Abby: Stitching Snow by R.C. Lewis is another of those fairy tales retold. If you liked Cinder by Marissa Meyer, you’ll like this one too. Essie is a runaway from her home world. She grew-up on a rough planet working on robots, until she is kidnapped by Dane. It’s a fun romp and an easy read for those of you recovering from finals.
Allison: I’ m reading books for some of our group posts later this month right now, but I recently finished The Girl at Midnight by Melissa Grey and it was fantastic. There’s an awesome race of bird people in an epic conflict with dragons, and a human girl stuck in the middle. People who loved Laini Taylor’s Daughter of Smoke and Bone books will like this one a lot. I also FINALLY got my hands on a copy of Station Eleven and I’m totally psyched to read it.
Nicola: I just finished The Girl at Midnight, too! I really liked the way all the highly fantastical places like the Nest integrated with the real world, as well as Echo’s snark (snark’s a protagonist’s way to my heart).
Melissa: I just started Daughter of Smoke and Bone, but I’m only on the first page so no thoughts yet. I’m reading it after reading a recommendation from the Coven!
Alyssa: Lately I’ve been reading a lot of reimaginings and alternate history/reality fantasy new releases. I’ve just started Sharon Cameron’s Rook, which pays homage to The Scarlet Pimpernel and takes place in Sunken City (formerly Paris), where a new revolution claims many lives, except those rescued by the mysterious Red Rook. I’m also reading Heather Dixon’s Illusionarium, a steampunk magical adventure, where illusionists can create alternate realities by taking a harmful drug. I recently finished M.D. Headley’s Magonia: a recently deceased Aza is transported to an airship inhabited by bird-like creatures who claim she’s one of them. Sarah McGuire’s Valiant is a gender-bending reimagining of the fairy tale The Brave Tailor: a clever and courageous tailor’s daughter, masquerading as a boy, must defend the kingdom from an immortal Duke and his army of giants. Kathleen Baldwin’s A School for Unusual Girls reimagines an alternate Regency England soon after Napoleon’s exile, where misbehaving girls at a “reform school” play an important role in saving England from its many enemies.
Kate: I’m reading Redeployment by Phil Klay. A book of short stories told mostly from the point of view of soldiers about the recent war in Iraq, Redeployment won the 2014 National Book Award. Klay, himself, is a former Marine, and he draws from his military service to paint a portrait of the commonalities and differences experienced by both enlisted and officer forces in the post-911 U.S. military. In his book, Klay highlights the growing rift between military members and civilians who are often ignorant of the debilitating stressors of modern military service and yet who spout meaningless patriotic platitudes. As a spouse of an Air Force officer for over 10 years, I have an obvious personal stake in reading this book, but anyone interested in what military service can look like in our post-911 world will benefit from and be made more empathetic by reading this wonderful book.