What’s on my Current 2021 TBR List
What’s on my April 2021 TBR List
I’ve been in a reading slump for about 9/10 months now. Yes…really. Over this third lockdown, when I was impulsively shopping, I thought I’d pick up a Kindle and read the incredibly popular ACOTAR series by Sarah J. Mass. Well, thanks to both of these things, I’m well and truly out of my reading slump. And I’m dying to write more book-related content! This blog is called Beauty and the Bookshelves after all and was set up all those years ago to appreciate my love for all things books and beauty. So, to help me dive back into the world of book blogging, I thought I’d share with you all what’s currently on my 2021 TBR list.
1.) Throne of Glass
“Meet Celaena Sardothien.
Beautiful. Deadly. Destined for greatness.
In the dark, filthy salt mines of Endovier, an eighteen-year-old girl is serving a life sentence. She is a trained assassin, the best of her kind, but she made a fatal mistake. She got caught.
Young Captain Westfall offers her a deal: her freedom in return for one huge sacrifice. Celaena must represent the prince in a to-the-death tournament – fighting the most gifted thieves and assassins in the land. Live or die, Celaena will be free. Win or lose, she is about to discover her true destiny. But will her assassin’s heart be melted?”
This is the series I’m actually currently reading. After finishing ACOTAR, I moved straight on to TOG to see what all the hype was about. Although, before I even began I was confused as there are a couple of different ways to read it. Either purist or romantic. The purist way has you reading the books in chronological order. This puts a book with a collection of novellas first to give you all the background information of the characters before actually starting the first book. The romantic way, changes that order slightly so you read TOG first and that way gain a stronger emotional connection to the characters.
I’ve decided to read it the romantic way as I want that connection to the characters themselves. And, from what I’ve seen on TikTok, Reddit and Goodreads, the majority of people opt to read it this way. I’ve only just started reading this series over the last couple of days so I’m excited to see where it goes and really get stuck in.
2. House of Earth and Blood
“Half-Fae, half-human Bryce Quinlan loves her life. Every night is a party and Bryce is going to savour all the pleasures Lunathion – also known as Crescent City – has to offer. But then a brutal murder shakes the very foundations of the city, and brings Bryce’s world crashing down.
Two years later, Bryce still haunts the city’s most notorious nightclubs – but seeking only oblivion now. Then the murderer attacks again. And when an infamous Fallen angel, Hunt Athalar, is assigned to watch her every footstep, Bryce knows she can’t forget any longer.
As Bryce and Hunt fight to unravel the mystery, and their own dark pasts, the threads they tug ripple through the underbelly of the city, across warring continents, and down to the deepest levels of Hel, where things that have been sleeping for millennia are beginning to stir…”
Yes, it’s another Sarah J Mass book. I’m a little obsessed okay?! I want to just consume everything she’s written and be involved in all the in-jokes haha. I’ve seen this book has received quite a lot of mixed reviews as the world-building is apparently very intense and the plot/characters are fairly similar to her other books. But, I feel like as I’m on a Sarah J Mass binge this book needs to be added to my TBR list anyway. And, it does sound like an interesting ready anyway!
3. A Touch of Darkness
“Persephone is the Goddess of Spring by title only. The truth is, since she was a little girl, flowers have shrivelled at her touch. After moving to New Athens, she hopes to lead an unassuming life disguised as a mortal journalist. Hades, God of the Dead, has built a gambling empire in the mortal world and his favourite bets are rumoured to be impossible. After a chance encounter with Hades, Persephone finds herself in a contract with the God of the Dead and the terms are impossible: Persephone must create life in the Underworld or lose her freedom forever. The bet does more than expose Persephone’s failure as a goddess, however. As she struggles to sow the seeds of her freedom, love for the God of the Dead grows—and it’s forbidden.”
Okay first of all the cover for this book is BEAUTIFUL! I’m so drawn to it. I think it’s probably one that I’ll buy in both paperback and Kindle format just so I can display it on my shelves. Of course, the story itself sounds great too and it’s a very hyped up series right now. I love a good re-telling of fairytales and myths and I’ve never read a retelling about Hades and Persephone so I’m definitely intrigued.
4. Shadow and Bone
“Soldier. Summoner. Saint. Orphaned and expendable, Alina Starkov is a soldier who knows she may not survive her first trek across the Shadow Fold-a swath of unnatural darkness crawling with monsters. But when her regiment is attacked, Alina unleashes dormant magic not even she knew she possessed.
Now Alina will enter a lavish world of royalty and intrigue as she trains with the Grisha, her country’s magical military elite-and falls under the spell of their notorious leader, the Darkling. He believes Alina can summon a force capable of destroying the Shadow Fold and reuniting their war-ravaged country, but only if she can master her untamed gift.
