Top Ten Debut Authors Who Have Me Looking Forward To Their Sophomore Novel

This week’s Top Ten Tuesday is- Debut Authors Who Have Me Looking Forward to Their Sophomore Novel. I have picked the first to come to my mind (and not in order of desire!) You should add all of these to your TBR and buy the ones already released.

Top Ten Tuesday is a meme created by The Broke and the Bookish. Each week a different question is posed and gives us bloggers an opportunity to share our top tens on all different types of bookish topics.

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  1. The Storyspinner by Becky Wallace- I loved this one and I can’t wait for The Skylighter.
  2. The Girl From Everywhere by Heidi Heilig- I adored how complex and lovely this story was. And the characters–I can’t wait to read more.
  3. Blackhearts by Nicole Castroman- This was the prequel to Blackbeards pirating ways so I NEED to see how Nicole will portray him next.
  4. Burning Glass by Kathryn Purdie- The main character in this one was so unhinged and the story left me yearning for more.
  5. Lock & Mori by Heather Petty- This play on Sherlock and Moriarty has me incredibly scared yet eager to see how the relationship between these two will go.
  6. This Monstrous Thing by Mackenzie Lee- I loved how Lee wove together history with the classic Frankenstein story. I can’t wait to see what she does next.
  7. The Dead House by Dawn Kurtagich- This book was so well done and different–not to mention creepy! I need to know what Kurtagich will write next.
  8. A Study in Charlotte by Brittany Cavallaro- Another reworking of Sherlock and Watson–I loved how the genders were switched this go around. I can’t wait to read the next in the series.
  9. Thin Space by Jody Casella- This one was so wonderfully emotional and I was very moved by it. Not enough people have read it!
  10. The Falconer by Elizabeth May- This book took me out of a wicked reading slump so I’m more than excited about the sequel, The Vanishing Throne.

I have many debuts up to read and review coming up in 2016 and I’m pretty sure I’ll be dying for all of their sequels.

Top Ten Tuesday- My Top Ten Reads So Far in 2015

I saw Becca on Twitter talking about doing her Top Ten Tuesday (meme created by The Broke and the Bookish) post and I really liked the prompt this week so thought I’d jump in and do one. So, here I go, attempting to pick ten of my favorite books that I’ve read so far this year. I’m most likely going to forget a couple. These are not in order of my love and adoration.

Top Ten Books I’ve Read in 2015

23437156Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo- I love Leigh Bardugo. I’ve read everything I can find of hers and she is on my “read no matter what” list. I had high expectations for SoC and let me tell you- it lived up to ALL of them. I can’t recommend this one enough. I fell in love with the characters, especially Kaz. Go into this one expecting the Grisha world but a different feel than the prior series.
Release Date: September 29th 2015

23395680Illuminae by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff- I’ll admit it I was worried I’d not like this one. I thought that the way it was written with e-mails, chats, etc would not allow me to bond with the characters or really connect to the story. How wrong I was! I fell in love with the characters and the story was sublime. I will be reading this one again and pushing it on my husband (who’s not a reader). This sci fi hit all the right notes for me.
Release Date: October 20th 2015

23719469An Inheritance of Ashes by Leah Bobet- If you’re like me you see the crow on the cover and you think- that looks similar to SoC. I decided to request it based on the description and I’m so glad I did. This book was slow paced and so atmospheric. I really loved the slow build and quiet eeriness Bobet provoked with her writing. I totally shipped the wrong couple (oops) and I’m still in love with one of the characters. I really, really need another book concerning this character! His story had so much more in my opinion. If you like Not a Drop to Drink then you might enjoy this one too. It is a much different story but the feel was similar to me.
Release Date: October 6th 2015

25068467Uprooted by Naomi Novak- Have you been on Twitter? If so you’ve probably seen the hype surrounding this book. It has many, many folks saying how wonderful it is so I was intimidated to read it. I had the feeling I’d love it because it hit so many of the things I adore but I was still nervous since I had HIGH expectations. I am so thrilled that I loved it. The writing was strong and I loved the fairy tale feel. The Dragon was such a great character and over all this book was just fabulous. MY REVIEW
Out Now

untitledRebel Mechanics by Shanna Swendson- I was really in the need for just this type of book when I read Rebel Mechanics. It was fun, fast paced and I loved Lord Henry. I couldn’t help but picture him as the 10th Doctor so I fell madly in love with him. That love drove me through the story and had me giddy for each of his scenes. The rest of the book was good too, haha! I really liked the mix of alternate history and steampunk and really just found it an all around good time. MY REVIEW
Release Date: July 14th 2015

Ritter_BeastlyBones_jkt_COMP.inddBeastly Bones by Will Ritter- Last year I fell in love with Jackaby so I immediately dove into this sequel when a copy arrived. I adored the writing, story and it had DINOSAUR BONES. I loved the archeology bits and really the characters are amazing. How can you not love Jackaby? I think these books are amazingly fun and I hope we get to see many, many more adventures in the future.
Release Date: September 22nd 2015

