All the books featured today are books that are on my physical TBR. I had to limit myself to choosing five books or I would be here all day because the amount of books I want to read is insane.
1. Woven in Moonlight by Isabel Ibañez
Goodreads Synopsis: Ximena is the decoy Condesa, a stand-in for the last remaining Illustrian royal. Her people lost everything when the usurper, Atoc, used an ancient relic to summon ghosts and drive the Illustrians from La Ciudad. Now Ximena’s motivated by her insatiable thirst for revenge, and her rare ability to spin thread from moonlight.
When Atoc demands the real Condesa’s hand in marriage, it’s Ximena’s duty to go in her stead. She relishes the chance, as Illustrian spies have reported that Atoc’s no longer carrying his deadly relic. If Ximena can find it, she can return the true aristócrata to their rightful place.
She hunts for the relic, using her weaving ability to hide messages in tapestries for the resistance. But when a masked vigilante, a warm-hearted princess, and a thoughtful healer challenge Ximena, her mission becomes more complicated. There could be a way to overthrow the usurper without starting another war, but only if Ximena turns her back on revenge—and her Condesa.
I heard about this book from the Y’ALL STAY AT HOME book festival that was held on Zoom about a month ago. I immediately ordered a copy for myself because it sounds right up my street. I have such an interest in history and politics and so a book inspired by Bolivian politics is really exciting. Also, the cover is absolutely gorgeous which is a plus and the author actually designed it herself!
2. Time of Our Lives by Emily Wibberley and Austin Siegemund-Broka
Goodreads Synopsis: Fitz Holton waits in fear for the day his single mother’s early-onset Alzheimer’s starts stealing her memory. He’s vowed to stay close to home to care for her in the years to come–never mind the ridiculous college tour she’s forcing him on to visit schools where he knows he’ll never go. Juniper Ramirez is counting down the days until she can leave home, a home crowded with five younger siblings and zero privacy. Against the wishes of her tight-knit family, Juniper plans her own college tour of the East Coast with one goal: get out.
When Fitz and Juniper cross paths on their first college tour in Boston, they’re at odds from the moment they meet– while Juniper’s dying to start a new life apart for her family, Fitz faces the sacrifices he must make for his. Their relationship sparks a deep connection–in each other’s eyes, they glimpse alternate possibilities regarding the first big decision of their adult lives.
I read If I’m Being Honest last year which is a book by the same authors and I absolutely loved it! I have been anticipating this release all year so I can’t wait to get to it. I will also (hopefully) be starting university this year so it will be great to read a book about that experience.
3. Ember Queen (Ash Princess #3) by Laura Sebastian
Goodreads Synopsis (of book one): Theodosia was six when her country was invaded and her mother, the Fire Queen, was murdered before her eyes. On that day, the Kaiser took Theodosia’s family, her land, and her name. Theo was crowned Ash Princess–a title of shame to bear in her new life as a prisoner.
For ten years Theo has been a captive in her own palace. She’s endured the relentless abuse and ridicule of the Kaiser and his court. She is powerless, surviving in her new world only by burying the girl she was deep inside.
Then, one night, the Kaiser forces her to do the unthinkable. With blood on her hands and all hope of reclaiming her throne lost, she realizes that surviving is no longer enough. But she does have a weapon: her mind is sharper than any sword. And power isn’t always won on the battlefield.
For ten years, the Ash Princess has seen her land pillaged and her people enslaved. That all ends here.
I read and adored the first two books in the series and cannot wait to read its conclusion. The only reason I haven’t read it yet is because I want to do a re-read of the first two!
4. A Heart So Fierce and Broken by Brigid Kemmerer
Goodreads Synopsis (of book one): Cursed by a powerful enchantress to repeat the autumn of his eighteenth year, Prince Rhen, the heir of Emberfall, thought he could be saved easily if a girl fell for him. But that was before he turned into a vicious beast hell-bent on destruction. Before he destroyed his castle, his family, and every last shred of hope.
Nothing has ever been easy for Harper. With her father long gone, her mother dying, and her brother constantly underestimating her because of her cerebral palsy, Harper learned to be tough enough to survive. When she tries to save a stranger on the streets of Washington, DC, she’s pulled into a magical world.
This is another sequel and again, I enjoyed the first book so much! I honestly don’t know why it is taking me so long to get around to it but I am excited to read it.
5. Scavenge the Stars by Tara Sim
Goodreads Synopsis: When Amaya rescues a mysterious stranger from drowning, she fears her rash actions have earned her a longer sentence on the debtor ship where she’s been held captive for years. Instead, the man she saved offers her unimaginable riches and a new identity, setting Amaya on a perilous course through the coastal city-state of Moray, where old-world opulence and desperate gamblers collide.
Amaya wants one thing: revenge against the man who ruined her family and stole the life she once had. But the more entangled she becomes in this game of deception—and as her path intertwines with the son of the man she’s plotting to bring down—the more she uncovers about the truth of her past. And the more she realizes she must trust no one…
I actually have a signed copy of this book because I met the author in San Francisco of all places! I think it sounds great so I’m hoping to pick it up soon!
As always, thank you so much for reading! Let me know in the comments what books you want to read soon!
Until next time,