I have been meaning to write a post about books I love that are available on KU for some time now and since I’ll be posting mostly reviews next week I thought today’s as good time as any. These are books that I absolutely love, written by ladies that I adore and cannot wait to read more of their works. So without further ado, here’s my top 5 KU books.
5. The Fray Theory: Resonance by Nelou Keramati
Neve Knightly lives in an ordinary world. Where déjà vu is nothing more than a mind-trick. Where premonitions are dismissed as mere coincidence. Where no one thinks twice about the glitches in their reality.
Neve Knightly is living a lie.
But when her nightmare of a tragedy comes true the very next day, she can no longer seek solace in self-deception. The glossy enamel has been shattered, and she has caught a glimpse of what slithers just beneath the surface.
She now has the opportunity to decipher the enigma that’s been haunting her since childhood. But her quest soon becomes deeply entangled with the last two people she could have ever imagined: the love of her life, Dylan, who mysteriously vanished three years ago, and his estranged best friend, Romer, who seems to be guarding a secret of his own.
Romance, rancor, and redemption plummet as priorities, as their lives become riddled with peculiar happenings lying just outside the realm of science. And in search for salvation, they emerge at the brink of unveiling the best-kept secret in human history.
The Fray Theory is the first book in a series and if you love urban fantasy/sci-fi this book is a must. It’s action packed, complex and just overall amazing. You can read my review of it here or if you want to learn more about how The Fray Theory came to be you can read my interview with Nelou Keramati here.
4. Chosen by K.F. Breene
It is said that when war threatens the world, one individual will be selected by prophecy to lead the Shadow Warriors out of the Land of Mist and reclaim the freedom which has been stolen. Shanti has grown up under the constant threat of war. Since she helped her people defeat a raiding party by using a special power, she’s been a hunted woman. Carrying rare abilities and an uncanny fighting aptitude, Shanti is the only hope of salvation for her people. The problem is, she doesn’t believe in her own divinity, and when she flounders, she nearly fails in the duty hanging so heavy on her shoulders. It seems like any other day when Sanders and his band of misfit boys find a foreign woman clinging to life in the wastelands. Oblivious to the weapon they now have in their possession, they are content to harbor the mysterious woman until she is well enough to continue her journey. But when the war spreads its arms and lands on her borrowed doorstep, Shanti has no choice but to reveal her secrets, plunging her saviors into danger. If they band with her, they will face certain death. But to trade her to Xandre, the warlord desperate to add her to his war machine, would be to give up their entire way of life.
This is the first book in a series of six novels, five of which are available on KU. The last book comes out on Nov 10th. This is perfect for fans of fast paced, action packed high fantasies.
3. Air Awakens by Elise Kova
A library apprentice, a sorcerer prince, and an unbreakable magic bond…
The Solaris Empire is one conquest away from uniting the continent, and the rare elemental magic sleeping in seventeen-year-old library apprentice Vhalla Yarl could shift the tides of war.
Vhalla has always been taught to fear the Tower of Sorcerers, a mysterious magic society, and has been happy in her quiet world of books. But after she unknowingly saves the life of one of the most powerful sorcerers of them all—the Crown Prince Aldrik—she finds herself enticed into his world. Now she must decide her future: Embrace her sorcery and leave the life she’s known, or eradicate her magic and remain as she’s always been. And with powerful forces lurking in the shadows, Vhalla’s indecision could cost her more than she ever imagined.
The first in a series of five, this book has been a favourite of mine since it came out last year. The series has been on the USA Bestsellers list and is now, for the first time available on KU. So go check it out ASAP if you haven’t already.
2. Fantasy of Frost by Kelly St. Clare
I know many things. What I am capable of, what I will change, what I want to become. But there is one thing I will never know.
Being the Tatuma of our world, the next to rule, should have given me a privileged life. One full of friends, love and happiness. If my mother did not hate me, I probably would have had all of that. Instead, she has kept me veiled from birth, turning the possibility of this distant dream into a living nightmare.
Shunned by the court, abused from childhood, I am trapped within this material barrier and will never know my own face. Only two friends and a determination to become Tatum keep me sane.
I am unaware everything in my life is about to change when the peace delegate arrives from the savage world of Glacium. Hidden agendas, past secrets and my struggle to stay alive–while still becoming the person I want to be–careen wildly out of control.
Another favourite of mine. This entire series is completely amazing and so unique. I actually binge read them in a matter of days with little to no sleep in between. For more of my thoughts on the awesomeness that is this series click here.
1. Chase the Dark by Annette Marie
Piper Griffiths wants one thing in life: To become a Consul, a keeper of the peace between humans and daemons. There are three obstacles in her way.
The first is Lyre. Incubus. Hotter than hell and with a wicked streak to match. His greatest mission in life is to get Piper into bed and otherwise annoy the crap out of her. The second is Ash. Draconian. Powerful. Dangerous. He knows too much and reveals nothing. Also, disturbingly attractive — and scary. Did she mention scary?
The third is the Sahar Stone. Top secret magical weapon of mass destruction. Previously hidden in her Consulate until thieves broke in, went on a murder spree, and disappeared with the weapon.
And they left Piper to take the fall for their crimes.
Now she’s on the run, her dreams of becoming a Consul shattered and every daemon in the city gunning to kill her. She’s dead on her own, but there’s no one she can trust — no one except two entirely untrustworthy daemons … See problems one and two.
Oh, man!! The top spot simply HAD to go to one of my all time fave series, Steel & Stone by Annette Marie*. This book, this series in general, is so addictive that read all five books and one novella in TWO DAYS! It has everything. Alternate worlds – check. Kickass female character – check. Demons – check. Action – check and CHECK. If you only download one book on KU let it be this one. Or Fantasy of Frost. Or you know, any on this list, really.
*For you lovely peeps, who have already discovered the awesomeness of Steel & Stone, Annette has released a new book called Red Winter, inspired by Japanese history and culture. Oh, and it has supernatural creatures. What more can you ask for, really? Red Winter is also available for download with you KU subscription.