Saturday, 5 September 2015

My TBR List (September)

Thanks to the lovely Michelle @ Because Reading for hosting! Each month we pick 3 books and get blog readers to pick which book we read. Then on the last Saturday of the month (the 26th this month!) the review gets posted. 

I like to have a theme for my list...last month's was Historical Fiction centred around the Tudors/the War of the Roses, and the book I read (The Boleyn Bride by Brandy Purdy) was definitely different. So this week I've decided to go with a high fantasy theme (though all of these also count towards my #2015hw challenge...) 

Title: Crown of Midnight
Series: A Throne of Glass (#2) 
Author: Sarah J Maas 
From: Netgalley 
Average Star Rating: (Goodreads) 4.53
Synopsis (Goodreads): "A line that should never be crossed is about to be breached.
It puts this entire castle in jeopardy—and the life of your friend."
From the throne of glass rules a king with a fist of iron and a soul as black as pitch. Assassin Celaena Sardothien won a brutal contest to become his Champion. Yet Celaena is far from loyal to the crown. She hides her secret vigilantly; she knows that the man she serves is bent on evil.
Keeping up the deadly charade becomes increasingly difficult when Celaena realizes she is not the only one seeking justice. As she tries to untangle the mysteries buried deep within the glass castle, her closest relationships suffer. It seems no one is above questioning her allegiances—not the Crown Prince Dorian; not Chaol, the Captain of the Guard; not even her best friend, Nehemia, a foreign princess with a rebel heart.
Then one terrible night, the secrets they have all been keeping lead to an unspeakable tragedy. As Celaena's world shatters, she will be forced to give up the very thing most precious to her and decide once and for all where her true loyalties lie... and whom she is ultimately willing to fight for.

Title: Grave Mercy
Series: His Fair Assassin (#1)
Author: Robin LaFevers
From: Netgalley 
Average Star Rating: (Goodreads) 3.94
Synopsis (Goodreads): Why be the sheep, when you can be the wolf?
Seventeen-year-old Ismae escapes from the brutality of an arranged marriage into the sanctuary of the convent of St. Mortain, where the sisters still serve the gods of old. Here she learns that the god of Death Himself has blessed her with dangerous gifts—and a violent destiny. If she chooses to stay at the convent, she will be trained as an assassin and serve as a handmaiden to Death. To claim her new life, she must destroy the lives of others.
Ismae’s most important assignment takes her straight into the high court of Brittany—where she finds herself woefully under prepared—not only for the deadly games of intrigue and treason, but for the impossible choices she must make. For how can she deliver Death’s vengeance upon a target who, against her will, has stolen her heart?

Title: Magic Study
Series: Study (#2) 
Author: Maria V Synder
From: Amazon
Average Star Rating: (Goodreads) 4.07
Links: Goodreads - Amazon 
With her greatest enemy dead, and on her way to be reunited with the family she'd been stolen from long ago, Yelena should be pleased. But though she has gained her freedom, she can't help feeling isolated in Sitia. Her Ixian background has changed her in many ways—and her newfound friends and relatives don't think it's for the better....
Despite the turmoil, she's eager to start her magic training—especially as she's been given one year to harness her power or be put to death. But her plans take a radical turn when she becomes involved with a plot to reclaim Ixia's throne for a lost prince—and gets entangled in powerful rivalries with her fellow magicians.
If that wasn't bad enough, it appears her brother would love to see her dead. Luckily, Yelena has some old friends to help her with all her new enemies....

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