Usually, a TBR is supposed to motivate a reader to read. I’ve realized that I don’t need any motivation. More importantly, for the last two months, I haven’t been keeping up with it. So what’s the point. I also sometimes feel pressured to stick to the predetermined list. How can one pressure themselves? It’s not like anyone, but myself is making me make a list. I’ve written all of this to inform you that I am taking a break from TBR lists. At least for April. Instead, you are receiving a curated list of books I’ve recently purchased and their accompanying synopsis.
I have a love hate relationship with YA novels. I either really love it or I extremely hate it. I don’t even attempt to read YA romance any more because I’m more disappointed than not. So call me surprised when I found myself drawn to quite a few YA novels while book shopping.
Graceling by Kristin Cashore
To say I noticed this series because the cover art seems like an insult to this authors work but trust me it’s not. I would have never discovered this series if its wasn’t for the artwork. But that’s not the reason I brought all four books. The synopsis for each one truly caught my attention and I know once I sit down and read this novel I’m going to fall in love.
Synopsis: Katsa has been able to kill a man with her bare hands since she was eight—she’s a Graceling, one of the rare people in her land born with an extreme skill. As niece of the king, she should be able to live a life of privilege, but Graced as she is with killing, she is forced to work as the king’s thug.
She never expects to fall in love with beautiful Prince Po.
She never expects to learn the truth behind her Grace—or the terrible secret that lies hidden far away . . . a secret that could destroy all seven kingdoms with words alone.
With elegant, evocative prose and a cast of unforgettable characters, debut author Kristin Cashore creates a mesmerizing world, a death-defying adventure, and a heart-racing romance that will consume you, hold you captive, and leave you wanting more.
The Diviners by Libba Bray
I feel like The Diviners has been talked about by all of my favorite book tubers. Yet, something in me just refused to succumb to the hype. I’ve finally taken the plunge and the synopsis has me kind of excited.
Synopsis: SOMETHING DARK AND EVIL HAS AWAKENED… Evie O’Neill has been exiled from her boring old hometown and shipped off to the bustling streets of New York City—and she is pos-i-tute-ly ecstatic. It’s 1926, and New York is filled with speakeasies, Ziegfeld girls, and rakish pickpockets. The only catch is that she has to live with her uncle Will and his unhealthy obsession with the occult. Evie worries her uncle will discover her darkest secret: a supernatural power that has only brought her trouble so far. But when the police find a murdered girl branded with a cryptic symbol and Will is called to the scene, Evie realizes her gift could help catch a serial killer. As Evie jumps headlong into a dance with a murderer, other stories unfold in the city that never sleeps. A young man named Memphis is caught between two worlds. A chorus girl named Theta is running from her past. A student named Jericho is hiding a shocking secret. And unknown to all, something dark and evil has awakened…
House of Hollow by Krystal Sutherland
I came across this novel while internet browsing and immediately feel in love. I don’t know why I was so drawn to this novel but I knew I had to have it.
Synopsis: Seventeen-year-old Iris Hollow has always been strange. Something happened to her and her two older sisters when they were children, something they can’t quite remember but that left each of them with an identical half-moon scar at the base of their throats.
Iris has spent most of her teenage years trying to avoid the weirdness that sticks to her like tar. But when her eldest sister, Grey, goes missing under suspicious circumstances, Iris learns just how weird her life can get: horned men start shadowing her, a corpse falls out of her sister’s ceiling, and ugly, impossible memories start to twist their way to the forefront of her mind.
As Iris retraces Grey’s last known footsteps and follows the increasingly bizarre trail of breadcrumbs she left behind, it becomes apparent that the only way to save her sister is to decipher the mystery of what happened to them as children.
The closer Iris gets to the truth, the closer she comes to understanding that the answer is dark and dangerous – and that Grey has been keeping a terrible secret from her for years.
Uprooted by Naomi Novik
I didn’t realize how much I loved A Deadly Education until I found myself itching to read something written in Naomi’s unique style. Thus my purchase of Uprooted became essential.
Synopsis: Agnieszka loves her valley home, her quiet village, the forests and the bright shining river. But the corrupted Wood stands on the border, full of malevolent power, and its shadow lies over her life.
Her people rely on the cold, driven wizard known only as the Dragon to keep its powers at bay. But he demands a terrible price for his help: one young woman handed over to serve him for ten years, a fate almost as terrible as falling to the Wood.
The next choosing is fast approaching, and Agnieszka is afraid. She knows—everyone knows—that the Dragon will take Kasia: beautiful, graceful, brave Kasia, all the things Agnieszka isn’t, and her dearest friend in the world. And there is no way to save her.
But Agnieszka fears the wrong things. For when the Dragon comes, it is not Kasia he will choose.
Highland Treasure by Lynsay Sands
I will forever buy anything Lynsay Sands writes. It’s imperative to my health. She can keep my mind engaged as well as make me laugh. Plus this man on the cover seems to have came straight out of a wet dream.
After escaping from the English soldiers who attacked her home and imprisoned her in a dungeon, Lady Elysande de Valance is grateful for the rugged Scots who are escorting her to safety in the Highlands. Even with danger dogging their every step, she hadn’t expected to welcome the strong comforting embrace of their leader, Rory Buchanan. They say he’s a healer, but she finds the heat of his touch does so much more…
Let his brothers get married—Rory is too busy tending to the sick to be bothered with wooing a bride. But when he is tasked with accompanying a family friend’s “treasure” to the Highlands, he is surprised to learn the treasure is a beautiful woman on the run—and even more surprised to discover bruises hidden by her veil. Rory makes it his mission to tend to her injuries and protect her, but the thought of losing her makes him realize that perhaps it is his heart that is most in need of healing…
I know this isn’t a TBR or even a guarantee that I’ll be reading these book this month. If you were expected a TBR this month sorry to disappoint. Did you see any books of this list that grabbed your interest?