To Be Read: April 2017

Last month, I made it my goal to cut my To Be Read List down to 5 books (it had gotten more than a little bit out of control). This meant a book buying ban (with 3 exceptions – oops) and some intense reading binges! However, I am proud to say that I achieved this goal – I currently only have 5 books on my bookshelf/on my Kindle that I have not read yet!

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That being said, as a result of some new releases, an ARC, and my general lack of control when it comes to books, my April TBR is a bit longer than 5 books!

  1. Outlander by Diana Gabaldon
  2. The Alchemists of Loom by Elise Kova
  3. Trial by Fire by Josephine Angelini
  4. Assassin’s Heart by Sarah Ahiers
  5. The Winner’s Kiss by Marie Rutkoski
  6. Blood Rose Rebellion by Rosalyn Eves
  7. Shadowcaster by Cinda Williams Chima
  8. Wicked Like Wildfire (ARC) by Lana Popovic

I’m also planning on re-reading A Court of Thorns and Roses and A Court of Mist and Fury by Sarah J Maas, in preparation for the release of A Court of Wings in Ruin on May 2nd!

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Traitor to the Throne by Alwyn Hamilton

Traitor to the Throne by Alwyn Hamilton, released in North America on March 14th, 2017, is the highly anticipated sequel to Rebel of the SandsTraitor to the Throne is a sizzling, un-put-downable sequel that immediately grabs the reader’s attention, and refuses to let go. Hamilton once again demonstrates her prowess for story-telling, creating a beautifully written tale, lined with action, betrayal and romance.

Mere months ago, gunslinger Amani al’Hiza fled her dead-end hometown on the back of a mythical horse with the mysterious foreigner Jin, seeking only her own freedom. Now she’s fighting to liberate the entire desert nation of Miraji from a bloodthirsty sultan who slew his own father to capture the throne. When Amani finds herself thrust into the epicenter of the regime—the Sultan’s palace—she’s determined to bring the tyrant down. Desperate to uncover the Sultan’s secrets by spying on his court, she tries to forget that Jin disappeared just as she was getting closest to him, and that she’s a prisoner of the enemy. But the longer she remains, the more she questions whether the Sultan is really the villain she’s been told he is, and who’s the real traitor to her sun-bleached, magic-filled homeland. Forget everything you thought you knew about Miraji, about the rebellion, about djinni and Jin and the Blue-Eyed Bandit. In Traitor to the Throne, the only certainty is that everything will change.

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The Song Rising by Samantha Shannon

The Song Rising is the hotly anticipated third book in the bestselling Bone Season series – a ground-breaking, dystopian fantasy of extraordinary imagination by Samantha Shannon. Released on March 7th 2017, The Song Rising picks up several weeks after the conclusion of the events of The Mime Order – the scrimmage and Jaxon’s betrayal. You can find my reviews for The Bone Season and The Mime Order here.

Following a bloody battle against foes on every side, Paige Mahoney has risen to the dangerous position of Underqueen, ruling over London’s criminal population. But, having turned her back on Jaxon Hall and with vengeful enemies still at large, the task of stabilizing the fractured underworld has never seemed so challenging. Little does Paige know that her reign may be cut short by the introduction of Senshield, a deadly technology that spells doom for the clairvoyant community and the world as they know it . . . (Chapters.Indigo.ca)

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MINI MONDAY: A Crown of Wishes (ARC) by Roshani Chokshi

A Crown of Wishes by Roshani Chokshi, the much anticipated sequel to The Star-Touched Queen, is set to release on March 28th, 2017. The story follows the (mis)adventures of Gauri, the princess of Bharata, and Vikram, the cunning prince of a neighboring land. Both protagonist have much to fight for, and plenty to lose, as they enter the Tournament of Wishes as unwilling partners (Disclaimer: I received an Advanced Ready Copy of this book in exchange for an honest review).

“Who cares if a story is true or not, so long as it is told?” – Roshani Chokshi, A Crown of Wishes

Gauri, the princess of Bharata, has been taken as a prisoner of war by her kingdom’s enemies. Faced with a future of exile and scorn, Gauri has nothing left to lose. Hope unexpectedly comes in the form of Vikram, the cunning prince of a neighboring land and her sworn enemy kingdom. Unsatisfied with becoming a mere puppet king, Vikram offers Gauri a chance to win back her kingdom in exchange for her battle prowess. Together, they’ll have to set aside their differences and team up to win the Tournament of Wishes – a competition held in a mythical city where the Lord of Wealth promises a wish to the victor. Reaching the tournament is just the beginning. Once they arrive, danger takes on new shapes: poisonous courtesans and mischievous story birds, a feast of fears and twisted fairy revels. Every which way they turn new trials will test their wit and strength. But what Gauri and Vikram will soon discover is that there’s nothing more dangerous than what they most desire (Chapters.Indigo.ca).

