[Top Ten Tuesday] – #142 – Spring 2017 TBR Books

Top Ten Tuesday is an original weekly meme created by The Broke and the Bookish.


This Week’s Theme:
Spring 2017 TBR Books

Initial Thoughts:

A lot of times I procure seasonal TBR lists and end up reading maybe 1-3 from the list. But my god this season I have to read…everything? My requesting and grabby hands know no limits. Oh fuck me.

But definitely hopefully in this order below –

Bang (Barry Lyga)

Given my enjoyment of I Hunt Killers, and my newfound appreciation of Lyga’s writing style (as evident in the one book I’ve read, obviously) I was ecstatic to have received a copyH y p e.

Sebastian Cody did something horrible, something no one–not even Sebastian himself–can forgive. At the age of four, he accidentally shot and killed his infant sister with his father’s gun.

Now, ten years later, Sebastian has lived with the guilt and horror for his entire life. With his best friend away for the summer, Sebastian has only a new friend–Aneesa–to distract him from his darkest thoughts. But even this relationship cannot blunt the pain of his past. Because Sebastian knows exactly how to rectify his childhood crime and sanctify his past.

It took a gun to get him into this. Now he needs a gun to get out.

Noteworthy (Riley Redgate)

I can honestly say that I will probably enjoy this book because A cappella music gives me so much wondrous joy.

…then the school gets a mass email: A spot has opened up in the Sharpshooters, Kensington’s elite a cappella octet. Worshiped … revered … all male. Desperate to prove herself, Jordan auditions in her most convincing drag, and it turns out that Jordan Sun, Tenor 1, is exactly what the Sharps are looking for.

The Love Interest (Cale Dietrich)

I knew Cale on Twitter before I even read the synopsis for his book. But, if this book plays with the love triangle trope the way I think it does.

There is a secret organization that cultivates teenage spies. The agents are called Love Interests because getting close to people destined for great power means getting valuable secrets. Caden is a Nice: The boy next door, sculpted to physical perfection. Dylan is a Bad: The brooding, dark-souled guy, and dangerously handsome. The girl they are competing for is important to the organization, and each boy will pursue her. Will she choose a Nice or the Bad? What the boys don’t expect are feelings that are outside of their training. Feelings that could kill them both.

Romancing the Throne (Nadine Jolie Courtney)

You’re probably like “huh? Joey is reading what?” Well, I am stoked to read this because with The Bachelor ending, I need my pseudo regal fictional life type story.

For the first time ever, the Weston sisters are at the same boarding school. After an administration scandal at Libby’s all-girls school threatens her chances at a top university, she decides to join Charlotte at posh and picturesque Sussex Park. Social-climbing Charlotte considers it her sisterly duty to bring Libby into her circle: Britain’s young elites, glamorous teens who vacation in Hong Kong and the South of France and are just as comfortable at a polo match as they are at a party.

It’s a social circle that just so happens to include handsome seventeen-year-old Prince Edward, heir to Britain’s throne.

The Traitor’s Kiss  (Erin Beaty)

Please be good, story that sounds like it takes off after a Mulan-ish beginning.

With a sharp tongue and an unruly temper, Sage Fowler is not what they’d call a lady―which is perfectly fine with her. Deemed unfit for marriage, Sage is apprenticed to a matchmaker and tasked with wrangling other young ladies to be married off for political alliances. She spies on the girls―and on the soldiers escorting them. As the girls’ military escort senses a political uprising, Sage is recruited by a handsome soldier to infiltrate the enemy ranks. The more she discovers as a spy, the less certain she becomes about whom to trust―and Sage becomes caught in a dangerous balancing act that will determine the fate of her kingdom.

I Believe in a Thing Called Love (Maureen Goo)

KOREAN DORAMAS. That is the only sales pitch needed.

…so when the hottest human specimen to have ever lived walks into her life one day, Desi decides to tackle her flirting failures with the same zest she’s applied to everything else in her life. She finds her answer in the Korean dramas her father has been obsessively watching for years—where the hapless heroine always seems to end up in the arms of her true love by episode ten. It’s a simple formula, and Desi is a quick study. Armed with her “K Drama Rules for True Love,” Desi goes after the moody, elusive artist Luca Drakos—and boat rescues, love triangles, and fake car crashes ensue. But when the fun and games turn to true feels, Desi finds out that real love is about way more than just drama.

