waiting for it for what feels like forever! How could I resist a book about a girl who sells her soul for a chance to live forever, only to then be cursed to be forgotten by everyone she meets. Amazing. I. NEED. THIS. I better be back to my reading game when this releases as it’s one I intend to read as soon as humanly possible.

A Golden Fury by Samantha Cohoe

Is it bad that I was first drawn to this simply because it said the words ‘Philosopher’s Stone’? Yes I’m the girl who instantly thought of Harry Potter at that point. But seriously this sounds so, so amazing. It’s about a girl, Thea, who learns that creating said stone will lead to madness, but will she have to go ahead and sacrifice her sanity to save the people she loves?

Poisoned by Jennifer Donnelly

I know hardly anything about this book but after devouring Stepsister I must have it! I absolutely adored Jennifer Donnelly’s retelling of Cinderella so I simply can’t wait to see what her take on Snow White will be like. Will it involve Fate & Chance again? (please, please, be yes!) And will more follow? I hope so. Ugh, I literally can not wait.

Kingdom Of The Wicked by Kerri Maniscalco

Two sisters, a brutal murder, an intoxicating romance, witches, princes of Hell! and long forbidden dark magic. I’ve seen a couple of quotes from this book on Instagram and I need it. I may actually cry due to the wait (even if I am stuck in a slump right now) because it sounds absolutely phenomenal. I actually joined the author’s newsletter to get the prologue so I majorly hope that I wasn’t too late!!

The Wicked & The Dead by Melissa Marr

This one doesn’t have a Goodreads page yet so I’ve linked the title to the author’s page about the book instead.

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From what I read in Melissa Marr’s email newsletters this is going to be her take on vampires after she was inspired to write about them following a nasty snake bite. And it sounds incredible. There’s murder, magic and a faery prince; and trust me, Melissa Marr really knows how to write addictive tales about the fae.

So there you have it, the ten books that release over the second half of 2020 that I’m most excited for. Has writing this helped spark up some more reading enthusiasm for me? Yes!! So fingers crossed that it stays. Obviously I can’t get on with any of these yet but I have plenty of other beautiful books waiting to be read that I’m also incredibly stoked for including The Ballad Of Songbirds And Snakes, The Beautiful, Blood Countess, Queen Of Nothing (how have I not read that yet?!?) House Of Blood And Earth, Chain Of Gold and Serpent & Dove to name a few. Plus the library stack that I mentioned in my previous post. So yeah, I definitely have lots of wonderful sounding books to keep me busy. And lots of other wonderful sounding ones releasing in the future.

Ideally I’m going to get reading over the next two to three weeks then return properly with a LOT of blogging and reading inspiration buzzing about inside of me. I’m planning to return with another of these lists, this time totally shaming myself with the books that have been on my physical TBR pile for the longer (*hides*). And then I’ll naturally also catch up on my other posts, features, tags and read all of your wonderful content too.


What are you most anticipated books for the rest of 2020? What have been your favourite reads of the year so far? Is there any particular category that you’d like to see for this series in the future?
Let me know everything in the comments.

Features · Monthly Book Releases

My Most Anticipated April Releases:

I honestly can’t believe that we’re almost in April already; where has the time gone? This month I definitely hope to return to my blog and get caught up with everything – including all of your posts which I look forward to reading. Initially I thought April was a quieter month than March book release wise but apparently I was wrong as there are a lot of books here, many of which I can’t wait to get my hands on. I believe May is quieter (although I’m probably wrong) but June is definitely going to be another top ten month as a LOT of the releases that I’m super excited for are coming out then.

The Lucky Ones by Liz Lawson

May is a survivor. But she doesn’t feel like one. She feels angry. And lost. And alone. Eleven months after the school shooting that killed her twin brother, May still doesn’t know why she was the only one to walk out of the band room that day. No one gets what she went through–no one saw and heard what she did. No one can possibly understand how it feels to be her.

Zach lost his old life when his mother decided to defend the shooter. His girlfriend dumped him, his friends bailed, and now he spends his time hanging out with his little sister…and the one faithful friend who stuck around. His best friend is needy and demanding, but he won’t let Zach disappear into himself. Which is how Zach ends up at band practice that night. The same night May goes with her best friend to audition for a new band.

Which is how May meets Zach. And how Zach meets May. And how both might figure out that surviving could be an option after all. 

Chosen Ones by Veronica Roth

A decade ago near Chicago, five teenagers defeated the otherworldly enemy known as the Dark One, whose reign of terror brought widespread destruction and death. The seemingly un-extraordinary teens—Sloane, Matt, Ines, Albie, and Esther—had been brought together by a clandestine government agency because one of them was fated to be the “Chosen One,” prophesized to save the world. With the goal achieved, humankind celebrated the victors and began to mourn their lost loved ones.

Ten years later, though the champions remain celebrities, the world has moved forward and a whole, younger generation doesn’t seem to recall the days of endless fear. But Sloane remembers. It’s impossible for her to forget when the paparazzi haunt her every step just as the Dark One still haunts her dreams. Unlike everyone else, she hasn’t moved on; she’s adrift—no direction, no goals, no purpose. On the eve of the Ten Year Celebration of Peace, a new trauma hits the Chosen: the death of one of their own. And when they gather for the funeral at the enshrined site of their triumph, they discover to their horror that the Dark One’s reign never really ended.

The Silence Of Bones by June Hur

I have a mouth, but I mustn’t speak;
Ears, but I mustn’t hear;
Eyes, but I mustn’t see.

1800, Joseon (Korea). Homesick and orphaned sixteen-year-old Seol is living out the ancient curse: “May you live in interesting times.” Indentured to the police bureau, she’s been tasked with assisting a well-respected young inspector with the investigation into the politically charged murder of a noblewoman.

As they delve deeper into the dead woman’s secrets, Seol forms an unlikely bond of friendship with the inspector. But her loyalty is tested when he becomes the prime suspect, and Seol may be the only one capable of discovering what truly happened on the night of the murder.

But in a land where silence and obedience are valued above all else, curiosity can be deadly.

Incendiary by Zoraida Córdova

I am Renata Convida.
I have lived a hundred stolen lives.
Now I live my own.

Renata Convida was only a child when she was kidnapped by the King’s Justice and brought to the luxurious palace of Andalucia. As a Robari, the rarest and most feared of the magical Moria, Renata’s ability to steal memories from royal enemies enabled the King’s Wrath, a siege that resulted in the deaths of thousands of her own people.

Now Renata is one of the Whispers, rebel spies working against the crown and helping the remaining Moria escape the kingdom bent on their destruction. The Whispers may have rescued Renata from the palace years ago, but she cannot escape their mistrust and hatred–or the overpowering memories of the hundreds of souls she turned “hollow” during her time in the palace.

When Dez, the commander of her unit, is taken captive by the notorious Sangrado Prince, Renata will do anything to save the boy whose love makes her place among the Whispers bearable. But a disastrous rescue attempt means Renata must return to the palace under cover and complete Dez’s top secret mission. Can Renata convince her former captors that she remains loyal, even as she burns for vengeance against the brutal, enigmatic prince? Her life and the fate of the Moria depend on it.

But returning to the palace stirs childhood memories long locked away. As Renata grows more deeply embedded in the politics of the royal court, she uncovers a secret in her past that could change the entire fate of the kingdom–and end the war that has cost her everything. 

He Started It by Samantha Downing

Beth, Portia, and Eddie Morgan haven’t all been together in years. And for very good reasons—we’ll get to those later. But when their wealthy grandfather dies and leaves a cryptic final message in his wake, the siblings and their respective partners must come together for a cross-country road trip to fulfill his final wish and—more importantly—secure their inheritance.

But time with your family can be tough. It is for everyone.

It’s even harder when you’re all keeping secrets and trying to forget a memory—a missing person, an act of revenge, the man in the black truck who won’t stop following your car—and especially when at least one of you is a killer and there’s a body in the trunk. Just to name a few reasons.

But money is a powerful motivator. It is for everyone.

