The Sunday Post (10)

The Sunday Post is an original feature/meme hosted by Kimba @ Caffeinated Book Reviewer ~ It’s a chance to share news~ A post to recap the past week on your blog, showcase books and things we have received and share news about what is coming up on our blog for the week ahead (description & feature by Kimba).

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Fresh From the Stacks!

In my profession, I have hundreds of books cross my desk on a daily basis. It can be a challenge not to pick up and browse every single book that looks great … so I’ve made a list. 🙂

Here are some suggested titles for your TBR lists based on this week’s finds. Book descriptions provided by Amazon or GoodReads (credit given).

miles_furyFury (The Fury Trilogy #1) by Elizabeth Miles

Sometimes sorry isn’t enough….

It’s winter break in Ascension, Maine. The snow is falling and everything looks pristine and peaceful. But not all is as it seems…

Between cozy traditions and parties with her friends, Emily loves the holidays. And this year’s even better—the guy she’s been into for months is finally noticing her. But Em knows if she starts things with him, there’s no turning back. Because his girlfriend is Em’s best friend.

On the other side of town, Chase is having problems of his own. The stress of his home life is starting to take its toll, and his social life is unraveling. But that’s nothing compared to what’s really haunting him. Chase has done something cruel…something the perfect guy he pretends to be would never do. And it’s only a matter of time before he’s exposed.

In Ascension, mistakes can be deadly. And three girls—three beautiful, mysterious girls—are here to choose who will pay. Em and Chase have been chosen. (Goodreads)

grossman_magiciansThe Magicians (The Magicians #1) by Lev Grossman

Quentin Coldwater is brilliant but miserable. He’s a senior in high school, and a certifiable genius, but he’s still secretly obsessed with a series of fantasy novels he read as a kid, about the adventures of five children in a magical land called Fillory. Compared to that, anything in his real life just seems gray and colorless.

Everything changes when Quentin finds himself unexpectedly admitted to a very secret, very exclusive college of magic in upstate New York, where he receives a thorough and rigorous education in the practice of modern sorcery. He also discovers all the other things people learn in college: friendship, love, sex, booze, and boredom. But something is still missing. Magic doesn’t bring Quentin the happiness and adventure he though it would.

Then, after graduation, he and his friends make a stunning discovery: Fillory is real. (Goodreads)

kate_fallenFallen (Fallen #1) by Lauren Kate

There’s something achingly familiar about Daniel Grigori.

Mysterious and aloof, he captures Luce Price’s attention from the moment she sees him on her first day at the Sword & Cross boarding school in sultry Savannah. He’s the one bright spot in a place where cell phones are forbidden, the other students are all screw-ups, and security cameras watch every move.

Even Daniel wants nothing to do with Luce – he goes out of his way to make that very clear. But she can’t let it go. Drawn to him like a moth to a flame, Luce has to find out what Daniel is so desperate to keep secret…even if it kills her.

Dangerously exciting and darkly romantic, FALLEN is a page-turning thriller and the ultimate love story. (Goodreads)

Coming Soon on LMB:

  • 11/26 A.A. Milne quote
  • 11/28 – Thanksgiving!!!
  • 11/28: How to create tables in Scrivener
  • 11/29: I review Rebekah by Jill Eileen Smith.

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Have a great weekend everybody!

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The Sunday Post (9)

The Sunday Post is an original feature/meme hosted by Kimba @ Caffeinated Book Reviewer ~ It’s a chance to share news~ A post to recap the past week on your blog, showcase books and things we have received and share news about what is coming up on our blog for the week ahead (description & feature by Kimba).

Recent Topics:

Fresh From the Stacks!

