2021 March TBR

February was an insanely productive reading month (Wrap Up here), so I hope to be able to keep the momentum going in March. I’m finally over my months long reading slump, so here’s hoping that this month comes with some fantastic reads.

A bunch of the reads I plan on getting done this months are tied to book tours that I’m lucky to be a part of, so I’m certain that I’ll get to those before the end of the month. In fact, by the time this post comes out I’ll have already finished – and posted about – one of these reads.

**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: 9

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Books to Read:

  1. Reaper: Aftermath by Jonathan Pongratz (Reaper, Book 2)
  2. The Moscow Whisper by Michael Jenkins (Sean Richardson, Book 3)
  3. Ulrik by Wendy L. Anderson (Goodreads)
  4. Shattered Star by P.P. Corcoran
  5. Aofie’s Quest by Angela J. Ford (Goodreads)
  6. The Peasant’s Dream by Melanie Dickerson (Hagenheim, Book 11)
  7. Every Heart a Doorway by Seanan McGuire (Wayward Children, Book 1)
  8. Oracle of Philadelphia by Elizabeth Corrigan (Earthbound Angels, Book 1)
  9. A story with the word Time in the title for the Buzzword Readathon/Reading Challenge (though I must admit that I looked through roughly 200 books in my collection today – rereads and TBR books alike – and didn’t see a single word with the word “Time” in the cover. So either I’m going to find an awesome read on my library’s online collection, or I’m going to have to pick up a new read… There’s a chance that this word appears in a different title I own already, but at this point I’m not holding my breath.)

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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. (The first of many that I look forward to reading this month!) I started reading this book in February and look forward to finishing it in March. This story was the perfect start to spooky reads for the year, and I’m glad that I was introduced to this thrilling world.

If you haven’t read the first story in this series Reaper (review here), you should check it out. It’s a spooky little novella that proves just how scary the boogeyman is.

The Moscow Whisper by Michael Jenkins: A top secret group of spies attend a dinner to plan the murder of a competitor, not knowing that a covert arm of the British Intelligence is watching. Hours later, bodies are strewn about the terrace and a secret piece of intelligence reveals a colossal plot.

For disgraced agent Sean Richardson, this is the beginning of a deniable mission. His goal? To infiltrate and disrupt a group of Russian mercenaries working together to take over a nation state.

This is the true first read of the month that I planned on reading in the month of March. Well, I’d actually planned on finishing this story before the end of February but I didn’t quite have it finished by the time I wrote and posted my February wrap up. Therefore, this book will be going in my March reads. I plan on finishing this story shortly after midnight on March 1st so technically this will be a read that I finish in March. By the time this post comes out, I’ll have already finished and posted about this story. (See, I told you that I’ll have read one of the books on my TBR already!)

Ulrik by Wendy L. Anderson: Drowning with his ship during a vicious storm, Ulrik the Viking thought that it was the end of the line for him. Instead, he wakes up on a new and brutal Earth. Believing he was banished to this strange land by the gods as punishment, he faces the mountainous wilderness alone.

Tessa, a lonely and broken-hearted woman, dies in her sleep on her 85th birthday. She, too, awakens surrounded in the frightful unknown. Both are mysteriously thrown into new bodies to face new lives, hopes, dangers, and desires.

Cast through time and other dimensions, fate has given Ulrik and Tessa a second chance at love and life. They must survive this ruthless new world of theirs against a brutal warrior race determined to use them to conquer extinction and enter the into the age of metal.

One of the reads I got in exchange for an honest review, I look forward to reading about Ulrik and Tessa’s trials in this new world. How terrifying will this warrior race be? How strong will be the pull of their new desires? Will Ulrik be able to protect Tessa and secure this chance at love and life?

Shattered Star by P.P. Corcoran: In a future where money buys bio-engineered, stronger, and faster bodies, with an extended life span, a deputy marshal is plunged into a hurricane of violence and deceit as he tries to solve his boss’ gruesome murder.

Sam Young – a tough deputy marshal with the Confederation of Planets’ Marshal Service. Sam’s unconventional methods of justice crosses the blurry line between law enforcement and criminality, once too often. Branded a ‘problem child’ by his superiors, he’s reassigned to the edge of the colonized worlds.

Kaax IV – a cesspool of a world, rife with corruption. Sam is under orders to keep his head down and, with the aid of the local liquor, he aims to do just that.

Dumped in the middle of the street the tortured body of Chief Deputy Marshal Meagan Moyer brings Sam’s apathy to an end. The local police quickly close the case as a robbery gone wrong, but Sam suspects otherwise. 

‘Shattered Star’ is the new, science fiction thriller from Amazon #1 bestselling author PP Corcoran.

Another read that I got in exchange for an honest review, I look forward to reading this SciFi Thriller. I don’t read enough SciFi – or Thrillers – so I can’t wait to dive into this read. The cover of this book might not be as complex as the stories I usually pick up, but it grabbed my attention just the same. There’s something to be said for simpler cover designs sometimes, and Shattered Star just pulled me in.