April Sequels:

Ruthless Gods by Emily A. Duncan
The Empire Of Dreams by Rae Carson
Find Her Alive by Lisa Regan
Aru Shah And The Tree Of Wishes by Roshani Chokshi
Looking Glass by Christina Henry
The Seven Endless Forests by April Genevieve Tucholke
Venom by Bex Hogan
The Deck Of Omens by Christine Lynn Herman
The Cerulean Queen by Sarah Kozloff
The Eve Illusion by Giovanna & Tom Fletcher
Starbreaker by Amanda Bouchet
Good Girl, Bad Blood by Holly Jackson

Other April Releases That I’m Looking Forward To:

Deep Water by Sarah Epstein
Strangers by C.L. Taylor
A Werewolf In Riverdale by Caleb Roehrig
Little Disasters by Sarah Vaughan
Robin Hood by Robert Muchamore
The Loop by Ben Oliver
Sin Eater by Megan Campisi
Pretending by Holly Bourne
The Southern Book Club’s Guide To Slaying Vampires by Grady Hendrix
The Glass Magician by Caroline Stevermer
Meet Me At Midnight by Jessica Pennington
The Secrets They Left Behind by Lissa Marie Redmond
What I Like About You by Marisa Kanter
The German Heiress by Anika Scott
Kind Of Famous by Mary Ann Marlowe
The Best Laid Plans by Cameron Lund
Crave by Tracy Wolff

Bonds Of Brass by Emily Skrutskie
The Perfect Escape by Suzanne Park
It Sounded Better In My Head by Nina Kenwood
Batman: Gotham High by Melissa de la Cruz
A Bad Day For Sunshine by Darynda Jones
Something She’s Not Telling Us by Darcey Bell
The Book Of Lost Friends by Lisa Wingate
The Book Of Koli by M. R. Carey
Elysium Girls by Kate Pentecost
Girls Save The World In This One by Ash Parsons
The Lightness of Hands by Jeff Garvin
Redemption Prep by Samuel Miller
The New Husband by D. J. Palmer
Not That Kind Of Guy by Andie J. Christopher
The Switch by Beth O’Leary
Rules For Being A Girl by Candace Bushnell & Katie Cotugno
Race The Sands by Sarah Beth Durst
The Age Of Witches by Louisa Morgan
Little Secrets by Jennifer Hillier
Verona Comics by Jennifer Dugan
The Easy Part Of Impossible by Sarah Tomp
In The Role Of Brie Hutchens by Nicole Melleby
Time Of Our Lives by Emily Wibberley & Austin Siegemund-Broka
Queen Of Coin And Whispers by Helen Corcoran
Don’t Call The Wolf by Aleksandra Ross
Clique Bait by Ann Valett
The Apartment by K. L. Slater
Take Me Apart by Sara Sligar
The Girl And The Stars by Mark Lawrence
Q by Christina Dalcher

Firstly sequel wise I just want to mention Empress Of Flames by Mimi Yu; I didn’t include it above as it came out last month but I somehow missed it off of my March post (I had it listed as May so I’m guessing the date changed?). As I can’t wait to read book one I wanted to make sure to include it, especially in case others had also missed the change of date. Other than that I unsurprisingly need to start most of the series that I’ve included here. There are a fair few that I’m determined to pick up soon though (I’d say which but to be honest it’s about half of them).

There are a lot of books that came incredibly close to being included in this month’s top five. The ones that I’m most curious about are The Southern Book Club, Pretending, Queen Of Coin And Whispers, Don’t Call The Wolf and Q (called Master Class in some places). Contemporary wise I’m very interested in Meet Me At Midnight and Clique Bait. And I’m incredibly curious about The Girl And The Stars but I’m not sure if I’d be better off reading Red Sister first (how have I not read that series yet?). So all in all it’s definitely another busy month for books.


What are your most anticipated April releases? Have you read any of them yet; if so which would you most recommend? Let me know and, of course, I hope you all enjoy your reading.

Features · TBR Thursdays

TBR Thusday – Historical Fiction

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’s topic is another genre that I want to read more of: Historical Fiction. I generally adore period dramas and movies and find history absolutely fascinating. There are certain periods of time that I love in particular – the Tudor and Victorian Era for instance – but plenty of others that I want to learn more about. So why don’t I read this genre more? I honestly don’t know. This year I fully intend to try and do so though.

The Boleyn King by Laura Andersen

Just seventeen years old, Henry IX, known as William, is a king bound by the restraints of the regency yet anxious to prove himself. With the French threatening battle and the Catholics sowing the seeds of rebellion at home, William trusts only three people: his older sister Elizabeth; his best friend and loyal counselor, Dominic; and Minuette, a young orphan raised as a royal ward by William’s mother, Anne Boleyn.

Against a tide of secrets, betrayal, and murder, William finds himself fighting for the very soul of his kingdom. Then, when he and Dominic both fall in love with Minuette, romantic obsession looms over a new generation of Tudors. One among them will pay the price for a king’s desire, as a shocking twist of fate changes England’s fortunes forever.

Why?

I love the idea of this story! What if Anne Boleyn had given Henry VIII the son that he wanted; what would happen next? It’s definitively an idea that intrigues me so I can’t wait to get stuck into this book soon. How could I possibly resist a book that promises yet more secrets, betrayal and murder within the Tudor Court? And that’s not even mentioning the new romantic obsession that’s looming. This book is so me!

The Second Duchess by Elizabeth Loupas

In a city-state known for magnificence, where love affairs and conspiracies play out amidst brilliant painters, poets and musicians, the powerful and ambitious Alfonso d’Este, duke of Ferrara, takes a new bride. Half of Europe is certain he murdered his first wife, Lucrezia, the luminous child of the Medici. But no one dares accuse him, and no one has proof-least of all his second duchess, the far less beautiful but delightfully clever Barbara of Austria.

At first determined to ignore the rumors about her new husband, Barbara embraces the pleasures of the Ferrarese court. Yet wherever she turns she hears whispers of the first duchess’s wayward life and mysterious death. Barbara asks questions—a dangerous mistake for a duchess of Ferrara. Suddenly, to save her own life, Barbara has no choice but to risk the duke’s terrifying displeasure and discover the truth of Lucrezia’s death—or she will share her fate.

Why?

Yet another book that sounds as if it’s written for me to read! A historical novel where the second wife of a powerful duke finds herself in danger. What really happened to his first wife? Was it murder? And what on earth can Barbara possibly do if she discovers that it was? I absolutely can not wait to find out!

Mayflowers For November by Malyn Bromfield

Avis Grinnel’s life is forever changed when a young musician arrives unexpectedly to escort her to the innermost sanctum of King Henry VIII’s royal court.

However, it is not the king who has demanded her presence but his new queen, the much-disliked Anne Boleyn.

She has been told Avis is a “little cunning wench who has the sight” and demands she uses her powers to divine whether the queen is pregnant with a girl, or with the boy child the king expects.

From the moment she gives her fateful answer, Avis becomes embroiled in an extravagant world of intrigue, deceit and murderous plotting that is far removed from her lowly home life in the king’s kitchens at Greenwich Palace.

She becomes an unwilling participant and watcher in the alliances and misplaced loyalties of court life as the King wages religious war with the Pope and the churches while changing wives and mistresses in his relentless pursuit of a male heir.

Whispers, lies and rumours abound as the Queen fights for her survival and Avis struggles to balance her life of opulence in the royal chambers with the humble world of her baker parents and a mysterious suitor.

Her story is revealed partly as it unfolds and partly as a deeply-felt memory told to the faithful blind White Boy, who has been at her side for most of her life.

The brutal ending of Anne Boleyn’s reign is already known and written into history but this dramatic and vividly drawn story records the stark reality with an intricate and colourful portrayal of life at all levels in Tudor England.

Why?

Because it’s about the Tudors and I couldn’t resist buying it when I discovered it on my Kindle for only 99p? That’s basically why I brought it anyway but overall the blurb does sound pretty amazing. So this is definitely one book that I need to get stuck into soon!

Prisoner Of Night And Fog by Anne Blankman

In 1930s Munich, danger lurks behind dark corners, and secrets are buried deep within the city. But Gretchen Müller, who grew up in the National Socialist Party under the wing of her “uncle” Dolf, has been shielded from that side of society ever since her father traded his life for Dolf’s, and Gretchen is his favorite, his pet.

Uncle Dolf is none other than Adolf Hitler. And Gretchen follows his every command.

Until she meets a fearless and handsome young Jewish reporter named Daniel Cohen. Gretchen should despise Daniel, yet she can’t stop herself from listening to his story: that her father, the adored Nazi martyr, was actually murdered by an unknown comrade. She also can’t help the fierce attraction brewing between them, despite everything she’s been taught to believe about Jews.

