Top 10 books on my Spring 2022 TBR | Top Ten Tuesday

Top Ten Tuesday was created by The Broke and the Bookish in June of 2010 and was moved to That Artsy Reader Girl in January of 2018.

You can see the list of other folks who participated in the link-up below 🙂

Thanks to The Geekish Brunette for making me aware of this fun series!

As usual, there are too many highly anticipated releases and too little time. xD And these are in particular order…

1. A River Enchanted by Rebecca Ross – 02.15.2022

Already released! I just received my personalized copy today from Ross’ indie bookstore ❤
I’m here for EVERYTHING in the image banner below. ❤ #Scotland
(This is a New Adult debut from Ross. But I expect no gratuitous/graphic content – see the author’s Content Warnings page.)

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2. Cinderella Must Die by W. R. Gingell – 02.25.2022

Expect plenty of action, mystery, and ABSOLUTE BRILLIANCE that Gingell consistently delivers.
This is set in the same world as her Gothel and the Maiden Prince, which was simply a brilliantly retelling featuring original twists for the villain(ess) of the original Rapunzel story as the … heroine/villain…? You decide! I reviewed it last month on Goodreads.
(I expect this to be about PG-13 for content, since Gingell’s novels are always on the clean but still dreadfully fun. 😉

Cinderella is married to The Prince, and the Evil Stepsisters are banished to a pocket dimension for their punishment and rehabilitation. It’s Happily Ever After.

Or is it?

Jane and Charlie have been imprisoned for two years now, serving a sentence especially chosen by their stepsister as justice for her sufferings. It seems that they’re the only two people in the world besides Ellen who know that Ellen’s “sufferings” were a carefully manipulative campaign to win a prince and a crown; the two stepsisters merely collateral damage.

But now, trouble is brewing at the castle: death threats, torn gowns, ruined books.

Is Ellen up to her old tricks, or is someone really trying to kill her? And when even their closest friends didn’t believe them innocent the first time, can Jane and Charlie escape the blame a second time if Ellen does die?

3. The Girl Who Fell Beneath the Sea by Axie Oh – 02.22.2022

I’m expecting my copy from BD – but I plan on getting the US version as well. Honestly, this Korean legend reminds me of a Chinese one I learned when I was very young… ❤ Can’t wait to see how Oh will tell this! I still need to read my copy of her XOXO.
(I expect this to be about PG-13 for content. This is in the YA category.)

GIRL is a YA fantasy romance inspired by Korean legends and folktales, including perhaps the most famous folktale, The Tale of Shim Cheong, about a young woman who is sacrificed to the Sea God in exchange for three bags of rice.

from @axieoh Instagram
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4. Tall & Dark (Miss Dark’s Apparitions Book 1) by Suzannah Rowntree – 04.02.2022

I’m on the ARC team for this thanks to the author! ❤ Just read that blurb and tell me it’s NOT interesting, will you?

Ghosts, grifters…and a missing heir in 1890s Europe.

It’s easier to conduct a séance when the dead aren’t trying to contact you.

As Molly Dark knows all too well, the problem with being able to see ghosts is that they never tell you what you wish to know.

For instance, how a proper young lady like Miss Dark is supposed to support an impoverished family after her father has died a ruined man.

Or how she is going to impersonate a missing princess long enough to steal a fortune out from under the collective noses of a whole family of royal monsters.

Or exactly why the charming imposter claims to be none other than Grand Duke Vasily Nikolaevich, when he certainly isn’t a prince…or a vampire.

Alas, the dead normally have something far more unsettling to impart…

Return to the Bête Epoque, an 1890s Europe ruled by monsters, in Miss Dark’s Apparitions! Leverage meets The Parasol Protectorate in this whimsical historical fantasy caper. Be the first to join Miss Dark in the spooky mansions of 1890s Europe – preorder Tall & Dark today!

5. Once Upon a K-Prom by Kat Cho – 05.17.2022

I have to admit it: I’m ARM; BTS shook me since last year, so yeah. The blurb is already giving me FEELS. ❤ Can’t wait for this!
(I expect this to be about PG-13 for content. This is in the YA category.)

Order from Kat’s indie bookstore Books of Wonder, for personalized copy and all FIVE of the character cards (which is what I did <3). They do ship worldwide I think. More info here.

