It’s Tuesday, which means it’s time for a Top Ten Tuesday, inspired by That Artsy Reader Girl. This week the challenge is: Books to read at the beach. I’m taking this one very broad and am going to make it my TBR list for summer instead, because 1. I don’t plan on going to the beach this year, 2. that pile of TBR books isn’t getting any smaller. Let’s take a look at these ten ‘beach books’
1. Before she Ignites – Jodie Meadows
I received this book in a bookcrate and I loved the cover. I’m looking forward to reading about a leading character who has crippling anxiety. I suspect it will have something to do with dragons, but I will just have to read and see.
Mira Minkoba is the Hopebearer. Since the day she was born, she’s been told she’s special. Important. Perfect. She’s known across the Fallen Isles not just for her beauty, but for the Mira Treaty named after her, a peace agreement which united the seven islands against their enemies on the mainland.
But Mira has never felt as perfect as everyone says. She counts compulsively. She struggles with crippling anxiety. And she’s far too interested in dragons for a girl of her station.
Then Mira discovers an explosive secret that challenges everything she and the Treaty stand for. Betrayed by the very people she spent her life serving, Mira is sentenced to the Pit–the deadliest prison in the Fallen Isles. There, a cruel guard would do anything to discover the secret she would die to protect.
No longer beholden to those who betrayed her, Mira must learn to survive on her own and unearth the dark truths about the Fallen Isles–and herself–before her very world begins to collapse.
2. Warcross – Marie Lu
Again, I got suckered in by the colourful cover, or at least part of the cover is super colourful. However, I got told that if I loved Ready Player One, then this book will also be something I will sink my teeth into. High expectations have been set.
From #1 New York Times bestselling author Marie Lu – when a game called Warcross takes the world by storm, one girl hacks her way into its dangerous depths. For the millions who log in every day, Warcross isn’t just a game – it’s a way of life. Struggling to make ends meet, teenage hacker Emika Chen works as a bounty hunter, tracking down players who bet on the game illegally.
When Emika hacks into the game illegally, she’s convinced she’ll be arrested, and is shocked when she gets a call from the game’s creator, the elusive young billionaire Hideo Tanaka, with an irresistible offer. He needs a spy on the inside of this year’s tournament in order to uncover a security problem . . . and he wants Emika for the job. In this sci-fi thriller, #1 New York Times bestselling author Marie Lu conjures an immersive, exhilarating world where choosing who to trust may be the biggest gamble of all.
3. Scythe – Neal Shusterman
I always loved the grim reaper as a character and now there’s a whole book bases on this type of entity. Again another female as a lead character, so that will be interesting. It feels like a pretty unique concept and world. And there’s already second part out in case I need more after book 1.
Thou shalt kill.
A world with no hunger, no disease, no war, no misery. Humanity has conquered all those things, and has even conquered death. Now scythes are the only ones who can end life—and they are commanded to do so, in order to keep the size of the population under control.
Citra and Rowan are chosen to apprentice to a scythe—a role that neither wants. These teens must master the “art” of taking life, knowing that the consequence of failure could mean losing their own.
4. To kill a kingdom by Alexandra Christo
Finally a little mermaid who is actually based on the tales of mermaids of old and not the Disney-type. I’m sure it will end in a Disney spectacle, but so far my interest has been raised by the mermaid-legend in this story. Read Ingrids review here.
Princess Lira is siren royalty and the most lethal of them all. With the hearts of seventeen princes in her collection, she is revered across the sea. Until a twist of fate forces her to kill one of her own. To punish her daughter, the Sea Queen transforms Lira into the one thing they loathe most—a human. Robbed of her song, Lira has until the winter solstice to deliver Prince Elian’s heart to the Sea Queen or remain a human forever.
The ocean is the only place Prince Elian calls home, even though he is heir to the most powerful kingdom in the world. Hunting sirens is more than an unsavory hobby—it’s his calling. When he rescues a drowning woman in the ocean, she’s more than what she appears. She promises to help him find the key to destroying all of sirenkind for good—But can he trust her? And just how many deals will Elian have to barter to eliminate mankind’s greatest enemy?
5. An Ember in the Ashes – Sabaa Tahir
I mostly want to read this because I’ve heard so many good things about the first two books. I follow the author on instagram and she seems like a really nice and genuine person. Another Fantasy book, it is my fave genre and considering this is one of those series that a lot of YA-fans rave about, I have to see what it’s all about.
Laia is a slave. Elias is a soldier. Neither is free.
Under the Martial Empire, defiance is met with death. Those who do not vow their blood and bodies to the Emperor risk the execution of their loved ones and the destruction of all they hold dear.
It is in this brutal world, inspired by ancient Rome, that Laia lives with her grandparents and older brother. The family ekes out an existence in the Empire’s impoverished backstreets. They do not challenge the Empire. They’ve seen what happens to those who do.
But when Laia’s brother is arrested for treason, Laia is forced to make a decision. In exchange for help from rebels who promise to rescue her brother, she will risk her life to spy for them from within the Empire’s greatest military academy.
