Assorted Link Roundup

Hello again! Sorry I’ve been away from the blog; I had some health problems crop up unexpectedly and was unable to post last week. I’m glad to be back :).

In lieu of last week’s rec post, have some links!

1. Here’s a giveaway hosted by Of Spectacles & Books to bring awareness a kickstarter for the North Texas Teen Book Festival. Take a look and consider donating, if it pricks your interest :).

2. I’d never heard of Traitor’s Blade before this weekend, but this review makes it sound fab. I’m a sucker for a take on the musketeers, but this sounds interesting even without my bias. It releases in the US on July 15.

3. Not a full-length rec, but if you like Jane Austen profic I can heartily recommend Darcy and Anne, which follows Anne de Bourgh after Darcy and Elizabeth have settled down. It’s entertaining and features an excellent characterization of Anne, although part of the ending (what Lady Catherine does near the end) seemed a bit unlikely.

The Weekend Rec: The Fairy Godmother

Just in time for the weekend, have a book rec!

The Fairy Godmother
This week’s pick is The Fairy Godmother by Mercedes Lackey. Fans of light fantasy, cute romance, or fairy tales might enjoy this novel, the first in a loose series set in the Five Hundred Kingdoms verse, where magic tries to herd people into specific destinies and fairy godmothers are required to make sure there are happy endings. While this story is a sort of retelling of Cinderella, the plot veers sharply into original territory and follows our heroine, Ella, as she trains to become a fairy godmother. Although the romance is a bit light, and Ella’s love interest isn’t introduced until far into the story, it is cute, and watching Ella become a cool, confident godmother more than makes up for it.

Perfect for anyone who needs a story with a little magic and a happy ending.

Top Ten Tuesdays : Top 10 Summer TBR Picks

Top Ten Tuesdays is a set of top ten posts hosted by The Broke and Bookish. This week’s topic is Top Ten Books On My Summer TBR List.

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Birthday Book Buy!

It was my birthday this weekend, and I got a couple of gift cards to Barnes and Noble and Thriftbooks. Together with a judicious application of coupons, these netted me a grand total of twelve books (five new, seven used)!

Books (and why I’m so excited to finally have/order them) behind the cut!

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The Weekend Rec: Edenbrooke

Just in time for the weekend, have a book rec!

This week’s rec is Edenbrooke by Julianne Donaldson. Edenbrooke is a breezy yet charming standalone Regency romance featuring a genuinely likable (and resourceful) heroine and plenty of romance and adventure. The friendship (and eventual affection) that springs up between Marianne, the protagonist, and her love interest is adorable, and although a tropey plot twist later in the book causes the story to stumble a bit near the end, Edenbrooke is, overall, a perfect beach read with a PG rating.

Perfect for Jane Austen or fans who want something sweet you can read in one sitting.

Review: These Broken Stars

Title: These Broken Stars
Author: Amie Kaufman & Meagan Spooner
Format: Hardcover

The Plot: Lilac LaRoux and Tarver Merendsen are from different worlds. Lilac is the daughter of the richest man in the galaxy, while Tarver, a recently-promoted war hero, hails from humbler origins. Nothing would normally come of their chance meeting on the starship Icarus, but when the Icarus crashes on a mysterious planet, Lilac and Tarver must learn to rely on each other in order to survive.

The Verdict: This book is awesome. I’m not hugely into YA science fiction, but this novel managed to overcome any misgivings I might have had and catapult its way onto my favorites list. Although the worldbuilding could have been better, the intriguing storyline, fantastic characters, and the wonderfully believable relationship that blooms between Tarver and Lilac more than make up for that.

The Rating: 9/10

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burning the candle at both ends

I meant to post a writing update tonight, but I spent so much time writing that I’m too tired to blog about it, so I’ll just leave you with my favorite sentence of the night:

If I’d known I was going to meet the most amazing woman in the world outside my dad’s office that afternoon, I wouldn’t have asked for extra garlic on my pizza at lunch.

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