Death warden by C. J. Stilling (Review)

Hi everyone,

Here is my review of death warden by C. J. Stilling. Thank you so much for my copy of the book.

Links:

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Synopsis:

Be good, or the death wardens will come for you. Walls cannot stop them. Blades cannot cut them. They will track you down, and when they find you, they will steal your soul. Reen thought they were only stories meant to scare children.

Then she became one.

Divinely selected to assassinate a few for the good of the many, Reen learns to jump from shadow to shadow and claim her victims without question. For a time, she even finds a sense of family amongst the Haven Isles’ most adept killers—something she’s never had before—though none of them can protect her from the parade of victims that haunt her dreams. If only the nightmares were the worst of her problems.

Someone is hunting God’s killers, and an ancient evil has returned, slowly turning the Isles’ inhabitants into nightmarish creatures. Fighting to stay alive and protect those around her, Reen’s faith is tested as her quest for answers uncovers sinister secrets that shake the foundation of everything she believes until all that remains is the edge of her knife and the certainty that death comes for all.

Can Reen stop the evil before it spreads beyond their borders and overwhelms the world.

My thoughts:

This book started off really slow the first 100-150 pages and I was worried that I wasn’t going to like it. But after a while the story really started to pick up and once I got used to the world and the intricate details and politics I thoroughly enjoyed it. I think the fact that it jumped back and forth a lot was a little jarring but it was interesting to learn about the backstory and how the characters and world ended up in the situations that they where in.

Reen as a character was what kept me invested in the story the most. I loved seeing her grow as a character and a person throughout the story. I don’t want to spoil anything but she comes to terms with who she is and what being a death warden means. Her friends play a big part in her acceptance of herself and I loved how she tried to believe in herself the same way that they believed in her.

Whilst I loved Reen I really loved so many of the other characters within this book especially cron, erend and bastien. I stared this book only really staying for reen and stayed for all of the characters in the end and the dynamic between them and reen was great to read about. I was also really surprised by how much I enjoyed reading about her complicated dynamic between reen and Caspari even though I probably shouldn’t of liked him He was an such interesting character to read about.

I would recommend this book to any person who loves a good YA fantasy, political intrigue, romance, complicated friendships, an intriguing plot and intricate world building. Overall, I really enjoyed reading this book and I’m hoping that C. J. Stilling writes more books!

Rating: 🌟 🌟 🌟 🌟

Have you read this book? What did you think of it? Let me know in the comments below!

Thank you so much for reading!

❄️January tbr❄️

Hi everyone,

So it’s January 1st! Can you believe it? I know I can’t. So it’s time to do my January tbr and hopefully another successful reading year.

I have 15 books on this list and have some extras in mind but I am not going to put them on here as they are only for when/ if I complete said 15 books.

I am also taking part in the ‘Get sh*t done readathon’ which not only sounds like fun but an incredibly appropriate title am I right?😂 This readathon runs for the whole month of January so from the 1st- 31st and is basically all about catching up on the books you wanted to read but haven’t yet. The challenges for that are as follows:

1. Read a book from a subscription box.

2. Read a book that has been on your tbr the longest.

3. Read a classic you have been meaning to get to.

4. Read a book that you put down.

5. Start or finish a series.

6. Read a book for review or a gift.

There is also a bonus prompt which is to read a book that fits 3 challenges. Since I want to start the year with a bang I decided to do all 6 challenges.

So for prompt one to read a book from a subscription box I decided to wait until my other two books from the sub box’s have arrived so I don’t actually know what I will be reading for this prompt yet🤦‍♀️.

For prompt two which is to read a book that has been on your tbr the longest and for this I decided to bend the rules a bit and have gone for a book that has been on my ebook tbr the longest😆 and that is:

I was a teenage ghost hunter by Brian Henry

I should of read this book during the Halloween month because that would be more appropriate but once again I am late with everything. I’m intrigued by the synopsis of this one and am excited to have a light read on this tbr because… there is a lot of books on here😂.

For the third prompt (to read a classic) I didn’t know what to read because I have pretty much read all the classics that I am interested in reading but there is a book that is loosely based on jane Austen styled books coming in my January book box club box so I decided to bend the rules a bit again and go for that one. Unfortunately I don’t know what it is yet😂.

The fourth prompt which was to read a book that I put down, I also went for an ebook and that is:

Monsters of music by Rebecca F. Kenney

I started reading this a couple of months ago but then had so much other stuff to read I completely forgot about it. Luckily I wasn’t that far in so I think I will just start it again. This is a phantom of the opera retelling and also gender-bent? I can’t remember if that is correct so don’t quote me on it but I am pretty sure.

For the fifth prompt (to start and finish a series) I decided to go for:

The grey bastards by Jonathon french

I have been meaning to get to this series forever. I have heard great things about it and I really want to read if for myself to see what all the fuss is about.

And for the sixth and final prompt (read a book for review or a gift) I decided to go with:

Truth hurts by Rebecca Reid

I am reading this book in January anyway for the blog tour so I thought I might as well use it for the prompt. I have been trying to get back into mystery and thrillers recently and this one sounds like a really food read so I couldn’t say no to it (even though I have so many books to read already not to mention reveiw😂).

Right now on to the rest of the books on my tbr!

