Bookish Ramblings: December TBR

Having successfully completed my TBR reads for November, I’m feeling excited about what this month will bring! I’m going to be adapting my monthly tbr, I was going to start in the new year but happenstance has led to it starting partially this month!  Going forward I will be including in my list each month one book that I have received an arc for on Netgalley and one re-read of an old book that I want to go back to.  This will mean that I have a good mix of Arc’s, books from my shelf and nostalgia.  Well that’s the hope anyway!

Shadow of the Fox by Julie Kagawa

This was a book that I wanted to get when funds allowed and was so happy to find that it was available to me on Netgalley.  I’m loving the current trend for Asian inspired books, it’s a culture that I love and i’m more than happy to soak up as much fantasy and other works as I can!

One thousand years ago, the great Kami Dragon was summoned to grant a single terrible wish—and the land of Iwagoto was plunged into an age of darkness and chaos.
Now, for whoever holds the Scroll of a Thousand Prayers, a new wish will be granted. A new age is about to dawn.
Raised by monks in the isolated Silent Winds temple, Yumeko has trained all her life to hide her yokai nature. Half kitsune, half human, her skill with illusion is matched only by her penchant for mischief. Until the day her home is burned to the ground, her adoptive family is brutally slain and she is forced to flee for her life with the temple’s greatest treasure—one part of the ancient scroll.
There are many who would claim the dragon’s wish for their own. Kage Tatsumi, a mysterious samurai of the Shadow Clan, is one such hunter, under orders to retrieve the scroll…at any cost. Fate brings Kage and Yumeko together. With a promise to lead him to the scroll, an uneasy alliance is formed, offering Yumeko her best hope for survival. But he seeks what she has hidden away, and her deception could ultimately tear them both apart.
With an army of demons at her heels and the unlikeliest of allies at her side, Yumeko’s secrets are more than a matter of life or death. They are the key to the fate of the world itself.

This Cruel Design by Emily Suvada

This Mortal Coil shamefully spent almost a year on my shelf before I picked it up – in some ways I’m gutted about this as it was an amazing 5* read for me, but in other ways it was fortuitous as book 2 was just about to come out.  I can go into this now with the characters and story fresh in my mind and I’m really excited to get back into this dystopian world!

Everything she ever knew is flames.
A devious endgame is in play.
It’s all up to Cat and Cole now.

Red Queen by Victoria Aveyard

This is a series that I have had my eye on for a while, I knew that earlier in the year a discounted 3 book box set was out and I wanted to try and pick one up – it took a while but I did finally find one earlier this month. I know a couple of readers who’s opinion I trust love this series so I have high hopes for it!

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.

Skyward by Brandon Sanderson

This was the Fairyloot book for November – given that it’s now December and it was a pretty badly kept secret anyway, I’m hoping I’m not giving a spoiler away.  I’ve not read a book by this author yet but it’s science fiction, which will give me a nice break from fantasy and it has a Lunar Chronicles feel to it.  The Fairyloot edition came with sprayed edges and I manged to snag a signed bookplate for it too from an alternative source, happy days!

Defeated, crushed, and driven almost to extinction, the remnants of the human race are trapped on a planet that is constantly attacked by mysterious alien starfighters. Spensa, a teenage girl living among them, longs to be a pilot. When she discovers the wreckage of an ancient ship, she realizes this dream might be possible—assuming she can repair the ship, navigate flight school, and (perhaps most importantly) persuade the strange machine to help her. Because this ship, uniquely, appears to have a soul.

Ruin and Rising by Leigh Bardugo

The third book in the Grisha Trilogy I want to get this read this month as King of Scars is out in January and I want to be all up to date!  I really wanted to get The Language of Thorns but I’ve spent far to much in November to justify another book purchase. I’m excited to see how this trilogy ends and if there are any more nuggets that relate to Six of Crows!

The capital has fallen.
The Darkling rules Ravka from his shadow throne.
Now the nation’s fate rests with a broken Sun Summoner, a disgraced tracker, and the shattered remnants of a once-great magical army.
Deep in an ancient network of tunnels and caverns, a weakened Alina must submit to the dubious protection of the Apparat and the zealots who worship her as a Saint. Yet her plans lie elsewhere, with the hunt for the elusive firebird and the hope that an outlaw prince still survives.
Alina will have to forge new alliances and put aside old rivalries as she and Mal race to find the last of Morozova’s amplifiers. But as she begins to unravel the Darkling’s secrets, she reveals a past that will forever alter her understanding of the bond they share and the power she wields. The firebird is the one thing that stands between Ravka and destruction—and claiming it could cost Alina the very future she’s fighting for.

Hopefully with various birthdays, shows and Christmas to negotiate i’ll get there!

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