First week of March and I’m determined to make it through this month’s Top Five’s successfully!
This past week has consisted of wish lists galore, scrolling through online stores and Pinterest wishing for things I can’t afford. So, to make those wasted hours mean something, I thought I’d dedicate this week to books I’d love to read yet don’t own.
Hunting Prince Dracula | Kerri Maniscalco
Genre: Historical, Historical Fiction, Mystery, Young Adult
Following the grief and horror of her discovery of Jack the Ripper’s true identity, Audrey Rose Wadsworth has no choice but to flee London and its memories. Together with the arrogant yet charming Thomas Cresswell, she journeys to the dark heart of Romania, home to one of Europe’s best schools of forensic medicine… and to another notorious killer, Vlad the Impaler, whose thirst for blood became legend.
But her life’s dream is soon tainted in blood-soaked discoveries in the halls of the school’s forbidding castle, and Audrey rose is compelled to investigate the strangely familiar murders. What she finds brings all her terrifying fears to life once again.
I loved the first installment of this series, and Audrey won my heart the moment she was introduced. This book has been in my Amazon basket since completing the first and I’m so desperate to read it; the gorgeous cover doesn’t help either.
Eliza and her Monsters | Francesca Zappia
Genre: Contemporary, Young Adult, Romance
In the real world, Eliza Mirk is shy, weird, and friendless. Online, she’s LadyConstellation, the anonymous creator of the wildly popular webcomic Monstrous Sea. Eliza can’t imagine enjoying the real world as much as she loves the online one, and she has no desire to try.
Then Wallace Warland, Monstrous Sea‘s biggest fanfiction writer, transfers to her school. Wallace thinks Eliza is just another fan, and as he draws her out of her shell, she begins to wonder if a life offline might be worthwhile.
But when Eliza’s secret is accidentally shared with the world, everything she’s built – her story, her relationship with Wallace, and even her sanity – begins to fall apart.
This book was on my wish list for Christmas and is the only one I haven’t been able to find in stores yet, and keeps going out of stock online! After reading Radio Silence last month, I’m getting the same kind of vibes and really hope it lives up to the hype surrounding it. Plus, it’s another one with such a pretty cover; it’d look so nice on my shelves.
The Witch Doesn’t Burn in this One | Amanda Lovelace
Genre: Poetry, Feminism
The witch: supernaturally powerful, inscrutably independent, and now – indestructible. These moving, relatable poems encourage resilience and embolden women to take control of their own stories. Enemies try to judge, oppress, and marginalize her, but the witch doesn’t burn in this one.
I adore Lovelace’s poetry, her words becoming a huge inspiration to me and the moment I heard of there being a second installment to her ‘Women are some kind of magic’ anthologies I knew I had to own it. In fact, it is released today, so this might have to be the exception to my university books only rule.
The Foxhole Court | Nora Sakavic
Genre: LGBT, Contemporary, Young Adult, Sports, Romance
Neil Josten is the newest addition to the Palmetto State University Exy team. He’s short, he’s fast, he’s got a ton of potential – and he’s the runaway son of the murderous crime lord known as The Butcher.
Signing a contract with the PSU Foxes is the last thing a guy like Neil should do. The team is high profile and he doesn’t need sports crews broadcasting pictures of his face around the nation. His lies will hold up only so long under this kind of scrutiny and the truth will get him killed.
But Neil’s not the only one with secrets on the team. One of Neil’s new teammates is a friend from his old life, and Neil can’t walk away from him a second time. Neil has survived the last eight years by running. Maybe he’s finally found someone and something worth fighting for.
Thankfully, this book isn’t a money issue, it being apparently free on the kindle store currently. However, the issue I have is fitting it in between study reading, as this is one of the only books I have access to that I can’t make fit even marginally into a suitable genre to make me feel a little less guilty about enjoying study reads.
This book has received so many positive reviews lately and I’ve been reading so many blog posts surrounding it that I desperately want to join in with the hype. Hopefully during Easter break I’ll manage to find a day to myself so I can read it.
Meet Cute: Some People Are Destined to Meet | Jennifer L. Armentrout, et al.
Genre: Young Adult, Short Stories, Contemporary, Romance, Anthologies
Whether or not you believe in fate, or luck, or love at first sight, every romance has to start somewhere. MEET CUTE is an anthology of original short stories featuring some of “how they first met” from some of today’s most popular YA authors.
Readers will experience Nina LaCour’s beautifully written piece about two Bay Area girls meeting via a cranky customer service Tweet, Sara Shepard’s glossy tale about a magazine intern and a young rock star, Nicola Yoon’s imaginative take on break-ups and make-ups, Katie Cotugno’s story of two teens hiding out from a police at a house party, and Huntley Fitzpatrick’s charming love story that begins over iced teas at a diner. There’s riveting transgender heroine from Meredith Russo, a subway missed connection moment from Jocelyn Davies, and a girl determined to get out of her small town from Ibi Zoboi. Jennifer Armentrout writes a sweet story about finding love from a missing library book, Emery Lord has a heartwarming and funny tale of two girls stuck in an airport, Dhonielle Clayton takes a thoughtful, speculate approach to pre-destined love, and Julie Murphy dreams up a fun twist on reality dating show contestants.
I’ve been wanting to read something short and sweet for a long time, and since this book appeared on my Goodreads recommended I haven’t been able to stop thinking about it. I love short story anthologies and it’s been so long since I got myself a new one, and the amount of huge names featured is a massive bonus. This one will definitely have to be another Easter break read, if not sooner.