Today I bring to you.. A new Top Ten Tuesday! Man I’m committing here. I’m doing so well with my 2 posts a week schedule at the moment and I’m pretty happy about it! This weeks theme is books on my Spring 2019 tbr, which is such a fun one to list! Spring is the season for moving away from dark wintery fantasies and into lighter things… in theory! Without further ado, let’s get into it.
1. Wicked Saints by Emily A. Duncan
“A girl who can speak to gods must save her people without destroying herself.
A prince in danger must decide who to trust.
A boy with a monstrous secret waits in the wings.
Together, they must assassinate the king and stop the war.
In a centuries-long war where beauty and brutality meet, their three paths entwine in a shadowy world of spilled blood and mysterious saints, where a forbidden romance threatens to tip the scales between dark and light.”
This is a new spring release, coming out on 2nd April (though UK Amazon and Waterstones are telling me 1st May, so it might take a little longer to get my hands on it.) This has been on my radar for a while, but recently Meltotheany was tweeting about wonderful it is and now I desperate need it!
2. Red Scrolls of Magic by Cassandra Clare and Wesley Chu
“All Magnus Bane wanted was a vacation—a lavish trip across Europe with Alec Lightwood, the Shadowhunter who against all odds is finally his boyfriend. But as soon as the pair settles in Paris, an old friend arrives with news about a demon-worshipping cult called the Crimson Hand that is bent on causing chaos around the world. A cult that was apparently founded by Magnus himself. Years ago. As a joke.
Now Magnus and Alec must race across Europe to track down the Crimson Hand and its elusive new leader before the cult can cause any more damage. As if it wasn’t bad enough that their romantic getaway has been sidetracked, demons are now dogging their every step, and it is becoming harder to tell friend from foe. As their quest for answers becomes increasingly dire, Magnus and Alec will have to trust each other more than ever—even if it means revealing the secrets they’ve both been keeping.”
Cassandra Clare is autobuy for me, I love the Shadowhunters world and characters so much and cannot WAIT to get more Malec in my life!
3. Radio Silence by Alice Oseman
“Frances Janvier spends most of her time studying.
Everyone knows Aled Last as that quiet boy who gets straight As.
You probably think that they are going to fall in love or something. Since he is a boy and she is a girl.
They don’t. They make a podcast.
In a world determined to shut them up, knock them down, and set them on a cookie cutter life path, Frances and Aled struggle to find their voices over the course of one life-changing year. Will they have the courage to show everyone who they really are? Or will they be met with radio silence?”
This is a recent addition to this list. After reading Heartstopper by Alice Oseman, I really wanted to pick up one of her other book and this one came highly recommended!
4. Emma by Jane Austen
“Emma Woodhouse believes herself to be an excellent matchmaker, though she herself does not plan on marrying. But as she meddles in the relationships of others, she causes confusion and misunderstandings throughout the village, and she just may be overlooking a true love of her own.”
I’ve been gradually working my way through Jane Austen’s works, and Emma is next on my list. I’ve loved her books so much and can’t wait to read more.
5. Sense and Sensibility by Jane Austen
“Marianne Dashwood wears her heart on her sleeve, and when she falls in love with the dashing but unsuitable John Willoughby she ignores her sister Elinor’s warning that her impulsive behaviour leaves her open to gossip and innuendo. Meanwhile Elinor, always sensitive to social convention, is struggling to conceal her own romantic disappointment, even from those closest to her. Through their parallel experience of love—and its threatened loss—the sisters learn that sense must mix with sensibility if they are to find personal happiness in a society where status and money govern the rules of love.”
Following the trend of my last pick, I want to try and get to a couple of classics this spring!
6. Crooked Kingdom by Leigh Bardugo
“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.”
I believe it was February that I read Six of Crows and I simply just haven’t picked up the sequel yet. I have had so much on my tbr that’s been a higher priority than this, but I hope to get to it in the next couple of months.
7. Warrior of the Wild by Tricia Levenseller
“As her father’s chosen heir, eighteen-year-old Rasmira has trained her whole life to become a warrior and lead her village. But when her coming-of-age trial is sabotaged and she fails the test, her father banishes her to the monster-filled wilderness with an impossible quest: to win back her honour, she must kill the oppressive god who claims tribute from the villages each year or die trying.”
Oh lordy, I’m really looking forward to picking this up. I’ve just ordered it on Amazon and will be adding it to my April tbr immediately. I loved Tricia Levenseller’s last series, Daughter of the Pirate King, and I’m really in the mood for some lighter romancey adventure fantasies!
8. We Are Blood and Thunder by Kesia Lupo
“In a sealed-off city, it begins with a hunt. A young woman, Lena, running for her life, convicted of being a mage and sentenced to death. Her only way to survive is to trust those she has been brought up to fear – those with magic.
On the other side of the locked gates is a masked lady, Constance, determined to find a way back in. She knows only too well how the people of Duke’s Forest loathe magic. Years ago she escaped before her powers were discovered. But now she won’t hide who she is any longer.
A powerful and terrifying storm cloud unites them. It descends over the dukedom and devastates much in its wake. But this is more than a thunderstorm. This is a spell, and the truth behind why it has been cast is more sinister than anyone can imagine … Only Lena and Constance hold the key to destroying the spell. Though neither of them realise it, they need each other. They are the blood and they have the thunder within.”
This arc was sent to me by Bloomsbury and it looks like a really interesting fantasy that I’m really intrigued by. I’m hoping I can get to this one in April or May!
9. Four Dead Queens by Astrid Scholte
“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.”
Am I mostly super excited for this one because the name reminds me of the Three Dark Crowns series which I love? Yes absolutley. BUT, it does seem like a really cool new fantasy and I can’t wait to pick it up.
10. The Gilded Wolves by Roshani Chokshi
“It’s 1889. The city is on the cusp of industry and power, and the Exposition Universelle has breathed new life into the streets and dredged up ancient secrets. Here, no one keeps tabs on dark truths better than treasure-hunter and wealthy hotelier Séverin Montagnet-Alarie. When the elite, ever-powerful Order of Babel coerces him to help them on a mission, Séverin is offered a treasure that he never imagined: his true inheritance.
To hunt down the ancient artifact the Order seeks, Séverin calls upon a band of unlikely experts: An engineer with a debt to pay. A historian banished from his home. A dancer with a sinister past. And a brother in arms if not blood.
Together, they will join Séverin as he explores the dark, glittering heart of Paris. What they find might change the course of history—but only if they can stay alive.”
This is a super pretty book that I’ve heard tons about so I’m hoping to get to this soon also!
So… I know I said Spring was the time from moving away from fantasies into lighter stuff, but predictably it looks like my next few months will be full of just that! Let me know what’s on your TBR for the spring and if you’ve read any of these yet!