Ebooks;

Angel avenger by Tim wickenden

So I decided to kick of january by reading some of my long outstanding ebook/review books because there are a lot and I don’t like it as it’s getting me down (don’t as me why). This is also a thriller and another one that has really caught my eye. I really hope I like this one!

Flame guardian by Kristin can dissighan

I don’t know much about this one because I was sent it for review so long ago that I have totally forgot. I might go into it blind I don’t know yet. It must of been intriguing though otherwise I wouldn’t of said yes? Let’s hope so hehe.

Esme’s wish by Elizabeth Foster

This one isn’t an outstanding book for review, it’s actually one of the new ones I was sent (by that I mean a month andddd a bit😂, which is early for me). This is an MG and I have heard it is a mystery with magic and loads of other things and I couldn’t wait so I am going to read it now.

Mrs p’s book of dares by Lorna Grey

I wanted to have this reviewed during the month of December but I misjudged how busy December would be and that never happened🙈 but I’m hoping to have this up for review sometime (hopefully early January) in January.

Physical:

Sky in the deep by Adrienne Young

I have heard great things about this one also. It’s been a long time since I have read anything Viking related and I’ve never read anything by Adrienne Young so I’m interested to see whether I like her writing style.

Serpent and dove by Shelby Mahurin

I read about 110 pages of this book in October and put it down because of a reading slump and then didn’t pick it up after. I really want to read this now because not only was it good but if I don’t read it now then I am going to forget a lot of what I have already read. Should I go back and reread the beginning? I don’t know 🤔

The left hand of god by Paul Hoffman

I still have no idea what this book is about but I am intrigued by the cover and have heard great things about Paul Hoffman’s writing and books so I’m hoping that I like it also.

I believe in a thing called love by Maurene Goo

I think this is the only contemporary/ romance on this tbr. I have been meaning to read this for a while (I have been saying that about this book for over a year🤦‍♀️). Maurene goo is a great contemporary author in my opinion and I’m hoping that I like this one as much as I liked somewhere only we know!

Shadow of the hangman by Edward Marston

I am a huge fan of Edward Marston’s books especially his railway detective series. I read book two of this series (you don’t have to read them in order) last year and really enjoyed it so I am thinking of reading the whole series in order and I’m quite excited for it.

I am really pushing myself with this tbr and I apologise for the amount of times I say ‘ I’m excited to read this’ I just am excited to read them😆🙈😂.

What are you all reading during the month of January? Are any of you participating in the get shit done readathon? Let me know in the comments.

Thank you so much for reading!

❄️2019 A Year in Books! Book tag❄️

Hi everyone,

I saw this tag over on someone’s blog and I can’t remember who but I thought it looked really fun so decided to do it also. I love book tags. I love these types of tags because you can reflect on the books that you have read this year and remember some favourites and generally look at an overview of your reading year.

So let’s get into the questions:

What is the first book you read in 2019?

The first book I read this year which I actually started at the end of 2018 was ‘twelve days of Christmas’ by Trisha Ashley. It is one of my favourite reads of the year.

What was your most anticipated 2019 release?

There were so many great books that came out this year but if I had to pick a few I would say: Ninth house by Leigh Bardugo, The dragon republic by R. F. Kuang and The beautiful by Renee Ahdieh all three of which I still have not read🤦‍♀️😂.

What 2019 debut where you most looking forward to?

There where some really great debuts this year but my two most anticipated debuts where Blood heir by Amelie wen zhao and Serpent and dove by Shelby Mahurin both of which I also haven’t read🤦‍♀️ you will sense a theme going on here!😂

Did you read any new genres this year?

This is the first time I have read Speculative fiction and I was really surprised by how much I enjoyed the genre. I have always read sci fi but this year I read a lot more than usual and found that it is now a favourite genre of mine to read.

Discover any new authors that you loved?

I have discovered so many new authors this year and some amazing new favourites including

Christina Henry

R. F. Kuang

Taylor Jenkins Reid

Trisha Ashley

Asia Mackay

Amanda Foody

Tricia Levenseller

Tessa Dare

Michael K. Hill

What was your top rated book of the year?

My absolute top rated book of the year was The poppy war by R. F. Kuang. This book was just so much more than I was expecting and I loved it!!! I really want to read the Dragon Republic soon!

What was your lowest rated book of the year?

My lowest rated book of the year was Seeker by Arwen Elys Dayton. I was really sad I don’t like this book but it just wasn’t for me.

Did you DNF any books this year? What where they?

I don’t usually DNF books but this year I DNF’d more books because I had so many other books to read that I was excited about reading so I decided to DNF but only after I have read over 100 pages to make sure it isn’t for me. The three main books I DNF’d this year where Mageborn by Stephen Aryan, Poison princess by kresley Cole and An ember in the ashes by Sabaa Tahir. I think I might reread mageborn though because I read this book during a reading slump and it probably wasn’t the best book to read at that time. As for an ember in the ashes I have attempted to read this book many times now and I just can’t get into it.

Did you set a reading goal on goodreads this year? Where you able to reach it?

Yes, I always set reading goals on goodreads because I like having something to aim for. My reading goal was set to 90 books but i reached that goal in July so I made it 120 and I reached that too so I raised it again to 160 and I reached that yesterday (30th). I know that you can keep updating your goal even after you surpass it but if I don’t have anything to aim for I find that I become quite lazy with my reading and in the middle of June that’s not good so I always extend my goal.

Are you going to set a reading goal for this year? How big is your goal?

