TBR Tuesday - Mermaids, Rebels, and The Circus!

I would say this week is my most diverse week in which I have added very different yet interesting books into my tbr pile.

1. Emerge by Tobie Easton


Lia Nautilus may be a Mermaid but she’s never lived in the ocean. War has ravaged the seven seas ever since the infamous Little Mermaid unleashed a curse that stripped Mer of their immortality. Lia has grown up in a secret community of land-dwelling Mer hidden among Malibu’s seaside mansions. Her biggest problems are surviving P.E. and keeping her feelings for Clay Ericson in check. Sure, he’s gorgeous in that cocky, leather jacket sort of way and makes her feel like there’s a school of fish swimming in her stomach, but getting involved with a human could put Lia's entire community at risk. 

So it’s for the best that he’s dating that new girl, right? That is, until Lia finds out she isn't the only one at school keeping a potentially deadly secret. And this new girl? Her eyes are dead set on Clay, who doesn't realize the danger he's in. If Lia hopes to save him, she’ll have to get closer to Clay. Lia’s parents would totally flip if they found out she was falling for a human boy, but the more time she spends with him, the harder it is for her to deny her feelings. After making a horrible mistake, Lia will risk everything to stop Clay from falling in love with the wrong girl.

Why I am excited for this book:

This book is about mermaids! I only have one other mermaid book in my tbr pile. I find it shocking for the lack of mermaid books. Or maybe I am not looking hard enough. Nevertheless, The Little Mermaid was one of my favorite movies growing up and I want to read what its like for a mermaid to grow up and live in the real world. The big twist in this book is that she is a mermaid but she has never lived in the ocean. I find that surprising yet exciting.

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2. Rebel of the Sands by Alwyn Hamilton


She’s more gunpowder than girl—and the fate of the desert lies in her hands.

Mortals rule the desert nation of Miraji, but mystical beasts still roam the wild and barren wastes, and rumor has it that somewhere, djinni still practice their magic. But there's nothing mystical or magical about Dustwalk, the dead-end town that Amani can't wait to escape from. 

Destined to wind up "wed or dead," Amani’s counting on her sharpshooting skills to get her out of Dustwalk. When she meets Jin, a mysterious and devastatingly handsome foreigner, in a shooting contest, she figures he’s the perfect escape route. But in all her years spent dreaming of leaving home, she never imagined she'd gallop away on a mythical horse, fleeing the murderous Sultan's army, with a fugitive who's wanted for treason. And she'd never have predicted she'd fall in love with him...or that he'd help her unlock the powerful truth of who she really is.

Why I am excited for this book:
This book is set in middle eastern fantasy. I haven't heard a book with this type of setting for a while now. I am exciting to read this book because it is different and it has western elements as well. I am looking forward to seeing how the author mixes these two elements together. And the girl is a sharpshooter, that is exciting. I also hope it has some historical elements.

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3. Gabriel and the Swallows by Esther Dalseno 


A lonely farm boy.
A girl with swallow’s wings.
An ancient city buried in a volcano.
A mystery old as blood and bone.

There is more to Gabriel than the life he’s ashamed of – the son of peasant winemakers, bullied relentlessly on account of his disabled mother. For Gabriel has a secret: the elaborate dream world he descends into at night – a grandiose, vivid existence – is becoming more real than his waking life.

Everything changes for Gabriel when he rescues a wounded creature – a miraculous girl with swallow’s wings – from the voracious pursuit of Alfio Gallo, a dangerous old enemy. Aided by the beautiful and mysterious Orlando Khan, Gabriel is conflicted by unanswered questions: who is the Dark One that dwells in the medieval tunnels beneath their city? Is he just a figment of Gabriel’s powerful imagination? And is the foundling really who she says she is?

Wrestling with manhood whilst beckoned by ancient rites and foreign lands, Gabriel is about to make a deadly decision that changes the course of life as he knows it…as long as he can decide which reality he’s in.

