Tuesday, 4 February 2020

Top Ten Tuesday: Ten Books On My TBR I Predict Will Be 5-Star Reads

Top Ten Tuesday is a meme hosted by The Artsy Reader Girl - huge thanks to her for hosting.

(I limited the choices to stuff I own - including NetGalley copies - to try and narrow it down a little!)

Deathless Divide by Justina Ireland - I just got this today (because, really, how could anyone who loved Dread Nation as much as I did NOT go out and get the sequel on release day?!) and it's top of my TBR pile, of course. The first book about Jane McKeene, badass heroine in a world where zombies rose during the US Civil War. I've deliberately not looked at descriptions for this one because I want to be as surprised as possible but I KNOW that wherever Jane and rival-turned-friend Kate are, there'll be an incredibly entertaining read.

Spellswept by Stephanie Burgis - This is the prequel to Stephanie Burgis's Harwood Chronicles series of novellas, the third of which (Moontangled) came out yesterday. All three of them which I've read so far are fabulous reads and I'm certain this will be too; I've never read a book or story by Stephanie that's anything less than amazing, while her world-building for this series - an alternate historical England where all politicians are women, and all magicians have traditionally been men, a situation that's slowly starting to change - is exceptionally good.

The Wolf of Oren-Yaro by KS Villoso - Fadwa over at Word Wonders, who has exquisite taste in books, tweeted praising this for being brilliant, particularly focusing on twists, turns, scheming and character depth, all of which are things I adore. And who WOULDN'T expect the series opener for something called Chronicles of the Bitch Queen to be amazing?!

Dangerous Remedy by Kat Dunn - Okay, I've technically read this fabulous story, a French Revolution-set story about an incredible band of outcasts rescuing people from the guillotine, but it was a very early draft, not long after I met Kat for the first time. I devoured it over two days - Christmas Eve and Christmas Day - and even in a fairly rough form, it was one of the best books I've read in years. Kat assures me it's improved since then and while I'm finding that slightly hard to believe because of how damn awesome it already was, I will take her word for it. I'm trying to hold of until nearer release day but really doubt I'll manage to do so!

Get A Life, Chloe Brown by Talia Hibbert - Lots of people praising this one hard, including people living with chronic pain who are saying very positive things about the rep in this romance. I'm always looking to try new romance authors and Talia Hibbert has a fantastic reputation so it's high time I tried her.

The Weight of Feathers by Anna-Marie McLemore - Anna-Marie is an author I've constantly heard praised and I spent ages meaning to try them out, but the beautiful writing that's drawn so many fans to them is something that I have to be in the right mood to read. Thankfully, I LOVED their story Roja in the Saundra Mitchell anthology All Out and it has me super-excited to read one of their full length novels; I've had The Weight of Feathers for a while because circuses, travelling shows and the like are always fun to read about.

As Kismet Would Have It by Sandhya Menon - Sandhya Menon is consistently awesome and while I've read, and loved, all of her novels, it's a sign of how out of the loop I was last year that I didn't realise she'd released this novella, reuniting us with the title characters of When Dimple Met Rishi as they disagree on the idea of marriage. I loved these two MCs so it's great to be about to read more from them.

I'll Catch You by Farrah Rochon - Farrah Rochon's Huddle With Me Tonight is one of the hottest romances I've read so far this year, with an awesome pair of main characters, so I'm excited to read the second in the New York Sabers series. This one follows troublemaker Cedric Reeves as he's dropped by his agent and is convinced by Payton Mosely - a woman struggling to be taken seriously in a heavily male-dominated profession - to join her. It sounds like sparks will definitely fly!

Winterborne Home For Vengeance and Valour by Ally Carter - Ally Carter's Gallagher Girls series is one of my absolute favourite YA series of all time, getting better and better with each book. This new middle grade, about five orphans trying to protect a mysterious billionaire who most people think is dead, sounds really fabulous.

Only Mostly Devastated by Sophie Gonzales - I love Grease, so am totally up for a retelling of it, and making it a boy-on-boy romance is a fantastic idea. I know a few people who've read this and they've all said that it's a brilliant book, so I was incredibly happy to be approved for it on NetGalley.


  1. I really need to read to read the book that came before Deathless Divide. That series looks so good.

    My TTT .

  2. I'm excited about DEATHLESS DIVIDE as well. I gave DREAD NATION a B+ (I'm a picky reader), so I have high hopes for the sequel. I hope we both love it!

    Happy TTT!

  3. I will be finishing Deathless Divide tonight and ... ummm ... yes. I HAVE FEELS DARN IT. It's for sure gonna be a five-star read, but I'm pretty sure I've aged ten years since I started it from all this fretting over my precious dears. xD

    The Wolf of Oren-Yaro sounds really good, and I need to get my hands on that still! I've got an ARC for Winterborne, too, and oh my gosh, it just sounds fantastic. Hope you enjoy all these!

    Here's my TTT post.

  4. I also had no idea As Kismet Would Have It had been released until I saw it on a publisher's website after the fact. I read it recently and really loved it, and I think it's a cute little novella to continue Dimple and Rishi's story!
    I haven't heard of any of the rest of these, though the cover for Winterborne Home For Vengeance and Valour really catches my eye.
    I hope you enjoy all of these!