Hello everyone! My TBR this month is much longer than it has been for a couple of months (although not significantly longer than it was last month). I have included review copies, reads I began in July, books off of my yearly TBRs and a book for a post I am working on to make for a total of 10 books. The goal is to read just over 3100 pages. 5 of the books on this list are actually under 300 pages, which was not at all planned, but I’m not complaining.
All of the summaries are taken from Goodreads (but may have been shortened if I feel like it is too spoilery) and are for the first book in the series regardless of which book I am planning to read.
The Immortal Trilogy: Inheritance by Momchil Yoskov
This is a review copy and I am expecting to put out a review for it before the middle of August. This is the first book in the Immortal Trinity series and is an adult sci-fi novel. This is 276 pages long.
Ronnie Mason is an undergraduate who doesn’t have a clear idea what to do with his life. As an introverted and quiet type, he is also unsurprisingly unpopular among his peers. Life at home with his parents is becoming tedious with each day and he seeks a way out of it. He craves for a change in his life, whatever it may be, so that he could rise above the misery looming over his mind and demonstrate to his parents and his peers that he can improve himself and take control over his life.
His wish is gradually granted. He meets two boys in a bar and they quickly form a bond. A few days later, when they hang out at a local football stadium, an alien container crashes into the field. The three decide to open it and inside, they find three crystals, which bond to their bodies and change them irreversibly.
The boys find themselves dragged in a universe-wide conflict, as an evil entity wants the valuable crystals for his own personal gain. The ultimate goal of this entity, known as The Overlord, is to use the crystals to achieve total dominion over the universe and enslave all life within it.
Now Ronnie has a new purpose in life. How will he cope with it? Will he remain the same? Or will he evolve and adapt?
Spellcaster by George Bachman
This is why I am happy to be putting the summaries and more details about each of these books: I had completely forgotten what this book was about and now I’m way more excited to review it. This is also a review copy which I hope to review before the middle of August. This is 262 pages long. This is a standalone YA Fantasy.
In turn-of-the century England, sixteen year-old Christine Daniel learns her life-threatening illness stems from her paranormal visions. During the London Season, Allie, her beloved sister and the family heir, seeks a noble match while she searches the occult underground for answers. But the only witch who can help will not do so unless Allie marries her beau, an impoverished aristocrat, so that the illicit pair can share Allie’s wealth.
Acca by Christina Bauer
This is the third book in the Angelbound Origins series. It is a YA Fantasy novel of which I have received a free audiobook for in exchange for an honest review courtesy of the author and YA Bound Book Tours. My review for this book will be posted on the 25th of August, but I already have a review for the first book here and will be reviewing the second soon. This is 290 pages long or 11 hours. I read audiobooks between 2 and 3x speed though, so it should take between 4 and 6 hours.
Eighteen year old Myla Lewis is a girl who loves two things: kicking ass and kicking ass. She’s not your every day quasi-demon, half-demon and half-human, girl. For the past five years, Myla has lived for the days she gets to fight in Purgatory’s arena. When souls want a trial by combat for their right to enter heaven or hell, they go up against her, and she hasn’t lost a battle yet.
But as she starts her senior year at Purgatory High, the arena fights aren’t enough to keep her spirits up anymore. When the demons start to act weird, even for demons, and the King of the Demons, Armageddon, shows up at Myla’s school, she knows that things are changing and it’s not looking good for the quasi-demons. Myla starts to question everything, and doesn’t like the answers she finds. What happened seventeen years ago that turned the quasi-demons into slave labor? Why was her mom always so sad? And why won’t anyone tell her who her father is?
The Time Bender by Debra Chapoton
Not going to lie, I don’t think the cover really suits the content if the blurb is anything to go by… Anyway, this is also a review copy and is a YA Sci-Fi/Fantasy novel. I should be reviewing this before the end of the month and I need to read it before August 26th. This is 260 pages long.
When a chance encounter with a galaxy hopping space warrior drops Selina Langston down a rabbit hole of kidnapping schemes, time altering super powers and an occasional intergalactic battle, she must decide whether to trust her head, her heart or her hormones.
Until now sixteen-year-old Selina hasn’t had any prospects for a boyfriend. She’s been shunned by her peers due to her clumsy social skills and her oh-so-public blunders, not to mention her inclination to think and speak in hashtags and stage cues. But then Marcum, a mysterious foreign exchange student, arrives by way of an interplanetary spaceship. Selina is entranced by his good looks and an awkward manner that rivals her own. Marcum is captivated by Selina’s power to lengthen time, something she didn’t even know she could do. This could be a match made in the heavens … if it weren’t for two factors that will keep them apart. And a galactic journey Selina can’t possibly survive.
Superhero Syndrome by Caryn Larinaga
This is the only review copy in this list over 300 pages (it’s 324)! This is the first book in the Solstice Survivors series and is a YA Sci-Fi novel. My review for this book should be up before the end of August. It sounds really exciting and I don’t think I’ve read a superhero book before so I’m excited to try something new.
Also, get this: the official cover reveal of this book isn’t until Friday but the author is amazing and has allowed me to give you people a sneak peek. (The part of my brain which likes patterns and organisation and basically dictates the layouts of all of my posts sincerely thanks her for this.) It’s slightly hard to see in this picture, but the sky merges with the balaclava thingy the girl is wearing and it’s covered in stars which looks just gorgeous!
Tess McBray was dying. The Solstice Syndrome had no cure, and she resigned herself to an early grave. But just when she gave up on survival, all her symptoms mysteriously disappeared.
