Looking through my recent wishlist additions, I seem to be going through a blue cover phase. Or publishers are going through a blue cover phase. Either way, there’s a lot of blue. You may have seen the extremely limited edition hardback proofs of Neil Gaiman’s latest, The Ocean at the End of the Lane, going out to the lucky few. The rest of us will be waiting on tenterhooks I’m sure. Emma’s review of Dreams and Shadows by C. Robert Cargill made me realise I’d been ignoring an amazing sounding book. The new Sophie Kinsella novel, Wedding Night is also out soon. Defiance made it onto the list when Karina featured its sequel on her redheads feature and I really liked the cover so thought I should check out book one first.
The sequels to Wool are being released in a single edition by Century next month, entitled Shift (I think the separate ebooks are available now) and I think I saw enough improvement throughout the Wool novellas to want to read more. I have noticed there are an awful lot of books called Shift now. Another second chance book is Bloodstone by Gillian Philip, the sequel to Firebrand. Chuck Wendig’s Blue Blazes comes with a Joey HiFi cover so of course I’ll be buying it when it’s out. Mateship with Birds by Carrie Tiffany is one of the few Women’s Prize longlisters to make it onto the wishlist; its critics’ biggest complaint is the sexual content…
I hadn’t heard of Nod until the weekend when everyone on Twitter was complaining about the Guardian’s late and brief coverage of it within their books pages. It’s all about what happens when the majority of the world stops sleeping and psychosis sets in. Ashenden by Elizabeth Wilhide is a tale of a mansion spanning several genrations and I love books that focus on the life of a house. Several bloggers have recently reviewed The Library of Unrequited Love by Sophie Divry and the title alone just sounds adorable, plus it counts towards my translation challenge! We’re starting to move out of the blues now, proving I don’t just choose my books by their ability to colour co-ordinate. In fact, the cover of Gods and Monsters: Unclean Spirits by Chuck Wendig is a bit of a turn-off but I do like new takes on mythology. I noticed Aralorn: Masques and Wolfsbane by Patricia Briggs in the back of the latest Mercy Thompson book (it’s an earlier work but still sounds good).
I fell in love with the cover of Bitter Greens by Kate Forsyth when Lindsay was sharing it on Twitter and then I found out it was a retelling of Rapunzel, I decided I must have it. I can even relate the title to the story after having read Philip Pullman’s version recently. I quite liked the sound of the sequel to The Corpse-Rat King by Lee Battersby when spied on NetGalley so thought I’d better remind myself to read the first instalment. The People of Forever Are Not Afraid by Shani Boianjiu is another pick off the Women’s Prize longlist. Dead Ever After marks the end of the Sookie Stackhouse series and I look forward to our goodbyes (I think it’s probably time).
Are you looking forward to any of these? Let me know if you’ve read any and feel free to leave links to your reviews in the comments.
kara-karina@Nocturnal Book Reviews
Blue Blazes, Bloodstone and The Corpse-Rat King are on my wishlist too, Ellie! I've just picked up Dreams and Shadows from my library as well 🙂 I don't know what to say to you about Defiance. It's an exciting book but I found that like with Divergent I had too many questions in the end because of the poor world-building. but it's good as an action-type book.
I'm kicking myself for not picking up a copy of Mateship with Birds that I had in my hand in London last week for £1! I'd recommened The Library of Unrequited Love and of course Bitter Greens, thank you for the mention. I would like to read The People of Forever are Not Afraid too, and also perhaps Ashenden. Some beautiful covers there.
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Looking forward to the last Sookie, I'm interested to see how it wraps up. Haven't heard of the rest of the books, shame on me!