"Your arrow was a spark," she replies," A spark of fire so hot and white that no one will be able to put it out. And even a spark of fire can consume an entire forest if it can jump from tree to tree. Watch, Esmae. Watch as one act leads to another and then to another after that. Watch the trees pass white flames on. Watch the forest burn."
OH.MY.GOD. This book. This book!!!
My local library had a display of fairy tales and myths retold and I snagged this one solely because it was based on the Mahābhārata (a myth I'm totally unfamiliar with). Mandanna sets her retelling in space, merging the high drama of gods and royalty and intrigue with the sparkle, danger, and excitement of interstellar conflict.
I loved every page. (This will be a top read of 2019 for sure.)
A Spark of White Fire by Sangu Mandanna
Sky Pony, 2018
Copy from library Read Harder challenge
One of Book Riot's Read Harder 2019 challenges is to read a book of mythology or folklore, and I was e…
Love was for brave fools and Johan was entirely too clever and too cowardly to succumb to it.
Take one international playboy and one wallflower determined to change the story people tell of her and you get this wickedly charming romance.
A Prince on Paper by Alyssa Cole
Digital ARC provided by publisher
This was my second Cole book, but the first contemporary romance of hers I've read. As with the first book of hers I read, An Extraordinary Union, I was immediately smitten.
This is technically the third book in her Reluctant Royals series so I was a tiiiiiiny bit lost at the start when the characters from the earlier books were crowding for reader reunion time. But enough backstory is provided that I wasn't lost when it came to Nya and Johan, and their super cute, super sexy romance won me over immediately.
I loved this modern take on the romancing royalty trope -- I haven't read any modern royal romances, actually so I didn't know what to expect -- and now C…
Gyre choked down the faint, nascent sound that threatened to leak from her throat.
The words on her screen disappeared, and were replaced with:
IT HEARD THE SINGING. IT DOESN'T LIKE HUMAN VOICES
I won this book via GoodReads' First Reads and I really had no idea what it was about; but I loved the title and the cover so dove right in. What I landed in was a creepy, claustrophobic thriller pitting/partnering two damaged people in a place determined to kill them.
The Luminous Dead by Caitlin Starling
Harper Voyager, 2019
Review copy from publisher
Starling doesn't waste time plunging us (literally) into her world, an alien place where mining dominates but some kind of alien known as Tunnelers make it dangerous. Cavers identify lodes -- if they survive the Tunnelers -- and a good caver can make lucrative money surviving one or two expeditions. Surviving being the operative word.
Two short reads on the docket for the weekend as I actually plan to do a great deal of cleaning. This coming week my brother, niblings, and mother will be visiting so needless to say, I'll be desperate to get things in order.
I don't know about you all, but the handful of truly gorgeous days have meant we've been outside and not spring cleaning, and whoo, does the house reflect that!