Top Ten (Eleven) Books Recently Added to my TBR List!
As always, Top Ten Tuesday is hosted by The Broke and Bookish!
Looking at my TBR list, I’ve realized that I’ve added almost 70 books to this list sine the beginning of March… 70 BOOKS!!!! HOW DOES ONE EVEN DO THAT?!?!?! What in the world?!?! So, I’m taking my most recent picks, ANDDDDDD I’m choosing some books that may need a little more love and attention than the more popular ones circulating through the bookish world! I’ve included summaries, genres, ratings, number of reviews, publish dates, publishers, and famous readers with each one so that you can add them to your TBR as well! Enjoy! ❤
1. Darkangel by Christine Pope
Genre: YA Fantasy/Paranormal/Romance – Witches
Published: March 30th, 2014
Publisher: Dark Valentine Press
Finding the man of your dreams can be a real nightmare….
As the future prima, or head witch of her clan, Angela McAllister is expected to bond with her consort during her twenty-first year, thus ensuring that she will come into her full powers at the appointed time. The clock is ticking down, and her consort has yet to make an appearance. Instead, her dreams are haunted by a man she’s never seen, the one she believes must be her intended match.
But with time running out, and dark forces attempting to seize her powers for their own, Angela is faced with a terrible choice: give up her dreams of the man she may never meet and take the safer path, or risk leaving her clan and everyone in it at the mercy of those who seek their ruin.
Darkangel is the first book in the Witches of Cleopatra Hill, a paranormal romance trilogy set in the haunted town of Jerome, Arizona
2. The Haunting of Sunshine Girl by Paige McKenzie
Genre: YA Horror/Thriller/Paranormal – Ghosts
Published: March 24th, 2015
Publisher: Weinstein Books
Based on the wildly popular YouTube channel, The Haunting of Sunshine Girl has been described as “ Gilmore Girls meets Paranormal Activity for the new media age.” YA fans new and old will learn the secrets behind Sunshine—the adorkable girl living in a haunted house—a story that is much bigger, and runs much deeper, than even the most devoted viewer can imagine…
3. Magic Price (The Crown of Stones) by C.L. Schneider
Genre: Adult Epic Fantasy
Published: December 18th, 2013
Publisher: Self Published
Read and Loved by: D.M. Cain, J. Ross, Tom Reinhart, Quoleena Sbrocca, Christina McMullen
Ian Troy is one of the Shinree, a fallen people with an inherent addiction to magic. Scorned and reviled for the deadly side of their spells, the Shinree are bred as slaves. Their magic is suppressed by drugs and used only as it serves the purposes of the other races. Descended from a long line of soldiers, Ian is conscripted into the Rellan army and made to fight in their longstanding conflict against the ruthless Langorian invaders. The downfall of Rella imminent, Ian goes against orders and turns to the Crown of Stones, an ancient Shinree relic of untold power. Ignorant of its true purpose, Ian uses the crown to end the war, and pays a terrible price. A decade later, still tortured by the aftermath of that day, Ian lives as a bounty hunter in self-imposed exile. Having renounced his magical heritage, he curbs his obsession with a steady stream of wine and regret. He struggles to put it all behind him, until a fateful encounter with a pretty assassin brings Ian’s past crashing into the present. Targeted by a rogue Shinree, and a ruthless old enemy, Ian is forced to use magic again. His deadly addiction is rekindled and his life of isolation is brought to a swift end. With the land he gave up everything to protect once more in jeopardy, and his people’s future at stake, Ian becomes embroiled in a violent race for control of the Crown of Stones. To save the realms and those he cares for, Ian must embrace the thing he fears most: his own power.
4. Innocent Darkness by Suzanne Lazear
Genre: YA Steampunk/SciFi
Published: January 1st, 2012
Read and Loved by: Colleen Houck, Kate Tilton
Wish. Love. Desire. Live.
Sixteen-year-old Noli Braddock’s hoyden ways land her in an abusive reform school far from home. On mid-summer’s eve she wishes to be anyplace but that dreadful school. A mysterious man from the Realm of Faerie rescues her and brings her to the Otherworld, only to reveal that she must be sacrificed, otherwise, the entire Otherworld civilization will perish.
5. Red by Alyxandra Harvey
Genre: Ya Fantasy/Paranormal/Romance
Published: March 10th, 2015
Publisher: Entangled Teen
Bad girls burn hot…
Red is the color of Kia Alcott’s hair.
It’s her temper, which blazes hot and always gets Kia into way too much trouble.
