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New Year's Pretties

I'm quite excited for these three, you guys. They hail from two favorite authors of mine and one newcomer. They each look rather dark in their own way and just like excellent ways to start off next year's reading.

The Shape of Desire by Sharon Shinn
Ever since I heard the fabulous Sharon Shinn was working on an urban fantasy, I've been walking around with a tingle of anticipation running down my spine. Then I ran across the cover the other day and that tingle got upgraded to a full-fledged shiver. Love the girl's pose on the log, love the creepy wolf who seems to be channeling Gmork--the werewolf from The Neverending Story. Given how I love her take on angels, I can hardly wait to read her take on werewolves. Due out April 3rd.

Cinder by Marissa Meyer
The first in the Lunar Chronicles, this futuristic debut novel is also the first in a quartet. Don't you love quartets? They put me in mind of the Alanna books and, therefore, all good things. On top of that this cover is slowly killing me with its awesome and as far as I can tell, the book itself needs little introduction. All I really feel the need to say is: Cyborg. Cinderella. Are you with me? Due out January 3rd.

Midnight in Austenland by Shannon Hale
And it would seem we're heading back to Austenland for another visit. This time with a new and different Austen addict and an added mystery for good measure. Charlotte Kinder is addicted to Jane Austen, recently divorced, and in need of a good vacation. So off to Pembroke Park she heads and hi jinks, one would assume, ensue. Though it's not my favorite of her books, I liked Ms. Hale's Austenland just fine and find myself up for this companion novel. Due out January 31st.


  1. I'm so glad you mentioned Sharon Shinn's latest book. I hadn't been on her web site lately, so I'm thrilled to bits that she has another book coming out in the spring. I loved TROUBLED WATERS so I can't wait for this and the other two books. Love Shannon Hale! And Cinder sounds great!

  2. APRIL?! I can't wait until APRIL for a new Sharon Shinn!

  3. Ahh, it's Austenland again! Love Shannon Hale, so I'll definitely have to keep an eye on that, thanks. :) Cyborn Cinderella FTW.

  4. I'm so excited about the new Shinn, I hadn't heard about it yet!

    I think Cinder sounds awesome too, I'm looking forward to it.

  5. Eeek! What is this with cyborg cinderella? It's totally feeding into the geeky romantic in me!


    PS- robots and romance reminds me also of The Silver Metal Lover by Tanith Lee, which was soooo good!

  6. I hadn't really heard of the Sharon Shinn one but it looks great! TOTALLY understanding the Neverending story reference. Man, I hated and loved that movie as a kid. The dragon gives me the creeps but I totally wanted to be the white princess!

  7. Lin, I know! I'm fairly vibrating with excitement.

    yen, yeah, it's waaaaay too far away.

    Jenn, doesn't it just have a ring to it? Cyborg Cinderella. Awesome.

    Allison, I really can't wait.

    Sharry, see, that one's been on my TBR forever and I just keep not getting around to it. Seems like everyone who's read it loves it.

    Scarlett, oh, I had the same reaction. Utter love and utter terror.

  8. I had NO idea Sharon Shinn had a book coming out, but I would like to know how in the WORLD we are supposed to wait until April!

    Also, any idea if she's planning anymore Samaria novels?

  9. LOVE UF. Love the cover for The Shape of Desire, and I especially love your NES reference! April is a long time away

  10. Ohh, atmospheric! I did like AUSTENLAND and that there is a sequel did not show up on my radar (WHY didn't it show up on my radar?!?), so thank you for pointing MIDNIGHT IN AUSTENLAND out. I want it.

  11. Joanna, April is really too much to expect of us, isn't it? And I live in hope of new Samaria novels, but I haven't heard a thing.

    bibliphile, grin. Always time for a good NES reference. :)

    Janice, lol. You're welcome.

  12. Ooh, I just recently read Austenland and really enjoyed it. I'll definitely be up to reading the companion!

  13. I would definitely be willing to give Midnight in Austenland a try. I like the first one well enough, and a little austen fan fiction is always a good time ;)

  14. Melanie, yay!

    librarian, this is how I feel as well. :)

  15. Oh. I'm so there for the Shinn. I really need to read more of her backlist. So many books so little time. And Midnight in Austenland? I remember hearing about it but this is the first time I've seen the cover. Me likes. Thanks for the headsup as always. :)

  16. Excited for CINDER! I really like these posts where you feature upcoming books. I always add them to my to-read list :)

  17. Holly, I know. I am so looking forward to the Shinn.

    Emily, I'm so glad they're useful!


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