Happy Tuesday everybody! Today I’m excited to talk to you about my most recent additions to my TBR pile.
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Pretty Girls by Karin Slaughter
Twenty years ago Claire Scott’s eldest sister, Julia, went missing. No one knew where she went – no note, no body. It was a mystery that was never solved and it tore her family apart.
Now another girl has disappeared, with chilling echoes of the past. And it seems that she might not be the only one.
Claire is convinced Julia’s disappearance is linked.
But when she begins to learn the truth about her sister, she is confronted with a shocking discovery, and nothing will ever be the same..
I’m on a mission to read more mystery and thriller books in 2020, and Pretty Girls comes with a lot of great reviews. It’s apparently very disturbing, which kind of makes me nervous because I’ve mostly read thrillers from the young adult genre. However I’m open to trying different books this year.
Serenading Heartbreak by Ella Fields
My first love was my brother’s best friend.
A lead singer in their band.
A picture of rugged perfection.
And a drunk soul mate who couldn’t commit.
My second love was an arrogant baseball player.
A player in every sense of the word.
A smooth-talking, reliable best friend.
And a chance at something beautiful and true.
The problem with having a first and second love?
That would be loving them at the same time.
My story isn’t some sexy triangle.
It’s exquisite agony.
Fate gave me two men to love,
but none of us knew which one I could keep.
This cover is gorgeous and I’d be lying if that wasn’t half the appeal of this book. I definitely don’t go in to romances wanting to read love triangles, but this came highly recommended by one of my favourite Booktubers, Peace Love Books.
Whatever It Takes by Krista and Becca Ritchie
Call me what you want: Bad Boy Next Door. Trouble. That Kid Who Can’t Do Anything Right.
When Willow moves into my neighbourhood, nothing should have happened. She’s geeky. Shy. A true wallflower.
Willow is a good girl.
Too good for me.
And how the hell was I supposed to know that she’s related to Loren Hale—yeah, that douchebag celebrity that lives on my street. The same guy I’ve been pranking by spray painting vulgar words on his mailbox and worse. Much worse.
Don’t ask me why I do the things I do.
Don’t ask me why it had to be her.
I’m cursed. Simple as that. But here’s the thing about people who are cursed—they break everything they touch. And yet. . . I still want to touch her.
The last book I read by Krista & Becca Ritchie was Addicted to You… which I never personally enjoyed. However my favourite romance trope is the bad boy and good girl. Like no matter what, that trope just does not get old for me. I could honestly sustain myself by reading those types of romances for the rest of forever. So I’m really excited for this new release.
Empire of Sands by Tasha Suri
The Amrithi are outcasts; nomads descended of desert spirits, they are coveted and persecuted throughout the Empire for the power in their blood. Mehr is the illegitimate daughter of an imperial governor and an exiled Amrithi mother she can barely remember, but whose face and magic she has inherited.
When Mehr’s power comes to the attention of the Emperor’s most feared mystics, she must use every ounce of will, subtlety, and power she possesses to resist their cruel agenda.
Should she fail, the gods themselves may awaken seeking vengeance…
This came highly recommended from another of my favourite booktubers – Thoughts on Tomes. Although I haven’t heard a lot about this book, it sounds like a very original young adult novel and apparently has an amazing slow burn romance.
Rules for Vanishing by Kate Alice Marshall
Once a year, the path appears in the forest and Lucy Gallows beckons. Who is brave enough to find her–and who won’t make it out of the woods?
It’s been exactly one year since Sara’s sister, Becca, disappeared, and high school life has far from settled back to normal. With her sister gone, Sara doesn’t know whether her former friends no longer like her…or are scared of her, and the days of eating alone at lunch have started to blend together.
When a mysterious text message invites Sara and her estranged friends to “play the game” and find local ghost legend Lucy Gallows, Sara is sure this is the only way to find Becca–before she’s lost forever. And even though she’s hardly spoken with them for a year, Sara finds herself deep in the darkness of the forest, her friends–and their cameras–following her down the path. Together, they will have to draw on all of their strengths to survive. The road is rarely forgiving, and no one will be the same on the other side.