A young adult rom-com about a Korean American girl who made a pact to go to prom with her childhood best friend. But when he moved away and became one of the biggest K-pop stars in the world, she thought that promise would never be fulfilled…until he shows up on her doorstep, cameras and all, to ask her to prom.

from @katchowrites Instagram

What would you do if the world’s biggest K-pop star asked you to prom? Perfect for fans of Jenny Han and Sandhya Menon, this hilarious and heartfelt novel brings the glamour and drama of the K-pop world straight to high school.

Elena Soo has always felt overshadowed. Whether by her more successful older sisters, her more popular twin brother, or her more outgoing best friend, everyone except Elena seems to know exactly who they are and what they want. But she is certain about one thing – she has no interest in going to prom. While the rest of the school is giddy over corsages and dresses, Elena would rather spend her time working to save the local community center, the one place that’s always made her feel like she belonged.

So when international K-pop superstar Robbie Choi shows up at her house to ask her to prom, Elena is more confused than ever. Because the one person who always accepted Elena as she is? Her childhood best friend, Robbie Choi. And the one thing she maybe, possibly, secretly wants more than anything? For the two of them to keep the promise they made each other as kids: to go to prom together. But that was seven years ago, and with this new K-pop persona, pink hair, and stylish clothes, Robbie is nothing like the sweet, goofy boy she remembers. The boy she shared all her secrets with. The boy she used to love.

Besides, prom with a guy who comes with hordes of screaming fans, online haters, and relentless paparazzi is the last thing Elena wants – even if she can’t stop thinking about Robbie’s smile…right?

6. A Daughter of the Trolls – A Numina Parable by McKenzie Catron – 04.21.2022

Pre-ordered from Whimsical Publishing in Canada! ❤ This sounds pretty amazing.

An unlikely heroine, a handsome goblin, and a mysterious little girl—is that enough to capture your interest? No? Ok, how about gnomes in mushroom caps, magical trees, and imps who love sweet rolls? No, again? Ok, how about disability representation, high stakes adventure, a childhood friends to lovers trope, and a terrifying, skin stealing witch?!

~ Micheline Ryckman

Are you afraid of the bogeyman?

Eighteen-year-old Sparrow can’t remember a time when she wasn’t. And neither can her mother—or the trolls, imps, gnomes, and faeries who all live in the Glade and call it home. Though Sparrow’s weak heart keeps her wheelchair bound, she and her mother have dedicated their lives to protecting the Glade, especially from the worst bogeyman of them all: the skin-stealing, poison-ingesting witch called Black Annis.

But one night, Sparrow makes a terrible mistake, and everything she once held dear is taken from her. The Glade is no longer a sanctuary, and the only way Sparrow can save her mother and her friends is to journey out into a monster-ridden world that wasn’t made for her or her wheelchair. Joined by her half-goblin friend, Rush, Sparrow will have to confront her fears before the ones they love are lost forever.

A Daughter of the Trolls will appeal to fans of European folklore and the darker Grimm Brother’s fairytales. This is a spine-tingling young adult fantasy adventure about evil witches, monsters, and the imperfect heroes who face them all. You’ll join Sparrow and her faerie friends on a life changing journey where they face not only their outer demons, but their inner ones as well.

Click image to go to their store.

7. A Forgery of Roses by Jessica S. Olson – 03.29.2022

I LIT just received my pre-order goodies TODAY. So excited for this release!
(I expect this to be about PG-13 for content. This is in the YA category.)

🥀Stalking Jack the Ripper
🥀forbidden romance
🥀Knives Out
🥀gothic atmosphere
🥀Dorian Gray painting magic
🥀family secrets
🥀Clue
🥀mental illness rep
or
🥀magical blood portraits

from @jessicaolson123 Instagram
Click on image for pre-order goodies form! ❤

8. Blade of Shadow (Seven Swords Book 2) by Sarah K. L. Wilson – 04.26.2022

Okay. So the first book, HEART OF SHADOW, was TOO INTENSE AND BEAUTIFUL AND EPIC FOR WORDS. Everything about it was a DREAM. And I can’t wait to see what Wilson has in store for Ilsaletta and Vargaard! ❤ ❤ ❤ See the blurb below from Book 1 for a glimpse of what this ongoing series is like:

Every surface of the land creeps with monsters.

