This month, I have decided to read books that have been on my TBR for a while. I put myself on a book buying ban for a while, so the only new books I’ll be getting for a while are books I preordered months ago. I want to work through my personal TBR pile and make it a little more manageable.
The three books I have chosen for February are Love & Gelato, Assassin’s Blade, and Warcross.
Love & Gelato by Jenna Evans Welch
Synopsis: “A summer in Italy turns into a road trip across Tuscany in this sweeping debut novel filled with romance, mystery, and adventure. Lina is spending the summer in Tuscany, but she isn’t in the mood for Italy’s famous sunshine and fairy-tale landscape. She’s only there because it was her mother’s dying wish that she get to know her father. But what kind of father isn’t around for sixteen years? All Lina wants to do is get back home. But then Lina is given a journal that her mom had kept when she lived in Italy. Suddenly Lina’s uncovering a magical world of secret romances, art, and hidden bakeries. A world that inspires Lina, along with the ever-so-charming Ren, to follow in her mother’s footsteps and unearth a secret that has been kept from Lina for far too long. It’s a secret that will change everything she knew about her mother, her father—and even herself. People come to Italy for love and gelato, someone tells her, but sometimes they discover much more.”–Barnes & Noble
Any book set in Italy, I am bound to read. I fell in love with the country when I spent time studying abroad there in 2013. Maybe it is nostalgia, but reading about the Italian countryside sounds like a perfect escape to me. Especially in these cold winter months! I have heard nothing but good things about this book, I’m excited to read it this month.
Assassin’s Blade by Sarah J Maas
Synopsis: “Celaena Sardothien is her kingdom’s most feared assassin. Though she works for the powerful and ruthless Assassin’s Guild, Celaena yields to no one and trusts only her fellow killer for hire, Sam. When Celaena’s scheming master, Arobynn Hamel, dispatches her on missions that take her from remote islands to hostile deserts, she finds herself acting independently of his wishes-and questioning her own allegiance. Along the way, she makes friends and enemies alike, and discovers that she feels far more for Sam than just friendship. But by defying Arobynn’s orders, Celaena risks unimaginable punishment, and with Sam by her side, he is in danger, too. They will have to risk it all if they hope to escape Arobynn’s clutches-and if they fail, they’ll lose not just a chance at freedom, but their lives . . .A prequel to Throne of Glass, this collection of five novellas offers readers a deeper look into the history of this cunning assassin and her enthralling-and deadly-world.”–Bloomsbury Publishing
The Throne of Glass series has left me with a giant book hangover. I finally finished Empire of Storms and I cannot wait to see where the final book in this series goes. I look forward to learning more about who Celaena is and her background that has been alluded to time and time again.
Warcross by Marie Lu
Synopsis: “For the millions who log in every day, Warcross isn’t just a game—it’s a way of life. The obsession started ten years ago and its fan base now spans the globe, some eager to escape from reality and others hoping to make a profit. Struggling to make ends meet, teenage hacker Emika Chen works as a bounty hunter, tracking down Warcross players who bet on the game illegally. But the bounty-hunting world is a competitive one, and survival has not been easy. To make some quick cash, Emika takes a risk and hacks into the opening game of the international Warcross Championships—only to accidentally glitch herself into the action and become an overnight sensation. Convinced she’s going to be arrested, Emika is shocked when instead she gets a call from the game’s creator, the elusive young billionaire Hideo Tanaka, with an irresistible offer. He needs a spy on the inside of this year’s tournament in order to uncover a security problem . . . and he wants Emika for the job. With no time to lose, Emika’s whisked off to Tokyo and thrust into a world of fame and fortune that she’s only dreamed of. But soon her investigation uncovers a sinister plot, with major consequences for the entire Warcross empire. In this sci-fi thriller, #1 New York Times bestselling author Marie Lu conjures an immersive, exhilarating world where choosing who to trust may be the biggest gamble of all.”–Penguin Random House
Truth be told, I don’t know much about this book. I have seen it all over the Internet, though. But I have recently grown to love sci-fi novels and the premise of the novel seems interesting to me. I was introduced to Marie Lu’s writing style when I read Batman: Nightwalker last month, and it seems on par with other author’s I enjoy reading. I’m not sure whether to go into this book with high hopes, because I’m afraid of being disappointed.
What are you reading this month?