It’s been a while since I put in writing the books that I’ve picked up. While I haven’t gone as crazy as I have in the past with buying books, it’s been a couple of months so I’ve definitely added to my collection. Thankfully, I’ve read more books than I picked up so my TBR list is shrinking instead of growing.
Without further ado, here are the books that I’ve picked up over the last couple of months:
- To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee (To Kill a Mockingbird, Book 1) – both as a physical copy and an AudioBook
- The Plastic Magician by Charlie N. Holmberg (The Paper Magician, Book 4)
- Don’t Rush Me by Jackie May (Nora Jacobs, Book 1)
- Ash Princess by Laura Sebastian (Ash Princess Trilogy, Book 1)
- Sadie by Courtney Summers
- The Darkest Powers Trilogy, 3 Book Bundle by Kelley Armstrong (The Darkest Powers, Books 1-3)
- The Networking Series Complete Collection by Katie Cross (Network, Books 1-4)
- Flame by Katie Cross (The Dragonmaster Trilogy, Book 1)
- Ruby Red by Kerstin Gier (Precious Stone Trilogy, Book 1)
- Wolf’s Bane by Kelley Armstrong (Otherworld Young Adult, Book 1)
- Flashback by Shannon Messenger (Keeper of the Lost Cities, Book 7)
- The Queen of Nothing by Holly Black (The Folk of the Air, Book 3)
- The Ronan Scrolls by Katie Cross (Dragonmaster Trilogy, Book 0.5)
To Kill a Mockingbird: In case you haven’t heard of this book before now, this is the tale of Jean Louise “Scout” Finch growing up in a small rural town in Southern America. It revolves around the “crisis of conscience” that strikes the town, the roots of human behaviour, and the way the world is different through the eyes of a child.
My reason for picking up this classic was threefold. Firstly, I got an audiobook version of To Kill a Mockingbird so that I could listen to this amazing tale while driving around running errands during Thanksgiving weekend since I had access to my father’s car. I have to admit, Sissy Spacek did an amazing job with bringing this story to life through her narration. Secondly, the copy of the story I’d borrowed from my friend got damaged (the corner of the cover got bent) due to the reckless driving of one of my friend’s. The book was safely tucked away in my backpack but my friend’s driving resulted in my bag being flung back and forth along the back seat for a couple hours. I’m glad that that’s the extent of the damage, but I still needed to replace my friend’s copy of the book as I wasn’t going to return a book in a worse condition than I’d borrowed it. And finally, after reading this amazing story I just had to have my own copy of the book. Now I can reread the book whenever I was and can even loan it out to people should I ever stumble across someone like myself who hasn’t yet read the book for one reason or another.
Wolf’s Bane: *Spoilers for Women of the Otherworld series* Elena and Clay’s twins, Kate and Logan Danvers, are shipped off to a supernatural youth leadership conference during the summer when they’re 16. What happens when teen supernaturals get together, bringing along their prejudices and superiority complexes? We’re about to find out how to teenage werewolves deal with it.
I can’t say enough how excited I am to be able to read another story in the world I love so much. While it’s true Wolf’s Bane was previously released as a serialized novel in 2018, I had yet to pick it up. Being able to add this book to my collection of Kelley Armstrong’s works is going to be so satisfying.
Flashback: The 7th book in the Keeper of the Lost Cities series, there’s not much I can say about this book. Heck, I haven’t even gotten this far in the series to be able to spoil things for people. What I can tell you is that this world is full of magic and mystery, of love and heartbreak. Sophie grew up knowing she was a telepath and realizing that she couldn’t tell anyone about it. However, one day the mysterious Fitz shows up and tells her there’s a place she’d fit in – a place she’s always belonged. With the emergence of Fitz and his truth, Sophie’s life is forever changed.
I have to admit, I waited until the paperback version of this book came out so that it would match the rest of my collection. Don’t get me wrong, I still plan on devouring the series ASAP from where I left off, but I didn’t see the point in getting the 7th book in a series with a cover that doesn’t match the rest. Does this mean I won’t be picking up Legacy right away? Sure does. Does that mean I’ll never finish the series? Absolutely not! As of right now I can hold off on picking up Legacy, but who knows what kind of cliffhanger Flashback will have. Perhaps I’ll change my mind and get Legacy in a hardcover… only time will tell.
The Plastic Magician: A Paper Magician Novel: This is the fourth book in the The Paper Magician series. While it might seem weird that I picked up the 4th book in a series without owning having read the first 3, Audible was having a deal where you could get 2 of their specific selection of titles for 1 credit. The Paper Magician itself sounded interesting – being bound to a specific kind of magic for life – so I figured I’d pick up this title while I could.
