What’s new this month

These are some books I’m excited about this June. Here’s a little bit about each of them:

To Hold the Bridge6/9 – To Hold the Bridge – by Garth Nix

We are finally returning (however briefly) to the Old Kingdom and I couldn’t be more excited! The Abhorsen trilogy is some of my favorite YA fantasy, and I’m looking forward to this collection of 18 short stories. It will cover a lot in addition to expanding the Old Kingdom collection, and I always like seeing one of my favorite authors delve into shorter formats. Nix’s world-building and characterization are awesome, and although I was a little disappointed in Clariel, I’m hoping these stories have the same verve as his earlier work.

More info here: Goodreads and Amazon

The Stars Never Rise6/9 – The Stars Never Rise – by Rachel Vincent

I like reading about siblings, so this story of a ramped up Hunger Games/Forest of Hands and Teeth relationship caught my eye. I’m apprehensive about the writing style since the presumed love interest’s “deep green eyes” are mentioned in the blurb, but I’m hoping my cringe-reaction is unnecessary. I’m always suckered in by the inclusion of a Dark Secret in the blurb – it drives me crazy until I find out what that is, even if I decide to skim the story for it. I’m terrible sometimes. Not entirely sure if this story/world will have enough series potential to sustain my interest but we’ll see.

More info here: Goodreads and Amazon

Sacred Lies Minnow Bly6/9 – The Sacred Lies of Minnow Bly – by Stephanie Oakes – Debut novel

Cults seem to be the thing for 2015, but this one sounds more intriguing than most of the premises I’ve seen so far. It’s darker and more brutal, combined with an old German fairy tale, “The Girl with No Hands.” This promises tight pacing and the kind of subtle, sharp character development I like, so I’m hoping it delivers! The comparisons and blurbs I’ve seen so far are very promising, in particular the Goodreads reviews of the ARCs. I have a feeling her missing hands won’t be the most shocking element of this story.

More info here: Goodreads and Amazon


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