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TBR Thursday

Red Rising - Pierce Brown By Sophie Hannah The Carrier (Culver Valley Crime) - Sophie Hannah The Deep - Nick Cutter The Magician's Lie - Greer Macallister Ghettoside: A True Story of Murder in America - Jill Leovy The Great Zoo of China - Matthew Reilly

Christmas and the 2015 book previews have done nothing to make my TBR pile any smaller. Here's what I have coming up:



I know I'm behind the ball on Red Rising by Pierce Brown, but better late than never, right? I'm not a big fan of science fiction, so I had initially passed on this one, especially since it was being touted as YA. After hearing how amazing it was, however, I decided to give it a go. My book club will be discussing this book next week, so I'll have a review soon!


I'm also reading The Carrier by Sophie Hannah, the eighth book in her Spilling CID series. In this installment, a Gaby Struthers' plane is delayed, forcing her to room for the night with a hysterical woman who claims that an innocent man is going to go to prison for a murder he didn't commit. The innocent man turns out to be none other than Tim Breary, and Gaby begins to believe this woman's presence on the plane can't be a coincidence, since this man is the love of Gaby's life. I'm looking forward to some seriously delicious plot twists and the genius of Simon Waterhouse.


I've also received a whole slew of new books from NetGalley to review. Some are recent publications, like: 


The Deep by Nick Cutter: "A strange plague called the 'Gets is decimating humanity on a global scale. It causes people to forget - small things at first, like where they left their car keys...then the not-so-small-things like how to drive or the letters of the alphabet. Then their bodies forget how to function involuntarily...and there is no cure. But now, far below the surface of the Pacific Ocean, deep in the Marianas Trench, an heretofore unknown substance hailed as 'ambrosia' has been discovered - a universal healer, from initial reports. It may just be the key to a universal cure."


The Magician's Lie by Greer Macallister: "The Amazing Arden is the most famous illusionist of her day, renowned for her notorious trick of sawing a man in half on stage. One night in Waterloo, Iowa, with young policeman Virgil Holt watching from the audience, she swaps her trademark saw for a fire ax. Is it a new version of the illusion, or an all-too-real-murder? When Arden's husband is found lifeless beneath the stage that night, the answer seems clear. But when Virgil happens upon the fleeing magician and takes her into custody, she has a very different story to tell. Even handcuffed and alone, Arden is far from powerless - and what she reveals is as unbelievable as it is spellbinding."


Others are due out soon:


Ghettoside: A Story of Murder in America by Jill Leovy: "On a warm spring evening in south Los Angeles, a young man was shot and killed on a sidewalk minutes away from his home, one of hundreds of young men slain in LA every year. His assailant ran down the street, jumped into an SUV, and vanished, hoping to join the vast majority of killers in American cities who are never arrested for their crimes. But as soon as the case was assigned to Detective John Skaggs, the odds shifted. Here is the kaleidoscopic story of the quintessential American murder - one young black man slaying another - and the determined crew of detectives whose creed was to pursue justice at all costs for its forgotten victims."


The Great Zoo of China by Matthew Reilly: "It is a secret the Chinese government has been keeping for forty years. They have found a species of animal no one thought existed. It will amaze the world. Now the Chinese are ready to unveil their astonishing discovery within the greatest zoo ever constructed. A small group of VIPs and journalists have been brought to the zoo deep within China to see its fabulous creatures for the first time. The visitors are assured by their Chinese hosts that they will be struck with wonder at these beasts, that they are perfectly safe, and that nothing can go wrong. Of course it can't..."


Time to get to reading! What's on your TBR?