In my profession, I have hundreds of books cross my desk on a daily basis. It can be a challenge not to pick up and browse every single book that looks great … so I’ve made a list. 🙂

Here are some suggested titles for your TBR lists based on this week’s finds. Book descriptions provided by Amazon or GoodReads (credit given).

eden_seekingpersephoneSeeking Persephone (The Lancaster Family #1) by Sarah M. Eden

The Duke of Kielder has more influence than Parliament, higher social standing than the Royal Family. No gentleman dares face him on the dueling field, nor risks testing his infamous temper. But His Grace is in need of a wife. Combine his fearsome reputation with a terribly scarred countenance and finding a lady willing to accept his hand becomes all-but impossible. When the Duke manages to secure a bride through a bit of trickery and an obscene amount of money, he is certain his problems are behind him. Except his purchased bride proves to be nothing like he expected. What is a man like the Duke to do with a bride who is gentle, loving and absolutely impossible to live without? (Goodreads)

angelini_starcrossedStarcrossed (Starcrossed #1) by Josephine Angelini

How do you defy destiny?

Helen Hamilton has spent her entire sixteen years trying to hide how different she is—no easy task on an island as small and sheltered as Nantucket. And it’s getting harder. Nightmares of a desperate desert journey have Helen waking parched, only to find her sheets damaged by dirt and dust. At school she’s haunted by hallucinations of three women weeping tears of blood . . . and when Helen first crosses paths with Lucas Delos, she has no way of knowing they’re destined to play the leading roles in a tragedy the Fates insist on repeating throughout history.

As Helen unlocks the secrets of her ancestry, she realizes that some myths are more than just legend. But even demigod powers might not be enough to defy the forces that are both drawing her and Lucas together—and trying to tear them apart. (Goodreads)

durst_vesselVessel by Sarah Beth Durst

Liyana has trained her entire life to be the vessel of a goddess. She will dance and summon her tribe’s deity, who will inhabit Liyana’s body and use magic to bring rain to the desert. But when the dance ends, Liyana is still there. Her tribe is furious–and sure that it is Liyana’s fault. Abandoned by her tribe, Liyana expects to die in the desert. Until a boy walks out of the dust in search of her.

Korbyn is a god inside his vessel, and a trickster god at that. He tells Liyana that five other gods are missing, and they set off across the desert in search of the other vessels. The desert tribes cannot survive without the magic of their gods. But the journey is dangerous, even with a god’s help. And not everyone is willing to believe the trickster god’s tale.

The closer she grows to Korbyn, the less Liyana wants to disappear to make way for her goddess. But she has no choice–she must die for her tribe to live. Unless a trickster god can help her to trick fate–or a human girl can muster some magic of her own. (Goodreads)

Coming Soon on LMB:

  • 11/19: A fun Mae West quote for the week
  • 11/22: A Jane Austen satire I found (it’s great!)

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Have a great weekend everybody!

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The Sunday Post (8)

The Sunday Post is an original feature/meme hosted by Kimba @ Caffeinated Book Reviewer ~ It’s a chance to share news~ A post to recap the past week on your blog, showcase books and things we have received and share news about what is coming up on our blog for the week ahead (description & feature by Kimba).

Recent Topics:

Fresh From the Stacks!

In my profession, I have hundreds of books cross my desk on a daily basis. It can be a challenge not to pick up and browse every single book that looks great … so I’ve made a list. 🙂

Here are some suggested titles for your TBR lists based on this week’s finds. Book descriptions provided by Amazon or GoodReads (credit given).

These are some more of the great new reads headed to my inbox from The Historical Novel Review.  I am SO excited to be getting these titles!  Check them out below and let me know what you think:

english_muchadoMuch Ado About Jack by Christy English (Sourcebooks)

Angelique Beauchamp, the widowed Countess of Devonshire, has vowed never to re-marry. Twice burned by love, she is certain that no man will ever touch her heart again. But that doesn’t mean she can’t indulge a little — and the dashing Captain James Montgomery is as passionate as he is handsome.

After a brief but torrid affair, James tries to forget Angelique and the powerful emotions she evokes. The luscious lady was quite clear that their liaison was temporary. But for the first time, the lure of the sea isn’t powerful enough to keep him away. It’s going to take much ado to woo his reluctant lady… (Amazon.com)

schaffert_swangondolaThe Swan Gondola by Timothy Schaffert (Riverhead)

A lush and thrilling romantic fable about two lovers set against the scandalous burlesques, midnight séances, and aerial ballets of the 1898 Omaha World’s Fair.

