Another month gone, another book haul to write an introduction to. Which I’m very bad at because I feel like I always say the same things. But anyways, I found a new obsession and bought & read an entire series in a month which has not happened in years! I also got some much awaited bookmail. And that’s basically all there is to say in advance, so let’s head right into it.
The Mirror Visitor by Christelle Dabos
Book 1: A Winter’s Promise | 492 pages | Og. title: Les Fiancés de l’Hiver
Book 2: The Missing of Clairedelune | 540 pages | Og. title: Les Disparus de Clairedelune
Book 3: The Memory of Babel | 508 pages | Og. title: La Memoire de Babel
Book 4: ??? | og. title: La tempête des échos
Long ago, following a cataclysm called “The Rupture,” the world was shattered into many floating celestial islands. Known now as Arks, each has developed in distinct ways; each seems to possess its own unique relationship to time, such that nowadays vastly different worlds exist, together but apart. And over all of the Arks the spirit of an omnipotent ancestor abides.
Ophelia lives on Anima, an ark where objects have souls. Beneath her worn scarf and thick glasses, the young girl hides the ability to read and communicate with the souls of objects, and the power to travel through mirrors. Her peaceful existence on the Ark of Anima is disrupted when she is promised in marriage to Thorn, from the powerful Dragon clan. Ophelia must leave her family and follow her fiancée to the floating capital on the distant Ark of the Pole. Why has she been chosen? Why must she hide her true identity? Though she doesn’t know it yet, she has become a pawn in a deadly plot.
Cat’s got your heart by Jem Zero (ARC)
Adopting a cat doesn’t sound hard. Then Jericho Adams meets Harinder Mangal, the surly pet store employee who loves animals and hates customers. Their first encounter inspires more than simple loathing—it puts the ball in motion for an absurd game of deceit that boasts a fluffy cat named Dumpling as the prize.
Harinder hates Jericho’s attitude, especially when it comes to owning a pet. He attempts to chase the other man from his store and is shocked when Jericho overcomes every obstacle, no matter how bizarre. Not only that, but he generates some of his own wild inconveniences that leave Harinder seething in his ugly sweater and mom jeans.
Before either man can get the other to crack, Harinder finds himself unexpectedly homeless. Despite their mutual antagonism, Jericho invites Harinder to crash at his place. The increased proximity makes it difficult for Harinder and Jericho to maintain their respective ruses, not to mention stopping themselves from actually caring about their pet-parenting rival.
A Wind from the Rift by Bonnie Wynne (ARC)
The Price of Magic #2
The sorceress has broken free of her shackles.
Months of imprisonment have forged Gwyn into something new; something dangerous. Eight dead sorceresses whisper in her ear, hungry for blood and vengeance – and after unleashing the red magic to make her escape, she fears she won’t be able to stop.
All Gwyn really wants is to go home. But as she soon discovers, escaping the Clockwork City may prove an impossible task. The wizards of the Syndicate wage a silent, bloody war over her fate, and to survive, she must play their deadly game.
As strange storms ravage the city and wizards start turning up dead, Gwyn finds herself in more danger than ever. With enemies on every side, the immortal Scions massing their armies, and the dark power inside her growing stronger, she must make a choice… To save everything she loves, is she willing to become the monster the Syndicate fears?
A Deadly Education by Naomi Novik
Enter a school of magic unlike any you have ever encountered.
There are no teachers, no holidays, friendships are purely strategic, and the odds of survival are never equal.
Once you’re inside, there are only two ways out: you graduate or you die.
El Higgins is uniquely prepared for the school’s many dangers. She may be without allies, but she possesses a dark power strong enough to level mountains and wipe out untold millions – never mind easily destroy the countless monsters that prowl the school.
Except, she might accidentally kill all the other students, too. So El is trying her hardest not to use it… that is, unless she has no other choice.
The Lives of Saints by Leigh Bardugo
Dive into the epic world of international bestselling author Leigh Bardugo with this beautifully illustrated replica of The Lives of Saints, the Istorii Sankt’ya, featuring tales of saints drawn from the beloved novels and beyond. Out of the pages of the Shadow and Bone trilogy, from the hands of Alina Starkov to yours, the Istorii Sankt’ya is a magical keepsake from the Grishaverse.
