January is turning out to be a great month for books, my friends!
Nancy Lorenz kindly sent me a beautiful review copy of American Ballerina, sequel to her first novel The Strength of Ballerinas. There was much happy dancing when I saw it in my mailbox; that cover is absolutely gorgeous, and the synopsis hints about a possible new romance.
I also received a copy of Temper from Chapter by Chapter in preparation for an upcoming blog tour. Temper is the sequel to Beck Nicholas’ sci-fi novel Lifer, which I reviewed back in 2014. I’ve been obsessively checking Goodreads for news of book two ever since, so you can imagine how excited I was when I found out I’d scored a spot on Temper‘s tour.
The ever-fantastic Alma Alexander sent me a galley proof of Shifter, the final – and flat-out best – installment in her Were Chronicles series. I’ve already devoured it and am going through major withdrawal.
Naturally, I had to take a jaunt to Barnes & Noble for some shiny new books to try to fill the gaping hole Shifter left behind. I walked out of Barnes & Noble with The Imposter Queen, one of my most anticipated releases for the first half of 2016. It supposedly has an LGBT love triangle AND magic, plus it’s written by Sarah Fine, who was one of my favorite “new to me” authors of 2015.
I also bought Truthwitch by Susan Dennard, which I admittedly know almost nothing about. It’s been generating a ton of buzz, though, so I figured I might as well jump on the bandwagon and see what all the fuss is about.
My final purchase from Barnes & Noble was The Young Elites by Marie Lu. I’m a little late to the party on this one, but I needed time to recover from the last Marie Lu book I read – Champion, which broke my heart three years ago.
I snagged a couple of good deals on BookBub, too. I’ve heard so many great things about William Ritter’s Jackaby and was able to buy the e-book for $1.99. I also got a copy of Thorn, Intisar Khanini’s retelling of The Goose Girl, for just $0.99. It’ll be my first book for this year’s Retelling Challenge, hosted by Mel at The Daily Prophecy.