June 17, 2015

Spring reading

Last year I gushed about how much I loved Charlie N. Holmberg's Magician series. I was so excited Master Magician came out this month that I read it as soon as it arrived. This third book was everything I wanted it to be and more. I already pre-ordered her new novel, Followed by Frost, and I can't wait to discover another of her magical worlds.

I don't usually read contemporary YA, but Premeditated by Josin L. McQuein kept the promise made by the book's description, which I read as a query letter long ago. Keeping the Castle by Patrice Kindl was cute and enjoyable, although I didn't find the narrative voice as historical as I would have liked. Another cute story I enjoyed earlier this year was Fairy Godmothers, Inc. by Jenniffer Wardell, which I forgot to mention in my previous post.

Not sure why it took me so long to pick up Mary Robinette Kowal's Shades of Milk and Honey, but I'm glad I listened to it narrated by the author. It's no secret that I love novels inspired by Jane Austen's work, but I had never read any with magic in it. To immerse myself in a Regency world with glamour was delightful. I also listened to the next two books in the Kowal's Glamourist Histories, Glamour in Glass and Without a Summer. Jane is such a layered character, and I loved the dash of espionage and intrigue in these later books. Without a doubt, I found another series to love, but I forced myself to take a break before reading the last two books--just to stretch my enjoyment.

I'm currently reading Becoming Jinn by Lori Goldstein, which I started enjoying after I got over the main character's childhood trauma. The paranoia of motherhood attacks when I least expect. On my long commute, I'm listening to Graceling by Kristin Cashore, which is an amazing production performed by David Baker and the full cast family.

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