I realized I haven’t posted my TBR in a while. I think it’s because I’ve partially been in a reading funk. It might be quiet on the blog for a few days in the middle of the week as I get my second Covid vaccine on Tuesday. I’m hoping I feel okay afterward, but I always plan for the worse. I have some great books lined up to close out April so let’s get to it.
Behind Her Eyes, Sarah Pinborough
Someone on Twitter recommended The Silent Patient and this one. I have already read and loved The Silent Patient (I just got a TBR of his new one!!), so I knew this had to be good if they were recommending both.
About the Book:
Louise is a single mom, a secretary, stuck in a modern-day rut. On a rare night out, she meets a man in a bar and sparks fly. Though he leaves after they kiss, she’s thrilled she finally connected with someone.
When Louise arrives at work on Monday, she meets her new boss, David. The man from the bar. The very married man from the bar…who says the kiss was a terrible mistake, but who still can’t keep his eyes off Louise.
And then Louise bumps into Adele, who’s new to town and in need of a friend. But she also just happens to be married to David. And if you think you know where this story is going, think again, because Behind Her Eyes is like no other book you’ve read before.
David and Adele look like the picture-perfect husband and wife. But then why is David so controlling? And why is Adele so scared of him?
As Louise is drawn into David and Adele’s orbit, she uncovers more puzzling questions than answers. The only thing that is crystal clear is that something in this marriage is very, very wrong. But Louise can’t guess how wrong—and how far a person might go to protect their marriage’s secrets.
In Behind Her Eyes, Sarah Pinborough has written a novel that takes the modern day love triangle and not only turns it on its head, but completely reinvents it in a way that will leave readers reeling.
Reawakening, S. Usher Evans
Releases April 27th
I’m over 50% done with this already because I love Sush’s books, and I loved the original 3 books.
About the Book:
Demons still walk amongst us, but ever since Bael, king of the demons, was killed in the Great Demon War, things have been a little topsy-turvy for demon hunters Jack Grenard and Cam Macarro. Jack, alongside the now-human Anya, has been living a semi-retired life in Seattle, moonlighting as a vigilante demon hunter. But Anya continues to spiral, unsure what to make of her life now that Bael is no longer controlling it.
Across the Pacific, Cam Macarro balances her job as the Director for Weapons Development for the International Coalition for Demon Management while secretly dating Lotan, the prince of the wolf-shifting nox demons. Lotan wants to take things to the next level, but Cam is dragging her feet–that is, until Lotan is mysteriously kidnapped by forces unknown.
Cam recruits Jack and Anya to help bring Lotan back, but the odds are stacked against them in an increasingly dangerous demonic world. But when Anya hears a rumor she might be able to reclaim her former glory, she sets the three of them on a world-spanning adventure that will keep readers guessing until the very end.
Reawakening is the first book in the brand-new Demon Fall trilogy, a spin-off series in the Demon Spring universe. It is strongly recommended that readers begin with the Demon Spring series prior to starting this one.
Prisoner, Ross Greenwood
Releases April 22nd
This is another one I started early. It’s marked as thriller, but I’m not getting a thriller vibe from it. Maybe that will come into play later in the book.
About the Book:
Prison Officer Jim Dalton works on the male side of HMP Peterborough. It’s a dangerous place, fuelled by testosterone-driven violence, but he’s done the job for a long time. He understands the unwritten rules, and he has the prisoners’ respect.
When Dalton is transferred to the female side of the prison his next shift is so easy he can’t believe that the officers over there get paid the same wages. He sleeps well for the first time in years.
Billie hasn’t had it easy in life, and she has earned the nickname Damage because she can give as good as she gets. Ending up in prison might have been inevitable, but Billie hasn’t given up on her dreams yet. If there’s a way to make her time inside easier and to get out of prison faster, she’s going to find it.
When Dalton is assigned to the young offenders’ wing, dealing with female prisoners no longer seems so simple, and in Billie he fears he may have met his match. As every day passes, Dalton is slowly drawn in to new traps and a new nightmare. And as Billie starts to turn the screw, Dalton stands to lose everything…
The Woman with the Blue Star, Pam Jenoff
Releases May 4th
I’m really excited to start this one as I absolutely love historical fiction.
About the Book:
1942. Sadie Gault is eighteen and living with her parents in the Kraków Ghetto during World War II. When the Nazis liquidate the ghetto, Sadie and her pregnant mother are forced to seek refuge in the perilous tunnels beneath the city. One day Sadie looks up through a grate and sees a girl about her own age buying flowers.
Ella Stepanek is an affluent Polish girl living a life of relative ease with her stepmother, who has developed close alliances with the occupying Germans. While on an errand in the market, she catches a glimpse of something moving beneath a grate in the street. Upon closer inspection, she realizes it’s a girl hiding.
Ella begins to aid Sadie and the two become close, but as the dangers of the war worsen, their lives are set on a collision course that will test them in the face of overwhelming odds. Inspired by incredible true stories, The Woman with the Blue Star is an unforgettable testament to the power of friendship and the extraordinary strength of the human will to survive.
The People of Ostrich Mountain, Ndirangu Githaiga
This is another one I’m super excited to read because I often find gems from indie authors.
About the Book:
As the 1950s Mau Mau war breaks out in the foothills of Mt. Kenya, Wambũi, a fourteen-year-old girl leaves her besieged village to join a prestigious boarding school a half day’s journey away by train. There, she becomes aware of her extraordinary mathematical abilities discovered by her teacher, Eileen Atwood. Initially, Wambũi views Eileen’s attentions with suspicion and hostility, but over time, the two grow close and form a lifelong friendship.
Unfortunately for Wambũi, the mid-twentieth century isn’t ready for a female math prodigy, particularly in Kenya. But she quietly and defiantly takes on the obstacles seeking to define her, applying her unusual gifts in new directions, which ultimately benefits her impoverished family and inspires her siblings and their children to pursue their own dreams.
After forty years in Kenya, Eileen unexpectedly loses her employment authorization and is forced to return to England, where she struggles to adjust to living in a country she barely recognizes. Meanwhile, Wambũi’s son, Ray, a doctor, navigates a fraught visa application process and travels to America to begin residency training; however, his hospital becomes insolvent and shuts down a year later. He and his colleagues are assimilated into other programs where, as foreign-born physicians, they endure relentless prejudice. As a black man, he also discovers that the streets of Chicago are sometimes quick to judge, with serious consequences.
A saga of family and friendship spanning five decades and three continents, ‘The People of Ostrich Mountain’ chronicles the interconnected lives of three outsiders as they navigate the vagaries of race, gender and immigration.
The Reckoning, Marisa Noelle
Releases May 6th
This is the third book, so you will need books 1 and 2, but this has been such a fun series. I’m very lucky to be an early reviewer for such a great author.
About the Book:
THE FIGHT IS NOT OVER.
A NEW NEMESIS HAS AWOKEN.
Sinister visions of an evil entity with looming yellow eyes haunt Silver’s dreams, threatening to destroy the new world she and her friends have created. The terrifying omens push Silver to experiment with her abilities, but awaken a burgeoning thirst for more power.
As Silver walks a fine line between good and evil, her friends become wary of her intimidating abilities. She finds understanding in a sympathetic newcomer, but their deepening friendship drives an even deeper wedge between Silver and her suspicious friends.
Tragedy strikes during preparations for the final stand, bringing a terrible choice. Grief drives Silver toward reckless actions that may doom the final battle. Can she repair the relationships with her friends and control her powers before her vision becomes reality?
So that is what I will be reading for the next few weeks. What is on your TBR, is there anything I need to add to this list?