The Gentleman’s Guide to Vice and Virtue (Mackenzi Lee)

Let’s just say close friends really enjoy Mackenzi’s writing, so naturally I thought to read this blurb and see if it would interest me. I haven’t read a road-trippy book in a while, let alone that set in a historical backdrop, so of course I requested this.

Henry “Monty” Montague was born and bred to be a gentleman, but he was never one to be tamed. The finest boarding schools in England and the constant disapproval of his father haven’t been able to curb any of his roguish passions—not for gambling halls, late nights spent with a bottle of spirits, or waking up in the arms of women or men. But as Monty embarks on his grand tour of Europe, his quest for a life filled with pleasure and vice is in danger of coming to an end. Not only does his father expect him to take over the family’s estate upon his return, but Monty is also nursing an impossible crush on his best friend and traveling companion, Percy.

The Sandcastle Empire (Kayla Olson) 

Lord of the Flies meets Battle Royale (re: the real Hunger Games), no?

(Also not the biggest fan of this cover but what can you do?)

Before the war, Eden’s life was easy—air conditioning, ice cream, long days at the beach. Then the revolution happened, and everything changed.

Now a powerful group called the Wolfpack controls the earth and its resources… …She knows the coordinates to the only neutral ground left in the world, a place called Sanctuary Island, and she is desperate to escape to its shores. Eden finally reaches the island and meets others resistant to the Wolves—but the solace is short-lived when one of Eden’s new friends goes missing. Braving the jungle in search of their lost ally, they quickly discover Sanctuary is filled with lethal traps and an enemy they never expected.

Grit (Gillian French)

Pegged as the next Female of the Species (which I haven’t read but thought to have needed to read).

Seventeen-year-old Darcy Prentiss has long held the title of “town slut.” She knows how to have a good time, sure, but she isn’t doing anything all the guys haven’t done. But when you’re a girl with a reputation, every little thing that happens seems to keep people whispering—especially when your ex-best friend goes missing.

But if anyone were to look closer at Darcy, they’d realize there’s a lot more going on beneath the surface. Staying out late, hooking up, and telling lies is what Darcy does to forget. Forget about the mysterious disappearance of her friend. Forget about the dark secret she and her cousin Nell share. Forget about that hazy Fourth of July night. So when someone in town anonymously nominates Darcy to be in the running for Bay Festival Princess—a cruel act only someone with a score to settle would make—all of the things that Darcy wants to keep hidden threaten to erupt in ways she wasn’t prepared to handle…and isn’t sure if she can.

The Library at Mount Char (Scott Hawkins)

I’ve wanted to read this book for so long so if I ever get a chance to be obligation-less (or just urge that freedom — which I guess should actually be me reading A Conjuring of Light, Crooked Kingdom, or Kings Cage), this is what I want to read.

Carolyn’s not so different from the other people around her. She likes guacamole and cigarettes and steak. She knows how to use a phone. Clothes are a bit tricky, but everyone says nice things about her outfit with the Christmas sweater over the gold bicycle shorts.  After all, she was a normal American herself once.

That was a long time ago, of course. Before her parents died. Before she and the others were taken in by the man they called Father.

In the years since then, Carolyn hasn’t had a chance to get out much. Instead, she and her adopted siblings have been raised according to Father’s ancient customs. They’ve studied the books in his Library and learned some of the secrets of his power. And sometimes, they’ve wondered if their cruel tutor might secretly be God.

Now, Father is missing—perhaps even dead—and the Library that holds his secrets stands unguarded. And with it, control over all of creation.

As Carolyn gathers the tools she needs for the battle to come, fierce competitors for this prize align against her, all of them with powers that far exceed her own. But Carolyn has accounted for this.  And Carolyn has a plan. The only trouble is that in the war to make a new God, she’s forgotten to protect the things that make her human.

The Black Watch (Laurie Forest)

This is a bonus pick because my greatest fears have risen: this book is identified to be problematic. So in the same light as Carve the Mark, I may read this as well and dissect it alllllllllllllll.

