I did this in February for Valentines Day and thought I might as well start doing this every month. Rather than only recommending books I have read I do books I’ve review last month as well as my own ‘to read’ books.
Let me know if you’ve read or plan to read any of these, and if you’ve reviewed them post your link below I’d love to check them out 🙂
1. Raven Song – I.A. Ashcroft
I read this book last week, and as mentioned in my review it is brilliant.
Raven Song is set in 2147. The world as we know it has been destroyed and all the big cities are now situated underneath domes to keep out radioactive chemicals. Jackson, a businessmen, or so it seems, has magic, but he has to hide it. Until he finds Anna in the middle of a wasteland. The both of them find themselves in life endangering situations that they need to fight through. As their lives get more dangerous they grow closer. Will they survive?
Recommend if: You’re looking for a new dystopian world to get lost in with strong characters and a ‘keep you on the edge of your seat’ kind of plot line with twists and turns around every corner.
2. Exchanged – D. Silva & V. Mozes
Another book I read and reviewed and loved, but completely different.
This is the story of Aubriel, a beautiful, mortal elf and the strong and wise fey Lord Callanon Thray. When Aubriel is saved by Lord Callanon from an elf from her own village who she trusted, she is immediately mesmerised by his appearance. That night Aubriel finds herself in the dreams of the Fey. There is no denying that Callanon seems an honest man and she falls in love with him. Now, they both want more than simply being together in the dreamscape. Callanon offers to take her to the summer kingdom, where he is advisor to the king. The problem is that Aubriel is an elf, and so a mortal, who are looked down upon the kingdom. With magic, Callanon makes her appear Fey, but will this be enough?
Reccommended if: You like fantasy and dystopian settings with a good love story, tension and some steamy sex scenes.
3. Everything, Everything – Nicola Yoon
I LOVED THIS. AND THERE IS A MOVIE COMING.
Review and movie trailer here.
Everything Everything is about the 18 year old girl, Madeline Whittier, who has never been outside. Madeline has immunodeficiency, meaning she pretty much doesn’t have an immune system and can’t fight disease. Stuck inside her house with special ventilators and glass around Madeline has always been okay with her life. But then a new boy moves in next door, Olly. She is immediately intrigued. Olly and Madeline start talking and Madeline finds herself questioning her life. Is she really living? Madeline wants to go outside and explore the world with Olly. She wants to be able to be a normal girl so she can date Olly. Madeline finds herself outside for a split moment and collapses, but she recovers quickly. She starts to question whether she really is ill. Deciding there is only one way to found out she goes outside and travels to Hawaii with Olly. But will she survive this trip?
Recommended if: You like young adult and romance, you want to read a story that’ll give you hope love is real, you plan on watching the movie and want an original read.
Dark Experiments – Lana Campbell (Forever and A Night #2)
Another book I reviewed and loved. A lot better than I expected.
The second book in the stand-alone series, Forever and a Night, by Lana Campbell is truly brilliant. Dark Experiments tells the story of Tiffany and Christopher. Christopher, also known as Dr La Mond, is a vampire who runs the V Clinic, a clinic that helps other vampires get pregnant and births them. Tiffany is a 35 year old human who gets an IT job at the V clinic. Tiffany has known Christopher for 12 years. For years Tiffany has longed for Christopher but she knew it would never become more than friendship because of their differences. But now that Tiffany is working at the V Clinic can she stop herself? There isn’t much time to think about that as terrible things start happening at the clinic. Tiffany finds herself falling ill too and goes through the biggest transformation of her life. Fighting to finally be with Christopher, Tiffany just seems to find herself in situations where she has to fight for her life.
Recommended if: You like vampires, romance, tension and a good story line. Even though it looks like erotica there is very limited sex scenes. It’s more about the romance.
My Life As I Knew It – Peri June
Last book I reviewed, again completely different.
My Life as I Knew it follows the story of Maggie, a 17 year old girl living in Seattle. One night she wakes up to hear screaming and finds her mum being stabbed to death by her stepfather. Next thing she knows she is waking up in the hospital to find out she had an asthma attack and fell down the stairs. It’s nearly time for her to start her senior year at high school but how is she ever meant to go back to leading a normal life?
