June TBR

Much to my surprise, there are only four YA books on my June TBR. (And I’ve already read one of them!) The rest range from self-help/psychology to memoir to true crime to general fiction. This month is all about reading whatever appeals to me in this moment, and it’s all pretty varied. But I do have some summer-y YA contemporaries lined up for July. 😎

In June, I’m confident that I’ll read…

I would also really like to read…

What are you planning to read this month?

May TBR

Another month, another TBR! 😊🌺 I’m so excited that spring is finally here. And soon it will be summer! Which means there will be plenty of opportunities to read outside. (Among other things, obviously. I don’t always have my nose in a book… I swear! 😂)

This month’s books are pretty varied. There’s some nonfiction, a few highly-anticipated reads, some ARCs that I can’t wait to jump into, and books that I’ve been meaning to read for waaaay too long now.

In May, I’m confident that I’ll read…

*These are ARCs that I’ve received in exchange for an honest review, so they’re a high priority.

I would also really like to read…

What are you planning to read in May? If you’ve read any of these books, what did you think? (But no spoilers, please! 😉)

April TBR

You won’t find any April Fool’s Day jokes here… 😜 But Happy Easter! 🐰 And cheers to a brand new month full of great books. As I mentioned in my March Wrap-Up, I’d like to try to slow my reading pace this month — even just a little. But, as always, I have a lot of books I really want to read, so we’ll see how that goes! 🤷🏻‍♀️

In April, I’m confident that I’ll read…

*These are ARCs that I’ve received in exchange for an honest review, so they’re a high priority.

I would also really like to read…

What books are you looking forward to reading this month? Any new releases that you’re excited to get your hands on? 😃📚

March TBR

I realized last month that I’m definitely more of a mood reader, so from here on out, I’m going to be a little more flexible with my monthly TBRs. Each TBR will include 1) some books that I’m confident I’ll actually read that month, and 2) books that I want to read soon but that I may not get to that month. I’m excited to see if this works better for me! 😊 I like having some sort of structure, but this should give me plenty of options in case I’m not really feeling whatever book I’m set to read next.

In March, I’m confident that I’ll read…

*These are ARCs/review copies that I’ve received in exchange for an honest review, so they’re definitely a high priority.

I would also really like to read…

(And of course there are also the books I didn’t read in February, like Reign of the Fallen, The Hazel Wood, Tempests and Slaughter, Daughter of the Pirate King (and the sequel, Daughter of the Siren Queen, now that it’s out), and Still MeWHY ARE THERE SO MANY GREAT BOOKS TO READ?! 😵)

What are you planning to read in March? Let me know! 🍀

February TBR

Ah, February… Everywhere you go, you’re reminded that Valentine’s Day is just a few weeks away! ❤️ Which is why I’ve picked books about necromancy, dark fairy tale worlds, pirates, and goblins for this month’s TBR. Romantic, right? 😂

Here are the books I’m planning to read this month. Click on each title below to read a synopsis!

I know, I know… Just because I read seven books last month doesn’t mean I’ll make it through that many this month. (I also just ordered four more books. OOPS.) And, knowing me, I’ll probably end up reading at least one book that’s not on this TBR. But these are all books I’m excited to read, and I’m going to do my best to read as many as I can! 😁

What are you planning to read this month? Any new releases you’re excited about?

January TBR

Happy New Year! 😊✨ If you read my 2018 Bookish Resolutions post, you’ll know that one of my goals for this year is to read at least 50 books. I’m hoping to read even more than that, especially now that I’m listening to more audiobooks. And this will help me put a serious dent in my TBR! 😀

Here are the books I’m planning to read this month. Click on each title below to read a synopsis!

*Audiobook
**ARC

I know… SEVEN BOOKS? Most months, I can hardly handle four. 😅 But I think it will help that the majority are audiobooks.

What’s on your TBR this month? Are you a fan of audiobooks? Let’s chat! ❤

My Top 10 of 2018: Most Anticipated Reads

It’s not even mid-December, but I’m already thinking about books that will be coming out next year. What am I most excited to read? Which books will I pre-order? And where will I put them all? (Always a good question. 😁) I wanted to give you a peek at my wish list… as well as work to narrow it down to the top ten books I’m most interested in, because it was way too long to begin with.

