Thursday, 30 June 2011

Books I'm Squeeing About in July

How is it already the end of June? I’ve been moving this month and there’s barely been time to read, but somehow I’ve crammed some books in around the painting and packing, and there have been some truly awesome books floating around.
Luckily most of the unpacking is done, because there is a positive deluge of books appearing in July, most of them being released on the 7th quite randomly… I think it’s some sort of conspiracy.

Lady Alexia Maccon, soulless, is at it again, only this time the trouble is not her fault. When a mad ghost threatens the queen, Alexia is on the case, following a trail that leads her deep into her husband's past. Top that off with a sister who has joined the suffragette movement (shocking!), Madame Lefoux's latest mechanical invention, and a plague of zombie porcupines and Alexia barely has time to remember she happens to be eight months pregnant.
Will Alexia manage to determine who is trying to kill Queen Victoria before it is too late? Is it the vampires again or is there a traitor lurking about in wolf's clothing? And what, exactly, has taken up residence in Lord Akeldama's second best closet?

Gail Carriger leapt onto my all time favourite authors list when I read her debut novel ‘Soulless’. Now the fourth book in the ever fabulous Parasol Protectorate series is due out, and I cannot wait.
I mean just look at that blurb! ZOMBIE PORCUPINES PEOPLE. Ahem. Carriger seamlessly blends brilliant humour, steampunk, sleuthing, tea, parasols, werewolves, vampires, fashion, and terrible hats into one brilliant blend. If you haven’t read her why the hell not? And if you have, I imagine you get why I’m so excited about this latest book.

A Q&A with the author herself will be available on this blog on the 7th July to celebrate the release.

Melissa Mar is known to young adult readers as the author of the popular faery series Wicked Lovely. Her debut leap into adult fiction lands her in the small community of Claysville, a town where the dead walk free unless there their graves are not properly tended. Into this eerie maelstrom, Rebekkah Barrow descends as she returns to a place that she once believed she knew. Kelley Armstrong justly described Graveminder as "a deliciously creepy tale that is as skillfully wrought as it is spellbindingly imagined." A new genre author to watch.

I fell in love with Melissa Marr’s captivating faerie series that all began with ‘Wicked Lovely’, and I didn’t need anything more than the fact that she’d written this book to recommend it to me. Her writing is an incredible fantasy blend with some beautiful prose and incredible imagination. And now after reading this blurb, I’m even more excited to see what she’s come up with after the epic faerie politics of the last series.

1586 – London, England. Sixteen-year-old Mercy Hart is the daughter of one of London’s richest – and strictest – cloth merchants. Kit Turner is an actor and the illegitimate son of the late Earl of Dorset. A chance encounter finds Kit falling for the beautiful Mercy’s charms, but their love is forbidden. A merchant’s daughter and a vagabond – it simply cannot be. If Mercy chooses Kit she must renounce her family name and leave her home. Will she favour duty over true love, or will she give Kit his heart’s desire?

This series is one of the best historical romances in the young adult section at the moment. Extremely well written and researched, Edwards really drops you right into the centre of Elizabethan England. I’ve loved the stories of the last two books in the series, and whilst I wasn’t that keen on Kit in the last book, I’m hoping a closer time with him will win me over.

Simon Van Booy brings to the page his unique talent for poetic dialogue and sumptuous imagery in this his remarkable debut novel of love and loss, dependence and independence. Rebecca has come to Athens to paint. Born and raised in the south of France, Rebecca's mother abandoned her and her sister when they were very young, left to be raised by her loving yet distant grandfather. Young and lost, she seeks solace in the heat of Athens. George has come to Athens to translate language. Dropped off at a New England boarding school when he was a child, he has close to no relationships with anyone, except the study of ancient language and alcohol. Henry has come to Athens to dig. An archaeologist, Henry is on-site at Athens during the day, and roams the Agora on the weekend. Three lost and lonely souls whose worlds become inexorable enmeshed with consequences that ripple far among the ruins of ancient Athens.

Simon Van Booy’s prose is so exquisite it quite often reduces me to tears. He’s authored two short story collections – ‘Love Begins in Winter’ is one of the most beautiful pieces of writing I have ever read – and now moves on to this, his debut novel. His view on human emotions, specifically love, and all the different forms it can take are breath taking, and as I said, his prose is so perfect it can make me cry with one brilliantly turned sentence. The only thing I ever wanted was to have more of the stories, so I cannot wait to read this and see how his deft handling of short pieces translates into a full novel.

Trying to work things out with Nash—her maybe boyfriend—is hard enough for Kaylee Cavanaugh. She can't just pretend nothing happened. But "complicated" doesn't even begin to describe their relationship when his ex-girlfriend transfers to their school, determined to take Nash back.
See, Sabine isn't just an ordinary girl. She's a 
mara, the living personification of a nightmare. She can read people's fears—and craft them into nightmares while her victims sleep. Feeding from human fear is how she survives.
And Sabine isn't above scaring Kaylee and the entire school to death to get whatever—and 
whoever—she wants.

I’ve loved this series, it’s been a breath of fresh air in the otherwise vampire cluttered young adult fantasy section. The cliff hangers of the previous book have left me desperate to get my hand on this one, and I’m curious to see how this ex-girlfriend stirs up the already muddy waters that are surrounding Kaylee and Nash. Whilst it’s been out in the USA for a while, this is the books first release in the UK.

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