I’ve decided to give Top Ten Tuesday hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl a go! I’ve been wanting to try some different things out on my blog and this seemed like a really fun way to do that, so check out my books on this list and let me know what you think!
Four Dead Queens by Astrid Scholte
Release Date: 26th February
“Seventeen-year-old Keralie Corrington may seem harmless, but she’s, in fact, one of Quadara’s most skilled thieves and a liar. Varin, on the other hand, is an honest, upstanding citizen of Quadara’s most enlightened region, Eonia. He runs afoul of Keralie when she steals a package from him, putting his life in danger. When Varin attempts to retrieve the package, he and Keralie both find themselves entangled in a conspiracy that leaves all four of Quadara’s queens dead.
With no other choices and on the run from Keralie’s former employer, the two decide to join forces, endeavoring to discover who has killed the queens and save their own lives in the process. When their reluctant partnership blooms into a tenuous romance, they must overcome their own dark secrets in hopes of a future together that seemed impossible just days before. But first they have to stay alive and untangle the secrets behind the nation’s four dead queens.”
I don’t really know much about this but it seems to have got lost for me amongst all the other fantasy releases this year and I’m not sure it stands out to me.
2. Circle of Shadows by Evelyn Skye
Release Date: 21st February
“Sora can move as silently as a ghost and hurl throwing stars with lethal accuracy. Her gemina, Daemon, can win any physical fight blindfolded and with an arm tied around his back. They are apprentice warriors of the Society of Taigas—marked by the gods to be trained in magic and the fighting arts to protect the kingdom of Kichona.
As their graduation approaches, Sora and Daemon look forward to proving themselves worthy of belonging in the elite group—but in a kingdom free of violence since the Blood Rift Rebellion many years ago, it’s been difficult to make their mark.
So when Sora and Daemon encounter a strange camp of mysterious soldiers while on a standard scouting mission, they decide the only thing to do to help their kingdom is to infiltrate the group. Taking this risk will change Sora’s life forever—and lead her on a mission of deception that may fool everyone she’s ever loved.”
This one looks interesting to me, but I’ve not really seen many people who have read it yet. I think I’ll wait to hear some more opinions before I decide whether to pick it up or not.
3. The Antidote by Shelley Sackier
Release Date: 21st March
In the world of healers, there is no room for magic.
“Fee knows this, just as certainly as she knows that her magic must be kept secret.
But the crown prince Xavi, Fee’s best friend and only source of comfort, is sick. So sick, that Fee can barely contain the magic lying dormant inside her. She could use it, just a little, to heal him. But magic comes at a deadly cost—and attracts those who would seek to snuff it out forever.
A wisp of a spell later, Fee finds herself caught in a whirl of secret motivations and dark pasts, where no one is who—or what—they appear to be. And saving her best friend means delving deeper into the tempting and treacherous world whose call she’s long resisted—uncovering a secret that will change everything.”
I was really excited for this one but I’ve only really seen average reviews so I’m now doubting whether I should bother with it, or if it’s just going to disappoint. I think I’ll wait to see more reviews appear until I decide.
4. The Truth About Keeping Secrets by Savannah Brown
Release Date: 7th March
“Sydney’s dad is the only psychiatrist for miles around their small Ohio town.
He is also unexpectedly dead.
Is Sydney crazy, or is it kind of weird that her dad – a guy whose entire job revolved around other peoples’ secrets – crashed alone, with no explanation?
And why is June Copeland, homecoming queen and the town’s golden child, at his funeral?
As the two teenagers grow closer in the wake of the accident, it’s clear that not everyone is happy about their new friendship.
But what is picture perfect June still hiding? And does Sydney even want to know?”
I’m not sure about this one. I was sent an unsolicited arc, so I feel like I should read it and it has received good reviews thus far, but I just don’t know if it appeals to me. I don’t really know if its my thing.
5. To Best The Boys by Mary Weber
Release Date: 4th April
“In a new fantasy novel from Mary Weber, bestselling author of the Storm Siren series and the Sofi Snow books, one girl makes a stand against society and enters a world made exclusively for boys. Every year for the past fifty-four years, the residents of Pinsbury Port receive a mysterious letter inviting all eligible-aged boys to compete for an esteemed scholarship to the all-male Stemwick University. Every year, the poorer residents look to see that their names are on the list. The wealthier look to see how likely their sons are to survive. And Rhen Tellur opens it to see if she can derive which substances the ink and parchment are created from, using her father’s microscope. In the province of Caldon, where women are trained in wifely duties and men are encouraged into collegiate education, sixteen-year-old Rhen Tellur wants nothing more than to become a scientist. As the poor of her seaside town fall prey to a deadly disease, she and her father work desperately to find a cure. But when her Mum succumbs to it as well? Rhen decides to take the future into her own hands-through the annual all-male scholarship competition. With her cousin, Seleni, by her side, the girls don disguises and enter Mr. Holm’s labyrinth, to best the boys and claim the scholarship prize. Except not everyone’s ready for a girl who doesn’t know her place. And not everyone survives the maze.”
I feel like I’ve seen good things about this book but it’s just not really been on my radar. I think it’s another one of those ones where I’ll see how the hype pans out and make my decision after its been released and reviewed by friends.
6. Opposite of Always by Justin A Reynolds
Release Date: 4th April
“When Jack and Kate meet at a party, he knows he’s falling – hard. Soon she’s meeting his best friends and Kate wins them over as easily as she did Jack.
But then Kate dies. And their story should end there.
Yet Kate’s death sends Jack back to the beginning, the moment they first meet, and Kate’s there again. Healthy, happy, and charming as ever. Jack isn’t sure if he’s losing his mind.
Still, if he has a chance to prevent Kate’s death, he’ll take it. Even if that means believing in time travel. However, Jack will learn that his actions are not without consequences. And when one choice turns deadly for someone else close to him, he has to figure out what he’s willing to do to save the people he loves.”
This was another solicited arc that I’m just not sure is for me. I’m not a big contemporary person and I don’t reallt do time travel stuff so I’m not sure whether to give this one a shot or not.
So there we are! I’m going to leave you with 6 because honestly, I can’t even think of any more I’m on the fence about. Usually I’m just super hyped or I’m not! If I’m not, I tend not to bother unless hype builds up after the release and I get excited about it. Hopefully you can help me make some decisions about these ones though! Please let me know if you’ve read them and what you thought or if you’re excited for any of them and why!