*I have been an avid reader from a very young age, and always gravitated towards fantasy novels. While looking for signing locations for an author that was on tour, I discovered Mysterious Galaxy. I was hooked from the first moment I walked in – these were people that all liked to read the same things I did! My reading tastes still gravitate heavily towards fantasy and young adult, though I’ll read anything if it’s pitched the right way, and I love talking about books almost as much as I love reading them.
For those of you who have already been enchanted by Graceling
all you probably need to know is that the highly-anticipated sequel to Graceling
will be hitting the shelves on May 1st. For those of you who are still
uninitiated, however, you should know that Bitterblue not only fails to
disappoint, but actually exceeds the high expectations set by its predecessors.
The book takes place eight years after the events of Graceling, where a now
18-year-old Queen Bitterblue is struggling to rebuild a kingdom traumatized and
wrecked from thirty-five years of rule under a mind-controlling violent
psychopath. All our favorite old characters make an appearance, as well as some
thrilling new ones, as Bitterblue slowly begins to realize that those closest to
her might be keeping secrets, and her kingdom might be a lot worse off than she
realized. Throw in spies, ciphers, a crotchety librarian, and a Graceling who
doesn’t know his Grace, and you’ve got a recipe for a thoroughly
heart-wrenching and satisfying conclusion.
In the exciting and heartbreaking conclusion to the Demon’s Lexicon trilogy, we get to know Sin – the enigmatic dancer and potential new leader of the Goblin Market – for the first time. Sin’s life is, and has always been, hard. When her mother died in terrible circumstances, Sin was left to care for her younger siblings by herself. Living in the Goblin Market means that she has a community she can lean on, but Sin knows that in the end it all comes down to her. The ever present battle between the ragtag people of the Goblin Market and the magicians (who get their power by selling people to demons) is heating up, and in the midst of danger, Sin begins to realize that she might be losing her right to lead the Goblin Market as well. Mae Crawford, her kind-of friend and newcomer to the magic world, is gaining support among the Market people, and the only way for Sin to win it back is to accomplish the impossible. Meanwhile, the enigmatic and troublesome Ryves brothers keep making life more complicated, and Sin finds herself begrudgingly allied with them. But the Ryves brothers are keeping secrets, as they always do, and the exciting and unexpected conclusion is something you won’t want to miss.
The Demon’s Surrender is book three of the Demon’s Lexicon Trilogy. -- KL
At the turn of the 19th century, there is a circus. Decked out in entirely black and white, it simply appears overnight, in what was an empty field only the day before. As you wander through the prose of this novel, you will encounter vibrant descriptions of tents that are both impossible and wondrous. You will ache for a chance to visit this circus, but it is only open at night, and it disappears as quickly as it came. Behind the curtain of the circus, there is a game. This game is being played by two apprentices – Celia, the illusionist, and Marco, the assistant. Kept at arms length from each other, they have been groomed for this challenge their whole lives. But as this game stretches over years, they begin to grow tired of it, and they collide into each other. The result of their plan to end the game could ruin the circus, and all the people who have been wrapped up into it, or could save it. Welcome to Le Cirque des Rêves. Prepare to be enchanted. -- KL
I'm not normally one for zombie literature, but this one had such an interesting premise - written from the point of view of a zombie - that I decided to give it a try, and I'm glad I did. "R" - a zombie with an existential crisis - makes a great hero in this bleak and (dare I say it?) lifeless world. The story begins when R devours the brains of a young boy, and after reliving some of his memories, decides to protect Julie, the human girlfriend of his victim. What follows is a surprisingly sweet budding relationship between human and zombie as each tries to understand the world of the other, and a tribute to living over just surviving. Warm Bodies is the first novel by Marion. -- Kate Lockary
The Demon's Lexicon is Young Adult urban fantasy following the adventures of two brothers - Alan and Nick - as they live a life on the run from magicians who want to kill them. They get roped into helping two of their classmates, one of whom has been marked by demons, and find out something about their own past in the process.
Graceling takes place in a world where some people are born with extraordinary talents and mismatched eyes. Named Gracelings, they occupy an odd place in society, as they are both useful and feared. Katsa is a wonderful heroine - neice to the King, she is Graced with killing. She has become the King's thug, mostly against her will. Enter Po, a prince from a neighboring country, Graced with hand to hand combat. Katsa and Po strike up an unlikely but charming friendship, and together, they become embroiled in conflict in the neighboring kingdom. In the process, Katsa learns something about her self and her Grace that will change her entire worldview.
Fire is not a direct sequel to Graceling, and only one character crosses between them, so you don't have to read Graceling to read Fire (of course, I recommend it). Fire is a monster - a subset of beings possessing both supernatural beauty and powers of mind control. She has lived most of her life in voluntary exile - isolated from society, she cannot cause undue influence. However, her special talents mean that she is needed to help stop the civil war brewing in the kingdom, and she must strike a balance between her desire to help, and her fear that she will become the monster (metaphorical and literal) that her father was.
The Bone Palace is a fantasy novel (the follow up to The Drowning City) follows the necromancer Isyllt as she tries to figure out why a prostitute was found clutching a ring bearing the royal signet. This book has politics, mystery, and a whole cast of really interesting and well developed characters - even the ones who only get a couple scenes.