Jessie's End of Summer Book Haul

Wednesday, August 30, 2017

ARCs/Review Copies:

 Heart of Iron by Ash Poston

 Seventeen-year-old Ana is a scoundrel by nurture and an outlaw by nature. Found as a child drifting through space with a sentient android called D09, Ana was saved by a fearsome space captain and the grizzled crew she now calls family. But D09—one of the last remaining illegal Metals—has been glitching, and Ana will stop at nothing to find a way to fix him.

Ana’s desperate effort to save D09 leads her on a quest to steal the coordinates to a lost ship that could offer all the answers. But at the last moment, a spoiled Ironblood boy beats Ana to her prize. He has his own reasons for taking the coordinates, and he doesn’t care what he’ll sacrifice to keep them.

When everything goes wrong, she and the Ironblood end up as fugitives on the run. Now their entire kingdom is after them—and the coordinates—and not everyone wants them captured alive.

What they find in a lost corner of the universe will change all their lives—and unearth dangerous secrets. But when a darkness from Ana’s past returns, she must face an impossible choice: does she protect a kingdom that wants her dead or save the Metal boy she loves?

 I loved Ash Poston's debut novel - a hilarious nerdy moden reinvention of Cinderella titled Geekerella- and this blend of science fiction, space, and Anastasica could not sound more fun or original.

27 Hours by Tristina Wright 
Honor Among Thieves by Rachel Caine and Ann Aguirre  
Everless by Sara Holland (Untitled #1)  
An Alchemy of Masques and Mirrors by Curtis Craddock (The Risen Kingdoms #1)
Markswoman by Rati Mehrotra (Asiana #1) 
The Queen's Rising by Rebecca Ross (Untitled #1)

The Amber Amulet by Craig Silvey  
The Lost Season of Love and Snow by Jennifer Laam
Love, Life, and the List by Kasie West
Pashmina by Nidhi Chanani
Devils Unto Dust by Emma Berquist   
Ban This Book by Alan Gratz

Dread Nation by Justina Ireland

A story of the undead like you’ve never read before, Justina Ireland’s Dread Nation is a fresh, stunning, and powerful meditation on race in America wrapped in an alternate-history adventure where Confederate and Union soldiers rise from the dead at the end of the Civil War.

Jane McKeene was born two days before the dead began to walk the battlefields of Gettysburg and Chancellorsville—derailing the War Between the States and changing America forever. In this new nation, safety for all depends on the work of a few, and laws like the Native and Negro Reeducation Act require certain children attend combat schools to learn to put down the dead. But there are also opportunities—and Jane is studying to become an Attendant, trained in both weaponry and etiquette to protect the well-to-do. It’s a chance for a better life for Negro girls like Jane. After all, not even being the daughter of a wealthy white Southern woman could save her from society’s expectations.

But that’s not a life Jane wants. Almost finished with her education at Miss Preston’s School of Combat in Baltimore, Jane is set on returning to her Kentucky home and doesn’t pay much mind to the politics of the eastern cities, with their talk of returning America to the glory of its days before the dead rose. But when families around Baltimore County begin to go missing, Jane is caught in the middle of a conspiracy, one that finds her in a desperate fight for her life against some powerful enemies. And the restless dead, it would seem, are the least of her problems.

At once provocative, terrifying, and darkly subversive, Dread Nation is Justina Ireland’s stunning vision of an America both foreign and familiar—a country on the brink, at the explosive crossroads where race, humanity, and survival meet.


Wonder Woman: Warbringer by Leigh Bardugo (DC Icons #1) - favorite author takes on inconic fmeale suphero. 100% here for it.
The Valiant by Lesley Livingston (The Valiant #1) - female gladiator series soon to be on TV!
The Arsonist by Stephanie Oakes - loved Oakes' debut The Sacred Lies of Minnow Bly so much I bought this on faith.
Soleri by Michael Johnston (Soleri #1) - inspired by ancient Egyptian history and King Lear. So yeah, I needed it.

