Wednesday, November 29, 2017

Waiting on Wednesday: The City of Lost Fortunes by Bryan Camp

WAITING ON WEDNESDAY



The City of Lost Fortunes

The fate of New Orleans rests in the hands of a wayward grifter in this novel of gods, games, and monsters. 

The post–Katrina New Orleans of The City of Lost Fortunes is a place haunted by its history and by the hurricane’s destruction, a place that is hoping to survive the rebuilding of its present long enough to ensure that it has a future. Street magician Jude Dubuisson is likewise burdened by his past and by the consequences of the storm, because he has a secret: the magical ability to find lost things, a gift passed down to him by the father he has never known—a father who just happens to be more than human.

Jude has been lying low since the storm, which caused so many things to be lost that it played havoc with his magic, and he is hiding from his own power, his divine former employer, and a debt owed to the Fortune god of New Orleans. But his six-year retirement ends abruptly when the Fortune god is murdered and Jude is drawn back into the world he tried so desperately to leave behind. A world full of magic, monsters, and miracles. A world where he must find out who is responsible for the Fortune god’s death, uncover the plot that threatens the city’s soul, and discover what his talent for lost things has always been trying to show him: what it means to be his father’s son.
 

Why I need this book:
1.) A book set in New Orleans. Check. By a New Orleans author. Check. Check. I'm a hard-sell on books set in New Orleans written by people who have never lived here. I've seen it go very badly. This is not that. 
2.) I've read an excerpt (there's one on NetGalley) and it's fabulous. You should read it too. But then you'll want to read more. Just like I do. ;)
3.) Magic. Gods. Monsters. 

Yep. I'm sold. Can't wait for this to hit the shelves. In April, 2018. In the meantime I'll be sitting here, petting the cover on my computer screen. And re-reading that excerpt. As one does. 

Happy Reading,

Click on the cover to link to Goodreads and leave your book recs in my comments. Oh, yeah, and find me on twitter: @ChellyPike

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Monday, November 27, 2017

THE FOLK KEEPER by Franny Billingsley



The Folk Keeper

She is never cold, she always knows exactly what time it is, and her hair grows two inches while she sleeps. Fifteen-year-old Corinna Stonewall--the only Folk Keeper in the city of Rhysbridge--sits hour after hour with the Folk in the dark, chilly cellar, "drawing off their anger as a lightning rod draws off lightning." The Folk are the fierce, wet-mouthed, cave-dwelling gremlins who sour milk, rot cabbage, and make farm animals sick. Still, they are no match for the steely, hard-hearted, vengeful orphan Corinna who prides herself in her job of feeding, distracting, and otherwise pacifying these furious, ravenous creatures. The Folk Keeper has power and independence, and that's the way she likes it.

One day, Corinna is summoned by Lord Merton to come to the vast seaside estate Cliffsend as Folk Keeper and family member--for she is the once-abandoned child he has been looking for. It is at Cliffsend that Corinna learns where her unusual powers come from, why she is drawn to the sea, and finally, what it means to be comfortable in her own skin. Written in the form of a journal, The Folk Keeper is a powerful story of a proud, ferociously self-reliant girl who breaks out of her dark, cold, narrow world into one of joy, understanding, and even the magic of romance.
 

What I thought:
Beautiful story. Beautiful language. I loved how ruthless the MC is and how she navigates her life with such confidence. 
I think my favorite thing about this book is how succinctly it's written, and how Billingsley manages to say so much with so few words. 
Highly recommend. 

Rating: ***** (5 stars)

Happy Reading,

Chelly

P.S. Click on the cover to link to Goodreads and leave your book recs in my comments. Oh, yeah, and find me on twitter: @ChellyPike
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RATING SCALE: 
 5* = OMFG loved it. Will read it again. Touch my book and I will cut you. 
 4* = Really good. Highly recommend. Miiiight reread. Maybe. Don't touch my book. 
 3* = Good. I liked it. Go ahead and touch it. 
 2* = Not for me, finished but struggled. Didn't connect. Here, have a book.
 1* = DNF. Couldn't do it.

Wednesday, November 1, 2017

Waiting on Wednesday: Nothing But Sky by Amy Trueblood

Which book am I dying to read? This one:



Nothing But Sky


Grace Lafferty only feels alive when she's dangling 500 feet above ground. As a post-World War I wing walker, Grace is determined to get to the World Aviation Expo, proving her team’s worth against flashier competitors and earning a coveted Hollywood contract.

No one’s ever questioned Grace’s ambition until Henry Patton, a mechanic with plenty of scars from the battlefield, joins her barnstorming team. With each new death-defying trick, Henry pushes Grace to consider her reasons for being a daredevil. Annoyed with Henry’s constant interference, and her growing attraction to him, Grace continues to test the powers of the sky.

After one of her risky maneuvers saves a pilot’s life, a Hollywood studio offers Grace a chance to perform at the Expo. She jumps at the opportunity to secure her future. But when a stunt goes wrong, Grace must decide whether Henry, and her life, are worth risking for one final trick. 

