I'm squeaking in on the Random Acts of Publicity meme put together by Darcy Pattinson and championed by the lovely Elana Johnson. We're supposed to BLLuRT (Blog, Link, Like, Review, Talk) about our favorite books, but I'm putting a twist in and talking about all the sequels that have recently landed on my Nook and bookshelf, waiting to be read. Series are all the rage in YA and MG, but some literally make me drool in anticipation.
Goliath by Scott Westerfeld comes out September 20th, and I'm already drooling. This steampunk adventure with Prince Alex and girl-disguised-as-a-boy Deryn completely captured my imagination in Leviathan (Book 1) and Behemoth (Book 2). I bought hardcovers (true book love) and fangirled over Westerfeld at a signing. I mean, just look at the art. I am not kidding when I say Goliath is as eagerly anticipated (for me) as Mockingjay (and my Hunger Games fangirling really has no bounds). I just about cried when I found out his tour stops will not include Chicago this time. I'll just have to console myself with Alex and Deryn Kissing Fan Art. LeSigh.
Preorder Goliath and follow Westerfeld. If you live in any of his tour-stop cities, get thee to the signing! He gives an amazing talk as well. Also, send me pictures. :)
Rip Tide by Kat Falls is the eagerly anticipated (by me) sequel to Dark Life, which is a futuristic tale where the seas have risen, life is crowded on land, and the new frontier is the ocean floor. I gave a huge cheer for Kat when I read Dark Life, because she has injected a wonderful new life into science fiction for middle grade. I've talked about the dearth of science fiction in middle grade, and the few authors who excel and get those books on the shelves...well, my hat is off to you. This sequel to the original fish tale looks to be filled with more exotic creatures and frenzied action (and danger)!
I borrowed mine from the library, but you can buy Kat's book here and check out her website. Kat is a fellow Illinois author and led me to the Write by the Lake workshops in Wisconsin. I expect many more awesome books from her in the future!
Empire of Ruins: Hunchback Assignments 3 by Arthur Slade is the next MG/YA steampunkery fun I can't wait to get my hands on. When I recommended The Dark Deeps, (Book 2 of Hunchback Assignments) I fell in love with Modo, the courageous boy who hides his hideous face from an intolerant world and shifts his features to serve as a spy for the Permanent Association in defense of Victorian Britain. Only later did I find that Arthur Slade has a slew of other books, for adults and children, a cool writerly blog and was just an all-around nice guy. He's forayed into e-publishing his back list, so check out the great finds there.
You can buy the Hunchback series here as well as visit Arthur's website and blog.
Last, but definitely not least, the sequel to The Familiars has arrived!
The Familiars: Secrets of the Crown by Adam Epstein and Andrew Jacobson
I was so excited for this book to come out, I accidentally bought it twice! (Don't ask how these things happen; sometimes I think only half my brain is actually powered at any given time.)
Book 1 of The Familiars charmed my socks off with the delightful adventure of three animal companions (familiars) and the young wizards they belong to. Aldwyn, the alley cat that's passing as a familiar, goes on one mis-adventure after another with a bird named Skylar and a frog named Gilbert. Andrew & Adam are blog touring right now to promote their book(s), including a hilarious video interview with the characters.
You can buy Secrets of the Crown or like The Familiars FB page to see all the latest news, interviews, and sundry fun.
As I find myself in possession of an extra copy of Secrets of the Crown, I'm hosting a giveaway!
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Drawing will be held on Monday September 12th!
Happy Weekend and Happy Reading!
UPDATE: And the winner is ... Diane C!! Thanks to everyone who entered!