BTW: These are in order of publication date — not personal preference! 🙂

TOP10

The Cruel Prince by Holly Black
Publication Date: January 2nd
I’ve heard nothing but good things about this book, and while I’m not always one to believe the hype, I have a feeling it’s going to be a fantastic read. There’s a reason many people call Black the Faerie Queen. It’s the first book in a forthcoming trilogy, and you can read some spoiler-free reviews here. Here’s a synopsis:

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

To win a place at the Court, she must defy him — and face the consequences.

In doing so, she becomes embroiled in palace intrigues and deceptions, discovering her own capacity for bloodshed. But as civil war threatens to drown the Courts of Faerie in violence, Jude will need to risk her life in a dangerous alliance to save her sisters, and Faerie itself.

The Hazel Wood by Melissa Albert
Publication Date: January 30th
I fell head over heels in love with this book when I read an ARC in September. ❤️ It’s a gorgeous, terrifying tale full of twists and turns sharp enough to slice you open. If you enjoy dark fairy tales and books that linger long after they’re finished, I would recommend pre-ordering this one. (There’s also a great pre-order incentive!) You can find a synopsis in my September TBR post, and you can read my review here.

Tempests and Slaughter by Tamora Pierce
Publication Date: February 6th
I grew up reading Pierce’s Tortall books, and my favorite series by far was the Immortals. Numair Salmalin was (probably) my very first bookish crush, so imagine how thrilled I was to hear that Pierce is writing a prequel series about him. 😊 Tempests and Slaughter is the first book, and it introduces us to Numair before he became Numair, when he was just Arram. Here’s a synopsis:

Arram Draper is a boy on the path to becoming one of the realm’s most powerful mages. The youngest student in his class at the Imperial University of Carthak, he has a Gift with unlimited potential for greatness — and for attracting danger. At his side are his two best friends: Varice, a clever girl with an often-overlooked talent, and Ozorne, the “leftover prince” with secret ambitions. Together, these three friends forge a bond that will one day shape kingdoms. And as Ozorne gets closer to the throne and Varice gets closer to Arram’s heart, Arram begins to realize that one day soon, he will have to decide where his loyalties truly lie.

Children of Blood and Bone by Tomi Adeyemi
Publication Date: March 6th
I’ve read a great deal of praise for this book, and while the story may sound familiar, I think the characters and Adeyemi’s world-building are going to be tremendous. This is a book I’ve tried not to read too much about because I want to go into it without any clues about what might happen. (I already have a feeling it will be one of the top YA reads in 2018.) But here’s a synopsis:

Zélie Adebola remembers when the soil of Orïsha hummed with magic. Burners ignited flames, Tiders beckoned waves, and Zélie’s Reaper mother summoned forth souls.

But everything changed the night magic disappeared. Under the orders of a ruthless king, maji were targeted and killed, leaving Zélie without a mother and her people without hope.

Now, Zélie has one chance to bring back magic and strike against the monarchy. With the help of a rogue princess, Zélie must outwit and outrun the crown prince, who is hell-bent on eradicating magic for good.

Danger lurks in Orïsha, where snow leoponaires prowl and vengeful spirits wait in the waters. Yet the greatest danger may be Zélie herself as she struggles to control her powers — and her growing feelings for the enemy.

Inkmistress by Audrey Coulthurst
Publication Date: March 6th
While I haven’t yet read Coulthurst’s Of Fire and Stars, her latest book is one that I definitely plan on pre-ordering. It seems to draw some inspiration from folklore and mythology, but the concept itself is like a new legend, something darker and more unpredictable than any happily-ever-after. Here’s a synopsis:

Asra is a demigod with a dangerous gift: the ability to dictate the future by writing with her blood. To keep her power secret, she leads a quiet life as a healer on a remote mountain, content to help the people in her care and spend time with Ina, the mortal girl she loves.

But Asra’s peaceful life is upended when bandits threaten Ina’s village and the king does nothing to help. Desperate to protect her people, Ina begs Asra for assistance in finding her manifest — the animal she’ll be able to change into as her rite of passage to adulthood. Asra uses her blood magic to help Ina, but her spell goes horribly wrong and the bandits destroy the village, killing Ina’s family.

