Holy Crow, there are soo many amazing books coming out this summer that I just had to spread the love/proselytize their greatness! Series Closers! Assassins! Supernatural Creatures! Mystery! Oh my!
Cassandra Clare (along with Kristin Cashore) was pretty much my ‘gateway drug’author to YA, thus it’s with baited breath that I reunite with the ole shadowhunter/downworlder gang for one last hurrah…until The Dark Artifices series begins at least- #currentlyreading
So it’s kind of obvious that I have a ‘thing’ for historical fantasies, but this book seems like a wonderful, light play on this theme by following the story of a young woman working at a Medieval Faire for the summer. Hilarity and Romance abound!
So excited that this book is finally here! I braved this Tatooine-esque heat wave to go get my special edition copy, which of course means true love. Can’t wait to see what Ms. Bardugo has in store for her marvelous characters and what twists she’ll throw our way.
The buzz surrounding this book is contagious! Once I read the synopsis of assassins, demon riders, female thieves (what can i say, there’s definitely a theme here) and a medieval fantasy setting, I had to add it to my list.
A princess escaping her preordained destiny to marry a prince, runs away to a remote village where she meets two handsome strangers with mysterious identities (one happens to be an assassin sent to kill her, the other is the jilted prince). I love a good story about a girl taking her fate in to her own hands. Plus, ahem, assassins.
THIS BOOK. I’m all for respecting authors’ time to write the novel the way it’s meant to be done (in theory anyways), but it’s been agony waiting for the conclusion to this series. I was enthralled (history nerd’s delight) when the characters spent the last book in the Elizabethan era, so I only hope Diana and Matthew’s story will be just as engrossing, back in the (meh) present.
I adore Dennard’s Historic/Steampunk/Fantasy mash up. Crinolines, zombies, ghost catchers, and a cast of diverse characters, have made me a lifelong fan. Eleanor must learn how to wield her black magic, navigate her feelings for Daniel the spicy inventor, and rescue her friend Jie, all against the alluring backdrop of 19th Century Egypt. *Swoons*
One of the stand out series I discovered last year, McGowan basically gave me an out of body experience, transporting me with her rich writing and complex plot twists, to the dark allies and twisted court life of a young thief training as a spy for Queen Elizabeth I. This sequel follows another female spy in the Elizabethan court, with her own scandalous past and unique skill set…
*Fan Girls for a Moment, Turns back to Blog* I can’t get enough of S. J. Maas’s tale of Celaena Sardothien; the assassin with the secretive past. Maas’s storytelling is like a flaky, buttery croissant; you keep pulling back layers of deliciousness to discover new characters, histories and elements of this darkly magical world. It’s the 3rd book of 7, yippee!
So I’m definitely cheating a little bit with this addition to my list, but I’m so eager to read what has been described as a Benedict Cumberbatchesque character investigating the unknown and supernatural capers in 19th Century New England that I’m gonna break all the rules. Sherlock meets Doctor Who? Um, yes please!
Honorable Mentions (aka books that came out in the Spring but I haven’t gotten a chance to read yet) go to:
- The Winner’s Curse by Marie Rutkowski
- Dreams of Gods and Monsters by Laini Taylor
- The Falconer by Elizabeth May