There are currently 15 books on my review TBR list and they’re starting to scare me so I’ve pledged to myself not to add any more until I’ve finished a few! There’s no way I’ll stick to that pledge but hey, worth a shot.
I don’t think I have any of the same titles from the last time I posted my TBR list, so I do at least have that to be thankful for! I slowed down a bit on the reading front over the last couple of months while I settled into my new home (more on that soon, it’s GORGEOUS and I’m very proud), so it’s time to knuckle down and get through them!
Slight hitch though, my 2nd Gen Kindle had a massive hissy fit last night and I think I’m having to admit that it’s passed away now. I know it’s ridiculous to get upset about the death of a piece of technology but this little thing has been my lifeline for 6 years now – I know it’s replaceable, mainly because I’ll have to get its successor later on this afternoon, but it’s still devastating.
Technological tragedy aside, here are the titles at the top of my TBR list. They’re at the top because I like to read them semi-chronologically, rather than by personal preference. Have you read any of these books or got anything similar on the go?
Fear Dreams by J.A. Schneider
Liddy Barron, an artist, was injured in a hit-and-run accident that left her with recurring nightmares, partial amnesia, and an increasing obsession in the disappearance of a coed named Sasha Perry. Was Sasha murdered? Insecure and nervous, Liddy’s turmoil grows as she begins seeing ghostly images. Her husband Paul tries to help but suspects it’s just her imagination…while intuitive Detective Kerri Blasco, also obsessed with young Sasha’s disappearance, senses that Liddy may have a key to solving the case, and tries to unravel the shocking truth of what really haunts her.
I’m reviewing this particular title for Whispering Stories , I’m 25% in and it is AWESOME.
Death of a Washington Madame (Fiona Fitzgerald Mysteries book #7) by Warren Adler
Washington D.C’s struggling underclass and the U.S. Capitol’s socially prominent and politically aggressive upper strata collide in a horrifying crime. Homicide Detective Fiona FitzGerald once again battles prejudice and privilege to uncover the truth, confronting her own demons while sparring with the violet-eyed movie star wife of a powerful politician determined to erase the sinful secrets of the past. Death of a Washington Madame is the seventh book in Warren Adler’s Fiona FitzGerald series.
This one is for the Warren Adler Book Reviews Reward Club – I’ve also just realised it’s book 7 in the series and I’ve just finished book 2…. FFS!!
Little Killer A-Z by Howard Odentz
Bad things come in small packages . . .
EPIC Award finalist Howard Odentz has penned twenty-six disturbingly fascinating horror stories about the youngest predators among us.
From Andy and Boris to Yuri and Zena, this eclectic anthology is filled, A to Z, with psychopaths, monsters, and murderers!
So turn on the lights and huddle under your blankets because murder isn’t just for grown-ups anymore. Come meet our gallery of little killers.
After all, they’re dying to meet you!
So this is a NetGalley title that I would have chosen exclusively for its cover, I’m just glad that the blurb is really interesting to. Really excited to read this one next!
The Last One by Alexandra Oliva
Survival is the name of the game as the line blurs between reality TV and reality itself in Alexandra Oliva’s fast-paced novel of suspense.
She wanted an adventure. She never imagined it would go this far.
It begins with a reality TV show. Twelve contestants are sent into the woods to face challenges that will test the limits of their endurance. While they are out there, something terrible happens—but how widespread is the destruction, and has it occurred naturally or is it man-made? Cut off from society, the contestants know nothing of it. When one of them—a young woman the show’s producers call Zoo—stumbles across the devastation, she can imagine only that it is part of the game.
Alone and disoriented, Zoo is heavy with doubt regarding the life—and husband—she left behind, but she refuses to quit. Staggering countless miles across unfamiliar territory, Zoo must summon all her survival skills—and learn new ones as she goes.
But as her emotional and physical reserves dwindle, she grasps that the real world might have been altered in terrifying ways—and her ability to parse the charade will be either her triumph or her undoing.
Sophisticated and provocative, The Last One is a novel that forces us to confront the role that media plays in our perception of what is real: how readily we cast our judgments, how easily we are manipulated.
Oooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooohhhhhhhhhh, yes please!
Fall of Light by Steven Erikson
It is a bitter winter and civil war now ravages Kurald Galain, as Urusander’s Legion prepares to march upon the city of Kharkanas.The rebels’ only opposition lies scattered, bereft of a leader since Anomander’s departure in search of his estranged brother, Andarist. The last brother remaining, Silchas Ruin, rules in Anomander’s stead. He seeks to gather the Houseblades of the Highborn Noble families and resurrect the Hust Legion in the southlands, but is fast running out of time.
The officers and leaders of Urusander’s Legion, led by Hunn Raal, want the Consort, Draconus, cast aside and Vatha Urusander wedded to Mother Dark, taking his place on a throne at the side of the Living Goddess. But this union will be far more than political, as a sorcerous power has claimed those opposing Mother Dark – given form by the exiled High Priestess Syntara, the Cult of Light rises in answer to Mother Dark and her Children.
Far to the west, an unlikely army has gathered, seeking an enemy without form, in a place none can find, and commanded by a Jaghut driven mad with grief. Hood’s call has been heard, and the long-abandoned city of Omtose Phellack is now home to a rabble of new arrivals. From the south have come Dog-Runners and Jheck warriors. From the Western Sea strange ships have grounded upon the harsh shore, with blue-skinned strangers arriving to offer Hood their swords. And from the North, down from mountain fastnesses and isolated valleys, Toblakai arrive, day and night, to pledge themselves to Hood’s impossible war. Soon, all will set forth – or not at all – under the banners of the living. Soon, weapons will be drawn, with Death itself the enemy.
Beneath the chaos of such events, and spanning the realm and those countless other realms hidden behind its veil, magic now bleeds into the world. Unconstrained, mysterious and savage, the power that is the lifeblood of the Azathanai, K’rul, runs loose and wild. Following its scent, seeking the places of wounding where the sorcery rushes forth, entities both new and ancient are gathering. And they are eager to feed.
Comprehending the terrible risk of his gift of blood, a weakened, dying K’rul sets out, in the company of a lone guardian, to bring order to this newborn sorcery – alas, his choice of potential allies is suspect. In the name of order, K’rul seeks its greatest avowed enemy.
F* me, that’s a long synopsis…. I should have taken it as a sign of how long and involved this book was going to be. It’s 837 pages of epic battle and politics, I’ve already read about 5% but I’m a book monogamist and don’t like reading other books at the same time so I’ve put it on hold until I can sit and dedicate the time to get it done in one go.