The Scorpio Races- Maggie Stiefvater
I waited a long time to pick up this book, but I am SO SO SO glad I did. I have always loved Maggie’s writing and her stunning prose continues in The Scorpio Races. She has a talent for stringing words together in a musical way. I actually listened to this book as an audiobook which is harder for me to like generally. However, the writing was so lovely and the narrators’ voices so perfect for the characters, I refused to get out of my car because I needed to keep listening. Seriously, I sat there for an hour just to hear more. Steve West should make a recording of him reading the dictionary because I’d buy that just to listen to the soothing timbre of his voice. I don’t think I’ve been that relaxed in ages. Fiona Hardingham is amazing too.
But I digress, the story of The Scorpio Races is unique. The capaill uisce are dangerous sea horses who who run on blood lust and the siren call of the sea, and they are as lethal as they are beautiful. Sean and “Puck” are beyond endearing protagonists. They are both loyal, protective, fierce, passionate and stubborn. It’s a perfect match. I am head over heels for this story, for the Thisby island, for Kate Connolly and Sean Kendrick, and for the deadly Scorpio race that rules them all. I only wish I had entered their world sooner.
This book is out now from Scholastic. The audiobook is from Scholastic Audio. You can get your copy here.
Burn for Burn- Jenny Han and Siobhan Vivian
Burn for Burn is an amazing contemporary that asks core questions about pain, friendship and bullying. Mary, Kat and Lillia all have distinct voices which makes it possible to relate to them in entirely different ways. These unlikely allies make tons of mistakes though through it all you understand their motivations from start to finish. Our three heroines have reached breaking point—when a million tiny little hurts can either destroy you or make you stronger. And you side with them even in their shortsighted and tragically flawed plans. I personally relate to kick ass Kat (surprise, surprise); Lillia has the most interesting friendship dilemmas; But Mary, oh Mary, she’s got rich character depth and we’ve barely scratched the surface with her here. I think she may grow the most over the next few books and is definitely the one to keep your eye on. I really, really liked the tiniest hint of the paranormal here which readers won’t notice unless they’re paying attention. This book was exactly what I was looking for—-an easy, interesting read with questions you could sink your teeth into.
Burn for Burn is due out from Simon and Schuster on September 18th. Pre-order your copy here.
ARC provided gratis via Simon and Schuster.
Timepiece (Hourglass #2)- Myra McEntire
Timepiece picks up shortly after Hourglass left off and with an equally stunning cover. I liked Hourglass, but I LOVED Timepiece. Kaleb’s voice as well as his romantic storyline were much more appealing to me than Emerson’s. His point of view was engaging and his character possesses true emotional depth. It’s hard to not love him for all he’s been through. The Chronos and Jack Landers dual villainies is sinister and gripping, more threatening than Hourglass’s storyline. Serious threats to time and the main characters leave you wanting book 3 immediately! Lastly, I love that pieces of the story are intersecting and coming together. Fans of Hourglass will totally eat this story up while newcomers or those on the fence will be swayed by Kaleb’s charisma.
Hourglass is out now from Egmont USA. Get your copy here.
This egalley was provided gratis by Egmont USA via Netgalley.