And it’s the color of fire. Fires that Kia can start…just by thinking about them.
When her latest “episode” gets her kicked out of school, Kia is shipped off to her grandmother, who works for the wealthy Blackwoods. It’s an estate shrouded in secrets, surrounded by rules, and presided over by a family that is far from normal…including the gorgeous and insolent Ethan Blackwood.
Ethan knows far more about the dangers of the forest surrounding the estate than Kia can ever imagine. For this forest has teeth, and Ethan is charged with protecting the outside world from its vicious mysteries.
But inside, even the most vibrant shade of red doesn’t stand a chance against the dark secrets of the Blackwood family…
6. Eramane by Frankie Ash
Genre: YA Fantasy
Publisher: Archway Publishing
In the village of Eludwid, seventeen-year-old Eramane Fahnestock goes about her life, cheerfully disregarding a prophecy made to her parents that she would have a great gift. Not yet wed and beset with boredom, Eramane cannot shake the feeling that something exciting awaits her beyond Eludwid. But when she is invited to picnic with a handsome young suitor, Eramane has no idea that her life will soon change forever.
As Eramane prepares for her date, she is suddenly hypnotized by a strange voice that tells her he will be coming for her that night. Unsettled but determined to press forward, Eramane and her suitor, Lebis, head to the woods to enjoy their picnic. As darkness falls on the forest, however, a beast emerges, transforming their beautiful outing into a terrifying scene. Taken captive and carried away to a mountain hideaway, Eramane finds her memories are soon clouded, even as her family frantically searches for her back home.
In this gripping fantasy tale, evil is summoned to the mountaintop, forcing a young woman to discover her magical gifts and exact revenge against a beast determined to destroy everything she has ever loved.
7. Emerge by Heather Sunseri
Genre: YA Dystopian/Fantasy/Romance
Published: March 3rd, 2015
Publisher: Sun Publishing
Read and Loved by: Laura Pauling, Jessica Patch
From the author of the Mindspeak series comes the first in a brand new dystopian romance series.
Six years ago, a highly contagious virus wiped out more than ninety-nine percent of the country’s population. The only person to contract the virus and survive, Cricket fled her identity and the safety of New Caelum, an airtight city. Now eighteen, she watches the city where the wealthy cocooned from the devastating outbreak. When the city’s rumbling incinerator wakes her one night while she and her friends are camping just beyond the city walls, she alone knows what the fiery machine means: the lethal virus is back.
Only eighteen, Westlin Layne is already being groomed to succeed his mother as New Caelum’s next president. Suddenly West’s sister develops symptoms of the deadly virus thought to be eradicated years ago. Placed under quarantine, the president confesses to West a long-held secret: Christina Black, West’s childhood friend and first love, survived the virus, and her body alone holds the precious antibodies to save his sister.
Now West must leave the city to find Christina. But Cricket has no intention of being found.
8. The Shadow Prince by Bree Despain
Genre: YA Fantasy/Greek Mythology/Romance
Published: March 11th, 2014
Publisher: Egmont (Crying ugly tears right now. SUPPORT THIS AUTHOR!)
Read and Loved by: Sara Raasch, Sara B. Larson, Colleen Houck
Haden Lord, the disgraced prince of the Underrealm, has been sent to the mortal world to entice a girl into returning with him to the land of the dead. Posing as a student at Olympus Hills High—a haven for children of the rich and famous—Haden must single out the one girl rumored to be able to restore immortality to his race.
Daphne Raines has dreams much bigger than her tiny southern Utah town, so when her rock star dad suddenly reappears, offering her full tuition to Olympus Hills High’s prestigious music program, she sees an opportunity to catch the break she needs to make it as a singer. But upon moving into her estranged father’s mansion in California, and attending her glamorous new school, Daphne soon realizes she isn’t the only student in Olympus who doesn’t quite belong.
Haden and Daphne—destined for each other—know nothing of the true stakes their fated courtship entails. As war between the gods brews, the teenagers’ lives collide. But Daphne won’t be wooed easily and when it seems their prophesied link could happen, Haden realizes something he never intended—he’s fallen in love. Now to save themselves, Haden and Daphne must rewrite their destinies. But as their destinies change, so do the fates of both their worlds.
9. Bloodspell by Amalie Howard
Genre: YA Fantasy/Paranormal/Romance – Witches
Published: May 25th, 2011
Publisher: Langdon Street Press
Read and Loved by: Jennifer Armentrout, Kristi Cook
The spell was simple…
Cruentus Protectum (Defend the Blood)
But what do you do if your blood is your enemy?
