Welcome to This Week in Books, where we share what we’ve been up to in bookland this week and look ahead to next.
Happy Wednesday, everyone. I’m looking forward to checking out what everyone’s been up to this week. Here’s what my week looked like…
Now: Retribution Rails ~ Erin Bowman
I’m really enjoying this YA western. It’s a companion novel to Vengeance Road which was great.
Then: The Way it Hurts ~ Patty Blount // Spectacles ~ Sue Perkins
I really wanted to love The Way it Hurts but I just couldn’t get into it. I didn’t gel with the main characters and it just seemed a bit too juvenile for me. I gave up after about 20% so I haven’t rated it as that would be unfair. I also read Spectacles and I liked it a lot. It was a lot funnier and interesting than I thought it would be. I couldn’t put it down. My review will be up next week.
I’m not sure this time. Maybe The Last Dog on Earth which is my next ARC due (Sept 7th) or something from the TBR monstrosity.
New on the Shelves
Wait for it…..I didn’t buy, borrow, or request any ARCs this week. Hurrah. Well done me.
I’m Waiting On…
…Girls Made of Snow and Glass, because… it had me at Frozen meets The Bloody Chamber.
Frozen meets The Bloody Chamber in this feminist fantasy reimagining of the Snow White fairytale.
At sixteen, Mina’s mother is dead, her magician father is vicious, and her silent heart has never beat with love for anyone—has never beat at all, in fact, but she’d always thought that fact normal. She never guessed that her father cut out her heart and replaced it with one of glass. When she moves to Whitespring Castle and sees its king for the first time, Mina forms a plan: win the king’s heart with her beauty, become queen, and finally know love. The only catch is that she’ll have to become a stepmother.
Fifteen-year-old Lynet looks just like her late mother, and one day she discovers why: a magician created her out of snow in the dead queen’s image, at her father’s order. But despite being the dead queen made flesh, Lynet would rather be like her fierce and regal stepmother, Mina. She gets her wish when her father makes Lynet queen of the southern territories, displacing Mina. Now Mina is starting to look at Lynet with something like hatred, and Lynet must decide what to do—and who to be—to win back the only mother she’s ever known…or else defeat her once and for all.
Entwining the stories of both Lynet and Mina in the past and present, Girls Made of Snow and Glass traces the relationship of two young women doomed to be rivals from the start. Only one can win all, while the other must lose everything—unless both can find a way to reshape themselves and their story.
Expected Publication: September 5th 2017 by Flatiron Books