Hello fellow book lovers! Hope you’re all doing just great. Just a little update – yesterday, my mom and I went to the Philippine Consulate to apply for our Dual Citizenship. I am now a Filipino citizen again! The process was fairly easy, but it was the waiting that absolutely frustrated me. Just sitting there and waiting forever… and ever. I mean I did bring my kindle and a book, but there were so much noise and I was hungry (you couldn’t eat or drink inside) that I couldn’t get into reading at all. I was so happy when we were finally done and I could get my grub on. Hungry me is not pretty.
Now, let’s get back to my scheduled weekly TTT. Top Ten Tuesday was created by The Broke and the Bookish in June of 2010 and has been moved to That Artsy Reader Girl since January 16, 2018. It was born of a love of lists, a love of books, and a desire to bring bookish friends together.
This week’s topic is Books on My Spring TBR. My To Be Read List will probably never end. Almost every single day, I find books I want to read and just add and add and add. I do plan and set some monthly reading goals, but something always happens that prevents me from being triumphant. So, let’s see how many of these I actually get to. Since I participate in blog tours quite a lot, I won’t be including those books here. I will however include some Netgalley books I really need to read. Wish me luck!!! I’m definitely going to need it.
Furyborn (The Empirium Trilogy #1) by Claire Legrand
Follows two fiercely independent young women, centuries apart, who hold the power to save their world…or doom it.
When assassins ambush her best friend, the crown prince, Rielle Dardenne risks everything to save him, exposing her ability to perform all seven kinds of elemental magic. The only people who should possess this extraordinary power are a pair of prophesied queens: a queen of light and salvation and a queen of blood and destruction. To prove she is the Sun Queen, Rielle must endure seven trials to test her magic. If she fails, she will be executed…unless the trials kill her first.
A thousand years later, the legend of Queen Rielle is a mere fairy tale to bounty hunter Eliana Ferracora. When the Undying Empire conquered her kingdom, she embraced violence to keep her family alive. Now, she believes herself untouchable–until her mother vanishes without a trace, along with countless other women in their city. To find her, Eliana joins a rebel captain on a dangerous mission and discovers that the evil at the heart of the empire is more terrible than she ever imagined.
As Rielle and Eliana fight in a cosmic war that spans millennia, their stories intersect, and the shocking connections between them ultimately determine the fate of their world–and of each other.
I was so freaking happy when I was approved for this on Netgalley. This is one of my most anticipated reads this year and I’m incredibly excited to get to it. I mean just read the synopsis — it sounds so thrilling, epic and just an amazingly fun book to read.
Rebel Heir by Vi Keeland and Penelope Ward
How to kick off a great summer in the Hamptons:
Snag a gorgeous rental on the beach. Check.
Get a job at a trendy summer haunt. Check.
How to screw up a great summer in the Hamptons:
Fall for the one guy with a dark leather jacket, scruff on his face, and intense eyes that doesn’t fit in with the rest of the tony looking crowd. A guy you can’t have when you’ll be leaving at the end of the season.
Check. Check. Check.
I should add—especially when the guy is your sexy, tattooed God of a boss. Especially when he not only owns your place of employment but inherited half of the town. Especially when he’s mean to you.
Or so I thought.
Until one night when he demanded I get in his car so he could drive me home because he didn’t want me walking in the dark.
That was sort of how it all started with Rush.And then little by little, some of the walls of this hardass man started to come down. I never expected that the two of us, seemingly opposites from the outside, would grow so close. I wasn’t supposed to fall for the rebel heir, especially when he made it clear he didn’t want to cross the line with me. As the temperature turned cooler, the nights became hotter. My summer became a lot more interesting—and complicated.
All good things must come to an end, right? Except our ending was one I didn’t see coming.
Just the cover alone is making me feel all kinds of swoons already. CANNOT wait to devour this sexy read!
To Kill a Kingdom by Alexandra Christo
Princess Lira is siren royalty and the most lethal of them all. With the hearts of seventeen princes in her collection, she is revered across the sea. Until a twist of fate forces her to kill one of her own. To punish her daughter, the Sea Queen transforms Lira into the one thing they loathe most—a human. Robbed of her song, Lira has until the winter solstice to deliver Prince Elian’s heart to the Sea Queen or remain a human forever.
