Paper and Fire by Rachel Caine (The Great Library #2)
In Ink and Bone, New York Times bestselling author Rachel Caine introduced a world where knowledge is power, and power corrupts absolutely. Now, she continues the story of those who dare to defy the Great Library—and rewrite history…
With an iron fist, The Great Library controls the knowledge of the world, ruthlessly stamping out all rebellion, forbidding the personal ownership of books in the name of the greater good.
Jess Brightwell has survived his introduction to the sinister, seductive world of the Library, but serving in its army is nothing like he envisioned. His life and the lives of those he cares for have been altered forever. His best friend is lost, and Morgan, the girl he loves, is locked away in the Iron Tower and doomed to a life apart.
Embarking on a mission to save one of their own, Jess and his band of allies make one wrong move and suddenly find themselves hunted by the Library’s deadly automata and forced to flee Alexandria, all the way to London.
But Jess’s home isn’t safe anymore. The Welsh army is coming, London is burning, and soon, Jess must choose between his friends, his family, or the Library willing to sacrifice anything and anyone in the search for ultimate control…
I enjoyed Caine's long-running teenage vampire books until I wore myself out on the sheer number of them (I made it about 9 or so books in) but I love her new Great Library series even more, with none of the reservations I had for Morganville and its characters. This series is so much fun and so creative; Ink and Bone was one of my favorite books of all 2015. and one I definitely pushed on a lot of friends. I was beyond thrilled to get this from Penguin to read and review.
By Helen's Hand by Amalia Carosella (Helen of Sparta #2) - the second in a series about the early life of Helen (usually of Troy), Carosella envisions a full and rich inner and outer life for one of mythology's most infamous women. Book one was an impressive beginning and I've been patiently waiting for the continuance of Helen's story ever since.
Too Like the Lightning by Ada Palmer (Terra Ignota #1) - I had not heard anything about this scifi debut until Meg was talking about it while in line for Sabaa Tahir at BEA last month. I missed the signing so I was lucky enough to get a review copy sent to me (thank you, Ksenia and Tor!!). It's a futuristic uptopia about the birth of a revolution, using an 18-centurry writing style. It's inventive and ambitious but I am excited to see how it goes.
Gemina by Jay Kristoff and Amie Kaufman (Illuminae Files #2)
Moving to a space station at the edge of the galaxy was always going to be the death of Hanna’s social life. Nobody said it might actually get her killed.
The sci-fi saga that began with the breakout bestseller Illuminae continues on board the Jump Station Heimdall, where two new characters will confront the next wave of the BeiTech assault.
Hanna is the station captain’s pampered daughter; Nik the reluctant member of a notorious crime family. But while the pair are struggling with the realities of life aboard the galaxy’s most boring space station, little do they know that Kady Grant and the Hypatia are headed right toward Heimdall, carrying news of the Kerenza invasion.
When an elite BeiTech strike team invades the station, Hanna and Nik are thrown together to defend their home. But alien predators are picking off the station residents one by one, and a malfunction in the station’s wormhole means the space-time continuum might be ripped in two before dinner. Soon Hanna and Nik aren’t just fighting for their own survival; the fate of everyone on the Hypatia—and possibly the known universe—is in their hands.
But relax. They’ve totally got this. They hope.
Once again told through a compelling dossier of emails, IMs, classified files, transcripts, and schematics, Gemina raises the stakes of the Illuminae Files, hurling readers into an enthralling new story that will leave them breathless.
I know I know this is not out for months and I should wait and WHO CARES IT'S GEMINA AND I KNOW IT'S GONNA HURT AND I NEED IT IN MY EYES.