Friday, June 15, 2012

Books and Vultures

Summer!

The kids are home!
They're reading like vultures
(Do vultures read?)
and I want to join them.
Here's the hitch: I just devoured two great novels
and now I have nothing to read.
If I was a book vulture, I'd be in a dry riverbed
of bookless hurt.

I'm casting about for good fantasy,
clever magic, and delicious mysteries...
and I need your help!
 

What are your recommendations for my summer book binge?

And while you think about your favorite reads,
let me tell you about my latest:

"Devine Intervention" by Martha Brockenbrough.
"Devine Intervention" is hard to explain in a simple sentence. On the surface, it's a witty YA modern fantasy novel about an inept guardian angel and the girl he messes up on, but it's so much more than that. It's this incredibly surprising story of humor and earthiness, humility and teen hormones, acceptance and second chances. I finished it two weeks ago, but it's still echoing. 
I'm not at all surprised that it's earned rave reviews in Kirkus and the L.A. Times, or that the movie rights have already been snatched up.

I've already dished about your chance to win a free copy. That contest is up Sunday, so you still have time to enter. 

Pre-Order Dragonswood on Amazon
The second book I want to gush over is "Dragonswood"
by Janet Lee Carey.
I absolutely loved "Dragon's Keep," 
 the first book in the Wilde Island Chronicles.
The second book, "Dragonswood," is just as captivating.
It's about Tess, a blacksmith's fiery daughter who trespasses in the forbidden Dragonswood, is tried for witchcraft, and must escape and right her world.  Dragonswood is addicting and dark, with themes layered and deep. Kirkus called it "a fairy tale for those who have given up on believing them, but still yearn for happily ever after."
I highly recommend it!


Happy reads
to you
until we meet again....

5 comments:

M. Bloom said...

Book of 1,000 Days by Shannon Hale. The Magic Theif Series by Sarah Prineas. The Passion by Jenette Winterson.

M. Bloom said...

Just thought of more... The Book of Madness and Cures by Regina O'Melveny, the Tigers Wife by ..., In the Company of the Courtesan and Sacred Hearts by Sarah Dunant.

Faith Pray said...

Ooh, Margaret! I'm so excited! I'm putting them on my library order list right now! Thank you!

Jan Morrison said...

Miriam Foster's book - it is called City of a Thousand Dolls will be released soon and it looks wonderful. She has a site called Dancing with Dragons is hard on your shoes. Um, I like all the Louise Penney mysteries -set in the Quebec countryside and full of interesting characters. I'm also reading Reading Like a Writer by Francine Prose (her real name!) which is a book on that but is wonderfully exciting to read. Not sure if you're into this idea but I find the summer a wonderful time to read or reread Dickens. It has everything you could want in a tale! Little Dorrit is a good one. Oh heck, they're all good. My favourite sci-fi fantasy mix is The Diamond Age - a young girl's primer by Neal Stephenson. Amazing! Okay, I have to go to bed now. We have a new chick! It hatched two days ago and it looks like the other three eggs must be duds (they should all hatch within 24 hours or... such a little cutey - hope it isn't a roo!

M. Bloom said...

My older son and I have been reading Dragon's Keep -- We LOVE it!!

Thanks for the recommendation...
xo

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