#5OnMyTBR: Red Covers

Hello Mondays, welcome back to #5OnMyTBR, a meme created by the wonderful E @ The Local Bee Hunter’s Nook. This bookish meme gets us to dig even further into our TBRs by simply posting about five books on our TBR! You can learn more about it here or in the post announcing it. You can find the full list of prompts (past and future) at the end of this post!

This week’s prompt is: Red Covers

You know, I honestly thought I had a lot more red covers on my TBR than I actually do. There are plenty but I thought I remembered the reds taking over quite a big chunk of my shelves when I had the crazy idea to re-arrange my physical shelves by colour last year. But anyway, this prompt this Monday is pretty straightforward and I’m glad for it because my brain is foggy and functioning at half its capacity. I love a good red cover but I’m partial to the ones that are really full on blood red like the Blood & Honey cover compared to the “mild” reds. I think if you’re gonna go red, you might as well go the most striking and bold way!


Blood & Honey

After narrowly escaping death at the hands of the Dames Blanches, Lou, Reid, Coco, and Ansel are on the run from coven, kingdom, and church—fugitives with nowhere to hide.

To elude the scores of witches and throngs of chasseurs at their heels, Lou and Reid need allies. Strong ones. But protection comes at a price, and the group is forced to embark on separate quests to build their forces. As Lou and Reid try to close the widening rift between them, the dastardly Morgane baits them in a lethal game of cat and mouse that threatens to destroy something worth more than any coven.

The hotly anticipated sequel to the New York Times and IndieBound bestseller Serpent & Dove—packed with even steamier romance and darker magic—is perfect for fans of Sarah J. Maas.


The Heart Principle

Honestly, August 2021 just feels so far away. I just want Quan’s story now… 😭

To most people, Quan Diep is nothing but a surly-looking, underachieving playboy. The problem is he’s not any of those things. And now that he’s the CEO of an up-and-coming retail business, he’s suddenly a “catch,” and the rich girls who never used to pay any attention to him are looking at him in a new way—especially Camilla, the girl who brushed him off many years ago.

Anna Sun dislikes Quan Diep almost as much as germy bathroom door handles. Or so she tells herself. She will never admit that she has a secret crush on him, especially because he only has eyes for her charismatic and newly engaged younger sister Camilla. Over the years, Anna has worked hard to overcome her OCD, but she’ll still need to find a way to bury her anxieties and seduce Quan so he doesn’t ruin her sister’s engagement, and with it, a crucial real estate development deal.

Slowly, Anna breaks down Quan’s dangerous and careless exterior while peeling off her own tough, protective shell. But when Quan discovers Anna’s true intentions, he’s forced to confront his own hurtful past and learn to forgive, while Anna must face her greatest challenge: truly opening herself up to love.


Pride, Prejudice & Other Flavors

It is a truth universally acknowledged that only in an overachieving Indian American family can a genius daughter be considered a black sheep. Dr. Trisha Raje is San Francisco’s most acclaimed neurosurgeon. But that’s not enough for the Rajes, her influential immigrant family who’s achieved power by making its own non-negotiable rules:

Never trust an outsider
Never do anything to jeopardize your brother’s political aspirations
And never, ever, defy your family

Trisha is guilty of breaking all three rules. But now she has a chance to redeem herself. So long as she doesn’t repeat old mistakes.

Up-and-coming chef DJ Caine has known people like Trisha before, people who judge him by his rough beginnings and place pedigree above character. He needs the lucrative job the Rajes offer, but he values his pride too much to indulge Trisha’s arrogance. And then he discovers that she’s the only surgeon who can save his sister’s life. As the two clash, their assumptions crumble like the spun sugar on one of DJ’s stunning desserts. But before a future can be savored there’s a past to be reckoned with…

A family trying to build home in a new land.
A man who has never felt at home anywhere.
And a choice to be made between the two.


