The Weekend Rec: A Winter Wrong

A Winter Wrong by Elizabeth Ann West

Bored this weekend? Have a book rec!

If you liked my previous rec of Darcy and Anne, you might enjoy A Winter Wrong by Elizabeth Ann West. Jane Austen profic is a guilty pleasure of mine, but I can be a bit picky about it. However, I can heartily recommend A Winter Wrong, which, at novella length, is perfect for a cozy sit-down read to relax with after a long day at work.

The story is an AU of Pride & Prejudice rather than a sequel; it follows the Bennett girls after a tragedy strikes and their father passes away, leaving Mr. Collins in control of Longbourn. The story naturally focuses on the relationship between Lizzy and Darcy, though Jane and Bingley have a romance in the background that is left open, presumably for the sequel(s). I particularly enjoyed watching Lizzy process her feelings for Mr. Darcy while dealing with grief over her father’s death, and the way the story resolves itself is certainly not one I have seen in other profic. It’s a sweet story with some moments of genuine sadness but a hopeful ending, and I highly recommend it for romance fans looking for a quick, satisfying read.

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The Weekend Rec: The Fairy Godmother

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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.

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.

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.