March wasn’t as productive reading wise as I’d hoped, but I was busy than normal the entire month which at least partially explains it. I also found myself in a little bit of a reading slump where I just wasn’t in the mood to read. Thankfully that’s passed and I’m already enjoying the stories that I’ve begun diving into this month.
Most of the stories that I plan on reading this month are tied to book tours that I’m luck to be a part of. I look forward to devouring these stories and letting you know my thoughts and feelings on them. While I’ve already read one of the stories on the list below, and started 2 others, there’s a lot that I have yet to get to. My plans this month include a mix of new reads and rereads. It’s been a while since I’ve read the rereads I plan on getting to, so I’m looking forward to that immensely.
**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: 17
Books to Read:
- Gifted by Andy Lewter (Valens, Book 1) 210 pages
- Condition Black by Stu Jones and Gareth Worthington (Goodreads) 332 pages
- Jukebox Hero by Jason Stuart (Sledgehammer: A Rock and Roll Fable, Book 1) (Amazon) 682 pages
- Borrowed Treasure by Jessica Tastet (Website) 231 pages
- Shadow and Bone by Leigh Bardugo (The Grisha Trilogy, Book 1) 358 pages
- Siege and Storm by Leigh Bardugo (The Grisha Trilogy, Book 2) 435 pages
- Ruin and Rising by Leigh Bardugo (The Grisha Trilogy, Book 3) 422 pages
- Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo (Six of Crows Duology, Book 1) 465 pages
- Crooked Kingdom by Leigh Bardugo (Six of Crows Duology, Book 2) 561 pages
- Shattered Star by P.P. Corcoran (Website)
- Aofie’s Quest by Angela J. Ford (Goodreads) 586 pages
- Every Heart a Doorway by Seanan McGuire (Wayward Children, Book 1) 173 pages
- Oracle of Philadelphia by Elizabeth Corrigan (Earthbound Angels, Book 1) 222 pages
- A Stitch in Time by Kelley Armstrong (Thorne Manor, Book 1) 336 pages
- The Witches of Vegas by Mark Rosendorf (The Witches of Vegas, Book 1) (Goodreads) 272 pages
- Journey to New Salem by Mark Rosendorf (The Witches of Vegas, Book 2) (Goodreads) 294 pages
- A story with a Galaxy Term in the title for the Buzzword Readathon/Reading Challenge. To Be Determined.
Gifted by Andy Lewter: The last thing Abigail Everett thought would happen over spring break was having her perspective on the world completely shifted. Unfortunately for her, that’s exactly what happened.
Between struggling to control her newly formed abilities; coming face to face with dark and deceiving minds that seek her leadership; and learning about the existence of a mythical world she never thought possible, Abigail risks everything – the future of mankind and the safety of its people in her hands.
I received a copy of this novel in exchange for an honest review. I read the synopsis of this story and got drawn in right away. I love coming of age stories that center around new magical powers. I adore learning about a person struggling to control their abilities. I can’t wait to see what Abigail manages to accomplish in this story.
Condition Black by Stu Jones and Gareth Worthington: Evan Weyland, a scientist developing new technologies to fight cancer, sees the world through the lens of someone on the Autistic Spectrum. His guiding light is his wife, Marie – a globally recognized war correspondent. When she returns home from Syria deathly ill with an unknown disease, Evan believes his research might be able to unlock a cure. When his superiors refuse his plea for help, Evan’s single minded love for Marie drives him into taking matters into his own hands. A decision that has far greater consequences than he could have imagined.
Billy Vicki, a Captain in the Army’s Criminal Investigation Command, is a veteran that’s unable to leave the horrors of war behind him. Only his loving family and a sense of absolute justice keeps him grounded. When Billy’s unit becomes aware of a US sanctioned airstrike on a civilian settlement in Syria and a comatose reporter with an unknown illness, he fears the worst. An unethical military project thought mothballed has resurfaced and a civilian might be about in inadvertently unleash it upon the world – a mistake that could cost the lives of millions.
