Tuesday, July 14, 2015

Top Ten Books That Just Came Into My Possession

Top Ten Tuesday is an original feature/weekly meme created at The Broke and the Bookish.

I'm terrible at this. Seriously, I fail at keeping track of the last books I bought, borrowed or stole. What I did was check my order history at Amazon (because that's where most of my last books were bought from) and tried to remember if I'd bought/borrowed any others mixed in. Also, I'm actually getting tired of talking about books I've not read yet - especially when all I can really say is 'yeah, I bought this and am looking forward to reading it' - so I'm going to add a little snippet of the goodread synopsis. Maybe that'll help catch your attention.

Top Ten Books That Just Came Into My Possession

A Book of Spirits and Thieves by Morgan Rhodes
'Modern-day sisters discover deadly ancient magic in book 1 of this Falling Kingdoms spin-off series!'

Seriously?! I pre-ordered this six weeks before it was released and want to read it probably more than any other book I've got. (Besides the ones I'm already working on for the month, of course.) More Mytica!

The Master Magician by Charlie N. Holmberg

The third and final book in The Paper Magician Trilogy. I look forward to revisiting the world once more.

While all seems set for Ceony to complete her apprenticeship and pass her upcoming final magician’s exam, life quickly becomes complicated. To avoid favoritism, Emery sends her to another paper magician for testing, a Folder who despises Emery and cares even less for his apprentice. To make matters worse, a murderous criminal from Ceony’s past escapes imprisonment. Now she must track the power-hungry convict across England before he can take his revenge. With her life and loved ones hanging in the balance, Ceony must face a criminal who wields the one magic that she does not, and it may prove more powerful than all her skills combined.

Frostbite by Richelle Mead

You know those series that it seems like everyone else has read? Those series that, whenever they are brought up, you're told to read it? Yeah, this is one of those for me. I actually liked the first one a lot more than I expected to and while I was out birthday shopping for my pen pal, I discovered that my town actually has a bookstore. Last time I was in it, they had like one card table of books but now...I didn't find a lot I wanted to read, but they've got most or all of this series (as well as a few others) so i'll definitely be headed back.

The False Prince by Jennifer A. Nielsen
So, this is the other book I bought while birthday shopping. (And was told by the employee 'I have a lot of kids that read this series'. Now, if that didn't make me feel strange.)

In a discontent kingdom, civil war is brewing. To unify the divided people, Conner, a nobleman of the court, devises a cunning plan to find an impersonator of the king's long-lost son and install him as a puppet prince. Four orphans are recruited to compete for the role, including a defiant boy named Sage. Sage knows that Conner's motives are more than questionable, yet his life balances on a sword's point -- he must be chosen to play the prince or he will certainly be killed. But Sage's rivals have their own agendas as well.

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows by J.K. Rowling

I can already hear the people yelling at me 'read it'. Anyways, because I'm probably the only one left that hasn't read this book yet, I don't need to post a synopsis, do I? Here, I'll give you the whole Goodread synopsis anyway.

Harry is waiting in Privet Drive. The Order of the Phoenix is coming to escort him safely away without Voldemort and his supporters knowing - if they can. But what will Harry do then? How can he fulfil the momentous and seemingly impossible task that Professor Dumbledore has left him? (That's actually the whole synopsis and made me go 'that's it?' Not exactly a synopsis that makes me go 'can't wait'.)

The Ships of Air by Martha Wells

I am loving this series. It's totally awesome, almost exactly what I want out of my fantasy books. I am so looking forward to reading this book and more of the authors books.

To save the remnants of her country, former playwright Tremaine Valiarde undertakes an epic journey to stop the Gardier. Rescuing the proud ship Queen Ravenna from destruction, Tremaine and a resolute band of sorcerers and warriors set sail across magical seas on a voyage of danger and discovery. For the secret to defeating the enemy -- and to rescuing the world from the Gardier's inimitable hatred -- lies far beyond the walls of the world, and only the tenuous ties of friendship and honor will keep the band together.

The Girl With the Windup Heart by Kady Cross
I so need to put off finishing this series. This is one of those cases though of, I don't want to finish it; I don't want it to be over.

London's underworld is no place for a young woman, even one who is strong, smart and part-automaton like Mila. But when master criminal Jack Dandy inadvertently breaks her heart, she takes off, determined to find an independent life, one entirely her own. Her search takes her to the spangled shadows of the West End's most dazzling circus.

Uprooted by Naomi Novik
"Our Dragon doesn’t eat the girls he takes, no matter what stories they tell outside our valley. We hear them sometimes, from travelers passing through. They talk as though we were doing human sacrifice, and he were a real dragon. Of course that’s not true: he may be a wizard and immortal, but he’s still a man, and our fathers would band together and kill him if he wanted to eat one of us every ten years. He protects us against the Wood, and we’re grateful, but not that grateful."

Actually reading this one right now. Hopefully have it finished up by the end of the day.

The Glass Magician by Charlie N. Holmberg
Actually already read this book. While it wasn't quite as awesome as the first one, I still am really enjoying the series.

When a magician with a penchant for revenge believes that Ceony possesses a secret, he vows to discover it…even if it tears apart the very fabric of their magical world. After a series of attacks target Ceony and catch those she holds most dear in the crossfire, Ceony knows she must find the true limits of her powers…and keep her knowledge from falling into wayward hands.

The Storyspinner by Becky Wallace
Drama and danger abound in this fantasy realm where dukes play a game for the throne, magical warriors race to find the missing heir, and romance blossoms where it is least expected.

While the extremely short chapters worry me a bit, this sounds like just my kind of fantasy book.

What were the last books that came into your possession? (Leave me a link!) Have you read any of these books? (Let me know which ones!) Think I must read one of them ASAP? (Tell me which one!)