Hi guys! It’s time for another Top 5 Wednesday! T5W is a weekly meme hosted by Sam@Thoughts on Tomes over on Goodreads. This month is rewind month, which means we can choose to do any past topic we missed or loved so much we want to do again. This week I’m doing Most Recent Additions to Your TBR. Since I don’t do a lot of TBR-posts or book hauls, I don’t write a lot about books I haven’t read yet – unless they happen to be new releases. So I thought this would be a nice opportunity to talk about some backlist-books I’m excited to read and have just added to my TBR!
5. Fireworks by Katie Cotugno
From Katie Cotugno comes Fireworks, about a girl who is competing with her best friend to become the new pop star of the moment, and all the drama and romance that comes with it, set in Orlando during the late-’90s boy-and-girl-band craze.
In by Bookish Buzz-Word post I wrote about my love for 90’s aesthetic and got this awesome recommendation from Pages and Pugs. I was a huge Spice Girls fan growing up, I had more Spice Girls posters than wall space, so of course this one went straight on my tbr.
4. The Beast Player by Nahoko Uehashi
Elin’s family have an important responsibility: caring for the Toda, fearsome water serpents who form the core of their Lord’s army. So when a number of Toda mysteriously die, it is Elin’s mother who takes the blame, and the punishment – she is sentenced to death.
I was drawn to this one mostly because of the beautiful cover, but after the reading the blurb I’m even more excited to get my hands on a copy. I love that it’s set in Japan and that the main character has the ability to speak with animals – that’s always been one of my favorite magical abilities to read about.
3. Red Sister by Mark Lawrence
At the Convent of Sweet Mercy young girls are raised to be killers. But even the mistresses of sword and shadow don’t truly understand what they have purchased when Nona Grey is brought to their halls as a bloodstained child of eight, falsely accused of murder: guilty of worse.
I mentioned in my Bookish Nope-Words post that I don’t usually like books about assassins, but I’ve heard too many amazing things about this book to not give a chance. I do like darker fantasy and anti-heroines, so hopefully this will be a perfect match!
2. Last Song Before Night by Ilana C. Myer
Long ago, poets were Seers with access to powerful magic. Following a cataclysmic battle, the enchantments of Eivar were lost–now a song is only words and music, and no more. But when a dark power threatens the land, poets who thought only to gain fame for their songs face a task much greater: to restore the lost enchantments to the world.
After reading Kathy’s beautiful review of the author’s second book Fire Dance I added both books to my TBR. All I really know about this one is that it’s fantasy novel which features magic, songs and poetry – and that sounds wonderful to me.
1. Amberlough by Lara Elena Donnelly
A double-agent sacrifices all his ideals in order to save his smuggler lover before a government coup takes over their decadent city.
I’ve known about this book for a while, but wasn’t interested in picking it up until I read acquadimore’s review of it, which promises queer characters, messy relationships and beautiful aesthetics, aka three of my favorite things. She also said the book’s evil, which is obviously a good thing.