June 2016: My TBR Pile

Posted June 2, 2016 by Minx

Ok, I have yet to do this kind of post. Why am I starting? Mainly to get these books read! How can I not read them when I committed the idea to a post? The horror! Is that not why everyone does it? Here is a pic that I posted on my instagram account (it was also my first ever instagram, yay me!):

June 2016 TBR: The Genre Minx Book Reviews
June 2016 TBR: The Genre Minx Book Reviews

These books have been on my book shelves for a while. I will give an official synopsis of each in case you are not familiar with the book.

The Last Mortal Bond by Brian Staveley:

The Last Mortal Bond by Brian Staveley. The Genre Minx Book ReviewsThe climactic third and final novel in the Chronicle of the Unhewn Throne
The trilogy that began with The Emperor’s Blades and continued in The Providence of Fire reaches its epic conclusion, as war engulfs the Annurian Empire.

The ancient csestriim are back to finish their purge of humanity; armies march against the capital; leaches, solitary beings who draw power from the natural world to fuel their extraordinary abilities, maneuver on all sides to affect the outcome of the war; and capricious gods walk the earth in human guise with agendas of their own.

But the three imperial siblings at the heart of it all–Valyn, Adare, and Kaden–come to understand that even if they survive the holocaust unleashed on their world, there may be no reconciling their conflicting visions of the future.

Synopsis via Goodreads

I am in a book club through an independent book seller (shout out to The Poisoned Pen Bookstore in AZ) and they send me their picks of the month, this was April’s selection.

The Lightning Stones by Jack Du Brul:

The Lightning Stones by Jack Du Brul. The Genre Minx Book ReviewsWhat was Amelia Earhart carrying on her final flight? The adventure begins two thousand feet beneath the surface of the Earth. 

Philip Mercer, a preeminent geologist with a taste for international intrigue and danger, rides an elevator two thousand feet into the earth at the Leister Deep Mine in Minnesota. Mercer is there to visit his old friend and mentor, Abraham Jacobs, who is leading a research team to the deepest section of the mine for a groundbreaking study on climate change. But as Mercer approaches, he is stunned to hear automatic gunfire in the massive underground chambers. By the time he finds his way to them, Abe Jacobs and the entire research team have been brutally attacked—and Mercer is left seeking not only answers but revenge.

Mercer immediately retraces Jacobs’s tracks, searching for clues to the secret project on which the distinguished scientist was working. Staying one step ahead of a highly trained team of assassins, Mercer follows a trail that leads from a harrowing close call in the Midwest to a nail-biting showdown in the rugged mountains of Afghanistan to a remote island in the middle of the Pacific. At stake is an extraordinary scientific discovery that could irrevocably alter the planet, centered on a cache of rare crystals called lightning stones—rumored to have been aboard Amelia Earhart’s plane when it vanished on July 2, 1937.

 With his trademark combination of intellectual swagger, riveting action, and cutting-edge science, internationally bestselling author Jack Du Brul has crafted a superbly entertaining novel that will thrill his fans.

Synopsis via Goodreads

I am a huge fan of Clive Cussler and he has co-written many books. I like to check out the co-writers works to see how they write without CC.  Jack Du Brul co-wrote many of the books that belong to The Oregon Files series and I happen to find his pre-CC novels entertaining, so I was very excited when he picked up his series. Unfortunately, although I bought the book I was not able to read the book..until now!

Lady Midnight by Cassandra Clare:

Lady Midnight by Cassandra Clare. The Genre Minx Book ReviewsIn a kingdom by the sea…

In a secret world where half-angel warriors are sworn to fight demons, parabatai is a sacred word.

parabatai is your partner in battle. A parabatai is your best friend. Parabatai can be everything to each other—but they can never fall in love.
Emma Carstairs is a warrior, a Shadowhunter, and the best in her generation. She lives for battle. Shoulder to shoulder with her parabatai, Julian Blackthorn, she patrols the streets of Los Angeles, where vampires party on the Sunset Strip, and faeries—the most powerful of supernatural creatures—teeter on the edge of open war with Shadowhunters. When the bodies of humans and faeries turn up murdered in the same way Emma’s parents were when she was a child, an uneasy alliance is formed. This is Emma’s chance for revenge—and Julian’s chance to get back his brother Mark, who is being held prisoner by the faerie Courts. All Emma, Mark, and Julian have to do is solve the murders within two weeks…and before the murderer targets them.

Their search takes Emma from sea caves full of sorcery to a dark lottery where death is dispensed. And each clue she unravels uncovers more secrets. What has Julian been hiding from her all these years? Why does Shadowhunter Law forbid parabatai to fall in love? Who really killed her parents—and can she bear to know the truth?

