Friday Finds and New Reads
This is where I talk about new books that really stand out to me or sound unique, and what new books I have to read or will be getting soon.
I'm so sorry for missing last week, but I've got some great books to share with everyone. So sit back, relax, and see if you find anything that catches your eye.
First we have Witchlanders by Lena Coakley.
Summary: High in their mountain covens, red witches pray to the Goddess, protecting the Witchlands by throwing the bones and foretelling the future.
It’s all a fake.
At least, that’s what Ryder thinks. He doubts the witches really deserve their tithes—one quarter of all the crops his village can produce. And even if they can predict the future, what danger is there to foretell, now that his people’s old enemy, the Baen, has been defeated?
But when a terrifying new magic threatens both his village and the coven, Ryder must confront the beautiful and silent witch who holds all the secrets. Everything he’s ever believed about witches, the Baen, magic and about himself will change, when he discovers that the prophecies he’s always scorned—
Are about him.
When I first read this description it sounded like a mix of The Near Witch and the new Red Riding Hood. The cover is haunting and beautiful and I've found myself even more intrigued by what this story is going to be like.There's also a little Chronicles of Narnia feeling I get when looking at the cover, like the White Witch is going to pop out at me at any moment.
Next we have Article 5 by Kristen Simmons.
Summary: New York, Los Angeles, and Washington, DC have been abandoned.
The Bill of Rights has been revoked, and replaced with the Moral Statutes.
There are no more police — instead, there are soldiers. There are no more fines for bad behavior — instead, there are arrests, trials, and maybe worse. People who get arrested don’t usually come back.
17-year-old Ember Miller is old enough to remember that things weren’t always this way. Living with her rebellious single mother, it’s hard to forget that people weren’t always arrested for reading the wrong books or staying out after dark. That life in the United States used to be different.
In the three years since the war ended, Ember has perfected the art of keeping a low profile. She knows how to get the things she needs, like food stamps and hand-me-down clothes, and how to pass the random home inspections by the Federal Bureau of Reformation. Her life is as close to peaceful as circumstances allow. That is, until her mother is arrested for noncompliance with Article 5 of the Moral Statutes. And what’s worse, one of the arresting officers is none other than Chase Jennings…the only boy Ember has ever loved.
I don't know what it is about dystopian styled stories that have drawn me in recently, but they have become one of my favorite types and when I read this description I immediately added to me to-read list. Especially since it seems a little closer to home with the changes to the Bill of Rights and everything.
And finally we have The Iron Wood by Megan Spooner.
Summary: Sixteen year-old Lark Ainsley has never seen the sky.
Her world ends at the edge of the vast domed barrier of energy enclosing all that’s left of humanity. For two hundred years the city has sustained this barrier by harvesting its children's innate magical energy when they reach adolescence. When it’s Lark’s turn to be harvested, she finds herself trapped in a nightmarish web of experiments and learns she is something out of legend itself: a Renewable, able to regenerate her own power after it’s been stripped.
Forced to flee the only home she knows to avoid life as a human battery, Lark must fight her way through the terrible wilderness beyond the edge of the world. With the city’s clockwork creations close on her heels and a strange wild boy stalking her in the countryside, she must move quickly if she is to have any hope of survival. She’s heard the stories that somewhere to the west are others like her, hidden in the Iron Wood – but can she stay alive long enough to find them?
There isn't a cover for this one yet, but I had to share it anyway. It sounds scary and suspenseful and exciting. I definitely can't wait to check this one out.
Now here's some of the new reads that I've had come in or will be coming in soon: