So it’s officially September! And with that comes a brand new tbr list…. this month I’ve got 6 physical books I’d like to finish. If I can get through more than that then I would sure like it… I imagine I’ll get through some ebooks however I never add them to my tbr list… they are more of the books I read randomly during those moments in a day where I have nothing better to do.
So without further ado here’s my September tbr and my first thoughts on them!
‘Six of Crows‘ by Leigh Bardugo
‘Ketterdam: a bustling hub of international trade where anything can be had for the right price—and no one knows that better than criminal prodigy Kaz Brekker. Kaz is offered a chance at a deadly heist that could make him rich beyond his wildest dreams. But he can’t pull it off alone…
A convict with a thirst for revenge.
A sharpshooter who can’t walk away from a wager.
A runaway with a privileged past.
A spy known as the Wraith.
A Heartrender using her magic to survive the slums.
A thief with a gift for unlikely escapes.
Six dangerous outcasts. One impossible heist. Kaz’s crew is the only thing that might stand between the world and destruction—if they don’t kill each other first.‘
I’ve got to admit it was the cover which intrigued me at first, plus the massive amount of hype surrounding this book! I’ve seen a lot of praise and love for this book, it’s characters and it’s storyline a like. As a fan of Leigh Bardugo’s ‘Shadow and Bone’ book (I’ve yet to read the other two in the series) I am looking forward to enjoying her work again. It definitely sounds interesting and having read the first 40 or so pages already I can tell it’s going to be an interesting ride for sure!
‘Cruel Crown‘ (Red Queen Novellas) by Victoria Aveyard
‘Two women on either side of the Silver-Red divide tell the stories no one else knows.
Queen Coriane, first wife of King Tiberias, keeps a secret diary – how else can she ensure that no one at the palace will use her thoughts against her? Coriane recounts her heady courtship with the crown prince, the birth of a new prince, Cal, and the potentially deadly challenges that lay ahead for her in royal life.
Diana Farley was raised to be strong, but being tasked with planting the seeds of rebellion in Norta is a tougher job than expected. As she travels the land recruiting black market traders, smugglers, and extremists for her first attempt at an attack on the capital, she stumbles upon a connection that may prove to be the key to the entire operation – Mare Barrow.‘
I’ve got to admit I’m a massive fan of the ‘Red Queen’ series so I just had to get these to go along side it’s counterparts! I’m definitely interested in seeing a piece of Queen Coriane’s life as she was already deceased in ‘Red Queen’ and we only got glimpses of her life and what she was like throughout the book. I’m not as excited about ‘Steel Scars’ and Farley’s story however I am interested to see more detail about the rebellion and what was involved before Mare came into the situation. Overall I am very excited to delve into the world of the Red’s and Silver’s again. Especially since I’m eagerly waiting for ‘King’s Cage’!
‘And I Darken‘ by Kiersten White
‘No one expects a princess to be brutal. And Lada Dragwyla likes it that way.
Ever since she and her brother were abandoned by their father to be raised in the Ottoman sultan’s courts, Lada has known that ruthlessness is the key to survival. For the lineage that makes her and her brother special also makes them targets.
Lada hones her skills as a warrior as she nurtures plans to wreak revenge on the empire that holds her captive. Then she and Radu meet the sultan’s son, Mehmed, and everything changes. Now Mehmed unwittingly stands between Lada and Radu as they transform from siblings to rivals, and the ties of love and loyalty that bind them together are stretched to breaking point.
The first of an epic new trilogy starring the ultimate anti-princess who does not have a gentle heart. Lada knows how to wield a sword, and she’ll stop at nothing to keep herself and her brother alive.‘
I have the feeling this is going to be an action packed thrill ride. It’s nice to see when characters take a step away from the stereotypes usually associated with either their gender or their ‘type’ of character (Kings, Queens, Princes, Princess’ etc). Lada sounds like she’s going to be a complete bad-ass and I do like when there are family feuds involved so that should be fun.
‘Crown of Midnight‘ by Sarah J. Maas
‘Crowned by Evil.
Bound by Duty.
Divided by Love.
Celaena Sardothien, royal assassin, is the King of Adarlan’s deadliest weapon. She must win her freedom through his enemies’ blood – but she cannot bear to kill for the crown. And every death Celaena fakes, every lie she tells, put those she loves at risk.
Torn between her two protectors – a captain and a prince – and battling a dark force far greater than the king, Celaena must decide what she will fight for: her liberty, her heart or the fate of a kingdom…‘
Well… I am super behind in this series… especially with the release of ‘Empire of Storms’ coming up. I figured I’d better get on my grind when it comes to this series, especially since I adored the first book. I’ve heard a lot of people say this is one of best in the series and I genuinely can’t wait to read it. Team Chaol all the way!
‘Daughter of Smoke and Bone‘ by Laini Taylor
‘“Errand requiring immediate attention. Come.
The note was on vellum, pierced by the talons of the almost-crow that delivered it. Karou read the message. ‘He never says please’, she sighed, but she gathered up her things.
When Brimstone called, she always came.”
In general, Karou has managed to keep her two lives in balance. On the one hand, she’s a seventeen-year-old art student in Prague; on the other, errand-girl to a monstrous creature who is the closest thing she has to family. Raised half in our world, half in ‘Elsewhere’, she has never understood Brimstone’s dark work – buying teeth from hunters and murderers – nor how she came into his keeping. She is a secret even to herself, plagued by the sensation that she isn’t whole.
Now the doors to Elsewhere are closing, and Karou must choose between the safety of her human life and the dangers of a war-ravaged world that may hold the answers she has always sought.‘
The story line massively intrigued me when it came to this book… the idea of multiple words ‘within’ our own has always fascinated me in books and I’m always instantly drawn to them. Whilst I haven’t heard loads about this book and it’s series what little I have heard has all been positive! I do love a good trilogy!
‘Cinder‘ by Marissa Meyer
‘A forbidden romance.
A deadly plague.
Earth’s fate hinges on one girl . . .
CINDER, a gifted mechanic in New Beijing, is also a cyborg. She’s reviled by her stepmother and blamed for her stepsister’s sudden illness. But when her life becomes entwined with the handsome Prince Kai’s, she finds herself at the centre of a violent struggle between the desires of an evil queen – and a dangerous temptation.
Cinder is caught between duty and freedom, loyalty and betrayal. Now she must uncover secrets about her mysterious past in order to protect Earth’s future.
This is not the fairytale you remember. But it’s one you won’t forget.‘
I’ve got to admit I was a little hesitant buying the first book in this series… the whole cyborg thing just wasn’t settling right with me. However due to everyone’s love of this series I figured I should give it a go. It does sound interesting… kinda modern but with an old fairy-tale esque feeling. So… despite my reservations, I’m going to try this book out. Who knows what’ll happen?!
So that sums up my September tbr! I am really hoping I manage to get all these books read… I only managed 4 physical books last month (although I did read 6 ebooks) so I’m hoping to beat that this month. Plus I feel all these books are ones that many people have read so I feel as if I need to join in on all the discussion surrounding them all. I don’t want to be out the loop anymore! Either way… I’m looking forward to it! I think ‘Crown of Midnight’ is my most anticipated read… I can’t wait to see Chaol again!
What’s on your September tbr?