Tuesday, July 25, 2006

I want, I want, I want

I went through a phase for a while where I was having a really hard time finding anything to get interested in ... this happens to me sometimes. I don't like the look of any of the books I've brought home, I can't get interested in the online discussions about books, and even books by authors I KNOW I love just don't sound quite right to me. About the only thing I've read for a two or three month period was manga.

But I decided I had to get back into my favorite thing, and amazingly I got lucky and found a couple of great books that have me excited about reading again. The only problem is that some of the books I really want to read RIGHT NOW aren't out yet. But I want them NOW! *whines*

Valley of the Soul
by Tamara Siler Jones
Spectra, 31 October 2006
Jones' blend of fantasy and mystery is really perfect. Not so much fantasy that you feel you have to have a dictionary for all the places, people, and concepts shown within, and not so much mystery that the world-building and characters seem perfunctory. I love this series, and the unique and fascinating hero that Jones' writes about.

Angel in a Red Dress
by Judith Ivory
Avon, 1 October 2006
I know I am far from the only person who loves Judith Ivory, but she is the author of one of my absolute favorite romance books (Black Silk, not the typically-favorite Beast). She is a very talented writer who I can only be grateful that she writes historical romances when they are waning and so many authors seem to be leaving for greener pastures.

Blood Bound
by Patricia Briggs
Ace, 30 January 2007
Still a long wait for this one. I loved Moon Called, and I feel like I've been waiting for this forever, even though I know it's only been a few months.

Demon Angel
by Meljean Brook
Berkley, 2 January 2007
Brook's short story in the anthology Hot Spell was the best in the bunch, and really showcased the potential she has as a storyteller, and world-builder, and she has a great blog too.

Grave Surprise
by Charlaine Harris
Berkley, 26 September
I know most everyone is familiar with Harris' Sookie Stackhouse series, and I've enjoyed it too, but I actually liked the first of her new series, Grave Sight, more than Sookie. I guess for me, I found Harper to be more of a relatable character than Sookie, and I enjoyed her relationship with her brother, and her reticence and her feeling of responsibility to her "gift."

New Moon
by Stephanie Meyer
Megan Tingly, August 2006
I know there were many people online who enjoyed Twilight (and if you haven't read the version of the first chapter from Edward's point of view that is at her website, go there now). It's really an incredibly good, suspenseful, romantic book that is a great young adult novel and transcends the label at the same time. I've been recommending it to young people and adults alike.

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Mailyn said...

That Blood Bound cover is so damn wicked I'm dying to read the book regardless of what it's about. LOL.

Dance Chica said...

I loved Moon Called. I cannot wait for Blood Bound. It does feel like we've been waiting forever, doesn't it? The mark of a good book. ;)

Avid Reader said...

Welcome back Bev. I've missed you. And I missed your coming soon blog posts as that's where I got Moon Called by Patricia Briggs. I bought the ebook of the Tamara Silner Jones book you mentioned. It sounded really good.

Anyway, welcome back to posting :-)


meljean brook said...

Woot! You're back! And mine's on this list, which totally blows me away, considering that all of these books are some I'm waiting for, too. Great company.

Beverly said...

Thank you all for the welcomes back. I seem to do this blogging thing in spurts, but I do enjoy doing it and am very glad that some of you enjoy my cover-heavy blog.

Meljean, I really enjoyed your story in the Hot Spell anthology, and you happen to use a few plot elements that I enjoy, so it turned out to be a favorite story. I really am looking forward to your book, and to the characters that you have created.