This is another story that I received in exchange for an honest review. While not something that I usually gravitate towards, the military and ethical conundrums in the synopsis got me curious. Exactly how bad is this disease? How far are these men willing to go? Is the life of one loved one really worth risking the life of unknown millions? The ethical philosophy major in me can’t wait to see where this story takes this age old question.
Jukebox Hero by Jason Stuart: It’s Back to the ’80’s like never before!
Things aren’t all rainbows and cupcakes at the corner of Elm and E streets. Molly Slater just wants to forget everything she can’t remember and play heavy metal with her best friend in the garage. And maybe get a date for prom if he’s not a skeeze. But someone in this ‘burb has been killing redheads, and Molly has the reddest hair of them all.
When a night of babysitting gone wrong gets her in the crosshairs of the local gang scene, Molly discovers fabulous secrets about herself. The hunted becomes the hunter as she prowls the darkness that has crept into her sleepy town. But a far more sinister force, some thing from another world, has other plans in store for her…
I received this book in exchange for an honest review. This story drew me to it because I have yet to read an 80s Mashup/Superhero story. I enjoy a good superhero story from time to time and this one seems like it’ll be right up my alley. This is a story that’s expected to be published by the end of April, so maybe it’ll be up your alley as well.
Borrowed Treasure by Jessica Tastet: Sissy Ames has been driven to succeed her entire life. On her own, she’s turned her Bittersweet Café into a success, and she’s rebuilt a friendship with her cousin Harper after years of going it alone, but her past bad judgement in trusting Hunter Wells during their relationship continues to cast shadows on the future she’s trying to build for herself.
Hunter Wells has been coasting through life, working at the family business and creating the life that his family expects for him. He’d once hoped for a different existence, but he’d been forced to move on and make do after Sissy Ames had ended their three-year relationship without an explanation.
Even in their small town, the two have managed to avoid each other, but then Hunter’s fiancée, Sissy’s nemesis, disappears after a suspicious confrontation, leaving them both looking like likely suspects. The only hope they have of clearing their names and figuring out what led to the disappearance is to find the one item that drove them apart two years ago: The Ames BORROWED TREASURE.
This is a story I’ve received in exchange for an honest review. I go through bouts of reading a lot of romance to bouts of reading almost none. While this is the only true romance novel that I have planned to read this month, it might not be the only one I get to. However, I go into this month’s reading goals by expecting it to be the sole romance read I’ll be picking up. Because of this, I look forward to seeing how the romance progresses throughout this story. If you’re looking for a new, clean romance to check out, why not give Borrowed Treasure a try?
Shadow and Bone by Leigh Bardugo: Surrounded by enemies, the once great nation of Ravka has been torn in two by the Shadow Fold, a swath of near impenetrable darkness that just so happens to be crawling with monsters who feast on human flesh. To make matters worse, Ravka’s fate now rests on the shoulders of one lonely refugee.
Alina Starkov has never been good at anything. When her regiment is attacked in the Fold and her best friend is brutally injured, Alina reveals a dormant power that saves his life. A power that could very well be the key to saving their war ravaged country.
Wrenched away from everything she’s ever known, Alina is whisked to the royal court to be trained as a member of the Grisha – the magical elite led by the mysterious Darkling. Yet nothing this lavish is as it seems. With darkness looming and an entire kingdom depending on her to succeed, Alina will have to confront the secrets of the Grisha… and her own heart.
As the Shadow and Bone series is coming to Netflix on April 23rd, I have to give these books a reread. I plan on devouring this entire trilogy – and the Six of Crows duology – in time to dive into this series. I adore reading the book/s before watching the show or movie adaptation so I want to make sure that I’ve refreshed my memory on this story before giving the show a watch. That being said, I fully understand that these will be two separate things since the show will be dealing with both series at the same time.
Siege and Storm by Leigh Bardugo: This is the second book in the series and the synopsis contains spoilers for Shadow and Bone.
