Rainbow Bookshelf Tour – Black Books (28/30)

Welcome to the Thirteenth and Fourteenth shelf of the Rainbow Bookshelf Tour! This is the twenty-eighth segment of the Tour. If you want to view the other colours in the rainbow, click here! (I know, black isn’t a part of the rainbow, but I think they’re just as important as the rest!)

My name is Tash and you’ll be witnessing all of the books I love and adore. I’m going to attach descriptions from Goodreads, as well as a link to their Goodreads page. If I have written a review, or even read the book I’ll add a link to the review and/or put the rating out of 5 I gave it. I hope you enjoy!

SHELF 13 & 14: Black 5/7

BRISINGR – Christopher Paolini
The third book in the Inheritance Cycle.

A description of the first book, Eragon:
One boy…
One dragon…
A world of adventure.
When Eragon finds a polished blue stone in the forest, he thinks it is the lucky discovery of a poor farm boy; perhaps it will buy his family meat for the winter. But when the stone brings a dragon hatchling, Eragon soon realizes he has stumbled upon a legacy nearly as old as the Empire itself.
Overnight his simpke life is shattered, and he is thrust into a perilous new world of destiny, magic, and power. With only an ancient sword and tge advice of an old storyteller for guidance, Eragon and the fledgling dragon must navigate the dangerous terrain and dark enemies of an Empire ruled by a king whose evil knows no bounds.
Can Eragon take up the mantle of the legendary Dragon Riders? The fate of the Empire may rest in his hands.


BLOOD RIGHTS, FLESH AND BLOOD & BAD BLOOD – Kristen Painter
The first three books in the House of Comarre series.

The lacy gold mapped her entire body. A finely wrought filigree of stars, vines, flowers, butterflies, ancient symbols and words ran from her feet, up her legs, over her narrow waist, spanned her chest and finished down her arms to the tips of her fingers.
Born into a life of secrets and service, Chrysabelle’s body bears the telltale marks of a comarré—a special race of humans bred to feed vampire nobility. When her patron is murdered, she becomes the prime suspect, which sends her running into the mortal world…and into the arms of Malkolm, an outcast vampire cursed to kill every being from whom he drinks.
Now, Chrysabelle and Malkolm must work together to stop a plot to merge the mortal and supernatural worlds. If they fail, a chaos unlike anything anyone has ever seen will threaten to reign. 


GLASS HOUSES – Rachel Caine
The first book in the Morganville Vampires series.

College freshman Claire Danvers has had enough of her nightmarish dorm situation. When Claire heads off-campus, the imposing old house where she finds a room may not be much better. Her new roommates don’t show many signs of life, but they’ll have Claire’s back when the town’s deepest secrets come crawling out, hungry for fresh blood. Will she be able to face the town’s terror or will she drown like everyone else?


WUTHERING HEIGHTS – Emily Bronte
A standalone novel.

Lockwood, the new tenant of Thrushcross Grange, situated on the bleak Yorkshire moors, is forced to seek shelter one night at Wuthering Heights, the home of his landlord. There he discovers the history of the tempestuous events that took place years before; of the intense relationship between the gypsy foundling Heathcliff and Catherine Earnshaw; and how Catherine, forced to choose between passionate, tortured Heathcliff and gentle, well-bred Edgar Linton, surrendered to the expectations of her class. As Heathcliff’s bitterness and vengeance at his betrayal is visited upon the next generation, their innocent heirs must struggle to escape the legacy of the past.


A SHADOW BRIGHT AND BURNING – Jessica Cleuss
The first book in the Kingdom on Fire trilogy.

Henrietta Howel can burst into flames. When she is brought to London to train with Her Majesty’s sorcerers, she meets her fellow sorcerer trainees, young men eager to test her powers and her heart. One will challenge her. One will fight for her. One will betray her. As Henrietta discovers the secrets hiding behind the glamour of sorcerer life, she begins to doubt that she’s the true prophesied one. With battle looming, how much will she risk to save the city–and the one she loves? 


ANGELS OF DEATH – Emily Webb
A standalone non-ficiton book.

It’s hard to imagine that anyone in the healthcare industry could have murder on his or her mind.
But some do.
The nineteen cases in this book range across Europe, US and Australia, documenting horrifying and sinister betrayals of trust.
From Harold Shipman, Britain’s worst serial killer who murdered over 200 patients, to Roger Dean the Sydney nurse who in 2011 set fire to the nursing home where he worked killing 11 patients, these stories will make you wary and leave you shaking your head in horror.


LAST SACRIFICE – Richelle Mead
The final book in the Vampire Academy series.

