New Books on My Kindle

img_9744Two 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.

img_9745Throwing 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 fallShadow 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.
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valkyrie landingValkyrie 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.

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feast of the motherFeast 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…?

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lullabyLullaby (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.

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the awakenedThe 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.

Forever.
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? 

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img_9746Obviously 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.

Book Review: Found (The Will of Yggdrasil #5)

foundTitle: Found (The Will of Yggdrasil #5)

Author: Sara C. Roethle

Pub. Date: February 6, 2020

Rating: ⭐️⭐️⭐️.5


The old gods have returned, and there will be hell to pay.

Previously the Bitter Ashes Series.

Now that Yggdrasil has been regrown, Madeline must face the old gods’ judgment. She shouldn’t exist, and they know it. The world has been irreparably changed, and perhaps the Vaettir no longer have a place in it. Madeline had thought that once she destroyed her rival she would be safe. Now she knows just how wrong she was.

Madeline will face the ultimate trial, outwitting the All Father himself. Will she survive to see her daughter grow up, or will time and fate be irreparably damaged, throwing not just earth, but all worlds into chaos?


This will be a spoiler free review.

I can’t believe I’ve read the last book in this series.

I can’t believe that I got so sucked in and invested all because of Elise Kova.

Remind me to thank her.

Overall, I’ve really enjoyed this series, and I thought that this was a pretty good ending to Maddie’s story. Pretty much everything is tied up, and what isn’t is minor and probably left open for you to imagine what comes next. A lot happens in this book, and while that’s not a bad thing overall, I do have some issues.

The first issue being that it felt like two books mashed into one. It felt like the first 50% was one book, with a lot of the fluff missing, and then the second 50% was another book with fluff missing. There were basically two arcs in this book, and they felt rushed.

Okay, yes, they ultimately tie into each other, and make sense (which isn’t surprising since it’s a series) but I wouldn’t have been mad if there had been a sixth book.

Stuff was just so rushed in this book.

My second issue is, can Maddie just choose both Alaric and Mikael…I mean jfc. I feel like this series very much makes you choose Team Alaric or Team Mikael, and honestly, I’m team Mikael. I don’t know what it is, or if I just have a soft spot for Vikings, but I just like him so much more. Maddie has pretty deep connections with everyone in her life, and she is one of those female characters, who guys just want to flock around and protect. That’s great and all, but they’re all so snarky, and sarcastic and just giant dorks, that I end up liking them all. I’m still totally Team Mikael, but honestly, there are practically so many guys to choose from. It’s a little ridiculous.

And my final issue, the very ending, how it all goes down. Like, wtf. As the ending to the whole series and everything that has happened, it’s pretty good and justified…mostly. But again, I think my main issue with the ending was the pacing. Everything happened too fast, too quickly for me to really feel the emotional weight and consequences.

I just needed this whole book to slow the hell down or be longer. I don’t know. I just needed more time.

I’m kind of sad to now be done with this series, these characters. I’m definitely going to miss them. On a happier note, I’m really excited to give the author’s other books a go! I’m excited to dive into Tree of Ages, which would most likely be the next one I read. If you’re looking for a urban fantasy (I guess that’s what I’d call it) with some more mature themes, hot men, Gods, magics and battles for humanity all while learning to accept yourself and not fear who you are, and finding your family, you might want to check out this series. It pretty much has everything, so you can’t go wrong.

 

 

Book Review: Forged (The Will of Yggdrasil #4)

forgedTitle: Forged (The Will of Yggdrasil #4)

Author: Sara C. Roethle

Pub. Date: February 5, 2020

Rating: ⭐️⭐️⭐️.5


Lovers torn apart by time. A tree regrown from the beginning.

Previously the Bitter Ashes Series.

What do the Morrigan, a necromancer, and an ancient Viking have in common? Nothing, except for a common goal: Defeat Estus once and for all, and rescue their loved ones trapped in the past.

New alliances are formed, old friends may be lost, but will balance be restored once and for all?


This will be a short, spoiler free review.

To be honest, I don’t know what to say at this point that would inadvertently be a spoiler.

I’m still annoyed about a certain thing that Maddie is dealing with, and ultimately, it’s just going to make things harder.

I’m such a Mikael fan. Like, I like him more than I like Alaric. Why can’t he be the love interest? I guess I have a thing for big tough on the outside, soft on the inside Vikings. I do love his and Maddie’s friendship. So, that’s a plus.

