Firstly, can we talk about school? I’m seeing lots of my american blogger friends wrapping up and getting ready for summer vacation, and I’m so envious of you all! I’ve still got another month to prep before exams.

This second semester has been hectic, and I haven’t been able to post on the blog as much as I want to. I’m thinking that summer vacation will be much more relaxed, but I’m hoping to get a few posts up here between now and the end of school.

To start off, I want to talk about some of the really amazing books that I’ve received or purchased lately. Here’s a sample that I put up on my Instagram:

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Needless to say, I’ve gotten some absolutely AMAZING books and I want to showcase some of the books on my TBR pile.

1. A Fierce and Subtle Poison by Samantha Mabry

afierceandsubtlepoisonEveryone knows the legends about the cursed girl–Isabel, the one the señoras whisper about. They say she has green skin and grass for hair, and she feeds on the poisonous plants that fill her family’s Caribbean island garden. Some say she can grant wishes; some say her touch can kill.

Seventeen-year-old Lucas lives on the mainland most of the year but spends summers with his hotel-developer father in Puerto Rico. He’s grown up hearing stories about the cursed girl, and he wants to believe in Isabel and her magic. When letters from Isabel begin mysteriously appearing in his room the same day his new girlfriend disappears, Lucas turns to Isabel for answers–and finds himself lured into her strange and enchanted world. But time is running out for the girl filled with poison, and the more entangled Lucas becomes with Isabel, the less certain he is of escaping with his own life.

Okay, how original and awesome does this sound? I heard about it late last year and I just got it in the mail last week as well. It’s about a mythical girl whose touch can supposedly kill and the son of a hotel developer in Puerto Rico. With an electrifying premise like that, I honestly can’t help but be ridiculously excited to see how it is.

A Fierce and Subtle Poison is the author’s debut novel and from the reviews I’ve read, the writing is absolutely enchanting. I need to read this ASAP!

2. Lady Midnight by Cassandra Clare

ladymidnightIn a secret world where half-angel warriors are sworn to fight demons, parabatai is a sacred word.

A parabatai is your partner in battle. A parabatai is your best friend. Parabatai can be everything to each other—but they can never fall in love.

Emma Carstairs is a warrior, a Shadowhunter, and the best in her generation. She lives for battle. Shoulder to shoulder with her parabatai, Julian Blackthorn, she patrols the streets of Los Angeles, where vampires party on the Sunset Strip, and faeries—the most powerful of supernatural creatures—teeter on the edge of open war with Shadowhunters. When the bodies of humans and faeries turn up murdered in the same way Emma’s parents were when she was a child, an uneasy alliance is formed. This is Emma’s chance for revenge—and Julian’s chance to get back his brother Mark, who is being held prisoner by the faerie Courts. All Emma, Mark, and Julian have to do is solve the murders within two weeks…and before the murderer targets them.

Their search takes Emma from sea caves full of sorcery to a dark lottery where death is dispensed. And each clue she unravels uncovers more secrets. What has Julian been hiding from her all these years? Why does Shadowhunter Law forbid parabatai to fall in love? Who really killed her parents—and can she bear to know the truth?

Okay, full confession: I’m totally obsessed with the Shadowhunter world. I haven’t completely finished reading the series, but I’m working on it, and I love, love, love the world that Cassandra Clare has created.

I picked up a sampler of Lady Midnight at BEA last year, WAY before the actual release date, and read it, despite not usually being a fan of samplers. I’m really excited to learn more about Emma, since she’s a new character. I actually purchased Lady Midnight back in March, but haven’t gotten a chance to read it yet.

3. Assassin’s Heart by Sarah Ahiers

assassinsheartIn the kingdom of Lovero, nine rival Families of assassins lawfully kill people for a price. As a highly skilled member of one of these powerful clans, seventeen-year-old Lea Saldana has always trusted in the strength of her Family. Until she awakens to find them murdered and her home in flames. The Da Vias, the Saldanas’ biggest enemy, must be responsible—and Lea should have seen it coming. But her secret relationship with the Da Vias’ son, Val, has clouded her otherwise killer instinct—and given the Da Vias more reason than ever to take her Family down.

Racked with guilt and shattered over Val’s probable betrayal, Lea sets out to even the score, with her heart set on retaliation and only one thought clear in her mind: make the Da Vias pay.

Assassin’s Heart was an impulse purchase at Indigo. I had heard of it before, thought it was interesting, but only ended up picking it up because I saw it on the shelf the day I popped into the bookstore.

