Happy Wednesday everyone! First off I want to say THANK YOU TO 700 FOLLOWERS! I am still blown away by those of you who have become my book friends and still choose to read my stuff. You guys are the best! ♥♥♥
I hope your week and month has been great so far! I realized that I never posted this check in, so here is my second (and very late) Anticipated Releases check in post. You can see my first one that covers January through March right here. This post, like the last one, goes through my lists and I’ll say if I’ve read it, removed it, or it’s still on my TBR. My next post, which covers July through September, will come out this month as well to catch up!
1. We Rule the Night by Claire Eliza Barlett (4/2/19)
Goodreads Synopsis: Seventeen-year-old Revna is a factory worker, manufacturing war machines for the Union of the North. When she’s caught using illegal magic, she fears being branded a traitor and imprisoned. Meanwhile, on the front lines, Linné defied her father, a Union general, and disguised herself as a boy to join the army. They’re both offered a reprieve from punishment if they use their magic in a special women’s military flight unit and undertake terrifying, deadly missions under cover of darkness. Revna and Linné can hardly stand to be in the same cockpit, but if they can’t fly together, and if they can’t find a way to fly well, the enemy’s superior firepower will destroy them–if they don’t destroy each other first.
♦STILL ON TBR♦
I haven’t been able to get to this yet sadly. I had a bookstagram friend of mine send me her ARC that she said earlier this year, but with all the weird reading moods I’ve been in and the different ARCs I’ve had to read, it hasn’t happened. But my library does have both the audio book and physical copy just in case, so I hope to get to this book soon. I’ve heard amazing things about this debut standalone.
2. Through the White Wood by Jessica Leake (4/9/19)
Goodreads Synopsis: Katya’s power to freeze anything she touches has made her an outcast in her isolated village. And when she loses control of her ability, accidentally killing several villagers, she is banished to the palace of the terrifying Prince Sasha in Kiev.
At the castle, though, she is surprised to find that Sasha is just like her—with his own strange talent, the ability to summon fire. Instead of punishment, Sasha offers Katya friendship, and the chance to embrace her power rather than fear it.
But outside the walls of Kiev, Sasha’s enemies have organized their own army of people who can control the very earth. Bent on taking over the entire world, they won’t stop until they’ve destroyed everything.
Katya and Sasha are desperate to stop the encroaching army, and together their powers are a fearsome weapon. But as their enemies draw nearer, leaving destruction in their wake, will fire and frost be enough to save the world? Or will they lose everything they hold dear?
⊗REMOVED FROM TBR⊗
I just don’t care about this series anymore. I haven’t read the previous companion book Beyond A Darkened Shore and I don’t intend to read them anymore. I’ve seen a lot of 3 star reviews or less of this book and some of the problems people have had helped me decide that this series wasn’t my time. This companion series has been forgettable to me as well, since I never feel interested to look into either books.
3. The Raven’s Tale by Cat Winters (4/16/19)
Goodreads Synopsis: Seventeen-year-old Edgar Poe counts down the days until he can escape his foster family—the wealthy Allans of Richmond, Virginia. He hungers for his upcoming life as a student at the prestigious new university, almost as much as he longs to marry his beloved Elmira Royster. However, on the brink of his departure, all his plans go awry when a macabre Muse named Lenore appears to him. Muses are frightful creatures that lead Artists down a path of ruin and disgrace, and no respectable person could possibly understand or accept them. But Lenore steps out of the shadows with one request: “Let them see me!”
♥READ: 3 stars♥
THIS HURTS GUYS! This was one a HIGHLY anticipated release for me, since I’m a huge Cat Winters fan. But I read this about a month to a few weeks early before this came out in April and I was…disappointed with it. While Cat Winters does capture the time period so well and Lenore’s character was great, Poe was extremely hard to root for and I didn’t like reading his POV. So many of his chapters were boring and some of his early work just isn’t as interesting as his later work, which he’s most famous for. While huge Poe fans might like this more than me, I’m sad that I didn’t love it.
4. The Tiger at Midnight ( The Tiger at Midnight Trilogy #1) by Swati Teerdhala (4/23/19)
Goodreads Synopsis: Esha is a legend, but no one knows. It’s only in the shadows that she moonlights as the Viper, the rebels’ highly skilled assassin. She’s devoted her life to avenging what she lost in the royal coup, and now she’s been tasked with her most important mission to date: taking down the ruthless General Hotha.
Kunal has been a soldier since childhood, training morning and night to uphold the power of King Vardaan. His uncle, the general, has ensured that Kunal never strays from the path—even as a part of Kunal longs to join the outside world, which has been growing only more volatile.