Things are starting to pick up and fall into place. Battles are getting ready to be fought and potentially won. Maddie and Alaric are tested, and new alliances and friendships are forged. Actually, quite a lot happens in this book, and I can’t talk about any of it without spoilers.

I definitely liked this book better than book 3, and I’ve already bought the final book in this series. I’ll get to find out how it all ends very soon.

I’m still really glad that I got into this series, because it’s low pressure, I can just lay in my bed at night, reading and get lost in a story. I love that. I love that I really don’t have to think too critically, and I can just enjoy these books.

If you haven’t yet, make sure you check out Fated, book 1 in The Will of Yggdrasil series!

 

Book Review: Fury (The Will of Yggdrasil #3)

furyTitle: Fury (The Will of Yggdrasil #3)

Author: Sara C. Roethle

Pub. Date: February 5, 2020

Rating: ⭐️⭐️⭐️


When you play with gods, you get burned.

Previously the Bitter Ashes Series.

Madeline can’t run forever. Estus still wants the key, and now thanks to Mikael, she’s a bigger target than ever. The only choice left is to summon the old gods for aid, risking the chance they might sooner destroy them all, than help them harness the key’s power to defeat their enemies.

Madeline is willing to take the risk, though gods can be finicky, and if there’s one thing she’s learned, it’s that no one does anything for free.


This will be a spoiler free review.

This book suffered from middle book syndrome. Basically, nothing happens during the first 45% of this book. At least nothing of major consequence. War is looming, and Maddie and Co. have been on the run and hiding out.

Hiding is the main focus of the first half of the novel.

It gets a little boring after a while.

Even when things pick up during the second half of the novel, I felt like the world building was being altered to fit a new narrative. I just felt a disconnect with the characters and the plot, and suddenly people were seemingly acting out of character.

Again, I think the biggest issue with this book is just suffers from middle book syndrome. It’s just a filler book to get us to the next one. There was also no real progression with any of the character relationships, despite the new information that gets revealed about certain characters. And aspects of Maddie’s power are revealed or hinted at that just seemed strange?

Maybe I’m just woefully ignorant on Irish folklore and mythology (the series pulls inspiration from it) – I’m not discounting that. I don’t know really anything about it, so this could all be quite common knowledge. But as for a reading experience, this book just left me feeling a little bored and a little skeptical.

Did I already buy book 4, because I’m too invested at this point?

Yes. I did.

It’s already loaded onto my Kindle. I’m too deep into this story to give up now.

I talked in the last review for this series about an element that I’m not a fan of, and I’m still not a fan. I think it’s going to cause problems. Also, there is a death in this book that felt incredibly cheap and so unnecessary. Like, I’m actually kind of annoyed that this character dies. It served no purpose, at all. Just thinking about it is actually making me angry. I didn’t have such a strong reaction when I read it, but now, thinking about it…what the fuck. I’m angry.

The uselessness of the death reminds me of Beth’s death seasons ago in The Walking Dead. It served absolutely no purpose.

Anyways, I digress.

I’m also starting to root for a different love interest other than Alaric. I don’t know, I’m just not sold on him. I don’t find him irresistible or even really interesting. Which is crazy, because I didn’t feel this way for book 1&2. Sure, he’s your typic fantastical alpha male, who’s super-hot and willing to do whatever it takes to protect those he cares about. While the latter is still true, it’s like his character has been watered down.

It’s hard to explain without spoilers, but maybe the author was trying to make him more sentimental and occupy the “traditional woman role” of pining, of needing to be protected. But to me, it felt more like his character had been watered down. Like the spark or something was gone.

But yeah, there’s another guy that I’d totally be on board with Maddie being with…if not for that stupid freaking plot element I hate.

I don’t think this book is the strongest in the series. Granted, that could change, I have 2 more books to read. But based on what I read, this was my least favorite. When I finished book 1, I couldn’t wait to read book 2, and same when I finished book 2, I couldn’t wait for book 3. Right now, my feelings are ‘I’m too invested now to not finish this series’, but I don’t feel this pressing need to start it right away.

Overall, I’m still a fan of this series, the world, the characters, and I’m interested in finding out what’s coming next. Once again, the stakes are higher, new powers have been unleashed and it’s up to Maddie and Co. to basically save the world. If you’re interested, you can check out my reviews for Fated and Fallen.

