Welcome to Stocktake Saturday! This feature is where I share some news with you and then show you all the bookish goodies I got over the week.
It’s August already! Where did the year go? You can check out this brilliant list of the YA titles released in August at the Strange Chemistry website. Strange Chemistry is the new YA imprint of Angry Robot books, launching later this year. You can read all about it in the post I wrote. Be sure to also check out the book trailer for Ann Aguirre Outpost (Razorland #2) at the MTV website. I’ve been reading the Lux series by Jennifer L. Armentrout, and I loved Obsidian (my review will go up Monday) and today I found out that the book trailer for Onyx is coming out the 10th of August!
Melina Marchetta has announced the publication of a short story to supplement her YA fantasy series, The Lumatere Chronicles. Ferragost will be 15 000 words and releases on Tuesday the 7th of August. The story will follow Lady Celie, the daughter of Lord August and Lady Abian and best friend of the Queen of Lumatere. Visit Melina’s website for details on how to get yourself a copy.
Inbetween (Kissed by Death #1) by Tara Fuller is one of the books I am most excited about, releasing August 28th, and as part of the YA Scavenger Hunt there is an excerpt you can read from Finn’s point of view.
Casting news for the movie adaptation of City of Bones keeps coming our way – this week saw the announcement of Luke Garroway, Madame Doroethea, Alec and Brother Jeremiah and the launch of the movie website (go on, click the link, I know you want to!). Luke — Clary’s surrogate father figure will be played by Aidan Turner (who you may know from Being Human and will see in the upcoming Hobbitmovie). CCH Pounder has been cast as Madame Dorothea – Clary’s downstairs neighbor and a “witch” (the kind with crystal balls and Tarot cards). You might know her from The Shield. Or The X-Files. Or Warehouse 13. Or ER. Or The West Wing. We finally have an Alec as well - Kevin Zegers. He’s perfect for the role in my opinion. Cassandra had the following to say about Kevin’s audition:
One of the things I really liked about Kevin was that one of Alec’s audition scenes was the scene where Alec shouts at Clary in City of Bones and tells her she endangered Jace’s life. And a lot of the actors who auditioned played it yelling and really mean so you just thought, boy, Alec. What a jerk that guy is. Kevin played it with a quiet sort of intensity that grew through the scene so you could see through the cracks of the anger and think: wow, this guy is really scared and vulnerable. Because that is the Alec people love.
This is the first week of my Harry Potter re-read – there is still time to sign up if you wish. You can find details on the Harry Potter re-read page.
A new month means a few changes on the blog. The August Must Read is Bridge of Swords by Duncan Lay, a wonderfully written high fantasy I enjoyed immensely (5 stars!), and the Recent Reviews section has been updated for the July reviews. I have two giveaways running at the moment, both for books that stopped by on a blog tour – Bridger and Traitor by Megan Curd and Arson by Estevan Vega. I have also added two more blog tours – Seaweed by Elle Strauss and The Madly series by M. Leighton. You might have noticed a few changes in the side bar – I like the Daily Buzz section which has the 6 most viewed and most commented on posts of each day.
I’m thinking to starting to participate in a few weekly memes – perhaps Top Ten Tuesday or Waiting on Wednesday – and post of four reviews a week instead of five. This will free up some time to me to get through some high fantasy and the like: 600 – 800 tomes that require more than one night for me to read. This will hopefully see a lot more adult fiction being reviewed on the blog. It’s not that I don’t like YA, because I do, but I feel I’m not reading a lot of the books I really want to because YA is much quicker to read than ‘big fat fantasy’. If you have any ideas for what I can do, or advice on any memes, that would be wonderful!
This week I received a few really exciting books for review (links to Goodreads):
- ARC of Alice in Zombieland by Gena Showalter - I jumped around a little when I opened the surprise package and found this inside!
- Vestige by Deb Hanrahan – I got this one through LibraryThing’s Member Giveaways
- Awakening by William Horwood (Hyddenworld #2) – this is a wonderful Fantasy series that I doubt many have heard of. I’ll be featuring it soon to raise awareness!
- The Lost Prince by Julia Kagawa (The Call of the Forgotten #1) – YAY!
- Paladins of Shannara: Alannon’s Quest – by Terry Brooks (Original Shannara Trilogy #0.5) - The first in three e-book short stories about Alannon’s quest to find the Shannara heir.
I reinstated by book buying ban this week so I’m back on the quota system: Read Three, Buy One. I bought the following this week (links to Goodreads):
- Something Strange and Deadly by Susan Dennard
- Fallen Under by Gwen Hayes
- Sweet Evil by Wendy Higgins
- Darkness Before Dawn by J. A. London
Which optimistically means that I must have read 12 books this week! I read a few awesome books this week, but not twelve I’m afraid! The links go the reviews.
- Bridger by Megan Curd
- Hunting Lila by Sarah Alderson
- Bridge of Swords by Duncan Lay
- Losing Lila by Sarah Alderson
- Arson by Estevan Vega
So I’m woefully behind and have to read another seven books before I can buy anything. I think I can do it! Check back next week to see how I go.
That’s the end of my book haul for the week. I hope you have some goodies to share as well, leave your links below and I’ll be sure to visit