My TBR books have been growing quite a lot during the last few months, so I decided to tackle them this year. The only New Year goal I was sure about and set straight away, was my reading goal this year. I set myself to read 50 books, just five more than last year, which shouldn’t be an issue, at least on paper.
I have been in such a reading slump last year on and off: from a period where I was reading two books in a week, to periods where I managed to read a couple of chapters every couple of days. So yeah, let’s put that behind anyway.
This February I am setting myself to read five books from my TBR. Hopefully, I will manage to stick to them.
As with any other bookworm, I buy books on a whim and leave them on the shelves. Something else came out and couldn’t keep my hands off it. Everyone gets the feeling, that we talk about books or any other thing you’re passionate about.
Some of these – should probably admit most- books have been sitting on my shelves for who knows how long, that sometimes I even forget I own them
This book was one of the ones I bought on hype because it was all over Instagram. Fairyloot was doing a special edition, one thing leads to another and I bought it. Because yes I have no refrain with books. I am quite interested in the plot, the West African folklore and the enemies to lovers trope. So hopefully, it will be as great as it has been hyped!
For Malik, the Solstasia festival is a chance to escape his war-stricken home and start a new life with his sisters in the prosperous desert city of Ziran. But when a vengeful spirit abducts Malik’s younger sister, Nadia, as payment into the city, Malik strikes a fatal deal—kill Karina, Crown Princess of Ziran, for Nadia’s freedom.
But Karina has deadly aspirations of her own. Her mother, the Sultana, has been assassinated; her court threatens mutiny; and Solstasia looms like a knife over her neck. Grief-stricken, Karina decides to resurrect her mother through ancient magic . . . requiring the beating heart of a king. And she knows just how to obtain one: by offering her hand in marriage to the victor of the Solstasia competition.
When Malik rigs his way into the contest, they are set on a course to destroy each other. But as attraction flares between them and ancient evils stir, will they be able to see their tasks to the death?
I have to admit, that I have never read anything from Bardugo. Not for lack of curiosity, I simply never picked up. It’s one of those series sitting in my TBR books list for so long and never read. As well as Six of Crows, so I wanted to catch up. I have been reading raving reviews of all her works so I am quite excited about this! I got a special edition from Fairyloot and which was too good to pass.
Surrounded by enemies, the once-great nation of Ravka has been torn in two by the Shadow Fold, a swath of near impenetrable darkness crawling with monsters who feast on human flesh. Now its fate may rest on the shoulders of one lonely refugee.
Alina Starkov has never been good at anything. But when her regiment is attacked on the Fold and her best friend is brutally injured, Alina reveals a dormant power that saves his life—a power that could be the key to setting her war-ravaged country free. Wrenched from everything she knows, Alina is whisked away to the royal court to be trained as a member of the Grisha, the magical elite led by the mysterious Darkling.
Yet nothing in this lavish world is what it seems. With darkness looming and an entire kingdom depending on her untamed power, Alina will have to confront the secrets of the Grisha . . . and the secrets of her heart.
This book was featured in the November Fairyloot box. It was already on my radar, so I was quite happy to have received it. Enemies to Lovers trope anyone? It’s a Romeo and Juliet retelling set in Shanghai in the 1920s, the latter was a detail that interested me a lot as well as the setting.
A blood feud between two gangs runs the streets red, leaving the city helpless in the grip of chaos. At the heart of it all is eighteen-year-old Juliette Cai, a former flapper who has returned to assume her role as the proud heir of the Scarlet Gang—a network of criminals far above the law. Their only rivals in power are the White Flowers, who have fought the Scarlets for generations. And behind every move is their heir, Roma Montagov, Juliette’s first love…and first betrayal.
But when gangsters on both sides show signs of instability culminating in clawing their own throats out, the people start to whisper. Of a contagion, a madness. Of a monster in the shadows. As the deaths stack up, Juliette and Roma must set their guns—and grudges—aside and work together, for if they can’t stop this mayhem, then there will be no city left for either to rule.
I received this with the November Illumicrate box. It was my first box from them and I was utterly amazed by it! I set it aside after opening the box and completely forgot about it. Though I did read the other book featured in it, so it’s a win. Anyway, a story with witches, strong women and the suffragist movement involved? Yes, please!
In 1893, there’s no such thing as witches. There used to be, in the wild, dark days before the burnings began, but now witching is nothing but tidy charms and nursery rhymes. If the modern woman wants any measure of power, she must find it at the ballot box.
But when the Eastwood sisters–James Juniper, Agnes Amaranth, and Beatrice Belladonna–join the suffragists of New Salem, they begin to pursue the forgotten words and ways that might turn the women’s movement into the witch’s movement. Stalked by shadows and sickness, hunted by forces who will not suffer a witch to vote-and perhaps not even to live-the sisters will need to delve into the oldest magics, draw new alliances, and heal the bond between them if they want to survive.
There’s no such thing as witches. But there will be.
I got this with December Illumicrate box and still sitting on the shelf. I read the other featured book “The Cousins” which was on the December Hot Off The Press. Then started something else – the story of my life. Anyway, from the plot it doesn’t sound exactly like my go-to. But with a sorority of witches hidden in plain sight? Gothic vibes and dark magic involved, when do I start?
Kappa Rho Nu isn’t your average sorority. Their parties are notorious. Their fundraisers are known for being Westerly College’s most elaborate affairs. But beneath the veil of Greek life and prestige, the sisters of Kappu Rho Nu share a secret: they’re a coven of witches. For Vivi Deveraux, being one of Kappa Rho Nu’s Ravens means getting a chance to redefine herself. For Scarlett Winters, a bonafide Raven and daughter of a legacy Raven, pledge this year means living up to her mother’s impossible expectations of becoming Kappa Rho Nu’s next president. Scarlett knows she’d be the perfect candidate — that is, if she didn’t have one human-sized skeleton in her closet…. When Vivi and Scarlett are paired as big and little for initiation, they find themselves sinking into the sinister world of blood oaths and betrayals.
So these are my five TBR books for February. Have you read any of them yet? Hopefully will get some reviews out in the next month. In the meantime, this review of ‘Becoming‘ and some more ‘Hot Off The Press’ for more reading!