A description of the first book, Vampire Academy:
Only a true best friend can protect you from your immortal enemies . . . 
Lissa Dragomir is a Moroi princess: a mortal vampire with a rare gift for harnessing the earth’s magic. She must be protected at all times from Strigoi; the fiercest vampires – the ones who never die. The powerful blend of human and vampire blood that flows through Rose Hathaway, Lissa’s best friend, makes her a dhampir. Rose is dedicated to a dangerous life of protecting Lissa from the Strigoi, who are hell-bent on making Lissa one of them.
After two years of freedom, Rose and Lissa are caught and dragged back to St. Vladimir’s Academy, a school for vampire royalty and their guardians-to-be, hidden in the deep forests of Montana. But inside the iron gates, life is even more fraught with danger . . . and the Strigoi are always close by.
Rose and Lissa must navigate their dangerous world, confront the temptations of forbidden love, and never once let their guard down, lest the evil undead make Lissa one of them forever…


STARS ABOVE – Marissa Meyer
A companion novel to the Lunar Chronicles.

A description of the first book, Cinder:
CINDER, a gifted mechanic in New Beijing, is also a cyborg. She’s reviled by her stepmother and blamed for her stepsister’s sudden illness. But when her life becomes entwined with the handsome Prince Kai’s, she finds herself at the centre of a violent struggle between the desires of an evil queen – and a dangerous temptation.
Cinder is caught between duty and freedom, loyalty and betrayal. Now she must uncover secrets about her mysterious past in order to protect Earth’s future.


THE FROZEN BEGINNING – Daphne Robynson
The first book in the Elemental Diamond series.

Now 2069, Elementals – special humans that can control one of the four elements – are isolated from humans by a large bowl-like border surrounding each of their regions. Every three years, a tournament is held to demonstrate the skills and abilities each element can master – determining which Element has the most powerful advantage.
Only this year, things will be so irrevocably different, the competition will never be the same…
Glacier Wardgrave isn’t just any Elemental, she is different. There has never been anyone like her before. Forcefully thrown into the tournament, everything she ever knew about herself will be tested, along with her trust for her hostile competitors, her hateful team, and a boy she thought she left behind. 


GODSGRAVE – Jay Kristoff
The second book in The Nevernight Chronicles.

A description of the first book, Nevernight:
In a land where three suns almost never set, a fledgling killer joins a school of assassins, seeking vengeance against the powers who destroyed her family.
Daughter of an executed traitor, Mia Corvere is barely able to escape her father’s failed rebellion with her life. Alone and friendless, she hides in a city built from the bones of a dead god, hunted by the Senate and her father’s former comrades. But her gift for speaking with the shadows leads her to the door of a retired killer, and a future she never imagined.
Now, Mia is apprenticed to the deadliest flock of assassins in the entire Republic—the Red Church. If she bests her fellow students in contests of steel, poison and the subtle arts, she’ll be inducted among the Blades of the Lady of Blessed Murder, and one step closer to the vengeance she desires. But a killer is loose within the Church’s halls, the bloody secrets of Mia’s past return to haunt her, and a plot to bring down the entire congregation is unfolding in the shadows she so loves.
Will she even survive to initiation, let alone have her revenge?


LIFEL1K3 – Jay Kristoff
The first book in the Lifelike trilogy.

On a floating junkyard beneath a radiation sky, a deadly secret lies buried in the scrap.
Eve isn’t looking for secrets—she’s too busy looking over her shoulder. The robot gladiator she’s just spent six months building has been reduced to a smoking wreck, and the only thing keeping her Grandpa from the grave was the fistful of credits she just lost to the bookies. To top it off, she’s discovered she can destroy electronics with the power of her mind, and the puritanical Brotherhood are building a coffin her size. If she’s ever had a worse day, Eve can’t remember it.
But when Eve discovers the ruins of an android boy named Ezekiel in the scrap pile she calls home, her entire world comes crashing down. With her best friend Lemon Fresh and her robotic conscience, Cricket, in tow, she and Ezekiel will trek across deserts of irradiated glass, infiltrate towering megacities and scour the graveyard of humanity’s greatest folly to save the ones Eve loves, and learn the dark secrets of her past.
Even if those secrets were better off staying buried.


SNOWTOWN – Jeremy Pudney
A standalone non-fiction novel.

The definitive account of Australia’s most notorious criminal case.
When bodies were discovered in barrels in 1999, hidden within a bank vault in Snowtown in South Australia, Jeremy Pudney was one of the first journalists on the scene. Now, using his years of experience as a police reporter for the Adelaide Advertiser and Network Ten, Pudney pieces together the complete story of the Snowtown murders.
Not only does he investigate the lives of the convicted men but he digs deeper, telling the stories of their twelve victims and exploring the complicated social web that enabled them to not only prey on their victims, but to get away with their crimes for so long.
The Snowtown murders were Australia’s most horrific and sustained serial killings; details of the case appalled the nation – not to mention South Australia, which already has a reputation for producing the country’s highest number of serial killers. But not every detail of this case has been made available to the public, and Snowtown contains exclusive information revealed for the first time.
Part police reporting, criminology text, biography and social history, Snowtown is a compelling book without peer, and will take its place among the classics of the true crime genre.

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