Tag: Books: First Reads


Review: Wolf Winter

Posted 3 November, 2015 by Lianne in Books / 0 Comments

Wolf Winter
By: Cecilia Ekack
Format/Source: eARC courtesy of the publishers via NetGalley

Swedish Lapland, 1717. Maija, her husband Paavo and her daughters Frederika and Dorotea arrive from their native Finland, hoping to forget the traumas of their past and put down new roots in this harsh but beautiful land. Above them looms Blackåsen, a mountain whose foreboding presence looms over the valley and whose dark history seems to haunt the lives of those who live in its shadow.

While herding the family’s goats on the mountain, Frederika happens upon the mutilated body of one of their neighbors, Eriksson. The death is dismissed as a wolf attack, but Maija feels certain that the wounds could only have been inflicted by another man. Compelled to investigate despite her neighbors’ strange disinterest in the death and the fate of Eriksson’s widow, Maija is drawn into the dark history of tragedies and betrayals that have taken place on Blackåsen. Young Frederika finds herself pulled towards the mountain as well, feeling something none of the adults around her seem to notice.

As the seasons change, and the wolf winter, the harshest winter in memory, descends upon the settlers, Paavo travels to find work, and Maija finds herself struggling for her family’s survival in this land of winter-long darkness. As the snow gathers, the settlers’ secrets are increasingly laid bare. Scarce resources and the never-ending darkness force them to come together, but Maija, not knowing who to trust and who may betray her, is determined to find the answers for herself. Soon, Maija discovers the true cost of survival under the mountain, and what it will take to make it to spring.

I’ve been wanting to read this book since late last year when I saw a few fellow book bloggers post reviews on this novel. The premise sounded interesting and some have recommended it if you liked Hannah Kent’s Burial Rites (review), which I did. Many thanks to the publishers for approving me an eARC of the book to read in anticipation for the paperback release of this novel. The paperback of this novel will be available on 2 November 2015.

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Review: An Apprentice of Elves

Posted 20 October, 2015 by Lianne in Books / 0 Comments

An Apprentice to Elves (Iskryne World #3)
By: Sarah Monette & Elizabeth Bear
Format/Source: eARC courtesy of the publishers via NetGalley

Sarah Monette and Elizabeth Bear return with the third book in their Iskryne trilogy, An Apprentice to Elves. The trilogy began with A Companion to Wolves, and continued in The Tempering of Men. This novel picks up the story of Alfgyfa, a young woman who has been raised in the Wolfhall by her father, Isolfr.

The warrior culture of Iskryne forbids many things to women—and most especially it forbids them bonding to one of the giant telepathic trelwolves. But as her father was no ordinary boy, Alfgyfa is no ordinary girl. Her father has long planned to send his daughter to Tin, a matriarch among the elves who live nearby, to be both apprentice and ambassador, and now she is of age to go.

I heard that this book was coming out this autumn, but it seemed to slip my knowledge that it was an installment in a trilogy. Oops. Didn’t stop me from reading it though 😛 Plus, how stunning is that book cover? This book became available on 13 October 2015.

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Review: The Unfortunate Decisions of Dahlia Moss

Posted 19 October, 2015 by Lianne in Books / 0 Comments

The Unfortunate Decisions of Dahlia Moss
By: Max Wirestone
Format/Source: eARC courtesy of the publishers via NetGalley

The odds of Dahlia successfully navigating adulthood are 3,720 to 1. But never tell her the odds.

Meet Dahlia Moss, the reigning queen of unfortunate decision-making in the St. Louis area. Unemployed broke, and on her last bowl of ramen, she’s not living her best life. But that’s all about to change.

Before Dahlia can make her life any messier on her own she’s offered a job. A job that she’s woefully under-qualified for. A job that will lead her to a murder, an MMORPG, and possibly a fella (or two?).

Turns out unfortunate decisions abound, and she’s just the girl to deal with them.