Unaware that Asra is at fault, Ina swears revenge on the king and takes a savage dragon as her manifest. To stop her, Asra must embark on a journey across the kingdom, becoming a player in lethal games of power among assassins, gods, and even the king himself. Most frightening of all, she discovers the dark secrets of her own mysterious history — and the terrible, powerful legacy she carries in her blood.

A Court of Frost and Starlight by Sarah J. Maas
Publication Date: May 1st
I read the entire A Court of Thorns and Roses series last year, and I would be lying if I said I wasn’t eager for more. Luckily, this novella will give readers just that, and it will also act as a connective piece between that trilogy and the new spinoff series Maas is working on. (I’m personally hoping for a Lucien-centric novel, but we’ll see!) Since this is a novella that takes place after the events of A Court of Wings and Ruin, the following synopsis contains spoilers for the series thus far.

Feyre, Rhys, and their close-knit circle of friends are still busy rebuilding the Night Court and the vastly-changed world beyond. But Winter Solstice is finally near, and with it, a hard-earned reprieve. Yet even the festive atmosphere can’t keep the shadows of the past from looming. As Feyre navigates her first Winter Solstice as High Lady, she finds that those dearest to her have more wounds than she anticipated — scars that will have a far-reaching impact on the future of their Court.

Legendary by Stephanie Garber
Publication Date: May 29th
Garber’s Caraval was one of my favorite debuts this year. While some readers struggled with it’s predictability, I thought the story was a delightfully dizzying adventure full of lush prose and magical tricks. I’m curious to see where Scarlett and Tella will end up in Legendary. As of now, no synopsis has been released. But it has been confirmed that this book will be told from Tella’s perspective rather than Scarlett’s.

Fierce Like a Firestorm by Lana Popović
Publication Date: August 14th
One of the most beautifully-written and unique books I read this year was Popović’s Wicked Like a Wildfire. (You can read my review here! 🙂) The world is intricate, and the characters are compelling and memorable. I’m excited to see what happens in the second book, especially since the first book ended with a massive cliffhanger. Because this is a sequel, the following synopsis contains spoilers for the first book in the duology.

Twin sisters Iris and Malina thought they knew how to reverse the ancient curse that haunts their line, the spell that destines them to use their gleams — unique forms of beauty-manipulating magic — to entice and enchant none other than Death himself.

But both sisters thought wrong.

Instead of ending the wicked bargain with the power of her infinite bloom, Iris is taken to an exquisite, uncanny realm in between this world and the next — a world Death created for her alone. Only, unlike all of Death’s previous companions, Iris’s body goes on the one-way journey along with her soul, arriving in a kingdom never meant to sustain a living girl.

Left behind with Niko, her girlfriend, and Luka, the boy her sister loves, Lina searches for a way to save Iris. But as Lina unearths the dark secrets that bind her family to parallel fates of loss and immortality and Iris tries to outwit Death on his own terrain, a power resurfaces that even Mara, the original witch mother, fears. Now both sisters must learn to fully embrace their gleams — or else they’ll truly lose each other forever.

Vengeful by V.E. Schwab
Publication Date: September (Exact Date Unknown)
When I heard that V.E. Schwab was writing a sequel to her 2013 novel Vicious, I was ecstatic. I read Vicious months before jumping into her Shades of Magic trilogy (which is also fantastic), and I’ve recommended it to nearly everyone I know. It has some serious comic book/horror story vibes, and if you’re someone who always finds themselves rooting for the villain, it’ll give you plenty to choose from. As of now, no synopsis (or final cover art) has been released for Vengeful. But you can read a synopsis of Vicious here!

Untitled Throne of Glass #7 by Sarah J. Maas
Publication Date: (Tentatively) September 4th
I’ve been on a serious Throne of Glass binge, having recently finished Empire of Storms and begun reading/listening to Tower of Dawn. Like many other fans, I can’t wait to see how this series concludes, but I know I’m going to miss many of the characters. Perhaps Maas will write a spinoff series, much like she’s doing with her A Court of Thorns and Roses series. But for now, I’ll be anxiously awaiting this final installment. As of now, no synopsis (or final title or cover art)  has been released.