This year I am going to set my reading goal as 100 books and try to teach that first, it’s sort of like milestones to me😂. But if I am going to push myself I would want to achieve more than this years so more than 160.

What was your favourite book you read this year?

Hmmm… my favourite book that I read this year. I found some amazing new favourites this year and I cannot pick one so I decided to go for three and they are The Poppy War by R. F. Kuang, killing it by Asia Mackay and Ace of shades by Amanda Foody.

What there any books you read that you were disappointed with?

I was disappointed with a few books this year as I said in my disappointing reads of the year post but if I had to pick one that I was most disappointed with was king of fools by Amanda Foody because I was so so excited to this book and it just wasn’t as good as I expected it to be. It was a a 4 star book so it wasn’t bad it just wasn’t as good as I thought it was going to be.

Was there any books you read that exceeded your expectations?

There are two books that really did exceed my expectations this year and they are Daisy jones and the six by Taylor Jenkins Reid and Alice by Christina Henry. I was not expecting to like daisy jones and the six at all even though I like 70/80s rock bands but I was so surprised by this book. I was also worried about the formatting but it didn’t bother me at all and I was able to read this so fast. I would reread DJATS again! Alice was another great read that I wouldn’t expect to like even though I liked Alice in wonderland. The twisted dark way that Christians Henry turns these stories on their heads is so amazing and I loved it.

What was your least favourite book that you read this year?

There are two that spring to mind for this question and they are Seeker by Arwen Elys Dayton and Circle of shadows by Evelyn Skye. Seeker has been on my tbr for years and I just decided to pick it up because it was just time but I was so bored and it just wasn’t for me. Circle of shadows was a book I was really excited for this year and it let me down. Even though I read it on audiobook I still found it hard to get through and didn’t have any desire to pick it up.

Is there any books you wanted to read this year but didn’t?

There are so many books that I wanted to read this year. A few of them would be Ninth house by Leigh Bardugo, The ten thousand doors of January by Alix E. Harrow and There will come a darkness by Katy Rose Pool. All of these are new releases and I am sad that I didn’t get to them all but there are all on my tbr for this year!

Was there any books you wished you hadn’t read this year?

There are three books that I wish I hadn’t read in 2020 which were Revolution by Jennifer Donnelly, Circle of shadows by Evelyn Skye and Open road summer by Emery Lord. All these of these books are books I wished I hadn’t bothered finishing. I’m not going to say ‘wish I hadn’t reads’ because I firmly believe all books deserve a chance but I do wish that I would of DNF’d the ones I finished because it just wasn’t worth it.

What was the last book you read this year?

The last book that I read this year was one New York Christmas by Mandy baggot and it was one of the best Christmassy books that I have read.

What was the last book you bought this year?

The last book that I bought this year was actually two books because I bought them at the same time and they were throne of swans by Katharine Corr which was a preorder for January 9th and under a dancing star by Laura Wood, I am excited to read both of these.

I am not going to tag anyone. But anyone who wants to do this tag, do it! It’s really fun!

What are some of your favourite books of the year? Are there any books you wished you had not read at all? Let me know in the comments below!

Thank you so much for reading!

❄️WWW Wednesday (January 1st)❄️

Hi everyone,

WWW Wednesday is a weekly meme originally hosted by daily rhythm but was revived by Samantha @Taking on a world of words.

All you have to do is answer the following questions:

What are you currently reading?

What have you recently read?

What do are you planning on reading next?

(Pictures link to goodreads).

Currently reading:

Death warden by C. J. Stilling

Mrs P’s book of dares by Lorna Grey

Recently read:

Daughter of the siren queen by Tricia Levenseller

Rating: 🌟 🌟 🌟 🌟 💫

One New York Christmas by Mandy Baggot

Rating: 🌟 🌟 🌟 🌟

Planning on reading next:

I was a teenage ghost hunter by Brian Henry

Shadow of the hangman by Edward Marston

Sky in the deep by Adrienne Young

Flame guardian by Kristin Van Risseghem

Thank you so much for reading!

🎄December wrap up🎄

Hi everyone,

Today I am going to be talking about the books I have read in December, which is more than I thought I had read. I read 9 books during the month of December and considering I was in a huge reading slump I am quite pleased with that.

The majority of the books on this list are Christmas books because that is basically what I read in December (and sometimes even in January😁). My reading was a bit all over the place this month, apart from the Christmas books I read a MG/YA book, a sci fi, a fantasy and a romance🤷‍♀️ (reading slumps are the reason I discovered new genres😂). Anywayyyy let’s get into the books i read in the month of December!

The way you make me feel by Maurene goo

I have talked about this book in other posts but this book did disappoint me, I was expecting more and i didn’t get it. But I still enjoyed the overall story and Maurene Goo’s writing. I’m still going to be picking up more books by her.

Rating: 🌟 🌟 🌟.75

Something to tell you by David Edwards

This book was really unique and completely different to anything I have read before. Speculative fiction is not something I usually read or a genre I reach for but I was really intrigued by this book and its premise. I have a review for this book which can be found Here.

Rating: 🌟 🌟 🌟.75

Devils apprentice by Kenneth B. Anderson

This book was really enjoyable and is the ideal book (in my opinion) for getting you out of a reading slump. I was in a slump for at least a week during December and I wish I would of read this book sooner. The sassy cat was the best, I am a lover of sassy cats in books for some reason and I wish there was more of them😂. I have a review for this book also which can be found Here.