ANOTHER book that came highly recommended by one of my favourite booktubers. (Can you tell I’ve been watching a lot of ‘best of 2019’ books lately 😂) I’m ready for something as gripping and terrifying as this sounds. I also love that it’s a mystery that apparently has fantasy elements.
The Silent Patient by Alex Michaelides
Alicia Berenson’s life is seemingly perfect. A famous painter married to an in-demand fashion photographer, she lives in a grand house with big windows overlooking a park in one of London’s most desirable areas. One evening her husband Gabriel returns home late from a fashion shoot, and Alicia shoots him five times in the face, and then never speaks another word.
Alicia’s refusal to talk, or give any kind of explanation, turns a domestic tragedy into something far grander, a mystery that captures the public imagination and casts Alicia into notoriety. The price of her art skyrockets, and she, the silent patient, is hidden away from the tabloids and spotlight at the Grove, a secure forensic unit in North London.
Theo Faber is a criminal psychotherapist who has waited a long time for the opportunity to work with Alicia. His determination to get her to talk and unravel the mystery of why she shot her husband takes him down a twisting path into his own motivations—a search for the truth that threatens to consume him….
This psychological thriller has a lot of hype and praise for its twisty-ness. I’m hoping this is going to be as unputdownable as reviews say so.
We Used to Be Friends by Amy Spalding
We Used to Be Friends explores the most traumatic breakup of all: that of childhood besties.
At the start of their senior year in high school, James and Kat are inseparable, but by graduation, they’re no longer friends. James prepares to head off to college as she reflects on the dissolution of her friendship with Kat while, in alternating chapters, Kat thinks about being newly in love with her first girlfriend and having a future that feels wide open.
Over the course of senior year, Kat wants nothing more than James to continue to be her steady rock, as James worries that everything she believes about love and her future is a lie when her high-school sweetheart parents announce they’re getting a divorce. Funny, honest, and full of heart, We Used to Be Friends tells of the pains of growing up and growing apart.
This sounds like a story concept I don’t think I’ve read before and I’m already excited for it. I’m ready for all the feels and emotions with this one.
Royal Playboy by Nana Malone
Vengeance is best served piping hot.
Prodigal Son. Black Sheep. Playboy Prince.
I’ve been called lots of things. Merciful is not one of them.
It doesn’t matter what you call me, as long as I get what I want…
What I crave.
And it’s not the crown.
She is the Princess I didn’t see coming. The one I didn’t plan for.
Until her, women came easy.
Until her, I wasn’t sure I had a heart. Now that I know, I’ll give up anything to have her…
I think I’m predictable at this point, right? I haven’t read a lot of royalty romances, but from the sounds of it, I think I’d enjoy them.
The Seven Deaths of Evelyn Hardcastle by Stuart Turton
At a gala party thrown by her parents, Evelyn Hardcastle will be killed–again. She’s been murdered hundreds of times, and each day, Aiden Bishop is too late to save her. Doomed to repeat the same day over and over, Aiden’s only escape is to solve Evelyn Hardcastle’s murder and conquer the shadows of an enemy he struggles to even comprehend–but nothing and no one are quite what they seem.
I keep seeing this book circulating in my feeds and it’s always sounded interesting. Definitely another book I’m adding to see what all the hype is about.
The Shadows Between Us by Tricia Levenseller
Alessandra is tired of being overlooked, but she has a plan to gain power:
1) Woo the Shadow King.
2) Marry him.
3) Kill him and take his kingdom for herself.
No one knows the extent of the freshly crowned Shadow King’s power. Some say he can command the shadows that swirl around him to do his bidding. Others say they speak to him, whispering the thoughts of his enemies. Regardless, Alessandra knows what she deserves, and she’s going to do everything within her power to get it.
But Alessandra’s not the only one trying to kill the king. As attempts on his life are made, she finds herself trying to keep him alive long enough for him to make her his queen—all while struggling not to lose her heart. After all, who better for a Shadow King than a cunning, villainous queen?
I adored Tricia Levenseller’s earlier series, Daughter of the Pirate King. Especially the enemies to lovers romance between the two leads, which seems to be a theme in her new book here too!
What are your most recent additions to your tbr? Have any of these books been added to your list?
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