I forgot how I found out about this novel–it was through GoodReads somehow–but the premise was awesome enough for me to add it to my wishlist. So I was especially delighted when I was approved an eARC of this book from the publishers through NetGalley to read for review. This book will be available on 20 October 2015.

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Review: The Little Paris Bookshop

Posted 23 September, 2015 by Lianne in Books / 8 Comments

The Little Paris Bookshop
By: Nina George
Format/Source: eARC courtesy of the publishers via NetGalley

“There are books that are suitable for a million people, others for only a hundred. There are even remedies—I mean books—that were written for one person only…A book is both medic and medicine at once. It makes a diagnosis as well as offering therapy. Putting the right novels to the appropriate ailments: that’s how I sell books.”

Monsieur Perdu calls himself a literary apothecary. From his floating bookstore in a barge on the Seine, he prescribes novels for the hardships of life. Using his intuitive feel for the exact book a reader needs, Perdu mends broken hearts and souls. The only person he can’t seem to heal through literature is himself; he’s still haunted by heartbreak after his great love disappeared. She left him with only a letter, which he has never opened.

After Perdu is finally tempted to read the letter, he hauls anchor and departs on a mission to the south of France, hoping to make peace with his loss and discover the end of the story. Joined by a bestselling but blocked author and a lovelorn Italian chef, Perdu travels along the country’s rivers, dispensing his wisdom and his books, showing that the literary world can take the human soul on a journey to heal itself.

Internationally bestselling and filled with warmth and adventure, The Little Paris Bookshop is a love letter to books, meant for anyone who believes in the power of stories to shape people’s lives.

Two Three things caught my attention with this novel: the title, the book cover, and the premise of the novel. I love books about books, about characters who love books and recommend books to other people. I received an eARC of this novel courtesy of the publishers in exchange for an honest review. This book was available on 23 June 2015.

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Review: Brave New Girls

Posted 11 September, 2015 by Lianne in Books / 6 Comments

Brave New Girls: Tales of Girls and Gadgets
Edited By: Paige Daniels
Format/Source: Review eBook courtesy of the editors/promotional team

This collection of sci-fi stories features brainy young heroines who use their smarts to save the day. Girls who fix robots and construct superhero suits, hack interstellar corporations and build virtual reality platforms. Who experiment with alien chemicals and tinker with time machines. Who defy expectations and tap into their know-how—in the depths of space, or the bounds of dystopia, or the not-too-distant future—to solve despicable crimes, talk to extraterrestrials, and take down powerful villains.

All revenues from sales of this anthology will be donated a scholarship fund through the Society of Women Engineers. Let’s show the world that girls, too, can be tomorrow’s inventors, programmers, scientists, and more.

STORIES BY:

Martin Berman-Gorvine, Paige Daniels, George Ebey, Mary Fan, Kimberly G. Giarratano, Valerie Hunter, Evangeline Jennings, Stephen Kozeniewski, Jason Kucharik, Kate Lansing, Tash McAdam, Kate Moretti, Ursula Osborne, Josh Pritchett, Aimie K. Runyan, Davien Thomas, Lisa Toohey, and Leandra Wallace

With a foreword by Lara Hogan, Senior Engineering Manager at Etsy and author of Designing for Performance

Featuring artwork by Hazel Butler, Ken Dawson, Adrian DeFuria, Evelinn Enoksen, Mary Fan, Christopher Godsoe, Kayla Keeton, Jason Kucharik, Jennifer L. Lopez, Tash McAdam, and Josh Pritchett.

I learned about this anthology from Ula, book blogger of Blog of Erised (now closed). The premise of what this anthology was all about was interesting, and what’s also really cool about this collection is that all revenues from sales will be donated a scholarship fund through the Society of Women Engineers. Had I been more patient with math and physics growing up, I would’ve stuck through with astronomy, but anyway the focus of this book is really cool. I was provided a review copy of this collection in exchange for an honest review. This book was published on 2 June 2015.

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