Tuesday, 25 December 2018

Top Ten Tuesday: Books I hope are under my Christmas tree!


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My family know that books are a guaranteed way to a) keep me quiet and b) make me happy - both key things around Christmas.
So here you have ten books I'm hoping I've dropped enough hints about to end up with over the holiday!

A Devil in Scotland by Suzanne Enoch
A brash and bold Scot follows few rules. But falling in love with his brother's fiancee?That's a rule not meant to be broken... Reckless and wild, Callum MacCreath is everything his brother Ian is not. And when Ian gets to marry the beautiful Rebecca Sanderson, Callum is the one who has to stand by in watch. In love with Rebecca, Callum races off to America to pursue his own destiny. But even the most daring Scot can't escape true love's fate... Once a wife, now a widow, Rebecca needs to accept a marriage offer from a Duke in order to keep her daughter cared for and fed. But when Callum comes back from America with a blaze of desire in his eyes that reawakens her instantly, Rebecca knows that this time, she'll marry the right MacCreath.

Historical romance novels have become somewhat of a Christmas staple for me. I usually find at lest one in my stocking, and it keeps me quiet and happy for a couple of hours Christmas afternoon...

The Other Miss Bridgerton by Julia Quinn
She was in the wrong place...
Fiercely independent and adventurous, Poppy Bridgerton will only wed a suitor whose keen intellect and interests match her own. Sadly, none of the fools from her London season qualify. While visiting a friend on the Dorset coast, Poppy is pleasantly surprised to discover a smugglers' hideaway tucked inside a cave. But her delight turns to dismay when two pirates kidnap her and take her aboard a ship, leaving her bound and gagged on the captain's bed...
He found her at the wrong time...
Known to society as a rascal and reckless privateer, Captain Andrew James Rokesby actually transports essential goods and documents for the British government. Setting sail on a time-sensitive voyage to Portugal, he's stunned to find a woman waiting for him in his cabin. Surely, his imagination is getting the better of him. But no, she is very real-and his duty to the Crown means he's stuck with her.
Can two wrongs make the most perfect right?


When Andrew learns that she is a Bridgerton, he knows he will likely have to wed her to avert a scandal-though Poppy has no idea that he is the son of an earl and neighbor to her aristocratic cousins in Kent. On the high seas, their war of words soon gives way to an intoxicating passion. But when Andrew's secret is revealed, will his declaration of love be enough to capture her heart...?

I've been harping on about this one for an absolute age, and I'm really hoping the hint will have stuck...

Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo (collectors edition)
Ketterdam: a bustling hub of international trade where anything can be had for the right price–and no one knows that better than criminal prodigy Kaz Brekker. Kaz is offered a chance at a deadly heist that could make him rich beyond his wildest dreams. But he can’t pull it off alone…
A convict with a thirst for revenge.
A sharpshooter who can’t walk away from a wager.
A runaway with a privileged past.
A spy known as the Wraith.
A Heartrender using her magic to survive the slums.
A thief with a gift for unlikely escapes.
Six dangerous outcasts. One impossible heist. Kaz’s crew is the only thing that might stand between the world and destruction—if they don’t kill each other first.
 


Such a fabulous book, and such a gorgeous new edition. I really want this one on my shelves, and I'm hoping they release a special edition of the second book next year too.

Throne of Glass by Sarah J Maas (collectors edition)

Throne of Glass begins the sweeping saga of assassin Celaena Sardothien, who is serving a life sentence in the mines of Endovier - until a young captain of the guard offers her a deal. She will have her freedom, on one condition: she must fight to win a deadly competition to serve as the champion of the king. The king who rules his kingdom with a cruel and merciless hand.

Live or die, Celaena will be free. Win or lose, her destiny will claim her.
Now available in this gorgeous new package, the Throne of Glass Collector's Edition features unique foil-stamped cover art, a ribbon marker, beautiful new interior page designs, colour endpapers and a new map of Erilea.
I've been so good this year. Please let me have this one, it's so beautiful. Also, make the rest of the series match now, thanks.

Reign the Earth by A C Guaghen
Shalia is a proud daughter of the desert, but after years of devastating war with the adjoining kingdom, her people are desperate for peace. Willing to trade her freedom to ensure the safety of her family, Shalia becomes Queen of the Bonelands.
But she soon learns that her husband, Calix, is motivated only by his desire to exterminate the Elementae—mystical people who can control earth, wind, air, and fire. Even more unsettling are Shalia’s feelings for her husband’s brother, which unleash a power over the earth she never knew she possessed—a power that could get her killed. As rumours of a rebellion against Calix spread, Shalia must choose between the last chance for peace and her own future as an Elementae.

I've been eyeing this one for so long, and actually having some time to make my way through a stack of books over the Christmas break is exactly the perfect time to read this. Now I just hope I get a copy.

