Tuesday, February 9, 2016

TBR Tuesday - Magic, Vampires, and Hacking

Each Tuesday I take the time and reflect on the books that I have recently added on my tbr pile on goodreads. I also reflect on the books that have been on my tbr pile for a long time and why.


My last post discussed about the book that I will be reading this week. I highly recommend checking it out and read the books along with me! 

The book that I am reading this week The Bone Season by Samantha Shannon.


This past week I have added several books to my to be read pile on goodreads. To check out my full goodreads list, follow this link here








1. Bright Smoke, Cold Fire by Rosamound Hodge

Summary:

When the mysterious fog of the Ruining crept over the world, the living died and the dead rose. Only the walled city of Viyara was left untouched.

The heirs of the city’s most powerful—and warring—families, Mahyanai Romeo and Juliet Catresou share a love deeper than duty, honor, even life itself. But the magic laid on Juliet at birth compels her to punish the enemies of her clan—and Romeo has just killed her cousin Tybalt. Which means he must die.

Paris Catresou has always wanted to serve his family by guarding Juliet. But when his ward tries to escape her fate, magic goes terribly wrong—killing her and leaving Paris bound to Romeo. If he wants to discover the truth of what happened, Paris must delve deep into the city, ally with his worst enemy . . . and perhaps turn against his own clan.

Mahyanai Runajo just wants to protect her city—but she’s the only one who believes it’s in peril. In her desperate hunt for information, she accidentally pulls Juliet from the mouth of death—and finds herself bound to the bitter, angry girl. Runajo quickly discovers Juliet might be the one person who can help her recover the secret to saving Viyara.

Both pairs will find friendship where they least expect it. Both will find that Viyara holds more secrets and dangers than anyone ever expected. And outside the walls, death is waiting. . . .

Inspired by Romeo and Juliet, Bright Smoke, Cold Fire is a darkly romantic and atmospheric fantasy from acclaimed author Rosamund Hodge. 



Why I'm excited for this book:
That cover is enchanting. I don’t have to know what the book is about to make me read it. I want to read this book. I love how Rosemund Hodge twists fairy tells into something dark. Fairy tales are suppose to be dark. I have read Crimson Bound I love the twist she put in the story of The Beauty and the Beast. I am really excited to see what twist she adds to Romeo and Juliet because there is more than just the two main characters. There are families to explore from both sides. 

2. A Gathering of Shadows by V.E. Schwab 

Summary:

Four months have passed since the shadow stone fell into Kell’s possession. Four months since his path crossed with Delilah Bard. Four months since Rhy was wounded and the Dane twins fell, and the stone was cast with Holland’s dying body through the rift, and into Black London.

In many ways, things have almost returned to normal, though Rhy is more sober, and Kell is now plagued by his guilt. Restless, and having given up smuggling, Kell is visited by dreams of ominous magical events, waking only to think of Lila, who disappeared from the docks like she always meant to do. As Red London finalizes preparations for the Element Games—an extravagant international competition of magic, meant to entertain and keep healthy the ties between neighboring countries—a certain pirate ship draws closer, carrying old friends back into port.

But while Red London is caught up in the pageantry and thrills of the Games, another London is coming back to life, and those who were thought to be forever gone have returned. After all, a shadow that was gone in the night reappears in the morning, and so it seems Black London has risen again—meaning that another London must fall.



Why I'm excited for this book:
A Darker Shade of Magic was my first "Adult Fiction" book I read. A Darker Shade of Magic  is shelved as adult fiction but I believe it has Young Adult elements and it has attracted a wide audience. The idea behind this series is very unique. And Kell is swoon worthy, let us be honest.







3. Duplicity by N.K. Trevor

Summary:
A computer-hacking teen. The girl who wants to save him. And a rogue mirror reflection that might be the death of them both.