As Gretchen investigates the very people she’s always considered friends, she must decide where her loyalties lie. Will she choose the safety of her former life as a Nazi darling, or will she dare to dig up the truth—even if it could get her and Daniel killed?

Why?

I honestly can’t remember how I first learnt about this book but I do know that I seriously need to read it soon! How could I resist a blurb like this one? What will happen when Gretchen, who grew up under the wing of her ‘uncle’ Dolf finds herself falling for someone that she’s wrongly been taught to hate? Someone who tells her that her father was murdered and didn’t willingly give up his life. I really need to know more about this one because it sounds incredible!

Gilt by Katherine Longshore

In the court of King Henry VIII, nothing is free–
and love comes at the highest price of all.

When Kitty Tylney’s best friend, Catherine Howard, worms her way into King Henry VIII’s heart and brings Kitty to court, she’s thrust into a world filled with fabulous gowns, sparkling jewels, and elegant parties. No longer stuck in Cat’s shadow, Kitty’s now caught between two men–the object of her affection and the object of her desire. But court is also full of secrets, lies, and sordid affairs, and as Kitty witnesses Cat’s meteoric rise and fall as queen, she must figure out how to keep being a good friend when the price of telling the truth could literally be her head.

Why?

Tudors! Need I say more after how many books featuring them that I’ve mentioned here? I’m also pretty curious about how Kitty will handle the situation that she finds herself trapped within. And, again, I can’t wait to learn more. I actually learnt about this book when I was looking at my library’s recent additions online once and spotted the companion novel ‘Brazen’. As I’m kind of hopeless when it comes to reading things – even standalone companions – out of order I want to pick this one up first.

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 historical fiction recommendations for me? Let me know in the comments section below, I’d love to hear from you.

Features · Literary Lists

Literacy Lists: Historical Fiction (On My TBR)

As I said last month I’ve decided to make the next few of these lists focus on some of the different genres that I want to start reading more of. Historical fiction is something that I always say I want to pick up more. Why? I guess for a number of reasons really. Firstly I’ve always loved history and I find it fascinating to learn about different periods of time. I know, as this is fiction, not everything is true but it still gives you a sense of different times and places and they generally at least contain some details which are true. Secondly I’ve always loved period dramas and can get completely wrapped up in them. And thirdly… well I just adore the sound of the books that I’ve listed here and really think I’ll fall in love with them. Fingers crossed, at least.

The Lady Of The Rivers by Philippa Gregory

I’ve wanted to read The Cousins’ War series for quite some time now. I fell in love with the TV adaptations of both The White Queen and The White Princess yet haven’t had a chance to read any of the books. I love learning about history but I also find it intriguing that this series blends the historical with a little bit of witchcraft. Plus this is a period of time with a lot of drama, mysteries and unrest. So I seriously can’t wait to dive into this series; and I believe that this is the place to start if you want to read them chronologically?

The Tea Rose by Jennifer Donnelly

This book has been on my TBR for a while. I think it sounds fascinating and I can’t wait to learn more. It’s set in another intriguing period of time and mentions some rather dark aspects of history. I’m quite curious to find out how they fit into the story. I was already desperate to read this book but after falling in love with Stepsister last year I’m even more eager to get on with this series

The Boy In The Striped Pajamas by John Boyne

This is another one of those cases where I’ve seen the film but not read the book. And let’s be honest; the film devastated me. I’m pretty sure that the book will shatter my emotions too but I seriously want to get this read sometime. How have I not done so yet?

The Alice Network by Kate Quinn

This book sounds amazing. As soon as I first learnt about it I added it straight to my TBR and knew that I’d have to pick it up soon. I can’t wait to learn about the betrayal that’s mentioned in the blurb and find out exactly what these two very different women uncover once united. This is definitely one that I plan to pick up soon.

Call The Midwife by Jennifer Worth

I guess this isn’t really fiction as it tells the experiences of a real life person but I can’t help but think of it as such thanks to the show. Either way I feel like it may read like a story? Although I honestly don’t know for sure. All I know is that this is a book that I really want to read sometime and I didn’t want to pass up the chance to mention it here. Maybe it’s not really fiction but it’s definitely historical. And I love the show so it’s certainly on my list.

Victoria by Daisy Goodwin

I love the show so how could I possibly resist this book? I can’t wait to dive into the pages of this book and learn more about Queen Victoria. The Victorian Era is a period of time that fascinates me greatly and for that reason I’d love to learn more. I’m hoping this will be quite a fair account too as it’s said to have drawn from Victoria’s diaries.

The King’s Witch by Tracy Borman

How could I possibly resist a book with a title like this one? Naturally it immediately caught my eye and it’s blurb drew me in even more. I can’t wait to read this story and learn more about a period of time that I can’t remember ever hearing mentioned much of at school. I love the sound of the decadent court-life and hidden scheming. The question of trust that is raised intrigues me too. Plus the obvious danger that Frances is in is sure to leave me hooked.

Myself, My Enemy by Jean Plaidy

Originally I was going to mention Jean Plaidy’s Tudor series here but as I already have several books about the Tudors on both this list and my upcoming ‘TBR Thursday’ I’ve decided to mention a different series by the author instead. ‘Myself, My Enemy’ is the first book in the author’s ‘Queens Of England’ series. I don’t really know anything about Queen Henrietta Maria but her story from this books blurb sounds like a fascinating one so I can’t wait to discover more! Other Queens with books in this series include Queen Elizabeth I, Queen Victoria and Anne Boleyn among many others.

Katherine of Aragón: The True Queen by Alison Weir

This is one series that I plan to read very soon (I’ve checked and I can get the books from my local library). It sounds fantastic and in all honesty I absolutely adore all things Tudor. I’ve been fascinated by that period of time ever since I first heard about Henry VIII and his six wives. It’s something that I find hard not to be intrigued by. So how can I resist a series of books about each of the six women who ended up married to this famous Tudor King?

The Constant Princess by Philippa Gregory

I think I first decided that I wanted to read Philippa Gregory’s Tudor series when I was captivated by the film adaptation of The Other Boleyn Girl. I don’t think I even knew it was based on a book at first but it got added to my list as soon as I discovered that fact. This book is listed as the first so it’s the one I’ve mentioned here. Plus it sounds like a fascinating story which I can’t wait to read for myself. As I said above I find the stories of King Henry VIII and his wives fascinating. And this is another that I’ll hopefully get read soon.


So those are ten of the historical fiction books that I’d most like to read. I’ve always loved history so I definitely want to make an effort to start picking books like these up a lot more. The Tudor period is probably what fascinates me the most, closely followed by the Victorian Era but there’s a lot of history that I’d love to learn more about. There are so many stories from the past to be told and it’s just so wonderful to learn about it through fiction. Do you have any historical fiction books on your TBR? What’s your favourite? Have you read any of these before? Let me know in the comments section below (:

Features · Monthly Book Releases

My Most Anticipated March Releases:

Firstly sorry once again for my absence. I really do hope to be back soon and I look forward to catching up on all of your posts and comments. So please do know that I’m not ignoring anything. I’m only posting this now, whilst still on break, as I’m determined not to fall behind on these monthly release features.

Anyway onto March’s most anticipated releases and let’s just say that it’s an incredible month release wise. I had to pick a top ten – five would have been impossible! – and a rather alarming number of the books here are released on the third. I honestly can’t wait for all ten of the books that I’ve included the blurbs of – they all sound absolutely incredible!

House Of Earth And Blood by Sarah J. Maas

Bryce Quinlan had the perfect life—working hard all day and partying all night—until a demon murdered her closest friends, leaving her bereft, wounded, and alone. When the accused is behind bars but the crimes start up again, Bryce finds herself at the heart of the investigation. She’ll do whatever it takes to avenge their deaths.

Hunt Athalar is a notorious Fallen angel, now enslaved to the Archangels he once attempted to overthrow. His brutal skills and incredible strength have been set to one purpose—to assassinate his boss’s enemies, no questions asked. But with a demon wreaking havoc in the city, he’s offered an irresistible deal: help Bryce find the murderer, and his freedom will be within reach.

As Bryce and Hunt dig deep into Crescent City’s underbelly, they discover a dark power that threatens everything and everyone they hold dear, and they find, in each other, a blazing passion—one that could set them both free, if they’d only let it.

