Winter Reading List 2017
***You'll notice this round the list is only a "winter reading list" rather than a "winter to spring reading list." This is because I've completely caught up in the series Falling Kingdoms by Morgan Rhodes, and the next book will not be released until February of next year.
***The next round of book reviews will be titled "Spring Reading List" so that I may bump Morgan Rhodes' next book to the top of the list and continue from there!
1) "In a Dark, Dark Wood" by Ruth Ware
When reclusive writer Leonora is invited to the English countryside for a weekend away, she reluctantly agrees to make the trip. But as the first night falls, revelations unfold among friends old and new, an unnerving memory shatters Leonora’s reserve, and a haunting realization creeps in: the party is not alone in the woods.
2) "The Adventures of Deacon Coombs" by Ambit Welder
It is 3533, and Earth has bonded with her allies, found peace in new friends, and realized the benefits of space trade and space travel in the form of Vespering, a technique perfected long before man evolved on Earth. Even as goodness seems to reign, however, a powerful malice nurturing a limitless hatred for mankind prepares to carry out his evil mission of conquering all life forms. As the diabolic being puts his plan into action and unleashes his terror on the galaxy, the Tetrad Alliance commissions Earthling detective Deacon Coombs to investigate the alien's origin and its true, murderous ambitions.
Coombs travels to faraway star systems, forges unlikely companionships, and uncovers an age-old mystery. In doing so, he embarks on a dangerous journey into space and mind where only evil has ventured before. With the help of his two androids, Gem and Jim, Coombs answers his own doubts about how to defeat the creature in four startling confrontations. In this science fiction adventure, a detective discovers the true meaning of friendships and sacrifice, tragedies and triumph, and bonds and betrayal-as the future of mankind awaits its destiny.
3) "Before the Devil Breaks You" by Libba Bray (Book three of The Diviners series)
New York City.
Lights are bright.
Jazz is king.
Parties are wild.
And the dead are coming...
After battling a supernatural sleeping sickness that early claimed two of their own, the Diviners have had enough of lies. They're more determined than ever to uncover the mystery behind their extraordinary powers, even as they face off against an all-new terror. Out on Ward's Island, far from the city's bustle, sits a mental hospital haunted by the lost souls of people long forgotten--ghosts who have unusual and dangerous ties to the man in the stovepipe hat, also known as the King of Crows.
With terrible accounts of murder and possession flooding in from all over, and New York City on the verge of panic, the Diviners must band together and brave the sinister ghosts invading the asylum, a fight that will bring them fact-to-face with the King of Crows. But as the explosive secrets of the past come to light, loyalties and friendships will be tested, love will hang in the balance, and the Diviners will question all that they've ever known. All the while, malevolent forces gather from every corner in a battle for the very soul of a nation--a fight that could claim the Diviners themselves.
4) "The Skull Throne" by Peter V. Brett (Book four of the Demon Cycle series)
The Skull Throne of Krasia stands empty. Built from the skulls of fallen generals and demon princes, it is a seat of honor and ancient, powerful magic, keeping the demon corelings at bay. From atop the throne, Ahmann Jardir was meant to conquer the known world, forging its isolated peoples into a unified army to rise up and end the demon war once and for all. But Arlen Bales, the Warded Man, stood against this course, challenging Jardir to a duel he could not in honor refuse. Rather than risk defeat, Arlen cast them both from a precipice, leaving the world without a savior, and opening a struggle for succession that threatens to tear the Free Cities of Thesa apart. In the south, Inevera, Jardir’s first wife, must find a way to keep their sons from killing one another and plunging their people into civil war as they strive for glory enough to make a claim on the throne. In the north, Leesha Paper and Rojer Inn struggle to forge an alliance between the duchies of Angiers and Miln against the Krasians before it is too late. Caught in the crossfire is the duchy of Lakton—rich and unprotected, ripe for conquest. All the while, the corelings have been growing stronger, and without Arlen and Jardir there may be none strong enough to stop them. Only Renna Bales may know more about the fate of the missing men, but she, too, has disappeared. . . .
5) "Indigo" by D.L. Young (Dark Republic Book Two)
For over twenty years, Indigo Cruz has worked the markets of the Texas wastelands, hustling wares, cutting deals, and earning a hard-won reputation as a tough, shrewd trader. In a dangerous, brutal world, she's managed to carve out a comfortable, safe existence... ...until the day the Fundamentalist Church of Divine Wrath shows up on her turf, throwing her world into chaos. Forced by the violent cult's leader to serve as a guide for a mysterious mission, Indigo finds herself trapped between factions warring for control of the Republic. But when she crosses paths with the runaway mind-reader Soledad Paz, will their chance meeting be the key to Indigo's survival or the final nail in her coffin?
6) "Entwined" by Heather Dixon
Just when Azalea should feel that everything is before her—beautiful gowns, dashing suitors, balls filled with dancing—it's taken away. All of it. And Azalea is trapped. The Keeper understands. He's trapped, too, held for centuries within the walls of the palace. So he extends an invitation.
Every night, Azalea and her eleven sisters may step through the enchanted passage in their room to dance in his silver forest, but there is a cost. The Keeper likes to keep things. Azalea may not realize how tangled she is in his web until it is too late.