Tuesday, May 1, 2018

Top Books I’d Slay a Lion to Get Early

 

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish and the meme moved to That Artsy Reader Girl in January of 2018. This week's Top Ten Tuesday asks bloggers to list their top ten books they would slay a lion to get early. The following books are in no particular order. I actually came short and listed eight books.


1. Escaping from Houdini by Kerri Maniscalco is the third installment in the Stalking Jack the Ripper series. Audrey Rose Wadsworth and Thomas Cresswell venture out to the Americas on a luxurious ocean liner where passengers are murdered one by one. The question is, who is the killer? I loved the first two books and I am sure I will love this one as well. It's one of my most anticipated novels of the year.


2. Toil & Trouble: 15 Tales of Women & Witchcraft edited by Jessica Spotswood and Tess Sharpe is an anthology including stories written by authors such as Emery Lord, Zoraida Córdova and Robin Talley. This anthology contains contemporary, historical, and futuristic stories featuring witchy heroines who are diverse in race, class, sexuality, religion, geography, and era. I cannot wait to read this and look at the bewitching cover art!


3. Forest Queen by Betsy Cornwell is a gender swapped retelling of Robin Hood. That alone sounds awesome! I read Cornwell's Mechanica and Venturess which are wonderful retellings loosely based on Cinderella. Also, I am digging this stunning cover art.


4. Always Never Yours by Emily Wibberley and Austin Siegemund-Broka sounds like an adorable and fluffy read. Megan Harper's exes find their one true love right after dating her. Instead of Megan feeling sorry for herself, she focuses on her passion for directing theatre. However, things backfire when she tries to have the smallest role possible in Romeo & Juliet. Of course she somehow gets casted with the lead role of Juliet. This novel sounds up my alley and the spring is the perfect time to read it.


5. Merry Christmas, Little Elliot by Mike Curato is the fifth book in the Little Elliot series. This time we have a holiday Little Elliot book which I am beyond excited for! With Curato's timeless illustrations and wonderful narration, I am always looking forward to a new Little Elliot book.


6. A Touch of Gold by Annie Sullivan is a retelling about the story of King Midas and how everything he touches turns to gold. He almost kills his daughter with this ability and relinquishes The Touch forever because of this. However, ten years later his daughter bears the consequences of her father’s wish and her skin glows golden. I am very intrigued about this novel!


7. Star-Touched Stories by Roshani Chokshi is a collection of short stories that take place in the universe of The Star-Touched Queen and A Crown of Wishes. I love Chokshi's lush and beautiful writing and her stories are captivating. This is an excellent addition to her exquisitely written novels.


8. Kingdom of The Blazing Phoenix by Julie A. Dao is another one of my most anticipated novels for 2018. I absolutely loved Forest of a Thousand Lanterns. Both novels are part of the Rise of the Empress series. The latter is a retelling about the Evil Queen. The sequel is a retelling of Snow White which in this novel is Princess Jade.



What books would you slay a lion to get early? I can't wait to see what books everyone is excited about!

22 comments:

  1. Despite thinking they look fun, I've never read any of those short story collection about women of history. Someday I must though! Also, I'm the same when it comes to Always Never Yours. It sounds adorable - and I'm a BIG fan of cute contemporary. :)

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    1. I love cute contemporary too! It's one of my favorites!

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  2. Always Never Yours looks amazing! Totally my sort of book. :-)

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    1. Yay! I hope you have a chance to read it!

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  3. I think that is so cool that Roshani Chokshi wrote short stories set in her other books world. I would love if more authors did extras like that! Also, I am excited for the 3rd Audrey Rose book. I have to read the 2nd book still because I am a bad fan, but I WILL DO IT SOON!!

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    1. I know these novellas were available via e-book but I love how there is a print version of the collection. I agree with you about authors having extras. It's something to look forward to especially if you like author's books. You NEED to read Hunting Prince Dracula!! It's so good!

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  4. Great list! Toil and Trouble sounds like it's going to be a really fun anthology. And Always Never Yours sounds so cute and fun!!

    I hope you get to read all these soon (without slaying a lion)!
    - Lefty @ The Left-Handed Book Lover
    My Top Ten Tuesday!

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    1. I love everything paranormal and witchy so I can't wait to read the anthology. Me slaying a lion...lol..I don't think I would be able to fend off a lion.

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  5. OH! Toil & Trouble just went on my TBR. Hahaha.

    Here is our Top Ten Tuesday. Thank you!

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    1. YES!! I am glad you are looking forward to it!

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  6. I have Escaping from Houdini on my list too! I love those books. :)

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    1. YES!! I can't wait for this book! Kerri's books are fantastic!! I know Kerri will have us guessing who the murderer is from page one. I am glad that there is a fourth book coming out in the series as well.

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  7. I just received an ARC of Star-Touched Stories yesterday, so I'm super excited to see how much you can't wait to read this book too.

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    1. Sweet! I hope you enjoy it! I love Roshani's writing; It's incredibly beautiful.

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  8. I hadn't heard of A TOUCH OF GOLD before, but it does sound intriguing. I'll have to add it to my TBR list on Goodreads. Thanks for the heads-up!

    Happy TTT!

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    1. I haven't heard of A Touch of Gold until recently and I haven't read a King Midas retelling yet. it sounds good though. I am glad you added it to your TBR.

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  9. Toil and Trouble was on my list this week too!
    My TTT: https://jjbookblog.wordpress.com/2018/05/01/top-ten-tuesday-157/

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    1. Woohoo! I love seeing the same books on other people's TBR lists.

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  10. All of these covers are so beautiful. I am excited for A Touch of Gold too :)
    I hope you get to read these soon and love them :)

    My TTT: http://flippingthruthepages.com/2018/05/ten-types-of-titles-frequently-used-in-ya-genre-books/

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    1. You're right! All the cover designs are beautiful! I am a bigger sucker for good cover art even though I try not to judge a book by its cover.

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  11. Toil & Trouble and Star-Touched Stories look AWESOME!

    Here's my TTT :)

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    1. I hope you decide to read it in the future. Thanks for visiting!

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