TBR Tuesday: My YALC Reading List

It’s mid-July, and what does that mean? It’s now officially less than two weeks until the annual bookfoolery of the Young Adult Literature Convention, henceforth know simply as YALC. 

Now, last summer was my first time ever visiting YALC, and I didn’t really know what to expect, and basically missed every important thing that happened because I couldn’t stop looking at the books. This year I’d like to be more prepared.

So, in an attempt to get myself ready I’ve made a small list of books that have leapt to the top of my TBR in time for the event.


“Sorcerer to the Crown” by Zen Cho

“In Regency London, Zacharias Wythe is England’s first African Sorcerer Royal. He leads the eminent Royal Society of Unnatural Philosophers, but a malicious faction seeks to remove him by fair means or foul. Meanwhile, the Society is failing its vital duty – to keep stable the levels of magic within His Majesty’s lands. The Fairy Court is blocking its supply, straining England’s dangerously declining magical stores. And now the government is demanding to use this scarce resource in its war with France.

Ambitious orphan Prunella Gentleman is desperate to escape the school where she’s drudged all her life, and a visit by the beleaguered Sorcerer Royal seems the perfect opportunity. For Prunella has just stumbled upon English magic’s greatest discovery in centuries – and she intends to make the most of it.

At his wits’ end, the last thing Zachariah needs is a female magical prodigy! But together, they might just change the nature of sorcery, in Britain and beyond.”


I’ve heard great things about this book, the first novel in a trilogy. I’m a big fan of ‘The Oversight’ and ‘Jonathan Strange and Mr Norrell’ and I’m getting similar vibes from this. Also, that cover is gorgeous, which definitely helps.



‘The Bone Season’ by Samantha Shannon 

A dreamer who can start a revolution

For the past two hundred years the Scion government has led an oppressive campaign against unnaturalness in London.

Clairvoyance in all its forms has been decreed a criminal offence, and those who practise it viciously punished. Forced underground, a clairvoyant underworld has developed, combating persecution and evading capture.

Paige Mahoney, a powerful dreamwalker operating in the Seven Dials district of London, leads a double life, using her unnaturalness illegally while hiding her gift from her father, who works for the Scion regime…”


I’ll admit, the first time I read this book I wasn’t exactly its biggest fan. But, a) it’s been three years and b) since then I’ve started reading a lot more YA again, so now is probably the time for a reread. Especially, since I have copies of book two and three.

I can’t actually remember what it is that I disliked from that first read either…


“The Call’ by Peadar O’Guilin 51npgx4offl

“3 minutes and 4 seconds.

The length of time every teenager is ‘Called’, from the moment they vanish to the moment they reappear.

9 out of 10 children return dead. 

Even the survivors are changed.

The nation must survive.

Nessa, Megan and Anto are at a training school – to give them some chance to fight back. Their enemy is brutal and unforgiving. But Nessa is determined to come back alive. Determined to prove that her polio-twisted legs won’t get her killed.

But her enemies don’t just live in the Grey Land. There are people closer to home who will go to any length to see her, and the nation, fail…”

It should be pretty obvious from the books I read that I LOVE faerie stories, the darker the better, and, honestly, this book sounds exactly like something that I want to read!


“Strange the Dreamer” by Laini Taylor 


“The dream chooses the dreamer, not the other way around – and Lazlo Strange, war orphan and junior librarian, has always feared that his dream chose poorly. Since he was five years old he’s been obsessed with the mythic lost city of Weep, but it would take someone bolder than he to cross half the world in search of it. Then a stunning opportunity presents itself, in the person of a hero called the Godslayer and a band of legendary warriors, and he has to seize his chance to lose his dream forever.

What happened in Weep two hundred years ago to cut it off from the rest of the world? What exactly did the Godslayer slay that went by the name of god? And what is the mysterious problem he now seeks help in solving?


The answers await in Weep, but so do more mysteries – including the blue-skinned goddess who appears in Lazlo’s dreams. How did he dream her before he knew she existed? And if all the gods are dead, why does she seem so real?”