The darkly magical world of Shadowhunters has captured the imaginations of millions of readers across the globe. Join the adventure in Lady Midnight, the long-awaited first volume of a new trilogy from Cassandra Clare.

Synopsis via Goodreads

I picked this up because Cassandra Clare is starting a new series. I did not read her Mortal Instruments series, I read the first book of her Mortal Instrument series until the main character decided that she didn’t care if the male protagonist was maybe her brother…she wanted him anyhow. Book flew across the room and was never opened again. I really did enjoy her writing so I was excited when she started another series and I am going to give her another try. So for the love of God if there is incest or a possibility of please tell me because that is a no-go for me, disgusting.

The Dark Days Club by Alison Goodman:

The Dark Days Club by Alison Goodman. The Genre Minx Book ReviewsLondon, April 1812. On the eve of eighteen-year-old Lady Helen Wrexhall’s presentation to the queen, one of her family’s housemaids disappears-and Helen is drawn into the shadows of Regency London. There, she meets Lord Carlston, one of the few who can stop the perpetrators: a cabal of demons infiltrating every level of society. Dare she ask for his help, when his reputation is almost as black as his lingering eyes? And will her intelligence and headstrong curiosity wind up leading them into a death trap?

Synopsis via Goodreads

I went to a book signing and Alison Goodman just happened to be there. While talking about this book, she just piqued my interest and I had to get a copy to read. I am hopeful I like it because the reviews are mixed.

The Great Hunt by Wendy Higgins:

The Great Hunt by Wendy Higgins. The Genre Minx Book Reviews“Aerity…” Her father paused as if the words he was forming pained him. “I must ask you to sacrifice the promise of love for the sake of our kingdom.”

She could only stare back, frozen.
When a strange beast terrorizes the kingdom of Lochlanach, fear stirs revolt. In an act of desperation, a proclamation is sent to all of Eurona—kill the creature and win the ultimate prize: the daughter of King Lochson’s hand in marriage.

Princess Aerity knows her duty to the kingdom but cannot bear the idea of marrying a stranger…until a brooding local hunter, Paxton Seabolt, catches her attention. There’s no denying the unspoken lure between them…or his mysterious resentment.

Paxton is not the marrying type. Nor does he care much for spoiled royals and their arcane laws. He’s determined to keep his focus on the task at hand—ridding the kingdom of the beast—but the princess continues to surprise him, and the perilous secrets he’s buried begin to surface.

Inspired by the Grimm Brothers’ tale “The Singing Bone,” New York Times bestselling author Wendy Higgins delivers a dark fantasy filled with rugged hunters, romantic tension, and a princess willing to risk all to save her kingdom.

Synopsis via Goodreads

I wanted to read this book because it sounded very interesting and it is inspired by a Grimm Brothers’ tale. Heck Yeah! I know the reviews are mixed but my fingers are crossed.

A Darker Shade of Magic by V.E. Schwab:

A Darker Shade of Magic by V.E. Schwa. The Genre Minx Book ReviewsKell is one of the last Antari, a rare magician who can travel between parallel worlds: hopping from Grey London — dirty, boring, lacking magic, and ruled by mad King George — to Red London — where life and magic are revered, and the Maresh Dynasty presides over a flourishing empire — to White London — ruled by whoever has murdered their way to the throne, where people fight to control magic, and the magic fights back — and back, but never Black London, because traveling to Black London is forbidden and no one speaks of it now.

Officially, Kell is the personal ambassador and adopted Prince of Red London, carrying the monthly correspondences between the royals of each London. Unofficially, Kell smuggles for those willing to pay for even a glimpse of a world they’ll never see, and it is this dangerous hobby that sets him up for accidental treason. Fleeing into Grey London, Kell runs afoul of Delilah Bard, a cut-purse with lofty aspirations. She robs him, saves him from a dangerous enemy, then forces him to take her with him for her proper adventure.

But perilous magic is afoot, and treachery lurks at every turn. To save both his London and the others, Kell and Lila will first need to stay alive — a feat trickier than they hoped.

Synopsis via Goodreads

This book I bought because I actually received the second book in the series and I decided to start with this book first. I have really been wanting to read this book but I have not made the time. I am also hoping that this book is also chosen as a June book club book because that will be two birds with one stone.

Anyhow, I am hoping that I do read these books. I also have some ARC’s that I need to read as well. So it should be a full month. Yay me!

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2 responses to “June 2016: My TBR Pile

    • That’s good to know. Now that I know that I will push through. 😊. I will wait till later in the month though because I am reading a book now that I so desperately want to stop reading but I have to just finish it. Due to that I will want a few enjoyable reads in between. Ha ha ha

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