I’m really impressed with my self-control this month. It may even be the first time that I managed to read more books than I bought. Physically at least, this month I fully embraced the wonder that is audible, which allows me to enjoy stories when I’m too tires to physically read words off a page. Speaking of, if you have any audio book recommendations please let me know.
The Dark Vault – by Victoria Schwab
Each body has a story to tell, a life seen in pictures only Librarians can read. The dead are called Histories, and the vast realm in which they rest is the Archive. Mackenzie Bishop’s grandfather first brought her here four years ago, when she was twelve years old, frightened but determined to prove herself. Now her grandfather is dead, and Mac has grown into what he once was: a ruthless Keeper, tasked with stopping often-violent Histories from waking up and getting out. Because of her job, she lies to the people she loves, and she knows fear for what it is: a useful tool for staying alive.
Follow Mackenzie as she explores the boundary between living and dying, sleeping and waking, through these two timeless novels, now bound together in this thrilling collection. With stunning prose and a captivating mixture of action, romance, and horror, The Dark Vault delves into a richly imagined world where no choice is easy and love and loss feel like two sides of the same coin.
I was so excited to receive an early finished copy of this beautiful tome from the lovely people at Titan Books. It made my week. I’ve been wanting to read this series for a while, and I’m super happy that it’s now available in the UK. I’m hoping to pick this up really soon.
Lies Sleeping – by Ben Aaronovitch
Join Peter Grant, detective and apprentice wizard, for a brand new case . . .
Martin Chorley, aka the Faceless Man, wanted for multiple counts of murder, fraud, and crimes against humanity, has been unmasked and is on the run. Peter Grant, Detective Constable and apprentice wizard, now plays a key role in an unprecedented joint operation to bring Chorley to justice.
But even as the unwieldy might of the Metropolitan Police bears down on its foe, Peter uncovers clues that Chorley, far from being finished, is executing the final stages of a long term plan. A plan that has its roots in London’s two thousand bloody years of history, and could literally bring the city to its knees.
To save his beloved city Peter’s going to need help from his former best friend and colleague–Lesley May–who brutally betrayed him and everything he thought she believed in. And, far worse, he might even have to come to terms with the malevolent supernatural killer and agent of chaos known as Mr Punch . . .
I picked up a copy of this book in Birmingham, where I attended a Q&A and signing with the author. Although technically I also bought the audio book the day before using an audible credit. I’ve already flown through this, and really enjoyed it, I can’t wait for the next one.
Rivers of London: Detective Stories
Four self-contained magical crimes, ripped from the streets of supernatural London.
From the million-selling Rivers of London novel and graphic novel series by writer Ben Aaronovitch comes this unmissable next chapter in the saga, as PC Peter Grant faces his gruelling Detective exam, forcing him to relive the strangest cases of his career!
From foiling an aspiring god to confronting a Virtual Flasher, Peter’s police history has been anything but conventional; whether that’s chasing down ‘Falcon’ crimes with the aid of modern technology, or confronting timeless villainy with his magical skill-set. Does Peter have what it takes…or will DI Chopra judge him unsuitable for a badge?
This was something I purchased on a bit of a whim before the Ben Aaronovitch signing that I attended in Birmingham this month. I can never get enough of the Rivers of London series, so I’m really looking forward to reading this.
Empress of All Seasons – by Emiko Jean
In a palace of illusions, nothing is what it seems.
Each generation, a competition is held to find the next empress of Honoku. The rules are simple. Survive the palace’s enchanted seasonal rooms. Conquer Winter, Spring, Summer, and Fall. Marry the prince. All are eligible to compete—all except yōkai, supernatural monsters and spirits whom the human emperor is determined to enslave and destroy.
Mari has spent a lifetime training to become empress. Winning should be easy. And it would be, if she weren’t hiding a dangerous secret. Mari is a yōkai with the ability to transform into a terrifying monster. If discovered, her life will be forfeit. As she struggles to keep her true identity hidden, Mari’s fate collides with that of Taro, the prince who has no desire to inherit the imperial throne, and Akira, a half-human, half-yōkai outcast.
Torn between duty and love, loyalty and betrayal, vengeance and forgiveness, the choices of Mari, Taro, and Akira will decide the fate of Honoku in this beautifully written, edge-of-your-seat YA fantasy.
I was very happy to receive a copy of this book in a subscription box this month. It’s been on my radar for a little while now. I’ve been in such a huge fantasy mood recently, so I’m looking forward to picking this up very soon.
Have you read any of these books yet? What did you think of them? I’d love to hear your thoughts and any audio book recommendations you might have in the comments!
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