In private, seventeen-year-old Brandon hacks bank accounts just for the thrill of it. In public, he looks like any other tattooed bad boy with a fast car and devil-may-care attitude. He should know: he’s worked hard to maintain that fa├žade. With inattentive parents who move constantly from city to city, he’s learned not to get tangled up in things like friends and relationships. So he’ll just keep living like a machine, all gears and wires.

Then two things shatter his carefully-built image: Emma, the kind, stubborn girl who insists on looking beneath the surface – and the small matter of a mirror reflection that starts moving by itself. Not only does Brandon’s reflection have a mind of its own, but it seems to be grooming him for something—washing the dye from his hair, yanking out his piercings, swapping his black shirts for … pastels. Then it tells him: it thinks it can live his life better, and it’s preparing to trade places.

And when it pulls Brandon through the looking-glass, not only will he need all his ill-gotten hacking skills to escape, but he’s going to have to face some hard truths about who he’s become. Otherwise he’ll be stuck in a digital hell until he’s old and gray, and no one will even know he's gone.

Why I'm excited for this book:

The author behind this book is also a Computer Science major, the degree I am currently working towards, and she writes. This is actually what I want to do with my future. The author and this book inspires me that I can do both. Also, considering how greatly technology impacts our current lives, it has not been mentioned much as it should in books so this book will be refreshing. 

4. The Stars Never Rise by Rachel Vincent

Summary:
Sixteen-year-old Nina Kane should be worrying about her immortal soul, but she's too busy trying to actually survive. Her town's population has been decimated by soul-consuming demons, and souls are in short supply. Watching over her younger sister, Mellie, and scraping together food and money are all that matters. The two of them are a family. They gave up on their deadbeat mom a long time ago.

When Nina discovers that Mellie is keeping a secret that threatens their very existence, she'll do anything to protect her. Because in New Temperance, sins are prosecuted as crimes by the brutal Church and its army of black-robed exorcists. And Mellie's sin has put her in serious trouble.

To keep them both alive, Nina will need to trust Finn, a fugitive with deep green eyes who has already saved her life once and who might just be an exorcist. But what kind of exorcist wears a hoodie?

Wanted by the Church and hunted by dark forces, Nina knows she can't survive on her own. She needs Finn and his group of rogue friends just as much as they need her



Why I'm excited for this book:

The Stars Never Rise is a dystopian urban fantasy. I usually never read this kind of genre because it is rare, for me, to find a series that has these elements. I have read from so many reviews that this book is "widly entertaining" and there is demon hunting, a major plus. But it is a duology and like I have said before I am hesitant with duologys because of short they are but how action packed they are written. 




5. Blood Omen 1: The Vampire Wars by K.R. Davies


Summary:

How would you feel if you learnt that your blood could bring about the next war that would damn or save Mankind?

And what if you knew that just seven people were all that stood between you and death?

And if those seven people were vampires?

Vampires exist and Dea, unlike most people, can see them. The vampire world is divided: there are the Ko-eks, defenders of a continued peaceful co-existence with humans, and the Apophi who want to end the age of human domination; to claim the daylight and to take control of a world they see as rightfully theirs. A war is brewing between the two factions; a war Dea's blood is prophesized to start.

Seventeen year old Dea must fight to survive in a world where even the hunters are hunted and where she is the prize. Dependent on a Coven of deadly but beautiful blood-drinkers, she begins to unravel the mystery of her past. At all costs, they must keep her out of Apophi hands. The future of the world depends on it.

Set in and around modern-day London, Blood Omen Book I: The Vampire Wars follows Dea through an exciting four weeks of twists, turns, heartbreak, horror and surprises.

Let the darkness draw you in...

Why I'm excited for this book:

I usually stray away from vampire books because of the grotesque nature they are normally written in but aftering reading the plot and discussing with the author the back story of this series, I am convinced on reading it. It also has some horror elements which I am really excited to read about.


Tell me what is in your TBR pile and I hope I have convinced you guys to add these to yours too! :)


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