February 2022 TBR

Goooood morning/after/evening/whatever time it is when you read this. As an effort to keep on track of things, which I’ve clearly been failing at already, I’m going to keep this post short and straight to the point.

I don’t have many plans this month aside from finishing my move, so without further ado here are the books I hope to get to in the month of February.

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**For anyone who’s here for the first time, I’ve organized the books by Physical Books, eBooks, AudioBooks, Kindle Unlimited, 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: 7


Books to Read:

  1. This Fallen Prey by Kelley Armstrong ((Rockton, Book 3) 359 Pages
  2. Watcher in the Woods by Kelley Armstrong (Rockton, Book 4) 368 Pages
  3. The Guinevere Deception by Kiersten White (Camelot Rising, Book 1) 352 Pages
  4. For Steam and Country by Jon Del Arroz (Adventures of Baron Von Monocle, Book 1) 279 Pages
  5. Bluebeard and the Outlaw by Tara Grayce (A Villain’s Ever After, Book 3) 190 pages
  6. The Beast and the Enchantress by Camille Peters (A Villain’s Ever After, Book 1) 198 pages
  7. Lore by Alexandra Bracken (Goodreads) 480 pages

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This Fallen Prey by Kelley Armstrong:

In This Fallen Prey, the next installment of New York Times bestselling author Kelley Armstrong’s thriller series, Casey Duncan is about to face her toughest job as police detective in Rockton yet. When Casey first arrived at the off-the-grid town, an isolated community built as a haven for people running from their pasts, she had no idea what to expect, with no cell phones, no internet, no mail, and no way of getting in or out without the town councils approval. She certainly didn’t expect to be the homicide detective on two separate cases or to begin a romantic relationship with her boss. But the very last thing she expected was for the council to drop a dangerous criminal into their midst without a plan to keep him imprisoned and to keep others safe. Of course, Oliver Brady claims he’s being set up. But the longer Brady stays in town, the more things start to go wrong. When evidence comes to light that someone inside Rockton might be working as his accomplice, helping him to escape, Casey races to figure out who exactly Brady is and what crimes he’s truly responsible for committing. In the next page-turning entry in Kelley Armstrong’s gripping series, life in Rockton is about to get even more dangerous.

Okay, so I haven’t flown through this story as fast as I thought I would….

Disclaimer: I have already started reading this story.

By the time this post comes out, I’ll be roughly halfway through the story already. Just like every read through of this story, I’m absolutely adoring the story. The characters feel real and the crimes horrific. Being in Casey’s mind makes the clues seem easy to spot… even when they’re not.

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Watcher in the Woods by Kelley Armstrong:

The secret town of Rockton has seen some rocky times lately; understandable considering its mix of criminals and victims fleeing society for refuge within its Yukon borders. Casey Duncan, the town’s only detective on a police force of three, has already faced murder, arson and falling in love in less than the year that she’s lived there. Yet even she didn’t think it would be possible for an outsider to find and cause trouble in the town she’s come to call home.

When a US Marshal shows up in town demanding the release of one of the residents, Casey and her boyfriend, Sheriff Dalton, are skeptical. And yet only hours later, the marshal is shot dead and the only visible suspects are the townspeople and her estranged sister, in town for just the weekend. It’s up to Casey to figure out who murdered the marshal, and why they would kill to keep him quiet.

I might not have made my January goal of getting this far in the series, but I’m positive I can get at least this far by the end of February. It might be a shorter month, but I trust myself. Plus I’ll have a lot of time to listen to AudioBooks while I unpack.

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The Guinevere Deception by Kiersten White:

A new fantasy series set in the world of Camelot that bestselling author Christina Lauren calls brilliant, reimagining the Arthurian legend . . . where nothing is as magical and terrifying as a girl.

Princess Guinevere has come to Camelot to wed a stranger: the charismatic King Arthur. With magic clawing at the kingdom’s borders, the great wizard Merlin conjured a solution–send in Guinevere to be Arthur’s wife . . . and his protector from those who want to see the young king’s idyllic city fail. The catch? Guinevere’s real name–and her true identity–is a secret. She is a changeling, a girl who has given up everything to protect Camelot.

To keep Arthur safe, Guinevere must navigate a court in which the old–including Arthur’s own family–demand things continue as they have been, and the new–those drawn by the dream of Camelot–fight for a better way to live. And always, in the green hearts of forests and the black depths of lakes, magic lies in wait to reclaim the land.

Deadly jousts, duplicitous knights, and forbidden romances are nothing compared to the greatest threat of all: the girl with the long black hair, riding on horseback through the dark woods toward Arthur. Because when your whole existence is a lie, how can you trust even yourself?

Disclaimer: I have already started reading this story.

I’m about halfway done this book already and I adore it. I have this to be my “lunchtime reading at work” book, and while I’ve been slacking on it the last couple of weeks, I know I’ll get it done before the end of the month. I don’t have enough left in the book for it to take me more than four weeks to get through.