Don’t Rush Me: This is the second book I got during Audible’s 2-for-1 deal. Give me magic, mystery, and a seedy underbelly of society, and I’m excited for whatever the read might be. In this story, Nora Jacobs must rely on her unique psychic abilities to navigate the underworld in order to follow the will of the city’s most powerful vampire. When Nora finds herself unable to tell friend from foe, her biggest goal might be as simple as staying alive.
Ash Princess: As an Audible member, I love getting to use my credits to pick up titles I’m interested in but don’t think I’ll get around to picking up a physical copy of in the near future. This just so happens to be one of those titles. When Theodosia’s life gets turned upside down – her family murdered and her crown taken from her – she gets dubbed the Ash Princess, a title of shame that lauds her as a prisoner. When Theo is forced to do the unthinkable, she realizes that simply staying alive isn’t enough. Finally, Theo has the will to stand up for herself and her people.
Sadie: As this book was written as a serial podcast, I thought it only fitting to pick it up in the form of an audiobook. When Sadie’s sister Mattie is found dead, Sadie’s world comes crumbling down around her and she hits the road trying to solve the murder. West McCray, a radio personality, hears Sadie’s story at a local gas station and becomes obsessed with finding the missing girl and trying to find her before it’s too late.
The Queen of Nothing: Living as the exiled mortal Queen of Faerie, Jude feels powerless is reeling from Cardan’s betrayal. Biding her time until she can take back everything he stole from her, Jude finds her way back into the treacherous Faerie Court when her twin sister, Taryn, finds her mortal life in peril. Facing her lingering feelings for Cardan, Jude must slip into a world on the brink of war and determine what she cherishes most – her ambition or her humanity.
After falling in love with this series back in April, I can’t wait to read what I can only assume is a thrilling conclusion to the trilogy. Not only am I in love with the characters and world of this story, the plot itself has its hooks in me. I’m not lying when I say I can’t wait to devour this read.
The Darkest Powers Trilogy, 3 Book Bundle: Chloe Saunders thought her life was as normal as it could be considering her mother was dead and her father traveled for work all the time. However, one day Chloe starts seeing ghosts and freaks out. Sent to a home for “troubled teens”, Chloe soon finds out that the other kids might have secrets, too. The real question is who can she trust with hers?
So turns out my sister never had this series like I thought and I’d actually borrowed the books from a friend in high school… As I’d borrowed the first book, The Summoning, from the library but they don’t have the rest of the trilogy in stock, and my friend no longer lives in the same town as me making it difficult to zip over to borrow books, I decided I’d pick up an eBook version of the series. This way I could finish the series at my leisure but not have to put off reading it until I could borrow a book from someone. Besides, I know that now that I own a copy of the books I’m likely to reread them more often.
The Networking Series Complete Collection: Never underestimate the power of a determined witch. Bianca Monroe begins this series by getting into Miss Mabel’s School for Girls in order to confront Miss Mabel – the witch responsible for the curse placed on Bianca’s family. However, things aren’t as easy as she expected them. Will Bianca be able to confront Miss Mabel or will the witch continue to have the upper hand?
Shortly after reading Miss Mabel’s School for Girls I knew I had to continue with the series. Sure, I didn’t pick the second book up right away, but that hasn’t stopped me from loving everything I’ve read up to this point. Reading Miss Mabel’s School for Girls helped me find a new author that I absolutely adore.
Flame: Dragon servants Sanna and Isadora’s village life is about to change forever. Will the sisters be able to prevent everything they know from falling apart? Or do they allow everything they know to break apart and pave the way to a newer, better future?
The first book in Cross’ The Dragonmaster Trilogy, I had to pick this book up when I found out she was releasing The Ronan Scrolls in December. You’d better believe I’m looking forward to reading everything that Cross has ever written!
Ruby Red: Gwen knew of her family’s peculiar history – a gene that allows the female line to travel through time. However, the gene supposedly skipped Gwen, allowing her to lead a seemingly normal life. When she suddenly starts making uncontrolled leaps to the past, Gwen realizes just how unprepared she is for the ability she suddenly finds herself with.
Back in high school, I borrowed this book from a friend of mine and remember loving it. However, other than knowing that the story involves time travel of some sort I don’t remember anything that happens in this story. When I stumbled across the title in the Kobo bookstore, I just had to pick it up.
The Ronan Scrolls: This story follows Ronan as he tries to find out more about his brother’s mysterious illness – to try and discover how his “illness” allowed him to see into the future, the very thing that ended up being his undoing. A companion novel to the Dragomaster Trilogy, this story gives the reader a wider understanding of the world of Antebellum and how things aren’t always as they seem.
I was blessed enough to be given the chance to read and review this story for its release date (December 18th, 2019). For all of my thoughts on this story, check out the review that I’ll be posting bright and early (for my time, at least) December 18th.