There happen to be quite a few.
Welcome to another weekly edition of what’s on my radar (inspired by The Booksmugglers). This will likely be replaced by Cover Lurve next Saturday. We’ll see how it goes.
- Dragonwood – Janet Lee Carey
Carey’s Dragon’s Keep was one of the first books I reviewed on BM and it’s kinda nostalgic to go back and read one of her books. Maybe it’s just that I’m tired and kinda sentimental. But anyway, Dragonwood has dragons (duh), fairies and humans. A fairly combustible mix and I can’t wait to see how things turn out in it.
- Shades of Milk and Honey – Mary Robinette Kowal
A book that is distinctly Austen-ish with a magical flavor. Or Pride and Prejudice rewritten with magic in it. How cool is that? While I’m not the biggest Austen fan, I am a fan of the time period so I reckon it’ll be fun to see how Kowal writes her story.
- Quicksilver – R. J. Anderson
Ultraviolet was a tremendous surprise, both in its finale and its conception and execution so I’m looking forward to how the sequel measures up to the premise of the trilogy.
- Cinderella Ate my Daughter – Peggy Brenstein
A little nonfiction for myself. Essays about how popular (Disney) culture affects young girls in terms of their self esteem and ideal image.
- Wild Wood – Colin Meloy
Touted as a middle grade fantasy series, this book has comparisons to Narnia series which seems interesting enough. But it’s fantasy and it’s got fairies. I’m in.
- Heaven – Christoph Marzi
The premise is freakin brilliant. I just hope the book lives up to it.
- Spectyr – Philippa Ballantine
Book Two of the Books of the Order. More delicious Raed and sassy Sorcha.
- Sapphire Blue – Kerstin Gier
I loved Ruby Red and I can’t wait to see what happens next.
- Nightshifted – Cassie Alexander
This one is an urban fantasy featuring, of all things, a nurse who gets to look after sick vampires amongst other supernaturals. That in itself is original enough to pique my interest.
- Mistborn – Brandon Sanderson
I’m not gonna lie. I don’t usually read books from male perspectives but this one seems very intriguing and I have heard a lot of good things about Sanderson books so I guess I shall give it a try.
- Chasing Boys – Karen Tayleur
Shirley Marr was talking about this book’s awesomesauciness on The Midnight Garden and I just have to read it and find out for myself.
- The True Story of Hansel and Gretel – Louise Murphy
The title, people, the title alone sucked me in. Besides, I really do want to know the true story. Whatever it is.
As I said before, this is a meme started by the Book Smugglers that I appropriated for my own purposes. Hoho. Anyway. My to-read list continues to grow exponentially and here are some additions (new and old) to my list:
Beatle Meets Destiny – Gabrielle Williams
I must thank the lovely Reynje for bringing this to my attention. Aussie author and interesting premise. It sounds very promising.
The Peculiars – Maureen Doyle McQuerry
The cover is intriguing. And so is the premise. I mean, steampunk, fantasy and romance. Hello nurse.
World Soul – Liz Williams
“What if being a librarian was the most dangerous job in the world?”
That was all it took to reel me in. Doesn’t it sound fantastic to you?
The Bone Doll’s Twin – Lynn Flewelling
Gender bending with a magical twist. Plus epic fantasy. I love me some epic fantasy.
The Unnaturalists – Tiffany Trent
I’m not gonna lie. It is the cover and the potential of steampunk that reeled me in and keep me waiting. This sounds superawesomesauce. Yep.
Keeping the Castle – Patrice Kindl
The book promises a kick ass heroine and lots of hijinks and fun. I’m in.
This is not really a meme but something the ladies over at Book Smugglers do and it seems like an interesting way to spread awareness about books so… here are some books that I am dying to read:
Ironskin – Tina Connolly
Coming from Tor/Forge Fall 2012
This is a steampunk retelling of Jane Eyre.
Yes, you read it right. Seriously. It involves fairies, curses and a potentially sexy Rochester. I can’t wait to sink my fingers into it. We all know how I felt about Jane so let’s hope I like this retelling better.
Royal Street – Suzanne Johnson
Coming from Tor on April 12th
So, this one has pixies. And a kick ass heroine. And werewolves, vampires and all other delicious accoutrements of an urban fantasy…I’m not too sure about the romance but we’ll see as I have a copy from Net Galley. Yes, it’s on Net Galley. Go get it.
Vessel – Sarah Beth Durst
Coming from Margaret K. McElderry Books in September
This one is all about the cover. I am in love with the cover and seriously, do you blame me? Look at it.
