#MyTBRList – January Vote!

TBRMemeMy TBR list is a meme hosted by Michelle at Because Reading which aims to help knock a few books off our TBR piles by letting everyone else vote on what we should read!

One of my goals for 2019 is to focus on series, so this month I’ve picked three books from my endless list of series to catch up on.  For all three of these series, I only need to read one book to either catch up or finish, and I have the book needed on my shelves already, so it’s just a case of deciding which to start with!

** POTENTIAL SPOILER WARNING: This month I’m featuring sequels, so the synopses for these potentially contain spoilers for earlier books. **

Muse of Nightmares – Strange the Dreamer #2

Sarai has lived and breathed nightmares since she was six years old.
She believed she knew every horror, and was beyond surprise.
She was wrong.

In the wake of tragedy, neither Lazlo nor Sarai are who they were before. One a god, the other a ghost, they struggle to grasp the new boundaries of their selves as dark-minded Minya holds them hostage, intent on vengeance against Weep.Lazlo faces an unthinkable choice – save the woman he loves, or everyone else? – while Sarai feels more helpless than ever. But is she? Sometimes, only the direst need can teach us our own depths, and Sarai, the muse of nightmares, has not yet discovered what she’s capable of.

As humans and godspawn reel in the aftermath of the citadel’s near fall, a new foe shatters their fragile hopes, and the mysteries of the Mesarthim are resurrected: Where did the gods come from, and why? What was done with the thousands of children born in the citadel nursery? And most important of all, as forgotten doors are opened and new worlds revealed: must heroes always slay monsters, or is it possible to save them instead?

Hellbent – Orphan X #3

‘Do you need my help?’

They called him Orphan X. Evan Smoak used to be a government secret weapon.  Then he ran and became the man you call on when you’ve nowhere else to turn.

This time it’s a teenage runaway called Joey.  Like Evan she’s no innocent: she was brought up inside the same programme that raised him.

Now Evan must find Joey before those hunting her do.  Which is where the trouble begins.  Because this might not be about Joey at all.  And if it’s not, then it must be about Evan.

But finding out why could kill them both …

 

Zero Day – Skitter #3

The world is on the brink of apocalypse. Zero Day has come.

The only thing more terrifying than millions of spiders is the realization that those spiders work as one. But among the government, there is dissent: do we try to kill all of the spiders, or do we gamble on Professor Guyer’s theory that we need to kill only the queens?

For President Stephanie Pilgrim, it’s an easy answer. She’s gone as far as she can-more than two dozen American cities hit with tactical nukes, the country torn asunder – and the only answer is to believe in Professor Guyer. Unfortunately, Ben Broussard and the military men who follow him don’t agree, and Pilgrim, Guyer, and the loyal members of the government have to flee, leaving the question: what can be more dangerous, the spiders or ourselves?

Which book shall I read in January?

  • Muse of Nightmares (Strange the Dreamer #2) (71%, 5 Votes)
  • Hellbent (Orphan X #3) (14%, 1 Votes)
  • Zero Day (Skitter #3) (14%, 1 Votes)

Total Voters: 7

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Thank you for voting! Next week I’ll check in to let you know which book won!

January 2018 TBR List: Voting time!

My TBR list (#MyTBRL) is a meme hosted by Michelle at Because Reading which aims to help knock a few books off our TBR piles by letting everyone else vote on what we should read!

I’ve got a few books on my currently-reading shelf which I haven’t really made much progress with, I think because I’m just not far enough into them to get hooked yet.  I’m putting them up to a vote and hoping the TBR vote can push me to get far enough into one of them that I get engrossed!

 

Mistborn #2: The Well of Ascension

Vin, the street urchin who has grown into the most powerful Mistborn in the land, and Elend Venture, the idealistic young nobleman who loves her, must build a healthy new society in the ashes of an empire. Three separate armies attack. As the siege tightens, an ancient legend seems to offer a glimmer of hope. But even if it really exists, no one knows where to find the Well of Ascension or what manner of power it bestows.

 

 

Renegades

Secret identities. Extraordinary powers.
She wants vengeance. He wants justice.

The Renegades are a syndicate of prodigies―humans with extraordinary abilities―who emerged from the ruins of a crumbled society and established peace and order where chaos reigned. As champions of justice, they remain a symbol of hope and courage to everyone . . . except the villains they once overthrew.

Nova has a reason to hate the Renegades, and she is on a mission for vengeance. As she gets closer to her target, she meets Adrian, a Renegade boy who believes in justice―and in Nova. But Nova’s allegiance is to a villain who has the power to end them both.

 

Lost Boy

There is one version of my story that everyone knows. And then there is the truth. This is how it happened. How I went from being Peter Pan’s first—and favorite—lost boy to his greatest enemy.

Peter brought me to his island because there were no rules and no grownups to make us mind. He brought boys from the Other Place to join in the fun, but Peter’s idea of fun is sharper than a pirate’s sword. Because it’s never been all fun and games on the island. Our neighbors are pirates and monsters. Our toys are knife and stick and rock—the kinds of playthings that bite.