Why I am excited for this book:
I have read that this book has magical realism. YESSS I WANT BOOKS WITH MAGICAL REALISM. I find this genre fascinating. I read Beloved by Toni Morrison and I was kinda freaked out by some of the situations but I loved the magical realism aspect of the novel. I find that it makes the book more thought provoking. And this book is mysterious just by the summary. Ancient rites? Foreign lands??? I want to know more about this book.

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4. The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern


The circus arrives without warning. No announcements precede it, no paper notices plastered on lampposts and billboards. It is simply there, when yesterday it was not. 

Within these nocturnal black-and-white striped tents awaits an utterly unique, a feast for the senses, where one can get lost in a maze of clouds, meander through a lush garden made of ice, stare in wonderment as the tattooed contortionist folds herself into a small glass box, and become deliciously tipsy from the scents of caramel and cinnamon that waft through the air. 

Welcome to Le Cirque des RĂªves. 

Beyond the smoke and mirrors, however, a fierce competition is under way--a contest between two young illusionists, Celia and Marco, who have been trained since childhood to compete in a "game" to which they have been irrevocably bound by their mercurial masters. Unbeknownst to the players, this is a game in which only one can be left standing, and the circus is but the stage for a remarkable battle of imagination and will. 

As the circus travels around the world, the feats of magic gain fantastical new heights with every stop. The game is well under way and the lvies of all those involved--the eccentric circus owner, the elusive contortionist, the mystical fortune-teller, and a pair of red-headed twins born backstage among them--are swept up in a wake of spells and charms. 

But when Celia discovers that Marco is her adversary, they begin to think of the game not as a competition but as a wonderful collaboration. With no knowledge of how the game must end, they innocently tumble headfirst into love. A deep, passionate, and magical love that makes the lights flicker and the room grow warm whenever they so much as brush hands. 

Their masters still pull the strings, however, and this unforeseen occurrence forces them to intervene with dangerous consequences, leaving the lives of everyone from the performers to the patrons hanging in the balance. 

Both playful and seductive, The Night Circus, Erin Morgenstern's spell-casting debut, is a mesmerizing love story for the ages.

Why I am excited for this book:
THIS BOOK ALSO HAS MAGICAL REALISM ASPECTS. :D This makes me happy. AND there is circus elements. I have yet to read that in YA. I have seen so many fan art about how magical this book is. This book sounds dark. This book has a complex summary and there is only one book? I bet it will be a fast pace thrill ride.

For more information about the book please visit goodreads.

5. The Girl from Everywhere by Heidi Heilig 


It was the kind of August day that hinted at monsoons, and the year was 1774, though not for very much longer.

Sixteen-year-old Nix Song is a time-traveller. She, her father and their crew of time refugees travel the world aboard The Temptation, a glorious pirate ship stuffed with treasures both typical and mythical. Old maps allow Nix and her father to navigate not just to distant lands, but distant times - although a map will only take you somewhere once. And Nix's father is only interested in one time, and one place: Honolulu 1868. A time before Nix was born, and her mother was alive. Something that puts Nix's existence rather dangerously in question...

Nix has grown used to her father's obsession, but only because she's convinced it can't work. But then a map falls into her father's lap that changes everything. And when Nix refuses to help, her father threatens to maroon Kashmir, her only friend (and perhaps, only love) in a time where Nix will never be able to find him. And if Nix has learned one thing, it's that losing the person you love is a torment that no one can withstand. Nix must work out what she wants, who she is, and where she really belongs before time runs out on her forever

Why I am excited for this book:

Ahhh another time travel book! This is quite wonderful because I want to read about time travel. I believe that this element in books was not really used last year but I do hope it will gain more recognition. And the setting is in the past so I believe it will have historical elements. And this book just released today so I hope I can get a copy or go to my local library soon.

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Tell me what you added in your TBR pile and I might want to add them into mine too!

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  1. AH THE NIGHT CIRCUS IS SO SO GOOD! you should definitely read that book. it's fairly fast paced, but it has so much magical intrigue which i loved. i also really want to read rebel of the sands and the girl from everywhere! wonderful post :)

  2. Ahh thank you for your wonderful comment! I will definitely consider reading The Night Circus sooner than I initially planned :)