There, Laia meets Elias, the school’s finest soldier—and secretly, its most unwilling. Elias wants only to be free of the tyranny he’s being trained to enforce. He and Laia will soon realize that their destinies are intertwined—and that their choices will change the fate of the Empire itself.
6. A court of frost and starlight – Sarah J. Maas
I read all the other books and I received this one in my Illumicrate special edition box. It’s a smaller book compared to some of my list, so hopefully I will get through it fast to work through my TBR pile. Sad thing is, that the story of Rhysand and Feyre is over then.
Hope warms the coldest night.
Feyre, Rhys, and their close-knit circle of friends are still busy rebuilding the Night Court and the vastly-changed world beyond. But Winter Solstice is finally near, and with it, a hard-earned reprieve.
Yet even the festive atmosphere can’t keep the shadows of the past from looming. As Feyre navigates her first Winter Solstice as High Lady, she finds that those dearest to her have more wounds than she anticipated–scars that will have far-reaching impact on the future of their Court.
7. My lady Jane – Brode Ashton
I have heard very good reviews about this book. One of my favourite book-tubers kept singing its praise. It’s has elements of the Tudors in it, which is sometimes hit and miss with me, but apperantly this one is quite humourus. I guess that already makes it quite unique.
Edward (long live the king) is the King of England. He’s also dying, which is inconvenient, as he’s only sixteen and he’d much rather be planning for his first kiss than considering who will inherit his crown…
Jane (reads too many books) is Edward’s cousin, and far more interested in books than romance. Unfortunately for Jane, Edward has arranged to marry her off to secure the line of succession. And there’s something a little odd about her intended…
Gifford (call him G) is a horse. That is, he’s an Eðian (eth-y-un, for the uninitiated). Every day at dawn he becomes a noble chestnut steed—but then he wakes at dusk with a mouthful of hay. It’s all very undignified.
The plot thickens as Edward, Jane, and G are drawn into a dangerous conspiracy. With the fate of the kingdom at stake, our heroes will have to engage in some conspiring of their own. But can they pull off their plan before it’s off with their heads?
8. Neverwhere – Neil Gaiman
My friend Nora gave me this beautiful book and it’s one of her favourites. It has made me really enthusiastic about reading this book and I got the special illustrated edition as well, so it will be even more fun to read. It’s set in London….. sort off, and because I love London this will be a good read for me.
Under the streets of London there’s a place most people could never even dream of. A city of monsters and saints, murderers and angels, knights in armour and pale girls in black velvet. This is the city of the people who have fallen between the cracks.
Richard Mayhew, a young businessman, is going to find out more than enough about this other London. A single act of kindness catapults him out of his workday existence and into a world that is at once eerily familiar and utterly bizarre. And a strange destiny awaits him down here, beneath his native city: Neverwhere.
9. Red Queen – Victoria Aveyard
Another one of those ‘must read YA-series’. Again, this book was praised by so many book-bloggers and book-tubers that I got it several years ago…. And never started it. Considering how many people have talked about it, this summer seems like a good time to start. Read Ingrid’s review here.
This is a world divided by blood – red or silver. The Reds are commoners, ruled by a Silver elite in possession of god-like superpowers. And to Mare Barrow, a seventeen-year-old Red girl from the poverty-stricken Stilts, it seems like nothing will ever change. That is until she finds herself working in the Silver Palace. Here, surrounded by the people she hates the most, Mare discovers that, despite her red blood, she possesses a deadly power of her own. One that threatens to destroy the balance of power.
Fearful of Mare’s potential, the Silvers hide her in plain view, declaring her a long-lost Silver princess, now engaged to a Silver prince. Despite knowing that one misstep would mean her death, Mare works silently to help the Red Guard, a militant resistance group, and bring down the Silver regime. But this is a world of betrayal and lies, and Mare has entered a dangerous dance – Reds against Silvers, prince against prince, and Mare against her own heart.
10. Outlander – Diana Gabaldon
Now this one is interesting. I have heard so many people enjoy the series (book and tv), but I’m wondering if it will be my genre. The good thing; it’s fairly big and there’s a lot of books in this series. The bad: I don’t know if I’m ready for it to be a super-romance novel.
I guess it’s one that I will save for last in the summer and just see if it will grab me.
The year is 1945. Claire Randall, a former combat nurse, is just back from the war and reunited with her husband on a second honeymoon when she walks through a standing stone in one of the ancient circles that dot the British Isles. Suddenly she is a Sassenach—an “outlander”—in a Scotland torn by war and raiding border clans in the year of Our Lord…1743.
Hurled back in time by forces she cannot understand, Claire is catapulted into the intrigues of lairds and spies that may threaten her life, and shatter her heart. For here James Fraser, a gallant young Scots warrior, shows her a love so absolute that Claire becomes a woman torn between fidelity and desire—and between two vastly different men in two irreconcilable lives.
What about you? Which books are you reading at the beach/pool/garden/bedroom this summer?