Hunted across the True Sea, and haunted by the lives she took in the Fold, Alina must try to make a life with Mal in an unfamiliar land. She also needs to keep her identity as the Sun Summoner a secret. But you can only outrun your destiny for so long.
The Darkling has emerged from the Shadow Fold stronger than ever, with new and terrifying powers. His dangerous plans will test the very boundaries of the natural world. With the help of a notorious privateer, Alina returns to the country she abandoned determined to fight the forces governing Ravka. But as her powers grow, Alina slips deeper into the Darkling’s game of forbidden magic and further away from Mal. Alina is going to have to choose between her country, her power, and the love she thought would always guide her – or risk losing everything to the oncoming storm.
The second book in the trilogy that I plan on rereading. I look forward to picking this read up and seeing if my opinions on the story change at all.
Ruin and Rising by Leigh Bardugo: This is the third and final book in the series and the synopsis contains spoilers for Shadow and Bone and Siege and Storm.
The Darkling rules Ravka from his shadow throne. The nation’s fate lies with a broken Sun Summoner, a disgraced tracker, and the shattered remains of a once great magical army.
Deep in an ancient network of tunnels and caverns, a weakened Aline must submit to the dubious protection of the Apparat and the zealots who worship her as a Saint. Yet her own plans lie else where.
Alina will need to forge new alliances and put aside old rivalries as she and Mal search for the last of Morozova’s amplifiers. Yet as she begins to unravel the Darkling’s secrets, she reveals a past that will forever alter her understanding of the tie she has with the power she wields.
The third and final book in this trilogy. I look forward to rereading it and seeing if my opinions change at all.
Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo: Ketterdam: a bustling hub of international trade where anything can be had for the right price—and no one knows that better than criminal prodigy Kaz Brekker. Kaz is offered a chance at a deadly heist that could make him rich beyond his wildest dreams. But he can’t pull it off alone. . . .
Kaz’s crew is the only thing that might stand between the world and destruction—if they don’t kill each other first.
I absolutely adored this story the first time I read it. I can’t wait to reread this story and see if my opinion will change at all. I remember my first read through this duology being heart wrenching and thrilling. I look forward to it pulling emotions out of me once again.
I might be a sucker for punishment, but to me this duology is well worth it. I can’t believe I haven’t reread it sooner.
Crooked Kingdom by Leigh Bardugo: This is the second book in the series and the synopsis contains spoilers for Six of Crows.
Kaz Brekker and his crew of deadly outcasts have just pulled off a heist so daring even they didn’t think they’d survive. But instead of divvying up a fat reward, they’re right back to fighting for their lives.
Double-crossed and badly weakened, the crew is low on resources, allies, and hope. As powerful forces from around the world descend on Ketterdam to root out the secrets of the dangerous drug known as jurda parem, old rivals and new enemies emerge to challenge Kaz’s cunning and test the team’s fragile loyalties.
A war will be waged on the city’s dark and twisting streets – a battle for revenge and redemption that will decide the fate of the Grisha world.
Once again, I can’t wait to let this story tear my heart in two. I’m a glutton for punishment and I can’t wait for this story to wreak havoc on my emotions.
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.
As there was a delay with the arcs for this story, the book tour has been pushed back to April instead of taking place in March. While I’d hoped to get started on this read early – aka read it in March – that didn’t end up happening. Instead, all of my spare time was spent packing and getting ready for my move at the end of the month (of March). Now that I’m sort of settled in to my new place, I can’t wait to dive into this story.
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!
I started this read in March, but didn’t realize that me eBook library book was “expiring” and the book was going to the next person in line until it was too late. Now I’ve got to wait for the book to become available again in order to finish the read. I can tell you that I’m already enjoying this story.
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 started this book in March and am looking forward to finishing it ASAP!
A Stitch in Time by Kelley Armstrong: Thorne Manor has always been haunted… and it’s always haunted Bronwyn Dale. As a young girl, Bronwyn could slip through time in her great aunt’s house where she could visit with William Thorne, a boy her own age, born two centuries earlier. After a family tragedy, Bronwyn is convinced that William existed only in her imagination.
