June 2, 2013 by Heidi
Hi bookish friends! Did you miss me whilst I was off being bookish in real life and completely neglecting all of you on the interwebs? Well never fear, I’m BACK and ready for action. Or at least some enthusiastic fangirling. Okay, per usual my book haul is ridiculous for the month, and I’ll include very quick opinions for you on those books I’ve already finished but may not have had the chance to review. The books I picked up at BEA this year are not included, but will be seen in my BEA recap post instead. Enjoy!
Call the Midwife: A True Story of the East End in the 1950s by Jennifer Worth–The book one of my favorite shows was based off of! Was nominated for (but did not win) an Audie in Solo Female Narration.
The Monstrumologist by Rick Yancey–Starting the third of four series I swore I’d complete this year!
The Book of Lost Things by John Connolly–This next month’s YAckers pick!
If You Find Me by Emily Murdoch–May’s YAckers pick…we were unanimously disappointed in the lack of rolls for Richard Armitage. Read my thoughts here.
The Curse of Chalion by Lois McMaster Bujold–Bujold was an oft recommended name during Kristen’s Women in SciFi and Fantasy month, so of course I jumped on that bandwagon. The audio produciton for this book was excellent! Highly recommended for those who enjoy political and dark high fantasy where the gods meddle in everyone’s personal lives.
His Majesty’s Dragon and Throne of Jade by Naomi Novik–I listened to these first two books in the Temeraire series. Really liked the first, but didn’t really get into the second so I’m not sure I’m going to continue. Still–DRAGONS IN THE NAPOLEONIC WARS…if that doesn’t pique your interest, nothing I can say will.
On the Prowl by Patricia Briggs–Picked up to read the Alpha and Omega novella.
Hex Appeal by Ilona Andrews–Picked up to read the latest Kate short!
The Odyssey Graphic Novels by Tim Mucci and Gareth Hinds–I’ve read the Mucci one thus far–liked the art style a lot, but the story felt quite rushed.
The Crown of Embers by Rae Carson—!!! This and The Bitter Kingdom are largely responsible for my veritable disappearance from the interwebs for about a week there…such a fantastic series to binge read (and that makes 2/4 of my sworn series reads complete!).
Dark Triumph by Robin LaFevers–Loved this one just as much as Grave Mercy, but what I think I love most is how completely different the two ended up being. I really recommend this series to anyone who enjoys badass chicks and historicals with a touch of fantasy.
I’m a Weener!
I had a crazy lucky month with giveaways! I was lucky enough to win two of the Women in SciFi and Fantasy Month Giveaways and received Grail of the Summer Stars by Freda Warrington, Range of Ghosts by Elizabeth Bear, and Beggars in Spain by Nancy Kress, all of which I’m super geeked to read (not to mention the cover work on all of these is awesome). I also won a copy of The Golem and the Jinni by Helene Wecker and got to choose Prospero Lost by L. Jagi Lamplighter when I won Alyssa’s Shakespeare giveaway.
I purchased a copy of Game by Barry Lyga when he was at my Barnes and Noble (alas, no event recap for this one), though I may put it off till the next one’s out due to his informing me there is not a cliffhanger, there are four cliffhangers. I bought the e-book of Wicked in Your Arms by Sophie Jordan because I’ve been into historical romance lately and she came recommended. I also bought the new serial project, Indexing by Seanan McGuire. The first section is released, and I loved it. We’re talking a fairy tale government bureau here folks! Leave your poisoned apples at the door and sign up for a new section every two weeks.
Flannery gave me a copy of Queen & Commander by Janine A. Southard, an author who’s a friend of hers, and I’m quite intrigued! Finally, Kristina was kind enough to pass along Loki’s Wolves by K.L Armstrong and M.A. Marr because she knew I was keen to read it!
From FSG: This Song Will Save Your Life by Leila Sales—I saw Leila at the Teen Author Carnival and BEA and she is lovely (her spirit book is Curly Girl!). Asher devoured this one yesterday and is in love, clearly I’m pumped. Also Tumble & Fall by Alexandra Coutts.
From First Second: Graphic novels, yay!! Templar by Jordan Mechnar, LeUyen Pham, and Alex Puvilland, Genius by Steven T. Seagle, and Teddy Kristiansen, Fairy Tale Comics: Classic Tales Told by Extraordinary Cartoonists ed by Chris Duffy.
From Walden Pond Press: The Real Boy by Anne Ursu. Guys, I loved Ursu’s previous book, Breadcrumbs, a fantastic modern-day retelling of one of my all time favorite fairy tales–The Snow Queen. I cannot wait to see what she has in store for us with her next book.
May Top 5 Reads
- The Bitter Kingdom by Rae Carson
- Dark Triumph by Robin LaFevers
- The Curse of Chalion by Lois McMaster Bujold
- The Crown of Embers by Rae Carson
- School Spirits by Rachel Hawkins
May Top 5 Posts
- If You Find Me by Emily Murdoch Audio Review
- Ranty Pants on 3 Star Books and Mini Review of Boundless by Cynthia Hand
- Happy Mother’s Day! Top 5 Literary Moms
- Criminal by Terra Elan McVoy
- Quintana of Charyn by Melina Marchetta