Rating: 🌟 🌟 🌟 🌟 🌟

A Christmas cracker by Trisha Ashley

I love Trisha Ashley’s writing style and books. I read twelve days of Christmas by her at the end of 2018 and really enjoyed it and I decided then that it would be a book I reread every year. So I reread it this year and still loved it, gave it five stars and I can’t recommend it enough. Which is why I had such high hopes when I went into this book. I was disappointed by it a lot because I had such high expectations and I don’t think I would read this one again. It wasn’t bad but it just didn’t live up to my expectations.

Rating: 🌟 🌟 🌟

One Christmas star by Mandy baggot

I had never heard of Mandy Baggot at all until I was researching some really good Christmassy recommendations and came across her name. So this was my first Mandy Baggot book and I was really impressed by how much I love her writing style and her characters. It is not a book I would reread like twelve days of Christmas but it certainly is a great read!

Rating: 🌟 🌟 🌟 🌟

10 blind dates by Ashley peston

Ashley Peston is another author I have not of heard of before. This book was very hyped op so I was nervous about reading it but I really enjoyed it. It was a fun, witty and cute YA read that I thought was perfect for my Christmassy mood.

Rating: 🌟 🌟 🌟 🌟

Faking under the mistletoe by Ashley shepherd

I downloaded this ok kindle unlimited because I didn’t know what I was in the mood to read next so I thought I would try something not on my tbr. This is your office romance read that I probably wouldn’t read any other time of year but was the perfect Christmassy book at least for me.

Rating: 🌟 🌟 🌟 🌟

One New York Christmas by Mandy Baggot

This is my second Mandy Baggot read and I was so anxious because I hadn’t had much luck with second books I picked up by the same author but I liked this one more than the first Mandy Baggot book I read. I love New York City and Mandy Baggot has a great way of writing that makes you feel like you are there and feeling like I am in New York during the Christmas time was just the perfect setting.

Rating: 🌟 🌟 🌟 🌟

Daughter of the siren queen by Tricia Levenseller

I loved daughter of the pirate king when I read it earlier this year… last year… 2019, what do I call it?😂 You would not think it if you saw how long it took me to read this book (nearly the whole month of December) but I actually enjoyed it. I was reading it and it was getting really good and then my slump hit and it sat there for over a week unread😢. I really like the duology and am excited to read more by Tricia Levenseller. She has a book called The shadow between us which comes out February 25th and I can’t wait to read it because it sounds sooo good!

Rating: 🌟 🌟 🌟 🌟 💫

Those are all the books I read during the month of December. It has been quite a good reading month despite my slump and I have read some really great books.

Have you read any of these? What did you think of them? What did you read this month? Let me know in the comments down below!

Thank you so much for reading!

❄️Anticipated 2020 Releases❄️

Hi everyone,

Today I am going to be talking about the books/ new releases that I am excited about for next year, which is so close now I can’t believe it. I didn’t realise how many of them there were until I put them all in this list and there are 24. This list includes new releases, sequels I am excited for and conclusions in series that I am anticipating.

*These release dates are UK release dates so the release dates may be earlier/ later in other countries. Yes

*Also if any of these books are second or onward books in series, the synopsis will be of the first book!

Nameless Queen- Rebecca McLaughlin

Release date: January 7th

One girl must make a name for herself–or die trying –in this royal fantasy where an unknown peasant becomes the ultimate ruler. But how long can she keep the crown if everyone wants her dead? Perfect for fans of Furyborn, Red Queen, and Everless.

Everyone expected the king’s daughter would inherit the throne. No one expected me. 

It shouldn’t even be possible. I’m Nameless, a class of citizens so disrespected, we don’t even get names. Heck, dozens of us have been going missing for months and no one seems to care.

But there’s no denying the tattoo emblazoned on my arm. I am queen. In a palace where the corridors are more dangerous the streets, though, how could I possibly rule? And what will become of the Nameless if I don’t?

Orion lost- Alastair Chisholm

Release date: January 9th

After a catastrophic Unknown Event leaves the colony ship Orion stranded deep in space, it’s up to thirteen-year-old Beth and her friends to navigate through treacherous and uncharted territory and reach safety. But a heavily damaged ship, a mysterious alien species, space pirates, and an Artificial Intelligence which Beth suspects may be lying to her mean that getting home has never been so difficult.

Hugely gripping, with incredible twists and a fast-paced, action-packed story, this is an unputdownable science fiction adventure – perfect for fans of Mortal Engines and Star Wars.

A throne of swans- Katherine and Elizabeth Corr

Release date: January 9th

In a world where the flightless are ruled by those who can fly…

When her father dies just before her birthday, seventeen-year-old Aderyn inherits the role of Protector of Atratys, a dominion in a kingdom where nobles are able to transform at will into the bird that represents their family bloodline. Aderyn’s ancestral bird is a swan. But she has not transformed for years, not since witnessing the death of her mother – ripped apart by hawks that have supposedly been extinct since the long-ago War of the Raptors. 

With the benevolent shelter of her mother and her father now lost, Aderyn is at the mercy of her brutal uncle, the King, and his royal court. Driven by revenge and love, she must venture into the malevolent heart of the Citadel in order to seek the truth about the attack that so nearly destroyed her, to fight for the only home she has ever known and for the land she has vowed to protect.

