To Be Read: January 2022

Welcome to 2022. Now I know that isn’t very exciting considering how the last few years have panned out, but do you know what? I’m very excited to get a start on my 2022 reading year. 

For the last few months, I’ve really struggled with reading and having any type of motivation to pick up a book. However, I feel like that started to change near the end of December and I finally read a physical book for the first time in forever. 

Already I have four ARC reviews planned for this year and that number will absolutely only grow. Now I am taking on fewer ARCs (unless I have time for them) so I’m really determined to get through the books I already own. Wish me luck! 

Extasia by Claire Legrand 

This will be my first arc of the year and although I won’t be posting a review of it until February, I want to get a good head start on reviews this year. 

Extasia was kindly sent to me by Sabrina at HarperCollins so a massive thank you to her as always for the books she sends me. 

I don’t feel like I’ve read a book that is within my type of genre for a while. If that makes sense? Fantasy will always be my favourite genre and after basically reading only romance for the last few months I am so ready for a change. 

Goodreads synopsis: Her name is unimportant.

All you must know is that today she will become one of the four saints of Haven. The elders will mark her and place the red hood on her head. With her sisters, she will stand against the evil power that lives beneath the black mountain–an evil which has already killed nine of her village’s men.

She will tell no one of the white-eyed beasts that follow her. Or the faceless gray women tall as houses. Or the girls she saw kissing in the elm grove.

Today she will be a saint of Haven. She will rid her family of her mother’s shame at last and save her people from destruction. She is not afraid. Are you?

Serpent & Dove (Serpent & Dove #1) by Shelby Mahurin

Ok so the inclusion of this is a little cheaty because I’ve already started it, but I don’t think that really matters. 

I put this book off for so long that after getting very exhausted with festive romances in December I decided to bite the bullet and finally start it. I’m only a few chapters in, but I’m really enjoying it so far.

I’ve only really ever heard great things about this series so I’m super excited to get stuck in. 

Goodreads synopsis: For her sixteenth birthday, Louise le Blanc’s mother gave her three things: a sacrificial altar, a ritual knife, and a wicked scar.

Lou’s death would have ended the ancient war between the Church and witches, but Lou refuses to become a martyr. Forsaking her coven, she escapes to the gloomy city of Cesarine and hides her magic as a thief in the criminal underworld. But life in Cesarine has its own dangers. Huntsmen roam the city revered as holy men. Witches burn without trial. And the Archbishop, the Church’s austere patriarch, revels in violence.

As a huntsman, Reid Diggory lives by one verse: thou shalt not suffer a witch to live.

He’s devoted his entire life to eradicating the occult and making his surrogate father, the Archbishop, proud. Finally given the chance to capture a witch of his own, Reid is devastated when a foul-mouthed thief thwarts him—and doubly devastated when she too disappears. Hell-bent on bringing her to justice, Reid vows she won’t escape again. But when Lou tricks him into public scandal trying to avoid capture, the two are forced into an impossible situation—marriage.

Marriage to a huntsman could provide real protection from the witches—if Lou can convince Reid she isn’t one herself. The secret proves difficult to keep as Lou begins practicing magic in secret within the heart of the Church, determined to prepare for her mother’s inevitable return. As time passes, however, Lou discovers yet another danger lurking: her own growing feelings for her husband. But Reid is still dangerous. He’s just as likely to tie her to the stake as defend her if he learns her true identity. With enemies closing in—and more than her own life at stake—Lou must decide who she can trust before it’s too late…and she’s not the only one with a secret.

What will you be reading in January?

Like this post? Why not read this one too: To Be Read: What I’m Going To Read Over Christmas

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