Happy Friday, Bookworms!
I’m doing the Stacking the Shelves meme today. This week I added 10 books to my TBR – all with beautiful covers and interesting plots. Lots of magic, romance, fire and mayhem.
*all images via Goodreads*
Class Act by Jerry Craft
New Kid #2
Middle Grade, Graphic Novel
Eighth grader Drew Ellis is no stranger to the saying “You have to work twice as hard to be just as good.” His grandmother has reminded him his entire life. But what if he works ten times as hard and still isn’t afforded the same opportunities that his privileged classmates at the Riverdale Academy Day School take for granted?
To make matters worse, Drew begins to feel as if his good friend Liam might be one of those privileged kids. He wants to pretend like everything is fine, but it’s hard not to withdraw, and even their mutual friend Jordan doesn’t know how to keep the group together.
As the pressures mount, will Drew find a way to bridge the divide so he and his friends can truly accept each other? And most important, will he finally be able to accept himself?
Deal with the Devil by Kit Rocha
Mercenary Librarian #1
Science Fiction; Dystopian
Nina is an information broker with a mission–she and her team of mercenary librarians use their knowledge to save the hopeless in a crumbling America.
Knox is the bitter, battle-weary captain of the Silver Devils. His squad of supersoldiers went AWOL to avoid slaughtering innocents, and now he’s fighting to survive.
They’re on a deadly collision course, and the passion that flares between them only makes it more dangerous. They could burn down the world, destroying each other in the process…
Or they could do the impossible: team up.
Shadow of Fire by Valia Lind
The Fae Chronicles #1
YA Paranormal Romance
If I’m found, my life is over.
I was ready for a quiet and normal senior year. But then, I read something I wasn’t supposed to and now every illusion I had about my magic is shattered.
Something in my blood allows me to read spells thought to be lost long ago. It’s a power the courts of Faery will fight over…with me as collateral damage.
My two-part plan: Stay hidden. Stay alive.
Which is how I end up playing bounty hunter to magical items while living in Phoenix, Arizona.
When the breathtakingly beautiful and arrogant Fae prince finds me, I’m prepared for him to drag me kicking and screaming back to the Faery Realm.
He doesn’t. He decides to help. Or so he claims…
Gorgeous and deadly. A dangerous combination. And my only chance at survival.
If I don’t outwit the fae and learn to control my magic, I will lose my life. And all those I love will perish with me.
The Sparks by Kyle Prue
Feud Trilogy #1
Neil Vapros just wants to make his father proud. The sixteen-year-old aspires to serve his family as an assassin, but he nearly dies in the process. As if that wasn’t bad enough, Neil’s family, as well as two rival dynasties, have abandoned an ancient promise to protect their city. An unknown evil has begun hunting all three houses from the shadows…
As Neil’s relatives fall one-by-one, he attempts to unite the three supernatural families against a common enemy. But earning trust after years of assassination attempts could prove impossible. Neil’s fight may involve more than a bloodthirsty empire, as betrayal rears its ugly head…
The Matriarch by Annabelle McInnes
Women of Dust #1
Her citizens are oppressed. His society is diminishing. In a frantic bid for survival, can their fiery union save their peoples?
On a scorched and barren future Earth, Yolanda is her people’s only hope. As Matriarch of an all-female nation, the battle-hardened commander fights an impossible war while desperately seeking a way to stop her subjects from dying of thirst. But when the enemy king is beheaded by his own warrior son, she’s offered a truce that will bring the water they urgently need… in return for leaving her populace defenseless.
With his father dead by his hand, the Hammer is determined to rebuild the shattered community the warmongering king’s brutality almost destroyed. In a bold move to strengthen his dwindling numbers, he offers armistice to a dangerous queen and her bloodthirsty horde of fighting women. All he asks in exchange is for her to accompany him to petition the Council to drop their poisonous sanctions…
As they uncover the truth behind the horrific war, Yolanda is surprised when her begrudging respect for her capable companion blossoms into unexpected desire. And though the Hammer learns there’s more to the impassioned fighter than her brutal reputation suggests, he fears giving himself to her could make him a traitor to his own kind.
When their united strength pits them against oppressive factions, will their growing bond become an unbreakable force?