Written in rich detail and evocative language, this is the start of an irresistible, soaring duology about courage, broken loyalties and fighting for your place in the world.

The shadow saints- Gareth Hanrahan

Release date: January 9th

A group of three young thieves are pulled into a centuries old magical war between ancient beings, mages, and humanity in this wildly original debut epic fantasy.

The city has always been. The city must finally end.

When three thieves – an orphan, a ghoul, and a cursed man – are betrayed by the master of the thieves guild, their quest for revenge uncovers dark truths about their city and exposes a dangerous conspiracy, the seeds of which were sown long before they were born.

Cari is a drifter whose past and future are darker than she can know.

Rat is a Ghoul, whose people haunt the city’s underworld.

Spar is a Stone Man, subject to a terrible disease that is slowly petrifying his flesh.

Chance has brought them together, but their friendship could be all that stands in the way of total armageddon.

This is the second book to the gutter prayer (don’t worry there are no spoilers, this is the gutter prayer synopsis).

One of us is next- Karen M. McManus

Release date: January 9th

The Breakfast Club meets Pretty Little Liars, One of Us Is Lying is the story of what happens when five strangers walk into detention and only four walk out alive. Everyone is a suspect, and everyone has something to hide. 

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.

The queens assassin- Melissa De La Cruz

Release date: February 4th

Perfect for fans of Sarah J. Maas and Red Queen, this is the first novel in a sweeping YA fantasy-romance duet about a deadly assassin, his mysterious apprentice, and the country they are sworn to protect from #1 NYT bestselling author Melissa de la Cruz.

Caledon Holt is the Kingdom of Renovia’s deadliest weapon. No one alive can best him in brawn or brains, which is why he’s the Guild’s most dangerous member and the Queen’s one and only assassin. He’s also bound to the Queen by an impossible vow–to find the missing Deian Scrolls, the fount of all magical history and knowledge, stolen years ago by a nefarious sect called the Aphrasians.

Shadow has been training all her life to follow in the footsteps of her mother and aunts–to become skilled enough to join the ranks of the Guild. Though magic has been forbidden since the Aphrasian uprising, Shadow has been learning to control her powers in secret, hoping that one day she’ll become an assassin as feared and revered as Caledon Holt.

When a surprise attack brings Shadow and Cal together, they’re forced to team up as assassin and apprentice to hunt down a new sinister threat to Renovia. But as Cal and Shadow grow closer, they’ll uncover a shocking web of lies and secrets that may destroy everything they hold dear. With war on the horizon and true love at risk, they’ll stop at nothing to protect each other and their kingdom in this stunning first novel in the Queen’s Secret series.

Ember queen- Laura Sebastian

Release date: February 4th

Theodosia was six when her country was invaded and her mother, the Fire Queen, was murdered before her eyes. On that day, the Kaiser took Theodosia’s family, her land, and her name. Theo was crowned Ash Princess–a title of shame to bear in her new life as a prisoner.

For ten years Theo has been a captive in her own palace. She’s endured the relentless abuse and ridicule of the Kaiser and his court. She is powerless, surviving in her new world only by burying the girl she was deep inside.

Then, one night, the Kaiser forces her to do the unthinkable. With blood on her hands and all hope of reclaiming her throne lost, she realizes that surviving is no longer enough. But she does have a weapon: her mind is sharper than any sword. And power isn’t always won on the battlefield.

For ten years, the Ash Princess has seen her land pillaged and her people enslaved. That all ends here.

Hollowpox- Jessica Townsend

Release date: February 6th

A cursed girl escapes death and finds herself in a magical world – but is then tested beyond her wildest imagination

Morrigan Crow is cursed. Having been born on Eventide, the unluckiest day for any child to be born, she’s blamed for all local misfortunes, from hailstorms to heart attacks–and, worst of all, the curse means that Morrigan is doomed to die at midnight on her eleventh birthday.

But as Morrigan awaits her fate, a strange and remarkable man named Jupiter North appears. Chased by black-smoke hounds and shadowy hunters on horseback, he whisks her away into the safety of a secret, magical city called Nevermoor.

It’s then that Morrigan discovers Jupiter has chosen her to contend for a place in the city’s most prestigious organization: the Wundrous Society. In order to join, she must compete in four difficult and dangerous trials against hundreds of other children, each boasting an extraordinary talent that sets them apart – an extraordinary talent that Morrigan insists she does not have. To stay in the safety of Nevermoor for good, Morrigan will need to find a way to pass the tests – or she’ll have to leave the city to confront her deadly fate.

Of curses and kisses- sandhya menon

Release date: February 18th

Will the princess save the beast?

For Princess Jaya Rao, nothing is more important than family. When the loathsome Emerson clan steps up their centuries-old feud to target Jaya’s little sister, nothing will keep Jaya from exacting her revenge. Then Jaya finds out she’ll be attending the same elite boarding school as Grey Emerson, and it feels like the opportunity of a lifetime. She knows what she must do: Make Grey fall in love with her and break his heart. But much to Jaya’s annoyance, Grey’s brooding demeanor and lupine blue eyes have drawn her in. There’s simply no way she and her sworn enemy could find their fairy-tale ending…right?