Honorable Mentions:
Everless by Sara Holland [January 2nd]
Shadowsong by S. Jae-Jones [February 6th]
Ink, Iron, and Glass by Gwendolyn Clare [February 20th]
Heart of Iron by Ashley Poston [February 27th]
To Kill a Kingdom by Alexandra Christo [March 6th]
The Queens of Innis Lear by Tessa Gratton [March 27th]
Beyond a Darkened Shore by Jessica Leake [April 10th]
Leah on the Offbeat by Becky Albertalli [April 24th]
On the Come Up by Angie Thomas [May 1st]
Furyborn by Claire Legrand [May 22nd]
Heart of Thorns by Bree Barton [July 31st]

What are some books that you’re looking forward to reading in 2018?

November Wrap-Up & December TBR

So… I didn’t actually finish any books in November. 😅 I read 30-ish pages of Renegades by Marissa Meyer… but then I fell into a moving-related reading slump, and now I’m 81% through my Kindle edition of Empire of Storms by Sarah J. Maas. (And I’m loving it! I just haven’t had much time to read lately.)

I expected this month to be crazy, but — if possible — it was even crazier. There are times when packing everything up and moving doesn’t seem so bad… But there are also times when you feel incredibly overwhelmed, with no idea where to even begin. Luckily, we’ve gotten a lot of help, advice, and encouragement from our family and friends, so I think the not-so-bad moments have outnumbered the frustrating ones. ❤️

It’s felt weird to not be taking photos, writing reviews, or interacting with other bookstagrammers as much as I did before the move. I’m always encouraging friends to never feel bad if they have to take a break or post more infrequently, but I’m really bad at taking my own advice. 😦 That being said, I’m going to try to be gentle with myself this month. We still have a lot to do around the house, and with the holidays coming up, we’ll be extra busy. I’m hoping to write reviews of each book I read. But will I be posting photos and blog content every day, or even every other day? Probably not. And that’s okay.

I do have some amazing books on my December TBR, and I’ve already started thinking about January and February! (Too many books! Too little time!) Here are the books I’m planning to read this month…

Empire of Storms by Sarah J. Maas
This is a book I started in November, but I’m planning to finish it sometime in the next few days. I’ve heard that the ending is… well, emotionally devastating. 😥 So we’ll see how that goes! But so far, I’m loving the story, and I was so happy to return to this world after some time away. You can read a synopsis here!

Tower of Dawn by Sarah J. Maas
Since I’ll be finishing up Empire of Storms soon, I figured I would keep the Throne of Glass momentum going. I’ve purposefully avoided reading much about this book, because I definitely want to go in spoiler-free. And I’ll admit, I wasn’t too wild about a Chaol-centric book, but I’m curious to see what he and Nesryn are doing on the Southern Continent, and how this book will affect the rest of the series. (Which I think is set to conclude with a seventh and final book next fall…? IT’S SO FAR AWAY, but also, I’M NOT READY! 😭) You can read a synopsis here!

The Language of Thorns by Leigh Bardugo
I meant to read this months ago, but you know me… I’m terrible at sticking to a TBR. 😝 I’m a huge fan of Leigh Bardugo’s Grishaverse, and this seems like a beautiful companion to the world she’s built in the Grisha trilogy and the Six of Crows duology. You can read a synopsis here! And by the way… If you’re interested in purchasing a signed copy of this book — and receiving a free, exclusive art print — I’d suggest heading over to Mysterious Galaxy Bookstore and placing an order with them.

Furyborn by Claire Legrand
I recently received an ARC of this book, and I’m beyond excited to read it! Every review I’ve read so far has been nothing short of glowing, and the story sounds incredible. I have a feeling this is going to be one of the most anticipated YA releases of 2018, so add it to your wish lists now!
Here’s a synopsis:

When assassins ambush her best friend, Rielle Dardenne risks everything to save him, exposing herself as one of a pair of prophesied queens: a queen of light, and a queen of blood. To prove she is the Sun Queen, Rielle must endure seven elemental magic trials. If she fails, she will be executed… unless the trials kill her first.

One thousand years later, the legend of Queen Rielle is a fairy tale to Eliana Ferracora. A bounty hunter for the Undying Empire, Eliana believes herself untouchable — until her mother vanishes. To find her, Eliana joins a rebel captain and discovers that the evil at the empire’s heart is more terrible than she ever imagined.

