Happy Tuesday! We thought we’d spice up the NEW RELEASE TUESDAY a bit and share what the Dames are reading:
I’m reading CROSSROADS OF TWILIGHT by Robert Jordan. Back in the early nineties, I started reading Robert Jordan’s WHEEL OF TIME series. I read the first three books before I started having trouble getting the rest of the series from the local library (I definitely couldn’t afford to buy them) and by the time I was able to find book four, I’d lost track of the many (many, many, MANY) characters, locations, crossing plot lines, etc. Then, last year, I learned that my local library had the entire series available. I had to start over at the beginning to keep track of all of the detail (and I still wish I’d been taking notes on the geography and politics). Crossroads of Twilight is the tenth book in the series, and I’m about 1/3 of the way through its 822 pages! And not the least bit tired of the characters or the story.
I’m reading WHY WE GET FAT and WHAT TO DO ABOUT IT, by Gary Taubes. Basically, he pulls apart most if the current dietary recommendations and tells us why they’re so bad for us. Very interesting reading.
The last book I read and was really excited about was BLACK HEART by Holly Black. I absolutely love this series. It’s so original, and the characters are all wonderful. As is the plot. And the voice. And . . . You get my drift.
Rinda Elliott (Dani Worth):
I just started PARTIALS by Dan Wells.
I seem to be reading some really different things, lately, which is sort of fun. I’ve just finished Meg Cabot’s first Heather Wells mystery, SIZE 12 IS NOT FAT, which I loved! It was laugh-out-loud (for real) funny, and I could relate to Heather in so many ways. (e.g. She prefers baths to showers, because she’s too lazy to stand up in the shower. ) I’ve already got the next book in the series, SIZE 14 IS NOT FAT EITHER, ready to go on my Kindle.
I’m now reading SHELTER by Harlan Coben, which is the thriller author’s first YA book. It had brilliant reviews and, I have to say, after just two chapters I’m hooked! I’ve not read any of his adult books, but maybe I should try one…
I just finished AN ICE COLD GRAVE by Charlaine Harris, and I need help! What should I read next? Anyone out there have any suggestions?
Now for this week’s new releases:
AS DEAD AS IT GETS – Katie Alender
It’s been three months since Alexis helplessly witnessed Lydia Small’s violent death, and all she wants is for her life to return to normal.
But normal people don’t see decaying bodies haunting photographs. Normal people don’t have to deal with regular intrusions from Lydia’s angry ghost, sometimes escalating to terrifying attacks.
At first, it seems that Lydia wants revenge on Alexis alone. But a girl from school disappears one night, and Alexis spots one of Lydia’s signature yellow roses lying on the girl’s dresser the next day. Soon, it becomes clear that several of Alexis’s friends are in danger, and that she’s the only person who can save them. But as she tries to intervene, Alexis realizes that her enemy is a much more powerful ghost than she’s ever faced before… and that its fate is tied to hers in ways she couldn’t possibly imagine.
Not even in her worst nightmares.
RAILSEA – China Mieville
On board the moletrain Medes, Sham Yes ap Soorap watches in awe as he witnesses his first moldywarpe hunt: the giant mole bursting from the earth, the harpoonists targeting their prey, the battle resulting in one’s death and the other’s glory. But no matter how spectacular it is, Sham can’t shake the sense that there is more to life than traveling the endless rails of the railsea–even if his captain can think only of the hunt for the ivory-coloured mole she’s been chasing since it took her arm all those years ago. When they come across a wrecked train, at first it’s a welcome distraction. But what Sham finds in the derelict—a series of pictures hinting at something, somewhere, that should be impossible—leads to considerably more than he’d bargained for. Soon he’s hunted on all sides, by pirates, trainsfolk, monsters and salvage-scrabblers. And it might not be just Sham’s life that’s about to change. It could be the whole of the railsea.
A CONFUSION OF PRINCES – Garth Nix
You’d think being a Prince in a vast intergalactic empire would be about as good as it gets. Particularly when Princes are faster, smarter, and stronger than normal humans. Not to mention being mostly immortal.
But it isn’t as great as it sounds. Princes need to be hard to kill—as Khemri learns the minute he becomes one—for they are always in danger. Their greatest threat? Other Princes. Every Prince wants to become Emperor, and the surest way to do so is to kill, dishonor, or sideline any potential competitor. There are rules, but as Khemri discovers, rules can be bent and even broken.
Soon Khemri is drawn into the hidden workings of the Empire and dispatched on a secret mission. In the ruins of space battle he meets a young woman called Raine, who challenges his view of the Empire, of Princes, and of himself.
But Khemri is a Prince, and even if he wanted to leave the Empire behind, there are forces that have very definite plans for his future. . . .