Fire and Blood by George R R Martin

With all the fire and fury fans have come to expect from internationally bestselling author George R. R. Martin, this is the first volume of the definitive two-part history of the Targaryens in Westeros.
Centuries before the events of A Game of Thrones, House Targaryen—the only family of dragonlords to survive the Doom of Valyria—took up residence on Dragonstone. Fire and Blood begins their tale with the legendary Aegon the Conqueror, creator of the Iron Throne, and goes on to recount the generations of Targaryens who fought to hold that iconic seat, all the way up to the civil war that nearly tore their dynasty apart.
What really happened during the Dance of the Dragons? Why did it become so deadly to visit Valyria after the Doom? What is the origin of Daenerys’s three dragon eggs? These are but a few of the questions answered in this essential chronicle, as related by a learned maester of the Citadel and featuring more than eighty all-new black-and-white illustrations by artist Doug Wheatley. Readers have glimpsed small parts of this narrative in such volumes as The World of Ice & Fire, but now, for the first time, the full tapestry of Targaryen history is revealed.

I'm super excited to immerse myself further in the history of Westeros. I love historical reads anyway, so this seems like a bit of a match made in heaven.

Queen of Air and Darkness by Cassandra Clare
What if damnation is the price of true love?
Innocent blood has been spilled on the steps of the Council Hall, the sacred stronghold of the Shadowhunters. In the wake of the tragic death of Livia Blackthorn, the Clave teeters on the brink of civil war. One fragment of the Blackthorn family flees to Los Angeles, seeking to discover the source of the blight that is destroying the race of warlocks. 


Meanwhile, Julian and Emma take desperate measures to put their forbidden love aside and undertake a perilous mission to Faerie to retrieve the Black Volume of the Dead. What they find in the Courts is a secret that may tear the Shadow World asunder and open a dark path into a future they could never have imagined. Caught in a race against time, Emma and Julian must save the world of Shadowhunters before the deadly power of the parabatai curse destroys them and everyone they love. 

I've got the first two books in the series sat on my bookcase waiting for me to spend a couple of days back with the Shadowhunters over Christmas, and I really want the third book now to complete the set and allow me to thoroughly binge my way through this series.

Seven Minutes in Heaven by Eloisa James

Witty and elusive Eugenia Snowe has all society begging for one of her premiere governesses - except the powerful Edward Reeve, who bursts into her office with his arrogant demands.
He promises her heaven.
No question that Eugenia enjoys crossing wits with the brilliant inventor, but soon it becomes clear that Ward wants far more than a governess. He wants Eugenia, and he'll stop at nothing to have her - including kidnapping.
Will Eugenia lose her heart in the most reckless gamble of her life, or will she discover the sweetest pleasure she's ever known? 
She gives him seven minutes.

See the above excitement about how Christmas is the time for historical romances, add in how much I love Eloisa James and the fact that I've failed to catch up on her latest releases for a little while, and you have this gorgeous book that I really hope is under the Christmas tree for me.

Wilde in Love by Eloisa James
Lord Alaric Wilde, son of the Duke of Lindow, is the most celebrated man in England, revered for his dangerous adventures and rakish good looks. Arriving home from years abroad, he has no idea of his own celebrity until his boat is met by mobs of screaming ladies. Alaric escapes to his father's castle, but just as he grasps that he's not only famous but notorious, he encounters the very private, very witty, Miss Willa Ffynche.
Willa presents the fa├žade of a serene young lady to the world. Her love of books and bawdy jokes is purely for the delight of her intimate friends. She wants nothing to do with a man whose private life is splashed over every newspaper.
Alaric has never met a woman he wanted for his own... until he meets Willa. He's never lost a battle.
But a spirited woman like Willa isn't going to make it easy.

Yes please, see the above reasoning. More Eloisa James makes me a happy bunny.

Thunderhead by Neal Shusterman
The stakes are high in this chilling sci-fi thriller, in which professional scythes control who dies. Everything else is out of human control, managed by the Thunderhead. It's a perfect system – until it isn't.
It’s been a year since Rowan went off-grid. Hunted by the Scythedom, he has become an urban legend, a vigilante snuffing out corrupt scythes in a trial by fire. Citra, meanwhile, is forging her path as Scythe Anastasia, gleaning with compassion. However, conflict within the Scythedom is growing by the day, and when Citra’s life is threatened, it becomes clear that there is a truly terrifying plot afoot.
The Thunderhead observes everything, and it does not like what it sees. Will it intervene?
Or will it simply watch as this perfect world begins to unravel?

I really loved reading Scythe earlier this year. It was fresh and exciting, and really different from anything else I'd picked up. Now I can't wait to read the sequel and see what happens next.

There are ten books that I'm really hoping are under my Christmas tree. Let me know some of your hoped for Christmas reads in the comments, and have a lovely day!

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