If you’ve kept up with me over the past few months, then you know I’m a huge bookworm. Just last month I read 6 books! And over the past few months, I’ve been absolutely loving my Kindle and started to make more time in my schedule to read. Despite making it through a good chunk of my list so far, I still have a few more to go!
I don’t care what anyone says, I insist Fall starts in August. So I’ll be including the books I’ve read since then, as well as all the books I plan to finish before the end of the year!
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1) Lady Midnight (Book #1) and Lord of Shadows (Book #2) by Cassandra Clare
Lord of Shadows was the first book I finished back in August, and is the sequel to Lady Midnight. If you’ve read Clare’s other series – The Mortal Instruments – then you’re familiar with the setting of this one! It’s set just after the final book of that series, with many of the same characters and families. A summary of Lady Midnight:
It’s been five years since the events of City of Heavenly Fire that brought the Shadowhunters to the brink of oblivion. Emma Carstairs is no longer a child in mourning, but a young woman bent on discovering who killed her parents and avenging her losses.
Together with her battle partner Julian Blackthorn, Emma must learn to trust her head and her heart as she investigates a demonic plot that stretches across Los Angeles, from the Sunset Strip to the enchanted sea that pounds the beaches of Santa Monica. If only her heart didn’t lead her in treacherous directions…
Making things even more complicated, Julian’s brother Mark—who was captured by the faeries five years ago—has been returned as a bargaining chip. The faeries are desperate to find out who is murdering their kind—and they need the Shadowhunters’ help to do it. But time works differently in faerie, so Mark has barely aged and doesn’t recognize his family. Can he ever truly return to them? Will the faeries really allow it?
Cassandra Clare is known for The Mortal Instruments (City of Bones, City of Ashes, City of Glass, City of Fallen Angels, City of Lost Souls, City of Heavenly Fire) and The Infernal Devices Series (Clockwork Angel, Clockwork Prince, Clockwork Princess). So if you read and enjoyed The Mortal Instruments series, definitely check this series out!
2) Trickery (Curse of the Gods #1) and Persuasion (Curse of the Gods #2) by Jaymin Eve and Jane Washington
This series popped up on “Recommended For You” on Amazon, and when I saw I could read both (FOR FREE) through my Kindle Unlimited subscription, I figured “What the heck?”. I finished both in a matter of days, and can’t wait for the third to be released at the end of November. The main character (Willa) is pretty darn hilarious and surprisingly relatable!Here’s a summary of book #1:
Willa Knight: Dweller. Slave. Non-magical being.
In Minatsol, being a dweller means that you are literally no better than dirt. In fact, dirt might actually be more useful than Willa. Her life will be one of servitude to the sols, the magic-blessed beings who could one day be chosen to become gods.
At least her outer village is far removed from the cities of the sols, and she won’t ever be forced to present herself to them… Until one small mistake changes everything, and Willa is awarded a position to serve at Blesswood, the top sol academy in the world—a position that she definitely did not earn.
Under the sudden, watchful eye of the gods, she will be tasked to serve the Abcurse brothers, five sols built of arrogance, perfection and power. They are almost gods themselves, and under their service she is either going to end up sentenced to death, or else they are going to ruin her so badly that she will wish for it.
Either way, she is in trouble.
While I admit I didn’t think I would initially like the books, I’m glad I stuck with them. They were a surprising source of entertainment – at least for a few days! And if you don’t have a Kindle Unlimited subscription to read them for free, don’t worry! Each book is under $5!
3) Fireblood (Book #1) and Frostblood (Book #2) by Elly Blake
Just like with the last series, it popped up as a recommendation from Amazon (thanks Amazon!). After getting a sample of Frostblood, I soon found myself finishing it up and anxiously waiting for the release of Fireblood. So while the first one didn’t count towards my book count this season, I did finish up the second book only a few days after it was released in September! And I already added the third to my wishlist for when it comes out next June! Here’s a summary of book 1:
Seventeen-year-old Ruby is a Fireblood who has concealed her powers of heat and flame from the cruel Frostblood ruling class her entire life. But when her mother is killed trying to protect her, and rebel Frostbloods demand her help to overthrow their bloodthirsty king, she agrees to come out of hiding, desperate to have her revenge.Despite her unpredictable abilities, Ruby trains with the rebels and the infuriating–yet irresistible–Arcus, who seems to think of her as nothing more than a weapon. But before they can take action, Ruby is captured and forced to compete in the king’s tournaments that pit Fireblood prisoners against Frostblood champions. Now she has only one chance to destroy the maniacal ruler who has taken everything from her–and from the icy young man she has come to love.Vivid and compelling, Frostblood is the first in an exhilarating series about a world where flame and ice are mortal enemies…but together create a power that could change everything.
4) Ruined (Book #1) and Avenged (Book #2) by Amy Tintera
Man am I on a roll reading a crap ton of books this season! Just like with a few other books on this list, I stumbled across Ruined and managed to read my way through Avenged in only a few days. I will say this series hasn’t been my favorite – the books were cheap and I was looking for something to read. But it did the trick and I added 2 more books to my tally! Here’s a summary:
Emelina Flores has nothing. Her home in Ruina has been ravaged by war; her parents were killed and her sister was kidnapped. Even though Em is only a useless Ruined—completely lacking any magic—she is determined to get revenge.
