T5W | Top SFF Books on Your TBR

Welcome one, welcome all, to ‘Emma Remembers Top 5 Wednesdays Exists And Decides To Join In’… again. Top 5 Wednesday is a weekly meme/challenge which was created by the wonderful Lainey from gingereadslainey and is now overseen by the equally lovely Sam from Thoughts of Tomes. Every Wednesday, participants devise their Top 5 based on a given topic.

This Wednesday’s topic is Top SFF Books on Your TBR and this is a Booktube SFF Awards Babble Crossover Topic – basically, it’s what it says on the tin, it’s a chance to talk about the science fiction and fantasy books you want to read ASAP. Given the YA fantasy kick I seem to be on right now, it seems like the perfect time for me to take a look at the huge TBR I still have and to pick out some books to highlight here as my Top 5.

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Anticipated 2017 Releases (January/February/March)

After being suitably retrospective with my ‘Best Of’ and ‘Year in Review’ posts, I’m now looking forwards towards the releases which I personally am anticipating in the first three months of 2017. There are a few sequels being released next year that I’m itching to get my hands on (I need them like yesterday) as well as a few books by debut authors, or new-to-me authors, that I’m intrigued to try out for myself. Although I’m going to make a concerted effort in 2017 to read my own damn books, that doesn’t mean there isn’t also room for some shiny book acquisitions of brand spankin’ new releases, like these…

Look at the shiny shiny. Now, let’s see how the year looks in a little more detail…
(and I don’t think I need to warn you that if you’re not caught up on a series mentioned, then please don’t read the synopses below, there be spoilers!)

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Top Ten Tuesday | Books Added To My TBR Recently

toptentuesdayIt’s yet another Tuesday, so that means another Top Ten Tuesday. For those who don’t know, Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme created by the book bloggers and list lovers, The Broke and the Bookish, and each week they post a topic for bloggers to respond to.

This week’s theme is Top Ten Books I’ve Added To My To-Be-Read List Lately. I’m a fiend for shoving books merrily onto my TBR shelf on Goodreads with little to no regard of just how ridiculous and overwhelming that list has become. I’ve looked through that list and picked out a few (well, ten) that I actually consciously remember adding to my TBR list and I’m definitely excited to acquire these in the (hopefully near) future.

    1. Strange the Dreamer – Laini Taylor (x)
      I adored Laini Taylor’s Daughter of Smoke and Bone, though I’ve yet to read the other books in that trilogy, but this one sounds amazing. I mean, come on, the synopsis includes the following phrases: ‘the aftermath of a war between gods and men’, ‘a young librarian with a singular dream’, and ‘friendship and treachery, love and carnage’.
    2. His Bloody Project – Graeme Macrae Burnet (x)
      This one came onto my radar as it was Shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize this year. I hear it’s about a brutal triple murder and a probably/definitely guilty man. Somehow that seems enough information to decide I should read this book.
    3. Rebel Mechanics (Rebel Mechanics #1) – Shanna Swendson (x)
      I found this one whilst searching for steampunk novels on Goodreads lists; I wanted to see what was already out there because my NaNoWriMo novel this year probably falls into that genre. This one is set in the US though, so it’s entirely different, but has some concepts which similarly feature in mine. The synopsis has completely sold me on this novel: ‘A sixteen-year-old governess becomes a spy in this alternative U.S. history where the British control with magic and the colonists rebel by inventing […] Magisters have always ruled the colonies, but now an underground society of mechanics and engineers are developing non-magical sources of power via steam engines that they hope will help them gain freedom from British rule.’
    4. The Forgetting – Sharon Cameron (x)
      I have no idea where or when I found this novel, but I do know that when I was browsing my TBR shelf again, I definitely wanted to read this thanks to the synopsis. ‘What isn’t written, isn’t remembered. Even your crimes. […] every twelve years the city descends into the bloody chaos of the Forgetting, a day of no remorse, when each person’s memories – of parents, children, love, life, and self – are lost. Unless they have been written’.
    5. Our Dark Duet (Monsters of Verity #2) – V.E. Schwab (x)
      I love VE Schwab’s books and This Savage Song was no exception so obviously I’m highly anticipating the next book in the duology – Our Dark Duet. I kind of love that people are writing duologies to be honest, because I’m getting more than a little sick of people writing fantasy trilogies, and I think this one actually sounds worthwhile.
    6. A Million Worlds with You (Firebird #3) – Claudia Gray (x)
      I really adored the first book in this trilogy, A Thousand Pieces of You, because I loved the concept of a person being able to inhabit alternative-universe versions of themselves and have to learn about this new identity whilst not giving the game away to those around them. I find that a really interesting idea so, even though I haven’t got to the second book yet, I’m definitely wanting to read this book.
    7. The Hammer of Thor (Magnus Chase and the Gods of Asgard #2) – Rick Riordan (x)
      I love renditions of Norse mythology (I think everyone knows I’m a huge MCU Loki fan, no surprises here) and Magnus Chase is no exception to this. I wasn’t much a fan of Rick Riordan’s books relating to Greek mythology when I tried the Percy Jackson series before, but I really liked the first book in this Gods of Asgard series. Don’t get me wrong, it’s so so dumb but it’s pure entertainment, and I love it for that. I mean just look at this synopsis: ‘Thor’s hammer is missing again. The thunder god has a disturbing habit of misplacing his weapon–the mightiest force in the Nine Worlds.’
    8. Norse Mythology – Neil Gaiman (x)
      It’s Neil Gaiman’s take on Norse mythology… do I need to say any more? Didn’t think so.
    9. The Dark Days Pact (Lady Helen #2) – Alison Goodman (x)
      The first book in this series introduced Lady Helen, a young lady who primarily worries about being presented to society and the appropriate etiquette at balls but then realises there’s a seedy demonic underbelly to the London society she inhabits. Basically, think Jane Austen plus Buffy the Vampire Slayer. As you can see from my review, I loved the idea – it was like Alison Goodman had tapped into my brain and provided it with just what it needed.
    10. A Conjuring of Light (Shades of Magic #3) – V.E. Schwab (x)
      I adore VE Schwab’s books, as previously mentioned, but my true obsession in her works is the Shades of London series. Parallel Londons, dimension hopping magicians, a flirty Prince, a pirate captain, a kickass heroine, what more could you want? I am both eagerly anticipating and am terrified of what this third and final book will bring – I know Schwab can and will kill her darlings.

