Recent Additions to My Adult TBR

Recent Additions to My Adult TBR

Hi friends! 👋🏻 I have been reading a lot more adult fiction than I was before and working in a library is not helping my TBR to get any smaller since I spent most of my day coming across newer reading material while shelving.

I’m not really venturing too far out of my comfort zone since I’m still going to my usual sci-fi, fantasy, and horror fare but that doesn’t bother me too much. You’re not going to find me reading books about young women in small English villages during wartime anytime soon, don’t worry about that. (No shade to people who like those kinds of books but they’re just not for me.)

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Gallant by V.E. Schwab

Everything casts a shadow. Even the world we live in. And as with every shadow, there is a place where it must touch. A seam, where the shadow meets its source.

Olivia Prior has grown up in Merilance School for girls, and all she has of her past is her mother’s journal—which seems to unravel into madness. Then, a letter invites Olivia to come home—to Gallant. Yet when Olivia arrives, no one is expecting her. But Olivia is not about to leave the first place that feels like home, it doesn’t matter if her cousin Matthew is hostile or if she sees half-formed ghouls haunting the hallways.

Olivia knows that Gallant is hiding secrets, and she is determined to uncover them. When she crosses a ruined wall at just the right moment, Olivia finds herself in a place that is Gallant—but not. The manor is crumbling, the ghouls are solid, and a mysterious figure rules over all. Now Olivia sees what has unravelled generations of her family, and where her father may have come from.

Olivia has always wanted to belong somewhere, but will she take her place as a Prior, protecting our world against the Master of the House? Or will she take her place beside him?

V.E. Schwab is an author who has yet to let me down and I’m always down to pick up one of her books, even if I haven’t got a clue what it’s about.

I haven’t seen any reviews for this one because I’m avoiding them like the plague (and I don’t read reviews anyway), but I have heard a lot of good things so it’s safe to say that my expectations are pretty high!

Book of Night by Holly Black

In Charlie Hall’s world, shadows can be altered, for entertainment and cosmetic preferences—but also to increase power and influence. You can alter someone’s feelings—and memories—but manipulating shadows has a cost, with the potential to take hours or days from your life. Your shadow holds all the parts of you that you want to keep hidden—a second self, standing just to your left, walking behind you into lit rooms. And sometimes, it has a life of its own.

Charlie is a low-level con artist, working as a bartender while trying to distance herself from the powerful and dangerous underground world of shadow trading. She gets by doing odd jobs for her patrons and the naïve new money in her town at the edge of the Berkshires. But when a terrible figure from her past returns, Charlie’s present life is thrown into chaos, and her future seems at best, unclear—and at worst, non-existent. Determined to survive, Charlie throws herself into a maelstrom of secrets and murder, setting her against a cast of doppelgängers, mercurial billionaires, shadow thieves, and her own sister—all desperate to control the magic of the shadows.

The main character has the same name as my cat, there is my reason for wanting to read this book.

Well, that’s only half of the reason why. Holly Black isn’t an author I gravitate towards very often because I’ve only read two of her books, one that I liked and one that I didn’t finish, but knowing that this is her adult debut has sparked some interest in me, so I’m excited to see how this one turns out.

Echo by Thomas Olde Heuvelt

NATURE IS CALLING—but they shouldn’t have answered.

Travel journalist and mountaineer Nick Grevers awakes from a coma to find that his climbing buddy, Augustin, is missing and presumed dead. Nick’s own injuries are as extensive as they are horrifying. His face wrapped in bandages and unable to speak, Nick claims amnesia—but he remembers everything.

He remembers how he and Augustin were mysteriously drawn to the Maudit, a remote and scarcely documented peak in the Swiss Alps.

He remembers how the slopes of Maudit were eerily quiet, and how, when they entered its valley, they got the ominous sense that they were not alone.

He remembers: something was waiting for them…

But it isn’t just the memory of the accident that haunts Nick. Something has awakened inside of him, something that endangers the lives of everyone around him…

It’s one thing to lose your life. It’s another to lose your soul.

We get so few horror titles in my library that as soon as something comes in, I snatch it up immediately. At this point, it doesn’t even matter what the book is about, as soon as I see that ‘horror’ shelf mark (even though we don’t have a dedicated horror section), it goes onto my ticket and comes home with me.

And just to show how much of an ignorant Brit I am, I originally thought that the author of this book was Nordic, when he’s actually Dutch. D’oh.

The Last Smile in Sunder City by Luke Arnold

Welcome to Sunder City. The magic is gone but the monsters remain.

I’m Fetch Phillips, just like it says on the window. There are a few things you should know before you hire me:
1. Sobriety costs extra.
2. My services are confidential.
3. I don’t work for humans.

It’s nothing personal—I’m human myself. But after what happened, to the magic, it’s not the humans who need my help.

Adult fantasy is a genre that I don’t delve too far into because my brain has created a stigma which tells me that it’s all sexually violent Game of Thrones type epic fantasies. I know for a fact that that just isn’t true, and I want to give it a chance.

So when I saw this book on our shelves, it really interested me since it sounds like a mixture of detective fiction and fantasy. Also, it says ‘monsters’ in the blurb. I’m the monster girl so I had to.