As the threat to the kingdom mounts and Alina unlocks the secrets of her past, she will make a dangerous discovery that could threaten all she loves and the very future of a nation.”
How dark and mysterious does that blurb sound?! Apparently, the other books within the series get darker and darker too which is something that’s right up my street. Shadow and Bone is very talked-about right now as it’ll be premiering on Netflix later this month. Which obviously many fans of the book are excited about. I will most likely end up watching the show before I get a chance to read the books but this series is high up on my list!
5. From Blood & Ash
“Chosen from birth to usher in a new era, Poppy’s life has never been her own. The life of the Maiden is solitary. Never to be touched, never to be looked upon, never to be spoken to, never to experience pleasure. Waiting for the day of her Ascension, she would rather be with the guards, fighting back the evil that took her family, than preparing to be found worthy by the gods. But the choice has never been hers.
The entire kingdom’s future rests on Poppy’s shoulders, something she’s not even quite sure she wants for herself. Because a Maiden has a heart. And a soul and longing. And when Hawke, a golden-eyed guard honour-bound to ensure her Ascension, enters her life, destiny and duty become tangled with desire and need. He incites her anger, makes her question everything she believes in, and tempts her with the forbidden.
Forsaken by the gods and feared by mortals, a fallen kingdom is rising once more, determined to take back what they believe is theirs through violence and vengeance. And as the shadow of those cursed draws closer, the line between what is forbidden and what is right becomes blurred. Poppy is not only on the verge of losing her heart and being found unworthy by the gods, but also her life when every blood-soaked thread that holds her world together begins to unravel.”
Once again the cover of this book is amazing! I have TikTok to thank for helping me discover this one. It’s extremely hyped up and I am so ready to jump on board. It sounds like a great read with an interesting storyline, fun characters, action, friendship, romance and betrayal. The one thing I’ve seen in a lot of reviews though is that it’s quite slow-paced and doesn’t do a lot of world-building. But, of course, I still very much want to read it myself and find out more.
“Callypso Lillis is a siren with a very big problem, one that stretches up her arm and far into her past. For the last seven years she’s been collecting a bracelet of black beads up her wrist, magical IOUs for favours she’s received. Only death or repayment will fulfil the obligations. Only then will the beads disappear.
Everyone knows that if you need a favour, you go to the Bargainer to make it happen. He’s a man who can get you anything you want… at a price. And everyone knows that sooner or later he always collects.
But for one of his clients, he’s never asked for repayment. Not until now. When Callie finds the fae king of the night in her room, a grin on his lips and a twinkle in his eye, she knows things are about to change. At first, it’s just a chaste kiss—a single bead’s worth—and a promise for more.
For the Bargainer, it’s more than just a matter of rekindling an old romance. Something is happening in the Otherworld. Fae warriors are going missing one by one. Only the women are returned, each in a glass casket, a child clutched to their breast. And then there are the whispers among the slaves, whispers of an evil that’s been awoken.
If the Bargainer has any hope to save his people, he’ll need the help of the siren he spurned long ago. Only, his foe has a taste for exotic creatures, and Callie just happens to be one.”
The cover definitely drew me in with this book. It’s so dark and creepy. I’m not usually a fan of sirens and books surrounding them as they’re just not something that interests me. But, I loved the sound of this one with the magical IOU bracelet and the mysterious disappearances. Plus, I think it’s more fae based anyway as it’s been compared to the ACOTAR series a lot. This book has thousands of fantastic reviews so I’m very intrigued.
7. Air Awakens
“A library girl with a secret. A dark and fiery prince. When he awakens her magic, there’s no going back.
The Solaris Empire is one conquest away from uniting the continent, and the rare elemental magic sleeping in seventeen-year-old library apprentice Vhalla Yarl could shift the tides of war.
Vhalla has always been taught to fear the Tower of Sorcerers, a mysterious magic society, and has been happy in her quiet world of books. But after she unknowingly saves the life of one of the most powerful sorcerers of them all–the Crown Prince Aldrik–she finds herself enticed into his world. Now she must decide her future: Embrace her sorcery and leave the life she’s known, or eradicate her magic and remain as she’s always been. And with powerful forces lurking in the shadows, Vhalla’s indecision could cost her more than she ever imagined.”
So, I think after I’ve finished the Throne of Glass series, this will be next on my list because it sounds INCREDIBLE! A mysterious magic society, a sorcerer prince and a library apprentice? I love it already haha. From the reviews and descriptions I’ve read, this epic fantasy series seems so different to anything else I’ve come across and even though it’s going to be a while since I get around to reading it, I’m very excited too!
That’s everything on my 2021 TBR list currently! Let me know in the comments if you’ve read any of these books and what your thoughts are.