23719270Vengeance Road by Erin Bowman- THAT COVER. THAT SUMMARY. This book was so well done. I was surprised by the twists, I was horrified, I was moved. I was so happy to see a YA go with the western feel and really I can’t say enough about this book. I was really surprised with just how powerful and amazing this one was because it’s a standalone and I’ll admit that at times I feel those are rushed (with character development). Not so in VR. I felt attached to all the characters, main and secondary. I was very concerned for everyone’s well being which is saying a lot.
Release Date: September 1st 2015

18488433The Storyspinner by Becky Wallace- I didn’t hear a whole lot about this one when I requested it but based on the summary I felt confident it would be a ‘Kristen book’ I was right. I loved the pacing, story arc and setting. I thought the characters were wonderfully crafted and I loved the magic system Becky created. It had a fantasy feel but also sort of a history feel since the world was so realistic and easy to believe. MY REVIEW
Release Date: Out Now

A Darker Shade final for IreneA Darker Shade of Magic by Victoria Schwab- I really loved Victoria’s YA books but let me just say her adult (crossover?) books are AMAZING. I absolutely love the direction her writing has taken and this world building was stellar. Alternate worlds, cross dressing pirates, bad ass characters. What’s not to love?  MY REVIEW
Release Date: Out Now

T21569527he Heart of Betrayal by Mary Pearson- THIS BOOK. I was on the edge of my seat, completely gripped and blown away. Most sequels aren’t better than the first book but this one was. This book was so incredibly well done I must reread it, and soon. I really can’t wait to see how Mary breaks my heart with the next book. Do be kind Mary, please?
Release Date: July 7th 2015 

There are more I could add! Even as I type this I’m thinking of other books I loved (END OF DAYS, ANYTHING COULD HAPPEN, etc) the list could go on and on. I obviously have read some amazing books this year so far.

Link to your Top Ten Tuesday if you did one if not- what are some of your favorite books you’ve read this year?

Stacking the Shelves

This past week was incredibly uneventful which is a wonderful thing. My kiddo did have a cold for most of his spring break but he seemed content to curl up on the couch with me and watch movies. UPS lost a book I was really excited about but I have a replacement coming next week. This has been the first book they’ve ever lost from my two years of blogging but I still wasn’t a happy camper. I’m beyond thankful that a replacement was sent.

Only two new books this week but I’m so thrilled about them. Stacking the Shelves hosted by Tynga’s Reviews is a weekly meme where you show what books you’ve purchased, gotten from the library, received from giveaway, as gifts or for review.

Gifted:

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You might know this but I’ve been wanting The Girl at Midnight soooo badly. I needed it in my life and a wonderful friend was sweet enough to send it to me. I am so grateful. I’ve already started it and so far I’m liking it. It has a very Laini Taylor feel so far.

Purchased:

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I read and adored the ARC of The Storyspinner so I had a copy on order. Last Saturday via Twitter and Nikki (thank you for telling me!) Becky’s launch party was in my town that day. I switched plans around and went out to Blue Willow Bookshop to meet Becky in person. She is so sweet and a wonderful speaker. I loved hearing about her adventure in publishing.

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Posts from last week:

  • Review of Stone in the Sky by Cecil Castellucci   star
  • Interview with Lauren DeStefano + Giveaway
  • Discussion– about a book I can’t see fault with or my “Pedestal Book”
  • Review of Death Marked by Leah Cypess   star

Giveaways

This week is Lauren DeStefano giveaway week.

Stacking the Shelves

Since November there have been a good amount of things going on in my personal life and I keep hoping that things will settle down. Maybe now?

Spring is supposedly on the way though the weather around here can’t seem to decide if it would rather be summer or winter. A good thing that’s come about is that my husband started a new job that he’s loving. So yay to that! This next week is my kiddo’s spring break which I can’t believe. No family plans so I’m hoping we can enjoy some calm and lazy days.

This last week brought me some epic book mail. Stacking the Shelves hosted by Tynga’s Reviews is a weekly meme where you show what books you’ve purchased, gotten from the library, received from giveaway, as gifts or for review.

For Review (solicited)

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Vengeance Road by Erin Bowman.

I am THRILLED to have this in my possession. Look at that cover! The map! The little gun! I can’t express how beautiful this book is. I can’t wait to own the hardcover because if the ARC is this pretty I can’t imagine how the finished copy will be.

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 The Wild Girl by Kate Forsyth and The Fixer by Jennifer Lynn Barnes.

I love both of these authors so much I can’t wait to read both of these. I might have danced upon receiving these.

For Review (unsolicited)

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Anything Could Happen by Will Walton.

