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July TBR

So as I had a pretty piss poor month last month on the reading front once again i’m choosing not to be ambitious. It is my little boy’s fourth birthday this week and as well as his birthday we have his party on Saturday. I’ll also be attending Manchester Comic Con at the end of the month even if the special guest list isn’t appealing to me although the husband is looking forward to meeting Christopher Judge

Let me just go off on a tangent for a second. I’m not into spacey things, however, I know for a FACT that this man is from Stargate. Yet someone has just tagged it with Star Trek. It is 6am while i’m writing it and in my sleep deprived state i’m probably more shocked than is reasonable.


Anyway, what have I decided to read this month? My first choice is

Caraval (Caraval, #1)I started this a couple of days ago but as I had a busy couple of days so I’m only a couple of chapters in but the way the colours have been described is quite captivating. I am looking forward to reading this.

Remember, it’s only a game…

Scarlett Dragna has never left the tiny island where she and her sister, Tella, live with their powerful, and cruel, father. Now Scarlett’s father has arranged a marriage for her, and Scarlett thinks her dreams of seeing Caraval—the faraway, once-a-year performance where the audience participates in the show—are over.

But this year, Scarlett’s long-dreamt-of invitation finally arrives. With the help of a mysterious sailor, Tella whisks Scarlett away to the show. Only, as soon as they arrive, Tella is kidnapped by Caraval’s mastermind organizer, Legend. It turns out that this season’s Caraval revolves around Tella, and whoever finds her first is the winner.

Scarlett has been told that everything that happens during Caraval is only an elaborate performance. Nevertheless, she becomes enmeshed in a game of love, heartbreak, and magic. And whether Caraval is real or not, Scarlett must find Tella before the five nights of the game are over or a dangerous domino effect of consequences will be set off, and her beloved sister will disappear forever.

Welcome, welcome to Caraval…beware of getting swept too far away.

You can’t tell me this isn’t something that wouldn’t captivate me. Now I’ve not made the same mistake again and read things about the book I’ve just seen it floating around the blogosphere and I thought well why not.


I’ve also decided to also take a bash at its sequelLegendary (Caraval, #2)

A heart to protect. A debt to repay. A game to win.

After being swept up in the magical world of Caraval, Donatella Dragna has finally escaped her father and saved her sister Scarlett from a disastrous arranged marriage. The girls should be celebrating, but Tella isn’t yet free. She made a desperate bargain with a mysterious criminal, and what Tella owes him no one has ever been able to deliver: Caraval Master Legend’s true name.

The only chance of uncovering Legend’s identity is to win Caraval, so Tella throws herself into the legendary competition once more—and into the path of the murderous heir to the throne, a doomed love story, and a web of secrets…including her sister’s. Caraval has always demanded bravery, cunning, and sacrifice. But now the game is asking for more. If Tella can’t fulfill her bargain and deliver Legend’s name, she’ll lose everything she cares about—maybe even her life. But if she wins, Legend and Caraval will be destroyed forever.

Welcome, welcome to Caraval…the games have only just begun.


Now I know I’m likely to be an idiot again by adding the sequel to my TBR list without reading the first and I’ve been bitten before but I’m willing to give it a shot.

I’ve also decided that I’m going to be reading

The Cruel Prince (The Folk of the Air, #1)

Of course I want to be like them. They’re beautiful as blades forged in some divine fire. They will live forever.

And Cardan is even more beautiful than the rest. I hate him more than all the others. I hate him so much that sometimes when I look at him, I can hardly breathe.
Jude was seven when her parents were murdered and she and her two sisters were stolen away to live in the treacherous High Court of Faerie. Ten years later, Jude wants nothing more than to belong there, despite her mortality. But many of the fey despise humans. Especially Prince Cardan, the youngest and wickedest son of the High King.

To win a place at the Court, she must defy him–and face the consequences.

As Jude becomes more deeply embroiled in palace intrigues and deceptions, she discovers her own capacity for trickery and bloodshed. But as betrayal threatens to drown the Courts of Faerie in violence, Jude will need to risk her life in a dangerous alliance to save her sisters, and Faerie itself.

This is one of the books that came recommended to me on Goodreads and I found myself intrigued so with that I did what I do best when my local bookshop doesn’t have it in stock I order it online 🙂. It’s been sat on my shelf for a couple of months and I think it’s time I get around to it.


The final book that I’m adding for this month is:

Shadow and Bone (Grisha Verse, #1)

Surrounded by enemies, the once-great nation of Ravka has been torn in two by the Shadow Fold, a swath of near impenetrable darkness crawling with monsters who feast on human flesh. Now its fate may rest on the shoulders of one lonely refugee.

Alina Starkov has never been good at anything. But when her regiment is attacked on the Fold and her best friend is brutally injured, Alina reveals a dormant power that saves his life—a power that could be the key to setting her war-ravaged country free. Wrenched from everything she knows, Alina is whisked away to the royal court to be trained as a member of the Grisha, the magical elite led by the mysterious Darkling.

Yet nothing in this lavish world is what it seems. With darkness looming and an entire kingdom depending on her untamed power, Alina will have to confront the secrets of the Grisha . . . and the secrets of her heart.

I have received this as an ARC and my friend has already read it and has recommended this. This is the same friend who recommended The Lunar Chronicles and ACOTAR. So since I received an ARC for it this week I couldn’t really pass it up


I am also hoping that I can get the final book in the Seven Years Gone series and that Amazon has corrected the fault but I’m just not sure if I want to try and then go through the hassle of telling them it’s wrong again as I got passed around departments for a book that cost ÂŁ2.14.

What books do you have on your TBR list for July? Let me know in the comments as I’m always looking for recommendations

2 thoughts on “July TBR

    1. Thank you very much. I’m hoping to have some more reviews up soon, certainly more than last month. I hope you also have a goo reading month too

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