New books I want to read ~ Historical, steampunk, mystical, fantasy fiction

Got no self control, and I don’t mean cigarettes and alcohol, ’cause when it comes to books I can’t say not… ~ Original by Bebe Rexha, spinoff by me.

Bibliophiles are doomed to find new gems every week, more than they could ever read *cries in bookworm*. This curse, paired with my innate fondness for literature, results in an overflow of potential new reads to add to my TBR pile which is the literary version of the Pisa tower.

Fancy words to say that I was too weak not to add the following books to my ‘Want to Read’ bookshelf.

Last Christmas in Paris ~ Hazel Gaynor and Heather Webb

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Expected rating: ★★★★✰ (at least)

How did I find about it? I recently followed Elaine Howlin’s blog, and it was one of her most recent reviews.

What made me weak enough to add one more brick the TBR tower? First of, the cover, thank you very much. Then, Christmas, WWI from both a man and a woman’s perspective, the epistolary part of it all, and I won’t sleep if I don’t know what the last part of the synopsis means.

Synopsis: New York Times bestselling author Hazel Gaynor has joined with Heather Webb to create this unforgettably romantic novel of the Great War.

August 1914. England is at war. As Evie Elliott watches her brother, Will, and his best friend, Thomas Harding, depart for the front, she believes—as everyone does—that it will be over by Christmas, when the trio plan to celebrate the holiday among the romantic cafes of Paris.

But as history tells us, it all happened so differently…

Evie and Thomas experience a very different war. Frustrated by life as a privileged young lady, Evie longs to play a greater part in the conflict—but how?—and as Thomas struggles with the unimaginable realities of war he also faces personal battles back home where War Office regulations on press reporting cause trouble at his father’s newspaper business. Through their letters, Evie and Thomas share their greatest hopes and fears—and grow ever fonder from afar. Can love flourish amid the horror of the First World War, or will fate intervene?

Christmas 1968. With failing health, Thomas returns to Paris—a cherished packet of letters in hand—determined to lay to rest the ghosts of his past. But one final letter is waiting for him…

Mechanique: A Tale of the Circus Tresaulti ~ Genevieve Valentine

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Expected rating: ★★★★✰ (but very close to a 5)

How did I find about it? I read The Girls at the Kingfisher Club from Valentine, fell in love, and ran to find other books from her.

What made me weak enough to add one more brick the TBR tower? I found a new favorite book in The Girls at the Kingfisher Club, I really like Valentine’s style, and this sounds similar to The Night Circus (which is another of my favorites).

Synopsis: Come inside and take a seat; the show is about to begin…

Outside any city still standing, the Mechanical Circus Tresaulti sets up its tents. Crowds pack the benches to gawk at the brass-and-copper troupe and their impossible feats: Ayar the Strong Man, the acrobatic Grimaldi Brothers, fearless Elena and her aerialists who perform on living trapezes. War is everywhere, but while the Circus is performing, the world is magic.

That magic is no accident: Boss builds her circus from the bones out, molding a mechanical company that will survive the unforgiving landscape.

But even a careful ringmaster can make mistakes.

Two of Tresaulti’s performers are entangled in a secret standoff that threatens to tear the circus apart just as the war lands on their doorstep. Now the Circus must fight a war on two fronts: one from the outside, and a more dangerous one from within.

The Assassin’s Curse (The Assassin’s Curse #1) ~ Cassandra Rose Clarke

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Expected rating: ★★★★✰ (I’m going to be cautious with my feelings since the mean Goodreads rating is 3.7)

How did I find about it? Honestly, I’m not even so sure, but I think it was during one of my topic-driven web-surfing sessions (on pirates).

What made me weak enough to add one more brick the TBR tower? I mean… Pirates? Magic? Binding curses? Baby, keep talking sweet to me.

Synopsis: Ananna of the Tanarau abandons ship when her parents try to marry her off to another pirate clan. But that only prompts the scorned clan to send an assassin after her. When Ananna faces him down one night, armed with magic she doesn’t really know how to use, she accidentally activates a curse binding them together.

Two of Tresaulti’s performers are entangled in a secret standoff that threatens to tear the circus apart just as the war lands on their doorstep. Now the Circus must fight a war on two fronts: one from the outside, and a more dangerous one from within.

The Bone Wall ~ D. Wallace Peach

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Expected rating: ★★★★✰ (sounds promising)

How did I find about it? D. Wallace Peach wrote a comment on one of my posts here, and I looked through her blog and found this eye-catching gem of a cover.

What made me weak enough to add one more brick the TBR tower? A comment on Goodreads compared it to a mix of A Handmaid’s Tale, The Hunger Games, and Game of Thrones + the world sounds intriguing.

Synopsis: Blue light ripples and crackles as the shield walls fracture. The remnants of a doomed civilization stand vigil outside, intent on plunder and slaves, desirous of untainted blood to strengthen their broken lives. With the poisons, came deformities and powers, enhanced senses and the ability to manipulate waves of energy—lightbenders and fire-wielders.

For those who thrived for generations within the walls, the broken world looms, strange and deadly, slowly dying. While the righteous pray for salvation, Rimma prepares for battle, fueled by rage and blinded by vengeance. Her twin, Angel, bound to her by unbreakable magic, seeks light in the darkness, hope in the future, and love in a broken world.

Trigger warning.

Siege and Storm (Shadow and Bone #2) ~ Leigh Bardugo

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Expected rating: ★★★★✰ (because I’ve been told it’s worth it)

How did I find about it? I read Steph’s review and she convinced me to give it a chance.

What made me weak enough to add one more brick the TBR tower? I’ve adored Leigh Bardugo’s Six of Crows duology. Beyond adored perhaps. But for some reason, I didn’t get as hooked up by the first book in the Shadow and Bone trilogy. I had decided not to keep on with it until I read Steph’s review.

Synopsis: Darkness never dies.

Hunted across the True Sea, haunted by the lives she took on the Fold, Alina must try to make a life with Mal in an unfamiliar land, all while keeping her identity as the Sun Summoner a secret. But she can’t outrun her past or her destiny for long.

The Darkling has emerged from the Shadow Fold with a terrifying new power and a dangerous plan that will test the very boundaries of the natural world. With the help of a notorious privateer, Alina returns to the country she abandoned, determined to fight the forces gathering against Ravka. But as her power grows, Alina slips deeper into the Darkling’s game of forbidden magic, and farther away from Mal. Somehow, she will have to choose between her country, her power, and the love she always thought would guide her—or risk losing everything to the oncoming storm.

I absolutely don’t know when I’ll be able to read those, but I sure as heck wish it to be soon.

Have you recently added any amazing books to your TBR list? I’d love to know which (and maybe swoon over them with you)!

10 thoughts on “New books I want to read ~ Historical, steampunk, mystical, fantasy fiction

  1. Great list. I can’t wait to read Siege and Storm and Mechanique sounds intriguing. I’ve just added that to my own TBR pile of shame. Some of my other recent adds are Deeplight (I’m crazy for fantasy set on, in or around the sea) and The Sleeper and the Spindle (also crazy for Neil Gaiman books).

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    1. “TBR pile of shame” where’s the lie 😂 I’d love to know what you think about Siege and Storm when you’ve read it!
      Being crazy for fantasy set on, in, or around the sea is being crazy for a pretty specific niche, which sounds awesome!! I hope you’ll like Deeplight (and The Sleeper and the Spindle too!)

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