We’re finally starting to get over the dreaded con-flu (that hideous cold you inevitably come down with when thousands of fans come together from all over the world, bearing exotic viruses along with their undying love for sci-fi and fantasy). Woot! Now that we’re feeling better, we’re stoked to share a few books we picked up over the weekend!
Plus, there might just be another dragon code for a chance to win a $5 Amazon gift card for your weekend if you keep reading! (Hint, hint…)
First up, Jivaja, by Venessa Giunta!
We got this one straight from the author, whom we met after a panel. (Is it just us, or is there so much social media and text chat these days that proper grammar is starting to sound weird? “The author, whom we met.” Hmm, maybe that one always sounded a little weird?) Also, WHY DIDN’T WE GET HER TO SIGN IT??? Sigh. Hashtag end-of-con-exhaustion problems. Aaaaaaaanyhoo…
This book looks AMAZING!!!
The cover is GORGEOUS, not that it matters. (Glancing away sheepishly.) Oh, who are we kidding? Book covers rock! They’re art you can take off the shelf and USE (or stare at on your tablet), and we love this one!!! Plus, the premise just GRABBED us! The main character has the family gift/curse of being able to manipulate life energy. In her childhood, it manifested like Rogue’s, so skin-to-skin contact can kill. But it has the potential to become so much more…
Meanwhile, there’s a human-like race of energy-draining creatures that hide within the rich and powerful echelons of human society. She finds out early on, quite by accident, that she can kill them. (Oops.) Now ancient secrets are rising to the surface, and everyone’s out to get her (either to kill her, or to use her for their own nefarious purposes). Call us INTRIGUED!!!
It’s brand new, available for the last week or so on Amazon and on September 17 in Barnes & Noble. (Did Amazon jump the gun there? Perhaps. But that just means you can get it early!)
Next, we have Geekerella, by Ashley Poston!
Okay, funny story… I (Erin) embarrassed the heck out of myself over this book. I visited one of the bookstore booths at Dragoncon to pitch them our own books (because why not), and one of the women at the booth asked to see The Wendy. She complimented the cover, so of course I said thank you. We had a lovely conversation about book covers in general, and when I went to leave, I shook her hand and asked for her name. She didn’t say anything. She just stared at me for a second and then pointed at the stack of Geekerella books on the counter.
Me, brilliantly: THAT’S YOU???
Not my finest moment, but I was super excited to meet her despite feeling pretty foolish. I bought the book immediately and got her to sign it. If you’re not aware of it yet, it’s been doing AMAZING on Amazon and Goodreads every other review site you can think of. Almost 24,000 Goodreads ratings! So AWESOME, and I can’t wait to read it!!!
One last note: we link to the Kindle, but it’s a SWEET print cover, with special SHINY GLITTER PRINTING on the title and BOTH SHOES! It looks SO PERFECT AND ADORABLE!!! (Just be gentle with it if you get a print version. The title has started scraping off a bit on ours.)
Congratulations! You found today’s secret dragon code!
The code is: Erin wants a queen egg.
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The Last Unicorn, by Peter S. Beagle
This one’s a bit unusual for us because we’re linking to the paperback instead of the ebook. There doesn’t seem to be an ebook attached to this particular edition. (If you search for it, read carefully. Most ebook links lead to the graphic novel edition, which is BEAUTIFUL but is not, of course, the full book. We’ll cover the graphic novel separately, probably this weekend.)
We got to meet Peter S. Beagle at Dragoncon as well as see him on a panel or two. The man knows how to tell a story, but you already knew that. The Last Unicorn is a world-renowned tale for a reason. We got ours signed, and if you find him at his next convention, he’ll be more than happy to sign yours too. If you ask him about meeting Marilyn Monroe, he might even tell you a story.
From the publisher:
“The Last Unicorn is the best book I have ever read. You need to read it. If you’ve already read it, you need to read it again.”—Patrick Rothfuss, #1 New York Times Bestselling Author of The Name of the Wind
The unicorn lived in a lilac wood, and she lived all alone. So she ventured out from the safety of the enchanted forest on a quest for others of her kind. Joined along the way by the bumbling magician Schmendrick and the indomitable Molly Grue, the unicorn learns all about the joys and sorrows of life and love before meeting her destiny in the castle of a despondent monarch—and confronting the creature that would drive her kind to extinction…
Dark Luminous Wings, an anthology
I don’t remember who handed me this book. Not exactly. It was the last day of Dragoncon. Vendors packing up on all four floors of the market building. (Last call. You don’t have to go home, but you can’t stay here.) I introduced myself to someone at one of the collective book booths. “I’m just a flunky,” he told me. “But I’ll take a card.” I handed him a card and moved on.
Further down the line, at the end of the table, someone said, “Did you say you review books?” I did. I do. Another business card changed hands. “Here. I think you’ll like it.” Sometimes the best opportunities just fall in your lap.
It’s not our favorite cover, but we open every book anyone gives us. (We might gush about a cover we love, but that isn’t how we judge the book. Ever.) It seemed only right to read at least one of the 17 stories offered. So we read the first one: “Enchantment Lost” by Brian Trent.
It was FANTASTIC! Not just okay. Fantastic. Like discovering Ray Bradbury all over again for the first time. We haven’t read the rest yet, but we certainly will now.
The anthology has no reviews on Amazon, one review on Goodreads. 5 stars, but just the one. HOW IS THIS POSSIBLE??? We don’t know. But we’re going to read this one and review it on the strength of the first story alone. We’ll let you know what we think. To whichever kind individual handed this book over, editor or author, thank you.
A note on the links: At the time we’re writing this, the Kindle version is $4.99, and the Kobo version is $5.99, so be aware of the price difference! Also, there doesn’t seem to be a Nook version, so the Barnes & Noble button links to the paperback, which is currently $14.99.
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