Aofie’s Quest by Angela J. Ford: Eighteen year old Aofie’s Mor is an outcast princess, hiding with the centaurs. She’s spent her entire life to take back her kingdom from the angel of death. When she comes of age, the centaurs prepare her to reunite with the humans. But, as she sets to depart, Aofie learns a horrific truth that leaves her questioning her true identity.

The threads of betrayal and corruption run deeper than Aofie imagined, the trials and tribulations she goes through only causing her to question her life even more. Caught in the ultimate war between good and evil, Aofie must make a choice – a choice that will determine her future.

While I’m extremely excited to get to this story, I’m not sure if I’ll actually be able to read – or at least finish – this story this month. One of the stories I’ll be reading in order to participate in a book tour – in exchange for an honest review, of course – I know I’ll be reading this book in the near future. However, there was a delay with the arcs for this story and the book tour has been pushed back to April. Because of that, as much as I can’t wait to read this story, it’s not going to be one that I prioritize.

The Peasant’s Dream by Melanie Dickerson: Adela, the daughter of the Duke of Hagenheim, is rarely allowed outside of the castle walls. But longing for freedom, she sneaks out to the marked disguised as a peasant where she meets a handsom woodcarver named Frederick.

Frederick, a poor farmer, is the sole provider for his family and often his mother’s defender from his father’s drunken rages. He dreams of making a living carving wood and is thrilled when the Bishop of Hagenheim commissions him to carve new doors for the cathedral. As he works on the project, he and Adela meet almost daily and it doesn’t take them long to fall in love. Yet her true identity remains hidden from him.

When disaster separates the two, Adela and Frederick find themselves caught in the midst of a deception far more dangerous than innocent disguises.

As this is a reverse Cinderella retelling, I didn’t think that I’d need to have read the rest of the series before diving into this story. I’d originally hoped to read this story in January as another read for the Buzzword Readathon/Reading Challenge, but the copy from my local library wasn’t available until a couple of days ago. So, I look forward to reading this story. I adore retellings (that are done well), so I’m excited to see where this book takes the tale.

Every Heart a Doorway by Seanan McGuire: No solicitations. No visitors. No quests.

Children have always disappeared under the right conditions; slipping through the darkness under a bed or at the back of a wardrobe, tumbling down rabbit holes… overall just emerging somewhere else.

But magical lands have little need for used-up miracle children.

Nancy tumbled once, but now she’s back. The things she’s seen have the ability to change a person. The children under Miss West’s care understand this all too well. And each of them is seeking a way back to their own fantasy world.

Yet Nancy’s arrival marks a change at the Home. There’s a darkness hiding just around the corner, and when tragedy strikes it’s up to Nancy and her newfound schoolmates to get to the heart of the matter.

I’ll be honest, I’m late to the party with this one. I didn’t think I’d adore this series because I was certain it was overhyped and not worth the dedicated following this series has gathered over the years. My goodness was I wrong! After reading In an Absent Dream for the January Buzzword Reading Challenge (review here), I absolutely fell in love with the premise behind this series. While that was just the fourth book in the series (an a prequel to boot!), I know that these stories can pretty much stand on their own. Yet I still plan on going through and reading every book in the series. I’m sure I’ll love them all!

Oracle of Philadelphia by Elizabeth Corrigan: Carrie works at a diner in South Philadelphia, dispensing advice to humans and angels wise enough to seek her counsel. But there are some problems that even the best advice can’t solve. Her latest supplicant, Sebastian, is unique among those who have sought her aid – he sold his soul to a demon to save his sister’s life. Yet his heart remains pure.

Carrie has lived for millennia with the knowledge that her immortality is due to the suffering of others and she can’t bare to see another good man damned while it’s within her power to prevent it. In order to negotiate his contract, Carrie must travel the depths of hall and parley with the demons that control pathways. As the cost of her journey rises, Carrie must determine how much she’s willing to sacrifice to save one good soul.

I stumbled upon this read while looking at one of Corrigan’s other reads, and I absolutely felly in love with the cover. Not only is the cover fantastic, but I’ve always been drawn to stories about oracles and the different planes of existence (in this case, the mortal realm and the hell realm where the demons reside – my terms, I don’t know how this story refers to them as I haven’t started the book yet). Thankfully, I was able to borrow a copy of this read from my local library. I can’t wait to dive right into this world.

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Just like in February, my major goal for this month is to continue to catch up on the backlog of reviews I’ve yet to post. I’d like to think that I made a good dent in these reviews last month, but there was quite a period of time when I wasn’t posting – or reading – anything at all. Thanks to the amount that I got read in February, I’ve got almost as many reviews to post as I did at the start of that month. Much newer posts, of course, but still loads more to get out there.

Of course, I’m still looking forward to reading the books I’ve picked out as my “selective” TBR for the month. While I’ll most definitely deviate from this list at least a little bit, I’m looking forward to reading all of these stories. Maybe it’ll be like last month where I’m almost faithful to my TBR – but with added stories thrown on top!

I hope you stick around to see my thoughts on the books I’ve read recently. Well, some reads as recently as a week ago and others going as far back as last August… Here’s to catching up on reader thoughts!

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