These tales include miracles and martyrdoms from familiar saints like Sankta Lizabeta of the Roses and Sankt Ilya in Chains, to the strange and obscure stories of Sankta Ursula, Sankta Maradi, and the Starless Saint.
This beautiful collection includes stunning full-color illustrations of each story.
This Winter by Alice Oseman
This Winter has been a tough one for Tori, Charlie and Oliver Spring. They are all trying to get through Christmas Day with minimum drama. For Oliver that means Mario Kart with his brother and sister, but for Tori and Charlie it means putting the past few months behind them. Will this Christmas drive the Spring family apart or start to put them back together?
A Song of Wraiths and Ruin by Roseanne A. Brown
For Malik, the Solstasia festival is a chance to escape his war-stricken home and start a new life with his sisters in the prosperous desert city of Ziran. But when a vengeful spirit abducts Malik’s younger sister, Nadia, as payment into the city, Malik strikes a fatal deal—kill Karina, Crown Princess of Ziran, for Nadia’s freedom.
But Karina has deadly aspirations of her own. Her mother, the Sultana, has been assassinated; her court threatens mutiny; and Solstasia looms like a knife over her neck. Grief-stricken, Karina decides to resurrect her mother through ancient magic . . . requiring the beating heart of a king. And she knows just how to obtain one: by offering her hand in marriage to the victor of the Solstasia competition.
When Malik rigs his way into the contest, they are set on a course to destroy each other. But as attraction flares between them and ancient evils stir, will they be able to see their tasks to the death?
Among the Beasts and Briars by Ashley Poston
Cerys is safe in the kingdom of Aloriya.
Here there are no droughts, disease, or famine, and peace is everlasting. It has been this way for hundreds of years, since the first king made a bargain with the Lady who ruled the forest that borders the kingdom. But as Aloriya prospered, the woods grew dark, cursed, and forbidden. Cerys knows this all too well: when she was young, she barely escaped as the woods killed her friends and her mother. Now Cerys carries a small bit of the curse—the magic—in her blood, a reminder of the day she lost everything. The most danger she faces now, as a gardener’s daughter, is the annoying fox who stalks the royal gardens and won’t leave her alone.
As a new queen is crowned, however, things long hidden in the woods descend on the kingdom itself. Cerys is forced on the run, her only companions the small fox from the garden, a strange and powerful bear, and the magic in her veins. It’s up to her to find the legendary Lady of the Wilds and beg for a way to save her home. But the road is darker and more dangerous than she knows, and as secrets from the past are uncovered amid the teeth and roots of the forest, it’s going to take everything she has just to survive.
Beta Hearts by Marie Grasshoff
Neon Birds #3
Im Jahr 2101 gibt eine neue Waffe abermals Hoffnung im Kampf gegen die künstliche Intelligenz KAMI. Es ist eine Person aufgetaucht, die in der Lage zu sein scheint, dem gottähnlichen Wesen die Stirn zu bieten. Doch die Zivilisation steht bereits an der Schwelle zum Untergang. Ist die Menschheit noch zu retten und ist sie es überhaupt wert, gerettet zu werden? Die junge Kämpferin Andra zweifelt an ihrer Mission, KAMI zu vernichten …
What books did you get in October? Have you read any of them already? Have you read the Mirror Visitor yet? If not, what are you waiting for???
Until next time,
I still cannot believe that you read the whole Mirror Visiter-series. Now I really feel like I should start reading the second book. (Though they seem to be perfectly fine for cold winter evenings. ^^)
“A Song of Wraiths and Ruin” is on my wish list so I am looking forward to read your opinion . ^^
“Among the Beasts and Briars” sounds awesome, too, so same goes for this one. 😀
I still have to read “Cyber Trips” which are arrived a few weeks ago but hopefully I like it and will read “Beta Hearts” afterwards. ^^
Have a wonderful day! ♥
you’re right!! They are the perfect winter reads! So you know what you’ll have to do 😉
You’ll get that opinion after I’ve actually read the book… and I’m not sure when exactly that is going to happen 😀
I hope you’ll love both Cyber Trips and Beta Hearts! I personally enjoyed this series so much!