Maggie decides to move to Los Angeles to live with her biological father, Bill. She starts her senior year in Los Angeles and finds herself quickly becoming part of a group of four close friends. One of them stands out the most, a good looking, funny guy named Sam. She finds herself feeling better when she is around him and starts falling for him pretty fast. But will she ever get over her nightmares?
Recommended if: you need a book to make you smile through characters, a cute romance, young adult. HEADS-UP: start is slow, stick with it or skip to part set in LA.
6. The Night Circus – Erin Morgenstern
This is one of the books on my own to read list, I already have it at home but I’m so busy with book requests at the moment that I haven’t had time yet.
The circus arrives without warning. No announcements precede it. It is simply there, when yesterday it was not. The black sign, painted in white letters that hangs upon the gates, reads:
Opens at Nightfall
Closes at Dawn
As the sun disappears beyond the horizon, all over the tents small lights begin to flicker, as though the entirety of the circus is covered in particularly bright fireflies. When the tents are all aglow, sparkling against the night sky, the sign appears.
Le Cirque des Rêves – The Circus of Dreams.
Now the circus is open.
Now you may enter.
7. The Woman in Black – Susan Hill
I’ve been meaning to read this book for years. I didn’t like the movie but I watched the play and it was so brilliant, I thought the book must be good to. I’ve read the first few pages but really need to read this.
Arthur Kipps, a junior solicitor in London, is summoned to Crythin Gifford to attend the funeral of Mrs Alice Drablow, and to sort through her papers before returning to London. It is here that Kipps first sees the woman in black and begins to gain an impression of the mystery surrounding her. From the funeral he travels to Eel Marsh House and sees the woman again; he also hears the terrifying sounds on the marsh.
Despite Kipps’s experiences he resolves to spend the night at the house and fulfil his professional duty. It is this night at Eel Marsh House that contains the greatest horror for Kipps. Kipps later discovers the reasons behind the hauntings at Eel Marsh House. The book ends with the woman in black exacting a final, terrible revenge.
8. Caraval – Stephanie Garber
This is probably the book I’ve seen the most on Goodreads and Instagram for the past month, it’s also been in my Amazon shopping basket for a month but I’m a student, I can’t afford books at the moment, and this cover is so pretty. I have to have the hardback printed version :’) I am planning on buying i
t this week though. It’s on offer for £5 atm 😀
Whatever you’ve heard about Caraval, it doesn’t compare to the reality. It’s more than just a game or a performance. It’s the closest you’ll ever find to magic in this world . . .
Welcome, welcome to Caraval―Stephanie Garber’s sweeping tale of two sisters who escape their ruthless father when they enter the dangerous intrigue of a legendary game.
9. Peter Pan – J.M Barrie
Been telling myself to read more classics, especially children’s classics as I’ve never read any of them (yes, I know, how could I?) Hence why this is on my definite to read list this month.
One starry night, Peter Pan and Tinker Bell lead the three Darling children over the rooftops of London and away to Neverland – the island where lost boys play, mermaids splash and fairies make mischief. But a villainous-looking gang of pirates lurk in the docks, led by the terrifying Captain James Hook. Magic and excitement are in the air, but if Captain Hook has his way, before long, someone will be walking the plank and swimming with the crocodiles…
10. Sharp Objects – Gillian Flynn
From the writer of Gone Girl (which I also haven’t read). I’ve had this book at home for a few weeks now but haven’t gotten to it. There’s some mixed reviews due to it containing some dark and ‘unhealthy’ topics. Not something I’ve minded before though so still want to read it.
When two girls are abducted and killed in Missouri, journalist Camille Preaker is sent back to her home town to report on the crimes. Long-haunted by a childhood tragedy and estranged from her mother for years, Camille suddenly finds herself installed once again in her family’s mansion, reacquainting herself with her distant mother and the half-sister she barely knows – a precocious 13-year-old who holds a disquieting grip on the town. As Camille works to uncover the truth about these violent crimes, she finds herself identifying with the young victims – a bit too strongly. Clues keep leading to dead ends, forcing Camille to unravel the psychological puzzle of her own past to get at the story. Dogged by her own demons, Camille will have to confront what happened to her years before if she wants to survive this homecoming.
Love Mallory x