Peter promised we would all be young and happy forever.

 

 

 

 

Which book should I read for the January TBR vote?

  • Lost Boy (50%, 3 Votes)
  • Renegades (33%, 2 Votes)
  • The Well of Ascension (Mistborn #2) (17%, 1 Votes)

Total Voters: 6

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Thank you for voting! Next week I’ll check in to let you know which book won!

May TBR list – the Winner!

My TBR list is a meme hosted by Michelle at Because Reading which aims to help knock a few books off our TBR piles by letting everyone else vote on what we should read!


 

 

This week, Truthwitch and Flame in the Mist actually got exactly the same number of votes, so I took to Goodreads and picked the one with the highest average rating.  That means that this month the winner is….

I’ve heard good things about this one, so I’m really intrigued to give it a go!

May 2017 TBR List: Voting time!

My TBR list (#MyTBRL) is a meme hosted by Michelle at Because Reading which aims to help knock a few books off our TBR piles by letting everyone else vote on what we should read!

I’m determined to take part in My TBR list throughout 2017, because last year it led to finally reading a book of my shelf that turned out to be one of my favourite reads of 2016 (Daughter of Smoke and Bone)!

Four hundred years in the future, the Earth has turned primitive following a nuclear fire that laid waste to civilization and nature. Though the radiation fallout has ended, for some unknowable reason every person is born with a twin. Of each pair one is an Alpha – physically perfect in every way – and the other an Omega burdened with deformity, small or large.

With the Council ruling an apartheid-like society, Omegas are branded and ostracized while the Alphas have gathered the world’s sparse resources for themselves. Though proclaiming their superiority, for all their effort Alphas cannot escape one harsh fact: Whenever one twin dies, so does the other. Cass is a rare Omega, one burdened with psychic foresight. While her twin, Zach, gains power on the Alpha Council, she dares to dream the most dangerous dream of all: equality. For daring to envision a world in which Alphas and Omegas live side by side as equals, both the Council and the Resistance have her in their sights.

In a continent on the edge of war, two witches hold its fate in their hands.

Young witches Safiya and Iseult have a habit of finding trouble. After clashing with a powerful Guildmaster and his ruthless Bloodwitch bodyguard, the friends are forced to flee their home.

Safi must avoid capture at all costs as she’s a rare Truthwitch, able to discern truth from lies. Many would kill for her magic, so Safi must keep it hidden – lest she be used in the struggle between empires. And Iseult’s true powers are hidden even from herself.

In a chance encounter at Court, Safi meets Prince Merik and makes him a reluctant ally. However, his help may not slow down the Bloodwitch now hot on the girls’ heels. All Safi and Iseult want is their freedom, but danger lies ahead. With war coming, treaties breaking and a magical contagion sweeping the land, the friends will have to fight emperors and mercenaries alike. For some will stop at nothing to get their hands on a Truthwitch.

 

 

 

The daughter of a prominent samurai, Mariko has long known her place—she may be an accomplished alchemist, whose cunning rivals that of her brother Kenshin, but because she is not a boy, her future has always been out of her hands. At just seventeen years old, Mariko is promised to Minamoto Raiden, the son of the emperor’s favorite consort—a political marriage that will elevate her family’s standing. But en route to the imperial city of Inako, Mariko narrowly escapes a bloody ambush by a dangerous gang of bandits known as the Black Clan, who she learns has been hired to kill her before she reaches the palace.

Dressed as a peasant boy, Mariko sets out to infiltrate the ranks of the Black Clan, determined to track down the person responsible for the target on her back. But she’s quickly captured and taken to the Black Clan’s secret hideout, where she meets their leader, the rebel ronin Takeda Ranmaru, and his second-in-command, his best friend Okami. Still believing her to be a boy, Ranmaru and Okami eventually warm to Mariko, impressed by her intellect and ingenuity. As Mariko gets closer to the Black Clan, she uncovers a dark history of secrets, of betrayal and murder, which will force her to question everything she’s ever known.


My goodreads friends have given this an average of 4.33 out of 5 which is a pretty great average, but I’ve just never gotten around to giving it a try for some reason.

Which book should I read for the May TBR vote?

  • Truthwitch (50%, 2 Votes)
  • Flame in the Mist (50%, 2 Votes)
  • The Fire Sermon (0%, 0 Votes)

Total Voters: 4

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Thank you for voting! Next week I’ll check in to let you know which book won!

TBR List January – the Winner!

My TBR list is a meme hosted by Michelle at Because Reading which aims to help knock a few books off our TBR piles by letting everyone else vote on what we should read!


The winner, with 63% of the votes, is…

I’ve been seriously eying up Bardugo’s Six of Crows for a while, and while I know I could theoretically jump straight in with that, I’d really like to start with her original trilogy first, but I’ve been putting this off because of the love triangle I know is coming.  I’m quite excited to finally have a reason to bump it up on my TBR list and stop making excuses 😉 I’m also in a serious fantasy mood at the moment so hopefully I’ll get stuck into this very quickly.