On the eve of the 1898 Omaha World’s Fair, Ferret Skerritt, ventriloquist by trade, con man by birth, isn’t quite sure how it will change him or his city. Omaha still has the marks of a filthy Wild West town, even as it attempts to achieve the grandeur and respectability of nearby Chicago. But when he crosses paths with the beautiful and enigmatic Cecily, his whole purpose shifts and the fair becomes the backdrop to their love affair.

One of a traveling troupe of actors that has descended on the city, Cecily works in the Midway’s Chamber of Horrors, where she loses her head hourly on a guillotine playing Marie Antoinette. And after closing, she rushes off, clinging protectively to a mysterious carpetbag, never giving Ferret a second glance. But a moonlit ride on the swan gondola, a boat on the lagoon of the New White City, changes everything, and the fair’s magic begins to take its effect.

From the critically acclaimed author of The Coffins of Little Hope, The Swan Gondola is a transporting read, reminiscent of Water for Elephants or The Night Circus. (Amazon.com)

Coming Soon on LMB:

  • 11/13: I wax philosophical on why Art Without $$ Doesn’t Excuse Poor Work.
  • 11/14: Another Scrivener tip is headed your way! How to import templates into Scrivener.
  • 11/15: I’m reviewing The Edge of the Earth by Christina Schwarz.

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Have a great weekend everybody! 🙂

The Sunday Post (7)

The Sunday Post is an original feature/meme hosted by Kimba @ Caffeinated Book Reviewer ~ It’s a chance to share news~ A post to recap the past week on your blog, showcase books and things we have received and share news about what is coming up on our blog for the week ahead (description & feature by Kimba).

Recently on LMB:

Fresh From the Stacks!

In my profession, I have hundreds of books cross my desk on a daily basis. It can be a challenge not to pick up and browse every single book that looks great … so I’ve made a list. 🙂

Here are some suggested titles for your TBR lists based on this week’s finds. Book descriptions provided by Amazon or GoodReads (credit given).

sloan_mr. penumbraMr. Penumbra’s 24-hour Bookstore by Robin Sloon

A Winner of the Alex Award, a finalist for the Los Angeles Times Book Prize for First Fiction, named a Best Book of the Year by NPR, Los Angeles Times, and San Francisco Chronicle

The Great Recession has shuffled Clay Jannon away from life as a San Francisco web-design drone and into the aisles of Mr. Penumbra’s 24-Hour Bookstore. But after a few days on the job, Clay discovers that the store is more curious than either its name or its gnomic owner might suggest. The customers are few, and they never seem to buy anything—instead, they “check out” large, obscure volumes from strange corners of the store. Suspicious, Clay engineers an analysis of the clientele’s behavior, seeking help from his variously talented friends. But when they bring their findings to Mr. Penumbra, they discover the bookstore’s secrets extend far beyond its walls. Rendered with irresistible brio and dazzling intelligence, Robin Sloan’s Mr. Penumbra’s 24-Hour Bookstore is exactly what it sounds like: an establishment you have to enter and will never want to leave. (Amazon.com)

russell_swamplandiaSwamplandia! by Karen Russell

A New York Times Best Book of the Year
One of Granta’s Best Young American Novelists
Selected for the New Yorker’s 20 Under 40
Nominated for the Orange Prize

Thirteen-year-old Ava Bigtree has lived her entire life at Swamplandia!, her family’s island home and gator-wrestling theme park in the Florida Everglades. But when illness fells Ava’s mother, the park’s indomitable headliner, the family is plunged into chaos; her father withdraws, her sister falls in love with a spooky character known as the Dredgeman, and her brilliant big brother, Kiwi, defects to a rival park called The World of Darkness. As Ava sets out on a mission through the magical swamps to save them all, we are drawn into a lush and bravely imagined debut that takes us to the shimmering edge of reality. (Amazon.com)

colgan_cupcakecafeMeet Me at the Cupcake Cafe: A Novel with Recipes by Jenny Colgan

A sweet and satisfying novel of how delicious it is to discover your dreams.

