Like a good deal of book bloggers out there, I try to create a TBR at the beginning of the month. I say try because I am primarily a mood reader, and when you’re a mood reader, you literally can fling your beautiful, nicely written TBR post at any moment out the window and cackle/wave at it as it flies away. Because “you just have to be in the right mood.” It can be oh, so, annoying.
Anyway, I had a very nicely crafted TBR at the beginning of the month, and I was so proud of myself because HEY, I WAS ACTUALLY STICKING TO IT (*cough, mostly, cough, cough*) and I was so impressed with myself. I knocked off 6/10 books so far, and 2 of the books I decided not to read for reasons (sounds so mysterious, doesn’t it? XD). And then…the inevitable happened. Those blog tours/ARC giveaways that take forever to show up/e-Arcs that you request a million years ago but somehow still appear happened, and this Book Princess now has a lot more to add to the TBR. Sorry, Throne of Glass and The Shadow Queen. It was so nice knowing for you for a second, and I’m sure next month you’ll reappear. 😄
But gals and guys, I have got to tell you, I AM SO EXCITED for these newest additions to the April TBR. They all sound SO good, and this Book Princess is about to go sing with some woodland creatures with how excited so she to add them to this month. Best OOPS I’ve had. Ready for some glorious books?
Air and Ash by Alex Lidell
Master and Commander meets Tamora Pierce in a seafaring adventure of duty, love, magic, and a princess’s quest to protect her kingdom on her own terms.
After a lifetime of training, seventeen-year-old Princess Nile Greysik, a lieutenant on the prestigious Ashing navy flagship, sails into battle with one vital mission—and fails.
Barred from the sea and facing a political marriage, Nile masquerades as a common sailor on the first ship she can find. With a cowardly captain, incompetent crew, and a cruel, too-handsome first officer intent on making her life a living hell, Nile must hide her identity while trying to turn the sorry frigate battleworthy. Worse, a terrifying and forbidden magic now tingles in Nile’s blood. If anyone catches wind of who Nile is or what she can do, her life is over.
But when disaster threatens the ship, Nile may have no choice but to unleash the truth that will curse her future.
AIR AND ASH is the thrilling first installment of the TIDES series. Recommended for fans of Sarah J. Maas, Tamora Pierce, and Naomi Novik.
I’m going to be participating on the blog tour for this, and dear goodness, it sounds SO GOOD. Ever since reading Daughter of the Pirate King, I just want allllllll the pirate princess books, and this totally feels like it could be on that level. I AM SO READY FOR THIS.
The Best Kind of Magic by Crystal Cestari
Amber Sand is not a witch. The Sand family Wicca gene somehow leapfrogged over her. But she did get one highly specific magical talent: she can see true love. As a matchmaker, Amber’s pretty far down the sorcery food chain (even birthday party magicians rank higher), but after five seconds of eye contact, she can envision anyone’s soul mate.
Amber works at her mother’s magic shop–Windy City Magic–in downtown Chicago, and she’s confident she’s seen every kind of happy ending there is: except for one–her own. (The Fates are tricky jerks that way.) So when Charlie Blitzman, the mayor’s son and most-desired boy in school, comes to her for help finding his father’s missing girlfriend, she’s distressed to find herself falling for him. Because while she can’t see her own match, she can see his–and it’s not Amber. How can she, an honest peddler of true love, pursue a boy she knows full well isn’t her match?
The Best Kind of Magic is set in urban Chicago and will appeal to readers who long for magic in the real world. With a sharp-witted and sassy heroine, a quirky cast of mystical beings, and a heady dose of adventure, this novel will have you laughing out loud and questioning your belief in happy endings.
I was just approved for this book about two days ago, and doesn’t it look SO dreamy? I totally forgot that I had requested this on Netgalley until I got one of those wonderful emails. I totally fell in love with magical realism with The Secret of a Heart Note, and I can’t wait to explore it again in this novel.
Dear Reader by Mary O’Connell
Gilmore Girls with magical realism! Dear Reader is an original, poignant modern-day take on Wuthering Heights, as a high school senior searches for her teacher and meets a boy who may just be Heathcliff come to life
For seventeen-year-old Flannery Fields, the only respite from the plaid-skirted mean girls at Sacred Heart High School at is her beloved teacher Miss Sweeney’s AP English class. But when Miss Sweeney doesn’t show up to teach Flannery’s favorite book, Wuthering Heights, leaving behind her purse, Flannery knows something is wrong.
The police are called, and Flannery gives them everything—except Miss Sweeney’s copy of Wuthering Heights. This she holds onto. And good thing she does, because when she opens it, it has somehow transformed into Miss Sweeney’s real-time diary. It seems Miss Sweeney is in New York City—and she’s in trouble.
So Flannery does something very unFlannery-like: she skips school and sets out for Manhattan, with the book as her guide. But as soon as she arrives, she meets a boy named Heath. Heath is British, on a gap year, incredibly smart—yet he’s never heard of Albert Einstein or Anne Frank. In fact, Flannery can’t help thinking that he seems to have stepped from the pages of Brontë’s novel. Could it be?
With inimitable wit and heart, Mary O’Connell has crafted a love letter to reading, to the books that make us who we are. Dear Reader, charming and heartbreaking, is a novel about finding your people, on the page in the world.
So, this is the book that kind of made me want to delve more into Wuthering Heights since I won this book in a giveaway. But I kind of fell out of the mood for that, so I’m now in this weird in between of do I read this first or try again with Wuthering. Decisions, decisions, but this book sounds really cool.
And my last addition…The Wishing Heart by J. C. Welker
With a book in her bag and a switchblade in her pocket, Rebel’s been thieving her way through life while hoping for a cure to fix her ailing heart.
But when the bejeweled vase she just tried to hawk turns out to be a jinni’s vessel, Rebel gets lost to her world and dragged within another. Now every magical being in the city wants the vase for himself.
Thrust into a game of cat and mouse in a world she never knew existed, Rebel must use her uncanny skills to find a way to free Anjeline the Wishmaker.
But wishes have consequences. And contracts. Anjeline’s freedom could unravel a love like Rebel has never known, or it could come at the cost of Rebel’s heart…
I’m currently reading this, and it was one of those impulse additions on an e-ARC newsletter. But I’m so glad I did it. It’s taking me foreverrrrrr to read (by my usual standards), but it’s REALLY good. Such pretty writing.
So, how is your April TBR going? Do you have any additions that came up suddenly? Are you super excited about any of them? How much of a mood reader are you? Are you excited for any of these? Why are there SO many questions here, Mandy? Let’s discuss in the comments below!
Also, sorry for having such random posts lately. I’ve been so bogged down by everyday life stuff that I’m just such a mess in my book life. 😄 Tags, awards posts, and regular stuff (I seriously have this list of everything I’ve been tagged of and WILL be working through it – I haven’t forgotten!!) will be resumed when I can actually get my head back above book waters. 😄