New on my wishlist


‘He thinks you are the thief…’

Shyla is a researcher who resides in the underground desert city of Zirdai, which is ruled by the wealthy Water Prince and brutal Heliacal Priestess. Even though Shyla is sun-kissed – an outcast, considered cursed by the Sun Goddess – she is still renowned for uncovering innumerable archaic facts, lost artefacts, ancient maps and obscure historical documents. Her quiet life is about to change when Banqui, an archaeologist, enlists her services to find The Eyes of Tamburah: legendary gemstones that bestow great magic on their wielder. These ancient objects can tip the balance of power and give whoever possesses them complete control of the city.

But chaos erupts when The Eyes are stolen soon after they’re found – and Shyla is blamed for the theft. Forced to flee, with the Prince’s soldiers and the Priestess’s deacons on her trail, Shyla must recover the jewels and clear her name. A quest that will unearth secrets even more valuable than The Eyes of Tamburah themselves…

Recommended by a friend and I like how it sounds like Indiana Jones/ Tomb Raider! I’ve only read one book by the author and wasn’t convinced. But it also wasn’t so bad that I never want to read her again. Second chance here!

the institute

In the middle of the night, in a house on a quiet street in suburban Minneapolis, intruders silently murder Luke Ellis’ parents and load him into a black SUV. The operation takes less than two minutes. Luke will wake up at The Institute, in a room that looks just like his own, except there’s no window. And outside his door are other doors, behind which are other kids with special talents – telekinesis and telepathy – who got to this place the same way Luke did: Kalisha, Nick, George, Iris, and 10-year-old Avery Dixon. They are all in Front Half. Others, Luke learns, graduated to Back Half, “like the roach motel,” Kalisha says. “You check in, but you don’t check out.”

In this most sinister of institutions, the director, Mrs. Sigsby, and her staff are ruthlessly dedicated to extracting from these children the force of their extranormal gifts. There are no scruples here. If you go along, you get tokens for the vending machines. If you don’t, punishment is brutal. As each new victim disappears to Back Half, Luke becomes more and more desperate to get out and get help. But no one has ever escaped from The Institute.

I didn’t even know there was a new King novel! This one sounds super scary and I might squeeze it in in time for Halloween! If I don’t choose another King.


You have heard the story before – of a young boy, orphaned through tragic circumstances, raised by a wise old man, who comes to a fuller knowledge of his magic and uses it to fight the great evil that threatens his world.  

But what if the boy hero and the malevolent, threatening taint were one and the same?  

What if the boy slowly came to realise he was the reincarnation of an evil god? Would he save the world…or destroy it?  

Among the Academy’s warrior-thieves, Annev de Breth is an outlier. Unlike his classmates who were stolen as infants from the capital city, Annev was born in the small village of Chaenbalu, was believed to be executed and then unknowingly raised by his parents’ killers.  

Seventeen years later, Annev struggles with the burdens of a forbidden magic, a forgotten heritage and a secret deformity. When he is subsequently caught between the warring ideologies of his priestly mentor and the Academy’s masters, he must choose between forfeiting his promising future at the Academy and betraying his closest friends. Each decision leads to a deeper dilemma, until Annev finds himself pressed into a quest he does not wish to fulfil.

Will he finally embrace the doctrine of his tutors, murder a stranger and abandon his mentor? Or will he accept the more difficult truth of who he is…and the darker truth of what he may become….

Honestly, it doesn’t sound too tempting. But the fact that it says it’s High Fantasy and promises a ‘dark’ twist on a common trope made me curious.

red rising

Darrow is a Red, a member of the lowest caste in the color-coded society of the future. Like his fellow Reds, he works all day, believing that he and his people are making the surface of Mars livable for future generations. Yet he spends his life willingly, knowing that his blood and sweat will one day result in a better world for his children. But Darrow and his kind have been betrayed. Soon he discovers that humanity reached the surface generations ago. Vast cities and sprawling parks spread across the planet.

Darrow – and Reds like him – are nothing more than slaves to a decadent ruling class. Inspired by a longing for justice, and driven by the memory of lost love, Darrow sacrifices everything to infiltrate the legendary Institute, a proving ground for the dominant Gold caste, where the next generation of humanity’s overlords struggle for power. He will be forced to compete for his life and the very future of civilization against the best and most brutal of Society’s ruling class. There, he will stop at nothing to bring down his enemies…even if it means he has to become one of them to do so.

I’m not sold, but it was recommended and several of my friends are very excited about the series, so I will give the sample a go.



The Wheel of Time turns and Ages come and go, leaving memories that become legend. Legend fades to myth, and even myth is long forgotten when the Age that gave it birth returns again. In the Third Age, an Age of Prophecy, the World and Time themselves hang in the balance. What was, what will be, and what is, may yet fall under the Shadow.

When The Two Rivers is attacked by Trollocs-a savage tribe of half-men, half-beasts- five villagers flee that night into a world they barely imagined, with new dangers waiting in the shadows and in the light.


I don’t know what’s happening here, but I feel this urge to start ‘The Wheel of Time’..again! For the THIRD freaking time! Why?? Is it the TV show coming up? I don’t want to but I also want to!

…I plan to write a post on the samples I read towards the end of the month so maybe all of the above will be featured! Apart from WoT, I’ve read the freaking novel already -.- *tugs braid & smoothes skirts*


  1. Lol! Lol! It’s probably because of the TV show coming out – WOT.
    Lol! Sorry, can’t help you with WOT. I started rereading it too after I told myself I gave up on it. I’m a few pages into Eye of the World now. If it doesn’t work out this time then I’ll really give up on the series.

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  2. I enjoyed The Institute for the most part. Definitely pretty disturbing considering it revolves around kids, but also not one of my favorite King books. I also enjoyed Red Rising! Really need to finish that series.

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  3. I knew there was a new book by Stephen King out and I’m a fan of most of his work, so I packed it on to my wishlist. And then a good friend of mine told me she is listening to the (german) audio-book read by David Nathan right now and is really loving it – so I bought the hardcover the other day 🙂 If only I could put the comics away that I’m so in the (discover-reading)mood for over months now like an amount of Marvel- and Star-Trek-Comics, some Volumes of Saga, Lady Mechanika, Hellboy, Porcelain, Beasts of Burden, Hinges, Frostbite, Arcadia etc. *lol*

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  4. While I can strongly recommend Red Rising (and the two other novels in the trilogy) I must urge equally strongly to stay away from WoT! I never made it past book 3 (which ended in the DNF hall of shame) and one of the reasons for my choice was that I was sick tired of those chewed braids… 😀 😀

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  5. I’ve never read The Wheel of Time — but don’t throw things at me! I know I should, but it just feels like such a huge undertaking. I’m about halfway through The Institute — it’s good! Can’t wait to see what happens next!

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  6. Red Rising didn’t quite work for me but it might for you.
    I knew Snyder but I hadn’t heard of that book by her. And I have had my eye on Master of Sorrows for a while but have felt unsure about it as well.

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