For July’s TBR I have decided to go for books that are relatively short and won’t take me that long to read. After having some rather chunky books to read in June I think I need books that will be quick and easy reads while sitting out in the sun. Like most months I have decided to go with a mixture of genres so I can switch between them all and not get bogged down with just one theme. There are a couple of books that I have have been wanting to read for a while now, I am really excited that I am finally getting the chance to read them.
Spinning Silver by Naomi Novik
Miryem is the daughter and granddaughter of moneylenders, but her father’s too kind-hearted to collect his debts. They face poverty, until Miryem hardens her own heart and takes up his work in their village. Her success creates rumours she can turn silver into gold, which attract the fairy king of winter himself. He sets her an impossible challenge – and if she fails, she’ll die. Yet if she triumphs, it may mean a fate worse than death. Irina’s father schemes to wed her to the tsar – he will pay any price to achieve this goal. However, the dashing tsar is not what he seems. And the secret he hides threatens to consume the lands of mortals and winter alike. Torn between deadly choices, Miryem and Irina embark on a quest that will take them to the limits of sacrifice, power and love.I am so happy I got sent a copy of Spinning Silver for review. I have never read any of Naomi Novik’s work before but just reading the reviews for Uprooted, I am really excited to read this. I have only quickly glanced at the description of the book because I don’t want to know too much about the plot. But from what I have read I am itching to start this. I might start the month off with reading this, because at the minute my mind is constantly thinking about this book.
Venators by Devri Walls
Rune Jenkins has a long-standing infatuation for anything from the supernatural world, and she’s trying to hide it. If she doesn’t, her reckless twin brother Ryker storms in fits of rage, and she starts feeling like her own sanity is slipping. But the closer she gets to Grey Malteer – an old friend who waves his fascination with fantasy like a flag – the harder it becomes to stifle her own interest. When supernatural creatures from another world suddenly come hunting for the three college students, they are forced to see the hidden truth as fantasy twists with reality. With help from a mysterious savior, Rune and Grey escape, but Ryker does not. They must follow Ryker’s abductors into an alternate dimension, Eon, where they discover their true identities. They are Venators, descendants of genetically enhanced humans designed long ago to protect the inhabitants of Eon from themselves, and to keep them far away from Earth. In this new world of fae, vampires, werewolves, and wizards, power is abundant and always in flux. Rune’s brother is missing, and she and Grey are being set up as pawns in a very dangerous game. I was sent a copy of Venators for review a couple of months back and for some reason I totally forgot about it, but when I saw it on my shelf a couple of days back I think this is the perfect time to start this. It has vampires, werewolves and wizards, what more do you need from a book. I am hoping this book lives up to its description, reading some of the reviews I’ve quickly read, I’m in for an action packed read. Also with this being the beginning of a new series, I am hoping it will be one I can carry on with and enjoy.
Th1rt3en by Steve Cavanagh
Murder wasn’t the hard part. It was just the start of the game. Joshua Kane has been preparing for this moment his whole life. He’s done it before. But this is the big one. This is the murder trial of the century. And Kane has killed to get the best seat in the house. But there’s someone on his tail. Someone who suspects that the killer isn’t the man on trial. Kane knows time is running out – he just needs to get to the conviction without being discovered.The past couple of months I have seen this book plastered all over the book community and I have been wanting to read this book ever since reading the tag line. There is something really intriguing about this book and I think it is going to be something completely different from what I have read before. I know this book has been getting some really positive reviews, but I am trying to keep my expectations in check because I don’t want to be left disappointed at the end.
Brightly Burning by Alexa Donne
Seventeen-year-old Stella Ainsley, desperate to leave the floundering Stalwart, finds employment on the haunted space-ship Rochester. Exiled from Earth, the remnants of the human race circle the solar system in slowly disintegrating space-ships, but the Rochester seems in perfect condition. When a series of accidents threatens the charismatic captain, Hugo Fairfax, Stella is determined to find the saboteur and win his love. But there is a terrible secret behind the Rochester’s haunting, and soon Stella must make an impossible choice.Brightly Burning is being described as Jane Eyre in space, and just by reading that I requested a copy straight away. I have never read Jane Eyre before, but the idea of the book sounded so original I couldn’t not read this book. I am hoping for an epic sci-fi contemporary story that will pass the time in the summertime evenings and keep my glued to my seat until the sun sets. I haven’t read many sci-fi love stories, so I am excited to see how this one turns out.
In Search of Us by Ava Dellaira
Marilyn is in search of freedom. She grew up as a child actor, her mother’s meal ticket out of mediocrity. But it’s been a long time since she booked a job, and she and her mother have no choice but to move in with her volatile uncle. Marilyn is counting down the days until she can escape to college, and the promise of her own future. That is, until she falls in love with James, the boy downstairs, who shows her that her life is worth living in the present. Angie is in search of answers. She is mixed race and has never met her father, but she knows she looks and thinks a lot like him. Though Angie grew up with her devoted mother, Marilyn, she’s always felt the absence of the man she never knew. But after discovering that her mother has been lying to her, Angie sets off on a road trip to Los Angeles, in search of an unknown uncle – and maybe even her dad. Again, In Search of Us is a book that I have had sitting on my bookshelf for a few weeks now, and I think that reading this outside in the glorious sunshine is the perfect time to start it. I have only quickly glanced at the description because for contemporary books I find that normally the outline for the entire plot is mentioned in the description. But from what I have read I think this is the sort of book I am going to get through in a couple of sittings.