So many books, so little time! In spite of work and my personal life being super busy, I was able to carve out a bit of time for the great books I acquired last month.
My birthday was in March, and my family showered me with Barnes & Noble gift cards. Naturally, a shopping spree was required. I bought three of my most anticipated reads for the first half of 2016 – Beyond the Red by Ava Jae, The Winner’s Kiss by Marie Rutkoski, and Sword and Verse by Kathy MacMillan.
I also gave in to peer pressure and bought a copy of Bella Forrest’s A Shade of Vampire. I’ve got to give credit to whoever’s in charge of Ms. Forrest’s marketing team – I haven’t been able to go a day without seeing some kind of advertisement for her book. Facebook, Amazon, my email account – everywhere I turn there’s a message about A Shade of Vampire and how it’s “Twilight fans’ next favorite series.” I finally caved and purchased it, in hopes that a) it really would satisfy my Twilight withdrawal and b) it would somehow MAKE THE ADS STOP, for goodness’ sake!
Kimberly G. Giarratano, whose ghostly novels have captured my heart in the past (see my reviews of Grunge Gods and Graveyards and The Lady in Blue) sent me an ARC of her latest book, Dead and Breakfast. Like its predecessors, Dead and Breakfast is a fantastic mystery featuring spirits and the humans who can interact with them.
I also received a review copy of The Midnight Watch by David Dyer, courtesy of St. Martin’s Press. I’m absolutely giddy over this one, as it’s historical fiction about the sinking of the Titanic. I’ve been fascinated by the Titanic disaster ever since my third grade teacher showed my class a documentary on the tragedy; needless to say, I’m really looking forward to reading Dyer’s debut.
My local library deserves major kudos for their excellent Young Adult fiction selection, both in print and digital. They recently added Erika Johansen’s Queen of the Tearling and Nova Ren Suma’s The Walls Around Us to their collection, two books I’ve been dying to get my hands on for ages and which ended up blowing me away. I was also able to borrow Public Enemies by Ann Aguirre, the second book in her wonderful Immortal Games trilogy.