House of Earth and Blood

Half-Fae, half-human Bryce Quinlan loves her life. By day, she works for an antiquities dealer, selling barely legal magical artifacts, and by night, she parties with her friends, savoring every pleasure Lunathion—otherwise known as Crescent City— has to offer. But it all comes crumbling down when a ruthless murder shakes the very foundations of the city—and Bryce’s world.

Two years later, her job has become a dead end, and she now seeks only blissful oblivion in the city’s most notorious nightclubs. But when the murderer attacks again, Bryce finds herself dragged into the investigation and paired with an infamous Fallen angel whose own brutal past haunts his every step.

Hunt Athalar, personal assassin for the Archangels, wants nothing to do with Bryce Quinlan, despite being ordered to protect her. She stands for everything he once rebelled against and seems more interested in partying than solving the murder, no matter how close to home it might hit. But Hunt soon realizes there’s far more to Bryce than meets the eye—and that he’s going to have to find a way to work with her if they want to solve this case.

As Bryce and Hunt race to untangle the mystery, they have no way of knowing the threads they tug ripple through the underbelly of the city, across warring continents, and down to the darkest levels of Hel, where things that have been sleeping for millennia are beginning to stir…


felix ever after

Felix Love has never been in love—and, yes, he’s painfully aware of the irony. He desperately wants to know what it’s like and why it seems so easy for everyone but him to find someone. What’s worse is that, even though he is proud of his identity, Felix also secretly fears that he’s one marginalization too many—Black, queer, and transgender—to ever get his own happily-ever-after.

When an anonymous student begins sending him transphobic messages—after publicly posting Felix’s deadname alongside images of him before he transitioned—Felix comes up with a plan for revenge. What he didn’t count on: his catfish scenario landing him in a quasi–love triangle….

But as he navigates his complicated feelings, Felix begins a journey of questioning and self-discovery that helps redefine his most important relationship: how he feels about himself.

September

Do you have a lot of red covers on your TBR/shelves?
Have you read any of these red cover titles?

23 thoughts on “#5OnMyTBR: Red Covers

  1. I absolutely loved House of Earth and Blood! I have a hold on Blood & Honey. It’s saying 2 weeks, so hopefully I’ll have that one in my hands super soon. Can’t wait! I’m also super excited for The Heart Principle. Hope you enjoy all of these!!

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    1. I’ve heard pretty positive things about House of Earth and Blood (even from those who weren’t fans of ACOTAR and ToG)! Excited to read it 🙂 Can’t wait to hear what you think of Blood & Honey. I’ve heard mixed reviews but ugh, I just want that cover in my life 😂 Also, I’m so sad Quan’s story is only coming out in August 2021! So far away 😭

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  2. Foggy brain was my motto last week as well 😀 Luckily, I feel normal today again (well.. as normal as it gets, lol).

    I really need to check if I have any red covers on my shelves, because I have this feeling that I don’t… Maybe the Darker Shades of Magic trilogy, but I think only one of them is truly red :O

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    1. The foggy brain is well and truly sticking to me these days. I’m tired of being tired 😅
      The Shades of Magic books all have touches of red in them but since I love those covers, I definitely would still count them 😉 Haha

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  3. I feel like there is a new trend of red book covers. I’m loving it! I actually don’t have that many books on my shelf that are mainly a red cover. I just adore the cover for Blood & Honey!

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    1. Red covers are definitely hot! A lot of the ones that I have on my physical shelves are older / classics (Dracula, Name of the Rose) but their reds aren’t as popping as the newer books! Blood & Honey cover is defo an all time fave! So gorgeous 😍

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  4. It’s so weird. Since I rearranged my bookshelf by color, I can mostly tell you what color the spines of the books in my library is. xD I don’t have a lot of reds, though. It’s, like, 80% black (like my heart?). Love your book choices, though! House of Earth and Blood has such a pretty cover and so does Blood & Honey.

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    1. LMAO black like my heart as well? Honestly, black and white dominate my shelves but reds and blues are strong contenders! I wish I had the energy to re-arrange and do a rainbow shelf but I’m double stacking them so it’s not like it’d be obvious anyway… Haha I’m jealous though. Love a good rainbow shelf 😍

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