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Long May She Reign by Rhiannon Thomas

The Girl of Fire and Thorns meets The Queen of the Tearling in this thrilling fantasy standalone about one girl’s unexpected rise to power (Goodreads). Released on February 21st, 2017, Long May She Reign by Rhiannon Thomas is a powerful story about a girl overcoming impossible odds to not only survive, but to rule.

Freya was never meant be queen. Twenty third in line to the throne, she never dreamed of a life in the palace, and would much rather research in her laboratory than participate in the intrigues of court. However, when an extravagant banquet turns deadly and the king and those closest to him are poisoned, Freya suddenly finds herself on the throne. Freya may have escaped the massacre, but she is far from safe. The nobles don’t respect her, her councillors want to control her, and with the mystery of who killed the king still unsolved, Freya knows that a single mistake could cost her the kingdom – and her life. Freya is determined to survive, and that means uncovering the murderers herself. Until then, she can’t trust anyone. Not her advisors. Not the king’s dashing and enigmatic illegitimate son. Not even her own father, who always wanted the best for her, but also wanted more power for himself. As Freya’s enemies close in and her loyalties are tested, she must decide if she is ready to rule and, if so, how far she is willing to go to keep the crown (Goodreads).

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Island of Exiles (ARC) by Erica Cameron

Island of Exiles by Erica Cameron, is the first book in an epic new fantasy series. titled the Ryogan Chronicals, by Cameron, which was released on February 14th, 2017. Thr Ryogan Chronicles is currently predicted to be a trilogy (source), with the second book, Sea of Strangers, predicted to release in December 2017 (Disclaimer: I received an Advanced Reader Copy of Island of Exiles from Entangled Teen in exchange for an honest review).

In Khya’s world, every breath is a battle. On the isolated desert island of Shiara, dying young is inevitable. The clan comes before self, and protecting her home means Khya is a warrior above all else. But when following the clan and obeying their leaders could cost her brother his life, Khya’s home becomes a deadly trap. The only person who can help is Tessen, her lifelong rival and the boy who challenges her at every turn. The council she hoped to join has betrayed her, and their secrets, hundreds of years deep, reach around a world she’s never seen. To save her brother’s life and her island home, her only choice is to trust Tessen, turn against her clan, and go on the run-a betrayal and a death sentence. (Chapters.Indigo.ca)

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March To Be Read List

March came in roaring like a lion last night (quite literally – the booming thunder and flashing lightning kept me up quite late!). But we all know what the beginning of a new month means- a new TBR list!

I managed to chip away at a significant amount of my TBR List, but it’s still quite large. That being said, my goal this month is to get my TBR pile down to only 5 books.

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The following are books I already own, but which are currently (sadly) sitting unread on my shelf (or in my Kindle library):

  1. Long May She Reign by Rhiannon Thomas (this book is also The YA Readers Alliance’s Book of the Month for March!)
  2. Roseblood by A.G. Howard
  3. Outlander by Diana Gabaldon
  4. Seven Black Diamonds by Melissa Marr
  5. Winner’s Curse by Marie Rutkoski
  6. Winner’s Crime by Marie Rutkoski
  7. Assassin’s Heart by Sarah Ahiers
  8. Trial by Fire by Rachel Angelini
  9. The Alchemists of Loom by Elise Kova
  10. Island of Exiles (ARC) by Erica Cameron

In addition, I am very excited to read some new, upcoming releases (although, in order to reach my goal of getting my TBR list down to 5 books (and maybe save a bit of money too), I’ve really limited the new releases I’ll be reading this month!

  1. The Song Rising by Samantha Shannon (March 7th)
  2. Traitor to the Throne by Alwyn Hamilton (March 14th)
  3. Blood Rose Rebellion by Rosalyn Eves (March 28th)*
  4. The Bone Witch by Rin Chupeco (you can find my review of The Bone Witch (ARC) here!) (March 7th)
  5. Hunted by Meagan Spooner (March 14th)
  6. A Crown of Wishes by Roshani Chokshi (March 28th)*

*Due to the late release dates of these books, I probably won’t get to reading them until April, but one can always hope, right?

The Epic Reads Team has also put together a pretty comprehensive list of books, from multiple genres, that are set to release this month – you can check it out here!