Victoria Warrick has always known she was different. An outcast at school, she is no stranger to adversity. But when she receives an old journal for her seventeenth birthday, nothing prepares her for the dark secrets it holds — much less one that reveals she’s a witch with unimaginable power.
What’s more, when she meets the dazzling but enigmatic Christian Devereux, she has no idea how much her life is about to change. Enemies will hunt her. Friends will turn on her. The terrible curse that makes her blood run black will stop at nothing to control her. And Christian has a sinister secret of his own…
Without knowing whom to trust, can Victoria survive her blood’s deadly desires? Or will she lose everything, including herself?
10. Burn Out by Kristi Helvig
Genre: YA SciFi/Post Apocolyptic
Published: April 8th, 2014
Publisher: Egmont (AGAIN, BALLING MY EYES OUT! SUPPORT THIS AUTHOR!)
Read and Loved by: Sarah Raasch, Lindsay Cummings, A. Rolland, Paula Stokes, Lynn Matson
A futuristic blend of Beth Revis’s Across the Universe and Lenore Appelhans’s Level 2, Burn Out will satisfy the growing desire for science fiction with a thrilling story of survival, intrigue, and adventure.
Most people want to save the world; seventeen-year-old Tora Reynolds just wants to get the hell off of it. One of the last survivors in Earth’s final years, Tora yearns to escape the wasteland her planet has become after the sun turns “red giant,” but discovers her fellow survivors are even more deadly than the hostile environment.
Holed up in an underground shelter, Tora is alone–her brilliant scientist father murdered, her mother and sister burned to death. She dreams of living on a planet with oceans, plants, and animals. Unfortunately, the oceans dried out ages ago, the only plants are giant cacti with deadly spines, and her pet, Trigger, is a gun–one of the bio-energetic weapons her father created for the government before his conscience kicked in.
When family friend, Markus, arrives with mercenaries to take the weapons by force, Tora’s fury turns to fear when government ships descend in an attempt to kill them all. She forges an unlikely alliance with Markus and his rag-tag group of raiders, including a smart but quiet soldier named James.
She is shocked when James accidentally fires one of her father’s bio-weapons–weapons designed to work only for her. She’d felt a strange pull to James from the start, but the odds of someone sharing her energy vibration are statistically miniscule. Tora must quickly figure out who she can trust, as she must choose between saving herself by giving up the guns or honoring her father’s request to save humanity from the most lethal weapons in existence.
Honorable Mention: The Burning Sky by Sherry Thomas
This book had slightly too many reviews and ratings to make my “need some love” cut, but if you don’t have this on your TBR shelf, YOU NEED TO PUT IT ON THERE NOW! ❤
Genre: YA High Fantasy/Romance
Published: September 15th, 2013
Publisher: Balzer + Bray
Read and Loved by: Cynthia Hand, Jodi Meadows, Cara Bertrand, Sara Raasch, Amie Kaufman, Mindy McGinnis, Lindsay Cummings
It all began with a ruined elixir and a bolt of lightning.
Iolanthe Seabourne is the greatest elemental mage of her generation—or so she’s been told. The one prophesied for years to be the savior of The Realm. It is her duty and destiny to face and defeat the Bane, the most powerful tyrant and mage the world has ever known. This would be a suicide task for anyone, let alone a reluctant sixteen-year-old girl with no training.
Guided by his mother’s visions and committed to avenging his family, Prince Titus has sworn to protect Iolanthe even as he prepares her for their battle with the Bane. But he makes the terrifying mistake of falling in love with the girl who should have been only a means to an end. Now, with the servants of the tyrant closing in, Titus must choose between his mission—and her life.
The Burning Sky—the first book in the Elemental Trilogy—is an electrifying and unforgettable novel of intrigue and adventure
So, my lovely readers, what do you think? Will you be adding any of these books to your TBR shelf? Are any of them already on there? Should I be adding any others to mine?!
Don’t forget: I have two giveaways going on right now; one for The Fairytale Keeper series by Andrea Cefalo, the other for A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J. Maas. Also, Spectacularly Swanky Saturdays starts this Saturday! Come join the swank six and I as we kick off a brand new monthly feature. We will be posting some personalized book spine poetry and we hope that you will too! You can find more information on this feature, the swank six, and the monthly schedule on the Spectacularly Swanky Saturdays page link on the pages line across the top of the blog.
Have a wonderful week!!!