I don’t know anything about this one but I’m excited regardless. I’m trying to expand my reading horizons so this looks like a good one to try.

Purchased

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The Falconer (UK hardcover) by Elizabeth May and The Storyspinner by Becky Wallace

I am so happy to complete my collection of The Falconer. I can’t wait for The Vanishing Throne to release. The Storyspinner is a new favorite and I had to buy the hardcover. I hope to go to the release party next week!

Posts from Last Week

  • My March TBR Pile
  • Blog TourA Darker Shade of Magic by Victoria Schwab: Find out which of her worlds she would choose to live in and giveaway
  • ReviewVanishing Girls by Lauren Oliver    star
  • Blog TourThe Winner’s Crime by Marie Rutkoski: Interview and Giveaway

Giveaways

TheWinnersCrimeCover A Darker Shade final for Irene

The Winner’s Crime (or paperback of The Winner’s Curse) by Marie Rutkoski- Ends in 5 Days

A Darker Shade of Magic by Victoria Schwab + double sided poster (INT)- Ends in 2 Days

How has March started for you?

Review of The Storyspinner by Becky Wallace

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By: Becky Wallace
Release Date: March 3rd 2015
Publisher: Margaret K. McElderry
Format: Print ARC
Source: Publisher

A copy of this book was provided by the publisher in exchange for an honest review.

My Rating:
star

Summary:
In a world where dukes plot their way to the throne, a Performer’s life can get tricky. And in Johanna Von Arlo’s case, it can be fatal. Expelled from her troupe after her father’s death, Johanna is forced to work for the handsome Lord Rafael DeSilva. Too bad they don’t get along. But while Johanna’s father’s death was deemed an accident, the Keepers aren’t so sure.

The Keepers, a race of people with magical abilities, are on a quest to find the princess—the same princess who is supposed to be dead and whose throne the dukes are fighting over. But they aren’t the only ones looking for her. And in the wake of their search, murdered girls keep turning up—girls who look exactly like the princess, and exactly like Johanna.

With dukes, Keepers, and a killer all after the princess, Johanna finds herself caught up in political machinations for the throne, threats on her life, and an unexpected romance that could change everything.

The Story:
I found this book to have a wonderful, moderate pace which was absorbing but not break neck. I was able to enjoy taking my time to read this but always felt interested in the storyline. I loved that Wallace incorporated a good portion of action in the last half of the book. I felt that the magic, sword fights and horse chases were beautifully descriptive and so easy to visualize. I could picture everything clearly and felt that Wallace pulled from some of my early fantasy roots.

The setting was lush and though this is a fantasy the book’s world wasn’t incredibly far fetched. Many aspects echo our own world and you can see the author’s inspiration being derived from real places, animals etc (check out her Pintrest page to see more). I personally liked this aspect because it made everything very easy to visualize as well as the magical elements seem that much more magical.

I loved the Performer’s camp and the caravan elements. The namesake of the title- Storyspinner- was touched upon and there are a few scenes where you get to witness what it might possibly feel like to sit in the audience and watch someone perform. I could easily picture these parts as a movie and am ready to see a Storyspinner in real life (please and thank you).

Be aware- in the last part of the book there were some scenes with animal violence though it didn’t feel overdone or too detailed. It hurt for me to read but it did match the tone and storyline of the book. I just want to warn those that have serious issues to be prepared.

The Characters:
This book utilized a lot of point of views (at least 5) but it was done very well and each character felt distinct to me. I felt that switching POVs allowed me to see the story from different angles and helped enhance my reading experience. Honestly, I think it’s rather difficult to accomplish this and Wallace succeeded.

I did find myself favoring one character in particular and that was Pira. I really loved reading from her view point and watching the internal struggle with her feelings towards a certain Keeper. I thought her insecurities, jealousies and strength combined to make her a delightfully flawed, yet strong character.

In some ways Johanna was the main character of the story and I felt that she too was wonderful. She was loyal and brave though she carried some guilt and resentment as well. I felt that as the series progresses we’ll see more character growth for all the characters but Johanna in particular. With the way this book was done none of the view points felt all that secondary and each of the main leads had elements that kept me interested in their particular storyline. There are side characters and they were done very well. We get to see some of them from multiple point of views which I always love since you see different elements shine.

This book was not romance heavy -I felt that there was just enough to keep me hooked and to be honest I could use just a tad more in the next book. I have a couple I’m shipping so that’s always a plus.

Final Thoughts:
The Storyspinner was a very strong debut and I’m excited for this new series to continue. Becky Wallace’s writing was strong as well as her ability to reveal the story through multiple view points. I enjoyed her characters and my only qualm was the small amount of animal violence- though I can’t really fault it in this type of book–lots of fighting and magic being thrown around there will obviously be causalities. Simply, I’d like more now please.

Check out my interview with Becky Wallace and enter to win a copy of the book