So, as much as it pains me to admit it, I am pretty shallow sometimes when it comes to splurge buys. I’ll grab a book solely because it has a pretty cover or because it “feels good.” Half the time I don’t even bother to search it on Goodreads until after the fact. (**Gasp!**) Here are four books I bought spur of the moment because they had gorgeous covers and are currently sitting in my TBR stack:
IN MY DEFENSE: it has mermaids! Call it a moment of weakness; I couldn’t resist it. The water is ridiculously beautiful and it has this fairytale essence about it.
Rollrock island is a lonely rock of gulls and waves, blunt fishermen and their homely wives. Life is hard for the families who must wring a poor living from the stormy seas. But Rollrock is also a place of magic – the scary, salty-real sort of magic that changes lives forever. Down on the windswept beach, where the seals lie in herds, the outcast sea witch Misskaella casts her spells – and brings forth girls from the sea – girls with long, pale limbs and faces of haunting innocence and loveliness – the most enchantingly lovely girls the fishermen of Rollrock have ever seen.
But magic always has its price. A fisherman may have and hold a sea bride, and tell himself that he is her master. But from his first look into those wide, questioning, liquid eyes, he will be just as transformed as she is. He will be equally ensnared. And in the end the witch will always have her payment.
2. The Monstrumologist by Rick Yancey
Okay, but really. Look at that cover and tell me it doesn’t make you want to pick its creepy little ass up and flip through it. Come on. Deny it, I dare you.
These are the secrets I have kept. This is the trust I never betrayed. But he is dead now and has been for more than forty years, the one who gave me his trust, the one for whom I kept these secrets. The one who saved me . . . and the one who cursed me.
So starts the diary of Will Henry, orphaned assistant to Dr. Pellinore Warthorpe, a man with a most unusual specialty: monstrumology, the study of monsters. In his time with the doctor, Will has met many a mysterious late-night visitor, and seen things he never imagined were real. But when a grave robber comes calling in the middle of the night with a gruesome find, he brings with him their most deadly case yet.
3. Cold Spell by Jackson Pearce
That mirror. Those birds. The thorns. Yes, yes, yes. That’s what Momma likey.
Kai and Ginny grew up together–best friends since they could toddle around their building’s rooftop rose garden. Now they’re seventeen, and their relationship has developed into something sweeter, complete with stolen kisses and plans to someday run away together.
But one night, Kai disappears with a mysterious stranger named Mora–a beautiful girl with a dark past and a heart of ice. Refusing to be cast aside, Ginny goes after them and is thrust into a world she never imagined, one filled with monsters and thieves and the idea that love is not enough.
If Ginny and Kai survive the journey, will she still be the girl he loved–and moreover, will she still be the girl who loved him?
And bonus round goes to: Heartwood by Freya Robertson
It just screamed “EPIC!” and it has that velvety, matte finish to it. Nergasm.
A dying tree, a desperate quest, a love story, a last stand.
Chonrad, Lord of Barle, comes to the fortified temple of Heartwood for the Congressus peace talks, which Heartwood’s holy knights have called in an attempt to stave off war in Anguis. But the Arbor, Heartwood’s holy tree, is failing, and because the land and its people are one, it is imperative the nations try to make peace.
After the Veriditas, or annual Greening Ceremony, the Congressus takes place. The talks do not go well and tempers are rising when an army of warriors emerges from the river. After a fierce battle, the Heartwood knights discover that the water warriors have stolen the Arbor’s heart. For the first time in history, its leaves begin to fall…
The knights divide into seven groups and begin an epic quest to retrieve the Arbor, and save the land.
So, there you have it. Those are some of my recent TBR Cover Buys! Again, this post comin’ at you late on a Sunday instead of a Thursday but at least I’m getting there! Hope you all have a fantastic week!