Kingdom Of Back by Marie Lu

Two siblings. Two brilliant talents. But only one Mozart.

Born with a gift for music, Nannerl Mozart has just one wish—to be remembered forever. But even as she delights audiences with her masterful playing, she has little hope she’ll ever become the acclaimed composer she longs to be. She is a young woman in 18th century Europe, and that means composing is forbidden to her. She will perform only until she reaches a marriageable age—her tyrannical father has made that much clear.

And as Nannerl’s hope grows dimmer with each passing year, the talents of her beloved younger brother, Wolfgang, only seem to shine brighter. His brilliance begins to eclipse her own, until one day a mysterious stranger from a magical land appears with an irresistible offer. He has the power to make her wish come true—but his help may cost her everything.

Chain Of Gold by Cassandra Clare

Welcome to Edwardian London, a time of electric lights and long shadows, the celebration of artistic beauty and the wild pursuit of pleasure, with demons waiting in the dark. For years there has been peace in the Shadowhunter world. James and Lucie Herondale, children of the famous Will and Tessa, have grown up in an idyll with their loving friends and family, listening to stories of good defeating evil and love conquering all. But everything changes when the Blackthorn and Carstairs families come to London…and so does a remorseless and inescapable plague.

James Herondale longs for a great love, and thinks he has found it in the beautiful, mysterious Grace Blackthorn. Cordelia Carstairs is desperate to become a hero, save her family from ruin, and keep her secret love for James hidden. When disaster strikes the Shadowhunters, James, Cordelia and their friends are plunged into a wild adventure which will reveal dark and incredible powers, and the true cruel price of being a hero…and falling in love.

The Midnight Lie by Marie Rutkoski

Where Nirrim lives, crime abounds, a harsh tribunal rules, and society’s pleasures are reserved for the High Kith. Life in the Ward is grim and punishing. People of her low status are forbidden from sampling sweets or wearing colors. You either follow the rules, or pay a tithe and suffer the consequences.

Nirrim keeps her head down and a dangerous secret close to her chest.

But then she encounters Sid, a rakish traveler from far away who whispers rumors that the High Caste possesses magic. Sid tempts Nirrim to seek that magic for herself. But to do that, Nirrim must surrender her old life. She must place her trust in this sly stranger who asks, above all, not to be trusted.

Wicked As You Wish by Rin Chupeco

Tala Warnock has little use for magic – as a descendant of Maria Makiling, the legendary Filipina heroine, she negates spells, often by accident. But her family’s old ties to the country of Avalon (frozen, bespelled, and unreachable for almost 12 years) soon finds them guarding its last prince from those who would use his kingdom’s magic for insidious ends.

And with the rise of dangerous spelltech in the Royal States of America; the appearance of the firebird, Avalon’s deadliest weapon, at her doorstep; and the re-emergence of the Snow Queen, powerful but long thought dead, who wants nothing more than to take the firebird’s magic for her own – Tala’s life is about to get even more complicated….

Moment Of Truth by Kasie West

At sixteen, Hadley Moore knows exactly who she is—a swimmer who will earn a scholarship to college. Totally worth all the hard work, even if her aching shoulders don’t agree. So when a guy dressed as Hollywood’s latest action hero, Heath Hall, crashes her swim meet, she isn’t amused. Instead, she’s determined to make sure he doesn’t bother her again. Only she’s not sure exactly who he is.

The swim meet isn’t the first event the imposter has interrupted, but a little digging turns up a surprising number of people who could be Heath Hall, including Hadley’s ex-boyfriend and her best friend’s crush. She soon finds herself getting caught up in the mysterious world of the fake Heath Hall.

As Hadley gets closer to uncovering the masked boy’s identity she also discovers some uncomfortable truths about herself—like she might resent the long shadow her late brother has cast over her family, that she isn’t as happy as she pretends to be with her life choices… and that she is falling for the last guy she ever thought she would like. 

The Vanishing Deep by Astrid Scholte

Seventeen-year-old Tempe was born into a world of water. When the Great Waves destroyed her planet, its people had to learn to survive living on the water, but the ruins of the cities below still called. Tempe dives daily, scavenging the ruins of a bygone era, searching for anything of value to trade for Notes. It isn’t food or clothing that she wants to buy, but her dead sister’s life. For a price, the research facility on the island of Palindromena will revive the dearly departed for twenty-four hours before returning them to death. It isn’t a heartfelt reunion that Tempe is after; she wants answers. Elysea died keeping a terrible secret, one that has ignited an unquenchable fury in Tempe: Her beloved sister was responsible for the death of their parents. Tempe wants to know why.

But once revived, Elysea has other plans. She doesn’t want to spend her last day in a cold room accounting for a crime she insists she didn’t commit. Elysea wants her freedom and one final glimpse at the life that was stolen from her. She persuades Tempe to break her out of the facility, and they embark on a dangerous journey to discover the truth about their parents’ death and mend their broken bond. But they’re pursued every step of the way by two Palindromena employees desperate to find them before Elysea’s time is up–and before the secret behind the revival process and the true cost of restored life is revealed. 

Bone Crier’s Moon by Kathryn Purdie

Bone ​Criers have a sacred duty. They alone can keep the dead from preying on the living. But their power to ferry the spirits of the dead into goddess Elara’s Night Heavens or Tyrus’s Underworld comes from sacrifice. The gods demand a promise of dedication. And that promise comes at the cost of the Bone Criers’ one true love.

Ailesse has been prepared since birth to become the matriarch of the Bone Criers, a mysterious famille of women who use strengths drawn from animal bones to ferry dead souls. But first she must complete her rite of passage and kill the boy she’s also destined to love.

Bastien’s father was slain by a Bone Crier and he’s been seeking revenge ever since. Yet when he finally captures one, his vengeance will have to wait. Ailesse’s ritual has begun and now their fates are entwined—in life and in death.

Sabine has never had the stomach for the Bone Criers’ work. But when her best friend Ailesse is taken captive, Sabine will do whatever it takes to save her, even if it means defying their traditions—and their matriarch—to break the bond between Ailesse and Bastien. Before they all die. 

Havenfall by Sara Holland

Hidden deep in the mountains of Colorado lies the Inn at Havenfall, a sanctuary that connects ancient worlds–each with their own magic–together. For generations, the inn has protected all who seek refuge within its walls, and any who disrupt the peace can never return.

For Maddie Morrow, summers at the inn are more than a chance to experience this magic first-hand. Havenfall is an escape from reality, where her mother sits on death row accused of murdering Maddie’s brother. It’s where Maddie fell in love with handsome Fiorden soldier Brekken. And it’s where one day she hopes to inherit the role of Innkeeper from her beloved uncle.

But this summer, the impossible happens–a dead body is found, shattering everything the inn stands for. With Brekken missing, her uncle gravely injured, and a dangerous creature on the loose, Maddie suddenly finds herself responsible for the safety of everyone in Havenfall. She’ll do anything to uncover the truth, even if it means working together with an alluring new staffer Taya, who seems to know more than she’s letting on. As dark secrets are revealed about the inn itself, one thing becomes clear to Maddie–no one can be trusted, and no one is safe . . .

Sara Holland takes the lush fantasy that captured readers in Everless and Evermore and weaves it into the real world to create a wholly captivating new series where power and peril lurk behind every door.

All Your Twisted Secrets by Diana Urban

Welcome to dinner, and again, congratulations on being selected. Now you must do the selecting.


What do the queen bee, star athlete, valedictorian, stoner, loner, and music geek all have in common? They were all invited to a scholarship dinner, only to discover it’s a trap. Someone has locked them into a room with a bomb, a syringe filled with poison, and a note saying they have an hour to pick someone to kill … or else everyone dies.

Amber Prescott is determined to get her classmates and herself out of the room alive, but that might be easier said than done. No one knows how they’re all connected or who would want them dead. As they retrace the events over the past year that might have triggered their captor’s ultimatum, it becomes clear that everyone is hiding something. And with the clock ticking down, confusion turns into fear, and fear morphs into panic as they race to answer the biggest question: Who will they choose to die?