Book Review: Fallen (The Will of Yggdrasil #2)

fallenTitle: Fallen (The Will of Yggdrasil #2)

Author: Sara C. Roethle

Pub. Date: February 5, 2020

Rating: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️


As it turns out, finding the charm was the least of Madeline’s worries.

Previously the Bitter Ashes Series.

Enter the mischievous Viking. Mikael seems to know more about Madeline’s quest than she does. His ancient vendetta will take her back to the time of his birth. Unfortunately for her, Mikael was born about a thousand years ago, in a place far different from anything Madeline has ever known.

In order to return home, she will face Vikings, bandits, and the spinners of fate themselves. The stakes may be high, but at least Madeline finally knows just what, and who, she’s fighting for.


This will be a spoiler free review.

I’m just going to dive right into this review, so if you want to know more about my general thoughts and feelings, you can check out my review for Fated the first book in The Will of Yggdrasil series here.

I bought this eBook legit the moment after I finished reading Fated. Then I started reading it that same night but didn’t actually finish it until the next night. Once I start these books, I tend to not move or get up until I’m done. They’re pretty quick, engrossing reads so it usually doesn’t take long. I definitely enjoyed this book more than Fated. I was already familiar with the world, the characters and the stakes, and this book picks up right where book 1 left off. I was just ready to find out what happens next. A few new characters were introduced in this book, and I kind of love them.

Why are big, tortured, moody Vikings with soft, tormented centers so damn attractive? Mikael was introduced and while I have no idea what his ultimate goal is, I thoroughly enjoy his character and the chemistry he has with Maddie.

I also kind of really like James, which I didn’t expect.

He’s a grade A asshole and probably a sociopath, but something happens to him and this new version feels more like a lost, hurting puppy, and I feel for him. Between James and Mikael, I think they could both probably use hugs.

I think the thing I liked least in this book is the little plot twist that is revealed. The only reason I don’t like it is because it’s my least favorite thing to happen in books. Like, it doesn’t matter how realistic it is, I just don’t really care for it in books. It’s kind of a turn off, but I find that I’m pretty forgiving when it comes to fantasy, especially these kinds of books. they’re already full of tropes and clichés, so it’s kind of to be expected. But when it was revealed, I audibly groaned and then rolled my eyes.

I can’t really go into too much detail, since this is book 2 and I don’t want to spoil anything, but I did enjoy this book, and I really can’t wait to start reading book 3, Fury. The stakes are higher than ever, characters are being tested and Maddie has some incredibly tough choices ahead of her. The question of who will rule once the war has been fought and won has yet to be decided and I cannot wait to see what happens next. Book 3 is already loaded on my Kindle and I’m diving into it soon.

Book Review: Fated (The Will of Yggdrasil #1)

fatedTitle: Fated (The Will of Yggdrasil #1)

Author: Sara C. Roethle

Pub Date: February 5, 2020

Rating: ⭐️⭐️⭐️.5


The monster at the door can be ignored. The monster in the mirror however…

Previously the Bitter Ashes Series.

Madeline knew her life was strange, and not just because she could sense the emotions of others. Having people die by your hand on two separate occasions can make a girl question her very existence. Still, she never thought she’d wake up in a world straight out of Norse myth. A world where corpses reanimate all on their own . . . and she’s supposed to be their executioner.

A normal person would run screaming into the night, but there’s something about dark and alluring Alaric that’s giving Madeline pause, and it’s not the fact that he turns a little feline from time to time. Together they must search for an elusive magical charm, a remnant of the gods themselves. Madeline’s life depends on finding it first . . . and so does the entire fate of humanity.


This will be a spoiler free review.

I don’t think this would have been on my radar if Elise Kova hadn’t posted about it in her Facebook group. I’m part of the group, so I saw the post with the book asking if any of her readers would be willing to read and post a review of the book. It sounded interesting and like something I could quickly get through.

I’m a huge fan of Elise’s, so I trust her opinion when it comes to books. So, if she’s promoting one, or an author in general, I’m likely to check the book or the author out.

I downloaded the book and practically inhaled it in one sitting. I enjoyed this book, the world, the characters. I will say that as I was getting into it, I was a little confused. But not for the reasons you may think.

