Pre-Squee: Fall Books

Posted 29 July, 2015 | Mary @ TheBookSwarm | Pre-Squee, Review | 7 Comments


Welcome to the Pre-Squee, a feature here at The Book Swarm and the fabulous Bewitched Bookworms. Some books, though they might not be coming out for a few months, need an early squee — we just can’t hold in our excitement about them! This feature gives us a chance to share a little bit of our love with our favorite people just a little bit early, whether it be for the story, cover, characters, or whatever. We’re quite flexible in our book love.

There are so many good books coming up within the next couple of months, I feel like I’m going to be sqeeing all over the place!

23492477The Drafter (The Peri Reed Chronicles #1) by Kim Harrison

Urban Fantasy, hardcover, 432 pages; Expected publication: September 1, 2015 by Gallery Books; source: publisher

Oh, holy cow, what a ride! I’m beyond excited that this story is going to be a series because I blew through this first book and wanted more immediately. *sigh* I got #bookbloggerprobs right now, considering the wait time until the next book. But so worth it. As usual, Harrison’s storytelling sucked me right into Peri’s life, such as it is. She might have the cool power to manipulate time but, each time she does it, she loses time herself, not remembering what she changed and even losing months and years of her memories. But what she does is dangerous and she’s used by some pretty dangerous people who don’t want their secrets getting out so they betray her, putting her on a list of corrupt agents and basically blackballing her. Despite losing so much of herself, Peri’s a strong character, determined to figure out what’s really going on, even though she’s not sure who to trust. Now, I’m not really a huge time travel fan but I loved how this one was handled and definitely look forward to the next installment. 5 stars (one of my very few of 2015!).

24819482Wake of Vultures (The Shadow #1) by Lila Bowen

Fantasy, hardcover, 320 pages; Expected publication: October 27, 2015 by Orbit; source: publisher

In the paranormal-filled Wild West, Wake of Vultures finds Nettie confronting a man who won’t die…until she stabs him in the heart with a piece of wood and her eyes are open to the weirdness in the world around her. With her eyes open (and money pilfered from the dead guy), Nettie leaves behind her horrible life to find something better, something for herself and winds up on a journey that leads her to her people and her own strange roots. I loved the combo of paranormal and steampunk in a Wild West setting, especially since it included not only vampires, dwarfs and sirens but a solid dose of Comanche folklore as well. Nettie herself is biracial, gender neutral (I’m using girl pronouns, since that is how she refers to herself but she doesn’t really see herself as girly), and bisexual — even more of a challenge in this particular setting — and has the strength to face all the challenges presented to her with a will that’s seen her through a very rough beginning. I’m looking forward to the next in this interesting series. 4 stars. 

24733600The Masked Truth by Kelley Armstrong

YA Thriller, hardcover, 320 pages; Expected publication: October 13, 2015 by Doubleday Canada; source: publisher

Okay, you guys. This is one amazingly fast-paced and wild thriller…and the majority takes place in a locked building. First, you’ve got Riley, who’s suffering some pretty serious PTSD after witnessing the murder of a couple she was babysitting for (she saved the kid). Then you’ve got Max, who’s schizophrenic and doesn’t trust what he sees and hears…and he doesn’t want to tell anyone he’s suffering from that particular illness, especially not the cute girl in therapy with him. But, when masked men break in and hold them hostage, everything changes. The twists are twisty, the writing is stellar (seriously, it’s Kelley Armstrong. I expected nothing less) and, just when you think it over, the hits come again. 4 1/2 stars.

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