I actually didn’t know what it was actually about before buying, except that it was about assassins (clearly!). Still, that’s enough for me, and I’m excited to read it.

4. Blackhearts by Nicole Castroman

blackheartsBlackbeard the pirate was known for striking fear in the hearts of the bravest of sailors. But once he was just a young man who dreamed of leaving his rigid life behind to chase adventure in faraway lands. Nothing could stop him—until he met the one girl who would change everything.

Edward “Teach” Drummond, son of one of Bristol’s richest merchants, has just returned from a year-long journey on the high seas to find his life in shambles. Betrothed to a girl he doesn’t love and sick of the high society he was born into, Teach dreams only of returning to the vast ocean he’d begun to call home. There’s just one problem: convincing his father to let him leave and never come back.

Following her parents’ deaths, Anne Barrett is left penniless and soon to be homeless. Though she’s barely worked a day in her life, Anne is forced to take a job as a maid in the home of Master Drummond. Lonely days stretch into weeks, and Anne longs for escape. How will she ever realize her dream of sailing to Curaçao—where her mother was born—when she’s stuck in England?

From the moment Teach and Anne meet, they set the world ablaze. Drawn to each other, they’re trapped by society and their own circumstances. Faced with an impossible choice, they must decide to chase their dreams and go, or follow their hearts and stay.

Ahh, how amazing does this sound? I included this book on my Most Anticipated Of 2016 list earlier this year, and I pre-ordered it right away (two copies, actually!)

Then I fell into a reading slump, and I still haven’t read it.

I hope I get to read it this month, but it really does sound amazing.

Those are a few books that I’m hoping to read this month!

I do have a few days off, plus weekends, so I definitely expect that I’ll be able to get through them. I’m reading The Dark Days Club right now, and then I want to get started on this TBR pile!

What books are currently on your TBR pile?

11 Comments on Let’s Talk: Which Books Are Currently On My TBR?

  1. Krystianna
    May 30, 2016 at 4:18 pm (12 months ago)

    I want to check out Assassin’s Heart so badly. I’ve heard really great things about it too which just makes me even more exciting. Happy reading!
    Krystianna @ Downright Dystopian

  2. Sophie
    May 30, 2016 at 4:49 pm (12 months ago)

    It’s so not fair, right?!?! I’m especially frustrated to see people like Gee and Lillie graduating (don’t get me, I’m so proud of them and happy for them!) while I still have a month to go! At the same time though, I kind of don’t want it to end? How about you Jess, are you excited to be done your first year of high school? Was it everything you thought it would be?;)
    I’ve been seeing A fierce an subtle poison a lot in the blogosphere lately; I’ll definitely want to hear your thoughts once you’re done reading it!
    And regarding Lady Midnight, while I’m not the biggest fan of the shadowhunter universe, I might give it a try. People have been telling me that it is way better than TMI or TID, so once my TBR (30 books at the moment!) gets a bit smaller, I might pick it up!
    I won’t even wish you good luck for your exams, I’m positive you’ll do great! When you set your mind to something, there’s no stopping you!^^
    ps: you should, for realz this time, receive something in the mail soon;)
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  3. Ally R.
    June 13, 2016 at 5:58 pm (11 months ago)

    Blackhearts and Assassin’s Heart both sound amazing! I hope to finish The Raven Cycle series by Maggie Stiefvater this month. I’m currently reading Dream Thieves and it’s epic! I also want to read Emmy and Oliver, and A Court of Thorns and Roses. And possibly get started on 11/22/63 by Stephen King. We’ll see what happens 🙂

    Good luck with exams!
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  4. Tasya
    June 22, 2016 at 9:10 pm (11 months ago)

    A Fierce and Subtle Poison and Lady Midnight are also on my list as well, but I don’t think I’ll get to them anytime in the near future xD I’m really intrigued with the myth in A Fierce and Subtle Poison, and while I had enough of Shadowhunters, I’m a bit curious about Lady Midnight, especially since everyone is raving about it. Best of luck for your exams!
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  5. Anna
    July 13, 2016 at 5:22 pm (10 months ago)

    Blackhearts! I’ve wanted to read that since forever… Lady Midnight seems okay, but I don’t think I’ll be reading that anytime soon- I feel like TMI should have ended at the third book, and everything after is a drag on… now I’m currently reading Truthwitch by Susan Dennard and I have to say, it’s a fantastic novel!

  6. Liv
    September 7, 2016 at 8:23 pm (9 months ago)

    Haven’t read any of these yet, but sound really good 🙂


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