The Three Ws are:
What are you currently reading?
What did you recently finish reading?
What do you think you’ll read next?
This week, I decided to knock out majority of the books I am reading for blog tours with The Write Reads. It’s a group of really amazing books that I am looking forward to sharing with you all in September/October.
On TV, I’ve been enjoying two shows that feature time travel – The Umbrella Academy on Netflix and Find Me in Paris on Hulu. I am mocked in my house for watching Find Me in Paris (about a ballerina from the early 1900’s Paris who ends up in current day Paris where she discovers she’s a time traveler) – though why I’m mocked I’m not sure. But, everybody is totally fascinated by The Umbrella Academy. If you haven’t seen it, I don’t have any idea how to describe it to you – it’s kind of darkly super hero-ish meets apocalyptical fiction with the added fun of a human-like monkey, a robot mother, and a time traveling organization – and that just scratches the surface of this crazy and fascinating show. If you are looking for something to watch that will bewilder and fascinate you – this is worth your downtime.
Now back to books…
I’m starting May Day today. I’ve found that I enjoy paranormal suspense, and I read a sample of this book before signing up. It quickly pulled me in so I have high hopes for my enjoyment of this story.
About This Book
- Genre: Paranormal Suspense (Vampire)
- Print Length: 388 pages
- Publisher: Silver Sun Books
- Publication Date: July 9, 2020
If the murderer you’re tracking is a vampire, then you want a vampire detective.
Just maybe not this one.
It’s not that Jack Valentine is bad at her job. The youngest member of Oxford’s Seekers has an impressive track record, but she also has an impressive grudge against the local baron, Killian Drake.
When a human turns up dead on May Morning, she’s determined to pin the murder on Drake. The problem is that none of the evidence points to him. Instead, it leads Jack into a web of conspiracy involving the most powerful people in the country, people to whom Jack has no access. But she knows someone who does.
To get to the truth, Jack will have to partner up with her worst enemy. As long as she can keep her cool, Drake will point her to the ringleaders, she’ll find the murderer and no one else will have to die.
Body bags on standby.
May Day is the first book in Josie Jaffrey’s Seekers series, an urban fantasy series set in Oxford, England.
The Beast and the Bethany is being made into a big-budget film before it has even hit the shelves. It’s appropriate for grades 4 or 5 and up. It would be a little scary for younger kids. As an adult, it’s a lot of quirky, darkish fun and I completely agree with the Raold Dahl comparison. I can’t remember the last time I read a book with illustrations inserted within the story and I must say, I did enjoy the pictures.
The Inheritance Games is for an audience of teens on up, being easily enjoyable by adults. There are lots of cool puzzles and riddles toward solving the mystery, and I simply adored how fun of a read it was. I put the US cover on here because I think it’s absolutely gorgeous.
About This Book
- Genre: Fantasy
- Print Length: 240 pages
- Publisher: Aladdin Books
- Publication Date: December 8, 2020
Lemony Snicket meets Roald Dahl in this riotously funny, deliciously macabre, and highly illustrated tale of a hungry beast, a vain immortal man, and a not-so-charming little girl who doesn’t know she’s about to be eaten.
Beauty comes at a price. And no one knows that better than Ebenezer Tweezer, who has stayed beautiful for 511 years. How, you may wonder? Ebenezer simply has to feed the beast in the attic of his mansion. In return for meals of performing monkeys, statues of Winston Churchill, and the occasional cactus, Ebenezer gets potions that keep him young and beautiful, as well as other presents.
But the beast grows ever greedier with each meal, and one day he announces that he’d like to eat a nice, juicy child next. Ebenezer has never done anything quite this terrible to hold onto his wonderful life. Still, he finds the absolutely snottiest, naughtiest, and most frankly unpleasant child he can and prepares to feed her to the beast.
The child, Bethany, may just be more than Ebenezer bargained for. She’s certainly a really rather rude houseguest, but Ebenezer still finds himself wishing she didn’t have to be gobbled up after all. Could it be Bethany is less meal-worthy and more…friend-worthy?
About This Book
- Genre: Mystery
- Print Length: 322 pages
- Publisher: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers (September 1, 2020)
- Publication Date: September 1, 2020
- Sold by: Hachette Book Group
Don’t miss this “impossible to put down” (Buzzfeed) novel with deadly stakes, thrilling twists, and juicy secrets–perfect for fans of One of Us is Lying and Knives Out.
Avery Grambs has a plan for a better future: survive high school, win a scholarship, and get out. But her fortunes change in an instant when billionaire Tobias Hawthorne dies and leaves Avery virtually his entire fortune. The catch? Avery has no idea why — or even who Tobias Hawthorne is.
To receive her inheritance, Avery must move into sprawling, secret passage-filled Hawthorne House, where every room bears the old man’s touch — and his love of puzzles, riddles, and codes. Unfortunately for Avery, Hawthorne House is also occupied by the family that Tobias Hawthorne just dispossessed. This includes the four Hawthorne grandsons: dangerous, magnetic, brilliant boys who grew up with every expectation that one day, they would inherit billions. Heir apparent Grayson Hawthorne is convinced that Avery must be a con-woman, and he’s determined to take her down. His brother, Jameson, views her as their grandfather’s last hurrah: a twisted riddle, a puzzle to be solved. Caught in a world of wealth and privilege, with danger around every turn, Avery will have to play the game herself just to survive.
Vultures is an indie published novel, and like May Day – the sample I read through Amazon completely sucked me in. So, it’s another book that I am hopeful about. I also enjoy the chance to help out an independently published author.
About This Book
- Genre: Fantasy
- Print Length: 346 pages
- Publisher: indie
- Publication Date: May 31, 2019
An enemy slain is not a conflict won…
After decades of war the demon Te Mirkvahíl is dead. But its progeny endure, spilling from the Heart of Mirkúr, sowing death across the land of Ariath. If the people are to finally know peace, the Heart must be destroyed. Theailys An believes he can do just that with The Keepers’ Wrath, an infamous power focus wrought in Ariath’s yesteryears–but the weapon first must be reforged.
War spares no one…
Serece never intended to get involved in Ariath’s war. But history and demons have a way of pulling strings. When she learns Theailys An, a man whom she abhors, bears striking similarity to the first creator of The Keepers’ Wrath, Serece departs her mountain world for Ariath to ascertain the truth.
From patience, hope…
For millennia Behtréal has walked the world alone. Rewriting history to resurrect his people is easier said than done. But Ariath holds the key–soon The Keepers’ Wrath will be remade.
Truth from madness…
As paths converge and a shadow falls across Ariath, one thing becomes increasingly and horrifyingly clear–these events have played out many times before.
Talk to me about the book(s) you are reading this week (in the comments). I love hearing about the books you are reading. ❤️
This week and next are crazy full of posts for me. I have two posts today and then again on Friday as well as Monday and Tuesday of next week – then it will go back to a more normal schedule. I apologize in advanced for the deluge, but hopefully you’ll find some good additions to your TBR 😊
If you love fantasy and have a moment, be sure to check out my other post today – a Q and A on a recently published fantasy novel – Raven Storm