As Rielle and Eliana fight in a cosmic war that spans millennia, their stories intersect, and the shocking connections between them ultimately determine the fate of their world — and of each other.

The Last Namsara by Kristen Ciccarelli
I bought this book shortly after it was published, but I still have yet to read it. The main character is a dragon slayer with the weight of a harsh destiny on her shoulders. It also doesn’t hurt that it has a stunning cover, and that the audiobook is narrated by Pearl Mackie. (Bill in Doctor Who!) I think this will be the perfect book to read right before the new year.
Here’s a synopsis:

In the beginning, there was the Namsara: the child of sky and spirit, who carried love and laughter wherever he went. But where there is light, there must be darkness — and so there was also the Iskari. The child of blood and moonlight. The destroyer. The death-bringer.

These are the legends that Asha, daughter of the king of Firgaard, has grown up learning in hushed whispers, drawn to the forbidden figures of the past. But it isn’t until she becomes the fiercest, most feared dragon slayer in the land that she takes on the role of the next Iskari — a lonely destiny that leaves her feeling more like a weapon than a girl.

Asha conquers each dragon and brings its head to the king, but no kill can free her from the shackles that await at home: her betrothal to the cruel commandant, a man who holds the truth about her nature in his palm. When she’s offered the chance to gain her freedom in exchange for the life of the most powerful dragon in Firgaard, she finds that there may be more truth to the ancient stories than she ever could have expected. With the help of a secret friend — a slave boy from her betrothed’s household — Asha must shed the layers of her Iskari bondage and open her heart to love, light, and a truth that has been kept from her.

What are some books you’ll be reading this month? 😀 Let me know below!

October Wrap-Up & November TBR

It’s been a long time since I’ve blogged, guys. In case you missed my post on Instagram, we’re moving! The current plan is to be out of our apartment by the end of November, and there’s a lot to do in the meantime. Because of this, I won’t be as active on Instagram or here. But I did want to post a belated October wrap-up, as well as give you a peek at my November TBR. 😊📚

I only read two books in October, one of which wasn’t on my TBR. (I know you’re SHOCKED.) Here are my ratings:

*I know I didn’t write a full review of this book, but I’m tentatively planning on re-reading the Immortals series before Tamora Pierce’s Tempests and Slaughter comes out in February, so you might see a review of all four books in January.

Did I read everything on my October TBR?
NOPE! 😂

Did I read anything not on my October TBR?
Wild Magic was a total impulse read after a conversation with Margaret (@blackshelfbooks).

What was my favorite read of the month?
I enjoyed both of these books, but I think I have to give a slight edge to An Enchantment of Ravens. It was a highly anticipated read for me, and it was truly a delight to delve into.

What was my least favorite read of the month?
I didn’t really have one!

Now, on to my November TBR. Since I’ll be packing up all of my hardcovers and paperbacks in the very-near future, I thought it would make my life much easier to choose only e-books. (And I bought a Kindle Paperwhite recently, so it will be the perfect opportunity for me to use that!)

Now, as you may have guessed, my monthly TBRs are often a little… ambitious. 😅 At least for me! But if I’m totally honest with myself, I’m probably not going to get much reading done this month. So, after going from four books to two, I’ve finally decided to choose just one book for this month: Renegades by Marissa Meyer

I really enjoyed the Lunar Chronicles, and I’ve heard great things about this book. I’m excited to explore this new world — and hopefully get hooked! If you’re interested in reading a synopsis, click here.

What was your favorite read of October? What are you most excited to read in November? Leave a comment and let me know!

October TBR

It was hard to choose just five books for this month’s TBR. There are so many new and upcoming releases that I’m excited to read. And there are also longtime favorites that I’m interested in rereading. (*cough* A Discovery of Witches… *cough*) But I think the books I’ve chosen will certainly make October (even more) magical! 😀

Here are the books I’m planning to read this month…

An Enchantment of Ravens by Margaret Rogerson
I had every intention of reading this book in September, but I’m sure it will be a great October read! You can find more of my thoughts, as well as a short synopsis, in my September TBR post.

