These are all the books that are currently staring at me from my bookshelf and crying out to be read. What often happens is that when I’m ready to pick my next read, I can’t remember what any of the books are about, or why I wanted to read them, and I end up paralysed with indecision. Hopefully keeping this TBR list will remind me why I was excited by these stories and help me, and you, decide what to read next.
The Girl Who Fell by Violet Grace
I was lucky enough to win a copy of The Girl Who Fell, the first book in the Chess Raven Chronicles, written by Melbourne based husband and wife writing duo Kasey Edwards and Christopher Scanlon, known as Violet Grace.
This book has been all over my Instagram feed thanks to a dynamic social media campaign and the photogenic colours of the beautiful cover.
The reviews paint this book as a love it or hate it story, so I’m keen to give it a go and see which camp I end up in.
The first book in a thrilling fantasy series about a girl who learns to embrace her inner power.
Chess Raven is a hacker who has grown up with nothing and no one. Her parents died when she was three and her foster care situation turned out badly – very badly. But on her sixteenth birthday, her life is turned upside down.
Chess learns her mother was Queen of the Fae and her father was a brilliant physicist. The unique blend of her mother’s fairy blood and her father’s humanity gives Chess – and Chess alone – the ability to unlock a mysterious vessel that will unleash unimagined powers – with devastating consequences. Thrown into a new world where nothing is at it seems, Chess must work out who to trust as vying forces race to control her. Or kill her.
Reunited with her childhood friend Tom Williams, an enigmatic shape-shifting unicorn, Chess discovers love for the first time and is prepared to risk her life for it. But first she must learn to overcome a fear of her own power and stop waiting for other people to save her. She is the one she’s been waiting for.
Heart of Thorns by Bree Barton
I received Heart of Thorns in a Cre8ive Inspir8ions book subscription box and I was super excited because I’ve watched the author, Bree Barton’s, YouTube videos.
Bree is adorably bubbly and her enthusiasm for her writing and publishing journey is infectious, and has made me want to read her book all the more.
The theme of the book box Heart of Thorns came in was Blood Magic, which sounds like a unique twist on the usual YA fantasy genre, and I’m here for it.
In the ancient river kingdom, touch is a battlefield, bodies the instruments of war. Seventeen-year-old Mia Rose has pledged her life to hunting Gwyrach: women who can manipulate flesh, bones, breath, and blood.
Not women. Demons. The same demons who killed her mother without a single scratch.
But when Mia’s father suddenly announces her marriage to the prince, she is forced to trade in her knives and trousers for a sumptuous silk gown. Only after the wedding goes disastrously wrong does she discover she has dark, forbidden magic—the very magic she has sworn to destroy.