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10 Books I Wanted to Read in 2020

Hey guys, happy Tuesday! Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by Jana @ That Artsy Reader Girl, and this week we get to talk about books we wanted to read in 2020 but got away from us. So some of these are 2020 releases that I’ve been eyeing, and some are random books I picked up but didn’t get to as quickly as I thought I would.

1.All the Stars and Teeth by Adalyn Grace

All the Stars and Teeth by Adalyn Grace book cover image

Set in a kingdom where danger lurks beneath the sea, mermaids seek vengeance with song, and magic is a choice.

She will reign.

As princess of the island kingdom Visidia, Amora Montara has spent her entire life training to be High Animancer — the master of souls. The rest of the realm can choose their magic, but for Amora, it’s never been a choice. To secure her place as heir to the throne, she must prove her mastery of the monarchy’s dangerous soul magic.

When her demonstration goes awry, Amora is forced to flee. She strikes a deal with Bastian, a mysterious pirate: he’ll help her prove she’s fit to rule, if she’ll help him reclaim his stolen magic.

But sailing the kingdom holds more wonder — and more peril — than Amora anticipated. A destructive new magic is on the rise, and if Amora is to conquer it, she’ll need to face legendary monsters, cross paths with vengeful mermaids, and deal with a stow-away she never expected… or risk the fate of Visidia and lose the crown forever.

I am the right choice. The only choice. And I will protect my kingdom.

I keep seeing the upcoming sequel for this one, and I still really want to read it! I better hurry up and get to it.

2. The Damned by Renee Ahdieh

The Damned by Renee Ahdieh book cover image

I read the Beautiful last fall, and I enjoyed it enough that I was pretty interested in the sequel. It’s been sitting in my library stack for a couple weeks now, so I should really get to it soon!

3. The Key to Fear by Kristin Cast

The Key to Fear by Kristin Cast book cover image

To Health.
To Life.
To the Future.


We are The Key.
‘No touching today for a healthy tomorrow.’


Elodie obeys The Key. Elodie obeys the rules. Elodie trusts in the system. At least, Elodie used to…

Aidan is a rebel. Aidan doesn’t do what he’s told. Aidan just wants to be free. Aidan is on his last chance…

After a pandemic wiped out most of the human race, The Key took power. The Key dictates the rules. They govern in order to keep people safe. But as Elodie and Aidan begin to discover there is another side to The Key, they realise not everything is as it seems.

Rather than playing protector, The Key are playing God. (from Goodreads)

I’m not huge into dystopian plots, but come on. This looks pretty neat.

4. The Captive Kingdom by Jennifer A. Nielsen

The Captive Kingdom by Jennifer Nielsen book cover image

In a peaceful Carthya, Jaron leads as the Ascendant King with Imogen beside him — but the peace he fought so long for is not destined to last.

On a routine sea voyage, Jaron’s ship is brutally attacked, and he is taken hostage. The mysterious captors and their leader, Jane Strick, accuse Jaron of unthinkable acts. They are also in possession of some shocking items — including the crown and sword that belonged to Jaron’s older brother, Darius. The items unearth a past Jaron thought he had put behind him.

Though it seems impossible, Jaron must consider: Could Darius be alive? And what does Strick want from Jaron? Against his will, Jaron will be pulled back into a fight for the throne — and a battle to save his kingdom. (from Goodreads)

I read this series several years ago and loved it, but I didn’t feel confident enough with the details to jump into this new addition. I decided to re-read the first three before getting to this one, but I only got through book one before I got distracted…

5. The Left-Handed Booksellers of London by Garth Nix

The Left-Handed Booksellers of London by Garth Nix book cover image

In a slightly alternate London in 1983, Susan Arkshaw is looking for her father, a man she has never met. Crime boss Frank Thringley might be able to help her, but Susan doesn’t get time to ask Frank any questions before he is turned to dust by the prick of a silver hatpin in the hands of the outrageously attractive Merlin.

Merlin is a young left-handed bookseller (one of the fighting ones), who with the right-handed booksellers (the intellectual ones), are an extended family of magical beings who police the mythic and legendary Old World when it intrudes on the modern world, in addition to running several bookshops.

Susan’s search for her father begins with her mother’s possibly misremembered or misspelt surnames, a reading room ticket, and a silver cigarette case engraved with something that might be a coat of arms.

