Hello again and welcome to another round of YA releases on my TBR from 2018. Last week I cut down a bit and decided to only include two books in each post, and so far I’m pretty happy with it. I like being able to include the synopses in the posts now, but I wanted to open it up to you guys. What do you think? Do you like this way better? No? Why or why not? Feedback would be wonderful and greatly appreciated. And now, the books!
I have to admit, I don’t really know a whole lot about A Dance of Thieves by Mary E. Pearson. But, funny thing. It’s sitting on my bookshelf. It has been for about a year. And its signed. I got it in an uppercase book box sometime last year and just never got around to picking it up. I’m also terrible about posting these things. Anyway, it does sound like a fun novel, mixing the intrigue of thievery and outlaws in power within the dangers of warring kingdoms. I’m definitely curious to see how the book goes, it’s just a matter of me finding the time to actually pick it up.
A new novel in the New York Times–bestselling Remnant Chronicles universe, in which a reformed thief and the young leader of an outlaw dynasty lock wits in a battle that may cost them their lives—and their hearts.
When the patriarch of the Ballenger empire dies, his son, Jase, becomes its new leader. Even nearby kingdoms bow to the strength of this outlaw family, who have always governed by their own rules. But a new era looms on the horizon, set in motion by a young queen, which makes her the target of the dynasty’s resentment and anger.
At the same time, Kazi, a legendary former street thief, is sent by the queen to investigate transgressions against the new settlements. When Kazi arrives in the forbidding land of the Ballengers, she learns that there is more to Jase than she thought. As unexpected events spiral out of their control, bringing them intimately together, they continue to play a cat and mouse game of false moves and motives in order to fulfill their own secret missions.
For Girl at the Grave by Teri Bailey Black, I think I’m going to have to make an exception as far as my ‘I tend to avoid murder mysteries’ rule goes. This book actually sounds thoroughly interesting. And I don’t know if it’s the mix of a girl and a boy where one’s mother murdered the other’s father that really drags me in, but my goodness it just sounds so entertaining. And I don’t even understand why. But, the fact remains that I’m quite intrigued by this tale and I want to find out what happens. Not to mention the fact that it’s pretty intriguing that the main character’s mother is the murderer and not the father. It’s pretty rare, I think, that you find stories like this one.
Valentine has spent years trying to outrun her mother’s legacy. But small towns have long memories, and when a new string of murders occurs, all signs point to the daughter of a murderer.
Only one person believes Valentine is innocent—Rowan Blackshaw, the son of the man her mother killed all those years ago. Valentine vows to find the real killer, but when she finally uncovers the horrifying truth, she must choose to face her own dark secrets, even if it means losing Rowan in the end.
That’s all for today! Happy reading, everyone!