Reading: Books I’m Looking Forward To

Done for the Bout of Books challenge on River City Reading, here are some books I’m really looking forward to reading this year, all of which are slated to be released later this year.

Coming out this year:

1. Will the Real Prince Charming Please Stand Up?–Ella Martin. Admittedly, I first heard of this book due to a slight twitter-acquaintance with Martin. However, early reviews look good, and the premise (a contemporary, YA take on Snow White set *after* Prince Charming rides in on his white horse) has me hooked and waiting impatiently for this July 1st release.

2. Dashing–Elliot James. Charming, James’ first book in the Pax Arcana series, was a light but hugely entertaining urban fantasy starring a ridiculous werewolf who teamed up with a Valkyrie and a lesbian priest and featured chapter titles that often had puns in them. I think it’s fair to say Dashing is one of the books I’m most looking forward to this year. Release date is September 2nd.

3. Skin Game–Jim Butcher If you’re any sort of urban fantasy fan and haven’t heard of the Dresden Files, I have no idea where you’ve been. If you have heard of it but haven’t read it, I highly suggest you do. While the first one or two books aren’t the strongest, the series really picks up quickly, and–well, I don’t want to say anything spoilery, so I’ll just say that Dang, you do not see some of those series-changing plot twists coming. Skin Game comes out May 27th.

4. The Shadow Throne–Django Wexler. The second in the Shadow Campaigns series, The Shadow Throne comes out July 1st. The first novel in the series, The Thousand Names, was one of my favorite reads of 2013: the series is a gunpowder fantasy which has both some of the best-choreographed battles and interesting characters I’ve seen in a fantasy novel in quite a while.

5. Raising Steam–Terry Pratchett. Raising Steam, the 40th Discworld novel and the third featuring Moist von Lipwig actually came out this March (having been released last November in the UK), but I am still waiting to buy it. Moist von Lipwig, an unpredictable con artist with a heart of–well, if not gold, at least some semi-precious metal–is one of my favorite Discworld characters, and if his newest adventure is even half as funny as Going Postal, I’m in.

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