The ocean is the only place Prince Elian calls home, even though he is heir to the most powerful kingdom in the world. Hunting sirens is more than an unsavory hobby—it’s his calling. When he rescues a drowning woman in the ocean, she’s more than what she appears. She promises to help him find the key to destroying all of sirenkind for good—But can he trust her? And just how many deals will Elian have to barter to eliminate mankind’s greatest enemy?
Fairytale retelling — definitely sign me up! This book has everything I love in fantasy stories – awesome cover art, thrilling premise, interesting MCs –prince killer and siren killer — whoa! and romance… I’m definitely sensing an amazingly swoony and forbidden romance. Sounds absolutely exhilarating and I cannot wait to get a copy!
Restore Me by Tahereh Mafi
Juliette Ferrars thought she’d won. She took over Sector 45, was named the new Supreme Commander, and now has Warner by her side. But she’s still the girl with the ability to kill with a single touch—and now she’s got the whole world in the palm of her hand. When tragedy hits, who will she become? Will she be able to control the power she wields and use it for good?
Of course I have this beauty on here. I really want to read this before Yallwest on May 4-5, 2018 so I can get my book signed and tell Tahereh Mafi how much I love her books. I’ve already met her once before and she’s so sweet and nice! Just need to finish like 10 or so books before I can dive into this. No biggie right?!?
Always Never Yours by Emily Wibberley and Austin Siegemund-Broka
Megan Harper is the girl before. All her exes find their one true love right after dating her. It’s not a curse or anything, it’s just the way things are, and Megan refuses to waste time feeling sorry for herself. Instead, she focuses on pursuing her next fling, directing theatre, and fulfilling her dream school’s acting requirement in the smallest role possible.
But her plans quickly crumble when she’s cast as none other than Juliet–yes, that Juliet–in her high school’s production. It’s a nightmare. No–a disaster. Megan’s not an actress and she’s certainly not a Juliet. Then she meets Owen Okita, an aspiring playwright who agrees to help Megan catch the eye of a sexy stagehand in exchange for help writing his new script.
Between rehearsals and contending with her divided family, Megan begins to notice Owen–thoughtful, unconventional, and utterly unlike her exes, and wonders: shouldn’t a girl get to play the lead in her own love story?
I am extremely excited for this book to be released. I actually have this listed on my Top Ten Books I’m Looking Forward to Reading in 2018. The premise seems really fun and super swoony. Plus, I sort of had a similar experience in high school. I felt that every time I broke things off with a guy, they always became a better boyfriend to someone else. This will certainly be an interesting read.
Traveler by S.E. Anderson
Sally’s search for Earth isn’t off to a good start: chased out of her hotel room and into the broom closet of a spaceship, she’s accidentally become a stowaway on the Alliance Flagship, Traveler.
But when sabotage and murder show the crew’s true colors, Zander and Blayde are forced to stay and help them out of their mess. Lies, drama, and deceit lead them light years away to a mysterious planet on the edge of the galaxy, where the crew must band together just to stay alive. Which would be much easier if they didn’t have to deal with a diva first-mate, a droid with a religious obsession, and Blayde’s Ex whose brain is a spaceship.
Finding Earth has to be put on the back burner, as Sally’s stuck tending alien boo-boos – and she still has no idea what she’s doing. And she might live long enough to get off the planet in one piece.
I absolutely love this series! It’s hilarious, intriguing and just so much fun. I just got my ARC copy this past weekend so I can’t wait to travel back into this mesmerizing world.
Bookish Boyfriends by Tiffany Schmidt
Merrilee Campbell, 16, thinks boys are better in books, chivalry is dead, and there’d be nothing more romantic than having just one guy woo her like the heroes in classic stories. She’s about to get the chance to test these daydreams when she, her best friend, Eliza, and her younger sister, Rory, transfer into Reginald R. Hero High, where all their fantasies come true—often with surprising consequences.
Well, this book just sounds so darn adorable and cute. I surely have plenty of Bookish Boyfriends. I even created a weekly segment, Swoony Saturdates, where I gush and rave about all my favorite book boyfriends so I’m really hoping this will be a cutesy and fun read.
