Welcome to Top Ten Tuesday! This weekly shared “meme” has a different theme each week and is shared by many blogs. We’re aiming to come up with ten things between us each week so they won’t be in any particular order!
This week I am sharing ten books that I recently added to my TBR. Many of these will be published this year – to hear all the books Philippa and I are excited about for 2016, check out episode 37 of Tea in the Treetops Podcast!
Top Ten Books I Recently Added To My TBR Mountain
1. Strange the Dreamer by Laini Taylor (September 2016)
Strange the Dreamer is the story of:
the aftermath of a war between gods and men.
a mysterious city stripped of its name.
a mythic hero with blood on his hands.
a young librarian with a singular dream.
a girl every bit as perilous as she is imperiled.
alchemy and blood candy, nightmares and godspawn, moths and monsters, friendship and treachery, love and carnage.
Welcome to Weep.
A brand new world and story from the author of Daughter of Smoke and Bone. Can Not Wait.
2. Paper and Fire (The Great Library #2) by Rachel Caine (July 2016)
In Ink and Bone, New York Times bestselling author Rachel Caine introduced a world where knowledge is power, and power corrupts absolutely. Now, she continues the story of those who dare to defy the Great Library—and rewrite history…
With an iron fist, The Great Library controls the knowledge of the world, ruthlessly stamping out all rebellion, forbidding the personal ownership of books in the name of the greater good.
I loved the first book in this series and I can’t wait to see where the story goes from here!
3. Furthermore by Tahereh Mafi (August 2016)
The bestselling author of the Shatter Me series takes readers beyond the limits of their imagination in this captivating new middle grade adventure where color is currency, adventure is inevitable, and friendship is found in the most unexpected places.
There are only three things that matter to twelve-year-old Alice Alexis Queensmeadow: Mother, who wouldn’t miss her; magic and color, which seem to elude her; and Father, who always loved her. The day Father disappears from Ferenwood he takes nothing but a ruler with him. But it’s been almost three years since then, and Alice is determined to find him. She loves her father even more than she loves adventure, and she’s about to embark on one to find the other.
I haven’t even read the Shatter Me series but I’ve heard great things about it. This new story sounds amazing!
4. Into the Dim by Janet B Taylor (March 2016)
When fragile, sixteen-year-old Hope Walton loses her mom to an earthquake overseas, her secluded world crumbles. Agreeing to spend the summer in Scotland, Hope discovers that her mother was more than a brilliant academic, but also a member of a secret society of time travelers. Trapped in the twelfth century in the age of Eleanor of Aquitaine, Hope has seventy-two hours to rescue her mother and get back to their own time. Along the way, her path collides with that of a mysterious boy who could be vital to her mission . . . or the key to Hope’s undoing. Addictive, romantic, and rich with historical detail,Into the Dim is an Outlander for teens.
Anything with time travel automagically goes on the list.
5. Heartless by Marissa Meyer (November 2016)
Long before she was the terror of Wonderland — the infamous Queen of Hearts — she was just a girl who wanted to fall in love.
Catherine may be one of the most desired girls in Wonderland, and a favorite of the yet-unmarried King of Hearts, but her interests lie elsewhere. A talented baker, all she wants is to open a shop with her best friend and supply the Kingdom of Hearts with delectable pastries and confections. But according to her mother, such a goal is unthinkable for the young woman who could be the next Queen.
I know, we only just recovered from reading Winter, but Marissa has been busy with The Queen of Hearts’ origin story! Shut up and take my money.
6. Bright Smoke, Cold Fire by Rosamund Hodge (September 2016)
This new series, pitched as “Romeo and Juliet meets Sabriel,” re-imagines Shakespeare’s story of feuding families and doomed lovers in a city threatened by necromancers and protected by “the Juliet,” a girl born in every generation with powerful magic.
Just everything about this book sounds amazing. I wasn’t all that impressed with Crimson Bound last year, but I didn’t mind the writing style. I’m willing to give this one a shot.
7. A Torch Against the Night (An Ember in the Ashes #2) by Sabaa Tahir (August 2016)
A Torch Against the Night takes readers into the heart of the Empire as Laia and Elias fight their way north to liberate Laia’s brother from the horrors of Kauf Prison. Hunted by Empire soldiers, manipulated by the Commandant, and haunted by their pasts, Laia and Elias must outfox their enemies and confront the treacherousness of their own hearts.
So you may remember I wasn’t such a huge fan of elements of An Ember in the Ashes? Well, it’s not going to stop me getting stuck into the sequel.
8. The Road to Winter by Mark Smith (July 2016)
Pitched as Tomorrow When the War Began for a new generation.
The Road To Winter tells the story of Finn Morrison, a sixteen year old boy surviving alone in a quarantined coastal town after a massive pandemic has wiped out most of the population. All law and order has broken down and wilders, bands of outlaws, roam the countryside. When Rose, an escaped siley – the name given to asylum seekers who have been sold off at public slave auctions – is chased into town by wilders, Finn leads her to safety and they form a wary alliance.
Interesting-sounding tale from a new Aussie author.
9. Skyfire (The Seven Signs #1) by Michael Adams (August 2016)
Seven talented and driven teenagers from around the world have been selected by trillionaire Internet King Felix Scott to form an elite group of young people committed to help make a difference in the world. They meet at the ceremony announcing their selection, then their lives are bound together on a quest as they come to realise that each of them has been sent part of a code that predicts an unknown disaster.
I really hope this is as amazing as it sounds… Another #LoveOzYA book for this year!
10. The Book of Whispers by Kimberley Starr (2016)
The winner of the 2015 Text Prize for Young Adult and Children’s Writing is Kimberley Starr, author of The Book of Whispers!
The Book of Whispers is an imaginative and gripping historical fantasy novel set during the first Crusade, in a world where demons are real and gaining power, and almost no one can see them.