His Lordship Grey Emerson is a misanthrope. Thanks to an ancient curse by a Rao matriarch, Grey knows he’s doomed once he turns eighteen. Sequestered away in the mountains at St. Rosetta’s International Academy, he’s lived an isolated existence—until Jaya Rao bursts into his life, but he can’t shake the feeling that she’s hiding something. Something that might just have to do with the rose-shaped ruby pendant around her neck…

As the stars conspire to keep them apart, Jaya and Grey grapple with questions of love, loyalty, and whether it’s possible to write your own happy ending.

Orphans of the tide- Struan Murray

Release date: February 20th

A breathtaking middle grade debut for fans of Brightstormand His Dark Materials.

The City was built on a sharp mountain that jutted improbably from the sea, and the sea kept trying to claim it back. That grey morning, once the tide had retreated, a whale was found on a rooftop.

When a mysterious boy washes in with the tide, the citizens believe he’s the Enemy – the god who drowned the world – come again to cause untold chaos.

Only Ellie, a fearless young inventor living in a workshop crammed with curiosities, believes he’s innocent.

But the Enemy can take possession of any human body and the ruthless Inquisition are determined to destroy it forever.

To save the boy, Ellie must prove who he really is – even if that means revealing her own dangerous secret

Sword of fire- Katherine Kerr

Release date: February 20th

The celebrated DEVERRY series is an epic fantasy rooted in Celtic mythology that intricately interweaves human and elven history over several hundred years

The bards are the people’s voice – and their sword.

All over the kingdom of Deverry, the common people are demanding a change that will wrest power from the landed aristocracy: reform of the corrupt law courts. In the city of Aberwyn, the situation catches fire when the authorities allow the death of a bard from a hunger strike rather than hear the people’s protest.
But things haven’t always been this way.
Alyssa, a student and protégé of the bard who gave his life, discovers evidence that may overthrow the system that keeps her people downtrodden – in an ancient tome hidden far away. Though there are powerful lords who will kill anyone who threatens their privileges, and the road is full of the unknown – dragons, royalty, secrets and more –  Alyssa volunteers to make the dangerous journey and bring back the text.
A chance encounter with a rough but handsome stranger, a riot in the streets and Alyssa charges into her mission whether she’s ready or not.
 The time has come to burn away injustice.
This first novel of an epic fantasy trilogy introduces new readers to the beloved and bestselling world of Deverry while delighting fans of Kerr. A tale of uprising and empowerment that blends magic, politics, and adventure in an unforgettable setting.

The kingdom of back- Marie Lu

Release date: March 3rd

Two siblings. Two brilliant talents. But only one Mozart. 

Born with a gift for music, Nannerl Mozart has just one wish—to be remembered forever. But even as she delights audiences with her masterful playing, she has little hope she’ll ever become the acclaimed composer she longs to be. She is a young woman in 18th century Europe, and that means composing is forbidden to her. She will perform only until she reaches a marriageable age—her tyrannical father has made that much clear.

And as Nannerl’s hope grows dimmer with each passing year, the talents of her beloved younger brother, Wolfgang, only seem to shine brighter. His brilliance begins to eclipse her own, until one day a mysterious stranger from a magical land appears with an irresistible offer. He has the power to make her wish come true—but his help may cost her everything.

Hold back the tide- Melinda Salisbury

Release date: March 5th

Everyone knows what happened to Alva’s mother, all those years ago. But when dark forces begin to stir in Ormscaula, Alva has to face a very different future – and question everything she thought she knew about her past…

Unsettling, sharply beautiful and thought-provoking, HOLD BACK THE TIDE is the new novel from Melinda Salisbury, bestselling author of The Sin Eater’s Daughter trilogy.

Time of our lives- Emily Wibberley

Release date: April 21st

A boy desperate to hold on, a girl ready to let go.

Fitz Holton waits in fear for the day his single mother’s early-onset Alzheimer’s starts stealing her memory. He’s vowed to stay close to home to care for her in the years to come–never mind the ridiculous college tour she’s forcing him on to visit schools where he knows he’ll never go. Juniper Ramirez is counting down the days until she can leave home, a home crowded with five younger siblings and zero privacy. Against the wishes of her tight-knit family, Juniper plans her own college tour of the East Coast with one goal: get out.

When Fitz and Juniper cross paths on their first college tour in Boston, they’re at odds from the moment they meet– while Juniper’s dying to start a new life apart for her family, Fitz faces the sacrifices he must make for his. Their relationship sparks a deep connection–in each other’s eyes, they glimpse alternate possibilities regarding the first big decision of their adult lives. 

Time of Our Lives is a story of home and away, of the wonder and weight of memory, of outgrowing fears and growing into the future.

The girl and the stars- Mark Lawrence

Release date: April 30th

In the ice, east of the Black Rock, there is a hole into which broken children are thrown.

On Abeth the vastness of the ice holds no room for individuals. Survival together is barely possible. No one survives alone.

To resist the cold, to endure the months of night when even the air itself begins to freeze, requires a special breed. Variation is dangerous, difference is fatal. And Yaz is not the same.

Yaz is torn from the only life she’s ever known, away from her family, from the boy she thought she would spend her days with, and has to carve out a new path for herself in a world whose existence she never suspected. A world full of difference and mystery and danger.

Yaz learns that Abeth is older and stranger than she had ever imagined. She learns that her weaknesses are another kind of strength. And she learns to challenge the cruel arithmetic of survival that has always governed her people.

Only when it’s darkest you can see the stars.

