What I’m reading:
I still have James Dashner’s The Death Cure in my pool bag this week (it’s the final book in the Maze Runner trilogy). It was also in my pool bag last week. Not sure why but I am having a hard time getting into it… I’ve only managed to read a couple of chapters.
What I read last week:
Tab Bennett and the InBetween by Jes Young (indie, paranormal romance, fairy tale, dark fantasy) ★★★★☆
When I started reading this book, I (mistakenly) thought that is was a YA dark fantasy novel — it was a dark-fantasy-romance novel and not-at-all YA (if you know what I mean). Woops. Gotta take it off of Gearbox’s kindle! Unfortunately, I am not a huge fan of romance novel tropes (perfect bodies, uncontrollable passions) so I skimmed those parts of the book. Luckily, there was a lot of good story left when I skimmed those bits.
I really enjoyed the princess coming into her power storyline. It’s a fantasy cliche but Jes gave it enough new twists that I was pulled into the story. I also appreciated that Tab was strong, sometimes brave, and very believable. The many classic fairy tale elements interspersed in this story made the book even better — I love fairy tale retellings.
If you are a paranormal/fantasy-romance novel reader, you will adore this one. Jes tells a great story. I am not a romance novel fan, but I liked Tab enough that I will buy the next book when it comes out.
I also read two other books this week. But I’m too embarrassed to admit, publicly, to reading them. My friends made me do it, is all I will say.
In other book news:
Uncontrollable (S.R. Johannes’ next Grace book) is coming out in September, and I can’t wait. I was lucky enough to be on the email list for the cover reveal, so I got a sneak peek at the cover. Isn’t it beautiful!
I love Grace. She’s a strong, outdoorsy protagonist. There are not enough of those. When I was a teen I did a lot of backpacking and hiking and biking so I would have loved this series — Grace is everything I wanted to be as an outdoorsman. Untraceable was the best indie book I read in April, so I can’t wait for this book to come out in September.
The author is going to have a contest on her blog today, so stop by if you are interested.
What’s on the TBR pile this week?
Actually (embarassingly) the TBR pile is almost the same as last week — Jayawardhana’s Strange New Worlds (NF, science) and James Dashner’s The Death Cure (dystopian, YA). I also have China Mieville’ Kraken (fantasy, award-winning-author) as an e-book loan. I’d better go read!