A Skinful of Shadows by Frances Hardinge*
U.S. Publication Date: October 17th, 2017 (It appears that this book was published in the U.K. on September 21st, so I’ve linked the Book Depository listing in case you want to go ahead and order it. Also, I think the U.K. cover is beautiful! 😍)

Another perfect almost-Halloween read, this book promises a paranormal adventure that takes place in the early part of the English Civil War. The premise is fascinating, and seriously, what family secret is crazier than having the ability to be possessed by ghosts? I’m looking forward to reading this and seeing where Kate’s journey leads.
Here’s a synopsis:

Kate is an illegitimate daughter of the aristocratic Fellmotte family, and as such, she shares their unique hereditary gift: the capacity to be possessed by ghosts. Reluctant to accept her appointed destiny as vessel for a coterie of her ancestors, she escapes. As she flees the pursuing Fellmottes across war-torn England, she accumulates a motley crew of her own allies, including outcasts, misfits, criminals, and one extremely angry dead bear. This new dark historical fantasy is sure to satisfy readers of Frances Hardinge who are eager for more.

Forest of a Thousand Lanterns by Julie C. Dao
I can never resist a good retelling, especially one that describes a villain’s origin story. This book promises complex characters, lush landscapes, and… blood. Definitely blood. Something tells me this story won’t exactly have a happy ending… and I couldn’t be more excited about that. 😈
Here’s a synopsis:

Eighteen-year-old Xifeng is beautiful. The stars say she is destined for greatness, that she is meant to be Empress of Feng Lu. But only if she embraces the darkness within her.

Growing up as a peasant in a forgotten village on the edge of the map, Xifeng longs to fulfill the destiny promised to her by her cruel aunt, the witch Guma, who has read the cards and seen glimmers of Xifeng’s majestic future. But is the price of the throne too high? Because in order to achieve greatness, she must spurn the young man who loves her and exploit the callous magic that runs through her veins — sorcery fueled by eating the hearts of the recently killed. For the god who has sent her on this journey will not be satisfied until his power is absolute.

Daughter of the Burning City by Amanda Foody
I received this book in the July Tricksters box from FairyLoot, but I still haven’t read it! 😅 Which is ridiculous, because the story sounds amazing. A mystery set within a fantastical world, a young woman with powers that she may not fully understand, a race against time — and a serial killer… It was a no-brainer to choose this book as an October read.
Here’s a synopsis:

Sixteen-year-old Sorina has spent most of her life within the smoldering borders of the Gomorrah Festival. Yet even among the many unusual members of the traveling circus-city, Sorina stands apart as the only illusion-worker born in hundreds of years. This rare talent allows her to create illusions that others can see, feel, and touch, with personalities all their own. Her creations are her family, and together they make up the cast of the Festival’s Freak Show.

But no matter how lifelike they may seem, her illusions are still just that — illusions, and not truly real. Or so she always believed… until one of them is murdered.

Desperate to protect her family, Sorina must track down the culprit and determine how they killed a person who doesn’t actually exist. Her search for answers leads her to the self-proclaimed gossip-worker Luca. Their investigation sends them through a haze of political turmoil and forbidden romance, and into the most sinister corners of the Festival. But as the killer continues murdering Sorina’s illusions one by one, she must unravel the horrifying truth before all her loved ones disappear.

An Unkindness of Magicians by Kat Howard
I hadn’t heard much about this book before I purchased it. Honestly, I was drawn in by the gorgeous cover and stayed for the magic. I love the idea of hidden societies, especially ones in which magic thrives. And I also love characters who aren’t quite what they seem, and I think Sydney falls into that category. I’m looking forward to entering this strange and intriguing world!
Here’s a synopsis:

The Unseen World of wealthy and powerful magicians in New York City prides itself on remaining invisible. Every twenty years, vying for power and standing during the Turning, the heads of magical houses elect a champion — a family member or a magician-for-hire — and begin a series of duels.

But the Turning has come early, after only thirteen years, and Ian Merlin, the heir to the most powerful house in the Unseen World, has been elected to become the champion of his father’s chief rival, House Prospero.

Enter Sydney: an unknown magician from a candidate house, an outsider easily dismissed among the established wealth and power of the Unseen World. What they will soon learn is that Sydney is a formidable duelist with power that hasn’t been seen in decades, and she has a score to settle…

What are you planning to read this month? Anything spooky? 👻 Let me know!