Aurora burning- Jay Kristoff

Release date: May 5th

The year is 2380, and the graduating cadets of Aurora Academy are being assigned their first missions. Star pupil Tyler Jones is ready to recruit the squad of his dreams, but his own boneheaded heroism sees him stuck with the dregs nobody else in the Academy would touch…

A cocky diplomat with a black belt in sarcasm
A sociopath scientist with a fondness for shooting her bunkmates
A smart-ass techwiz with the galaxy’s biggest chip on his shoulder
An alien warrior with anger management issues
A tomboy pilot who’s totally not into him, in case you were wondering

And Ty’s squad isn’t even his biggest problem—that’d be Aurora Jie-Lin O’Malley, the girl he’s just rescued from interdimensional space. Trapped in cryo-sleep for two centuries, Auri is a girl out of time and out of her depth. But she could be the catalyst that starts a war millions of years in the making, and Tyler’s squad of losers, discipline-cases and misfits might just be the last hope for the entire galaxy.

The betrothed by Kiera Cass

Release date: May 14th

When King Jameson declares his love for Lady Hollis Brite, Hollis is shocked—and thrilled. After all, she’s grown up at Keresken Castle, vying for the king’s attention alongside other daughters of the nobility. Capturing his heart is a dream come true.

But Hollis soon realizes that falling in love with a king and being crowned queen may not be the happily ever after she thought it would be. And when she meets a commoner with the mysterious power to see right into her heart, she finds that the future she really wants is one that she never thought to imagine.

My calamity Jane- Cynthia hand

Release date: June 2nd

Welcome to 1876 and a rootin’-tootin’ America bursting with gunslingers, outlaws, and garou.

JANE (a genuine hero-eene)

Calamity’s her name, and garou hunting’s her game—when she’s not starring in Wild Bill’s Traveling Show, that is. She reckons that if a girl wants to be a legend, she should just go ahead and be one.

FRANK (*wolf whistle*)
Frank “the Pistol Prince” Butler is the Wild West’s #1 bachelor. He’s also the best sharpshooter on
both sides of the Mississippi, but he’s about to meet his match. . . .

ANNIE (get your gun!)
Annie Oakley (yep, that Annie) is lookin’ for a job, not a romance, but she can’t deny there’s something about Frank she likes. Really likes. Still, she’s pretty sure that anything he can do,
she can do better.

A HAIRY SITUATION
After a garou hunt goes south and Jane finds a suspicious-like bite on her arm, she turns tail for Deadwood, where there’s been talk of a garou cure. But things ain’t always what they seem—meaning the gang better hightail it after her before they’re a day late and a Jane short.

The damned- Renee Ahdieh (sequel the beautiful)

Release date: June 9th

In 1872, New Orleans is a city ruled by the dead. But to seventeen-year-old Celine Rousseau, New Orleans provides her a refuge after she’s forced to flee her life as a dressmaker in Paris. Taken in by the sisters of the Ursuline convent along with six other girls, Celine quickly becomes enamored with the vibrant city from the music to the food to the soirées and—especially—to the danger. She soon becomes embroiled in the city’s glitzy underworld, known as La Cour des Lions, after catching the eye of the group’s leader, the enigmatic Sébastien Saint Germain. When the body of one of the girls from the convent is found in the lair of La Cour des Lions, Celine battles her attraction to him and suspicions about Sébastien’s guilt along with the shame of her own horrible secret.

When more bodies are discovered, each crime more gruesome than the last, Celine and New Orleans become gripped by the terror of a serial killer on the loose—one Celine is sure has set her in his sights . . . and who may even be the young man who has stolen her heart. As the murders continue to go unsolved, Celine takes matters into her own hands and soon uncovers something even more shocking: an age-old feud from the darkest creatures of the underworld reveals a truth about Celine she always suspected simmered just beneath the surface.

Star daughter- Shveta Thakrar

Release date: August 11th

The daughter of a star and a mortal, Sheetal is used to keeping secrets. But when a flare of starfire injures her human father, Sheetal needs a full star’s help to heal him. A star like her mother, who returned to the sky long ago.

Sheetal’s quest will take her to a celestial court of shining wonders and dark shadows, where she must act as her family’s champion in a competition to decide the next ruling house of the heavens—or risk never returning to Earth at all.

Straight on till morning- liz Braswell

Release date: November 21st

What if Wendy first traveled to Neverland… with Captain Hook?

Sixteen-year-old Wendy Darling’s life is not what she imagined it would be. The doldrums of an empty house after her brothers have gone to school, the dull parties where everyone thinks she talks too much, and the fact that her parents have decided to send her away to Ireland as a governess-it all makes her wish things could be different.

Wendy’s only real escape is in writing down tales of Never Land. After nearly meeting her hero, Peter Pan, four years earlier, she still holds on to the childhood hope that his magical home truly exists. She also holds on to his shadow.

So when an opportunity to travel to Never Land via pirate ship presents itself, Wendy makes a deal with the devil. But Never Land isn’t quite the place she imagined it would be. Unexpected dangers and strange foes pop up at every turn, and a little pixie named Tinker Bell seems less than willing to help.

But when Captain Hook reveals some rather permanent and evil plans for Never Land, it’s up to the two of them to save Peter Pan-and his world.

