Brigid Downey

February 18, 2019

February 2019 TBR Post

Hi dreamers!

I’m here with another To Be Read post for you all of the books I mean to read in the short term future! My TBR pile is always growing (so bad to the point Josie has informed me today that she will not be buying me any more books until I read the ones I own… oops). But here and the most immediate ones that I plan on reading soon!

Black Dagger Brotherhood

In this “frighteningly addictive” paranormal romance saga there’s a war raging between vampires and their slayers. Here are the stories of a secret band of brothers like no other—six vampire warriors, defenders of their race. And now a dutiful twin must choose between two lives… 

Fiercely loyal to the Black Dagger Brotherhood, Phury has sacrificed himself for the good of the race, becoming the male responsible for keeping the Brotherhood’s bloodlines alive. As Primale of the Chosen, he is obligated to father the sons and daughters who will ensure that the traditions of the race survive, and that there are warriors to fight those who want all vampires extinguished. 

As his first mate, the Chosen Cormia wants to win not only his body, but his heart for herself. She is drawn to the noble responsibility behind the emotionally scarred male. But Phury has never allowed himself to know pleasure or joy. As the war with the Lessening Society grows grim, tragedy looms over the Brotherhood’s mansion, and Phury must decide between duty and love….


As many of you know I’ve been working my way through this series at an alarming rate, but it’s a long series. I’m currently on book 5 and not even halfway done with the currently released books (and 3 more are coming out this year!) So for the foreseeable future, I think I’ll be living in this universe that J. R. Ward has brilliantly built.

See my reviews for the first few here: Dark Lover, Lover Eternal


From the author of the beloved #1 New York Times bestseller Wicked, the magical story of a toymaker, a nutcracker, and a legend remade . . .

Gregory Maguire returns with an inventive novel inspired by a timeless holiday legend, intertwining the story of the famous Nutcracker with the life of the mysterious toy maker named Drosselmeier who carves him.

Hiddensee: An island of white sandy beaches, salt marshes, steep cliffs, and pine forests north of Berlin in the Baltic Sea, an island that is an enchanting bohemian retreat and home to a large artists’ colony—a wellspring of inspiration for the Romantic imagination . . .

Having brought his legions of devoted readers to Oz in Wickedand to Wonderland in After Alice, Maguire now takes us to the realms of the Brothers Grimm and E. T. A. Hoffmann—the enchanted Black Forest of Bavaria and the salons of Munich. Hiddensee imagines the backstory of the Nutcracker, revealing how this entrancing creature came to be carved and how he guided an ailing girl named Klara through a dreamy paradise on a Christmas Eve. At the heart of Hoffmann’s mysterious tale hovers Godfather Drosselmeier—the ominous, canny, one-eyed toy maker made immortal by Petipa and Tchaikovsky’s fairy tale ballet—who presents the once and future Nutcracker to Klara, his goddaughter.

But Hiddensee is not just a retelling of a classic story. Maguire discovers in the flowering of German Romanticism ties to Hellenic mystery-cults—a fascination with death and the afterlife—and ponders a profound question: How can a person who is abused by life, shortchanged and challenged, nevertheless access secrets that benefit the disadvantaged and powerless? Ultimately, Hiddensee offers a message of hope. If the compromised Godfather Drosselmeier can bring an enchanted Nutcracker to a young girl in distress on a dark winter evening, perhaps everyone, however lonely or marginalized, has something precious to share.


I started reading this book back at Christmastime when I bought it from the airport on my way to Florida. I love the Nutcracker and was really excited to read this. Unfortunately, I didn’t get very far into it. I think I have to be in the right state of mind for Gregory McGuire’s surreal writing style, but I’m not completely writing it off yet!

We Set the Dark on Fire

At the Medio School for Girls, distinguished young women are trained for one of two roles in their polarized society. Depending on her specialization, a graduate will one day run a husband’s household or raise his children, but both are promised a life of comfort and luxury, far from the frequent political uprisings of the lower class. Daniela Vargas is the school’s top student, but her bright future depends upon no one discovering her darkest secret—that her pedigree is a lie. Her parents sacrificed everything to obtain forged identification papers so Dani could rise above her station. Now that her marriage to an important politico’s son is fast approaching, she must keep the truth hidden or be sent back to the fringes of society, where famine and poverty rule supreme.

On her graduation night, Dani seems to be in the clear, despite the surprises that unfold. But nothing prepares her for all the difficult choices she must make, especially when she is asked to spy for a resistance group desperately fighting to bring equality to Medio. Will Dani cling to the privilege her parents fought to win for her, or to give up everything she’s strived for in pursuit of a free Medio—and a chance at a forbidden love?


This book comes out this week on February 26th and oh man am I excited for it! I’m planning on taking a break from The Black Dagger Brotherhood to read this one and get my review to you guys as soon as possible because I cannot stress enough how excited I am for this book!

What are you reading this month? Let me know in the comments!

13 Comments on “February 2019 TBR Post

February 18, 2019 at 9:02 pm

Goodluck for accomplishing your tbr!
We set the dark on fire look so good, though all of thoses three does!

I’m not planning anything, really xD I just wanna continue my serie (tome 4 out of 9..) and read other books on my shelves/requested in-between as I dont wanna get too tired of it.

Brigid Downey
February 18, 2019 at 10:27 pm

I mean that’s pretty much me with Black Dagger Brotherhood.

February 19, 2019 at 12:10 am

Great TBR! I just can not read book featuring Vampires (they give me the creeps) but this one- Black Dagger Brotherhood sounds so interesting! Hope yu enjoy all of them!!

Brigid Downey
February 19, 2019 at 6:06 am

Ugh I love my vampires, but yeah you might want to skip out on that one ?

La Femme Livresque | A Reader To Whatever End
February 19, 2019 at 12:17 am

I really want to read We Set The Dark On Fire!! ?

Brigid Downey
February 19, 2019 at 6:07 am

I’m SO excited!

Lili Star Reads
February 19, 2019 at 12:34 pm

Hiddensee looks so good! I would love a Nutcracker retelling!

Brigid Downey
February 19, 2019 at 8:19 pm

If you can get into McGuire’s surreal type of writing it’s pretty good so far…. I just needed a brain break with some simple uncomplicated paranormal romance lol

February 19, 2019 at 4:11 pm

THREE MORE this year?!! Impressive! Also, I was really excited about Hiddensee…until I saw who wrote it, I admittedly basically detest Wicked and it was the first book I ever DNF lol, I hope this book turns out to be better!

Brigid Downey
February 19, 2019 at 4:13 pm

I’m doing this every month! New segment lol
I liked one he wrote that we read in school but his writing style is very unique

February 20, 2019 at 6:45 am

I love BDB! I’m currently on book 16. Which male character is your fav. so far?

Brigid Downey
February 20, 2019 at 6:57 am

Ahhh yay! Z is my fav. I’m on Phury’s book now just behind on my reviews lol


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