You’d think as an avid reader, my reading comprehension would be stellar. Well, in this instance, not so much. For whatever reason, I struggled with this line in the synopsis:

Previously the Bitter Ashes Series.

 Except, I didn’t read it that way. There was a disconnect or something in my brain and I read this:

Previously ON the Bitter Ashes Series.

I have nothing. I don’t know why I read it that way, but because I did, I spent a good 40 minutes trying to figure out why this series sounded exactly like the author’ Bitter Ashes Series, and how many damn times could this girl be stolen from her bed and not remember it.

40 minutes later and I felt like a damn fool and dove into the book with no more concerns or confusion. I promptly read it in one sitting and then promptly bought book 2 and started it.

Fated is a pretty quick and easy read that allows you to turn your mind off and just get lost in it. It’s cliché and full of tropes, and therefore you kind of know what’s going to happen. It has a bit of insta attraction and insta love, but I found myself not minding. It’s a paranormal? fantasy, and I’m always more forgiving of the insta love in those kinds of stories.

Also, sometimes I get tired of reading about the proper progression of healthy relationships, and I just want the unrealistic automatic attraction and love that really makes no sense. It just means I don’t have to wait for the buildup between the two love interests.

This is definitely Upper YA or New Adult – I’m not really sure what it’s classified under. The characters are older, so I’m assuming YA, but if a teen were to read this, there’s nothing too graphic. There is sex on the page, and if you know, you know, and if you don’t, then you probably shouldn’t be reading the book. Again, nothing graphic, and a lot of fade to black.

I would have liked a little more world description and character description. I struggled just a little bit to picture some of the places and some of the characters. Character wise, it’s like I can picture their overall physique, but I can’t quite picture their faces. As for the world, I get general images, with a few specific details, and then I’m kind of lost. I don’t think either of these things break this book, just a personal preference. I love the cast of characters, and their personalities and I love the feel of the world.

I’m glad I went into this book with not very high expectations. I received a free copy to review, and I’ve bought the next two in the series, so I think that speaks to how much I enjoyed this book. I can’t wait to finish the series. I’m definitely looking forward to reading other books by Sara, Tree of Ages has been on my TBR for probably forever, so maybe that will be next.

If you’re looking for a quick read with some magic, romance, hot guys, and high stakes, maybe check this series out.

 

10 Book on my Kindle

…that I haven’t read.

I have this bad habit of putting books on my Kindle and then never reading them. A lot of them come from Free Booksy, .99 sales, or just really, too good to pass up sales and they just end up sitting there, untouched…for ages.

I tend to use my Kindle solely for eARCs these days, but I really need to start getting into the habit of reading books on my Kindle. I’m out of shelf space – or just about out of it, and Kindle could solve that problem. Though, to be honest, it doesn’t help when a Kindle book is $9.99, and I can often get a physical copy for the same price. Somehow that rationalization leads me to the physical copy over the digital and I need to get out of that mindset.

Now, the books I’m going to be sharing I have not read. I know nothing about them other than the synopsis. Even then, it’s probably been ages since I read the synopsis. Also, I definitely acquired most of these because I liked the cover. That is the easiest way to get me to buy a book/click a link of a book. If the cover is gorgeous – I’m bound to check it out.

I judge books by their covers ALL the time.

I’m just going to pick 10 books at random from my 284 on my Kindle, and I’m going to steer clear of the ones I have read. Maybe this list can serve as a reminder to maybe finally read these damn books. If you’ve read/heard anything about any of these books – or you have some I should check out, let me know!

Let’s jump into this.


Ruin.jpgRuin (Fire & Blood #1) – Alexa B. James

The cover for this is gorgeous and I read “vampires” in the synopsis and I downloaded it when it was free sometime this year. It is a reverse harem novel – not my usual kind of read, but I figured I’d give it a chance…it was free.

In a world of perpetual night, vampires rule and humans have no chance of escape.
On the surface, my life must appear one of lavish design. As a courtesan for the vampire royals, extravagant gowns are tailor-made to hug my curves, ensuring I look my best as an ornament decorating a luxurious palace.
What is the cost of all this splendor? My blood, my body… and my soul.
After being arrested for war crimes, I volunteered to become a consort to the three kings to allow my family time to escape. But when the malicious leader of the human rebellion demands I betray my new lovers, even I’m surprised to discover my loyalties have shifted.
My body now craves the touch of my vampiric kings, awakening a burning passion within me to protect them from an uprising that could bring them to their knees. Can I find a way to protect all those I love, or will I pay with my life for daring to care for both sides?