March Sequels:

The Alcazar by Amy Ewing
The First 7 by Laura Pohl
The Warrior’s Curse by Jennifer A. Nielsen
Defy The Sun by Jessika Fleck
Servant Of The Crown by Duncan M. Hamilton
The Survivor by Bridget Tyler
Crush The King by Jennifer Estep
Girls with Razor Hearts by Suzanne Young
Smoke Bitten by Patricia Briggs
The Electric Heir by Victoria Lee
Between Burning Worlds by Jessica Brody & Joanne Rendell
A Broken Queen by Sarah Kozloff
Imagine Me by Tahereh Mafi
Night Of The Dragon by Julie Kagawa
Endgame by Luke Jennings

Other March Releases That I’m Looking Forward To:

The Missing Sister by Elle Marr
The Other Mrs. by Mary Kubica
Eight Perfect Murders by Peter Swanson
The Shrike & The Shadows by Chantal Gadoury & A.M. Wright
When We Were Magic by Sarah Gailey
The Winter Duke by Claire Eliza Bartlett
Mermaid Moon by Susann Cokal
Otaku by Chris Kluwe
Witches Of Ash And Ruin by E. Latimer
The June Boys by Courtney C. Stevens
Blackbird Rising  by Keri Arthur
The Sea of Lost Girls by Carol Goodman
The Dragon Egg Princess by Ellen Oh
What the Other Three Don’t Know by Spencer Hyde
In Five Years by Rebecca Serle
If These Wings Could Fly by Kyrie McCauley
Confessions About Colton by Olivia Harvard
The Light In Hidden Places by Sharon Cameron
The Recovery Of Rose Gold by Stephanie Wrobel
You Are Not Alone by Greer Hendricks & Sarah Pekkanen
Hold Back The Tide by Melinda Salisbury
Only Mostly Devastated by Sophie Gonzales

The Numbers Game by Danielle Steel
The Love Hypothesis by Laura Steven
The Second Wife by Rebecca Fleet
Winterborne Home For Vengeance And Valor by Ally Carter
Siren by Michelle Zink
The Pottery Cottage Murders by Carol Ann Lee & Peter Howse
Strike Me Down by Mindy Mejia
The Raven And The Dove by Kaitlyn Davis
Harley In The Sky by Akemi Dawn Bowman
My Dark Vanessa by Kate Elizabeth Russell
Spindle And Dagger by J. Anderson Coats
When You Were Everything by Ashley Woodfolk
A Phoenix First Must Burn by Various Authors
A Good Neighborhood by Therese Anne Fowler
Cries from the Lost Island by Kathleen O’Neal Gear
Super Adjacent by Crystal Cestari
The Blackbird Girls by Anne Blankman
Before Familiar Woods by Ian Pisarcik
All The Pretty Things by Emily Arsenault
Frozen Beauty by Lexa Hillyer
Seven Deadly Shadows by Courtney Alameda & Valynne E. Maetani
The Honey-Don’t List by Christina Lauren
The Last Human by Zack Jordan
Hollow by Rhonda Parrish
The Empress Of Salt And Fortune by Nghi Vo
We Are The Wildcats by Siobhan Vivian
Music From Another World by Robin Talley
Code Name Hélène by Ariel Lawhon
The Familiar Dark by Amy Engel

I’ve still got to start all of the series that I’ve included but I definitely plan to get to a couple of them soon – especially the ones by Patricia Briggs, Jennifer Estep, Suzanne Young and Julie Kagawa. I’m hoping to get a few of the thrillers listed here read soon too as they sound incredible! I’m particularly excited about Darling Rose Gold (called The Recovery Of Rose Gold in the UK), Eight Perfect Murders (called Rules For Perfect Murders in the UK) and The Familiar Dark (because the authors first adult novel was amazing). I’m also pretty curious about The Pottery Cottage Murders (a true crime novel that I learnt about after watching a TV show based on another real life crime that the author had written about) and My Dark Vanessa which I have a feeling is going to be one of the majorly hyped books of the year. So basically March is a majorly busy book month!


What are your most anticipated March releases? Have you read any of them yet; if so which would you most recommend? Let me know and, of course, I hope you all enjoy your reading.

Features · TBR Thursdays

TBR Thursday – Contemporary

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.

For the next four months I’m going to focus on four different genres that I want to read more of. So starting this series off is: Contemporary. I used to read this a lot then mostly stopped and I honestly don’t know why. I absolutely adore some books within the genre so I seriously need to start picking them up more frequently again. Here are five lesser known ones that I’d love to get read this year.

A Kiss In The Dark by Cat Clarke

When Alex meets Kate the attraction is instant.

Alex is funny, good-looking, and a little shy – everything that Kate wants in a boyfriend.

Alex can’t help falling for Kate, who is pretty, charming and maybe just a little naive…

But one of them is hiding an unbelievable secret, and as their love blossoms, it threatens to ruin not just their relationship, but their lives…

Why?

Cat Clarke has written some truly amazing books and they never fail to grip me. They’re twisty, compelling and can paint a pretty vivid picture of the awful things that people are capable of doing to one another. They also tend to tear at my emotions and make me feel on various individual’s behalves. So, as I’ve loved her other books, of course I want to read this one. I’m also pretty curious about the secret; how it’ll ruin their lives and what will happen when it comes out. This is definitely one I plan to pick up as soon as possible.

Bad Romance by Heather Demetrios

Grace wants out. Out of her house, where her stepfather wields fear like a weapon and her mother makes her scrub imaginary dirt off the floors. Out of her California town, too small to contain her big city dreams. Out of her life, and into the role of Parisian artist, New York director—anything but scared and alone.

Enter Gavin: charming, talented, adored. Controlling. Dangerous. When Grace and Gavin fall in love, Grace is sure it’s too good to be true. She has no idea their relationship will become a prison she’s unable to escape.

Why?

Because apparently I like reading contemporary novels that are going to put me through an emotional ringer? I don’t know; I like reading about obsessive love and seeing how it can affect people. Charming, dangerous, controlling individuals can be fascinating to read about in some ways. Plus I’m hoping that in this case Grace will break free and find herself. Hopefully. And yeah I’ll admit I’m also a sucker for a pretty cover.

All Of This Is True by Lygia Day Peñaflor

Miri Tan loved the book Undertow like it was a living being. So when she and her friends went to a book signing to meet the author, Fatima Ro, they concocted a plan to get close to her, even if her friends won’t admit it now. As for Jonah, well—Miri knows none of that was Fatima’s fault.

Soleil Johnston wanted to be a writer herself one day. When she and her friends started hanging out with her favorite author, Fatima Ro, she couldn’t believe their luck—especially when Jonah Nicholls started hanging out with them, too. Now, looking back, Soleil can’t believe she let Fatima manipulate her and Jonah like that. She can’t believe that she got used for a book.

Penny Panzarella was more than the materialistic party girl everyone at the Graham School thought she was. She desperately wanted Fatima Ro to see that, and she saw her chance when Fatima asked the girls to be transparent with her. If only she’d known what would happen when Fatima learned Jonah’s secret. If only she’d known that the line between fiction and truth was more complicated than any of them imagined. . .

Why?

This book sounds like it’ll have a lot of drama in it and I personally love drama. So that alone made me want to pick it up instantly. Then I realized it was written in a pretty usual style and I was unsure about reading it. I definitely still want to though. I want to see what secrets everybody’s hiding and how things fall apart. Plus it’s about an author; what reader doesn’t love books that feature those?

The One We Fell In Love With by Paige Toon

Phoebe is caught between a rock and a hard place. Settle down and get married, or return to the French Alps to pursue her passion?

Eliza is in love with someone who is no longer hers. In fact, he probably never was… And her dream of becoming a musician seems to be spiralling down the drain.

Rose is out of a job and out of a boyfriend. To make matters worse, she’s been forced to move back in with her mother…

But these very different girls have one thing in common. Angus. The one they fell in love with…

Why?

Paige Toon is an author who I’ve wanted to read something by for a long time. A lot of her books are on my TBR actually but this is the one that always immediately springs to mind. Three very different girls connected by Angus, the guy they fell in love with. How do the stories intertwine? What brings them together, if anything? I’m really looking forward to this one and think it has the potential to be pretty beautiful to be honest. Fingers crossed anyway.

High School Queens by Zachary Ryan

They all thought they did a masterful job of keeping their secrets close to their chest. These stupid fools thought they were the high court of this kingdom, but they had no clue who was really pulling the strings. You might wonder to yourself, who would be that heartless to make them backstab their friends, expose other’s secrets, and lose their morals? You don’t need to know who I am, but you better remember my name, The Marked Queen.