Blood & Honey by Shelby Mahurin

Release date: (no date yet)

Kingdom of the wicked by Kerri Maniscalco

Set in 19th century Italy, this YA fantasy follows a witch seeking answers in the murder of her beloved sister, and the demon prince who is tasked with finding a bride for his master.

Release date: (estimated fall 2020)

Six of crows- Leigh bardugo (book 3)

Release date: (no release yet)

There are soooo many amazing releases coming out this year! This is a list of some of my main most anticipated releases but there are so many more that I have my eye on also. I want to read everything!😂

What are your most anticipated 2020 releases? Let me know in the comments down below!

Thank you so much for reading!

❄️Top 20 books I want to read in 2020!❄️

Hi everyone,

So today I am going to be talking about the books I really want to get to some time during the year of 2020😂.

This first half/ 10 books on this list is basically a ‘the books I didn’t get to in 2019’ post but I didn’t want to call it that because it would highlight my failure at reading😁 so I decided to call it ‘ books I want to read in 2020’ instead. Then the last 10 are actual books I want to get to in 2020 (whether it be new releases or gifts etc).

This is going to be my guide that I come back to at the end of the year to see if I actually finish all of them… no pressure😬😁.

Ok so here are the top 10 books I want to read in 2020 that I didn’t get to in 2019!

Serpent and dove by Shelby Mahurin

I don’t know what I will do if I don’t finish this is 2020. In fact I should finish it in January as it is on my tbr.

Ninth house by Leigh Bardugo

Leigh Bardugo is a go to author and I don’t know why I haven’t read this yet. Well I think the main reason i have been putting that is book off is the long list of trigger warnings but I really want to read it so… 2020 is the year!😁

The ten thousand doors of January by Alix E. Harrow

I have heard such good things about this book and I can’t wait to get to it. There is no book better than a book in a book!

The beautiful by Renee Ahdieh

I don’t even have an excuse for why I haven’t read this one yet. I will get to it in 2020… maybe if I say it often enough it will actually happen🤣.

Vicious by V. E. Schwab

Every WWW Wednesday post I have made since the beginning of this blog has featured this book always on planning on reading next’ and I never did. I just need to read this book now, no more excuses.

One dark throne by Kendare Blake

Three dark crowns as a book I read earlier on this year and really enjoyed. I then started this one and never finished it so once again 2020 is the year. Actually I am planning (more like hoping) to finish the whole series in 2020!

Malice by John Gwynne

This is probably the oldest book on my owned tbr and I need to get to it. I am so intimidated by the size of it and that’s why I haven’t picked it up yet but I really want to see what all the fuss is about so I want to read it soon.

Nevermoor by Jessica Townsend

Book 3 of the trials of Morrigan crow series comes out in 2020 and I’m hoping to binge the whole series (unless there is more of them and then can obviously only read books 1-3). I love MG books and nevermoor is one I have heard great things about.

Aurora rising by Jay kristoff

Aurora burning comes out in 2020 and I really want to read this book before then (I think it comes out in May so I better hurry up). Cyborgs and spacenothing more to sayI should of read this by now.

The nursery by Asia Mackay

Killing it by Asia Mackay was a book I read in January of 2019 and didn’t even know that there was a second book until someone pointed it out to me ( I can’t remember who it was now but whoever you were you are the best). I am so glad killing it has a sequel because it was such a great read and I can’t wait to get to it.

Top 10 books I want to read in 2020!

Blood heir by Amelie wen zhao

This was one of my most anticipated releases of 2019 and yet I still haven’t read it. I am so hyped for this book and I think that is what is worrying me.

Half a king by Joe Abercrombie

I am hoping to start both of Joe Abercrombie series in 2020 but i am only going to put this one on the list for now. This cover is gorgeous!

Elantris by Brandon Sanderson

It’s about time i read something Sanderson so I am starting from the very first published book! I’m really hoping that I like this.

The lies of Locke lamora by Scott Lynch

The fact that this has been compared to six of crows has me so excited to start this series and the fourth and final book comes out this year so I can try and read all of them this year🤞.

Throne of swans by Katharine Corr

I have this book preordered, I am so ready to read this. I have read so many reviews for this book and it’s sounds even better than I initially thought and I can’t wait to pick it up.

The dragon republic by R. F. Kuang

The poppy war is probably one of, if not, my favourite book of 2019! I have heard there is a cliffhanger at the end of this book which has me slightly worried because Kuang isn’t afraid to kill of characters😬.

The bear and the nightingale by Catherine Arden

Throughout 2019 this series has been so hyped and I have been seeing it everywhere. It sounds like such a magical and wintery read so I am hoping to get to it before the end of winter but I’m not sure how likely that will be😆.

In the shadow of the sun by EM Castellan

This is a fantasy romance set in 17th century Versailles! I love period novels, especially if it includes romance and to top it off this book also has magic!!😱 I am so excited for this book, you have no idea! March is so far away!😂

Anna K by Jenny lee

This book reminds me a lot of crazy rich Asians series by Kevin Kwan and if it is anything like that then I can’t wait!

Red rising by Pierce Brown

Another book that has been on my tbr a very long time and I just need to read this series already!

Narrowing down this list to just 10 was really difficult. There are so many books that I want to get to in 2020 and so many other things that I still need to read also. I am so excited for all of these books. That being said, none of these books are on my January tbr🤦‍♀️😆.

What are some books you really want to get to in 2020? Let me know in the comments below!

Thank you so much for reading!