Issy Randall can bake. No, Issy can create stunning, mouthwateringly divine cakes. After a childhood spent in her beloved Grampa Joe’s bakery, she has undoubtedly inherited his talent. She’s much better at baking than she is a filing so when she’s laid off from her desk job, Issy decides to open her own little café. But she soon learns that her piece-of-cake plan will take all of her courage and confectionary talent to avert disaster.

Funny and sharp, Meet Me at the Cupcake Café is about how life might not always taste like you expect, but there’s always room for dessert! (Amazon.com)

Coming Soon on LMB:

  • 11/06: The Scientific Link Between Tidiness and Tranquility (there’s got to be one somewhere)
  • 11/08: Repost – Ghostly Photos from the Victorian Era

I hope you spend at least part of this weekend with your loved ones and get in some R&R&R – rest, relaxation and reading! 😉 From my family to yours, I wish you a rejuvenating Sunday and a blessed week!

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The Sunday Post (6)

The Sunday Post is an original feature/meme hosted by Kimba @ Caffeinated Book Reviewer ~ It’s a chance to share news~ A post to recap the past week on your blog, showcase books and things we have received and share news about what is coming up on our blog for the week ahead (description & feature by Kimba).

Fresh From the Stacks!

I’m completely thrilled about this week’s book news here in STL.

This week I was notified of the first ARCs that I will be receiving for the February 2014 issue of the Historical Novel Review.

There were a TON of awesome books up for grabs so make sure that you mark your calendars now and snag a copy of HNR this spring to catch up on all of the new releases.

Here’s what I know about the titles headed to my inbox:

donaldson_blackmooreBlackmoore by Julianne Donaldson

Kate Worthington knows her heart and she knows she will never marry. Her plan is to travel to India instead—if only to find peace for her restless spirit and to escape the family she abhors. But Kate’s meddlesome mother has other plans. She makes a bargain with Kate: India, yes, but only after Kate has secured—and rejected—three marriage proposals.

Kate journeys to the stately manor of Blackmoore determined to fulfill her end of the bargain sooner rather than later and enlists the help of her dearest childhood friend, Henry Delafield. But when it comes to matters of love, bargains are meaningless and plans are changeable. There on the wild lands of Blackmoore, Kate must face the truth that has kept her heart captive. Will the proposal she is determined to reject actually be the one thing that will set her heart free? (Amazon.com)

Julianne Donaldson is also the author of Edenbrooke.  Check out my review of Edenbrooke here.

jeter_fiendishFiendish Schemes by K. W. Jeter

In 1986 K. W. Jeter coined the term “steampunk,” applying it to his first Victorian-era science fiction alternate-history adventure. At last he has returned with Fiendish Schemes, a tale of George Dower, son of the inventor of Infernal Devices, who has been in new self-imposed exile…accumulating debts.

The world Dower left when he went into hiding was significantly simpler than the new, steam-powered Victorian London, a mad whirl of civilization filled with gadgets and gears in the least expected places. After accepting congratulations for his late father’s grandest invention—a walking, steam-powered lighthouse—Dower is enticed by the prospect of financial gain into a web of intrigue with ominously mysterious players who have nefarious plans of which he can only guess.

If he can locate and make his father’s Vox Universalis work as it was intended, his future, he is promised, is assured. But his efforts are confounded by the strange Vicar Stonebrake, who promises him aid, but is more interested in converting sentient whales to Christianity—and making money—than in helping George. Drugged, arrested, and interrogated by men, women, and the steam-powered Prime Minister, Dower is trapped in a maelstrom of secrets, corruption, and schemes that threaten to drown him in the chaos of this mad new world. (Amazon.com)