Now, twenty years later, Bronwyn inherits Thorne Manor and the ghosts within it. When she returns, William is waiting.
William Thorne is no longer the boy she remembers. Grown into a difficult and tempestuous man, his own life has been marred by tragedy and scandal that has him living at the manor – and his beloved moors – in self imposed exile. He’s also holding a grudge at Bronwyn for abandoning him all those years ago.
As their friendship rekindles and sparks into something more, Bronwyn must also deal with the ghosts in the present version of the house. Soon she realizes that they are linked to William and the scandal surrounding him. To build a future, Bronwyn must confront the past.
I’ll be honest, I’ve already finished this book. This was the book I chose to read for the March Buzzword of “Time”. I started it pretty late in March which wouldn’t have usually been a problem, but after the first night where I flew through half this story, I couldn’t pick the book back up until I’d finished moving… in April. Which is why this book appears here, in my April TBR, even though I’ve finished this story. I started it in March, but did not finish it. Therefore, it was a book “to be read”/finished in April.
I didn’t read the synopsis going into this story because Kelley Armstrong is my favourite author of all time. I knew that no matter what she put in this book I was going to love it. And I was right. This is a fantastic story and if you haven’t read it yet, I highly recommend that you do.
The Witches of Vegas by Mark Rosendorf:
Where can Witches and their vampire mentor practice their powers without being discovered or persecuted?
By using their magic, the Witches of Vegas become the number one act performing on the Las Vegas Strip—a great achievement for them, but not so much for the magicians—who can’t possibly keep pace.
Isis Rivera is the adopted fifteen-year old daughter of The Witches of Vegas. Zack Galloway is the teenage nephew and assistant to the last magician left in the city. Although they should be rivals, when Valeria, a four-hundred-year-old witch with a long-seeded grudge against humanity arrives in Sin-City, both teens act to bring their families together to stop the evil hag in her tracks.
But can the combined witches’ powers and the ingenuity of the magicians be enough to stop Valeria from taking over the city and possibly the world?
I received this story in exchange for an honest review. I’m glad that this book was brought to my attention because it’s got exactly what I look for in a book – magic and mayhem. I look forward to seeing what these witches are willing to do in order to protect them and theirs.
Journey to New Salem by Mark Rosendorf:
The Witches of Vegas are back, and their lives will never be the same again.
A year has passed since The Witches of Vegas saved the city from the evil Wiccan vampire, Valeria. Since then, the show has hit an all-time high. So has the romance between teen witch Isis Rivera and teenage magician, Zack Galloway.
Things couldn’t be any better for them until Isis develops seizures that cause her power to spiral out of control. Fires and earthquakes are just the beginning of the chaos caused by the misfired witchcraft. Unable to find a cure, Isis’ family journeys to New Salem, a fabled village of witches which may or may not even exist. Meanwhile, Zack ends up face to face with the only being who may have a cure…Valeria. But does he dare pay her price?
The second book in the series came out last month, and I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. While I have posted the synopsis of this story above, I have not personally read it yet. I look forward to reading the first book in the series (whose synopsis I actually have read) and seeing where the story goes from there.
Okay, I know that in my March Wrap Up I said that I wasn’t going to try and catch up on all the stories that I didn’t get to in March… but hear me out. I don’t actually expect to get through all 17 books in my TBR for this month. That’s a pretty lofty goal for anyone let alone someone who’s still unpacking from a move, trying to raise an almost 2 year old pup, and doing a mix of working from home and commuting into the office full time. I might be crazy, but I’m not certifiable.
While I would love to get all of these stories read, I think it’s safe to say that my more realistic goal is to get about 10 of them read this month. Including A Stitch in Time which I finished on April 2nd. It still counts! I plan on prioritizing the stories that I’ve received in exchange for honest review and the book tours that I’ve promised to be a part of this month, but I also hope to get to some of the other books on this list.
I’d love to know what your reading plans are for the month. Are they more realistic than mine?