Can’t Wait to Read

Sunday Stackup

There’s nothing quite like a pile of new books to get through, and no matter how many unread books I have, I still tend to stock up on new additions each week. #thelifeofabooknerd

14f2a446e7dec4ee88e8f58201087f1d

This week’s haul has some pretty epic stories that won’t be sitting unread long. Much to the happiness of my husband, they are either library books or ebooks – he thinks I own too many books; I tell him I just don’t have enough shelves. It’s an argument he’ll never win because I’ll never surrender. Booknerds are fierce when it comes to protecting their beloved stories, and I’ve bared my teeth about it a time or two.

Anyway, here’s what’s new this week!

 

10987

 

Voyager by Diana Gabaldon

From the author of the breathtaking bestsellers Outlander and Dragonfly in Amber, the extraordinary saga continues.

Their passionate encounter happened long ago by whatever measurement Claire Randall took. Two decades before, she had traveled back in time and into the arms of a gallant eighteenth-century Scot named Jamie Fraser. Then she returned to her own century to bear his child, believing him dead in the tragic battle of Culloden. Yet his memory has never lessened its hold on her… and her body still cries out for him in her dreams.

Then Claire discovers that Jamie survived. Torn between returning to him and staying with their daughter in her own era, Claire must choose her destiny. And as time and space come full circle, she must find the courage to face the passion and pain awaiting her…the deadly intrigues raging in a divided Scotland… and the daring voyage into the dark unknown that can reunite or forever doom her timeless love.

Goodreads/Amazon

Diana Gabaldon’s Outlander series as seriously taken over my soul. I can’t recall what life was like before I began this series, and I certainly don’t even want to contemplate what it’ll be like once I’m finished. Thank goodness they are almost a thousand pages each.

20958632

The Darkest Part of the Forest by Holly Black

Children can have a cruel, absolute sense of justice. Children can kill a monster and feel quite proud of themselves. A girl can look at her brother and believe they’re destined to be a knight and a bard who battle evil. She can believe she’s found the thing she’s been made for.

Hazel lives with her brother, Ben, in the strange town of Fairfold where humans and fae exist side by side. The faeries’ seemingly harmless magic attracts tourists, but Hazel knows how dangerous they can be, and she knows how to stop them. Or she did, once.

At the center of it all, there is a glass coffin in the woods. It rests right on the ground and in it sleeps a boy with horns on his head and ears as pointed as knives. Hazel and Ben were both in love with him as children. The boy has slept there for generations, never waking.

Until one day, he does…

As the world turns upside down, Hazel tries to remember her years pretending to be a knight. But swept up in new love, shifting loyalties, and the fresh sting of betrayal, will it be enough?

Goodreads/Amazon

About a hundred pages in already, and it’s a keeper. Magical and a bit tragic with a flair of mystery so far. I can tell this is going to be a quick read, but it’s not exactly easy, hence the tragic.

25763894

Green Island by Shawna Yang Ryan

A stunning story of love, betrayal, and family, set against the backdrop of a changing Taiwan over the course of the twentieth century.

February 28, 1947: Trapped inside the family home amid an uprising that has rocked Taipei, Dr. Tsai delivers his youngest daughter, the unnamed narrator of Green Island, just after midnight as the city is plunged into martial law. In the following weeks, as the Chinese Nationalists act to crush the opposition, Dr. Tsai becomes one of the many thousands of people dragged away from their families and thrown into prison. His return, after more than a decade, is marked by alienation from his loved ones and paranoia among his community—conflicts that loom over the growing bond he forms with his youngest daughter. Years later, this troubled past follows her to the United States, where, as a mother and a wife, she too is forced to decide between what is right and what might save her family—the same choice she witnessed her father make many years before.

As the novel sweeps across six decades and two continents, the life of the narrator shadows the course of Taiwan’s history from the end of Japanese colonial rule to the decades under martial law and, finally, to Taiwan’s transformation into a democracy. But, above all, Green Island is a lush and lyrical story of a family and a nation grappling with the nuances of complicity and survival, raising the question: how far would you be willing to go for the ones you love?

Goodreads/Amazon

I mean, doesn’t Green Island just sound heartbreakingly incredible? I feel a few tears and some chocolate in my future…

What do you guys have this week?

Cheers!!

Advertisements

Book Beginnings: Dreams of Gods and Monsters by Laini Taylor

By way of a staggering deception, Karou has taken control of the chimaera rebellion and is intent on steering its course away from dead-end vengeance. The future rests on her, if there can even be a13618440 future for the chimaera in war-ravaged Eretz.

Common enemy, common cause.

When Jael’s brutal seraph army trespasses into the human world, the unthinkable becomes essential, a
nd Karou and Akiva must ally their enemy armies against the threat. It is a twisted version of their long-ago dream, and they begin to hope that it might forge a way forward for their people.

And, perhaps, for themselves. Toward a new way of living, and maybe even love.

But there are bigger threats than Jael in the offing. A vicious queen is hunting Akiva, and, in the skies of Eretz … something is happening. Massive stains are spreading like bruises from horizon to horizon; the great winged stormhunters are gathering as if summoned, ceaselessly circling, and a deep sense of wrong pervades the world.

What power can bruise the sky?

From the streets of Rome to the caves of the Kirin and beyond, humans, chimaera and seraphim will fight, strive, love, and die in an epic theater that transcends good and evil, right and wrong, friend and enemy.

At the very barriers of space and time, what do gods and monsters dream of? And does anything else matter?

