So, even with the current circumstances, I’m still unable to make a dent in my TBR; the books just keep piling up! Admittedly, since getting back into my Kindle, books have been continually mysteriously downloading. However, I should be making some progress. Alas, no, so I thought I’d dedicate this week to books I’m excited about delving into.
Capturing the Devil | Kerri Maniscalco
Series: Stalking Jack the Ripper
Genre: Historical, Historical Fiction, Young Adult, Mystery, Romance, Thriller, Horror, Fiction
Summary: Audrey Rose Wadsworth and Thomas Cresswell have landed in America, a bold, brash land unlike the genteel streets of London they knew. But like London, the city of Chicago hides its dark secrets well. When the two attend the spectacular World’s Fair, they find the once-in-a-lifetime event tainted with reports of missing people and unsolved murders.
Determined to help, Audrey Rose and Thomas begin their investigations, only to find themselves facing a serial killer unlike any they’ve heard of before. Identifying him is one thing, but capturing him—and getting dangerously lost in the infamous Murder Hotel he constructed as a terrifying torture device—is another.
This book is one that’s currently next up to be read, having fallen in love with Maniscalco’s universe and the characters that inhabit it. There’s so much involved in this series, and this book is the unfortunate finale to it. My love for Audrey Rose and Thomas knows no bounds, and I’m so excited but also devastated to read it. Admittedly, I’ve been putting it off a little, but I’ll definitely be getting into it soon, especially after how the last book ended.
Matched | Ally Condie
Genre: Young Adult, Science Fiction, Dystopia, Romance
Summary: In the Society, officials decide. Who you love. Where you work. When you die.
Cassia has always trusted their choices. It’s hardly any price to pay for a long life, the perfect job, the ideal mate. So when her best friend appears on the Matching screen, Cassia knows with complete certainty that he is the one…until she sees another face flash for an instant before the screen fades to black. Now Cassia is faced with impossible choices: between Xander and Ky, between the only life she’s known and a path no one else has ever dared follow—between perfection and passion.
This series reminds me a lot of The Selection and The Hunger Games, having a society where officials decide on your future. However, this one seems to have a twist, where those in charge choose every aspect of your life. Admittedly, it doesn’t have the highest of ratings, but sometimes a book doesn’t have to have that to be enjoyable. Sometimes trashy can work and work well.
Vicious | V.E. Schwab
Genre: Fantasy, Science Fiction, Fiction, Adult
Summary: Victor and Eli started out as college roommates—brilliant, arrogant, lonely boys who recognized the same sharpness and ambition in each other. In their senior year, a shared research interest in adrenaline, near-death experiences, and seemingly supernatural events reveals an intriguing possibility: that under the right conditions, someone could develop extraordinary abilities. But when their thesis moves from the academic to the experimental, things go horribly wrong.
Ten years later, Victor breaks out of prison, determined to catch up to his old friend (now foe), aided by a young girl whose reserved nature obscures a stunning ability. Meanwhile, Eli is on a mission to eradicate every other super-powered person that he can find—aside from his sidekick, an enigmatic woman with an unbreakable will. Armed with terrible power on both sides, driven by the memory of betrayal and loss, the archnemeses have set a course for revenge—but who will be left alive at the end?
This book has been on my TBR for an incredibly long time now, way too long, and it’s one of those that you keep picking up in bookstores but never actually purchasing for yourself. However, maybe this year will be the year I finally get my hands on it. The story itself seems really interesting, a fun spin on the idea of friends-to-enemies, and I’m deeply excited to read it.
Ninth House | Leigh Bardugo
Series: Alex Stern
Genre: Fantasy, Fiction, Mystery, Adult, Contemporary, Paranormal, Urban Fantasy, Horror, Magic, New Adult
Summary: Galaxy “Alex” Stern is the most unlikely member of Yale’s freshman class. Raised in the Los Angeles hinterlands by a hippie mom, Alex dropped out of school early and into a world of shady drug dealer boyfriends, dead-end jobs, and much, much worse. By age twenty, in fact, she is the sole survivor of a horrific, unsolved multiple homicide. Some might say she’s thrown her life away. But at her hospital bed, Alex is offered a second chance: to attend one of the world’s most elite universities on a full ride. What’s the catch, and why her?
This one is another that has been on my shelf for some time now, since its release last year in fact. As a fan of the author, it’s no surprise that this would be mentioned somewhere along the line, however, this is the first time I’ve fully sat down and researched into the book. Needless to say, I’m incredibly excited to read it. Galaxy, or Alex, sounds like an incredibly interesting protagonist and one I can’t wait to delve into the life of.
Little Women | Louisa May Alcott
Genre: Classics, Fiction, Historical, Historical Fiction, Young Adult, Romance, Literature, Childrens, 19th Century
Summary: Generations of readers young and old, male and female, have fallen in love with the March sisters of Louisa May Alcott’s most popular and enduring novel, Little Women. Here are talented tomboy and author-to-be Jo, tragically frail Beth, beautiful Meg, and romantic, spoiled Amy, united in their devotion to each other and their struggles to survive in New England during the Civil War.
This one may appear a little unusual for my tastes in literature, however, I saw the latest movie adaptation with my boyfriend a few months back and immediately fell in love with the story. Everything about it was gripping and beautiful to me, that I can’t help but be desperate to read the original tale.