The This by Adam Roberts

The This is the new social media platform everyone is talking about. Allow it to be injected into the roof of your mouth and it will grow into your brain, allow you to connect with others without even picking up your phone. Its followers are growing. Its detractors say it is a cult. But for one journalist, hired to do a puff-piece interview with their CEO, it will change the world forever.

Adan just wants to stay at home with his smart-companion Elegy – phone, friend, confidante, sex toy. But when his mother flees to Europe and joins a cult, leaving him penniless, he has to enlist in the army. Sentient robots are invading America, but it seems Adan has a surprising ability to survive their attacks. He has a purpose, even if he doesn’t know what it is.

And in the far future, war between a hivemind of AIs and the remnants of humanity is coming to its inevitable end. But one woman has developed a weapon which might change the course of the war. It’s just a pity she’s trapped in an inescapable prison on a hivemind ship.

I usually can’t stand sci-fi that is about how social media and technology are ‘evil’ things that should be eradicated, but this one sounds pretty interesting. Also, the idea of a social media platform that is implanted in your head sounds absolutely terrifying.

Idol by Regina Watts

Melba Daniels has been receiving telepathic messages from movie star Rex Virgil for years. Why is it only now that he’s invited her to meet him in person again? Well…she hasn’t been taking her drugs, for one, (don’t tell her parole officer that, now), which makes his messages come through loud and clear.

But avoiding her meds means she’ll be seeing a whole hell of a lot more of the Gray Man. Turns out the faceless entity is the real reason Rex has picked now to elope with his long-distance disciple: tonight is the night. The night to shake loose of its clutches. All Melba’s got to do is offer up three sacrifices, and just like that, she’s free of her torment for good.

Now she’s just gotta make damn sure that her cousin, Becky June, ain’t meant to be one of the dead.

Look at that cover! It’s so creepy and beautiful and I have to have it.

I will admit, however, that the blurb is making me a little nervous with all of its references to mental illness and it’s being marketed as “hillbilly horror that’s gone off its meds”. But, like everything, you can’t fully judge until you’ve actually read the thing.

Monstrous Heart by Claire McKenna

When Arden Beacon is sent to the lighthouse, she is simply a woman with a job to do. She neither seeks, nor expects, distraction. After years tainted by disappointment, Arden is finally taking up her family’s profession. She must prove herself worthy of her name, for she has nothing else.

But the coast she has been tasked with lighting is far from the world she knows – the salt-swept, backwater town of Vigil is battered by a sea teeming with colossal, ancient beasts. It is a place of secrets, rumours and tight-lipped expectations of a woman’s place.

More than anyone, the folk of Vigil whisper about Arden’s new neighbour, Jonah Riven, hunter of leviathans. He murdered his wife, they whisper – a perfect, golden girl, full of charm and potential. So very different to Arden Beacon.

They say he is as much a monster as his prey, but Arden cannot get this dark stranger out of her head.

It has been an eternity since a paranormal romance book has interested me, but I recently came across this one when sending it back to its home library and it sounds so different from the PNR books I’ve read in the past that I couldn’t help but add it to my list.

Plus, I live on the coast so I have a soft spot for books that take place near the sea.

The Space Between Worlds by Miciah Johnson

Multiverse travel is finally possible, but there’s just one catch: No one can visit a world where their counterpart is still alive. Enter Cara, whose parallel selves happen to be exceptionally good at dying—from disease, turf wars, or vendettas they couldn’t outrun. Cara’s life has been cut short on 372 worlds in total.

On this Earth, however, Cara has survived. Identified as an outlier and therefore a perfect candidate for multiverse travel, Cara is plucked from the dirt of the wastelands. Now she has a nice apartment on the lower levels of the wealthy and walled-off Wiley City. She works—and shamelessly flirts—with her enticing yet aloof handler, Dell, as the two women collect off-world data for the Eldridge Institute. She even occasionally leaves the city to visit her family in the wastes, though she struggles to feel at home in either place. So long as she can keep her head down and avoid trouble, Cara is on a sure path to citizenship and security.

But trouble finds Cara when one of her eight remaining doppelgängers dies under mysterious circumstances, plunging her into a new world with an old secret. What she discovers will connect her past and her future in ways she could have never imagined—and reveal her own role in a plot that endangers not just her world, but the entire multiverse.

Multiverse stories are kind of all the rage at the moment thanks to the newest Scarlet Witch Doctor Strange movie and also Everything Everywhere All at Once (which I still have yet to see) but I really want to check this one out since it sounds pretty cool.
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Have you added any adult fiction books to your TBR lately?

5 Comments

  1. May 19, 2022 / 6:04 pm

    Okay, The This sounds terrifying, but I am also very intrigued ahah. Thank you for these recommendations! I’ve been reading YA for a long, long time now and I find myself wanting to read a bit more adult reads, too, lately 🙂

    • Louise
      Author
      May 20, 2022 / 8:19 am

      It really does sound terrifying! And YA will always have a place in my heart but my tastes are going towards more mature books these days 🙂

  2. May 23, 2022 / 4:44 am

    Ohh the cover for monstrous heart is absolutely gorgeous!!
    Thank you for sharing xx

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