Wednesday, October 18, 2017

Can't Wait Wednesday/Waiting on Wednesday #210: Dreadful Young Ladies and Other Stories by Kelly Barnhill


"Waiting on Wednesday" is a weekly event which had been hosted by Jill over at Breaking the Spine where we spotlight upcoming releases we are eagerly anticipating. I'm now linking up with "Can't-Wait Wednesday" hosted over at Wishful Endings

Synopsis from Goodreads:

A stunning new collection of short stories from the World Fantasy Award– and Newbery Medal–winning author of The Girl Who Drank the Moon.
 
From award-winning, New York Times bestselling author Kelly Barnhill comes a stunning collection of stories, teeming with uncanny characters whose lives unfold in worlds at once strikingly human and eerily original.
 
 When Mrs. Sorensen’s husband dies, she rekindles a long-dormant love with an unsuitable mate in “Mrs. Sorensen and the Sasquatch.” In “Open the Door and the Light Pours Through,” a young man wrestles with grief and his sexuality in an exchange of letters with his faraway beloved. “Dreadful Young Ladies” demonstrates the strength and power—known and unknown—of the imagination.  In “Notes on the Untimely Death of Ronia Drake,” a witch is haunted by the deadly repercussions of a spell. “The Insect and the Astronomer” upends expectations about good and bad, knowledge and ignorance, love and longing. The World Fantasy Award–winning novella The Unlicensed Magician introduces the secret magical life of an invisible girl once left for dead—with thematic echoes of Barnhill’s Newbery Medal–winning novel, The Girl Who Drank the Moon.
 
By an author hailed as “a fantasist on the order of Neil Gaiman” (Minneapolis Star Tribune), the stories in Dreadful Young Ladies feature bold, reality-bending invention underscored by richly illuminated universal themes of love, death, jealousy, hope, and more.


Dreadful Young Ladies and Other Stories by Kelly Barnhill is due out February 20, 2018 from Algonquin Books. 

Why am I waiting on this one? I find myself interested because of the award-winning status of the author as well as the comparison to Neil Gaiman. The descriptions of the stories are intriguing as well.

What book are you waiting on this week? Share it or a link in the comments so we can check it out and maybe add it to our TBR lists. Thanks for coming by and Happy Reading!

Tuesday, October 17, 2017

Teaser Tuesday: October Girls by Scott Nicholson


Teaser Tuesday is a weekly bookish meme hosted by The Purplebooker.
Anyone can play along! Just do the following:
• Grab your current read
 Open to a random page
• Share two (2) “teaser” sentences from somewhere on that page
 BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS! (Make sure that what you share doesn’t give too much away! You don’t want to ruin the book for others!)
• Share the title and author so that other TT participants can add the book to their TBR Lists if they like your teasers! 
Here it came. The lecture. About all the generations of Aldridges who had guarded the Orifice before her, who had boiled and bubbled and toiled and troubled and rhymed and spelled, all to stop the untelling horrors from slopping over into this world. (13% through on my Kindle)
October Girls by Scott Nicholson was released January 10, 2014. The cover on the left is from the edition on Amazon that I'm reading.
Would you keep reading? What's your teaser this week? Share it or a link in the comments. Are you enjoying your book? Let us know! Happy Reading!

Monday, October 16, 2017

Review: Cold as Ice by Julie Mulhern

Ellison Russell's life is in a bit of an uproar. Detective Anarchy Jones and Ellison's mother both wish she would break her habit of finding bodies. But more than that, there's a problem with the bank that is her daughter's legacy. And Grace has taken up with a boy that Ellison doesn't really feel comfortable with her seeing. He might be of the right social strata, but there is something about him that strikes her as untrustworthy. Julie Mulhern weaves these things together into the sixth Country Club Murders mystery.

I enjoy Ellison Russell and her passionate affair with Mr. Coffee. She is smart, but still makes mistakes, so very human. And she has a lovely, snarky sense of humor. The interplay of Ellison with her teenaged daughter Grace is believable. It stands along with her relationship with her own mother. It's nice to have the 3 generations interact. I like the ways that they ultimately show concern for each other.

The setting being the 1970s makes things interesting as well. No cell phones for one thing. The country club society almost becomes a character in itself. It certainly affects how characters react to things.

The mystery is well done. Ellison has her close calls which have Anarchy up in arms. Ellison isn't unperturbed, just the opposite. She tries to manage things with a minimum of upset, but there's only so much you can do when you find a body.

Julie Mulhern manages to balance the interpersonal interactions with the mystery. There is also just the right amount of sarcasm and humor. I enjoyed the sixth outing in The Country Club Murders and look forward to reading more in this series. I give the book 4 out of 5 stars. If you enjoy a good cozy with humor, you will most likely enjoy this one. Cold as Ice by Julie Mulhern is due to be released October 17, 2017 by Henery Press.

Disclaimer: I received a copy of this book from the publisher through NetGalley. This in no way affects my freely given review.

