August is a good month for books – books I want:
Stephenie Meyer‘s “Eclipse”: Third book in her YA vampire series. I love Bella and I *love* Edward. “Twilight” and “New Moon” are the first and second books in this series respectively – if you haven’t read them, go and try “Twilight” at least. Even if you don’t do YA and hate vampires. Really. “Eclipse” excerpt here.
Rachel Caine‘s “Thin Air”: Sixth book in her Weather Wardens series. Right, the first book “Ill Wind” completely captivated me – people with the power to control weather, a secret group of weather wardens who work to avert natural disasters, and a very cute and yummy Djinn called David. It was a great start to the series, and then… arrrgghhh. I really really hate non-conclusive endings, and that’s how most of the later books have ended – with a major plot twist or reveal in the last few pages. I’m going to get “Thin Air” because it’s meant to wrap up loose threads from the previous books. And then I’m going to see how it ends, because I’m not 100% sure I want to continue with this series. I love Ms Caine’s writing, but I just don’t like her plots. Sigh. Excerpt here.
Staying with the fantasy books, Gail Dayton‘s “The Eternal Rose”: The third in a trilogy. The first two books in this series was published by Luna, but they decided not to continue with the series. Thankfully, it was picked up by Juno. While it’s not ground-breaking fantasy by any means, it’s an enjoyable and fast-paced fantasy series. Err… alternative lifestyle warning: There is polygamy in a sense here; Kallista, the lead female character is “married” to about five others (both male and female).
An anthology with some of my favourite authors – “On the Prowl” (Patricia Briggs, Eileen Wilks, Karen Chance, and Sunny). I think I’ve probably said this about a million times already, but I really love the first three authors. If I were asked who I wanted to see in an urban fantasy anthology, those would have been the three names I’d have picked. Though maybe I’d have liked Charlaine Harris as well, and oh, Kelley Armstrong. Anyway, I’m very much looking forward to this book – excerpts from Patricia Briggs and Eileen Wilks‘ stories are up.
Sarah Monette‘s “The Mirador”: The third in her dark fantasy series (btw, yes, I’ve noticed the “3” theme in this post!). I think I’ve posted the link before, but excerpts from the book are up on her website. The series revolves around two main characters, Felix and Mildmay, and they take turns to narrate the story. I love these books – they’re dark, edgy, and compelling.
That’s it for the fantasy – on the historical front, I want Diana Gabaldon‘s “Lord John and the Brotherhood of the Blades”. A spin-off from her Jamie and Claire books, this book focuses on Lord John, a secondary character in the “Outlander” series. I’ve no idea when it’s set relative to the J&C story timeline though (and no idea when the next J&C book will come out – I just wish she’ll write faster!). Excerpt here.
And finally, I want Suzanne Brockmann‘s “Force of Nature”. Mainly to see what happens to Jules – he better get his HEA soon. Oh, and just one more, Jayne Castle‘s “Silver Master”. Jayne Ann Krentz’s futuristic romances are my guilty pleasure.
I did say August was a good month for books 🙂