Or as I’m calling it the month I bought waaaay too many books. In my defence, my birthday was in September, I also finished my dissertation at the end of August and had to celebrate and loads of really good books came out that I had to get my paws on. So here we go!
1. Frostblood & Fireblood – Elly Blake
So I absolutely loved Frostblood when I read an E-ARC from Netgalley late last year, but for some reason I hadn’t gotten around to picking up a physical copy. I was dying to read Fireblood, so I thought now might be the perfect opportunity to pick up a copy of each! (You can also read my review of Frostblood here).
The frost king will burn.
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.
2. An Ember in the Ashes – Sabaa Tahir
I have sadly never read An Ember in the Ashes. I’ve heard such wonderful things about it from tons of bloggers, so when I saw it just after I finished my dissertation was submitted, I knew I had to rectify that and get myself a copy!
Laia is a slave. Elias is a soldier. Neither is free.
Under the Martial Empire, defiance is met with death. Those who do not vow their blood and bodies to the Emperor risk the execution of their loved ones and the destruction of all they hold dear.
It is in this brutal world, inspired by ancient Rome, that Laia lives with her grandparents and older brother. The family ekes out an existence in the Empire’s impoverished backstreets. They do not challenge the Empire. They’ve seen what happens to those who do.
But when Laia’s brother is arrested for treason, Laia is forced to make a decision. In exchange for help from rebels who promise to rescue her brother, she will risk her life to spy for them from within the Empire’s greatest military academy.
3. Obsession – Amanda Robson
I saw lots of posts on Twitter about this book when it first came out and lots of bloggers were raving about it, so when I saw it on sale for just £2 in The Works, I picked myself up a copy. Looking forward to reading it on one of these chilly autumn evenings!
One evening, a wife asks her husband a question: who else would you go for, if you could?
It is a simple question – a little game – that will destroy her life.
4. The Fifth Season – N. K. Jemisin
The Fifth Season is a book I’ve always wanted to read, so again when I saw it in The Works I rushed to buy a copy. Can’t wait to read this beauty.
THIS IS THE WAY THE WORLD ENDS. AGAIN.
Three terrible things happen in a single day.
Essun, masquerading as an ordinary schoolteacher in a quiet small town, comes home to find that her husband has brutally murdered their son and kidnapped their daughter. Mighty Sanze, the empire whose innovations have been civilization’s bedrock for a thousand years, collapses as its greatest city is destroyed by a madman’s vengeance. And worst of all, across the heartland of the world’s sole continent, a great red rift has been been torn which spews ash enough to darken the sky for years. Or centuries.
5. High Stakes – ed. by George R. R. Martin & Melinda M. Snodgrass
I love George R. R. Martin’s books, and I read pretty much everything he’s ever written. I’ve never read his Wildcard series, which he edits along with Melinda Snodgrass, so I figured I might give it a shot and see how it goes!
Perfect for old fans and new readers alike, High Stakes (Wild Cards) delves deeper into the world of aces, jokers, and the hard-boiled men and women of the Fort Freak police precinct in a pulpy, page-turning novel of superheroics and Lovecraftian horror.
6. Kingdom of Sleep – E. K. Johnston
I absolutely adored A Thousand Nights by E. K. Johnston, but for some reason had heard virtually nothing about this beauty. I was browsing in Waterstones when I came across Kingdom of Sleep, and if that beautiful cover doesn’t make you want to read it, the blurb will have you hooked!
The world is made safe by a woman . . . but it is a very big world.
It has been generations since the Storyteller Queen saved her country from fire and blood – but now, the kingdom of Kharuf is threatened by a demon gathering power. When a princess is born, the demon is ready with her final blow: a curse that will cost that princess her very soul, or force her to destroy her own people to save her life.
7. A Skinful of Shadows – Frances Hardinge
I ashamedly have never read anything by Frances Hardinge (I know!) but I know a lot of people were really excited for this book coming out. I picked it up in the airport bookshop while I was waiting for my flight and it just sounded so good that I couldn’t resist.
This is the story of a bear-hearted girl . . .
Sometimes, when a person dies, their spirit goes looking for somewhere to hide.
Some people have space within them, perfect for hiding.
Twelve-year-old Makepeace has learned to defend herself from the ghosts which try to possess her in the night, desperate for refuge, but one day a dreadful event causes her to drop her guard.
And now there’s a spirit inside her.
8. The Language of Thorns – Leigh Bardugo
I don’t think I have to say too much about this one, it’s probably one of my most anticipated books of 2017. It has pretty much gone to the top of my TBR.
Love speaks in flowers. Truth requires thorns.
Travel to a world of dark bargains struck by moonlight, of haunted towns and hungry woods, of talking beasts and gingerbread golems, where a young mermaid’s voice can summon deadly storms and where a river might do a lovestruck boy’s bidding but only for a terrible price.
Inspired by myth, fairy tale, and folklore, #1 New York Times–bestselling author Leigh Bardugo has crafted a deliciously atmospheric collection of short stories filled with betrayals, revenge, sacrifice, and love.