Danielle, Andrew, Delilah, Aman, and Jasmine all are now faced with a mysterious villain whose one goal is to ruin each of their lives. They must protect their secrets at all cost, or they’ll be the next victim on Marked Day. They know what’s at stake, and they’ll stop at nothing to continue being: the rich spoiled girl, the normal teenager, the girl who isn’t banging the principal, the straight vlogger, and the girl who isn’t her dad’s punching bag. What happens when The Marked Queen changes up the game just in time for prom? Will each of our favorite puppets survive? Or are they willing to backstab each other just to keep up their personas? The only thing lost at this prom wasn’t going to be their virginity.

Why?

This book blurb immediately gave me Pretty Little Liars vibes and I love that. I love the mixture of secrets, drama, scandal and blackmail that seems to be promised here. I adore the idea of ‘The Marked Queen’ and can’t wait to see her pulling each of these girl’s strings. I’m sorry but I just love scandalous books featuring a lot of drama and surely everyone can agree that this blurb promises A LOT of that?

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 contemporary book recommendations for me? Let me know in the comments section below, I’d love to hear from you.

Features · Literary Lists

Literacy Lists: Contemporary Books (On My TBR)

Over the next few months I’ve decided to focus these lists on four different genres that I want to start reading more of. The first of those that I’d like to mention is contemporary which I used to love yet hardly seem to pick up anymore. Why? I honestly don’t know. There’s a lot of it on my TBR; I just never seem to get around to reading it. And I honestly don’t understand why as some of it sounds absolutely amazing. These aren’t necessarily the top ten contemporary novels and series that I want to read but they are all ones that are pretty high up on my TBR. So, without further ado, let’s get started.

To All The Boys I’ve Loved Before by Jenny Hand

Let’s start this list off with something that I not only constantly hear about but which also sounds like it has the potential to be seriously sweet! The drama of these letters getting mailed really appeals to me and I’m super excited to pick these books up soon. They sound fabulous and I seriously hope that we get to read some of these letters during the book?

Sadie by Courtney Summers

I just know that this book is going to be a harrowing read at times. Not only is it by Courtney Summers but it’s about two sisters; one of them dead, the other who seems to have disappeared whilst searching for her. I love unraveling mystery stories so I know that I’ll love getting some answers whilst reading this book. I also know that books by this author tend to pack one hell of an emotional punch. But I’m ready for it…I think

Am I Normal Yet? by Holly Bourne

I’m pretty sure that this book deals with OCD and anxiety and I’ve been kind of torn about reading it for a while as a result. On the one hand I want to read books featuring these things; on the other I’m always wary that the portrayal of them will let me down. I do seriously want to read this book though to see how Evie handles her struggles and to find out what makes this series, and author, so popular.

Monday’s Not Coming by Tiffany D. Jackson

This one sounds amazing although, again, I have the feeling that it has the potential to be another heart-breaker of a book. Still I’m desperate to get my hands on a copy of this and finally see what the stories like. The last line of the blurb, ‘ How can a teenage girl just vanish without anyone noticing that she’s gone?’ is haunting. It’s another mystery that I want to unravel and already I feel for Claudia.

Thirteen Reasons Why by Jay Asher

Yep it’s another book with the potential to break my heart. I think I’m sensing some kind of theme here? I’m not sure how I haven’t read this book yet as it’s been on my TBR for ages. I’d love to watch the show soon but I’m determined to read the book first as I’m fed up of my recent habit of seeing the film/television show before picking up the book. With thirteen reasons for her suicide I have a feeling that this book will put me through an emotional ringer. I’m still somewhat curious as to what pushes Hannah so far though.

Genuine Fraud by E. Lockhart

I’m honestly not sure what to expect from this book but I know that I desperately want to read it. The blurb is kind of vague – I imagine intentionally – but with it’s mentions of bad romances, intense friendship and murder I’m intrigued to say the least. Besides which how I resist a title like this one? Something about it just really appeals to me

The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas

You know how earlier on I said that I was fed up of seeing the film before reading the book? Yeah…I’ve seen the film but still need to read the book with this one. I didn’t want to miss my chance to see it in the cinema though and I honestly thought the film was amazing. So, considering the adaptation and people’s love of the book, I’m pretty sure that I’m going to adore this once I finally pick it up. Although it’s going to be another painful book at times. This is definitely an odd theme here.

When Dimple Met Rishi by Sandhya Menon

I actually really like the sound of this but whilst writing this list up the Goodreads page for it worried me a little. I thought this was popular but maybe I was wrong as there seem to be a lot of low reviews there. But anyway I still want to read this book. I love the sound of these two characters with very different attitudes towards arranged marriage. I love the idea of them meeting at a summer program for aspiring web developers. And I’m hoping that the ‘opposites clash’ line means that maybe this will give me some enemies to lovers vibes?

A Semi-Definitive List Of Worst Nightmares by Krystal Sutherland

I think this is a contemporary? Or is it magical realism? Now I’m unsure but this is staying here for now. Either way I definitely want to check this one out. It sounds like it has the potential to have a sweet side but also sounds super intriguing in other ways too. I love the idea of this deeply personal list getting taken from Esther and can’t wait to see how she tackles her fears. I also love the unusual curse that her family has. This is definitely one that I hope to read soon.

The Geography Of You And Me by Jennifer E. Smith

I started this list with a sweet sounding book so why not finish it off with one too? I absolutely adore the sound of this one! It seems like it will have the perfect ‘meet cute’ moment at the start which I’m really looking forward to. Then it’s going to contain long distance contact through postcards and emails (I love it when books include these sort of things). So basically I want this now! I hope this lives up to my expectations because at the moment they’re pretty high.


So those are ten of the contemporary books that I’d most like to read. I managed to get a few sweet sounding ones in there but I somehow still managed to include quite a few that I’m sure will try and tear my heart apart too. Oops. Do you have anymore suggestions for me? I’m always open to them; no matter how long my TBR becomes there will always be room on it for more books.

What’s a genre that you’d like to read more of? Have you read any of these books? What’s your favourite contemporary novel and/or author? Let me know in the comments section below (:

Features · Monthly Book Releases

My Most Anticipated February Releases

Hello and welcome to another ‘most anticipated releases’ feature. Firstly I just want to say that I’m sorry that this post is a couple of days late but I was determined to try and catch up a little with my comments (if I’ve missed any please do let me know) and your blog posts before adding the final touches to this post. Secondly I just want to say that I’ve decided to extend my absence for another couple of weeks. I’ve been reorganizing my TBR (note to future self…DON’T) and don’t really feel like I’ve had much of a break as a result. Plus I’m still not reading and I want to get started with that before blogging properly again. How can I book blog if my current 2020 total is 0? So I want to apologize but I am going to be absent for another couple of weeks. I’ve scheduled my Literacy List & TBR Thursday for this month and hope to be back soon. If anyone wants to contact me at all in the meantime feel free to send me a message on Instagram.

Anyway onto this month’s releases… and let’s just say there’s a lot of them. If you think this month is scary though just wait until you see March!

Below by Alexandria Warwick

In the heart of the frigid North, there lives a demon known as the Face Stealer. Eyes, nose, mouth—nothing and no one is safe. Once he returns to his lair, or wherever it is he dwells, no one ever sees those faces again.

When tragedy strikes, Apaay embarks on a perilous journey to find her sister’s face—yet becomes trapped in a labyrinth ruled by a sinister girl named Yuki. The girl offers Apaay a deal: find her sister’s face hidden within the labyrinth, and she will be set free. But the labyrinth, and those who inhabit it, is not as it seems. Especially Numiak: darkly beautiful, powerful, whose motives are not yet clear.

With time slipping, Apaay is determined to escape the deadly labyrinth with her sister’s face in hand. But in Yuki’s harsh world, Apaay will need all her strength to survive.

Yuki only plays the games she wins.

All Stars And Teeth by Adalyn Grace

She will reign.

As princess of the island kingdom Visidia, Amora Montara has spent her entire life training to be High Animancer—the master of souls. The rest of the realm can choose their magic, but for Amora, it’s never been a choice. To secure her place as heir to the throne, she must prove her mastery of the monarchy’s dangerous soul magic.

