2021 February TBR

Now that I’m out of my reading slump, I can’t wait to dive into more books. To discover more worlds and maybe even revisits some beloved ones. My drive to read has been reawakened and I plan to get the most out of it while I can. 

**For anyone who’s here for the first time, I’ve organized the books by Physical Books, eBooks, AudioBooks, and Library books. **

As always, I expect to deviate from the TBR a bit, but here are the books I look forward to choosing from this month:

Total books: 8

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Books to Read:

  1. The Deep by Rivers Solomon (Goodreads)
  2. MU: The Grimm Cases by Lyla Oweds (The Grimm Cases, Books 1-3)
  3. Heir of Lies by Mallory McCartney (Black Dawn, Book 1)
  4. Queen to Ashes by Mallory McCartney (Black Dawn, Book 2)
  5. Takakush by Raine Reiter (Genus Magica, Book 1)
  6. Reaper by Jonathan Pongratz (Reaper, Book 1)
  7. Reaper: Aftermath by Jonathan Pongratz (Reaper, Book 2)
  8. A story with a colour in the title for the Buzzword Readathon/Reading Challenge

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The Deep by Rivers Solomon: Yetu holds the memories for her people – water dwelling descendants of pregnant African slave women thrown overboard by slave owners – who live idyllic lives in the sea. Their past too traumatic for all but their historian to remember save but once a year.

Yetu remembers for everyone. The memories, painful and wonderful, traumatic and terrible and miraculous, are destroying her. And so she flees to the surface to escape the memories and obligations that go along with being her peoples’ historian.

I’ll be honest, if it wasn’t for my boyfriend I probably wouldn’t have thought to grab this book. He’s a huge Clipping. fan and picked this book up to see the rap group’s song brought to life on the page. I’ve stolen this book from him, as I forgot my own book while at his the other day, and will be reading it to see if it lives up to the hype surrounding it.

MU: The Grimm Cases by Lyla Oweds: The story follows Bianca Brosnan as she discovers that the house she’s watching for her professor is haunted and decides to do something about it. Especially when the haunting turns dangerous and Bianca starts getting hurt. When going to her best friend doesn’t work, she reaches out the the only person she think might actually believe her – even if she’s never met him before in her life. Desperate times call for desperate measures, right?

I’ve been lucky enough to have been given this compilation of the first 3 books in this series in exchange for an honest review. This story’s premise – a medium who’s dealing with a haunting that’s turned dangerous and not knowing who she can trust to help her – drew me in right away. Check back in later to see my full thoughts on this story.

Heir of Lies by Mallory McCartney: Emory Fae has only known life at The Academy, a school for those who have special abilities. Upholding her parents’ dreams and following in their footsteps falls to her and one of her best friends, Adair Stratton. But with whispers of dark magic spreading, Adair starts to doubt The Academy is all it seems.

An unexpected visit ignites tensions between the realms and their little world is turned upside down. With the help of their other best friends Brokk and Memphis, Adair and Emory must untangle the lies, betrayals, hidden magic, and love that threaten to destroy everything they know.

I read this story last year in exchange for an honest review and adored it. This was exactly the book that I needed to pick back up to help pull me out of my reading slump. While it’s the first book that I started in January of 2021, I have a habit of reading more than one book at a time. I plan on finishing my re-read of this story within the first half of the month and continue on the second book in the series.

Queen to Ashes by Mallory McCartney: Emory has abandoned everything she thought she knew about her previous life. Stepping into her role as Queen of Kiero, Emory makes startling sacrifices in order to do what’s best for her people. When her memories slowly start to piece together, she realizes that the Mad King may not be as awful as he seems. With the King’s attention firmly on her, can Emory buy the Black Dawn Rebellion enough time to recuperate and fight back?

I can’t wait to continue with the story where Heir of Lies left off. This is a world that’s drawn me in from the start. I look forward to whatever twists and turns come my way next.

Takakush by Raine Reiter: When Professor Elena Lukas returns to her cozy Pacific Northwest hometown with a broken heart, she’s plunged back into the fate she tried to escape. Like her mother and grandmother before her, Elena must now dedicate her life to a powerful ancient Lithuanian goddess. Although she is prepared to live as a priestess hiding in a contemporary tourist town, she arrives to find that a series of so-called animal attacks have terrorized her forest.

With the help of a handsome detective from the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife, Elena uses her expertise in invasive and endangered species to identify that these are no normal animal attacks. The woods are stalked by a dark, mystical creature bent on ravaging the area in an attempt to quell its insatiable hunger. When her little sister goes missing, Elena realizes that the beast can only be vanquished if she is brave enough to face it in-person, embrace her identity as a high priestess, and expose her powers to the man she is growing feelings for.

I will admit, this book is stunning and that’s what originally caught my attention. However, once the cover had caught my attention, the premise is what got me to stick around. I can’t wait to see what Elena get up to in this Dark Urban Fantasy read.

Reaper by Jonathan Pongratz: Gregory and his little sister Imogen love spending Halloween with their parents. But this year is special: if he can prove to his parents he can take care of Imogen by himself, he’ll finally have the allowance he’s dreamed of. But that was before the basement door opened on its own. Before the strange door appeared in the basement and the monster too Imogen away from him.

This horror novella sounds quite intriguing. I don’t read nearly enough horror as it is, and this tale – which I’ve heard nothing but good things about – seems to be the perfect read to whet my whistle and start off my horror reads for the year.

Reaper: Aftermath by Jonathan Pongratz: Five years have passed since the Reapers invaded Earth. Gregory, his mother, Trent, and their group of scavengers hunt the decimated wastelands for survival. But when a Reaper attack forces Gregory through the Reaper door, he finds himself in a strange place – a place that might provide answers about the Reapers’ past.

This is a full length novel that follows the events of the Reaper novella. I’m thankful that I have been given this story in exchange for an honest review. I can’t wait to pick it up and hopefully be scared silly.

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While I certainly plan to read more books this month than I have in a while, my major goal for this month is to catchup on the backlog of reviews I haven’t posted yet. There’s a lot of books I managed to read last year – when I was still able to read – that I had no motivation to write reviews on. I plan on rectifying that in the near future. If I manage to get all of these books in on top of that, I’ll be one happy camper.

Of course, I’m notorious for going off road and picking up books not on my TBR that just looked inviting in the moment. I’m sure that’ll happen – because when doesn’t it – but my goal still stands.

Whatever your plans are for the month, I hope you complete any and all goals you’ve set out for yourself. If you haven’t set any goals and just plan to go with the flow of things, I hope that works out wonderfully for you. Everybody reads at their own pace and in their own way, all I can do is sit here cheering you on.

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