Since we are passed mid-summer, I thought I would lay out the books that I am still counting down for, especially as there are some additions! Also, I’ve started a 2017 list, which makes these books feel like they are less off in the misty distance.
Mission Improper by Bec McMaster – August 16, 2016
“Entire families have gone missing in the East End. When Caleb Byrnes receives an invitation to join the Company of Rogues as an undercover agent pledged to protect the crown, he jumps at the chance to find out who, or what, is behind the disappearances. Hunting criminals is what the darkly driven blue blood does best, and though he prefers to work alone, the opportunity is too good to resist.
The problem? He’s partnered with Ingrid Miller, the fiery and passionate verwulfen woman who won a private bet against him a year ago. Byrnes has a score to settle, but one stolen kiss and suddenly the killer is not the only thing Byrnes is interested in hunting.”
What’s that? Oh, why yes, I do feel like I’ve been waiting my whole life for this book, although in reality it has only been about a year-and-a-half, which really isn’t that long. But, when you’re excited, each day is a month. Gonna be getting this for Kindle midnight delivery for defos.
Ghost Talkers by Mary Robinette Kowal – August 16, 2016
“Ginger Stuyvesant, an American heiress living in London during World War I, is engaged to Captain Benjamin Hartshorne, an intelligence officer. Ginger is a medium for the Spirit Corps, a special Spiritualist force.
Each soldier heading for the front is conditioned to report to the mediums of the Spirit Corps when they die so the Corps can pass instant information about troop movements to military intelligence.
Ginger and her fellow mediums contribute a great deal to the war efforts, so long as they pass the information through appropriate channels. While Ben is away at the front, Ginger discovers the presence of a traitor. Without the presence of her fiance to validate her findings, the top brass thinks she’s just imagining things. Even worse, it is clear that the Spirit Corps is now being directly targeted by the German war effort. Left to her own devices, Ginger has to find out how the Germans are targeting the Spirit Corps and stop them. This is a difficult and dangerous task for a woman of that era, but this time both the spirit and the flesh are willing…”
I received an eARC of this one from Net Galley. Kowal is a brilliant goddess. Totally worth it if it sounds like your thing. See my review here.
Ghostly Echoes by William Ritter – August 23, 2016
“Jenny Cavanaugh, the ghostly lady of 926 Augur Lane, has enlisted the investigative services of her fellow residents to solve a decade-old murder—her own. Abigail Rook and her eccentric employer, Detective R. F. Jackaby, dive into the cold case, starting with a search for Jenny’s fiancé, who went missing the night she died. But when a new, gruesome murder closely mirrors the events of ten years prior, Abigail and Jackaby realize that Jenny’s case isn’t so cold after all, and her killer may be far more dangerous than they suspected.”
Also one that I received an ARC of via Goodreads.
A Bride’s Story, Vol. 8 by Kaoru Mori – September 20, 2016
This manga series follows the lives of girls in 19th Century Central Asia. I love the drawings, I love the characters, I love the setting (which I knew/know very little about!), I love the quiet and languorous pacing of these stories. I am pleased to see that we will be getting prickly Priyar’s story. I love girls who don’t fit the mold of society, and how they find happiness as themselves.
Crooked Kingdom by Leigh Bardugo – September 27, 2016
“Kaz Brekker and his crew have just pulled off a heist so daring even they didn’t think they’d survive. But instead of divvying up a fat reward, they’re right back to fighting for their lives. Double-crossed and left crippled by the kidnapping of a valuable team member, the crew is low on resources, allies, and hope. As powerful forces from around the world descend on Ketterdam to root out the secrets of the dangerous drug known as jurda parem, old rivals and new enemies emerge to challenge Kaz’s cunning and test the team’s fragile loyalties. A war will be waged on the city’s dark and twisting streets―a battle for revenge and redemption that will decide the fate of magic in the Grisha world.”
Six of Crows was wonderful and I need to know what happens to the Dregs. When we left them, pretty much everyone was in trouble!
I’m not going to put the blurb here. You guys know what this book is about, and if you don’t, then I’ll have to assume you’ve chosen not to and that you are skimming right passed this entry. This illustrated version looks LOVELY!
Bloodbound by Bec McMaster – October 2016
“Miss Verity Hastings has a little trick: she can find anything, no matter where it’s hidden. It’s a skill that’s kept her safe and fed all the way from the orphanages and workhouses of her youth, and makes her valuable to the sorcerous Hex gang she runs with. But when she steals a mysterious relic for a masked man, she knows the con is on her this time. In order to protect herself, she can turn to only one man: Bishop, the sorcerer she stole the relic from.
It should have been an easy task…
Sicarii assassin Adrian Bishop is rarely surprised anymore, but when a rather enticing little handful turns up on his doorstep claiming to be his mysterious thief, he doesn’t know what to think. He needs the relic back, no matter the cost, and he’s not above using Verity to find it. But as Verity begins to sneak under his guard, for the first time in years there’s a ray of light in his dark world. He will do anything to protect her–anything–but can Verity ever love him once she learns the truth of his dark talents? And will he be able to protect her from the trap he sent her into himself?”
The second book in McMaster’s Dark Arts series. I have the first one lined up to read this weekend and I am PLANNING to love it, and then be rabidly awaiting this book.
Blood for Blood by Ryan Graudin – November 1, 2016
“For the resistance in 1950s Germany, the war may be over, but the fight has just begun.
Death camp survivor Yael, who has the power to skinshift, is on the run: the world has just seen her shoot and kill Hitler. But the truth of what happened is far more complicated, and its consequences are deadly. Yael and her unlikely comrades dive into enemy territory to try to turn the tide against the New Order, and there is no alternative but to see their mission through to the end, whatever the cost.
But dark secrets reveal dark truths, and one question hangs over them all: how far can you go for the ones you love?”
I am totally sure that this book is going to put me through the ringer and I am SO excited about it!
Romancing the Inventor by Gail Carriger – November 1, 2016
“Lesbian romance featuring a parlormaid bent on seducing a certain cross-dressing inventor who is too brokenhearted to notice. Or is she?”
I loved Carriger’s first short story of this year, Poison or Protect, and I am hoping that I fall in love with this one just as hard!
Heartless by Marissa Meyer – November 8, 2016
“Catherine may be one of the most desired girls in Wonderland, and a favorite of the yet-unmarried King of Hearts, but her interests lie elsewhere. A talented baker, all she wants is to open a shop with her best friend and supply the Kingdom of Hearts with delectable pastries and confections. But according to her mother, such a goal is unthinkable for the young woman who could be the next Queen.
Cath is determined to define her own destiny and fall in love on her terms. But in a land thriving with magic, madness, and monsters, fate has other plans.”
I had some mixed feelings about Winter (which I need to re-read and see if I get better clarity on my reactions), and I’ve heard mixed things about this one. I’ll probably be sitting back to see how things go once this one really drops, but I will be keeping my eye on it.