 Goodreads / Amazon

Nerve thrum and screaming blood, wild and churning and chasing and devouring and terrible and terrible and terrible -“

If you’ve read the first two novels in this trilogy, you know that this sounds like the never-ending war of another world. The fact that this book jumps right into the terror of it makes me brace for an intense read, although I would expect nothing less from the superb talent that is Laini Taylor.

Cheers!

Waiting on Wednesday

12379094In “The Passage “and” The Twelve, “Justin Cronin brilliantly imagined the fall of civilization and humanity s desperate fight to survive. Now all is quiet on the horizon but does silence promise the nightmare’s end or the second coming of unspeakable darkness? At last, this bestselling epic races to its breathtaking finale.
“The world we knew is gone. What world will rise in its place?”
The Twelve have been destroyed and the hundred-year reign of darkness that descended upon the world has ended. The survivors are stepping outside their walls, determined to build society anew and daring to dream of a hopeful future. But far from them, in a dead metropolis, he waits: Zero. The First. Father of the Twelve. The anguish that shattered his human life haunts him, and the hatred spawned by his transformation burns bright. His fury will be quenched only when he destroys Amy humanity s only hope, the Girl from Nowhere who grew up to rise against him.
One last time light and dark will clash, and at last Amy and her friends will know their fate.

 Goodreads / Amazon

Release Date: May 24, 2016

For many readers, the release of The City of Mirrors has been entirely too delayed. It’s been, what, three or four years since The Twelve came out? That’s the thing about a series – the waiting is agonizing, and in this case seemed eternal. As they say, though, all the best things in life take time, and I’m sure Justin Cronin’s finale will be no exception.

I consider myself lucky as I read the first two novels in 2015, so my wait has been unfairly short. Justin Cronin is an incredible writer, and I can’t wait to see how he concludes this heart-wrenching trilogy!

Cheers!

Book Beginnings: Built by Jay Crownover

Book Beginnings is a weekly meme hosted by Rose City Reader. Post the first line or so of your current read, and share your general thoughts about it.

25197119

 

Sometimes you have to tear everything down to build something new…

Sayer Cole is frozen inside. At least, that’s what it’s felt like for as long as she can remember. She’s yet to let anyone past her icy exterior – and the one guy she thinks might melt her heart couldn’t possibly be interested in someone so uptight.

Rough, hard and hot-as-hell, Zeb Fuller has rebuilt his life and his construction business since protecting his family sent him to jail all those years ago. His elegant client, Sayer, makes him feel like a Neanderthal in denim, but despite the many hints that he’s been dropping to get to know her better, she seems oblivious to his charms.

Just as things finally start to heat up, Zeb’s past comes back to haunt him and he needs Sayer’s professional help to right a wrong and to save more than himself. As these opposites dig in for the fight of their lives, fire and ice collide in an unstoppable explosion of steam…

Goodreads / Amazon

 

I met her at a bar.”

 

Short, but a flood of images comes to mind when reading that first line. It sounds like there’s a long story behind it, like that’s where it all began and look where we are now. Either love or heartbreak could be behind that sentence. Happy ending or tragedy. It leaves room for a lot of possibilities and makes you want to find out where this fateful acquaintance leads.

Cheers!

Waiting on Wednesday

26236956Naomi Bowes lost her innocence the night she followed her father into the woods. In freeing the girl trapped in the root cellar, Naomi revealed the horrible exte
nt of her father’s crimes and made him infamous.

Now a successful photographer living under the name Naomi Carson, she has found a place that calls to her, thousands of miles away from everything she’s ever known. Naomi wants to embrace the solitude, but the residents of Sunrise Cove keep forcing her to open up—especially the determined Xander Keaton.

Naomi can feel her defenses failing, and knows that the connection her new life offers is something she’s always secretly craved. But as she’s learned time and again, her past is never more than a nightmare away

 Goodreads / Amazon

Release Date: April 12, 2016

I have, and always will be, a huge Nora Roberts fan. There’s just something about her style of writing, her characters, her world building that sucks me in every time.

Nora never lets me down.

What Wednesday are you waiting on?

Cheers!

It’s coming, folks!

12379094In “The Passage “and” The Twelve, “Justin Cronin brilliantly imagined the fall of civilization and humanity s desperate fight to survive. Now all is quiet on the horizon but does silence promise the nightmare s end or the second coming of unspeakable darkness? At last, this bestselling epic races to its breathtaking finale.
“The world we knew is gone. What world will rise in its place?”
The Twelve have been destroyed and the hundred-year reign of darkness that descended upon the world has ended. The survivors are stepping outside their walls, determined to build society anew and daring to dream of a hopeful future.
But far from them, in a dead metropolis, he waits: Zero. The First. Father of the Twelve. The anguish that shattered his human life haunts him, and the hatred spawned by his transformation burns bright. His fury will be quenched only when he destroys Amy humanity s only hope, the Girl from Nowhere who grew up to rise against him.
One last time light and dark will clash, and at last Amy and her friends will know their fate.

 {Goodreads} {Amazon}

I was one of those lucky people to have read the first two books of this trilogy only this year, but I know many who have been waiting since 2012 for The City of Mirrors to be released. With a publication date set for May 24, 2016, that’s about four years of waiting.

They say all the best things take the longest time, so I really hope Cronin brings us an epic finale to what is, in my opinion, an incredible story.

So my question is: with four years of waiting, will you be rereading The Twelve? Or will you go back to the very beginning with The Passage? Or will you say “forget it” altogether because hey, Cronin took too long and you’ve moved on with your life?

Cheers!