Waiting on Wednesday: The Sum of All Kisses

 

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“Waiting On” Wednesday is a weekly event, hosted by Jill at Breaking The Spine.com, that spotlights upcoming releases that we’re eagerly anticipating.

The weeks pre-publication “can’t-wait-to-read” is:

 

The Sum of All Kisses

Smythe-Smith Quartet Book 3Sum of All Kisses

by Julia Quinn

10 . 29 . 2013

 

From Amazon:

From Julia Quinn, the New York Times bestselling author of steamy historical romances, comes the third seductive installment of the Smythe-Smith Quartet, The Sum of All Kisses.

Sarah Pleinsworth can’t forgive Hugh Prentice for the duel he fought three years ago that nearly destroyed her family, sent her cousin fleeing, and left Hugh himself with a badly injured leg. That’s fine with Hugh, who can’t tolerate Sarah’s dramatic ways. But when the two are forced to spend a week together, they find that unexpected kisses, and mutual passion, may have the power to change both of their minds.

Written with Julia Quinn’s trademark style, The Sum of All Kisses is a witty and lighthearted Regency romance.

 

One of the first series of books I read in the romance genre was Julia Quinn’s series about the Bridgerton family.  I fell in love with her writing.  Her stories are completely character driven.  Even the supporting characters jump off the page.  I was very excited when Quinn came out with this sister series to the Bridgerton books about the Smythe-Smith family.  Some of the events in this new series occur at the same time and in the same setting as event s from the Bridgerton series.  I feel like you get more insight into all her novels with these new additions.  And as always, her writing makes me laugh out loud, sometimes in public.  Quinn writes fantastic dialogue.  If you enjoy light and fun romance reads, you will adore these two series.

 

 

What are you “waiting on…” ?

Battle Magic by Tamora Pierce

Battle Magic by Tamora Pierce

09 . 24 . 2013

 

I can still remember exactly which book it was that sparked my love of reading.  I was in the fifth grade, it was Christmas morning, and I was opening my presents by the tree.  I ripped the paper off my last gift and looked down incredulously at a book.  I remember reading the cover of Alanna the First Adventure by Tamora Pierce and telling my poor mother and father that it was the worst present ever.  My parents begged me to give it a try– and I promised I would, if only to show them how much I was NOT going to like that book.  I made a great show of sitting in bed that night and grimacing as I read the first pages…and that was the first night I stayed up all night to finish a book.  My parents were thrilled…until I made them go out the next day to buy In the Hand of the Goddess, the next book in the Song of the Lionness Quartet.  Hundreds of books, thousands of dollars later, and one English Major later, I wonder if they ever regret the monster they created that Christmas.

Battle Magic

Every year, I reread that series– and all the other books by Tamora Pierce, who has been one of my favorite authors since.  This newest book is part of the story of Sandry, Briar, Daja, and Tris, four young orphans who discover that they have magic.  The series Circle of Magic follows them as they learn to live with their gifts and become family.  The next series The Circle Opens and the single volume The Will of the Empress continues their journey as they begin to make a place for themselves in the world.  This newest book, Battle Magic, takes place between the last books in The Circle Opens  and The Will of the Empress.  It tells the story of Briar, his student Evvy, and his teacher Rosethorn as they are pulled into the middle of a vicious war.  The greed of an Emperor imperils their friends; as they fight to save the people they care about they learn exactly how much a powerful tyrant can destroy.

As usual, Pierce creates an incredible story.  Pierce’s book are not good simply because readers become enthralled in the plot and tied to the characters, but because she is able to incorporate a greater message into her novels.  (For example, the book Wolf Speaker explores the importance in caring for the environment.)  In Battle Magic, the message is clearly that war is not glorious or glamorous.  War is exhausting, unfair, and heartbreaking.  With this book, Pierce departs from her usual fantasy plot where the heroes, driven by righteousness, clearly and easily dispatch the evil villains.  This time, good and evil are much more evenly matched; both fighters and innocents suffer the consequences of battle.  Though this is an important message and a more realistic view of war than I have seen in many books, this is not the type of book that I would generally read.  I, admittedly, prefer to read books as an escape from every day life.  I enjoy a good fantasy, preferably with a romantic subplot, that will take my mind off of work, school, and real world issues.

That preference aside, the book was filled with action, magic, and obscure gods.  Pierce hooked me into the story quickly, as usual, and though I knew how it ended, I still could not put the book down.  A few parts of the story were odd — even for a book about fantasy and magic, but overall the story was really good.

Therefore, the final verdict is: though this book is a bit harsher in its realism than I would have liked, I do recommend it, along with the other books from the Circle of Magic series…especially if you have been missing books about young students learning magic since you finished the last Harry Potter book.

 

 

Waiting on Wednesday: Bastion

 

 

New WoW

“Waiting On” Wednesday is a weekly event, hosted by Jill at Breaking The Spine.com, that spotlights upcoming releases that we’re eagerly anticipating.

The weeks pre-publication “can’t-wait-to-read” is:

Bastion

Bastion 

Book 5 of the Collegium Chronicles

by Mercedes Lackey

10 . 01 . 2013

 

From Amazon.com

Mags returns to the Collegium, but there are mixed feelings–his included–about him actually remaining there.  No one doubts that he is and should be a Herald, but he is afraid that his mere presence is going to incite more danger right in the heart of Valdemar. The heads of the Collegia are afraid that coming back to his known haunt is going to give him less protection than if he went into hiding. Everyone decides that going elsewhere is the solution for now. So since he is going elsewhere–why not return to the place he was found in the first place and look for clues? And those who are closest to him, and might provide secondary targets, are going along. With Herald Jadrek, Herald Kylan (the Weaponsmaster’s chosen successor), and his friends Bear, Lena, and Amily, they head for the Bastion, the hidden spot in the hills that had once been the headquarters of a powerful band of raiders that had held him and his parents prisoner. But what they find is not what anyone expected.

 

Mercedes Lackey’s books were some of the first fantasy books I was ever hooked on– thanks to my older brother.   He harassed me for months until I read the Arrows of the Queen series.  He said I would love them, and I did — one of the (only) times he was right.  Lackey continues to write great stories set in the Valdemar world.  While they are not always as fantastic as her earlier Valdemar books, they are still pretty good, and I always look forward to reading them!

Crown of Midnight by Sarah J. Maas

In a word: “Wow”Crown of Midnight

In a sentence: “Holy Crap! I can’t wait for the next one!”

The sequel to Throne of Glass is even better than the first book. Now the King’s Champion, Celaena Sardothien must carry out the assassination orders of a king she hates. Despite her new role, Celaena is able to make a life for herself as the love and friendship she found grows. But as life in the Glass Castle becomes more dangerous and unrest in the kingdom grows, Celaena must choose between protecting herself and those closest to her and risking everything for the good of the kingdom.

The Throne of Glass series is like Game of Thrones for YA readers. Maas delivers epic fantasy with complex, imperfect, and driven characters. Her novels are completely thrilling and unexpected. With each book, readers learn a little bit more Prince Dorian, Chaol, Nehemia and Celaena. Crown of Midnight uncovers more of Celaena’s secrets as tragedy strikes and forces Celaena to face her past and choose her future. The action in this installment in the Throne of Glass series was incredible; Maas is clearly building to a grand finale the will redefine YA Fantasy.