Ash Princess by Laura Sebastian
Theodosia was six when her country was invaded and her mother, the Queen of Flame and Fury, was murdered before her eyes. Ten years later, Theo has learned to survive under the relentless abuse of the Kaiser and his court as the ridiculed “Ash Princess.” Pretending to be empty-headed and naive when she’s not enduring brutal whippings, she pushes down all other thoughts but one: Keep the Kaiser happy and he will keep you safe.
When the Kaiser forces her to execute her last hope of rescue, Theo can’t keep her feelings and memories pushed down any longer. She vows revenge, throwing herself into a plot to seduce and murder the Kaiser’s warrior son with the help of a group of magically gifted and volatile rebels. But Theo doesn’t expect to develop feelings for the Prinz. Or for her rebel allies to challenge her friendship with the one person who’s been kind to her throughout the last hopeless decade: her heart’s sister, Cress.
Cornered into impossible choices and unable to trust even those who are on her side, Theo will have to decide how far she’s willing to go to save her people and how much of herself she’s willing to sacrifice to become queen.
The premise has me totally psyched for this book! Revenge, seduction, and an unexpected romance with the enemy — doesn’t get any better than that. It comes out my birthday month too so I know that’s definitely one of the things I’ll be gifting myself.
Always and Forever Lara Jean by Jenny Han
Lara Jean is having the best senior year. And there’s still so much to look forward to: a class trip to New York City, prom with her boyfriend Peter, Beach Week after graduation, and her dad’s wedding to Ms. Rothschild. Then she’ll be off to college with Peter, at a school close enough for her to come home and bake chocolate chip cookies on the weekends.
Life couldn’t be more perfect!
At least, that’s what Lara Jean thinks…until she gets some unexpected news.
Now the girl who dreads change must rethink all her plans—but when your heart and your head are saying two different things, which one should you listen to?
I’ve been soooo scared to read this book. I’ve had not one, but two copies since it’s release months ago. I’ve been trying to emotionally prepare myself because I liked how the second book ended. BUT… Jenny Han will be at Yallwest and I really want to get this book signed and say hi to her again. From what I’ve been hearing so far (no spoilers of course), I think I should be okay… I hope, so I’m making it my goal to read this before May.
Where the Sea Takes Me by Heidi R. Kling
For Sienna Jones, the last two years have felt like two lifetimes.
Now, she’s finally starting to move on, diving headfirst into humanitarian missions with Team Hope, schoolwork, and maybe sort of even love.
Things are looking up.
But then he arrives on her doorstep, the boy she left behind, and the sight of him shakes Sienna to the core.
Sparks fly. It’s like no time has passed since she left him on the beach two years ago. Now she’s torn between the new life she’s fought so hard to build, and the possibility of one she thought she’d never have.
When they’re both invited to join Team Hope on a mission in Cambodia, they jump at the chance to help. But when they lose their group and maybe each other, Sienna’s forced to make an impossible choice… and say goodbye to someone she loves one last time.
Where I Found You was one of my favorites reads in 2017. The story was absolutely heartbreaking, wonderfully affecting, and so excruciatingly beautiful in every way. I’m positively in love with that book and cannot wait to continue Sienna and Deni’s story.
Sinister Love by T.L. Smith
I’m also adding one more to this list because I NEED this book like I need to breathe. No book cover yet, but here’s the synopsis from Goodreads
He was a drug I couldn’t kick. I’d overdosed on him before. It didn’t turn out well. I was stupid enough to let him crack my heart, in hopes we would fall off the same cliff together. No matter how much my idiotic heart wanted to love him, my head knew better.
He didn’t choose me.
He chose her.
That’s where the problem started.
Maybe that’s how it should end.
I actually just posted my review for Distorted Love so you can read how this book completely destroyed me. If there’s one thing I can tell you about this book — be prepared to stay up ALL NIGHT because once you start, you won’t be able to put it down. It will consume you until the very last page!
So that’s my Spring TBR! Doesn’t include all the books I want and need to read, but these are the ones that I’m MOST EXCITED about. Crossing everything there is to cross that I finish all these before Summer. I’m doing pretty okay with my reading goals.. not great, but also not bad.
Did any of these book make your list too?!? What other books should I add to my TBR? Let me know in the comments!
Happy reading and have a lovely day!!!