Originally my plan was to start a feature on my blog that would be called TBR Tuesdays where I would feature some books that I had added to my TBR throughout the following week. However, upon further thought, I realized that Tuesdays are new release days and it would probably be best to save those for review days. Also, I’m thinking of dedicating one day a week to random musings (my hunt for certain editions, my current crochet projects, etc.) Let me know what you think!
These are not necessarily books on the top of my to-be-read (TBR) list (since I usually pick my next book based entirely on mood and my TBR is about 200+ books) but rather ones that I’ve discovered throughout the past week that I found very interesting and wanted to share. If you’ve read any of them, please share your thoughts! I got all of the book summaries from Goodreads.
Why I added it: I finished up Burning Bright by Melissa McShane earlier this week (see the previous post for my review) and I started browsing the publisher’s catalogue since I enjoyed that one so much. I already purchased the first of Melissa McShane’s other series and am currently attempting to track down a paperback copy of Burning Bright. This is one of the publisher’s other series that really caught my eye. That summary sounds absolutely amazing! I’ve been really enjoying mysteries and thrillers lately so this one seems right up my alley.
Summary: The Deathsniffer’s Assistant is a fantasy novel with a unique pseudo-Edwardian setting and a murder mystery twist. What’s not to love about floating castles, eccentric lady detectives, and a protagonist who judges everyone by the quality of their shoes!
After losing his parents in the Floating Castle Incident, the sensitive and mannered Chris Buckley has spent six years raising his magically talented little sister, Rosemary. They have been living on the savings that his once-wealthy family left behind. That money is drying up, and Chris finds himself with no choice but to seek out work in Darrington City as it spirals into a depression. The only employer willing to consider his empty résumé is O. Faraday, the manic Deathsniffer. Faraday’s special magical gift is a heightened intuition which is invaluable in hunting down murderers.
When a Duchess calls on Olivia to solve the mystery of her dead husband, Chris finds himself tangled in Faraday’s daily life and unable to extract himself from the macabre questions of the investigation. His involvement grows more complicated as political forces close around Rosemary. They only see her as a tool that can be used to end the depression at the cost of her freedom—or even her life.
Chris must juggle the question of who killed Viktor val Daren with the responsibility of keeping Rosemary and her magic safe from those who would use her up and toss her aside. Worst of all, he begins to learn that the national disaster that took his parents’ lives may not have been the accident it seemed.
Set in a world very similar to 1900s London, The Deathsniffer’s Assistant combines the investigative murder mystery with a tale of personal and societal redemption. It is about the relationships between broken people who clash more often than not, but manage to shape and learn from one another in spite of this. The story is told from the perspective of Christopher Buckley, young and impressionable and influenced by the prejudices of his time, as he finds himself surrounded by a cast of exceptional women whose differing characters will slowly reconstruct his understanding of strength in others—and in himself.
Publisher: Curiosity Quills Press
Page Count: 424
Genre: Fantasy, Steampunk, Mystery
Release Date: July 13, 2015
Why I added it: This is apparently a retelling of Persuasion by Jane Austen. Austen is one of my favorite authors and, while I don’t appreciate retellings that are TOO close to the original (see:Eligible), I do appreciate ones that take the general idea (see: Ivory and Bone). This is likely one where I would get the first book at the library to test the waters, particularly because I am not familiar with the author.
Summary: It’s been several generations since a genetic experiment gone wrong caused the Reduction, decimating humanity and giving rise to a Luddite nobility who outlawed most technology.
Elliot North has always known her place in this world. Four years ago Elliot refused to run away with her childhood sweetheart, the servant Kai, choosing duty to her family’s estate over love. Since then the world has changed: a new class of Post-Reductionists is jumpstarting the wheel of progress, and Elliot’s estate is foundering, forcing her to rent land to the mysterious Cloud Fleet, a group of shipbuilders that includes renowned explorer Captain Malakai Wentforth–an almost unrecognizable Kai. And while Elliot wonders if this could be their second chance, Kai seems determined to show Elliot exactly what she gave up when she let him go.
But Elliot soon discovers her old friend carries a secret–one that could change their society . . . or bring it to its knees. And again, she’s faced with a choice: cling to what she’s been raised to believe, or cast her lot with the only boy she’s ever loved, even if she’s lost him forever.
Publisher: Balzer + Bray
Page Count: 407
Genre: Young Adult, Science Fiction (Dystopian), Fantasy, Romance
Release Date: June 12, 2012
Why I added it: A bookstagrammer whose recommendations I usually enjoy said this is one of her favorite series. I’m not sure if there is going to be a love-triangle (which I don’t really like), but the summary looks interesting enough that I might give this one a try at some point.
Summary: Avery West’s newfound family can shut down Prada when they want to shop in peace, and can just as easily order a bombing when they want to start a war. Part of a powerful and dangerous secret society called the Circle, they believe Avery is the key to an ancient prophecy. Some want to use her as a pawn. Some want her dead.
To unravel the mystery putting her life in danger, Avery must follow a trail of clues from the monuments of Paris to the back alleys of Istanbul with two boys who work for the Circle—beautiful, volatile Stellan and mysterious, magnetic Jack. But as the clues expose a stunning conspiracy that might plunge the world into World War 3, she discovers that both boys are hiding secrets of their own. Now she will have to choose not only between freedom and family–but between the boy who might help her save the world, and the one she’s falling in love with.
Publisher: Putnam Juvenile
Page Count: 330 pages
Genre: Young Adult, Mystery, Romance
Release Date: January 13, 2015
Why I added it: I have a weakness for psychological thrillers (as long as I read them in daylight and at home) and this one sounds amazing! I really enjoy unreliable narrators and this one seems like it would likely be that.
Summary: In the exciting new psychological thriller by the Edgar-nominated author of Joe Victim, a famous crime writer struggles to differentiate between his own reality and the frightening plot lines he’s created for the page.
Jerry Grey is known to most of the world by his crime writing pseudonym, Henry Cutter-a name that has been keeping readers at the edge of their seats for more than a decade. Recently diagnosed with early onset Alzheimer’s at the age of forty-nine, Jerry’s crime writing days are coming to an end. His twelve books tell stories of brutal murders committed by bad men, of a world out of balance, of victims finding the darkest forms of justice. As his dementia begins to break down the wall between his life and the lives of the characters he has created, Jerry confesses his worst secret: The stories are real. He knows this because he committed the crimes. Those close to him, including the nurses at the care home where he now lives, insist that it is all in his head, that his memory is being toyed with and manipulated by his unfortunate disease. But if that were true, then why are so many bad things happening? Why are people dying?
Publisher: Atria Books
Page Count: 342 pages
Genre: Fiction, Mystery, Thriller
Release Date: August 4, 2015
That’s it for this week! I’m always open to discovering new books so please let me know if there are any you think I would enjoy!