Top Ten Tuesday was created by The Broke and the Bookish in 2010 and was moved to That Artsy Reader Girl in 2018. It was born of a love of lists, a love of books, and a desire to bring bookish friends together. This week the theme is about my recent additions to my bookshelf.

I haven´t bought many books over the past few months or weeks. Don´t ask me why. But unlike some other book bloggers, I didn´t set myself under a no-book-buying-order. It just happened. But nonetheless, I received some new books. Most of them are from publishers, some I won in giveaways and the one or the other I bought myself. The following list shows the books in the order they arrived at my place with the first one, Darkdawn, being my latest addition.

Darkdawn by Jay Kristoff

The greatest games in grave´s history have ended with the most audacious murders in the history of the Itreyan Republic. Mia Cordeve, gladiatii, escaped slave and infamous assassin, is on the run. Pursued by Blades of the Red Church and soldier of the Luminatii legion, she may never escape the City of Bridges and Bones alive. Her mentor Mercurio is now in the clutches of her enemies. Her own family wishes her dead. And her nemesis, Consul Julius Scaeva, stands but a breath from total dominance over the Republic. But beneath the city, a dark secret awaits. Together with her lover Ashlinn, brother Jonnen and a mysterious benefactor returned from beyond the veil of death, she must undertake a perilous journey across the Republic, seeking the final answer to the riddle of her life. Truedark approaches. Night is falling on the Republish for perhaps the final time. Can Mia survive in a world where even daylight must die?

The young seer Vasiliki escaped the shamanic tradition of her aunt in 1812 in order to live a Christian life. But instead of getting married as promised, she ends up in the harem of the cruel Ali Paschá, who uses dark forces to drive Christians and Muslims into hatred, war and death. The further Vasiliki penetrates into the past and the labyrinth of secrets of the ruler, the more clearly she recognizes the involvement of her own clan in a danger that affects both Christians and Muslims: it is about the power of the jinn, whom God gave a chance, if they prove the moral reprehensibility of man. Using her life, Vasiliki must learn that every religion has a dark side, against whose power only mercy helps ... (personal translation by ©Vi at Inkvotary).

Never Let Me Fall by Abbie Roads

Thomas Brown can´t see color. But he can see people´s true souls. His abilities allow him to work with criminal investigators and deliver justice to families of the wronged. And he is starting to accept that his life will forever be in black and white … Then he encounters Helena Grayse, and everything changes. She brings vibrant color to his world, and he brings acceptance and belief to hers. But Helena´s past is quickly catching up with her, and Thomas is in the crosshairs. As an enemy hidden in plain sight threatens their every move, they´ll have to rely on their love to beat the darkness. (personal translation by ©Vi at Inkvotary).

For a woman being killed by someone who claims to love her is the most ordinary murder of all. With its antebellum houses and ancient oak trees draped in a veil of Spanish moss, Savannah´s graceful downtown is famous around the world. When a woman is killed in the heart of that affluent district, the shock is felt throughout the city. But for crime reporter Harper McClain, this story is personal. The corpse has a familiar face. Only twenty-four-years old, Naomi Scott was just getting started. A law student, tending bar to make ends meet, she wanted to change the world. Instead, her life ended in the dead of night at the hands of an unseen gunman. There are no witnesses to the crime. The police have three suspects: Scott´s boyfriend, who has a criminal past he claims he´s put behind him, her boss, who stalked another young bartender two years ago, and the district attorney´s son, who Naomi dated until their relationship ended in acrimony. All three men claim to love her. Could one of them be her killer?
With the whole city demanding answers, Harper unravels a tangled story of obsession and jealousy. But the pressures on her go beyond murder. The newspaper is facing more layoffs. Her boss fears both their jobs are on the line. And Harper begins to realize that someone is watching her every move. Some familiar and very dangerous.
Someone who told her to run before it´s too late …

The first battle is already over, but the big fight for good and evil is yet to come: The young Fallon leads their army to Washington D.C., to drive the black magic out of the world. She is the chosen one to rebuild the world after the apocalypse and unite her inhabitants. There is a great burden on the young woman, because the family of her father´s murderer seeks revenge on her and her sweetheart. But Fallon´s mission is now easier than the interpretation of her feelings for Duncan, whose fate is inevitably tied to hers.

