Two days ago, I started reading a 742-page epic fantasy novel and deluded myself into thinking I was going to have it read by Wednesday night, to review for Thursday.
I was kidding myself. I forgot how involved and amazing this series is, and how it’s not a quick read. It’s a tad dense but leads to beautiful world building and character relationships. There’s no breezing through any of the books in this series – at least not in the, sit down and read it in one sitting, kind of way. I’m only like, 220 pages into this book, so it’s going to take me another day, at least. So, maybe you’ll have the review by Friday.
Anyways, I digress, as usual.
Throwing my blog schedule to the wind for the time being, I’m going to show you 5 books I’ve acquired over the last week or so, that now reside on my Kindle.
I’ve been really loving reading on my Kindle lately, and I’m seriously dying to get to all these books. My next TBR is going to be full of a lot of guilty pleasure reads. I kind of went on a Kindle book buying spree the last time I was on Amazon, a few are eARC’s, and some are freebies that I got via Booksy on Facebook.
I won’t be going over every single book in these photos, but my goal for this post, is to just bring some lesser known books to your radar!
Shadow Fall (Shadow Fall #1) – Audrey Grey
My name is Maia Graystone: prisoner, rebel, and reluctant savior of a dying world.
In exactly 552 hours, an asteroid will end life as we know it. Not that I’m counting or anything. Trapped inside a hellish prison with thieves and murderers, I have more current worries.
Like the brother I left behind or the not-so-friendly inmates or the fact that I’m wanted by the most powerful man in existence.
Then a mysterious benefactor breaks me out and offers the impossible: a spot in the Shadow Trials. Win and I’ll receive a coveted place for my brother and I on the space station in the stars.
But the opportunity comes at a steep price. Partner with a dashing psychopath, enter the court that once condemned me to death, survive the ruthless trials created by my own mother, and kill the Emperor–the very man who’s hunting me.
In this cunning game of life and death, nothing is as it seems and everyone expects me to fail. But they forgot one tiny detail.
Never underestimate the girl with nothing left to lose.
Valkyrie Landing (Valkyrie Allegiance #1) – A.J. Flowers
First Law of the Valkyrie… Don’t Fall in Love.
I failed my sisters and fell in love with William Johnson. I’ve watched him for three lifetimes and a little piece of me broke every time I had to let him die.
I paid the price for breaking the first law of the Valkyrie. I lost all the memories I had of Will. That’s why Sam is keeping tabs on me. She’s an ever-present shadow during my time at Mattsfield High. Sam is the perfect Valkyrie. Tall. Beautiful. Heartless.
I may not remember Will, but my heart does. If Freya thinks I’m going to be a good little Valkyrie this time around… she’s wrong.
Feast of the Mother (Witch of the Lake #1) – Miranda Honfluer & Nicollette Andrews
A witch. A murder. A curse…
Beneath the murky waters of the lake, an ancient being slumbers, and Brygida is its servant. Kept sheltered in the woods by her mothers from the nearby village, Brygida has never had so much as a friend—until the day she meets a charming stranger painting by the lake. He invites her to the village’s harvest feast, but her taste of the forbidden ends with a murder.
Called into service for the first time, Brygida must take up her ancestral duty as Reaper of Death and solve the murder within three days. If she brings the murderer to the lake on the third day, the being she serves will be sated. If she fails, Brygida herself will be drawn beneath the murky waters, and the village massacred. There’s only one problem: the main suspect is her charming painter, Kaspian.
As Brygida investigates, the dangers are many and answers few. The village and her family stand against her, and with time running short, the lake demands a price. Brygida believes Kaspian is innocent, but can she stake her life on it, when failure means condemning the rest of the village, and being dragged into the deep…?
Lullaby (The Sand Maiden #1) – L.R. W. Lee
Naive… Crazy Risktaker… or Fool in Love. Who is Alissandra?
Alissandra, crown prince Kovis Altairn’s sand maiden, flees Dream realm to protect him and Wake from her father’s nefarious schemes. She only prays he can’t track her down. But her problems are far from over.
The prince, the most powerful sorcerer in the Altairn Empire, knows nothing about Dream realm, let alone his sand maiden. So when Ali is discovered naked in his bedroom, she is accused of malicious motives and being a spy. How will she convince him of her intentions, as well as the danger?
The Sand Maiden is a four-book NA Epic Fantasy Romance series with YA appeal. If you loved Sarah J. Maas’ A Court of Thorns and Roses, Elise Kova’s Air Awakens, and/or Rachel E. Carter’s The Black Mage you’ll definitely love this.
The Awakened (The Awakened Trilogy #1) – Amanda Carol
Aria and her twin brother learned the hard way that some myths are very real. After a vampire takes their parents from them, they travel across the country, revenge their only thought. When their crusade brings them to New Orleans, they find out there are secrets that could change their lives.
Son to the Alpha of the NOLA Pack, Hunter has doubts about taking over from his father one day. While hunting a vampire in the St. Louis cemetery, he comes to the aid of what he believes to be two humans. Not everything is as it seems. As truths come to light, danger lurks in the shadows. When evil stalks the streets of New Orleans, can Hunter and his wolf pack help keep Aria and her brother safe, or will all be lost?
Obviously these 5 books aren’t everything on my Kindle – you can see that from the images. But these are 5 books that I don’t see on mainstream radar. I also have a feeling that these are going to be very enjoyable, easily bingeable and I’m going to want the next books as soon as I finish the first.
My next 3-month TBR is coming up, and quite a few books – the ones mentioned, and others – are going to be on it. So, stay tuned for that coming early next month! Let me know if there are any under the radar books you love, that I can check out! I love reading books that don’t have the same popularity of what I often see on my feeds. I’ve found some of my favorite books by taking chances on lesser known titles and authors.