Her plan is simple: She will infiltrate the enemy’s kingdom, posing as the crown prince’s betrothed. She will lead an ambush. She will kill the king and everything he holds dear, including his son.
The closer Em gets to the prince, though, the more she questions her mission. Her rage-filled heart begins to soften. But with her life—and her family—on the line, love could be Em’s deadliest mistake.
5) Tower of Dawn (Throne of Glass Series #6) by Sarah J. Maas
I mentioned Sarah J Maas as one of my 5 Must-Read Authors a few months ago, and I definitely haven’t changed my mind about it! Tower of Dawn is technically a novella, so it’s written from the perspective of a different main character than the rest of the series. Despite being a novella, it is just as lengthy as the rest of her books, which meant it took me a whole 4 days to finish! Here’s a excerpt from book 1 of the series – Throne of Glass:
In a land without magic, where the king rules with an iron hand, an assassin is summoned to the castle. She comes not to kill the king, but to win her freedom. If she defeats twenty-three killers, thieves, and warriors in a competition, she is released from prison to serve as the king’s champion. Her name is Celaena Sardothien.
The Crown Prince will provoke her. The Captain of the Guard will protect her. But something evil dwells in the castle of glass–and it’s there to kill. When her competitors start dying one by one, Celaena’s fight for freedom becomes a fight for survival, and a desperate quest to root out the evil before it destroys her world.
I absolutely adore this series and author and end up buying each new book the day they are released!
6) An Enchantment of Ravens by Margaret Rogerson
Yet another recommended book that I’ve loved! I finished An Enchantment of Ravens just last week, and it took me a bit longer than usual to finish since I’ve been a little busy lately. I’m not sure if Rogerson plans on publishing a sequel or not, but I certainly hope so! Here’s a brief summary:
A skilled painter must stand up to the ancient power of the faerie courts—even as she falls in love with a faerie prince—in this gorgeous debut novel.
Isobel is a prodigy portrait artist with a dangerous set of clients: the sinister fair folk, immortal creatures who cannot bake bread, weave cloth, or put a pen to paper without crumbling to dust. They crave human Craft with a terrible thirst, and Isobel’s paintings are highly prized. But when she receives her first royal patron—Rook, the autumn prince—she makes a terrible mistake. She paints mortal sorrow in his eyes—a weakness that could cost him his life.
Furious and devastated, Rook spirits her away to the autumnlands to stand trial for her crime. Waylaid by the Wild Hunt’s ghostly hounds, the tainted influence of the Alder King, and hideous monsters risen from barrow mounds, Isobel and Rook depend on one another for survival. Their alliance blossoms into trust, then love—and that love violates the fair folks’ ruthless laws. Now both of their lives are forfeit, unless Isobel can use her skill as an artist to fight the fairy courts. Because secretly, her Craft represents a threat the fair folk have never faced in all the millennia of their unchanging lives: for the first time, her portraits have the power to make them feel.
Books Still On My List
1) The Glass Spare by Lauren DeStefano
I’ve loved Lauren DeStefano’s other series, so can’t wait to check out The Glass Spare when it’s released later this month!
Wilhelmina Heidle, the fourth child and only daughter of the king of the world’s wealthiest nation, has grown up in the shadows. Kept hidden from the world in order to serve as a spy for her father—whose obsession with building his empire is causing a war—Wil wants nothing more than to explore the world beyond her kingdom, if only her father would give her the chance.
Until one night Wil is attacked, and she discovers a dangerous secret. Her touch turns people into gemstone. At first Wil is horrified—but as she tests its limits, she’s drawn more and more to the strange and volatile ability. When it leads to tragedy, though, Wil is forced to face the destructive power within her and finally leave her home to seek the truth and a cure.
But finding the key to her redemption puts her in the path of a cursed prince who has his own ideas for what to do with Wil’s power.
With a world on the brink of war and a power of ultimate destruction, can Wil find a way to help the kingdom that’s turned its back on her, or will she betray her past and her family forever?
2) The Cruel Prince by Holly Black
The Cruel Prince is going to be released in January, making it part of next year’s tally, but it’s on my current list!
Jude was seven years old when her parents were murdered and she and her two sisters were stolen away to live in the treacherous High Court of Faerie. Ten years later, Jude wants nothing more than to belong there, despite her mortality. But many of the fey despise humans. Especially Prince Cardan, the youngest and wickedest son of the High King.To win a place at the Court, she must defy him–and face the consequences.In doing so, she becomes embroiled in palace intrigues and deceptions, discovering her own capacity for bloodshed. But as civil war threatens to drown the Courts of Faerie in violence, Jude will need to risk her life in a dangerous alliance to save her sisters, and Faerie itself.
In the beginning, there was darkness.
Before he met Callie, before he became the Bargainer, there was Desmond Flynn, the bastard son of a scribe. A boy born to a weak mother, cursed with little magic, and destined to marry a slave.But fate had something else in mind.Till darkness dies.
From the barren caves of Arestys to the palace of Somnia to the streets of earth, this is how Desmond Flynn, a fairy who began with nothing, became the Emperor of Evening Stars.