That was my Top Ten Tuesday featuring some of recent additions to my TBR list.
Do any of these books feature on your Top Ten TBR list? What books have you added to your TBR list lately?

Comment below/link your own post below if you have one – I’d love to read it!


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T5W | Inaccurate Book Covers

top 5 wednesdayWelcome one, welcome all, to ‘Emma Remembers Top 5 Wednesdays Exists And Decides To Join In’… again. Top 5 Wednesday is a weekly meme/challenge which was created by the wonderful Lainey from gingereadslainey and is now overseen by the equally lovely Sam from Thoughts of Tomes. Every Wednesday, participants devise their Top 5 based on a given topic.

This Wednesday’s topic is Books With Inaccurate Covers, covers that have nothing to do with the story or are just plain misleading or a really tacky cover for an otherwise great read. Since I read YA fantasy, that particular genre can occasionally fall foul of cover designers. If I see one more cover that’s ‘the girl in the dress looking over her shoulder’, I may very well scream. It’s such a shame because the stories inside the covers are often very compelling, but I know some readers will be put off ever picking the book up simply because of a cheesy cover. Likewise, I know some books with covers that are just completely misleading as to what genre they actually are, which is equally disappointing.

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Review | The Dark Days Club by Alison Goodman

27074515TitleThe Dark Days Club (2016)
Author: Alison Goodman
Read:  7th-20th August
Genre: young-adult; historical fiction; paranormal
Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

Imagine Jane Austen Regency romance, with all its pomp and circumstance, mixed with Buffy the Vampire Slayer style paranormal creatures and secret societies set up to battle the secret forces of evil right under the noses of society. What you have is Alison Goodman’s The Dark Days Club, a novel which I didn’t know I needed but I should have been able to guess given that it’s a bizarre but fitting combination of everything I love in this world.

Yes, you should be amazed,” her uncle snapped. “You are lucky you have forty thousand pounds, girl. I have a feeling your lively spirit would be far less attractive without it.”

It’s 1812, it’s London, and young Lady Helen Wrexhall is about to be presented to the court of King George III. Living under the shady shadow of her mother’s reputation (the word ‘treason’ is whispered everywhere she goes), Lady Helen tries to be the best society lady she can be, including dancing, wearing gowns, and securing a suitable marriage to an upstanding Duke or Count. That is, until one of her family’s servants disappears in strange circumstances and, in the search for her, Lady Helen stumbles into a darker world she hadn’t realised co-existed alongside respectable Regency society.

