From the Wreck‘s synopsis has to rate as one of the most unusual I have come across in the literary genre. But Rawson does more than ‘pull-off’ this lofty creative and artistic challenge… in her deft hands this concept soars. It is something special — confronting, haunting and life-affirming. One of our Top Reads of 2017.
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Still in a nascent stage, but working on codifying the information from presentations I've been giving about disability in SF/F into one place (honestly, it's probably going to end up with several sub pages). But if you're interested in the topic I'll be building this out more.
Are you all excited for Passenger by Alexandra Bracken? I definitely am. The only other book I've read that combines time travel and historical romance is Outlander, and I enjoyed the book and the show quite a bit (though I've still got to finish watching the last three episodes! ack!). Oh, wait, I also read Lisa Bergren's River of Time series. But it's been so long since I read some of those books, and there's always room for more. More YA + time-travel + romance + historical speculative fiction, please! More Alexandra Bracken please!
"You are my passenger, and I will be damned before I let any harm come to you." -back cover on the ARC of Passenger. Could this be the mysterious Nicholas from the synopsis?
If you're as excited as I am, check out the giveaway below!
Release Date: January 5, 2016
Published by: Disney-Hyperion
Passenger - Alexandra Bracken | Goodreads
i. A brief section of music composed of a series of notes and flourishes.
ii. A journey by water; a voyage.
iii. The transition from one place to another, across space and time.
In one devastating night, violin prodigy Etta Spencer loses everything she knows and loves. Thrust into an unfamiliar world by a stranger with a dangerous agenda, Etta is certain of only one thing: she has traveled not just miles but years from home. And she’s inherited a legacy she knows nothing about from a family whose existence she’s never heard of. Until now.
Nicholas Carter is content with his life at sea, free from the Ironwoods—a powerful family in the colonies—and the servitude he’s known at their hands. But with the arrival of an unusual passenger on his ship comes the insistent pull of the past that he can’t escape and the family that won’t let him go so easily. Now the Ironwoods are searching for a stolen object of untold value, one they believe only Etta, Nicholas’ passenger, can find. In order to protect her, he must ensure she brings it back to them— whether she wants to or not.
Together, Etta and Nicholas embark on a perilous journey across centuries and continents, piecing together clues left behind by the traveler who will do anything to keep the object out of the Ironwoods’ grasp. But as they get closer to the truth of their search, and the deadly game the Ironwoods are playing, treacherous forces threaten to separate Etta not only from Nicholas but from her path home . . . forever.
First: if you are really excited for this book, you can actually download the ebook sampler on either Amazon, Nook, or iBooks.
I love reading samplers before adding books to my TBR. They really help determine whether I'd jive with the writing style. I highly encourage you to check those links out!
Second: even if you don't win this giveaway, please consider pre-ordering the book. Pre-order sales can be vital to the success of a book. And look, handy links ahead: Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Books-a-Million, Indiebound, Indigo, iBooks.
The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
This is the first book I've ever read that has left me with such a strong impression of fashion and style. In some ways this is a book about a community of people who share an extremely high standard and heightened sensibility for design, fashion, and style.
That's one of the things I loved about Celia. She is one of the main characters in The Night Circus. Although she did not have a healthy childhood - her mother committed suicide and her father was a selfish bastard (two things revealed in the beginning of the book) - by the time she is 'grown', high fashion and elegance are such a part of her life that she literally takes them for granted.
The Night Circus itself is all about style, with its black and white motif, classic elements, and magic. The fact that the novel contains so many detailed descriptions of different magical productions is one of the reasons I've given the Night Circus four stars instead of five stars.
I prefer less physical description and more in-depth interaction between characters. This book has ample amounts of both, which meant I had to wait longer than I wanted, to find out what happened between characters.
Readers that love physical descriptions will love this book because they are so whimsical and glamorous. I just prefer when characters have in-depth and lengthy interactions with one another.
I thought the relationship between the twins, Poppet and Widget, was sweet and endearing. In keeping with the dominance of style, reading the sections with the Murray twins was like paging through an old magazine that was full of rich photographs of impeccably dressed children playing with high quality hand made toys that were very rare, and in front of a backdrop that was equally as impressive, luxurious, remote, and exclusive. Since none of the characters are constrained by money, this does not come across in a Lifestyles of the Rich and Famous way. I did, however, feel a little cheated by not being able to see more of Poppet's relationship with Bailey.
On the whole, I would recommend The Night Circus to readers that love it when magic is a major element in a novel. I have a feeling that readers looking for romance will be disappointed, though. Not because there isn't any, but because the romance in this book is mixed, in more or less equal parts, with a few other elements, including fashion, glamour, and a passion for style.
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