An Echo of Things to Come by James Islington (Licanius #2) - this one is a risk since the first book was pretty much a fantasy starter-kit... but we shall see.
Tell the Wind and Fire by Sarah Rees Brennan - my friends show mixed reviews but it was on sale for kindle so I figured 'why not?'.
Mechanica by Betsy Cornwell (Mechanica #1) - an impulse buy entirely down to it being on sale and the cover. I am a weak person.
Rosemary and Rue by Sean McGuire (October Day #1) - I enjoy the author's other works and this series has been recc'd and talked about by Christina. I was far too curious to ignore it on sale for less than $2.

Waiting on Wednesday: Sea of Rust

In all honesty, I have already read an ARC of this book. But I loved it so much that I am hotly anticipating reading it in finished form and sharing the joy of murderous robots <3

One robot's search for meaning in a world where every human is long gone. A thrilling twist on The Martian.

A touching story of a search one robot's search for the answers in a world where every human is dead. The new novel from C. Robert Cargill echoes the worlds of Stephen King and Ray Bradbury.

It is thirty years since the humans lost their war with the artificial intelligences that were once their slaves. Not one human remains. But as the dust settled from our extinction there was no easy peace between the robots that survived. Instead, the two massively powerful artificially intelligent supercomputers that lead them to victory now vie for control of the bots that remain, assimilating them into enormous networks called One World Intelligences (OWIs), absorbing their memories and turning them into mere extensions of the whole. Now the remaining freebots wander wastelands that were once warzones, picking the carcasses of the lost for the precious dwindling supply of parts they need to survive.

Brittle started out her life playing nurse to a dying man, purchased in truth instead to look after the man's widow upon his death. But then war came and Brittle was forced to choose between the woman she swore to protect and potential oblivion at the hands of rising anti-AI sentiment. Thirty years later, the choice still haunts her. Now she spends her days in the harshest of the wastelands, known as the Sea of Rust, cannibalizing the walking dead - robots only hours away from total shutdown - looking for parts to trade for those she needs to keep going.

Publication Date: September 5 2017
Publisher: Gollancz
Pages: 416

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Dreams and Shadows (Dreams and Shadows #1)
Queen of the Dark Things (Dreams and Shadows #2)

Book Haul

Sunday, August 20, 2017


The Orphan of Florence by Jeanne Kalogridis
Beyond a Darkened Shore by Jessica Leake
A Conspiracy of Stars by Olivia A. Cole
Ice Wolves by Amie Kaufman (Elementals #1)

Evil is a Matter of Perspective: An Anthology of Antagonists edited by Adrian Collins
Godsgrave by Jay Kristoff (Nevernight Chronicle #2)
In Other Lands by Sarah Rees Brennan

Waiting on Wednesday: Warbringer

Wednesday, August 9, 2017

Bardugo has rapidly become one of my favorite authors. Her fantasy novels are among the best there are and she is inventive and creative and utterly unique. Which is why her take on Diana of Themiscyra is bound to be excellent.

The highly anticipated, entirely new coming-of-age story for the world's greatest super hero: WONDER WOMAN by the # 1 New York Times bestselling author Leigh Bardugo.

She will become one of the world's greatest heroes: Wonder Woman. But first she is Diana, Princess of the Amazons. And her fight is just beginning. . . .

Diana longs to prove herself to her legendary warrior sisters. But when the opportunity finally comes, she throws away her chance at glory and breaks Amazon law—risking exile—to save a mere mortal. Even worse, Alia Keralis is no ordinary girl and with this single brave act, Diana may have doomed the world.

Alia just wanted to escape her overprotective brother with a semester at sea. She doesn't know she is being hunted. When a bomb detonates aboard her ship, Alia is rescued by a mysterious girl of extraordinary strength and forced to confront a horrible truth: Alia is a Warbringer—a direct descendant of the infamous Helen of Troy, fated to bring about an age of bloodshed and misery.

Together, Diana and Alia will face an army of enemies—mortal and divine—determined to either destroy or possess the Warbringer. If they have any hope of saving both their worlds, they will have to stand side by side against the tide of war.

Expected Publication: August 29 2017
Publisher: Penguin Books

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Six of Crows (Six of Crows #1)
Crooked Kingdom (Six of Crows #2)

Shadow and Bone (Grisha #1)
Siege and Storm (Grisha #2)
Ruin and Rising (Grisha #3)

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