Merlin has a quest of his own, to find the Old World entity who used ordinary criminals to kill his mother. As he and his sister, the right-handed bookseller Vivien, tread in the path of a botched or covered-up police investigation from years past, they find this quest strangely overlaps with Susan’s. Who or what was her father? Susan, Merlin, and Vivien must find out, as the Old World erupts dangerously into the New. (from Goodreads)

I checked this one out from the library but got sidetracked and had to return it before I could read it. I currently have it on hold (again). Hopefully I’ll be more on the ball this time.

6. The Lantern’s Ember by Colleen Houck

The Lantern's Ember by Colleen Houck book cover image

Welcome to a world where nightmarish creatures reign supreme.

Five hundred years ago, Jack made a deal with the devil. It’s difficult for him to remember much about his mortal days. So, he focuses on fulfilling his sentence as a Lantern—one of the watchmen who guard the portals to the Otherworld, a realm crawling with every nightmarish creature imaginable. Jack has spent centuries jumping from town to town, ensuring that nary a mortal—or not-so-mortal—soul slips past him. That is, until he meets beautiful Ember O’Dare.

Seventeen, stubborn, and a natural-born witch, Ember feels a strong pull to the Otherworld. Undeterred by Jack’s warnings, she crosses into the forbidden plane with the help of a mysterious and debonair vampire—and the chase through a dazzling, dangerous world is on. Jack must do everything in his power to get Ember back where she belongs before both the earthly and unearthly worlds descend into chaos. (from Goodreads)

I really wanted to read this one for Halloween, but I didn’t make it in time. Somehow reading it at any other time feels wrong, so hopefully I’ll make it this Halloween, lol.

7. The Eternity Cure by Julie Kagawa

The Eternity Cure by Julie Kagawa book cover image

I’m skipping the summary for this because it’s a sequel. I absolutely loved The Immortal Rules, so I don’t know why I haven’t gotten to this one yet. For some reason getting to sequels is harder for me, lol.

8. Covet by Melissa Darnell

Again, this is a sequel, so I’ll skip the summary. However, I actually read the summary for this book before book one’s summary. Honestly, I read Crave, book one, specifically because Covet’s summary appealed to me, so I should really get on it.

9. Windswept by Gwen Cole

Windswept by Gwen Cole book cover image

Every day, Sam endures the same subway ride on her way to school, but when she meets a boy named Reid, suddenly her daily commute isn’t so ordinary. Reid has the ability to teleport—or, drift, as he calls it—and for the first time, Sam has the opportunity to travel anywhere without a passport or plane ticket.

But as their two worlds come together, Sam discovers her family had been keeping secrets from her, and meeting Reid was just the beginning of unraveling the truth. When drifters begin to disappear, Sam has no choice but to face the threat when she finds out her family is among the missing.

As Reid and Sam start their search for the missing drifters, help comes from the most unexpected of places. After a significant breakthrough, Reid is taken, and Sam finds herself alone in a world she knows nothing about. With the enemy closing in, she soon realizes she’s the only person who can save them all. (from Goodreads)

This is one I just stumbled on, but it interests me for some reason. I still want to try it out.

10. Rebel Rose by Emma Theriault

Happily ever after is only the beginning as Belle takes on the responsibility of becoming queen and learns to balance duty, love, and sacrifice, all while navigating dark political intrigue—and a touch of magic.

It’s 1789 and France is on the brink of revolution. Belle has finally broken the Enchantress’s curse, restoring the Beast to his human form and bringing life back to their castle in the province of Aveyon. But in Paris, the fires of change are burning, and it’s only a matter of time before the rebellion arrives on their doorstep.

Not so very long ago, Belle dreamed of leaving her provincial home for a life of adventure. But now she finds herself living in a palace, torn between her past as a commoner, and her future as royalty. While Belle grapples with her newfound position, there are those who would do anything to keep her from power.

When she stumbles across a magic mirror that holds a dire warning, Belle wants nothing more than to ignore the mysterious voice calling her to accept a crown she never desired. But violent factions of the revolution may already be lurking within her own castle, and doing nothing would endanger everything she holds dear. With the fate of her country, her love, and her life at stake, Belle must decide if she is ready to embrace her own strength–and the magic that ties her to so many female rulers before her–to become the queen she is meant to be. (from Goodreads)

This is another one that just caught my eye, but I never got around to. I wonder if I’ll ever get to it…


What is leftover on your TBR?

Hope you guys are having a great Tuesday and happy reading!
Hayden

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