Feel the Fire by Annabeth Albert
MM Adult Contemporary Romance
When their career paths bring two high school sweethearts together again, the forest isn’t the only thing ablaze…
Fire behavior specialist Luis Riviera goes where his job takes him. But when he’s assigned to an arson investigation in Central Oregon—the place he left his broken heart twenty years ago—he’s afraid of being burned all over again.
Tucker Ryland had planned to join his first love, Luis, in LA after high school graduation, but life got in the way. Now a fire management expert and a divorced father of teen twins, Tucker’s thrown for a loop when he finds himself working side by side with his Luis, now all grown up and more intriguing than ever.
Though consumed by a grueling fire season and family responsibilities, the two men discover their bond has never truly broken. Tentative kisses turn to passionate nights. But smoking sheets aside, old hurts and new truths stand in the way of this time being the start of forever.
Touched by Fire by Kel Carpenter
Demons of New Chicago #1
For a decade, I’ve hated the supernaturals who owned my world.
I hunted them.
I killed them.
And now, in the most grand twist of fate—I am bonded to one of them.
Oh, the irony.
Being a supernatural bounty hunter isn’t exactly a popular job. But after the magic wars, there aren’t many things a human can do that will put food on the table.
Thankfully anything my right hook can’t handle, my guns can.
Or so I thought.
When a demon summoning runs awry, the being that comes into this world changes everything.
I’m not sure if he’s truly a demon or a god, but one thing I do know is that he’s after me. I’d like to see him try.
I’ve got a promise to fulfill, and I’m not backing down.
The only way out of this is his death or mine, and I’ll do anything to survive.
Even if that means making a deal with the devil.
Lost Wolf by KL King
Grey Lake Shifters #2
May Jensen has had a rough few months. While protecting her friend Iris from an attack by cougar shifters, she suffered a tremendous head injury that would have killed a human. Plagued by headaches and memory difficulties ever since, the petite wolf shifter can no longer work as a police officer. Left adrift without the job she loves, May struggles to heal and find her new place in the world. She returns to painting, which she has loved since childhood. Unfortunately, she has the eerie habit of unconsciously predicting the future through her art. Not helping matters is that someone seems to be out to get her. Who wants to hurt her and why?
Grizzly shifter Beau Shanley has been infatuated with May ever since the night he helped fight off the cougars who ambushed her. As the daughter of the former alpha wolf and sister of the current one, Beau believes May is destined for a bright future, one that doesn’t include a man who is barely able to keep his beast under control. When he learns of the threats against her, however, he can’t just stand by and watch. Both he and his inner animal are compelled to protect her.
As the two work together to keep May safe, the attempts on her life intensify and an innocent bystander is harmed. Is someone out for revenge, or is this part of a larger plan against the shifters of Grey Lake?
Spellbreaker by Charlie N. Holmberg
Spellbreaker Duology #1
Young Adult Historical Fantasy
The orphaned Elsie Camden learned as a girl that there were two kinds of wizards in the world: those who pay for the power to cast spells and those, like her, born with the ability to break them. But as an unlicensed magic user, her gift is a crime. Commissioned by an underground group known as the Cowls, Elsie uses her spellbreaking to push back against the aristocrats and help the common man. She always did love the tale of Robin Hood.
Elite magic user Bacchus Kelsey is one elusive spell away from his mastership when he catches Elsie breaking an enchantment. To protect her secret, Elsie strikes a bargain. She’ll help Bacchus fix unruly spells around his estate if he doesn’t turn her in. Working together, Elsie’s trust in—and fondness for—the handsome stranger grows. So does her trepidation about the rise in the murders of wizards and the theft of the spellbooks their bodies leave behind.
For a rogue spellbreaker like Elsie, there’s so much to learn about her powers, her family, the intriguing Bacchus, and the untold dangers shadowing every step of a journey she’s destined to complete. But will she uncover the mystery before it’s too late to save everything she loves?
Crimson Born by Amy Patrick
The Crimson Accord #1
YA Paranormal Romance
Humans have always suspected vampires exist. Now they know for sure.
As long as I can remember, I’ve longed for a different life—one filled with adventure, excitement, and romance.
This wasn’t exactly what I had in mind…
One minute I was riding in a horse-drawn buggy on my way home to my quiet Amish village— the next was torn by the screech of car tires, and twisted metal, and the white hot lance of pain. There was no doubt in my mind my life was over.
So when I woke up to the face of a beautiful stranger who promised me the suffering would end soon, I thought I’d seen an angel.
I couldn’t have been more wrong.