The Fire & Blood series, written by Alexa B. James, is an 18+ Reverse Harem Romance weaved together by secrets, fangs, and passion.


The edinburgh seerThe Edinburgh Seer (The Edinburgh Seer #1) – Alisha Klapheke

I don’t remember if this was free when I got it, but I definitely got it because I’m dying to go back to Scotland, and it sounds good.

A Seer with a deadly secret.

A chemist turned spy.

And the rebellion that will thrust them together.

In an alternate, modern-day Edinburgh full of ghosts and magical sweets, Aini MacGregor must hide her magic or face the mad king’s firing squad.But when the most notorious clan in Scotland abducts her father, she must risk death to follow a trail of artifacts to save him. It might just work out.Until she realizes the man she trusts the most, her father’s genius apprentice, is a spy.
Outlander meets Mortal Instruments in this romantic fantasy set in a modern, alternate Scotland.


pestilencePestilence (The Four Horsemen #1) – Laura Thalassa

I really need to read this. I’ve heard great things. Someone make me read this. Please.

They came to earth—Pestilence, War, Famine, Death—four horsemen riding their screaming steeds, racing to the corners of the world. Four horsemen with the power to destroy all of humanity. They came to earth, and they came to end us all.
When Pestilence comes for Sara Burn’s town, one thing is certain: everyone she knows and loves is marked for death. Unless, of course, the angelic-looking horseman is stopped, which is exactly what Sara has in mind when she shoots the unholy beast off his steed.
Too bad no one told her Pestilence can’t be killed.
Now the horseman, very much alive and very pissed off, has taken her prisoner, and he’s eager to make her suffer. Only, the longer she’s with him, the more uncertain she is about his true feelings towards her … and hers towards him.
And now, well, Sara might still be able to save the world, but in order to do so, she’ll have to sacrifice her heart in the process.


The collectors societyThe Collectors’ Society (The Collectors’ Society #1) – Heather Lyons

It’s based off Alice in Wonderland. I needed it. And I need to read it.

After years in Wonderland, Alice has returned to England as an adult, desperate to reclaim sanity and control over her life. An enigmatic gentleman with an intriguing job offer too tempting to resist changes her plans for a calm existence, though. Soon, she’s whisked to New York and initiated into the Collectors’ Society, a secret organization whose members confirm that famous stories are anything but straightforward and that what she knows about the world is only a fraction of the truth.
It’s there she discovers villains are afoot—ones who want to shelve the lives of countless beings. Assigned to work with the mysterious and alluring Finn, Alice and the rest of the Collectors’ Society race against a doomsday clock in order to prevent further destruction . . . but will they make it before all their endings are erased? 


insanityInsanity (Insanity #1) – Cameron Jace

Another Alice in Wonderland re-imagining. I’m a sucker for retellings/adaptations/re-imaginings and Alice in Wonderland is one of my favorites.

After accidentally killing everyone in her class, Alice Wonder is now a patient in the Radcliffe Lunatic Asylum. No one doubts her insanity. Only a hookah-smoking professor believes otherwise; that he can prove her sanity by decoding Lewis Carroll’s paintings, photographs, and find Wonderland’s real whereabouts. Professor Caterpillar persuades the asylum that Alice can save lives and catch the wonderland monsters now reincarnated in modern day criminals. In order to do so, Alice leads a double life: an Oxford university student by day, a mad girl in an asylum by night. The line between sanity and insanity thins when she meets Jack Diamond, an arrogant college student who believes that nonsense is an actual science. 


the harvestingThe Harvesting (The Harvesting #1) – Melanie Karsak

ZOMBIES. Also, a sucker for zombies and this cover caught my eye and I went and downloaded it.

It’s all fun and games until someone ends up undead.
Layla spent her whole life running away from her hometown. Raised by the town’s medium, and dubbed the “weird” girl, the last thing she wants is to go home. When Layla gets a desperate phone call to return just as a mysterious outbreak sweeps the country, Layla’s instincts urge her to go. Good thing, because the dead are rising. The town’s residents, including the ex who jilted her, will need Layla’s help if they hope to survive.


relentlessRelentless (Relentless #1) – Karen Lynch

 Vampires! But honestly, the cover called to me, and idk if at the time, I even knew it was vampires. (Yes, I have a problem. I blindly download, I know.)