Then Esha’s and Kunal’s paths cross—and an unimaginable chain of events unfolds. Both the Viper and the soldier think they’re calling the shots, but they’re not the only players moving the pieces. As the bonds that hold their land in order break down and the sins of the past meet the promise of a new future, both rebel and soldier must make unforgivable choices.
♦STILL ON TBR♦
I got the audio book for this debut novel not long after it came out this summer. But I’ve simply had more exciting titles to get to in audio form, but I still want to get to this! I’ve heard mixed things, but I still really like desert fantasy books and it is own voices as well. So I hope to get to this in my Audible library before the end of the year.
1. A Court of Miracles #1 by Kester Grant (5/2/19???)
Goodreads Synopsis: A diverse fantasy reimagining of Les Misérables and The Jungle Book.
In the dark days following a failed French Revolution, in the violent jungle of an alternate 1828 Paris, young cat-burglar Eponine (Nina) Thenardier goes head to head with merciless royalty, and the lords of the city’s criminal underworld to save the life of her adopted sister Cosette (Ettie).
Her vow will take her from the city’s dark underbelly, through a dawning revolution, to the very heart of the glittering court of Louis XVII, where she must make an impossible choice between guild, blood, betrayal and war.
UNRELEASED STILL, PLANNED FOR 2020??
The release date for this book has changed so many times that I’m not sure when it’s coming out. I know it’s planned for next summer and I still beyond excited for it, but the wait continues…
2. Nocturna (A Forgery of Magic #1) by Maya Moytane (5/7/19)
Goodreads Synopsis: To Finn Voy, magic is two things. The first: a knife to hold under the chin of anyone who crosses her. The second: a disguise she shrugs on as easily as others pull on cloaks. A talented shapeshifter, it’s been years since Finn has seen her own face, and that’s exactly how she likes it. But when Finn gets caught by a powerful mobster she’s indebted to, she’s forced into an impossible mission—steal a legendary treasure from the palace or lose her shapeshifting magic forever.
After the murder of his older brother, Prince Alfehr is first in line for the Castallan throne. But Alfie can’t help but feel that he will never live up to his brother’s legacy. Riddled with grief, Alfie is obsessed with finding a way to bring his brother back, even if it means dabbling in forbidden magic.
In a cruel twist of fate, Alfie’s best friend is nearly killed in the crossfire of Finn’s heist, and Alfie accidentally unlocks a terrible, ancient magic to save him—a magic, which, if not contained, will devour the world. Alfie and Finn race to vanquish what they have unleashed. But to do so, they each must contend with the darkness hiding in their pasts.
I gave up on this book after a very boring 20% and this just isn’t for me. Some people have been quite brutal and say that this plagarism against A Darker Shade of Magic and while I do see some similarities with that series, like I had mentioned in my review, the pacing just didn’t work for me and both POV characters were flat for me.
3. We Hunt the Flame (Sands of Arawiya #1) by Hafsah Faizal (5/14/19)
Goodreads Synopsis: People lived because she killed. People died because he lived.
Zafira is the Hunter, disguising herself as a man when she braves the cursed forest of the Arz to feed her people. Nasir is the Prince of Death, assassinating those foolish enough to defy his autocratic father, the king. If Zafira was exposed as a girl, all of her achievements would be rejected; if Nasir displayed his compassion, his father would punish him in the most brutal of ways.
Both are legends in the kingdom of Arawiya—but neither wants to be.
War is brewing, and the Arz sweeps closer with each passing day, engulfing the land in shadow. When Zafira embarks on a quest to uncover a lost artifact that can restore magic to her suffering world and stop the Arz, Nasir is sent by the king on a similar mission: retrieve the artifact and kill the Hunter. But an ancient evil stirs as their journey unfolds—and the prize they seek may pose a threat greater than either can imagine.
♦STILL ON TBR♦
Of course I still want to read this! This is a desert fantasy that’s intrigued me since it was hyped on social media. Fingers crossed that I can do the audio book from my library, since I love both narrators and that audio books have been the easiest way for me to still get books read in the middle of my ARC pile.
1. Sorcery of Thorns by Margaret Rogerson (6/4/19)
Goodreads Synopsis: All sorcerers are evil. Elisabeth has known that as long as she has known anything. Raised as a foundling in one of Austermeer’s Great Libraries, Elisabeth has grown up among the tools of sorcery—magical grimoires that whisper on shelves and rattle beneath iron chains. If provoked, they transform into grotesque monsters of ink and leather. She hopes to become a warden, charged with protecting the kingdom from their power.
