Hello again, long time no see!
March may be in the early days, but I’ve done a big book haul already and have now, bravely, decided to go on a book buying ban. Length unknown! Because let’s face it. Me and book buying bans are NOT great friends. I’m addicted and I have a problem – I KNOW.
But, let’s at least give it a shot, eh?
So here is my MARCH book haul!
Let’s start with the Kindle books.
A darker shade of magic by V. E. Schwab
I’ve heard so many great things about this book and about Schwab (I actually follow her on Instagram) and I already have Vicious because of the same reasons, I just haven’t read it yet.
This is a book about magic and magicians and time travels between parallel universes. We meet Kell, who is a magician and he can travel between these parallel universes. We have Grey London, Red London, White London and there once was a Black London, but no one speaks of that anymore. Officially, Kell is an ambassador, traveling between the worlds as a messenger. But he’s also a smugler, doing favors for a fee between the ‘London’s’. Naturally, things will go awry for Kell and flees to Grey London where he meets Delilah Bard. Who robs him, saves him and then forces him to take her to another world.
I’ve heard this one being referred to as “fantasy for adults” and thank the lord for that, we need MORE of that and LESS of the YA fantasy genre! (I’m 32 mind you!) And while on that subject you should all read “The lies of Locke Lamorra” which is the last review I posted here! (The lies of Locke Lamora / review)
I’m really looking forward to this one, but I’m probably going to read Vicious first, since it’s been on my shelf the longest. 😉
This is where it ends by Marieke Nijkamp
I’ve seen this hauled and reviewed on booktube a lot and when I heard about it it peaked my interest in a different way than usual. This entire book takes place over just 54 minutes and it’s about a high school shooting. Now, that is not something one normally want to read about. There are enough of those almost on a weekly basis in the US. But maybe that’s why so many people have read it? Because we want a look into this terror and try to find some form of understanding as to why these horrors happen? I don’t know honestly.
What I do know is this: The students are in the auditorium at the start of the new semester. When they all get up to leave the doors won’t open. Then someone starts shooting. That’s just the first 5 minutes.
Wreckage by Emily Bleeker
Wreckage is about a plane crash where five people survive. After two years only Lillian and Dave are alive and rescued. The truth about how they survived is something dark and something they don’t want to talk about, so they fabricate a story and stick to it. Until a pretty headstrong journalist are set on figuring out what’s going on and what actually happened before they were rescued, because she’s not buying their story. And Lillian and Dave’s lie starts to fray at the edges, threatening to destroy everything they struggled so desperately to come home to.
Now this is the kind of mystery/thriller I can like! A dark secret that will (hopefully) eventually twist everything around and change the entire story drastically.
Adrift by K. R. Griffiths
Dan and Elaine are on their honeymoon, on a huge, new and fancy cruise ship. They are also celebrating the progress of Dan’s agoraphobia after a knife attack two years earlier. All is fine and dandy until Dan thinks he sees someone throwing a body overboard. After that everything seems to turn darker and more dangerous and Dan will discover that there are some things worse than murder. Something is coming for he passengers of the Oceanus. Something that isn’t supposed to exist.
YES. This seems to be a claustrophobic horror thriller and I am so extremely on board for this!! After I read “Dead sea” by Tim Curran I’ve wanted to find more books like that. Lost at sea, strange, unnatural things hiding in the fog and the deathly silence of a quiet sea.Ugh, YES. Please be good!!
The governess affair & The Duchess war (Book 0.5 and 1 of the Brothers Sinister series) by Courtney Milan
Now these will have to go under my “guilty pleasure” books. Historical romances is my THANG and if you don’t already know I am a HUGE fan of Beatrice Small! These books have gotten great reviews and many have said that Milan has made the romance more believable than what many do in these books. Usually it’s just loads of sex and MAYBE an actual buildable relationship occurs later. Here Milan has, seemingly, managed to make believable romantic couplings which has you emotionally invested. I can dig it.
