Top 5 Saturday – Books with Metals in the Title

 

Hello everyone and happy Saturday. I hope you’re all having a lovely weekend!

Welcome to my very first Top 5 Saturday!

Now that my blog is feeling a little more established I am going to get involved with a few weekly/monthly memes. I’ve enjoyed reading other people’s and today this one caught my eye so here we go!

Top 5 Saturday is a weekly meme created by Mandy @ Devouring Books and it’s where we list the top five books (they can be books on your TBR, favourite books, books you loved/hated) based on the week’s topic. You can see the upcoming schedule at the end of the post. This week’s topic is: Metal in the Title (Gold, Silver, Brass, Steel, etc.).

I actually thought I would struggle with this one but when I started searching through my Goodreads TBR I found that I had quite a few to choose from and so to make it more difficult for myself I decided to make sure that each of my 5 books all had a different metal in the title!

 

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The Girl in the Steel Corset by Kady Cross.

On my Goodreads TBR since April 2020.

I don’t know exactly when I will pick this up. The cover looks amazing, the blurb is right up my street. I think this is a series and so I’ll have to see if its finished or unfinished and then try to squeeze it in somewhere!

In 1897 England, sixteen-year-old Finley Jayne has no one… except the “thing” inside her.

When a young lord tries to take advantage of Finley, she fights back. And wins. But no normal Victorian girl has a darker side that makes her capable of knocking out a full-grown man with one punch…

Only Griffin King sees the magical darkness inside her that says she’s special, says she’s one of them. The orphaned duke takes her in from the gaslit streets against the wishes of his band of misfits: Emily, who has her own special abilities and an unrequited love for Sam, who is part robot; and Jasper, an American cowboy with a shadowy secret.

Griffin’s investigating a criminal called The Machinist, the mastermind behind several recent crimes by automatons. Finley thinks she can help and finally be a part of something, finally fit in.

But The Machinist wants to tear Griff’s little company of strays apart, and it isn’t long before trust is tested on all sides. At least Finley knows whose side she’s on even if it seems no one believes her.

 

The Iron King by Julie Kagawa.

On my Goodreads TBR since April 2020.

I plan to pick up this series really soon and read them all in succession. I’ve heard a lot of good things about Julie Kagawa but I have never read any of her books before.

Meghan Chase has a secret destiny; one she could never have imagined.

Something has always felt slightly off in Meghan’s life, ever since her father disappeared before her eyes when she was six. She has never quite fit in at school or at home.

When a dark stranger begins watching her from afar, and her prankster best friend becomes strangely protective of her, Meghan senses that everything she’s known is about to change.

But she could never have guessed the truth – that she is the daughter of a mythical faery king and is a pawn in a deadly war. Now Meghan will learn just how far she’ll go to save someone she cares about, to stop a mysterious evil, no faery creature dare face; and to find love with a young prince who might rather see her dead than let her touch his icy heart.

 

A Court of Silver Flames by Sarah J Maas

On my Goodreads TBR since I read the entire ACOTAR series in the space of 3 days.

This is my most anticipated release of 2021. I have the hardback on reorder and I am genuinely so excited to read this that I could burst. My plan in February is to re-read the first three books ready to completely devour this one!

Nesta Archeron has always been prickly-proud, swift to anger, and slow to forgive. And ever since being forced into the Cauldron and becoming High Fae against her will, she’s struggled to find a place for herself within the strange, deadly world she inhabits. Worse, she can’t seem to move past the horrors of the war with Hybern and all she lost in it.

The one person who ignites her temper more than any other is Cassian, the battle-scarred warrior whose position in Rhysand and Feyre’s Night Court keeps him constantly in Nesta’s orbit. But her temper isn’t the only thing Cassian ignites. The fire between them is undeniable, and only burns hotter as they are forced into close quarters with each other.