Then an act of sabotage releases the library’s most dangerous grimoire. Elisabeth’s desperate intervention implicates her in the crime, and she is torn from her home to face justice in the capital. With no one to turn to but her sworn enemy, the sorcerer Nathaniel Thorn, and his mysterious demonic servant, she finds herself entangled in a centuries-old conspiracy. Not only could the Great Libraries go up in flames, but the world along with them.
As her alliance with Nathaniel grows stronger, Elisabeth starts to question everything she’s been taught—about sorcerers, about the libraries she loves, even about herself. For Elisabeth has a power she has never guessed, and a future she could never have imagined.
♥READ: 5 STARS♥
This is still one of my top books of the year so far! I knew that I was going to love it before starting it, since her debut kinda blew me away. This sophomore book is even better than her first one, with amazing world building, sassy banter and romance with quite the amazing protagonist in Elisabeth. This book is everything and I want ALL the books from Margaret Rogerson now 🙂
2. Blood Heir (Blood Heir #1) by Amélie Wen Zhao (Now 11/5/19)
Goodreads Synopsis: The Cyrilian Empire: a glittering white sprawl of frozen tundras and ancient, snow-capped forests, where ice spirits roam beneath the flickering northern lights, and where slavers hunt Affinites — those born with powers to manipulate elements.
Born with a horrifying Affinity to blood, Anastacya Mikhailov has never believed herself to be anything more than a monster. Her curse rings true when an accident in the dead of the night results in the death of her father, the Emperor of Cyrilia — and she is sentenced for his murder.
But Ana knows what she saw that night: the scent of poison in Papa’s blood, and the face of a murderer vanishing into the dark.
Alone, hunted, and on the run, Ana makes a bargain with Ramson Quicktongue, a handsome yet dangerous underground crime lord: help her find the true murderer and clear her name in exchange for her alliance.
When Ana’s search lands her in the lair of the most powerful slave trader in the Empire, she uncovers a horrifying truth. A new monarch stands poised to lead the empire to a path of hatred and divisiveness, and Ana must stop her before Cyrilia falls to darkness. But first, she must come to terms with the monster she thinks she is and the heir she was destined to be.
♦STILL ON TBR♦
Despite the controversy around this book earlier this year, it’s back on publication for this November! This book was under boiling water for a while, but I was still wanting to read this and form my own opinion and I’m glad that it is getting back on track to being published. We’ll see how this goes!
3. Seven Deadly Shadows by Courtney Alameda and Valynne E. Maetani (1/28/2020)
Goodreads Synopsis: In Seven Deadly Shadows, which is set in modern-day Japan, 17-year-old Kira, who is the victim of bullying at her school, finds solace working in her grandfather’s Shinto shrine. After realizing that she can see and commune with demons, Kira – with her younger sister in tow – partners with seven “death gods,” or “Shinigami” in Japanese, to save Kyoto from destruction.
♦DATE CHANGE, STILL ON TBR♦
This book is coming out, but not until this coming January. I got approved for an ARC on Edelweiss and I plan to read it in December hopefully! This book sounds like the dark anime book I’ve been waiting for 😀
4. Stronger Than A Bronze Dragon by Mary Fan (6/11/19)
Goodreads Synopsis: When a powerful viceroy arrives with a fleet of mechanical dragons and stops an attack on Anlei’s village, the villagers see him as a godsend. They agree to give him their sacred, enchanted River Pearl in exchange for permanent protection—if he’ll marry one of the village girls to solidify the alliance. Anlei is appalled when the viceroy selects her as a bride, but with the fate of her people at stake, she sees no choice but to consent. Anlei’s noble plans are sent into a tailspin, however, when a young thief steals the River Pearl for himself.
Knowing the viceroy won’t protect her village without the jewel, she takes matters into her own hands. But once she catches the thief, she discovers he needs the pearl just as much as she does. The two embark on an epic quest across the land and into the Courts of Hell, taking Anlei on a journey that reveals more is at stake than she could have ever imagined.
Yep, this book was a real miss guys. I read this earlier in the summer before it came out and I had to DNF it since I could not get along with the writing style or the main character. To be completely honest, this book read like a very rough draft of a book instead of an upcoming novel from a rising publishing imprint. This was not only hard to follow, but also the protagonist didn’t have anything special about her or just anything about her to stay interested.
Number of books: 11
Number of books read (includes dnfs): 4/11 or 36%
Number of books still on TBR: 5/11 or 45%
Number of books removed from TBR: 1/11 or 9%
So interestingly enough, I think that was a good list to only have 1 book removed from my TBR! But I’m still not going great with the number of books I haven’t read yet and I have a feeling that this might not improve lol. But I did have a favorite book of the year in this list so that’s something 🙂 The next installment will be very interesting for sure!
What are your thoughts on these books? Have you read them, still need to read them, or took them off your TBR? Let me know in the comments!