Well let’s just jump straight into it today—these are all the books I have out from Kindle Unlimited right now…
The Labyrinth’s Archivist by Day Al-Mohamed
I’ve had this one out from KU for so long that I can’t even remember how I found out about it in the first place. What I do know is that this is a fantasy/sci-fi featuring a queer, blind character of colour who works as an archivist and is solving a mystery—doesn’t that just sound like everything you’ve ever wanted? Honestly, I did think this had club foot representation but apparently, I just made that up! Either way, it does sound like a really incredible book and I’m not really sure why I haven’t picked it up yet. I guess maybe it’s just because I’m so bad with picking up eBooks? I think I’m going to make it my new goal to try and get to this one by the end of the year so that I can finally return it. If you’ve read or heard anything about this one at all I’d love to hear your thoughts!
Always Only You by Chloe Liese
Another one that has been waiting for me on KU for literally ages. I actually borrowed this one right after I read the first one in this series when Angel picked out some romance books for me last year and I still haven’t gotten around to this. Again, I couldn’t tell you why I haven’t picked this one up especially considering how much I loved the first book but I just haven’t! This is also another one featuring disability—this time one of the protagonists is on the spectrum and most importantly, this is #OwnVoices. Book one also had some incredible disability representation and a super sweet romance so I’m so excited to read this, if only I just remembered to actually, you know, read it!
Duke I’d Like To F…
I’ve talked about this one briefly before in my post about the #ReadTheSwoonies and the books from that list I was hoping to read. I have actually started this one but I tend to struggle with anthologies like this. So I’m still on the first story and that’s only 9% of the way through. I can’t even remember who this story is by now, but it’s an interesting enough story for when I’m actually feeling in the mood to read this. I am kind of going through a moment right now where I’m not in the mood to read historical romances, so that might have something to do with it too. I’m just having so much fun exploring all these other genres right now that historical romance is kind of falling by the wayside. I know that once I pick up one of the historical romances I’m excited for (whether that be off my shelf or as an ebook) that I’ll be back to wanting to read nothing but historical romance but I don’t think this is that book right now.
The Sword of Kaigen by M.L Wang
Now we get into a couple of books that I borrowed for Indie Accords but didn’t get around to finishing. The first of which was The Sword of Kaigen—I put this one on my TBR because Lana, the host of the readathon and one of my best bookish friends, absolutely loved it. And then suddenly all these other people were talking about how much they loved it as well and so I just couldn’t resist. I did manage to read the first chapter of this during July, but it was while I was in hospital so I’m probably going to restart it to make sure I haven’t missed anything important. I did really enjoy what I did read but I was still pretty sick and out of it while I was reading so I think it’s just better if I go back to the start. This will probably be the next one from this list that I read after I finish…
Pawn’s Gambit by Rob J. Hayes
This is the kind of companion/sequel-ish thing to Never Die, which I read and reviewed for Indie Accords here. I absolutely loved the first book so I downloaded this one off KU the minute I finished it. This one has been much slower going than the first—I feel like it’s a more complex story and requires more attention than the first did. That’s not to say that this one is slow-paced—it’s just a very different type of story. I’m 73% through this one and I’ve still been loving it, I just need to push myself to finish that last little bit off. I just saw that the third book is coming out at the end of September so I feel like that’s a good push to get a move on with this. I’m honestly not sure if that’s the final book or not, but I’d love to get the chance to read some of Hayes’ other work so I’ll probably end up doing that after that one anyway.
The First Girl Child by Amy Harmon
I’ve been recommended Amy Harmon’s books by Amazon ever since I signed up for Kindle Unlimited and I’ve finally decided to cave and borrow this one. Honestly, I hadn’t even really looked at the synopsis for this until this week but as soon as I did I knew it was something I wanted to read. I’ve very much been in a fantasy romance headspace lately as you can probably see with some of the other things on this TBR. I believe the fantasy world in this one is based somewhat on Norse history and mythology—I’m not really sure, to be honest, but it sounds like an interesting read nonetheless. This has some really positive reviews and I also saw that Harmon has written 18 books, a number of which have been on my radar for a really long time. It just makes me happy to think if I end up enjoying this one that I’ll have so many others to discover.
Summoned by C.P Rider
Here’s another sequel to a book I read for Indie Accords. I do have a mini-review of the first book, Spiked, just waiting in my drafts for when I have some other books to talk about so watch out for that, hopefully, this month, if you’re interested in hearing my thoughts. But clearly, I enjoyed the first one enough to go and borrow this one immediately as well. I haven’t gotten around to starting it yet but I’m very much looking forward to it. Along with the whole fantasy romance thing, I’ve been really enjoying paranormal romance as well—I’ve been reading a few traditionally published ones at the moment but I have a few more Indies on my list to get to soon, including the rest of the books in this series. This is a shapeshifter/many other magical beings romance which I never thought I’d like, but this book is honestly just so much fun. There’s also a really great slow-burn romance if you’re into that too!
Oath Taker by Audrey Grey
And here we are with another one of those fantasy romances. I have to admit that this cover was totally the main reason I got sucked into this book. Say what you want, but give me a badass lady on the cover of a book and you’ve got my attention. It sounds like it’s going to be a fun book though, the synopsis mentions humans vs immortals, magic, mythical creatures, fierce heroines, enemies-to-lovers romance, wild plot twists, and endearing characters. I’m 100% here for literally all of that so I hope that I get along well with Audrey Grey’s writing style and of course, the plot and characters and all of that too. This is also the first book in a five-book series so if I end up liking this one, at least I’ve got those to entertain me as well.
Song of the Forever Rains by E.J Mellow
I’m so glad I managed to find this one on KU because I accidentally got the sequel on NetGalley the other day. Again, this cover is absolutely stunning—it feels almost like a mix of Art Deco and like Tarot, and it’s gorgeous! And see, another badass looking lady. The premise of this book also just sounds amazing—it’s described as a ‘new dark romantic fantasy about a young woman finding hope in her powers of destruction‘. Like excuse me? Yes, please! Seriously, I’m ready to read about this girl fucking shit up and hopefully being absolute fabulous as she does it.
And there we are! Do you use Kindle Unlimited? What books do you have out at the moment?