Wednesday, October 11, 2017

Can't Wait Wednesday/Waiting on Wednesday #209: The Curses by Laure Eve


"Waiting on Wednesday" is a weekly event which had been hosted by Jill over at Breaking the Spine where we spotlight upcoming releases we are eagerly anticipating. I'm now linking up with "Can't-Wait Wednesday" hosted over at Wishful Endings

Synopsis from Goodreads:

Picking up the pieces after the chilling events of the previous year isn’t easy, but the Graces are determined to do it. Wolf is back after a mysterious disappearance, and everyone’s eager to return to normal. Except for Summer, the youngest Grace. Summer has a knack for discovering the truth—and something is troubling her. After a trail of clues leads her to what could be the key to both her family’s mysterious past and the secret of Wolf, she’s determined to vanquish yet another curse. But exposing secrets is a dangerous game, and it’s not one Summer can win alone.

At Summer’s behest, the coven comes back together, reluctantly drawing their erstwhile friend River back into the fold. But Wolf’s behavior becomes unpredictable even as Fenrin’s strength fades, and Summer must ask herself whether the friend she so loves is also planning her family’s ultimate, cursed demise.

This riveting sequel to The Graces is saturated with magic, the destructive cost of power, the
complications of family, and the nature of forgiveness.


Why am I waiting on this one? I enjoyed the first book in the series, The Graces. There was definitely room for a continuation. I am surprised that it says River is drawn back into the group, but I'm sure that makes for good storytelling. I want to know what happens next in this series, so I will read on. The Curses by Laure Eve is due out January 9, 2018 from Amulet Books.

What book are you waiting on this week? Share it or a link in the comments so we can check it out and maybe add it to our TBR lists. Thanks for coming by and Happy Reading!

Tuesday, October 10, 2017

Teaser Tuesday: Gin and Panic by Maia Chance


Teaser Tuesday is a weekly bookish meme hosted by The Purplebooker.
Anyone can play along! Just do the following:
• Grab your current read
 Open to a random page
• Share two (2) “teaser” sentences from somewhere on that page
 BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS! (Make sure that what you share doesn’t give too much away! You don’t want to ruin the book for others!)
• Share the title and author so that other TT participants can add the book to their TBR Lists if they like your teasers! 
"There was something to be said for those old-fashioned men, Mrs. Woodby. One felt there were adults in charge of things. It was, if nothing else, reassuring. Nowadays when I read the newspaper, I have the sense that enormous moody toddlers are running the show." (17% through on my Kindle)
Gin and Panic by Maia Chance is due to be released October 24, 2017 from Minotaur Books. It's the third book in the Discreet Retrieval Agency series. The above teaser is from an ARC and may appear differently in the final edition. There is currently a Giveaway on Goodreads from the publisher. It's a mystery that takes place in the prohibition-era 1920s and is full of humor as Lola Woodby and her cook attempt to solve it.
Would you keep reading? What's your teaser this week? Share it or a link in the comments. Are you enjoying your book? Let us know! Happy Reading!

Saturday, October 7, 2017

The 2017 Georgia Peach Book Award for Teen Readers

The 2017 winner is The Book of Ivy by Amy Engel. Honor Books are When by Victoria Laurie and Simon vs. The Homo Sapiens Agenda by Becky Albertalli.


I know this isn't very new news, but somehow I missed seeing the announcement when the winner and honor recipients are chosen. I apologize.

I saw an article yesterday that they are making a movie out of Simon vs. The Homo Sapiens Agenda which is supposed to be titled simply "Love, Simon" to be released in March of 2018.

Did you expect these books to win?

Nominees for the 2018 award have been listed on the website as well at this point. Check out the nominees and cast your vote at georgiapeachaward.org/

Voting closes on March 15, 2018. The winner and honor books will be announced Monday March 20, 2018 at the Kennesaw State University Conference on Young Adult Literature.


Wednesday, October 4, 2017

Can't Wait Wednesday/Waiting on Wednesday #208: The Fissure King by Rachel Pollack


"Waiting on Wednesday" is a weekly event which had been hosted by Jill over at Breaking the Spine where we spotlight upcoming releases we are eagerly anticipating. I'm now linking up with "Can't-Wait Wednesday" hosted over at Wishful Endings

This week I'm waiting on The Fissure King: a Novel in Five Stories by Rachel Pollack. I won't have to wait long until it's available. It's due out October 10, 2017.

Synopsis from Goodreads:

In the classic noir tradition of -Have Gun, Will Travel, - Rachel Pollack--one of the world's foremost authorities on the Tarot--gives us the tale of Jack Shade, an occult shaman for hire. Jack Shade has a secret, and this hidden part of his past sends him on a journey through time and space and a great number of metaphysical doorways. From the cozy poker table in the eleventh-floor apartment of the Hotel de Reve Noire to the ethereal Forest of Souls to the faded houses along the Gold River, Jack flows in and out of this world. Even when his own duplicate hires him to kill himself, Jack is mercury in motion. Jack the Nimble. Jack the Quick. 
The Fissure King: A Novel in Five Stories collects the four existing Jack Shades novellas and shows us Jack's final trick--one last story that finally reveals Jack's true nature. 
Only Rachel Pollack, one of the world's greatest authorities of tarot and an award-winning novelist and comic book writer, could dream of someone as mischievous and mythopoeic as Jack Shade. The King is dead. Long live the King.


Why am I waiting on this one? The format intrigues me. And the description of the main character as mischievous and mythopoeic interests me. 

What book are you waiting on this week? Share it or a link in the comments so we can check it out and maybe add it to our TBR lists. Thanks for coming by and Happy Reading!