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For Steam and Country by Jon Del Arroz:

Her father’s been pronounced dead. Destructive earthquakes ravage the countryside. An invading army looms over the horizon. And Zaira’s day is just getting started…

Abandoned at an early age, Zaira von Monocle found life as the daughter of a great adventurer to be filled with hard work and difficulty. She quickly learned to rely on only herself. But when a messenger brought news that her father was dead and that she was the heir to his airship, her world turned upside down.

Zaira soon finds herself trapped in the midst of a war between her home country of Rislandia and the cruel Wyranth Empire, whose soldiers are acting peculiarly—almost inhuman. With the enemy army advancing, her newfound ship’s crew may be the only ones who can save the kingdom.

Disclaimer: I have already started reading this story.

While the characters themselves might have ridiculous names, overall I’ve enjoyed what I’ve read so far. Here’s hoping that the rest of the book is as good as what I’ve already read and I’ve found myself a new Steampunk series to adore.

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Bluebeard and the Outlaw by Tara Grayce:

Marriage: the ultimate heist.

Robin of the Wood spends her days robbing from the rich to feed the poor. But she and her merry band of brothers never seem to get anywhere. The more she steals, the more the evil Lord Guy “Bluebeard” taxes the villagers.

When Robin discovers that Lord Guy plans to marry yet again, she conceives a plan for a final, big score. As Guy’s wife, she will have access to his wealth. The lord is notorious for killing his wives shortly after he marries them, but Robin has no plans to be dead wife number four.

The only problem is that Lord Guy is devastatingly handsome, brooding, and nothing at all what she expected. If she isn’t careful, she might just find that he steals her heart before she can rob his riches.

Bluebeard and the Outlaw is one of twelve short novels in A Villain’s Ever After, a collection of stand-alone stories featuring villainous twists on some of your favorite classic fairy tales. Read the series in any order for magical adventures . . . and fall in love with villains as you’ve never seen them before. Who said villains can’t have happily-ever-afters?

Disclaimer: I have already started reading this story.

By the time this post comes out, I’ll have almost finished this story. It’s not a long one, I just didn’t start it until the 31st and thus it couldn’t make it into my January Wrap Up. I’m enjoying the twisted version of the Bluebeard and Robinhood stories. I already expect to read more of this series before too long.

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The Beast and the Enchantress by Camille Peters:

If there’s one thing Astrid, an aspiring enchantress with budding magical powers, has learned throughout her studies, it’s that magic must only be used for good. But when an egocentric prince breaks her sister’s heart, Astrid’s only focus is revenge, and what better way to enact it than with a well-chosen curse?

A simple incantation is all it takes to transform the arrogant prince’s appearance to match the state of his heart. But something goes wrong, causing the spell to affect not only the prince, but its caster as well. As the curse begins to change her appearance to reflect the state of her own vengeful heart, Astrid becomes desperate to break it at all costs, even if it means entering the castle in disguise and interacting with the prince she loathes.

To her surprise, Astrid encounters not a conceited prince, but one very different from the one she cursed. She soon finds her heart softening, but not in the way she expects—she’s losing it to the cursed prince she has vowed to hate. The closer they become, the more desperate Astrid is to free the prince, and herself, from the curse. But in so doing, she may lose the man she loves forever.

For how could a prince ever love the woman who turned him into a beast?

The Beast and the Enchantress is one of twelve short novels in A Villain’s Ever After, a collection of stand-alone stories featuring villainous twists on some of your favorite classic fairy tales. Read the series in any order for magical adventures . . . and fall in love with villains as you’ve never seen them before. Who said villains can’t have happily-ever-afters?

I’ve enjoyed what I’ve read so far in this collection of short stories, so I’d like to read more. I’ve found more and more recently I’m enjoying collections of stories by different authors. It seems like I’ve gotten into the habit of reading from the same couple of authors again and again, so it’ll be nice to widen my reading pool a little bit.

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Lore by Alexandra Bracken:

Every seven years, the Agon begins. As punishment for a past rebellion, nine Greek gods are forced to walk the earth as mortals, hunted by the descendants of ancient bloodlines, all eager to kill a god and seize their divine power and immortality.
Long ago, Lore Perseous fled that brutal world in the wake of her family’s sadistic murder by a rival line, turning her back on the hunt’s promises of eternal glory. For years she’s pushed away any thought of revenge against the man–now a god–responsible for their deaths.

Yet as the next hunt dawns over New York City, two participants seek out her help: Castor, a childhood friend of Lore believed long dead, and a gravely wounded Athena, among the last of the original gods.

The goddess offers an alliance against their mutual enemy and, at last, a way for Lore to leave the Agon behind forever. But Lore’s decision to bind her fate to Athena’s and rejoin the hunt will come at a deadly cost–and still may not be enough to stop the rise of a new god with the power to bring humanity to its knees.

This book has been physically on my TBR for a white now, practically since the day it came out. It’s such a beautiful cover I couldn’t help but yearn for it even before it had been released. Yet like so many of the books I’ve picked up, I keep putting off picking it up. But that stops now!

I hope…

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As usual, I might not get through all of these stories and I’ll most certainly read stories that aren’t on this list. Yet as I sit here writing this post, these are the stories that I’m most looking forward to picking up this month. At least this very moment.

I’d love to hear what your plans for the month are.

As always, happy reading!

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