Meanwhile, the treacherous human queens who returned to the Continent during the last war have forged a dangerous new alliance, threatening the fragile peace that has settled over the realms. And the key to halting them might very well rely on Cassian and Nesta facing their haunting pasts.

Against the sweeping backdrop of a world seared by war and plagued with uncertainty, Nesta and Cassian battle monsters from within and without as they search for acceptance-and healing-in each other’s arms.

 

The City of Brass by S.A. Chakraborty

On my Goodreads TBR since today (shhh!) 

I was frantically searching my shelves for a book with a different metal in the title when I came across this one. The cover drew me in straight away and after reading the blurb I was convinced this was something I had to read!

Nahri has never believed in magic. Certainly, she has power; on the streets of 18th century Cairo, she’s a con woman of unsurpassed talent. But she knows better than anyone that the trade she uses to get by—palm readings, zars, healings—are all tricks, sleights of hand, learned skills; a means to the delightful end of swindling Ottoman nobles.

But when Nahri accidentally summons an equally sly, darkly mysterious djinn warrior to her side during one of her cons, she’s forced to accept that the magical world she thought only existed in childhood stories is real. For the warrior tells her a new tale: across hot, windswept sands teeming with creatures of fire, and rivers where the mythical marid sleep; past ruins of once-magnificent human metropolises, and mountains where the circling hawks are not what they seem, lies Daevabad, the legendary city of brass, a city to which Nahri is irrevocably bound.

In that city, behind gilded brass walls laced with enchantments, behind the six gates of the six djinn tribes, old resentments are simmering. And when Nahri decides to enter this world, she learns that true power is fierce and brutal. That magic cannot shield her from the dangerous web of court politics. That even the cleverest of schemes can have deadly consequences.

After all, there is a reason they say be careful what you wish for…

 

Chain of Gold by Cassandra Clare

On my Goodreads TBR since October 2020

I read the entire Mortal Instruments and Infernal Devices series years ago and since then I have been meaning to get back into the Shadowhunter universe. I have this book sitting on my bookshelf and it is marked as a January read so I am really hoping that I will manage to get around to it!

Chain of Gold, a Shadowhunters novel, is the first novel in a brand-new trilogy where evil hides in plain sight and love cuts deeper than any blade. .

Cordelia Carstairs is a Shadowhunter, a warrior trained since childhood to battle demons. When her father is accused of a terrible crime, she and her brother travel to London in hopes of preventing the family’s ruin. Cordelia’s mother wants to marry her off, but Cordelia is determined to be a hero rather than a bride. Soon Cordelia encounters childhood friends James and Lucie Herondale and is drawn into their world of glittering ballrooms, secret assignations, and supernatural salons, where vampires and warlocks mingle with mermaids and magicians. All the while, she must hide her secret love for James, who is sworn to marry someone else.

But Cordelia’s new life is blown apart when a shocking series of demon attacks devastate London. These monsters are nothing like those Shadowhunters have fought before—these demons walk in daylight, strike down the unwary with incurable poison, and seem impossible to kill. London is immediately quarantined. Trapped in the city, Cordelia and her friends discover that their own connection to a dark legacy has gifted them with incredible powers—and forced a brutal choice that will reveal the true cruel price of being a hero.

 

JANUARY SCHEDULE:

  • 02 Jan 2021 – Books You Meant to Read Last Year
  •  09 Jan 2021 – Multiple Points of View 
  • 16 Jan 2021 – Metal in the Title (Gold, Silver, Brass, Steel, etc.)
  • 23 Jan 2021 – Book About Competition (Tournament, Race, Sibling Rivalry, etc.)
  • 30 Jan 2021 – Weapons on the Cover

 

I had a lot of fun putting this list together and it has brought a couple of books from my TBR back to the forefront of my book brain which is always good. It’s easy to add books to the list and then forget all about them, isn’t it? 

Are any of these books on your list? Have you read any of them already? Leave me a comment, I’d love to hear your thoughts!

 

 

 

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