A History of the World in Ten and a Half Chapters – Julian Barnes
Published June 15th, 2011
My professor in my World Lit class recommended this and dude, how can you resist that title? I can’t.
Won Ton: A Cat Tale Told Entirely in Haiku – Lee Wardlaw
Published February 15th, 2011 by Henry, Holt and Company
It’s from the viewpoint of a cat. In haiku. I don’t think you can go wrong with that. Seriously.
The House of Sleeping Beauties – Yasunari Kawabata
Published March 5th, 2004 by Oxford University Press
Cuz sometimes a girl needs some Japanese lit to make life go around. I love stories like these. They are surreal, magical and just so damned intriguing.
So it’s almost Christmas and while I don’t celebrate the holiday in the traditional sense of the word, there’s no harm in making wishlists, right? There is never harm in making wishlists! Ever! Don’t let anyone tell you otherwise! Anyway. I saw The Book Rat‘s Christmas Wishlist post and that’s what gave me the idea so the credit totally goes to her.
On My Wish List, this Christmas are the following books:
These look good, huh? Well, I think they do anyway. *beam* What’s on your list?
Here are five titles I’m looking forward to reading.
Orphaned as a child after the bizarre deaths of her parents, Mira has been tormented by visions of ‘ghosts’ ever since puberty. As a carrier of the Fragile-X gene, her eyes have crystallised more than usual, causing her physical and emotional pain. Diagnosed as blind-sighted and institutionalised in the Serenity Centre — a sanctuary for handicapped adults — she can see convicts of the past, yet she cannot see any of her real surroundings or even her own body. After a number of failed escape attempts, Mira has regressed under increasing medication to a near-child-like state; paranoid, terrified and unco-operative. Then two medical specialists arrive at Serenity to do a health survey — while secretly testing new technology that interrogates the human subconscious. The project leader is also selling military secrets, and when he murders one of the bodyguards to cover his crime, Mira is the only witness …
Once she was Adrienne Satti. An orphan of Davillon, she had somehow escaped destitution and climbed to the ranks of the city’s aristocracy in a rags-to-riches story straight from an ancient fairy tale. Until one horrid night, when a conspiracy of forces—human and other—stole it all away in a flurry of blood and murder.
Today she is Widdershins, a thief making her way through Davillon’s underbelly with a sharp blade, a sharper wit, and the mystical aid of Olgun, a foreign god with no other worshippers but Widdershins herself. It’s not a great life, certainly nothing compared to the one she once had, but it’s hers.
But now, in the midst of Davillon’s political turmoil, an array of hands are once again rising up against her, prepared to tear down all that she’s built. The City Guard wants her in prison. Members of her own Guild want her dead. And something horrid, something dark, something ancient is reaching out for her, a past that refuses to let her go. Widdershins and Olgun are going to find answers, and justice, for what happened to her—but only if those who almost destroyed her in those years gone by don’t finish the job first.
A YA Urban Fantasy/Romance in a world a breath away from our own. Similar in tone to Tithe and Unleashed, Lightbringer tiptoes down the line between love and horror as an independent young woman discovers herself and the darkest parts of the afterlife.
This sexy modern retelling of Pride and Prejudice was a fan phenomenon when originally released on the Jane Austen fan sites.
Darcy is the gorgeous, enigmatic virtuoso guitarist of the band Slurry, which fans called “the greatest band that never was.” Slurry is known for its wild reputation — on and off the stage. Elizabeth Bennet is the fiercely independent lead guitarist of the girl band Long Borne Suffering, recently hired as Slurry’s opening act. Darcy and Lizzy’s attraction throws sparks even before the tour starts. A wild rock ‘n’ roll love story!
In alternate Victorian England, there are many scientists who have mastered the ability to create inventions beyond the common man’s wildest dreams, using gears and steam for power. Illyria is a prestigious private school run by Duke Ernest, and takes only the best of men. Violet is not your typical Victorian girl; rather, she is a gifted scientist and inventor and wants nothing more than to go to lllyria. Violet concocts a scheme to impersonate her twin brother, Ashton, in order to attend the school. She plans to keep up her disguise until the final exhibition at the end of the year, and hopes that after proving herself as a worthy scientist, she will be allowed to stay. As one would expect, keeping up this ruse is not an easy task for Violet, especially when she starts getting close to the Duke. Within Illyria, there are also dark secrets that threaten to ruin Violet’s plans…