Sara Grey’s world shattered ten years ago when her father was brutally murdered. Now at seventeen, she is still haunted by memories of that day and driven by the need to understand why it happened. She lives a life full of secrets and her family and friends have no idea of the supernatural world she is immersed in or of Sara’s own very powerful gift.
In her quest for answers about her father’s death, Sara takes risks that expose her and her friends to danger and puts herself into the sights of a sadistic vampire. On the same fateful night she meets Nikolas, a warrior who turns Sara’s world upside down and is determined to protect her even if it’s the last thing she wants.
Sara’s life starts to spin out of control as she is hunted by an obsessed vampire, learns that her friends have secrets of their own and reels from the truth about her own ancestry. Sara has always been fiercely independent but in order to survive now she must open herself to others, to reveal her deepest secrets. And she must learn to trust the one person capable of breaking down the walls around her.


Neron RisingNeron Rising (Neron Rising Saga #1) – Keary Taylor

I honestly don’t remember why I downloaded this one, other than it’s a sci-fi. It sounds good, but my reasonings are lost to me.

“I…am nothing.”
He takes a step forward, shaking his head twice, with absolute conviction. “You’re not nothing, Nova.”

In the Eon galaxy, Dominion controls any planet with solid Neron deposits, and Nova just found out they’re coming for hers. Korpillion isn’t supposed to have any Neron—the galaxy’s purest form of energy—but Nova Ainsley has been working with the owner of a secret mine for months, building highly illegal weapons that can wield Neron. She wants off Korpillion, and selling these weapons will buy her and her father a ticket to another planet in the galaxy.
Neron is incredible on its own, but there are those who can wield it to their will, granting them the ability to read minds, see the future, and destroy worlds—the Nero. But this is a galaxy where they are ceasing to exist, and Dominion owns the last one in the known universe, using him to take over and destroy billions of lives.
An encounter with the last Nero shows Nova her future: it’s with him. She will stand by his side one day, her fingers laced through his, love and adoration in both their eyes, a dark queen to his evil, pawn king.
Fate or destiny, Nova will do whatever it takes to change their future, and that of the galaxy.
The Neron Rising Saga is a series of episodes. Neron Rising is a slow-burn space-fantasy romance.


Frey_mech_fnl.inddFrey (The Frey Saga #1) – Melissa Wright

 I love finding relatively unknown fantasy authors. This definitely sounds good and I really want to read it now.

Frey’s life is a lie. She doesn’t remember being bound from magic. She didn’t intend to get entangled in Council business.
But she did.
And now she’s on the run. As the Council trackers pursue her, Frey discovers a world beyond their lies. With the aid of a stranger, she fights to reclaim her true identity before the others hunt her down. If they find her, she will burn.


wyltWylt (The Blood Lake Chronicles #1) – Amy Kuivalainen

 I’m pretty sure I need to read this right now. Help. I’m suddenly drowning in books.

‘The Wylts have always served the Vanes. It is our honor. It is our duty.’
Rosa Wylt’s life plans are disrupted when she is summoned back to Gwaed Lyn, an ancient estate in the Lake District.
Struggling with childhood memories overshadowed by the wealthy Vane Family, Rosa is determined to learn of the ties that have kept the Wylt’s bound to their benefactors for centuries.
Rosa finds more than her own family’s history when she uncovers the passionate, doomed love affair of a Vane ancestor… an ancestor that bears an uncanny resemblance to Balthasar, the only Vane that she cannot help being drawn to.
Nothing in the estate is as it seems and as Gwaed Lyn and the immortal Vane Family start revealing their mysteries, Rosa realizes it is called The Blood Lake for a reason…
A modern gothic romance inspired by a new vampire origin story and tangled with the myth and magic of the Fae.


And that’s 10 unread books on my Kindle. I suddenly want to read all of these and I don’t know where to start. It’ll have to be a goal of 2020 to read as many of these books as possible. I’m making this list an informal 2020 TBR list. By the end of 2020, I need to have read these 10 books.

Finger’s crossed.

What are some of the books on your Kindle that you haven’t read and just blindly downloaded?

Also, if you’ve made it to the end of this apologetically long post, MERRY CHRISTMAS and HAPPY HOLIDAYS!