~ Top 5 Saturday: Blood on Covers ~

Top 5 Saturday is a weekly meme created by Mandy @ Devouring Books. Each week you follow the topic and list the top five books (they can be books on your TBR, favorite books, books you loved/hated, or anything others). You can see the upcoming schedule at the end of my post.

 This Week’s Topic: Blood On Covers

**Books on this list are all on my TBR and in no particular order. You can click on their covers to access their Goodreads entries.**

1. Crave (Crave #1)

This novel has been on my TBR for awhile. I have heard mixed reviews about the series, so I am on the fence if I want to give it a try or not. I do enjoy stories about vampires, though, so I might give this a try sometime this year.

My whole world changed when I stepped inside the academy. Nothing is right about this place or the other students in it. Here I am, a mere mortal among gods…or monsters. I still can’t decide which of these warring factions I belong to, if I belong at all. I only know the one thing that unites them is their hatred of me.

Then there’s Jaxon Vega. A vampire with deadly secrets who hasn’t felt anything for a hundred years. But there’s something about him that calls to me, something broken in him that somehow fits with what’s broken in me.

Which could spell death for us all.

Because Jaxon walled himself off for a reason. And now someone wants to wake a sleeping monster, and I’m wondering if I was brought here intentionally—as the bait.

2. New Moon (Twilight #2)

I read this entire series when it first came out, but it has entered my TBR as a possible re-read. I am genuinely curious about how much I will love or hate this series now that it has been years since I first read it.

In New Moon, Stephenie Meyer delivers another irresistible combination of romance and suspense with a supernatural twist. The “star-crossed” lovers theme continues as Bella and Edward find themselves facing new obstacles, including a devastating separation, the mysterious appearance of dangerous wolves roaming the forest in Forks, a terrifying threat of revenge from a female vampire and a deliciously sinister encounter with Italy’s reigning royal family of vampires, the Volturi. Passionate, riveting, and full of surprising twists and turns, this vampire love saga is well on its way to literary immortality. 

3. A Cowardice of Crows (Symington Byrd #2)

This series was recommended to me as I love Sherlock Holmes. I have not started the series, but it looks like an enjoyable murder mystery series to keep on my TBR whenever the mood strikes to read them.

It seemed Millicent Jones committed suicide… until a House of Commons cufflink is found wedged in her throat.

Given that Queen Victoria is dying, the last thing anyone wants is scandal. So Symington, Earl Byrd, renowned playboy and gentleman detective is called in to investigate.

But someone always seems one step ahead of Byrd, and has their own reasons for wanting Millie’s killer caught.

With suspects galore, the Police baffled, Byrd and his cousin, Chief Inspector Sir Charles Carter, find themselves drawn into the criminal world of the Pawnbroker and his Apprentice: a world so scary and seductive that Symington Byrd is in danger of losing his very own soul.

4. The Descent of the Drowned (The Descent of the Drowned #1)

This novel was just published last month. Originally, I was planning on doing the ARC for this one. I decided to wait as I have a lot of series to complete first and I am not sure I would be patient enough to wait for book two as it is not planned to be published until 2022. I might change my mind later this year, but for now I am going to hold out as close to the second’s release date as much as possible.

She is bound to serve. He is meant to kill. Survival is their prison. Choice is their weapon.

As the sacred slave of a goddess, Roma is of a lower caste that serves patrons to sustain the balance between gods and men. What she wants is her freedom, but deserters are hunted and hanged, and Roma only knows how to survive in her village where women are vessels without a voice. When her younger brother is condemned to the same wretched fate as hers, Roma must choose between silence and rebellion.

Leviathan is the bastard son of an immortal tyrant. Raised in a military city where everyone knows of his blood relation to the persecuted clans, Leviathan is considered casteless. Lowest of the low. Graduating as one of the deadliest soldiers, he executes in his father’s name, displaying his worth. When he faces judgement from his mother’s people—the clans—Leviathan must confront his demons and forge his own path, if he ever hopes to reclaim his soul.

But in the struggle to protect the people they love and rebuild their identities, Roma’s and Leviathan’s destinies interlock as the tyrant hunts an ancient treasure that will doom humankind should it come into his possession—a living treasure to which Roma and Leviathan are the ultimate key.

5. Red Queen (Red Queen #1)

I was given the first few novels in this series awhile ago and I always meant to start reading them. Somehow they got buried on my bookshelves and I just rediscovered them while I was organized them. As I already own them and the subject matter still intrigues me, I will have to try to fit this in someway somehow.

This is a world divided by blood—red or silver. The Reds are commoners, ruled by a Silver elite in possession of god-like superpowers. And to Mare Barrow, a seventeen-year-old Red girl from the poverty-stricken Stilts, it seems like nothing will ever change. That is until she finds herself working in the Silver Palace. Here, surrounded by the people she hates the most, Mare discovers that, despite her red blood, she possesses a deadly power of her own. One that threatens to destroy the balance of power. Fearful of Mare’s potential, the Silvers hide her in plain view, declaring her a long-lost Silver princess, now engaged to a Silver prince. Despite knowing that one misstep would mean her death, Mare works silently to help the Red Guard, a militant resistance group, and bring down the Silver regime. But this is a world of betrayal and lies, and Mare has entered a dangerous dance—Reds against Silvers, prince against prince, and Mare against her own heart.


These are just a few of the many books in my collection that have blood on the covers. I went with these five as they are all on my TBR and series that I either need to start or reread. Next week shall be interesting as it has been a LONG time since I actually looked at the very beginning of my TBR list! Happy reading and I cannot wait to see everyone’s lists!

8 thoughts on “~ Top 5 Saturday: Blood on Covers ~

    1. I’ve heard so many great things about The Descent of the Drowned, so it is difficult to keep putting it off until at least an ARC request of the sequel (if available) is possible (or the publishing date, too) as I have a feeling I would need to read it soon after finishing the first. 😛

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