My TBR List: March 2016

While I get caught up in work, school and some other blog post ideas, I thought I’d make a fun post about what I’m currently reading (or have just downloaded and plan to read in the near future). This isn’t just fun for a book nerd like me. It could also turn you onto some awesome new novels out there to brighten your bookshelf (or favorite e-reader). The following books are all ones that I’m about to start. I have really gotten into sampling bits and pieces of different novels lately, just because there are so many I want to read.

I’ve also been formulating a unique way to use reading as a reward system for getting some more writing done, which may make an interesting post down the line. Anyway, without further adieu, let’s take a look at the adventures I’m about to partake on. If you’ve already read any of these, or are in the midst of doing so now, feel free to share your experience and leave any other recommendations in the comments down below!

The Originals: The Rise by Julie Plec

The_RiseFamily is power. The Original vampire family swore it to each other a thousand years ago. They pledged to remain together always and forever. But even when you’re immortal, promises are hard to keep. 

Arriving in New Orleans in 1722, Original vampire siblings Klaus, Elijah and Rebekah Mikaelson believe they’ve escaped their dangerous past. But the city is lawless, a haven for witches and werewolves unwilling to share territory. The siblings are at their mercy…especially after Klaus meets the beautiful and mysterious Vivianne. Her impending marriage is key to ending the war between the supernatural factions—and Klaus’s attraction to her could destroy the uneasy alliance. As Elijah works toward securing a piece of the city for his family, and Rebekah fights her unexpected feelings for a French captain, will Klaus’s volatile desires bring their world crashing down—and tear them apart for good?

Why I Chose It:

I’ve loved The Vampire Diaries and its spin off since I was still in high school. I fond out about this series while walking through my local bookstore the other day and love the chance to delve deeper into the minds, hearts and lives of my favorite characters. I’m also a big fan of the supernatural genre in general, so a compelling premise with vampires instantly had me hooked.

The First Fifteen Lives of Harry August by Claire North

618698KrJJL._SX325_BO1,204,203,200_Some stores cannot be told in just one lifetime.
Harry August is on his deathbed. Again.
No matter what he does or the decisions he makes, when death comes, Harry always returns to where he began, a child with all the knowledge of a life he has already lived a dozen times before. Nothing ever changes.
Until now.
As Harry nears the end of his eleventh life, a little girl appears at his bedside. “I nearly missed you, Doctor August,” she says. “I need to send a message.”
This is the story of what Harry does next, and what he did before, and how he tries to save a past he cannot change and a future he cannot allow.

Why I Chose It:

I actually eavesdropped (or should I say Tweetdropped?) a conversation on Twitter about someone who was recommending this title to a friend. He said the writing was incredible and the idea was even better, so I looked it up and had to agree it sounded pretty awesome and the exact type of book that would get me hooked and thinking for days. Really excited to start this one.

Riders by Veronica Rossi

23430471For eighteen-year-old Gideon Blake, nothing but death can keep him from achieving his goal of becoming a U.S. Army Ranger. As it turns out, it does.
Recovering from the accident that most definitely killed him, Gideon finds himself with strange new powers and a bizarre cuff he can’t remove. His death has brought to life his real destiny. He has become War, one of the legendary four horsemen of the apocalypse.
Over the coming weeks, he and the other horsemen–Conquest, Famine, and Death–are brought together by a beautiful but frustratingly secretive girl to help save humanity from an ancient evil on the emergence.
They fail.
Now–bound, bloodied, and drugged–Gideon is interrogated by the authorities about his role in a battle that has become an international incident. If he stands any chance of saving his friends and the girl he’s fallen for–not to mention all of humankind–he needs to convince the skeptical government officials the world is in imminent danger.
But will anyone believe him?

Why I Chose It:

Once again, supernatural, but also because it tackles a type of creature you don’t see often. The Horsemen of the apocalypse definitely sound like a force to be reckoned with and getting an inside glimpse on a character who already sounds like he’s got a good backstory should prove interesting.

These Vicious Masks by Tarun Shanker and Kelly Zekas

23688792England, 1882. Evelyn is bored with society and its expectations. So when her beloved sister, Rose, mysteriously vanishes, she ignores her parents and travels to London to find her, accompanied by the dashing Mr. Kent. But they’re not the only ones looking for Rose. The reclusive young gentleman Sebastian Braddock is also searching for her, claiming that both sisters have special healing powers. Evelyn is convinced that Sebastian must be mad, until she discovers that his strange tales of extraordinary people are true―and that her sister is in graver danger than she feared.

Jane Austen meets X-Men in These Vicious Masks, the thrilling Victorian adventure from debut authors Tarun Shanker and Kelly Zekas!

Why I Chose It:

The mystery behind Evelyn’s sister sounds great, and the fact that it’s set in Victorian England instantly drew me in. I read a lot of present day or dystopian fiction, so it will be interesting to travel to such a different time. That last line “Jane Austen meets X-Men” also made this one impossible to pass up on.

What are you reading?

Leave a comment and tell me what you’re currently reading, or the next book you can’t wait to tackle in your TBR pile! If you ever have any awesome suggestions, feel free to mention them here or tweet at me. I’m always in the mood to talk about books.



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