When her demonstration goes awry, Amora is forced to flee. She strikes a deal with Bastian, a mysterious pirate: he’ll help her prove she’s fit to rule, if she’ll help him reclaim his stolen magic.

But sailing the kingdom holds more wonder—and more peril—than Amora anticipated. A destructive new magic is on the rise, and if Amora is to conquer it, she’ll need to face legendary monsters, cross paths with vengeful mermaids, and deal with a stow-away she never expected… or risk the fate of Visidia and lose the crown forever.

I am the right choice. The only choice. And I will protect my kingdom.

Night Spinner by Addie Thorley

Before the massacre at Nariin, Enebish was one of the greatest warriors in the Sky King’s Imperial Army: a rare and dangerous Night Spinner, blessed with the ability to control the threads of darkness. Now, she is known as Enebish the Destroyer―a monster and murderer, banished to a monastery for losing control of her power and annihilating a merchant caravan.

Guilt stricken and scarred, Enebish tries to be grateful for her sanctuary, until her adoptive sister, Imperial Army commander Ghoa, returns from the war front with a tantalizing offer. If Enebish can capture the notorious criminal, Temujin, whose band of rebels has been seizing army supply wagons, not only will her crimes be pardoned, she will be reinstated as a warrior.

Enebish eagerly accepts. But as she hunts Temujin across the tundra, she discovers the tides of war have shifted, and the supplies he’s stealing are the only thing keeping thousands of shepherds from starving. Torn between duty and conscience, Enebish must decide whether to put her trust in the charismatic rebel or her beloved sister. No matter who she chooses, an even greater enemy is advancing, ready to bring the empire to its knees.

Ink In The Blood by Kim Smejkal

Celia Sand and her best friend, Anya Burtoni, are inklings for the esteemed religion of Profeta. Using magic, they tattoo followers with beautiful images that represent the Divine’s will and guide the actions of the recipients. It’s considered a noble calling, but ten years into their servitude Celia and Anya know the truth: Profeta is built on lies, the tattooed orders strip away freedom, and the revered temple is actually a brutal, torturous prison.

Their opportunity to escape arrives with the Rabble Mob, a traveling theater troupe. Using their inkling abilities for performance instead of propaganda, Celia and Anya are content for the first time . . . until they realize who followed them. The Divine they never believed in is very real, very angry, and determined to use Celia, Anya, and the Rabble Mob’s now-infamous stage to spread her deceitful influence even further.

To protect their new family from the wrath of a malicious deity and the zealots who work in her name, Celia and Anya must unmask the biggest lie of all—Profeta itself. 

The Shadows Between Us by Tricia Levenseller

Alessandra is tired of being overlooked, but she has a plan to gain power:

1) Woo the Shadow King.
2) Marry him.
3) Kill him and take his kingdom for herself.

No one knows the extent of the freshly crowned Shadow King’s power. Some say he can command the shadows that swirl around him to do his bidding. Others say they speak to him, whispering the thoughts of his enemies. Regardless, Alessandra knows what she deserves, and she’s going to do everything within her power to get it.

But Alessandra’s not the only one trying to kill the king. As attempts on his life are made, she finds herself trying to keep him alive long enough for him to make her his queen—all while struggling not to lose her heart. After all, who better for a Shadow King than a cunning, villainous queen? 

February Sequels:

♥ The Rage Of Storms by P.C. Cast
Ember Queen by Laura Sebastian
♥ Alone In The Wild by Kelley Armstrong
Deathless Divide by Justina Ireland
♥ The King Of Crows by Libba Bray
Crown of Smoke by P.M. Freestone
♥ Scammed by Kristen Simmons
Heart Of Flames by Nicki PauPreto
♥ Cloak Of Night by Evelyn Skye
Sensational by Jodie Lynn Zdrok
♥ Uncaged by Celia McMahon
Storm From The East by Joanna Hathaway
♥ King Maker by Audrey Grey
Honor Lost by Rachel Caine & Ann Aguirre
The Life Below by Alexandra Monir
The Queen Of Raiders by Sarah Kozloff
♥ Twisted Fates by Danielle Rollins
We Unleash The Merciless Storm by Tehlor Kay Mejia
♥ Master Artificer by Justin Call

Other February Releases That I’m Looking Forward To:

Belle Révolte by Linsey Miller
♥ Upright Women Wanted by Sarah Gailey
The Stars We Steal by Alexa Donne
♥ Malice by Pintip Dunn
The Queen’s Assassin by Melissa De La Cruz
♥ Yes No Maybe So by Becky Albertalli & Aisha Saeed
Recipe For A Perfect Wife by Karma Brown
♥ Minor Dramas & Other Catastrophes by Kathleen West
What Kind Of Girl by Alyssa B. Sheinmel
♥ The Alibi Girl by C. J. Skuse
Wranglestone by Darren Charlton
♥ The Sisters Grimm by Menna Van Praag
The Good Hawk by Joseph Elliott
♥ In The Shadow Of The Sun by EM Castellan
The Mercies by Kiran Millwood Hargrave
♥ The Foundling by Stacey Hall
A Witch In Time by Constance Sayers
♥ Untamed Shore by Silvia Moreno-Garcia
If You Only Knew by Prerna Pickett
♥ The Unwilling by Kelly Braffet
The Ninth Sorceress by Bonnie Wynne
♥ I Am Dust by Louise Beech
Glitch Kingdom by Sheena Boekweg
♥ Of Curses And Kisses by Sandhya Menon
No Bad Deed by Heather Chavez
♥ The Seventh Sun by Lani Forbes
The Golden Key by Marian Womack
♥ The Sun Down Motel by Simone St. James
The Upside Of Falling by Alex Light
♥ The Unspoken Name by A.K. Larkwood
The Guest List by Lucy Foley
♥ Red Hood by Elana K. Arnold
Pretty As A Picture by Elizabeth Little
♥ The Sound Of Stars by Alechia Dow
Rebelwing by Andrea Tang
♥ The Unfairfolk by Sara Wolf

As per usual I’m completely behind with all of the series that I’ve shared. I don’t think I’ve started one yet. But I do seriously want to start playing catch up during my break. I’m also not convinced that Rage Of Storms is out as it doesn’t have a cover yet.

Besides the usual top five I’m most excited for Ninth Sorceress (which with a blurb like that should have been in it to be honest) and What Kind Of Girl (which sounds amazing!!). There are others listed that I absolutely adore the sound of too so if you want to know which they are just ask.


What are your most anticipated February releases? Have you read any of them yet; if so which would you most recommend? Let me know and, of course, I hope you all enjoy your reading.

Features · TBR Thursdays

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.

Features · Literary Lists

Literacy List: Authors To Catch Up On – Part Four

For the whole of January I’ve decided to do something a little different with my ‘literacy list’ feature. Rather than one post a month I’ll have one per week mentioning ten of the authors who I most want to catch up on. Some of them are new to me; some I’ve read books by in the past. All have several novels or series that are pretty high priority to me. It was originally going to be a two part feature but, as you can probably tell, I got a little carried away…

Maria V. Snyder:

Read: 3

Poison StudyFire Study

I remember loving the Poison Study series back when I first read it and I can’t wait to re-read these books and refresh my memories of the series so that I can read all of the new additions in the Soulfinders and Glass series. Another high priority series by Maria V. Snyder is the Sentinels Of The Galaxy – from the blurb alone I already know that I need to discover what the deal with these Terra Cotta Warriors on various planets is. I’ve had her Healer series on my Kindle for years now and somehow completely forgot about it! How? It sounds so good! This year I’ll make sure I finally get it done. I’ve also always been intrigued by her Insiders series. I’ve also just discovered another series of her that starts with The Eyes of Tamburah; unfortunately it’s only available in Australia right now. I believe that was also the case with Sentinels Of The Galaxy at first though and that’s available in the UK now. So fingers crossed it’ll be released elsewhere soon.

Anna-Marie McLemore:

Read: 0

First up on my TBR when it comes to Anna-Marie McLemore is definitely Blanca & Roja; not only does it sound magical but the cover is absolutely gorgeous. All of the authors books sounds mystical, unusual and unique though and they’re all books that I hope to get read soon. I think the first that I learnt about is The Weight Of Feathers which I’ve got to admit I’m incredibly intrigued by. As I said I love the sound of all of these books though so When The Moon Was Ours and Wild Beauty are definitely high priority on my TBR now.