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March TBR

I don’t do well with TBRs – for proof see any posts allegedly labelled Monthly TBR which were not ever read in that specified month, and in fact probably are still on my bookshelves untouched to this very day. However, every so often I get on a roll with a series of books and I feel the need to hoover up every word of the currently published books as I can, before the next inevitable book is released. In moments like this, then, TBRs are vaguely feasible for every the most impulsive of readers, of which I am one. So… March TBR… let’s do it, let’s play the fun game of seeing how many of these I have actually read come 1st April. It’ll be a surprise for all if I have read even half of these as intended.

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1. Crown of Midnight – Sarah J. Maas (x)
I re-read Throne of Glass in February in preparation for finally breaking out the rest of the series, since it has been sitting on my bookshelf for far too long looking pretty and untouched. The general consensus seems to be that even if Throne of Glass was just a so-so book, try the second novel in the series as it picks up and develops tenfold compared to its predecessor. I’m hoping that’s the case since I enjoyed Throne of Glass but I do have a bugbear or two.

2. Heir of Fire – Sarah J. Maas (x)
If I’m enjoying Crown of Midnight, I’ll be trying to capitalise on that roll
and continue onwards with the series into the third book: Heir of Fire.

3. Queen of Shadows – Sarah J. Maas (x)
See above for reasoning.

4. The Assassin’s Blade – Sarah J. Maas (x)
Not sure if I’m really too fussed if I don’t get around to this book right away since it’s a bind-up of novellas which, I believe, follow Celaena right up until the events of Throne of Glass. It’s not that I’m not interested in that (quite the contrary), but I’m just not a huge fan of prequel novellas since they seem a bit redundant and, if I’m brutally honest, basically only written for the sake of money. I hope this isn’t the case with this lot but we’ll see.

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5. Clockwork Prince – Cassandra Clare (x)
I read Clockwork Angel in February and found myself pleasantly surprised by how much I enjoyed it, especially given my rocky experience with Cassandra Clare’s Mortal Instruments series in the past (I’ve never been able to even finish City of Bones because I got so annoyed with it), but I’m giving the Infernal Devices a go because the Victorian London setting seems much more my speed. In fact, you might start to notice something of a theme of sorts in that vein…

6. Clockwork Princess – Cassandra Clare (x)
See above

7. Soulless – Gail Carriger (x)
That theme I mentioned? Hopefully you’ve spotted it by this point. I’ve read Soulless previously when I borrowed it from my local library whilst on vacation from university. Because vacation ended and I moved back into university I didn’t ever pursue the book series further but I really should have since I found it, as I believe I termed it in my review, “a jolly good romp”. When I’m in the mood for a fun and light read, this is probably what I’ll pick up since I’ve now bought used copies of the entire series – there’s that theme I mentioned.

8. Changeless – Gail Carriger (x)
See above.

9. Blameless – Gail Carriger (x)
You know the drill.

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10. The Dark Days Club – Alison Goodman (x)
Someone described this as Regency meets X-Men which, I mean, how could you pass up something like that? I pre-ordered this book specially because of that blurb but I still haven’t touched it since I got it. So I should probably/definitely correct that grievous error – see, I am already comfortable with the vernacular one might expect in such a novel.

11. The Establishment and How They Get Away With It – Owen Jones (x)
In my wildly hopeful 2016 Bookish Resolutions post, I mentioned a desire to read more non-fiction this year. I figured since I seem to be making good on another resolution mentioned there (to catch-up with/finish more series I’ve previously begun) I might as well call March ‘the month of actually paying attention to my resolutions’ – or, at least, I would do if that wasn’t a mouthful of a title. Speaking of titles, this book by Owen Jones has a title that immediately appeals to my political interests so perhaps I can make good on my read more non-fiction resolution and start this in March. (I have read 4 non-fiction/memoir books already this year so technically I’m good until April but I don’t want to get into this habit of blitzing non-fiction one month and then abandoning thought of it for the next three months, so I’d prefer to stick to at least one book every month.)


As you can see, the majority of these books rely on me getting on a roll with a series I’ve started, and that roll not stopping for the entirety of the month. So we’ll see how that goes, shall we? You and I both.

What books are you planning to read in March? Have you read any of those I’m planning to read this month? Comment below!