I’m so happy to welcome Sarina Bowen to Darcy’s Book Blog in anticipation of the release of Bittersweet, the first book in her new series, True North!
I can’t believe it’s November already! Where did October go?!? Things have been a bit hectic at work, so I haven’t been able to blog as much as I would like lately, though I have got a ton of reading done, so yay!
Reading wise, it’s been a fairly slow summer (for me at least) and I just haven’t been into too many of my books. With a few exceptions, most of the books I’ve been reading have been good but not my favorites. The exception to this reading rut (I suppose that’s what it is) was Heir of Fire by Sarah J. Maas. I adore her books and her writing, and the emotional trauma that goes along with reading any of her books. I can’t wait to read Queen of Shadows! I have it on pre-order, so I am eagerly anticipating that book mail. Rook and The Night We Said Yes I throughly enjoyed; really good summer reads! [I’ll be posting soon about my summer and about some of the adventures I’ve had.] What are you currently reading?
Last week, I recommended Jane Austen adaptations that I had read. Some of them I loved, and some I thought were enjoyable. This week, I am focusing on books that I have on TBR list. Though I have not read them yet, I’ve read books by most of these authors and have loved them! So, on to the list!
So I was recently asked to share an up-close picture of my Jane Austen bookshelf, and it got me to thinking—there are so many Jane Austen inspired “What If” books, which ones would I recommend to people? I have separated this post into a two-parter, the first part “have read” and the second part “TBR”, so look out for the second part next week.
The Glass Sentence by S.E. Grove Edition: Hardcover Pub. Date: June 12, 2014 My Rating: ☆☆☆☆ Blurb: She has only seen the world through maps. She had no idea they were so dangerous. Boston, 1891. Sophia Tims comes from a family of explorers and cartologers who, for generations, have been traveling and mapping the New World—a world changed by the Great Disruption of 1799, when all the continents were flung into different time periods. Eight years ago, her parents left her with her uncle Shadrack, the foremost cartologer in Boston, and went on an urgent mission. They never returned. Life with her brilliant, absent-minded, adored uncle has taught Sophia to take care of herself. Then Shadrack is kidnapped. And Sophia, who has rarely been outside of Boston, is the only one who can search for him. Together with Theo, a refugee from the West, she travels over rough terrain and uncharted ocean, encounters pirates and traders, and relies on a combination of Shadrack’s maps, common sense, and her own slantwise powers of observation. …
Synopsis: The Darkling rules Ravka from his shadow throne. Now the nation’s fate rests with a broken Sun Summoner, a disgraced tracker, and the shattered remnants of a once-great magical army. Deep in an ancient network of tunnels and caverns, a weakened Alina must submit to the dubious protection of the Apparat and the zealots who worship her as a Saint. Yet her plans lie elsewhere, with the hunt for the elusive firebird and the hope that an outlaw prince still survives. Alina will have to forge new alliances and put aside old rivalries as she and Mal race to find the last of Morozova’s amplifiers. But as she begins to unravel the Darkling’s secrets, she reveals a past that will forever alter her understanding of the bond they share and the power she wields. The firebird is the one thing that stands between Ravka and destruction—and claiming it could cost Alina the very future she’s fighting for. [description from Goodreads] My Rating:☆☆☆☆☆ My Rating for the The Grisha Trilogy:☆☆☆☆☆ [READ IT, yes, shouty capitals] Where …