All but one symptom, anyway. Something is wrong with Tess’s hands. They absorb any material they touch, and her skin turns to wood, or steel, or concrete. It doesn’t take this comic-book obsessed 21-year-old long to figure out what’s going on: somehow, she’s developed super powers. And she’s not the only one; across the country, people are coming forward and sharing their gifts with the world. In her own city, where the police are battling a human trafficking operation, a masked vigilante called The Fox is saving lives and stopping criminals.
Tess doesn’t know where she fits into this new, super-powered world. But when people around her start disappearing, she can’t just sit on the sidelines. Teaming up with The Fox to create the world’s first superhero duo might be the only way to rid her city of evil and save the people she loves most.
The Little Queen by Meia Geddes
This novella was actually published on the 1st of August! I am supposed to be reviewing this book before the end of September, but I have a lot of reviews to go up then, so I am trying to get ahead of myself a little bit and seeing as this only 110 pages and is a YA Fantasy novel which people seem to love so far, I thought it would be an easy one to convince myself to read and review early. It has a gorgeous cover!
When her mother and father pass away, the little queen must figure out how to be a little queen. And so she begins her adventures, journeying away from her palace and into the world to determine how she should go about going on. The little queen soon encounters numerous folks who teach her a thing or two: the book sniffer, the dream writer, and the architect of silence are just a few. Along the way, the little queen finds friendship, love, and meaning in being a leader in her world. The Little Queenis a magical exploration of self-discovery, vocation, community, and home.
Neverwhere by Neil Gaiman
PLEASE NOTE: There are many different editions of this book and the texts are actually different. This version is the author’s prefered text and also includes the short story set in the Neverwhere world.
I started this book at the end of July and have read 29 pages already of the total 436. It is a YA Fantasy standalone novel.
Under the streets of London lies a world most people could never dream of.
When Richard Mayhew helps a mysterious girl he finds bleeding on the pavement, his boring life changes in an instant. Her name is Door, she’s on the run from two assassins in black suits and she comes from London Below.
His act of kindness leads him to a place filled with monsters and angels, a Beast in a labyrinth and an Earl who holds Court in a Tube train.
It is strangely familiar yet utterly bizarre.
A Darker Shade of Magic by V. E. Schwab
How have I not read this book yet! I’ve owned it since 2015 and it seems like a lot of people I trust really love it. Alas, it has not yet happened. I put it on my 2017 Challenge TBR and so I’m planning on reading it this month. My edition has exactly 400 pages according to Goodreads so that’s fun! This is an adult fantasy novel.
Kell is one of the last Antari—magicians with a rare, coveted ability to travel between parallel Londons; Red, Grey, White, and, once upon a time, Black.
Kell was raised in Arnes—Red London—and officially serves the Maresh Empire as an ambassador, traveling between the frequent bloody regime changes in White London and the court of George III in the dullest of Londons, the one without any magic left to see.
Unofficially, Kell is a smuggler, servicing people willing to pay for even the smallest glimpses of a world they’ll never see. It’s a defiant hobby with dangerous consequences, which Kell is now seeing firsthand.
After an exchange goes awry, Kell escapes to Grey London and runs into Delilah Bard, a cut-purse with lofty aspirations. She first robs him, then saves him from a deadly enemy, and finally forces Kell to spirit her to another world for a proper adventure.
Now perilous magic is afoot, and treachery lurks at every turn. To save all of the worlds, they’ll first need to stay alive.
Isabella's Last Request by Laura Lawrence
This is one of the books I said I wanted to reread this year. I read this way before I was old enough to be reading NA books and I really liked it at the time, but I want to see if it still meets my expectations now! It’s a contemporary story and only 162 pages to boot, so I doubt it will take very long.
Olivia and her best friend Isabella are travelling the world completing their bucket list of 100 things to do before you die. The reason being that Isabella is seriously ill and doesn’t know how much longer she has left.
Will they manage to complete their list in time or will they get distracted by cute boys and tourist spots? Join them on their mission and feel their strong friendship shine through at the hardest times.
The Golem and the Djinni by Helene Wecker
I’m currently working on a post about books to read if you liked The Night Circus and this is on my list of books to read for that, plus I’m just really excited about it, so I’m looking forward to reading this one. It’s the longest book on this list by far (646 pages) and is an adult fantasy novel.
Chava is a golem, a creature made of clay, brought to life by a strange man who dabbles in dark Kabbalistic magic. Ahmad is a Djinni, a being of fire, born in the ancient Syrian Desert. Trapped in an old copper flask by a Bedouin wizard centuries ago, he is released accidentally by a tinsmith in a Lower Manhattan shop.
Struggling to make their way in 1899 New York, the Golem and the Djinni try to fit in with their immigrant neighbors while masking their true selves. Meeting by chance, they become unlikely friends whose tenuous attachment challenges their opposing natures, until the night a terrifying incident drives them back into their separate worlds. But a powerful menace will soon bring the Golem and the Jinni together again, threatening their existence and forcing them to make a fateful choice.
Marvelous and compulsively readable, The Golem and the Djinni weaves strands of folk mythology, historical fiction, and magical fable into a wondrously inventive and unforgettable tale.
That’s all! I read 24 books in July and I only had one week of holiday, so hopefully I will be able to read even more in August although I am going to have to write a personal statement and revise French at some point… sigh. Anyway, what are you looking forward to reading in the coming month?
Happy reading, Keira x.