My January TBR has practically been non-existent due to university taking up most of my time AND free time.
However, I am slowly getting used to my new term timetable (4 modules– send help!). I’d like to think that I am now able to workout a better schedule to balance my studies and time for reading. That being said, I’m not going to exceed my expectations and prepare a 8-10 TBR list of books I want to read this month. I’m going to remain slightly realistic and just include books that I have to read and review for NetGalley, as well as books that have been on my previous monthly TBRs and have not gotten to.
As always, the books on this list does not guarantee that they will be read but they are a priority and high up on my TBR pile. Hopefully, throughout the month I will get an opportunity to add some more books to my read month and shorten the list by a liiiiitle bit.
Castles in Their Bones
by Laura Sebastian
A spellbinding story of three princesses and the destiny they were born for: seduction, conquest, and the crown. Immerse yourself in the first book in a new fantasy trilogy from the author of the New York Times bestselling Ash Princess series.
Empress Margaraux has had plans for her daughters since the day they were born. Princesses Sophronia, Daphne, and Beatriz will be queens. And now, age sixteen, they each must leave their homeland and marry their princes.
Beautiful, smart, and demure, the triplets appear to be the perfect brides—because Margaraux knows there is one common truth: everyone underestimates a girl. Which is a grave mistake. Sophronia, Daphne, and Beatriz are no innocents. They have been trained since birth in the arts of deception, seduction, and violence with a singular goal—to bring down monarchies— and their marriages are merely the first stage of their mother’s grand vision: to one day reign over the entire continent of Vesteria.
The princesses have spent their lives preparing, and now they are ready, each with her own secret skill, and each with a single wish, pulled from the stars. Only, the stars have their own plans—and their mother hasn’t told them all of hers.
Life abroad is a test. Will their loyalties stay true? Or will they learn that they can’t trust anyone—not even each other?
Why it’s on my TBR:
I became quite intrigued about this book simply because of the gorgeous cover, but once I read the blurb I knew I wanted to read this book ASAP– the book had me at ‘princesses’, I mean who doesn’t want to read about royalty and a revenge plot? Not to mention how absolutely stunning the book cover looks!
Luck for me, the publisher accepted my request on NetGalley and now I am so excited to jump straight into this story.
Only a Monster
by Vanessa Len
With the sweeping romance of Passenger and the dark fantasy edge of This Savage Song, this standout YA contemporary fantasy debut from Vanessa Len, is the first in a planned trilogy.
It should have been the perfect summer. Sent to stay with her late mother’s eccentric family in London, sixteen-year-old Joan is determined to enjoy herself. She loves her nerdy job at the historic Holland House, and when her super cute co-worker Nick asks her on a date, it feels like everything is falling into place.
But she soon learns the truth. Her family aren’t just eccentric: they’re monsters, with terrifying, hidden powers. And Nick isn’t just a cute boy: he’s a legendary monster slayer, who will do anything to bring them down.
As she battles Nick, Joan is forced to work with the beautiful and ruthless Aaron Oliver, heir to a monster family that hates her own. She’ll have to embrace her own monstrousness if she is to save herself, and her family. Because in this story . . .
. . . she is not the hero.
Why it’s on my TBR:
I was scrolling through NetGalley’s title page when the cover of this book caught my attention. The concept of the main character being a monster really interested me– is this some sort of shape-shifting entity, or is this like vampires in plain sight. I also really want to see how the hinted romance between a monster and a monster slayer will play out– I do love an enemies to lovers romance.
It also seems like we’ll be getting a love triangle, which usually does not appeal to me, but I’m hopeful that it will well-written here.
The Love Hypothesis
by Ali Hazelwood
As a third-year Ph.D. candidate, Olive Smith doesn’t believe in lasting romantic relationships–but her best friend does, and that’s what got her into this situation. Convincing Anh that Olive is dating and well on her way to a happily ever after was always going to take more than hand-wavy Jedi mind tricks: Scientists require proof. So, like any self-respecting biologist, Olive panics and kisses the first man she sees.
That man is none other than Adam Carlsen, a young hotshot professor–and well-known ass. Which is why Olive is positively floored when Stanford’s reigning lab tyrant agrees to keep her charade a secret and be her fake boyfriend. But when a big science conference goes haywire, putting Olive’s career on the Bunsen burner, Adam surprises her again with his unyielding support and even more unyielding… six-pack abs.
Suddenly their little experiment feels dangerously close to combustion. And Olive discovers that the only thing more complicated than a hypothesis on love is putting her own heart under the microscope.
Why it’s on my TBR:
This is one of the books that I have been quite hesitant t read purely based on the overwhelming hype and outstanding reviews I have heard about it. I consider my self a very specific reader, with specific taste when comes to books. There have been books in the past that have glowing reviews, but unfortunately fall flat for me and vice versa. Hence, why I have been delaying the chance to read this book– I worry it won’t meet my expectations and I’ll be forced to side with the opposing opinion.
I am really looking forward to reading another romance novel– especially since Valentine’s Day is coming up, so fingers crossed this one is the right romance for me!
What books are on your February TBR? Let me know in the comments below!
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What a wonderful tbr Alyssa, I loved the unique worldbuilding and setting in Only A Monster, plus the characters were so interesting. Can’t wait to read your thoughts on it too! Happy February! 💕
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So glad to hear that you enjoyed ‘Only a Monster’, it only heightens my excitement for it.
Happy February to you too 24hr.YABookBlog!
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