The hundred thousand kingdoms by N. K. Jemisin
Truth be told, I wanted to buy the entire trilogy wrapped in to one huge book yesterday, but…another truth be told…it was FRIGGIN HUGE! I can’t log that thing around. Unfortunately the bookstore didn’t have book 1 in (OF COURSE), so I opted for the Kindle edition instead. I so so so want to get really in to the epic fantasy genre (again) and I’ve heard good things about this one. It might be a complicated world and you kinda have to keep a high focus while reading, but I’m up for a challenge! And that is another reason for buying only the first book and not the entire trilogy in one massive brick right away. 😛
I don’t really know how to describe this book (I’m never any good at that in the first place), but this is about Yeine Darr, an outcast from the barbarian north, a place where it’s not a good idea to be female or poor. Yeine is both. She’s just lost her mother and basically have to fend for herself now. But, since her mother died under mysterious circumstances, she’s summoned to the city of Sky, a palace above the clouds where gods’ and mortals’ lives are intertwined. And there Yeine is, rather shockingly names one of the potential heirs to the king. Now Yeine has to fight for the throne of the hundred thousand kingdoms against a pair of cousins she never knew she had and she has to fight for her life while trying to unravel her mother’s secrets. And, oh, she has to fight against more than just mortals. :O
Now, I don’t know about you but that has my interest peaked!
Now for the physical books!
A gathering of shadows by V. E. Schwab
This is book 2 after “A darker shade of magic”. I just happened to buy this copy yesterday and then coming home realizing this is NOT book 1 or a standalone! Ergo the Kindle copy of number 1. 🙂
Tiger’s curse by Colleen Hock
I don’t know much about this book, other than I’ve heard and seen it mentioned a few times on Instagram and booktube with good reviews and…it’s a floppy-book. I love any book that is in a floppy binding. 😛
So in this book we meet Kelsey who’s trying to break a 300-year-old Indian curse. With a white tiger called Ren. (As you do) We have dark forces, magic and mystical worlds and Kelsey trying to piece together an ancient prophecy that could break this curse.
And that’s pretty much all I know.
Chapelwood by Cherie Priest
Chapelwood is the sequel to “Maplecroft” by Priest, which I haven’t read yet. But, you know. Maplecroft is about the Borden killings. Lizzie Borden took an axe and killed her parents. 40 whacks to her mother, 41 whacks to her father…You know the story, it’s pretty infamous. Yes, it’s a true story! Pretty savage. So in these two books we get to know Lizzie personally. In Chapelwood we continue to follow Lizzie as her fight against the cosmic evil continues.
The rest of us just live here by Patrick Ness
So here we basically have a book that is NOT about a hero or a powerful protagonist. Mikey is just a guy trying to graduate and go to prom without the school blowing up – AGAIN. He’s not fighting zombies or soul-eating ghouls. He’s focusing on problems bigger than this week’s end of the world. Like trying to find the extraordinary in his own ordinary life. Even if his best friend might be the God of mountain lions…
Patrick Ness is pretty good at creating strange, yet lyrical worlds where there’s always something “off”. And by off I mean different than anything else you’ve read before. He writes beautifully. He’s known for making people cry.
Clockwork Princess by Cassandra Clare
I’m not going to say too much about this book because I haven’t even read the first 2! I bought this mainly for my husband, but I’m pretty sure I’m going to pick this series up myself. I’ve heard great things about this book 3 (crying. Lots of crying), so I am really curious!
Crown of midnight, Heir of fire & Queen of shadows (book 2, 3 & 4 in the Throne of glass series) by Sarah J. Maas
I HAD to get the next three books in this series because I’m currently reading the first one, “Throne of Glass” and I freaking LOVE it! Yes, right in the very beginning it reminded me of “Poison study” by Maria Snyder and then it gave me that “Hunger Games” vibe (but that could just as easily be because it’s printed on the cover!!), but it quickly became a very much alive and very much unique world! I don’t think I need to say too much about this because it’s a wildly popular and well-read series, but if you haven’t read it and you like kick ass assassin heroines with sharp tongues, gorgeous worlds, glass palaces, murders, soldier heartthrobs (that just won’t stop brooding) and last but not least; GORGEOUS COVERS then you should probably pick this one up. DO IT.
That was my March book haul and now…the buying ban beings…Now I’m actually going to have to read them all and review them and not just have them on display in my shelves. 😉
WISH ME LUCK!! 😀