This post is for the past few weeks.
So the word on the street is that this book is going to kick off a series that will be the next Percy Jackson. Instead of Greek myths, we're questing after lost artifacts hidden within the seven wonders of the ancient world.
So, basically, it sounds like I'm in for a fast-paced quest adventure with all sorts of cool whiz-bang magical artifacts. Things are looking pretty good.
I haven't had a chance to read it yet, but I did get to skim through the first few chapters while I was waiting for my takeout food to be made (waiting for takeout is just one of many reasons you should never leave home without a book), and I'm already pretty hooked. Short chapters, punchy writing, lots of action, and a good dose of humor. Things are looking really good.
Won through Goodreads First Reads (just when I thought they'd given up on me!).
Between the cover and the title, I already like this book. The concept is pretty intriguing, too. I've read a lot of paranormal books, and I've read a lot of boarding school books, and I've read a lot of paranormal boarding school books.
But I don't think I've EVER read a book where the main character is a nightmare. And I mean that literally, as in, a type of paranormal creature. How cool is that?
And while exploring all the possibilities of such a creature could totally keep me occupied for an entire book, Mindee Arnett doesn't stop there. She weaves in a mystery, complete with hot guy and a murder (though not a murdered hot guy, hopefully). Yay!
Requested and received through NetGalley.
Be still my heart! I'm still basking in the glory that was the first book and now I can dive into the second! And, look! All of my favorite characters are on the cover displaying all their awesomeness (well, ok, not ALL my favorite characters. There are a lot of characters in this series!)
I might just have to take a day off work so I can dedicate a hardcore reading session to this book.
Pitched, requested, and received from the publisher.
I'm slowly making my way through this (it's my backup read-while-drying-my-hair book) and I'm not really sure what genre I'd put it into. There's elements of steampunk (meh), but that does also come with historical fantasy elements (yay!) and there seems to be a good dose of adventurous questing as well.
Most importantly, I fell in love with Emilie's voice almost instantly and there's a certain other (male) character I am dying to learn more about.
The cover is pretty awesome, too.
Requested and received via NetGalley.
I haven't started this book yet, but I'm already well on my way to falling in love with it.
First off, there's that cover. Second, it's historical fantasy. Third, it's historical fantasy following an intrepid adventuress whose job is to study dragons. Fourth, Gina gave it 4.5 stars.
Fifth, I don't need a fifth. I'm in love already.
Pitched for review by publisher.
This is a fantasy split between the historical fantasy setting during a time of witch burnings and a pure fantasy world of the Sithe with war, peril, and brothers.
So, yeah, I'm totally on board with that and I was already pretty excited to start reading Firebrand. Reading the first chapter (and falling in love with the voice of the male narrator) sold me further.
And then I read the author's interview (you'll get to read it soon), and, oh. my. gosh. I will be SHOCKED if I don't love this book. Not only did her responses include a bunch of amazing stuff that pretty much describes everything I want in a book, but she compared the main character to Spike from Buffy the Vampire Slayer! Spike! How can I not fall in love with this guy?
Do we need a gratuitous Spike picture here?
Yes, yes we do. (You can click it to make it larger.)
Unsolicited review copy sent by publisher.
This is the third book and I haven't read the second yet. But, I did read the first and I adored it (get it? get it??)
Actually, I loved the first book so much that I'm afraid to read the sequels. Anyone read the second book and have some feedback for me? The first book ended perfectly as a standalone, so I'm worried I'll end up tainting my experience by reading an inferior sequel. What do you suggest?
This arrived as a surprise, but I'm pretty sure the source is Shelf Awareness.
I've had my eye on this series for a while (fantasy? a kingdom in turmoil? assassins? A cadre of hot men? YES PLEASE) so I was beyond excited when I saw the entire trilogy on the sale shelf at the library.
Now all I need to do is find the time to read them.
Stephanie Dray! I have been not-so-patiently awaiting the final book in her Cleopatra Selene series (WHEN IS IT COMING OUT?!?), so I practially screamed with joy when I saw she had released a novellette.
True, this isn't about Selene, but it is set in (even more ancient) Egypt and that plus Stephanie Dray is enough for me!
What did you get this week? Are you interested in reading any of these books? What did you think of them if you've read them already?