Tag: Books: First Reads

Review: The Flight

Posted 25 April, 2016 by Lianne in Books / 0 Comments

The Flight
By: Gaito Gazdanov, Bryan Karetnyk (Translation)
Format/Source: eARC courtesy of the publishers via NetGalley

While summering on the French Riviera, the young Seryozha secretly becomes the lover of the much older Liza – who is also his father’s mistress. As autumn approaches, they reluctantly part: Liza to return to Paris, Seryozha to take up his studies at university in London. When he finds out about their affair, Seryozha’s father attempts to convince Liza to leave his son, for the sake of the boy’s own happiness. She finally gives in – but a sudden, fatal catastrophe changes everything…

It’s been a while since I’ve read some Russian literature, so this book came at a good time (plus the added bonus that I never heard of this author before, so that was cool). This book will be available on 25 April 2016.

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Review: Monstrous Little Voices

Posted 8 March, 2016 by Lianne in Books / 2 Comments

Monstrous Little Voices: New Tales From Shakespeare’s Fantasy World
By: Jonathan Barnes, Emma Newman, Kate Heartfield, Foz Meadows, Adrian Tchaikovsky
Format/Source: eARC courtesy of the publishers via NetGalley

It is the Year of Our Lord 1601. The Tuscan War rages across the world, and every lord from Navarre to Illyria is embroiled in the fray. Cannon roar, pikemen clash, and witches stalk the night; even the fairy courts stand on the verge of chaos.

Five stories come together at the end of the war: that of bold Miranda and sly Puck; of wise Pomona and her prisoner Vertumnus; of gentle Lucia and the shade of Prospero; of noble Don Pedro and powerful Helena; and of Anne, a glovemaker’s wife. On these lovers and heroes the world itself may depend.

These are the stories Shakespeare never told. Five of the most exciting names in genre fiction today – Jonathan Barnes, Adrian Tchaikovsky, Emma Newman, Foz Meadows and Kate Heartfield – delve into the world the poet created to weave together a story of courage, transformation and magic.

I’ve been seeing this book around GoodReads quite a bit a few weeks back, which had me immensely curious as I’ve read and enjoyed Shakespeare’s plays and given that this collection was rooted in the fantasy genre, it should make for an interesting read. The only author I’ve read from this collection is Emma Newman (see book review for Between Two Thorns) but I’ve seen Adrian Tchaikovsky’s books on the fantasy shelves and am familiar with Foz Meadows when she was a contributor at A Dribble of Ink. So yeah, I was excited to check this anthology out and was happy to have been approved a copy for review. This book was published on 08 March 2016.

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Review: Wolfsangel

Posted 7 March, 2016 by Lianne in Books / 2 Comments

By: Liza Perrat
Format/Source: eBook courtesy of the author via book giveaway contest held on Twitter by France Book Tours

Seven decades after German troops march into her village, Céleste Roussel is still unable to assuage her guilt.

1943. German soldiers occupy provincial Lucie-sur-Vionne, and as the villagers pursue treacherous schemes to deceive and swindle the enemy, Céleste embarks on her own perilous mission as her passion for a Reich officer flourishes.

When her loved ones are deported to concentration camps, Céleste is drawn into the vortex of this monumental conflict, and the adventure and danger of French Resistance collaboration.

As she confronts the harrowing truths of the Second World War’s darkest years, Céleste is forced to choose: pursue her love for the German officer, or answer General de Gaulle’s call to fight for France.

Her fate suspended on the fraying thread of her will, Celeste gains strength from the angel talisman bequeathed to her through her lineage of healer kinswomen. But the decision she makes will shadow the remainder of her days.

A woman’s unforgettable journey to help liberate Occupied France, Wolfsangel is a stirring portrayal of the courage and resilience of the human mind, body and spirit.

I received a copy of this novel through France Book Tours in…I want to say 2013…when the BT group was celebrating its first anniversary. It was a pleasant surprise winning the book giveaway contest as I had seen the book around but was not able to take part in the book tour. However I didn’t get around to picking it up until late last year.

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Review: Fall of Poppies: Stories of Love and the Great War

Posted 1 March, 2016 by Lianne in Books / 4 Comments

Fall of Poppies: Stories of Love and the Great War
By: Heather Webb, Hazel Gaynor, Beatriz Williams, Jennifer Robson, Jessica Brockmole, Kate Kerrigan, Evangeline Holland, Lauren Willig, Marci Jefferson
Format/Source: eARC courtesy of the publishers via Edelweiss

On the eleventh hour of the eleventh day of the eleventh month…

November 11, 1918. After four long, dark years of fighting, the Great War ends at last, and the world is forever changed. For soldiers, loved ones, and survivors the years ahead stretch with new promise, even as their hearts are marked by all those who have been lost.

As families come back together, lovers reunite, and strangers take solace in each other, everyone has a story to tell.

In this moving anthology, nine authors share stories of love, strength, and renewal as hope takes root in a fall of poppies.

I first heard of this anthology from Heather Webb’s Twitter, one of the writers included in this collection. The setting is familiar, but the collection of authors featured here is pretty impressive, ranging from authors I’ve read (Heather Webb, Jennifer Robson) and authors I’m familiar with but never read (Beatriz Williams, Lauren Willig). This anthology will be available on 01 March 2015.

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Review: Kingfisher

Posted 23 February, 2016 by Lianne in Books / 2 Comments

By: Patricia A. McKillip
Format/Source: eARC courtesy of the publishers via NetGalley

Hidden away from the world by his mother, the powerful sorceress Heloise Oliver, Pierce has grown up working in her restaurant in Desolation Point. One day, unexpectedly, strangers pass through town on the way to the legendary capital city. “Look for us,” they tell Pierce, “if you come to Severluna. You might find a place for yourself in King Arden’s court.”

Lured by a future far away from the bleak northern coast, Pierce makes his choice. Heloise, bereft and furious, tells her son the truth: about his father, a knight in King Arden’s court; about an older brother he never knew existed; about his father’s destructive love for King Arden’s queen, and Heloise’s decision to raise her younger son alone.

As Pierce journeys to Severluna, his path twists and turns through other lives and mysteries: an inn where ancient rites are celebrated, though no one will speak of them; a legendary local chef whose delicacies leave diners slowly withering from hunger; his mysterious wife, who steals Pierce’s heart; a young woman whose need to escape is even greater than Pierce’s; and finally, in Severluna, King Arden’s youngest son, who is urged by strange and lovely forces to sacrifice his father’s kingdom.

Things are changing in that kingdom. Oldmagic is on the rise. The immensely powerful artifact of an ancient god has come to light, and the king is gathering his knights to quest for this profound mystery, which may restore the kingdom to its former glory—or destroy it…

Readers of my blog know that Patricia A. McKillip is one of my favourite authors, in the fantasy genre and in general. So I was pretty excited when I found out that she was coming out with a new book this year (flailing, in fact) 🙂 I was fortunate to have been approved an eARC of the novel to read in exchange for an honest review. This book will be available on 02 February 2016.

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