I was trying to come up with a way to showcase some new books without doing a weekly recap (too tedious for me...unfortunately it feels like work) or book haul (not all my most exciting new books come in hauls) when I realised I have this monthly feature called My Books, My Life. And I thought why not do a spotlight every once in a while on some of the books I can't wait to share?
I hope you all like the idea, 'cause here it is!!!
Today I want to spotlight books that I got through Netgalley. I'm particularly excited about...
The Assassin's Curse by Cassandra Rose Clark (Available Oct 2, 2012)
Ananna of the Tanarau abandons ship when her parents try to marry her off to an allying pirate clan. But that only prompts the scorned clan to send an assassin after her.
And when Ananna faces him down one night, armed with magic she doesn’t really know how to use, she accidentally activates a curse binding them together. To break the curse, Ananna and the assassin must complete three impossible tasks—all while grappling with evil wizards, floating islands, haughty manticores, runaway nobility, strange magic, and the growing romantic tension between them.
Assassin, curse, evil wizards, floating islands, runaway nobility, magic, romance. Yes, yes, yes. Yes to all of it!
The Brides of Rollrock Island by Margo Lanagan (Available Sept 11, 2012)
On remote Rollrock Island, men go to sea to make their livings—and to catch their wives.
The witch Misskaella knows the way of drawing a girl from the heart of a seal, of luring the beauty out of the beast. And for a price a man may buy himself a lovely sea-wife. He may have and hold and keep her. And he will tell himself that he is her master. But from his first look into those wide, questioning, liquid eyes, he will be just as transformed as she. He will be equally ensnared. And the witch will have her true payment.
Margo Lanagan weaves an extraordinary tale of desire, despair, and transformation. With devastatingly beautiful prose, she reveals characters capable of unspeakable cruelty, but also unspoken love.
This is a bit of a risk. I'm not sure how this book is going to work for me but the remote island, witchy-ness, men who buy their wives really creeps me out. And I guess I'm hoping that it will work really well.
Two and Twenty Dark Tales (Anthology) (Available Oct 16, 2012)
Dark mother goose tales told by Y.A. authors. I saw this one in an email from Netgalley and it immediately jumped out and me and yelled "READ ME!" and so I clicked the little button that said "Read now." I'm pretty excited to dive into this one.
In this anthology, 20 authors explore the dark and hidden meanings behind some of the most beloved Mother Goose nursery rhymes through short story retellings. The dark twists on classic tales range from exploring whether Jack truly fell or if Jill pushed him instead to why Humpty Dumpty, fragile and alone, sat atop so high of a wall. The authors include Nina Berry, Sarwat Chadda, Leigh Fallon, Gretchen McNeil, and Suzanne Young.
Thank you to the publishers - Strange Chemistry, Random House, and Month9Books - for letting me access these!