Ashley's Alternatives

Ashley Loga has experience in both the modern and antiquarian book trade. While attending college, she was the Headmistress and Head of Slytherin for the Muggles for Magic Club. Currently she is the co-organizer of the San Diego Harry Potter Meet-up group. Let’s just say if there was a mascot for Harry Potter, she’d be it. Ashley enjoys reading anything with rogues, thieves, assassins and lots of gore. “An author that can truly surprise me with a great plot twist is an author I love.”
 
     
Book List

Of Beast and Beauty (Hardcover)

$17.99
ISBN-13: 9780385743204
Availability: On Our Shelves Now!
Published: Delacorte Press, 7/2013

The classical story of Beauty and the Beast, most people know it and many have tried to retell it in movies, books and even a TV series, some successfully, some not so much. If you are looking for a really good and creative retelling of the classic tale, I recommend Stacey Jay’s new novel, Of Beast and Beauty.

In the city of Yuan, the blind Princess Isra or Beauty is held captive in a tower and raised to be a human sacrifice to the Rose Garden a twisted entity which sustains life in the city.  Outside of the city in the desert, Gem or the Beast, is a mutant creature who leads his people in a fight to survive against the smooth skin humans living in the cities.  Both are raised to hate the other kind. But when Gem is captured by Isra’s people, the two are thrown together.  As they begin to care for one another, their strengths and beliefs are tested.  Never would they have thought that only by working together can they end the curse that blackens their world.

What makes Stacey Jay’s novel so great is that unlike most Beauty and the Beast retellings, which simply take the classical plot and transfer it to a different city in a different time period, Stacey Jay really takes ownership of the story. She truly transforms this classic love tale, breathing new and creative life into an old plot line.  Of Beast and Beauty is a fantastic young adult romance.

-- Ashley


Coronets and Steel (Mass Market Paperback)

$7.99
ISBN-13: 9780756406851
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Published: DAW, 9/2011

If you’re looking for a great novel with a strong female character, awesome sword fighting, mystery and romance, this is the book for you. Kim Murray, a grad student from Los Angeles, sets off to Europe to trace her family’s lineage. There she meets the enigmatic Prince Alec who believes she is his not-so-beloved fiancée and kidnaps her. Following Alec, Kim arrives in Dobrenica, a small isolated country, where her grandmother was once royalty and ghosts walk amongst the living. With a missing princess, scheming relatives and mysterious hauntings, Kim is thrust into the dangerous world of politics while trying to discover her grandmother’s past. The subtle writing and strong character in Coronets & Steel are reminiscent of a great Jane Austen novel.

– Ashley


Wanna Get Lucky? (Mass Market Paperback)

$5.99
ISBN-13: 9780765364579
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Published: Forge Books, 2/2011

Deborah Coonts’ Lucky O’Toole series is a sexy, funny, and highly-entertaining read. Lucky O’Toole, the head of customer relations at the Babylon Casino in Las Vegas, is one of those witty, strong female characters I love so much. When a woman falls to her death from the casino’s helicopter, it is up to Lucky to solve the mystery. Throw in more entertaining elements, including an anaconda in a guest’s room, a rogue security guard, and her cross-dressing best friend. After reading it, I was read to hop on a flight to Vegas to experience some of Lucky O’Toole’s crazy life.

- Ashley


$28.00
ISBN-13: 9780553804690
Availability: On Our Shelves Now!
Published: Del Rey, 10/2013

What can I say that Patrick hasn't already said in his review.

This book is fanatstic. If you haven't read Scott Lynch's Gentlemen Bastard series, you are missing out on a great read!