Intense. Delightful. Unrelenting. A no-nonsense heroine, a sword of questionable origin, and a plot that sinks its claws in and does not let go. Grab a reading buddy and buckle in. This is one hell of a ride.” – Melissa Wright, Bestselling YA Fantasy Author

I escaped from the first wave of monsters with a magic sword, a kidnapped duke, and a big chip on my shoulder.
It’s not enough for me to run. Not when this tide threatens to sweep over the entire world.
I’m the only one who can warn people of what’s coming. I’m the only one who knows the truth. And I’m the only one who holds a sword able to fight against the tide of plague and monsters … or am I?

Author’s Note: This is dark, intense, romantic (not steamy), unrelenting and contains cliffhangers because all the best stories do. Read at your own risk.

9. The Red Palace by June Hur – 01.25.2022

I don’t know about about 1700s Korea. This is bound to be interesting!

To enter the palace means to walk a path stained in blood…

Joseon (Korea), 1758. There are few options available to illegitimate daughters in the capital city, but through hard work and study, seventeen-year-old Hyeon has earned a position as a palace nurse. All she wants is to keep her head down, do a good job, and perhaps finally win her estranged father’s approval.

But Hyeon is suddenly thrust into the dark and dangerous world of court politics when someone murders four women in a single night, and the prime suspect is Hyeon’s closest friend and mentor. Determined to prove her beloved teacher’s innocence, Hyeon launches her own secret investigation.

In her hunt for the truth, she encounters Eojin, a young police inspector also searching for the killer. When evidence begins to point to the Crown Prince himself as the murderer, Hyeon and Eojin must work together to search the darkest corners of the palace to uncover the deadly secrets behind the bloodshed.

10. Within These Wicked Walls by Lauren Blackwood – 10.19.2021

I’m close to finishing my audiobook of JANE EYRE and it’s honestly so much better than I expected/the movie/s. ❤ Can’t wait to get to this magical retelling that sitting on my bedstand right now! I received my FaeCrate exclusive edition the other week (the red cover is SOOO pretty!!).

Image by @katreadsfantasy from Faecrate.com

“Lauren Blackwood’s can’t-miss debut is a magical, Ethiopian-inspired remix of Jane Eyre.” – Harper’s Bazaar

What the heart desires, the house destroys…

Andromeda is a debtera―an exorcist hired to cleanse households of the Evil Eye. She would be hired, that is, if her mentor hadn’t thrown her out before she could earn her license. Now her only hope of steady work is to find a Patron―a rich, well-connected individual who will vouch for her abilities.

When a handsome young heir named Magnus Rochester reaches out to hire her, she takes the job without question. Never mind that he’s rude and demanding and eccentric, that the contract comes with a number of outlandish rules… and that almost a dozen debtera had quit before her. If Andromeda wants to earn a living, she has no choice.

But she quickly realizes this is a job like no other, with horrifying manifestations at every turn, and that Magnus is hiding far more than she has been trained for. Death is the most likely outcome if she stays, the reason every debtera before her quit. But leaving Magnus to live out his curse alone isn’t an option because―heaven help her―she’s fallen for him.

Stunningly romantic, Lauren Blackwood’s heartstopping debut, Within These Wicked Walls, ushers in an exciting new fantasy voice.

“An intricate magic system, a grimly humorous Black heroine, AND a heart-thumping romance? This book leaves nothing wanting.” – Jordan Ifueko, New York Times bestselling author of Raybearer

Have you read any of these? Are you interested in reading any of them?
What’s ONE book that you know FOR SURE you will be prioritizing this spring? (Credit to Jana for these questions!)

(My answer: A River Enchanted AND Within These Wicked Walls.)

8 thoughts on “Top 10 books on my Spring 2022 TBR | Top Ten Tuesday

    1. Awesome! I’m about 30 pages in and it’s very atmospheric and rather mysterious thus far – I’m also loving how Ross is taking inspiration/elements from the Scottish culture. ❤
      I haven't heard of that one! Will be adding to my TBR. What makes you want to read it?

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