After being pronounced Queen of Faerie and then abruptly exiled by the Wicked King Cardan, Jude finds herself unmoored, the queen of nothing. She spends her time with Vivi and Oak, watches her fair share of reality-television, and does the odd job or two, including trying to convince a cannibalistic faerie from hunter her own in the mortal world. When her twin sister Taryn shows up asking for a favor, Jude jumps at the chance to return to the Faerie world, even if it means facing Cardan, who she loves despite his betrayal. When a dark curse is unveiled, Jude must become the first mortal Queen of Faerie and uncover how to break the curse, or risk upsetting the balance of the whole Faerie world.

Victor Vale and Eli Ever want to die. Not to stay dead, but to resurrect with extraordinary abilities. As young, brilliant medical students, they know exactly what they are doing. They plan the experiment meticulously and have success: Both come transformed back into life. Eli develops and amazing regenerative power and becomes virtually immortal, Victor can inflict or take pain to others. What they are not in control of is the tragedy triggered by their experiment. Because super powers alone do not make heroes …

It´s 2002, a year after 9/11. It´s an extremely turbulent time politically, but especially so for someone like Shirin, a sixteen-year-old Muslim girl who´s tired of being stereotyped. Shirin is never surprised by how horrible people can be. She´s tired of the rude stares, the degrading comments – even the physical violence – she endures as a result of her race, her religion, and the hijab she wears every day. So she´s built up protective walls and refuses to let anyone close enough to hurt her. Instead, she drowns her frustrations in music and spends her afternoons break-dancing with her brother. But then she meets Ocean James. He´s the first person in forever who really seems to want to get to know Shirin. It terrifies her – they seem to come from two irreconcilable worlds – and Shirin has had her guard up for so long that she´s not sure she´ll ever be able to let it down.

In the dome of the Berlin Cathedral hangs a cruelly torn dead with black wings. It is the prominent Cathedral Priest Dr. Brigitte Riss. She wears a key around her neck. In the handle, the number 17 is carved. Tom Babylon of the LKA wants this case at any price. Because with this key disappeared many years ago his little sister Viola. But Tom gets an unpleasant partner for the investigation. The psychologist Sita Johanns soon wonders who has more to hide in this case: Tom or the murderer, who drives them both mercilessly before him. (personal translation by ©Vi at Inkvotary).

At the opening event of the Berlinale, a snuff film will be shown to everyone´s horror. The victim: the daughter of the mayor Otto Keller. Tom Babylon from the LKA and the psychologist Sita Johanns investigate under pressure. But a group of celebrities around Keller walls. What does the mayor have to hide? And who is the witness who looks like Tom Babylon´s since years missing sister? The events turn over when another murder happens. Sita Johanns suddenly finds that there is a connection between her and the victims: a terrible event in her youth – and the number nineteen. (personal translation by ©Vi at Inkvotary).

Happy reading



  1. Hi Lydia, I hope that too *smile* Thanks for stopping by.

  2. I hope you love Darkdawn! *stifles fangirl squeal* It was a great way to end the series. I mean, I wasn't 100% thrilled with everything in it, but it was still such a fabulous book. I absolutely LOVED Vicious, too, and hope you enjoy it! I need to get my hands on Queen of Nothing soon, too.

    Here's my TTT post.

    1. Darkdawn and The Queen of Nothing are on my desk and stare right into my face *lol* Hopefully I will be able to read them soon. At least Darkdawn - that has a deadline on it...

  3. This list is a reminder of all the series I still need to read . . . Haha. A Beautiful Corpse is one I am really looking forward to reading at some point (and all the series books). I hope you enjoy all of these!

    1. There are just too many series´s and books out there *lol* Thank you for stopping by.


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