April 2018 TBR

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


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

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

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

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

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!

41 Comments Add yours

  1. I really wanna read “Children of Blood and Bone” and “Sky in the Deep” but I’ll probably manage to do so during the summer holidays.
    I’m hoping to read 6 books this month: 4 of them are rereads, but I also got “An Ember in the Ashes” and I’m waiting for my anniversary FairyLoot box to arrive, so these will be my first-time reads for this month.
    Happy reading, love!

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    1. I’m not sure if this is my second response to you as my phone has been acting up today. Ember in the Ashes is soooo good! I didn’t expect to like it but I ended up LOVING it and her writing!

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      1. I can totally relate to this… My wifi had freaked out for the past couple of days!
        I’m so glad you enjoyed it! I think I’m gonna fall in love with it, too!

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        1. I responded to a ton of people and then after I shut my phone off they all popped up as new. Struggles!!

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          1. Technology can trick us sometimes, Shanah…

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  2. Ah you are reading Red Rising!!!! Can’t wait to see what you think! Knowing your reading taste I have a good feeling about this one. Yay!

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    1. Not sure if this is my second response to you because my phone is acting up. But I can’t wait to see what all the fuss is about!

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  3. J.W. Martin says:

    Oh no! It’s public knowledge! Now I really am accountable!!

    And don’t get me wrong, I WANT to read Gemina, desperately. There’s just not enough time in a day…

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    1. Sorry! I had to do this to hold myself accountable. Didn’t necessarily mean to throw you under the bus 😂

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      1. J.W. Martin says:

        You didn’t throw me under the bus… you pulled me as you were diving in front of it!

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        1. Pulling sounds much better than throwing. I’m looking for the positive aspects here! 😂

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  4. Naty says:

    Very cool choices!! I’m reading Children of Blood and Bone too!

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      1. Naty says:

        Oh, I’ll pick it up next week only!

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  5. Crystal says:

    I’m planning on reading Sky in the Deep asap! I’ve been excited about this book for a while now. ☺️

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    1. Not too many people are talking about it yet. I hope it’s great and we can create some buzz 🙂

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      1. Crystal says:

        Yes, I hope so! ☺️

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  6. TheBookHamster says:

    I have one of us is lying on my list too! 😀😀 I wonder if it will be good

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    1. I listened to a little bit of the audiobook today and it’s not half bad. But I’m not far enough to make a decision yet. Hope you love it!

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  7. Looks like a great TBR 😀

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  8. Marie says:

    Oh what a great TBR – and I’m so happy that you’re enjoying Children of Blood and Bone, can’t wait to read your review. I also heard great things about Sky in the Deep, hope you will love it 🙂 Happy reading! 🙂

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    1. Almost done with Children of Blood and Bone…. so close!!! I’ll finish it tonight or tomorrow! I’m a little sceptical of a character though and I’m hoping it doesn’t end badly. But I think it will lol

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  9. I can’t wait to see your thoughts on Red Rising!!!

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    1. I can’t wait to find out what all the hype is about!

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  10. I really enjoyed One of Us is Lying. I reviewed it on my blog months ago, but I still think about it today. It was a good mystery with an ending I wasn’t expecting. I hope you enjoy it! Children of Blood and Bone is on my TBR list! I’m glad to hear you’re enjoying it!

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    1. I started the Audiobook for One Of Us is Lying yesterday and it’s pretty good so far! But I’m not that far in yet. And I also don’t know who it could be! They all have secrets it seems!

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      1. They do! That’s what makes it so hard to solve the mystery!

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  11. I picked up Children of Blood & Bone a few weeks ago and haven’t been able to open it yet, but I’ve been drooling over the cover as it’s been sitting on my shelf! I can’t wait to read it!

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    1. As soon as you start it you won’t be able to put it down! At least that’s what happened for me 🙂

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      1. That’s a little bit of the reason I haven’t picked it up, I think! I’ve got so many other things to do!

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        1. Lol ya, nothing will get done if you start that book!

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  12. Children of Blood and Bone is on my April TBR too! I’m actually almost done with it because I CAN’T PUT IT DOWN! I’m also really excited to pick up Red Rising at some point! We’ll see when that happens…

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    1. Children of Blood and Bone does that – as soon as you start, you can’t stop! It’s such an evenly fast paced book and makes you want to keep going!


  13. hermi01 says:

    One of us is lying looks so good. I am definitely adding it to my TBR list.

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    1. I hope you enjoy it when you get around to it 🙂


  14. Andie @ Andrea's Nirvana says:

    Ooh, I really liked One Of Us Is Lying- it’s pretty good for a debut. I can’t wait to finally read Children of Blood and Bone, but it didn’t yet arrive… When it’ll get here, I’ll tear through it haha 😀
    Great post! Here’s my April TBR: https://andreasnirvana.wordpress.com/2018/04/01/april-tbr-bookish-things/

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    1. I hope your copy gets there soon!! I’m not a patient person waiting for books I’m itching to read lol

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      1. Andie @ Andrea's Nirvana says:

        Literally same, it’s such a pain!

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  15. Cindy says:

    Red rising is so amazing ah! I can’t wait to start The Sky In The Deep and yes the covers so gorgeous!

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    1. I don’t know why but it gives me vibes of the show The 100. I cant wait to read Red Rising! I’ve never heard a bad word about it 🙂

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