We are now officially 1/4 of the way through 2018…. HOW?! Time has really been flying! I don’t mind though….. we are oh so close to warm weather, green trees, flowers, sunshine, and pool weather! So close, but not quite there lol. I’m struggling a little bit with my TBR this month though. Over the last few months I had so many ARC’s to get through. I kind of liked having books set out that I had to read by a specific date. I was worried it would mess with my mood reading issues, but luckily, it went really well! This month I only have one ARC that I need to get to so it feels weird. Never thought I would say that before! But I plan to take advantage of this and get to my backlist this month! Only thing is… there are so many and I don’t know what I’ll choose! So this is kind of a rough list of the books on my backlist that are my priority.
CHILDREN OF BLOOD AND BONE by Tomi Adeyemi
I’m quite a ways into this one and LOVING it!! Her writing is just incredible and the story sucked me in immediately. I’m a little shocked that this is a debut novel because it’s absolutely stunning! And I didn’t realize until I started this book just how much I was craving a good fantasy. Review will be coming soon!
Zélie Adebola remembers when the soil of Orïsha hummed with magic. Burners ignited flames, Tiders beckoned waves, and Zelie’s Reaper mother summoned forth souls. But everything changed the night magic disappeared. Under the orders of a ruthless king, maji were targeted and killed, leaving Zélie without a mother and her people without hope.
Now, Zélie has one chance to bring back magic and strike against the monarchy. With the help of a rogue princess, Zélie must outwit and outrun the crown prince, who is hell-bent on eradicating magic for good.
Danger lurks in Orïsha, where snow leoponaires prowl and vengeful spirits wait in the waters. Yet the greatest danger may be Zélie herself as she struggles to control her powers—and her growing feelings for the enemy. Find it on Goodreads
SKY IN THE DEEP by Adrienne Young
This book isn’t set to publish until April 24th, but I may read it sooner. Ever since the ARC came in the mail (thanks again Raincoast books!) I haven’t stopped thinking about it. I’ve started at the cover on my shelf and wonder what’s inside. It feels like it has so much potential to be amazing with a strong female protagonist!
Raised to be a warrior, seventeen-year-old Eelyn fights alongside her Aska clansmen in an ancient rivalry against the Riki clan. Her life is brutal but simple: fight and survive. Until the day she sees the impossible on the battlefield—her brother, fighting with the enemy—the brother she watched die five years ago.
Faced with her brother’s betrayal, she must survive the winter in the mountains with the Riki, in a village where every neighbor is an enemy, every battle scar possibly one she delivered. But when the Riki village is raided by a ruthless clan thought to be a legend, Eelyn is even more desperate to get back to her beloved family.
She is given no choice but to trust Fiske, her brother’s friend, who sees her as a threat. They must do the impossible: unite the clans to fight together, or risk being slaughtered one by one. Driven by a love for her clan and her growing love for Fiske, Eelyn must confront her own definition of loyalty and family while daring to put her faith in the people she’s spent her life hating. Find it on Goodreads
THE MARROW THIEVES by Cherie Dimaline
This isn’t the first time this book has made its way onto a TBR list. I think that I last added it to the books I wanted to read in February. But February was NOT a good month for me AT ALL so I didn’t get to half of the things on my list. But this month I am determined! On top of the amazing things I’ve heard about this book from other bloggers and BookTubers, this book made it onto the CBC’s Canada Reads Shortlist!
In a futuristic world ravaged by global warming, people have lost the ability to dream, and the dreamlessness has led to widespread madness. The only people still able to dream are North America’s Indigenous people, and it is their marrow that holds the cure for the rest of the world. But getting the marrow, and dreams, means death for the unwilling donors. Driven to flight, a fifteen-year-old and his companions struggle for survival, attempt to reunite with loved ones and take refuge from the “recruiters” who seek them out to bring them to the marrow-stealing “factories.” Find it on Goodreads
RED RISING by Pierce Brown
IT’S HAPPENING!!! I’ve promised so many bloggers that have recommended this book to me that I would read it soon. But I kept putting it off. Well, not any more! I’ve actually had this book on my shelf for nearly 2 years…. sad, I know. But I made a bit of a deal with fellow blogger Joe from J.W. Martin – Storeys of Stories that if I read this book this month he would have to read Gemina, book 2 in the Illuminae files. So here’s holding the both of us accountable! Can’t wait to see what all the hype is about 🙂
Darrow is a Red, a member of the lowest caste in the color-coded society of the future. Like his fellow Reds, he works all day, believing that he and his people are making the surface of Mars livable for future generations. Yet he spends his life willingly, knowing that his blood and sweat will one day result in a better world for his children.
But Darrow and his kind have been betrayed. Soon he discovers that humanity already reached the surface generations ago. Vast cities and sprawling parks spread across the planet. Darrow—and Reds like him—are nothing more than slaves to a decadent ruling class.
Inspired by a longing for justice, and driven by the memory of lost love, Darrow sacrifices everything to infiltrate the legendary Institute, a proving ground for the dominant Gold caste, where the next generation of humanity’s overlords struggle for power. He will be forced to compete for his life and the very future of civilization against the best and most brutal of Society’s ruling class. There, he will stop at nothing to bring down his enemies… even if it means he has to become one of them to do so. Find it on Goodreads
ONE OF US IS LYING by Karen M McManus
And finally, the last book I plan to read this month – and it’s not a fantasy! lol This is yet another book that many fellow bloggers have recommended to me. But mystery just isn’t my cup of tea. Especially not YA mystery. But I thought that I would give it another go because you all said that it’s amazing. And it’s described as being like The Breakfast Club which is one of my all time favourite movies!! So if I don’t like it then it’s all your fault! Just kidding! (not really) LOL!
Pay close attention and you might solve this.
On Monday afternoon, five students at Bayview High walk into detention.
Bronwyn, the brain, is Yale-bound and never breaks a rule.
Addy, the beauty, is the picture-perfect homecoming princess.
Nate, the criminal, is already on probation for dealing.
Cooper, the athlete, is the all-star baseball pitcher.
And Simon, the outcast, is the creator of Bayview High’s notorious gossip app.
Only, Simon never makes it out of that classroom. Before the end of detention, Simon’s dead. And according to investigators, his death wasn’t an accident. On Monday, he died. But on Tuesday, he’d planned to post juicy reveals about all four of his high-profile classmates, which makes all four of them suspects in his murder. Or are they the perfect patsies for a killer who’s still on the loose?
Everyone has secrets, right? What really matters is how far you would go to protect them.” Find it on Goodreads
So these are the books that I plan to read this month. I kept the list a little short because I don’t want to overwhelm myself. My moods have been off this month, so I really can’t figure out what I’m in the mood to pick up. I also want to leave myself open to pick up whatever book speaks to me from my backlist – I really need to knock that down!! What books do you hope to read this month?
Until next time, happy reading!