9. Sleeping Beauties – Stephen & Owen King
I’m so excited to read this mammoth book. It looks absolutely stunning, though I’m not looking forward to lugging it back and forward with me on my commute!
In this spectacular father-son collaboration, Stephen King and Owen King tell the highest of high-stakes stories: what might happen if women disappeared from the world of men?
In a future so real and near it might be now, something happens when women go to sleep; they become shrouded in a cocoon-like gauze. If they are awakened, if the gauze wrapping their bodies is disturbed or violated, the women become feral and spectacularly violent; and while they sleep they go to another place. The men of our world are abandoned, left to their increasingly primal devices. One woman, however, the mysterious Evie, is immune to the blessing or curse of the sleeping disease. Is Evie a medical anomaly to be studied, or is she a demon who must be slain? Set in a small Appalachian town whose primary employer is a women’s prison, Sleeping Beauties is wildly provocative and gloriously absorbing.
10. Legend, Prodigy & Champion – Marie Lu
I saw a box set of this series for only £6 so I figured now was the perfect time to pick up some beautiful paperback copies!
What was once the western United States is now home to the Republic, a nation perpetually at war with its neighbors. Born into an elite family in one of the Republic’s wealthiest districts, fifteen-year-old June is a prodigy being groomed for success in the Republic’s highest military circles. Born into the slums, fifteen-year-old Day is the country’s most wanted criminal. But his motives may not be as malicious as they seem.
From very different worlds, June and Day have no reason to cross paths—until the day June’s brother, Metias, is murdered and Day becomes the prime suspect. Caught in the ultimate game of cat and mouse, Day is in a race for his family’s survival, while June seeks to avenge Metias’s death. But in a shocking turn of events, the two uncover the truth of what has really brought them together, and the sinister lengths their country will go to keep its secrets.
11. Perfect Remains – Helen Fields
This is another series I’ve always wanted to read. I recently volunteered at the Bloody Scotland book festival and Helen was on a panel. She talked a lot about her series so I thought it would be the perfect time to pick up a copy, and she signed it which was a fab bonus.
The first in a nail-shredding new crime series. Fans of M.J. Arlidge will be gripped from start to finish.
On a remote Highland mountain, the body of Elaine Buxton is burning. All that will be left to identify the respected lawyer are her teeth and a fragment of clothing.
In the concealed back room of a house in Edinburgh, the real Elaine Buxton screams into the darkness.
12. I Let You Go – Claire Mackintosh
Likewise Claire Mackintosh did a fantastic panel at Bloody Scotland. I didn’t have any pennies on me at the time to pick up a book, but I did manage to pick up I Let You Go at a later date from my local bookshop, and I’m so looking forward to reading it!
On a rainy afternoon, a mother’s life is shattered as her son slips from her grip and runs into the street …
I Let You Go follows Jenna Gray as she moves to a ramshackle cottage on the remote Welsh coast, trying to escape the memory of the car accident that plays again and again in her mind and desperate to heal from the loss of her child and the rest of her painful past.
At the same time, the novel tracks the pair of Bristol police investigators trying to get to the bottom of this hit-and-run. As they chase down one hopeless lead after another, they find themselves as drawn to each other as they are to the frustrating, twist-filled case before them.
13. Tower of Dawn – Sarah J. Maas
This is another one that I probably don’t have to say much about. The next instalment in an absolutely wonderful series.
Chaol Westfall has always defined himself by his unwavering loyalty, his strength, and his position as the Captain of the Guard. But all of that has changed since the glass castle shattered, since his men were slaughtered, since the King of Adarlan spared him from a killing blow, but left his body broken.
His only shot at recovery lies with the legendary healers of the Torre Cesme in Antica—the stronghold of the southern continent’s mighty empire. And with war looming over Dorian and Aelin back home, their survival might lie with Chaol and Nesryn convincing its rulers to ally with them.
But what they discover in Antica will change them both—and be more vital to saving Erilea than they could have imagined.
14. King’s Cage – Victoria Aveyard
I absolutely loved Red Queen but for some reason I haven’t gotten around to reading the rest of the series. Planning to rectify that over the next few weeks so I picked up the latest instalment, and I cannot wait to read it!
Mare Barrow is a prisoner, powerless without her lightning, tormented by her lethal mistakes. She lives at the mercy of a boy she once loved, a boy made of lies and betrayal. Now a king, Maven Calore continues weaving his dead mother’s web in an attempt to maintain control over his country—and his prisoner.
As Mare bears the weight of Silent Stone in the palace, her once-ragtag band of newbloods and Reds continue organizing, training, and expanding. They prepare for war, no longer able to linger in the shadows. And Cal, the exiled prince with his own claim on Mare’s heart, will stop at nothing to bring her back.
When blood turns on blood, and ability on ability, there may be no one left to put out the fire—leaving Norta as Mare knows it to burn all the way down.