Sorcerer to the Crown by Zen Cho. (Sorcerer Royal #1) I love the manners and magic angle, plus DRAGONS. I do want the UK cover at some point, but this one is also gorgeous and demands to be read.
Dark Tide by Jennifer Donnelly (Waterfire Saga #3) I am not caught up on this series (I still need to read book two, Rogue Wave). But Jennifer Donnelly is an author that has never disappointed me. I was surprised she went with mermaids but these books are entertaining and I love the Asian mermaid on the cover!
Covenant's End by Ari Marmell (Widdershins Adventures #4). The end of a series that I have sped through. These books are entertaining and actiontastic. The characters have great banter, chemistry, and wit and the books can pack some serious emotional punches. I am sad to see it end!
The Accidental Empress by Allison Pataki - a novel about Sisi -- the Austro-Hungarian Empress and wife of Emperor Franz Joseph. I have not read anything by this author before but Sisi was a fascinating woman and I am curious to see how this novel will handle her lifestory.
Sunshine by Robin McKinley
I don't know much about this one other than it's about vampires and a lot of my friends are vocal fans of this author.
Retribution Falls by Chris Wooding (Tales of the Jetty Kay #1)
Frey is the captain of the Ketty Jay, leader of a small and highly dysfunctional band of layabouts. An inveterate womaniser and rogue, he and his gang make a living on the wrong side of the law, avoiding the heavily armed flying frigates of the Coalition Navy. With their trio of ragged fighter craft, they run contraband, rob airships and generally make a nuisance of themselves. So a hot tip on a cargo freighter loaded with valuables seems like a great prospect for an easy heist and a fast buck. Until the heist goes wrong, and the freighter explodes.
Suddenly Frey isn't just a nuisance anymore - he's public enemy number one, with the Coalition Navy on his tail and contractors hired to take him down. But Frey knows something they don't. That freighter was rigged to blow, and Frey has been framed to take the fall. If he wants to prove it, he's going to have to catch the real culprit. He must face liars and lovers, dogfights and gunfights, Dukes and daemons. It's going to take all his criminal talents to prove he's not the criminal they think he is ...
This came highly recommended on twitter and was on sale... soo... it was a splurge buy, but I don't regret it!
Received for review:
The Conqueror's Wife by Stephanie Thornton --- signed!
And the final cover is pretty damn gorgeous:
We are the women who loved Alexander the Great. We were lovers and murderers, innocents and soldiers.
And without us, Alexander would have been only a man.
Instead he was a god.
330s, B.C.E., Greece: Alexander, a handsome young warrior of Macedon, begins his quest to conquer the ancient world. But he cannot ascend to power, and keep it, without the women who help to shape his destiny.
His spirited younger half-sister, Thessalonike, yearns to join her brother and see the world. Instead, it is Alexander's boyhood companion who rides with him into war while Thessalonike remains behind. Far away, crafty princess Drypetis will not stand idly by as Alexander topples her father from Persia's throne. And after Alexander conquers her tiny kingdom, Roxana, the beautiful and cunning daughter of a minor noble, wins Alexander’s heart…and will commit any crime to secure her place at his side.
Within a few short years, Alexander controls an empire more vast than the civilized world has ever known. But his victories are tarnished by losses on the battlefield and treachery among his inner circle. And long after Alexander is gone, the women who are his champions, wives, and enemies will fight to claim his legacy…
Doesn't that sound just fantastic?
Just Visiting by Dahlia Adler
Reagan Forrester wants out—out of her trailer park, out of reach of her freeloading mother, and out of the shadow of the relationship that made her the pariah of Charytan, Kansas.
Victoria Reyes wants in—in to a fashion design program, in to the arms of a cute guy who doesn't go to Charytan High, and in to a city where she won't stand out for being Mexican.
One thing the polar-opposite best friends do agree on is that wherever they go, they’re staying together. But when they set off on a series of college visits at the start of their senior year, they quickly see that the future doesn’t look quite like they expected. After two years of near-solitude following the betrayal of the ex-boyfriend who broke her heart, Reagan falls hard and fast for a Battlestar Galactica-loving, brilliant smile-sporting pre-med prospective... only to learn she's set herself up for heartbreak all over again. Meanwhile, Victoria runs full-speed toward all the things she thinks she wants… only to realize everything she’s looking for might be in the very place they've sworn to leave.
As both Reagan and Victoria struggle to learn who they are and what they want in the present, they discover just how much they don't know about each other's pasts. And when each learns what the other’s been hiding, they'll have to decide whether their friendship has a future.
First: adorable cover is adorable. This is just the kind of YA I love to read. Strong female friendship featured and a lot of diversity. I have been excited for months about this novel so I am BEYOND thrilled that Dahlia was kind to let me read and review it. Look for that in the next week or so!
That's it for me! How was your October, bookwise and candywise?