Vacation TBR Pile: Newfoundland 2019

Let me start this by saying I am being way too ambitious.

After Germany, Italy, and Disneyworld already this summer, I’m off on one last summer trip to Newfoundland (the feature pic is a view from the town I’m staying!) to visit my family. My great grandmother turns 98 this month so the whole crazy family is getting together again for a multi-day birthday party. My mom, sister, grandma, and I visit every other year or so for the shenanigans and it’s generally a few fast-paced days of party prep and actual partying, followed by empty days of rest. Obviously, this means that I have packed a TON of books for the downtime between fried bologna dinners and endless gin rummy tournaments.

I’m only gone for 10 days so the 9 books I brought are most certainly overkill and there is literally no chance I will get through all of them before I get home again and have to start that whole school prep madness I don’t want to think about yet. But I’ve never listened to reason when it comes to books so here’s my too-long list of books I’m excited to read/think about reading over my trip.

Stalking Jack the Ripper and Hunting Prince Dracula by Kerri Maniscalco (SJTR #1 & #2)

I’ve been wanting to read this series for AGES so when Barnes and Noble had their James Patterson buy one-get one sale last month I had to order them, Canadian conversion costs be damned! Gothic, dark, and macabre with a centre on characters whose shining quality is their brilliance during an endlessly fascinating historical event, Stalking Jack the Ripper promises literally everything I’ve ever wanted in a mystery novel. I’m just one chapter in right now and I am already hooked.

The Heart of Betrayal by Mary E. Pearson (The Remnant Chronicles #2)

I’ve been raving about The Kiss of Deception (click here for my review!) whenever I can for a good two years now so the why I want to read it goes unspoken. I’m in the middle of this one now and though it’s more political than the suspense and romance I loved in the first and took a bit longer for me to get invested, it looks to be picking up. I’m hoping to finish it before I get home so I can jump on reviewing. And on to the third.

Spellslinger by Sebastien de Castell

Another book I started this summer but haven’t finished yet! Spellslinger follows a teen boy whose magic (like, magical powers) never showed up and the feisty gal who teaches him a new way to be magic (parlour tricks and potions so far). The setting is a medieval-cum-Wild Wild West fantasy world so automatically the book is something totally unique. Thus far I’m loving the writing and the basis of the story, so fingers crossed the rest pans out the way I’m hoping it will.

Reunited by Colleen Houck (Reawakened #3)

Reunited is the conclusion to Houck’s Egyptian Fantasy trilogy, following Lily’s attempts to thwart destruction alongside three smokin’ brother gods. I reviewed the first, Reawakened (click here to read!)–which I was pretty lukewarm on–and the second, Recreated (click here to read!)–which I rather enjoyed–but never managed to get to the finale when it came out. These had been my summer books for a while so I’m excited to (hopefully) finish this (hopefully) gem before September comes.

Destined for Doon by Carey Corp and Lorie Langdon (Doon #2)

I brought Doon to Newfoundland with me last time I came because the Scottish setting is similar in a lot of ways to the cliffy bits of the province. Scottish-Irish vibes abound so obviously I needed to be reading those vibes too! It’s a twist on the musical Brigadoon where a rift of sorts opens and allows travelers into a secret kingdom suspended in time, beefed up with best friend heroines and some witchy goodness. I loved the first and finally got around to ordering the second for this trip. Very ready for more medieval Scottish princes, gooey sweet romance, and best friendship goals.

The Vanishing Throne by Elizabeth May (The Falconer #2)

Like Doon, I read and loved The Falconer during my last trip here because of the setting and, like Destined for Doon, I finally got to ordering the second in time to do it again. The series is a fantastical steampunk treasure with a killer heroine, a strangely endearing sidekick, an undercurrent of budding passion, and some seriously kick-ass writing. The Vanishing Throne seems darker than the first, which isn’t always my cup o’ tea, but I’m hoping it’s as well done as The Falconer was.

Nevernight by Jay Kristoff

All I know about this book is that it’s about an assassin, that it’s gory, and that it’s being made into a movie. Seriously, that movie is all. over. my Instagram Explore page. Since a) the movie actually looks really cool and b) I’ve heard nothing but good things about the book, I want to give it a try while I’m away and see how it is.

The Dream Thieves by Maggie Stiefvater (The Raven Boys #2)

Need I say more? I love Stiefvater’s writing and her The Raven Boys books are an obsession in the YA book world. The whole Welsh resurrection / prophesied kiss death are so beyond creative that I truly do not understand how Stiefvater can make them feel plausible and real (but then again, this is the same author who wove The Scorpio Races into existence, so…). Anyway, it’s high time I got back into the series so we’re heading on to the next!

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