Out This Year:
Dark And Deepest Red
Out On: 14/01/2020

Once again this sounds like a beautifully magical story and it comes with yet another gorgeous cover! I love the sound of both the past and present story and seriously need to know more! This might well end up being my first book by the author actually; I’m seriously tempted to treat myself to a copy once it’s out.

Meteor

Cover To Come

Out On: 22/09/2020

Written with Tehlor Kay Mejia this book sounds fantastic! Yet again it sounds both gorgeously magical and incredibly unique. I also can’t wait to see what the cover of this one looks like!

Claire Legrand:

Read: 0

I keep saying that I want to get Winterspell read then running out of time to do so. Hopefully this month I’ll finally get it done though. Sawkill Girls is another book by Claire Legrand that I think sounds amazing. And then there’s the Empirium series which has definitely enticed me. Hopefully by the end of the year I’ll have read both novels plus caught up on the series.

Out This Year:
Lightbringer

Cover To Come

Out On: 13/10/2020

Yet another sequel with no real details yet available. I think it’s the final one? Although I’m not entirely sure as I try to avoid looking up too much information about series that I’m yet to read. Either way hopefully it’ll release this year; and hopefully by the time that it does so I’ll be up to date with the first two.

Courtney Summers:

Read: 2

This Is Not A Test & All The Rage

I honestly don’t know which of Courtney Summers books I’ll get to next. I’ve heard so many wonderful things about Sadie so it could be that one but I’ve also had Cracked Up To Be & Some Girls Are on my TBR for quite some time now. I’ve found both of the books that I’ve read by the author amazingly powerful so I definitely plan to read the rest of her work soon.

Melissa de la Cruz:

Read: 7

Blue BloodsMisguided Angel
(including Keys To The Repository & Bloody Valentine)

Yet another author who has a lot of series that I really want to read! I’m not entirely sure how I never finished the Blue Bloods series but I definitely want to re-read the first few (it’s been years and my memories are pretty hazy) and finish the series. Lost In Time is the first that I still need to read and I’d also like to read Wolf Pact. There’s also the Witches Of East End series that I’m desperate to pick up soon along with it’s sequel series Summer On East End. And I’d love to read the Descendants series too; it may be for a slightly younger audience but I actually love the sound of these.

Out This Year:
The Queen’s Assassin
Out On: 04/02/2020

I really need to read this book sometime! Magic and assassins; what more could you ask for?

Gotham High
Out On: 07/04/2020

I haven’t actually read a graphic novel before although I keep telling myself that I should check some out eventually. This one sounds like it could be quite intriguing but I’ll wait for more information to decide.

Jo & Laurie

Cover To Come

Out On: 02/06/2020

Written with Margaret Stohl this is a sequel to Little Women and I really hope that it works out as the pressure must be enormous. I’m definitely curious enough to check this out but I do need to hurry up and read the original first.

High School Musical

Cover To Come

Out On: 06/10/2020

Okay unless I get super into Melissa de la Cruz’s books (I did used to love Blue Bloods) I doubt I’ll read this one. But, as I’ve listed all the 2020 releases by the authors I’ve included in this series so far I’ll add this one in too in case anyone else is interested.

Maggie Stiefvater:

Read: 1

Shiver

What I most want to read by this author absolutely has to be The Raven Cycle; everybody loves that series so much and I definitely need to get it read this year. It’s been on my TBR for a long time after all and the plot sounds super interesting. If I enjoy it then I’ll hopefully dive straight in to Call Down The Hawk. And from there.. I’m not sure? I’d like to re-read Shiver and finish The Wolves Of Mercy Falls series although I’m not sure if I was that into it? It’s been so long since I read it that I don’t really remember much of anything now. I definitely want to check out All The Crooked Saints as it sounds pretty unique. And then there’s the ever popular The Scorpio Races which I didn’t think I was that desperate to read…until I read the blurb. Plus would I even be me if I didn’t include her faerie series – Books Of Faerie – on this list?

Out This Year:
Dreamer Trilogy #2

Cover To Come

Out On: 10/11/2020

According to Goodreads this is out in 2020 but it has no cover or title yet so hopefully I can get up to date with this series before it’s release.

Swamp Thing

Cover To Come

Out In 2020

I honestly don’t know anywhere near enough about this to have an opinion about it. I’m guessing it’s linked to the Batman book that I mentioned above? But I don’t have a clue who Swamp Thing is.

Alexandra Bracken:

Read: 0

First up is definitely The Darkest Minds because, seriously, how have I not read this yet? The series sounds absolutely phenomenal and is exactly the sort of story that I love! Then it’s Passenger & Prosper Redding in no particular order as I adore the sound of both of them for different reasons.

Kasie West:

Read: 0

Topping my ‘need to read’ list when it comes to Kasie West are By Your Side (how can I not want to read a story where the main character gets trapped in the library?) and Love, Life And The List (which also sounds incredible). All of her books sound amazing to be honest and I have no idea how I haven’t picked any up before now. As I’m trying to limit how many books I include by each author I’ll mention just a few others that I think I’ll get to first which are: Listen To Your Heart, The Distance Between Us and Pivot Point (as that one sounds completely unlike the rest). Believe me though, all of her books are already on my TBR.

Out This Year:
Moment Of Truth
Out On: 03/03/2020

Like the rest of Kasie West’s books this one sounds incredibly interesting and I can’t wait to check it out. Apparently it’s a standalone but with crossover characters from two other novels, the first of which is actually one of the two that I’m most desperate to read.

Kiersten White:

Read: 3

Paranormalcy
And I Darken and Slayer

Up first is definitely The Conqueror’s Saga as I seriously can not believe that I haven’t finished it yet. I loved book one! Why on earth have I not read books two and three yet? This year I’m definitely going to try and catch up on some of the series that I started and loved. Then I’ll probably start The Guinevere Deception as I absolutely adore the sound of it and I’m pretty tempted to buy this one in print because the cover is gorgeous. And then it’s on to The Dark Descent Of Elizabeth Frankenstein which also sounds like my kind of book; maybe I just have a thing for dark retellings? I expect that I will finish Paranormalcy one day too but these three are my priority for now.

Out This Year:
Chosen
Out On: 09/01/2020

I didn’t love Slayer as much as I hoped I would; I thought the tone of Buffy had been captured incredibly well but something was missing for me. I think I expected it to be a bit grittier? I still want to read this too though and hope that I’ll love it as much as I thought I would the first one.

Camelot Rising #2

Cover To Come

Out In: 2020

As I said above I adore the sound of the first book in this series so fingers crossed that I’ll have read book one before book two’s release.

Julie Kagawa:

Read: 8

The Iron Fey
(Including Call Of The Forgotten & The Iron Legends)

Firstly whilst researching this list I found out that there’s a new Iron Fey book coming out!!! It’s not due until 2021 but I literally can not wait!

I honestly don’t know how I haven’t read the Blood Of Eden series yet; its got vampires and it’s dystopian … that’s me all over. I’ve gone through phases of reading lots of both so how have I not read this one? It’s definitely on my TBR for the year. I also absolutely adore the sound of the Shadow Of The Fox series! Talon is also one that I hope to pick up soon. So fingers crossed that I get all three series read this year.

Out This Year:
Night Of The Dragon
Out On: 31/03/2020

This isn’t out until the end of March so fingers crossed, if I stay as motivated as I am now and don’t get too many headaches and slumps, I can get up to date with this series in time for the finale.

I was only going to include new releases – not releases in new formats – but I saw the cover of the Iron Fey Special Editions and couldn’t resist sharing the series here.

The Iron King: 05/05/2020
The Iron Daughter: 14/07/2020
The Iron Queen: 13/10/2020
The Iron Knight:

Goodreads has them all listed as the 05/05/2020 but Amazon has different dates listed so I’m not entirely sure which is correct.


So there you have it; the fourth and final part of this series. Are these all the authors that I want to catch up on? No. But they’re definietely some fo the main ones. I hope you’ve enjoyed this series that I thought up to kick start the year, hopefully push myself to start reading some of these series and also give a shout out to any upcoming books by all the authors that I’ve mentioned here.

Are you looking forward to any of the books mentioned here? Do you love any of the authors? Has anything new caught your eye? Please do let me know in the comments as 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.