I can't believe the leaves are turning red, orange and yellow. I'm not ready! The air is cooler, the house is cooler and I threw on a cardigan today. I love layering in the fall but I'm still not ready!
So, I'm going to talk about the books I read over the summer.
First off, I didn't get as much reading done as I thought. And I was like:
Ok. Not really. I just liked the gif.
I started the Stormlight series by Brandon Sanderson. How is it possible that I want to be a strange and more courageous person because of some writer's characters? But I did. That's impressive to me.
I choose to listen to the first book because I'm not sure my arms are strong enough to lug around his books. ;)
THE WAY OF KINGS (Stormlight Archives #1)
Speak again the ancient oaths,
Life before death.
Strength before weakness.
Journey before Destination.
and return to men the Shards they once bore.
The Knights Radiant must stand again.
is a world of stone swept by tempests that shape ecology and
civilization. Animals and plants retract; cities are built in shelter.
In centuries since ten orders of Knights fell, their Shardblade swords
and Shardplate armor still transform men into near-invincible warriors.
Wars are fought for them, and won by them.
In one such war on
ruined Shattered Plains, slave Kaladin struggles to save his men and
fathom leaders who deem them expendable, in senseless wars where ten
armies fight separately against one foe.
Brightlord Dalinar Kholin commands one of those other armies. Fascinated by ancient text The Way of Kings, troubled by visions of ancient times, he doubts his sanity.
the ocean, Shallan trains under eminent scholar and notorious heretic,
Dalinar’s niece Jasnah. Though Shallan genuinely loves learning, she
plans a daring theft. Her research hints at secrets of the Knights
Radiant and the true cause of the war.
I got HAG-SEED from netgalley and wasn't sure about what I was getting myself into. Wow! I was surprised how much I liked it. It's a retelling of The Tempest by Shakespeare. I can't remember when the last time was I read that play? This retelling actually helped me understand The Tempest better.
If you like Shakespeare, Margaret Atwood and literary readings, I think you'll like this book. One of my favorite parts? The swearing! It's not what you think...
HAG-SEED by Margaret Atwood
Hag-Seed is a re-visiting of Shakespeare’s play of magic and illusion, The Tempest, and will be the fourth novel in the Hogarth Shakespeare series.
is set on a remote island full of strange noises and creatures. Here,
Prospero, the deposed Duke of Milan, plots to restore the fortunes of
his daughter Miranda by using magic and illusion -- starting with a
storm that will bring Antonio, his treacherous brother, to him. All
Prospero, the great sorcerer, needs to do is watch as the action he has
set in train unfolds.
In Margaret Atwood’s ‘novel take’ on
Shakespeare’s original, theatre director Felix has been unceremoniously
ousted from his role as Artistic Director of the Makeshiweg Festival.
When he lands a job teaching theatre in a prison, the possibility of
revenge presents itself – and his cast find themselves taking part in an
interactive and illusion-ridden version of The Tempest that will change their lives forever.
There’s a lot of Shakespearean swearing in this new Tempest adventure…but also a mischief, curiosity and vigour that’s entirely Atwood and is sure to delight her fans.
This is a debut author and I think she has a bright future in writing! This is a book about a pirate who is a girl and the captain of her ship. It's a great read. I'm just going to leave my favorite quote for you all to read.
He finally turns toward me at the contact. "How do you know so much? How are you...you?"
am me because I choose to be me. I am what I want. Some people say you
have to find yourself. Not I. I believe we create ourselves to be what
we want. Any aspect of ourselves that we don not like can be altered if
we make an effort."
DAUGHTER OF THE PIRATE KING by Tricia Levenseller
A 17-year-old pirate captain intentionally allows herself to get captured by enemy pirates in this thrilling YA adventure.
If you want something done right . . .
the ruthless pirate king learns of a legendary treasure map hidden on
an enemy ship, his daughter, Alosa, knows there's only one pirate for
the job—herself. Leaving behind her beloved ship and crew, Alosa
deliberately facilitates her own kidnapping to ensure her passage on the
ship, confident in her ability to overcome any obstacle. After all,
who's going to suspect a seventeen-year-old girl locked in a cell? Then
she meets the (surprisingly perceptive and unfairly attractive) first
mate, Riden, who is charged with finding out all her secrets. Now it's
down to a battle of wits and will . . . . Can Alosa find the map and
escape before Riden figures out her plan?
Debut author Tricia Levenseller blends action, adventure, romance, and a little bit of magic into a thrilling YA pirate tale.
I love a well-written book with multiple points of view that all have to converge, or crash, into one another. Finley Montgomery can see and hear ghosts and ghostly things. But this isn't necassarily a ghost story. It's more a psychological thriller with some paranormal.
INK AND BONES by Lisa Unger
Montgomery is rarely alone. Visited by people whom others can’t see and
haunted by prophetic dreams, she has never been able to control or
understand the things that happen to her. When Finley’s abilities start
to become too strong for her to handle – and even the roar of her
motorcycle or another dazzling tattoo can’t drown out the voices – she
turns to the only person she knows who can help her: her grandmother
Eloise Montgomery, a renowned psychic living in The Hollows, New York.
Gleason is a woman at the end of her tether after a ten-month-long
search for her missing daughter, Abbey. With almost every hope
exhausted, she resorts to hiring Jones Cooper, a detective who sometimes
works with psychic Eloise Montgomery. Merri’s not a believer, but she’s
just desperate enough to go down that road, praying that she’s not too
late. Time, she knows, is running out.
As a harsh white winter
moves into The Hollows, Finley and Eloise are drawn into the
investigation, which proves to have much more at stake than even the
fate of a missing girl. As Finley digs deeper into the town and its
endless layers, she is forced to examine the past, even as she tries to
look into the future. Only one thing is clear: The Hollows gets what it
wants, no matter what.
I really, really love anthologies. If you ever get a chance to read one from this group, do it!
From the publisher of the #1 Amazon bestselling A Timeless Romance Anthology series in Clean Romance.
three bestselling Regency Romance authors, Regina Scott, Donna Hatch,
and Sarah M. Eden, for three new novellas in SUMMER HOUSE PARTY.
Other books in the Timeless Regency Collections:
A MIDWINTER BALL
SPRING IN HYDE PARK
A COUNTRY CHRISTMAS (Coming October 2016)