So foretells the greatest prophecy of the Gardnerian mages. Carnissa Gardner, the last prophesied Black Witch, drove back the enemy forces and saved her people during the Realm War. Now a new evil is on the horizon, and her granddaughter, Elloren, is believed to be Carnissa’s heir—but while she is the absolute image of her famous grandmother, Elloren is utterly devoid of power in a society that prizes magical ability above nearly all else.

When she is granted the opportunity to pursue her lifelong dream of becoming an apothecary, Elloren is eager to join her brothers at the prestigious Verpax University and finally embrace a destiny of her own, free from the shadow of her grandmother’s legacy. But she soon realizes that the University, which admits all manner of peoples—including the fire-wielding, winged Icarals, the sworn enemies of her people—is an even more treacherous place for the granddaughter of the Black Witch.


I will not shift my TBR around.

I will not shift my TBR around.

I will probably shift my TBR around.

Are you excited for any of the above titles? Let me know!


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36 thoughts on “[Top Ten Tuesday] – #142 – Spring 2017 TBR Books”

  1. There’s a 99% chance that I will not stick to my own tbr pile. My mood is to unpredictable and at the moment A Conjuring of Light has left me in the worst book coma!

    Now The Traitor’s Kiss sounds like my kind of book and I am praying it delivers the goods. I can’t say the other books have made the tbr list but I’ve read some comments about the problematic nature of The Black Witch so I am all for you dissecting this book.

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        1. Queen of the Tearling has lots of that good stuff, so does Shadow of Night (the second book in the All Souls trilogy). It’s a fiction aspect that I didn’t realize I loved until recently, so I’ve been keeping an eye out for it.


    1. There is a 110% chance I won’t but a 90% chance that i have to because COMMITMENTS. I’ll be the best husband, you know?


      I’ve heard really mixed things re: Traitor’s Kiss (which is like Mulan + Winner’s Kiss to me). All I know is that it’s one of Fierce Reads push titles, I think?

      I will take the hit re; Black Witch for all of us…

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  2. OK, I never get through more than three on my “want to read this XXX season” either. And here’s why. Because I visit lists like yours and add a gagillion (I’m sure that’s a word) more books to my TBR. These all sound amazing! Hoping you get through your list. 🙂 (Hoping I get through some of the books on your list too. ha!) My TTT

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  3. I really hope you’ll be able to stick to this TBR for once because SO. MANY. GOOD. BOOKS. HERE. I am currently reading Noteworthy – got lucky enough to have an ARC and I’m really loving it! Also, so, so excited about The Love Interest, Romancing the Throne and I Believe In a Thing Called Love. Read them all pleaaaaaaase so I can read your wonderful reviews about it all.

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    1. I am both optimistic and doubtful that I will stick by it…but more the former because READING COMMITMENTS!

      Yessss. So happy you are enjoying Noteworthy! I will spam you with ALL the acappella goodness!

      I too am surprised with all of the …contemporary ya/romance-y books I ACTIVELY requested to read. Who am I? I am whom?

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      1. YES PLEASE, feel free to spam me whenever – I just finished reading the book and I LOVED it.
        I am not sure who you are right now. I think I’ll ask myself serious questions if you rave A LOT about these books, when reviewing time comes around 😛


  4. Fingers crossed you read a majority, if not all of the books on your list! I’ve heard excellent things about The Love Interest as well so I can’t wait to read it! I was going to read The Traitor’s Kiss and The Black Witch but after hearing how problematic they both are, I’m not so sure anymore.

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  5. I never stick to my TBR either, don’t know why I bother making one xD
    Hope you enjoy Noteworthy – it’s hilarious! The Love Interest sounds really cool. I was so excited for Romancing the Throne and The Traitor’s Kiss.

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  6. It’s not like there’s a time limit to to-read lists. They’re really more like suggestions, right? 🙂
    I saw The Gentleman’s Guide somewhere and thought it sounded interesting. Now I’m waiting to see if my library gets it.

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    1. I wish it was that relaxed. Although a lot of these titles are non-solicited advanced copies, I still feel a bit of obligation to read them since I have it. I hope your library gets Gentleman’s Guide — or at the very least honors your request (if they take them) to get your branch a copy!

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  7. Love Interest and Gentlemen’s Guide are two that I’m really looking forward to as well! I think how Love Interest is going to play on the classic love triangle will be so interesting, and I’m excited to read it for myself!
    -Monica @ Tomes Project


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