DECEMBER 2017 – Ist Week – TBR

November wasn’t a very bookish month since I didn’t read many books but I’m adamant on changing it this month, especially since it’s the last month of the year and I don’t want to start a new year with any guilt…or failed reading challenges, oops! Anyway, I’m aiming to read at least ten books in this first week of the holiday month and will be sharing my initial impressions of a few of these in this blog post.

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Science Fiction 

WHAT IF THE EARTH YOU KNEW WAS JUST THE BEGINNING? 

A New York banker is descending into madness. 
A being from an advanced civilization is racing to stay alive. 
A dead man must unlock the secrets of an unknown dimension to save his loved ones. 

From the visions of Socrates in ancient Athens, to the birth of free will aboard a spaceship headed to Earth, The Unity Game tells a story of hope and redemption in a universe more ingenious and surprising than you ever thought possible. 

Metaphysical thriller and interstellar mystery, this is a ‘complex, ambitious and thought-provoking novel’ from an exciting and original new voice in fiction.

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I love a good Sci-Fi and this one quite appealed to me which is why this is the first book I picked up from this week’s lot. I’ve started reading this and reached about half-way through it. Though the start wasn’t pulling me in much, the middle is getting better and I hope it ends according to the expectations I’ve set up. Let’s see how that goes! The blurb didn’t invoke much curiosity for me. It seems almost flat and isn’t giving away much; in fact, the blurb-ends that are meant for ‘praising’ the book are a pet peeve of mine so this might just be personal but that last line goes like this books is the definition of perfect when that isn’t the case, now that I’ve started reading it.


 

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Contemporary M/M Romance

Ben has Christmas, cats, and mistletoe on his side…. Jason doesn’t stand a chance 

For Ben Slater, moving back to Bristol means being closer to his family, living with his best mate, and volunteering at the local animal shelter. But there’s also Jason, his best mate’s eldest brother. Ben’s had a crush on Jason for as long as he can remember, but the eleven-year age gap has always seemed insurmountable. 

Jason Armitage works as a vet at his uncle’s practice. He owns a cute cottage on the outskirts of the city, and a loving dog. The one thing missing is someone to share it all with. His brother’s best friend seems a bad choice, but Jason can’t help taking a second look. Ben’s changed a lot since Jason last saw him; both in appearance and attitude. Gone is the shy young boy, replaced with a confident, twenty-four-year-old man. 

In the run up to Christmas, the festive period gives Ben the ideal opportunity to show Jason what he has to offer. But concerns for his brother’s feelings hold Jason back. If they have any chance of making this work, Ben must convince Jason that he’s old enough to know what he wants, and Jason needs to believe that a relationship with his brother’s best friend won’t ruin their friendship.

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It’s been a long time since I’ve read a story with LGBTQ+ characters and when this came up for reviewing as a part of a blog tour, I knew I had to pick it up. I mean, look at that cover! From the blurb, I think the story is going to be a bit predictable with the whole crush on best-friend’s brother scenario, but I’m in for some light Christmas-ish reading and hope the romance doesn’t get too cheesy.


 

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Holiday M/M Romance 

Fresh off a break-up, Remy is in no mood to share a room with his brother’s best friend during a holiday stay at home. Jason Hendricks has always treated him like a little brother to tease and taunt, all the more embarrassing because Remy has secretly crushed on the jerk since puberty. But when Jason confides he’s bisexual, Remy realizes the crush he loves to hate could be the perfect rebound.

Jason has always found Remy appealing. He didn’t handle his attraction well when he was younger, but now Remy’s a grown man and Jason’s no longer afraid of his feelings. Some playful flirtation sounds like a great way to spend Thanksgiving break, but he’s not prepared for Remy’s newfound sex appeal or his decision to make Jason his rebound fling. Jason doesn’t want to risk fallout with a family that’s always been there for him, but he’s not sure he can resist.

When the two part ways, they don’t plan to stay in touch, but soon they’re texting, trading sexy pictures and helping each other cope with family drama. Remy agrees to be his for the holiday, continuing their secret fling over Christmas, but Jason knows that won’t be enough. He’ll have to find the courage to be open and honest with his best friend — and the whole Wells family — if he wants a chance at love in the new year.

I received an ARC of this book around two weeks ago but haven’t come about to read it. I think I got a bit influenced by the reviews that went up before I could start reading this, and some of them are among my trusted reviewer lists so am bound to consider them. Also, the cover isn’t drawing me in so that also might have worked toward this delay. Anyway, another best-friend centered holiday book and another gay romance, so I’m kind of looking forward to this. Just, again, I hope the romance doesn’t get too cheesy.


 

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YA Fantasy

Fifteen years have passed since a Fire Scale scorched Cayda’s village.  Fifteen years of beatings, of bare kitchen cupboards and sloppy swordplay.  Fifteen years of biting her lip for her father’s cane while her younger sisters did the same for the grimy patrons of the village brothels. Fifteen years of staring steadfastly after beauty in an increasingly ugly world.

Now, with hair shorn and breast bound, Cayda marches into the Summer Alps as Cody, a hopeful Champion seeking a dragon-slayer’s reward, with the full weight of her family’s survival on her shoulders.

But the road between poverty and prosperity is rife with beasts, betrayals, and baser temptations. Sensible Cayda soon discovers that she is not the only Champion with her eye on the prize, or the only one wearing a disguise.
With monsters, gods, and royalty hot on her heels, Cayda must ask herself if victory is worth sacrificing her identity for – or her life.

A Wild and Unremarkable Thing pits girl against dragon in a stunning blend of Greek mythology and medieval lore. Readers will not quickly forget the diverse cast or the thrilling, sexy ride!

This is also an ARC kept in my TBR for a long time but I have finally decided to read this. There wasn’t any particular reason to not have picked this up earlier; in fact, I love the blurb and the cover. Maybe this one just slipped off my mind but now it’s back under radar so let’s do this! One thing I’m particularly interested in is the mention of diversity in the book blurb and Greek Mythology often gets me intrigued. Basically, I’m keeping my hopes high for this YA fantasy and wish I don’t get disappointed.


 

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Dystopian Science Fiction

Surrounded by people, Michael is alone.

Along with the rest of a North Georgia town that survived a deadly worldwide plague, Michael’s forced to wear a steel ring around his waist wherever he goes. He’s seen cohabitation banned. Marriages dissolved. Families torn apart.

But he’s a good soldier, supporting the leader’s draconian policies — until he learns an explosive secret about her that threatens to destroy the delicate balance they’ve achieved between safety and order.

Now, Michael must enlist help to confront the awful truth about the town of Alessandra, and the fate of what may be the last human colony on Earth.

That first line of blurb is what caught my attention. Dystopian Sci-Fi is one of my favorites and I love the feel of travelling into a better/worse world of future through the words. I’m assuming this would be the usual dystopian story line where the protagonist doesn’t agree with the measures that are taken to ensure an order in the world but the leader’s stand on their ideals. But maybe the characters and writing would be a blast, let’s see!


What about you? Have you set up your TBR list for this month or week? Have you read any of these books? Which one would you recommend the most or which one the least? 

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