Wing walker/daredevil = sold. And that cover = yes. There's so much yes going on here. Are you dying to read this, too? Feel free to commiserate in the comments.  
The release date is March 27, 2018, which feels like forever. Click on the cover to link to Goodreads. Oh, yeah, and find me on twitter: @ChellyPike



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Wednesday, October 11, 2017

AN ENCHANTMENT OF RAVENS by Margaret Rogerson



An Enchantment of Ravens

Isobel is a prodigy portrait artist with a dangerous set of clients: the sinister fair folk, immortal creatures who cannot bake bread, weave cloth, or put a pen to paper without crumbling to dust. They crave human Craft with a terrible thirst, and Isobel’s paintings are highly prized among them. But when she receives her first royal patron—Rook, the autumn prince—she makes a terrible mistake. She paints mortal sorrow in his eyes – a weakness that could cost him his life.

Furious and devastated, Rook spirits her away to the autumnlands to stand trial for her crime. Waylaid by the Wild Hunt’s ghostly hounds, the tainted influence of the Alder King, and hideous monsters risen from barrow mounds, Isobel and Rook depend on one another for survival. Their alliance blossoms into trust, then love, violating the fair folks’ ruthless Good Law. There's only one way to save both their lives, Isobel must drink from the Green Well, whose water will transform her into a fair one—at the cost of her Craft, for immortality is as stagnant as it is timeless.

Isobel has a choice: she can sacrifice her art for a future, or arm herself with paint and canvas against the ancient power of the fairy courts. Because secretly, her Craft represents a threat the fair folk have never faced in all the millennia of their unchanging lives: for the first time, her portraits have the power to make them feel.
What I thought:

Dreamy. 

This entire book, from the gorgeous cover to the very last page. Rook. Sigh. Isobel. Sigh. I love Fae and this story got everything right... in a unique way. Their world is stunning perfection on the outside and ugly on the inside, and I don't want to speculate on any analogies to the real world, but I love love loved the complexity and details, down to each faerie's one flaw. 

So well done. 

I'm a really tough sell in the romance department and this had romance, but it wasn't all romance. The story comes first and the romantic moments are woven in all dreamily and unobtrusively and I was rooting for them and squeeeing. So, yes, I definitely recommend this book. 

More Fae. More Fae. More Fae. 

Rating: **** (4 stars)


Click on the cover to link to Goodreads and leave your book recs in my comments. Oh, yeah, and find me on twitter: @ChellyPike

Happy Reading,

Chelly

RATING SCALE: 
5* = OMFG loved it. Will read it again. Touch my book and I will cut you. 

4* = Really good. Highly recommend. Miiiight reread. Maybe. Don't touch my book.
 
3* = Good. I liked it. Go ahead and touch it. 

2* = Not for me, finished but struggled. Didn't connect. Here, have a book.

1* = DNF. Couldn't do it.

Waiting on Wednesday: Reign of the Fallen by Sarah Glenn Marsh

So, which book am I dying to read? This one:



Reign of the Fallen (Reign of the Fallen #1)

Odessa is one of Karthia's master necromancers, catering to the kingdom's ruling Dead. Whenever a noble dies, it's Odessa's job to raise them by retrieving their souls from a dreamy and dangerous shadow world called the Deadlands. But there is a cost to being raised--the Dead must remain shrouded, or risk transforming into zombie-like monsters known as Shades. If even a hint of flesh is exposed, the grotesque transformation will begin.A dramatic uptick in Shade attacks raises suspicions and fears among Odessa's necromancer community. Soon a crushing loss of one of their own reveals a disturbing conspiracy: someone is intentionally creating Shades by tearing shrouds from the Dead--and training them to attack. Odessa is faced with a terrifying question: What if her necromancer's magic is the weapon that brings Karthia to its knees? 


Isn't it pretty! And zombies, y'all. Zombies!

So tell me what I should be reading right now to get me through the wait. What are you waiting for? What was the last amazing-can't-stop-talking-about-it book you read?






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Friday, October 6, 2017

TGIF : Reading Recap

So here's what I'm reading now:




And what I'm reading next:




What are you reading now? Next? As always, click pictures for links and Happy Reading!

Oh, yeah, and find me on twitter: @ChellyPike

-Chelly


Tuesday, October 3, 2017

Waiting on Wednesday:The Peculiar Incident on Shady Street by Lindsay Currie

So, which book am I dying to read? This one:



The Peculiar Incident on Shady Street

A girl unravels a centuries-old mystery after moving into a haunted house in this deliciously suspenseful mystery.

Tessa Woodward isn’t exactly thrilled to move to rainy, cold Chicago from her home in sunny Florida. But homesickness turns to icy fear when unexplainable things start happening in her new house. Things like flickering lights, mysterious drawings appearing out of nowhere, and a crackling noise she can feel in her bones.

When her little brother’s doll starts crying real tears, Tessa realizes that someone—or something—is trying to communicate with her. A secret that’s been shrouded in mystery for more than one hundred years.

With the help of three new friends, Tessa begins unraveling the mystery of what happened in the house on Shady Street—and more importantly, what it has to do with her!
 
So y'all tell me what I should be reading right now to get me through the wait. What are you waiting for? What was the last amazing-can't-stop-talking-about-it book you read?






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