Yes, I know, how have I not read this already? I’ve had a copy pretty much since release day but it’s so enormous in physical size that I haven’t actually got around to carrying it around with me. I will make a concerted effort to finish this in time, though I’m not feeling particularly optimistic about braving the signing queue!


One author who I am entirely up to date for is the wonderful, incredible V E Schwab. I met her twice last year, once at YALC and once at a Waterstones event and she is honestly one of the loveliest people. Hopefully, I’ll be able to get my copies of ‘Our Dark Duet’ and ‘A Conjuring of Light’ signed this year!


Are any of you lot planning to go to YALC this year? If so, who are you most excited to see?



‘TBR’ Tuesday

I have been working my way through a couple of very large books recently, and I have to say, there is nothing more satisfying to me than a book so large that it makes the table vibrate when it’s dropped onto it! I have my eye on a beautiful stack of books for the next couple of weeks, so, without further ado, here’s a little peek at my ‘to be read’ pile.

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‘Lord of Shadows’ (Cassandra Clare)

Happy Book Birthday to Cassandra Clare’s newest addition to the Shadowhunter universe. ‘Lady Midnight’ was the book that renewed my love for this world, after a couple of years of being out of the loop. I adore Mark Blackthorn and I can’t wait to see where this book leads my child and whether he will be reunited with Kieran (though I wouldn’t say no to him being reunited with Kieran and Cristina…)

I picked up my copy today at my local bookshop and this is a book of truly epic proportions, I could feel my satchel sawing into the side of my neck with the weight!

shattered-fc-vShattered Minds (Laura Lam)

The latest offering in Laura Lam’s awesome Pacifica series, I received an ARC the other day and can’t wait to dig in. The first book in this world ‘False Hearts’ was one of my favourite books of last year, introducing the drug ‘Zeal’, a substance which allows people to control their dreams, with highly addictive consequences.

‘Shattered Minds’ follows this tradition, with protagonist Carina using this dreamscape to quell her urge to kill. It looks dark and gritty, and look at that gorgeous cover! Definitely my next read on my Kindle, I feel.

godblindGodblind (Anna Stephens)

Ok, so this is not technically on my TBR as I’ve already started reading it, but, holy crap, I am enjoying this book. I don’t know why, but I stopped reading grimdark for a little bit, yeah, I have no idea why either, but I really glad I picked it up again. This book comes with all the classic warnings for grimdark (bloody violence, threat of rape, gore, metric fucktons of cursing), so if you don’t like grimdark then, well, it’s probably not for you. If you do like a bit of gore and black humour once in a while then this is one you should definitely add to your TBR. It’s out next month via Harper Voyager, and if you’re a fan of Joe Abercrombie or Mark Lawrence then it should probably just be an instabuy for you.

Screen Shot 2017-05-23 at 19.21.38 Strange the Dreamer (Laini Taylor)

Shamefully, I have to admit that I still haven’t got around to reading ‘Strange the Dreamer’, which is surprising considering it’s a book entirely about libraries, which are, obviously, one of my favourite things!

I was a big fan of the ‘Daughter of Smoke and Bone’ Trilogy and I’ve heard such good things about this book that you can be sure it is high on my tbr list! Weirdly enough I was in Foyles in London the other day and found DOSAB shelved as ‘horror’, which was…surprising.

Soon, my pretty, I shall get to you soon.

final-coverCity of Strife (Claudie Arseneault)

Magical cities, politics, elves, an awesomely diverse cast; what’s not to love? I’ve been searching for lgbt fantasy in earnest ever since I read and fell in love with ‘Ariah’ by BR Sanders last year. This one has awesome reviews, and everything that people are saying sounds like it’s adding up to something I’d adore. I keep having to tell myself to finish the book I’m reading and not just impulsively start this, oops. I shall update you all on the queer elves once I sink my teeth into this!

So, yes, I am way too exited about my tbr at the moment…it’s so awesome, there are so many cool books and there are yet more amazing books to come. I am quite literally bathing in perfect books, looking to the horizon and seeing Jay Kristoff’s ‘Godsgrave’, Cindy Pon’s ‘Want’ and V E Schwab’s ‘This Dark Duet’ all so near and yet so far.

Have you got any books that you are really looking forward to starting, and what is it about them that’s making you so excited?