Must read: The Iron Duke, now on sale!

I’ve made it no secret that I love Meljean Brook’s steampunk romance The Iron Duke. I’ve told all my friends. I’ve pushed it on my family. It’s the best steampunk romance I’ve read yet, and the best steampunk book I’ve read period. For those of you who have missed out on the awesomeness, Amazon is having a sale: The Iron Duke for only $6! Get it while the getting’s good. 🙂

Book love: Rampant by Diana Peterfreund

Sometimes you come across a book that seems like it was written just for you. I feel this way about Rampant. It’s like Ms. Peterfreund plucked from my mind these themes and issues I’ve been mulling over recently, put them into words, and crafted a beautiful tapestry out of them. The themes of female empowerment, virginity, and what it means to be a woman in the modern era are not new, but I’m looking at them with new eyes now that I have a daughter. Strong themes separate out the truly unforgettable books from the simply interesting and enjoyable books. Don’t get me wrong, this is not some feminist treatise. Rampant is a beautiful adventure of a teenage girl coming to terms with her heritage, her sexuality, and her own inner power.

I’m not doing it justice. Suffice to say, I really, really liked it and think you will too. There are killer unicorns. Love, lust, betrayal. Best friends, boy friends, parents with issues. Magic and mayhem.

Ms. Peterfreund’s voice is captivating. It’s one of those that just tumbles you in from page one, and sweeps you along until you put your head up for air and realize three hours have gone by and you’re almost done with the book. I stayed up late finishing it. If it weren’t for my mama duties, I wouldn’t have put it down.

I can’t wait to see what happens in the sequel, Ascendant.

What have you been reading, mes amies? What should I be reading, when I’m done with Ascendant? Have you tried Ms. Peterfreund’s delicious books?

Wednesday is Book Day

Wednesday is hump day. How do you get over the hump? With a good book of course. Tell me what you’ve been reading and what you are dying to get your hands on.

I’ll start.

What I’ve been reading:

 

After polishing off the last Dark Swan novel by Richelle Mead (Iron Crowned), I wanted more Mead, so I picked up the Georginia Kincaid series. It helped that Amazon had the first title on sale on Kindle–hard to resist a sale on a book I actually want to read. Succubus Blues was just what I was in the mood for: a wry, clear voice set in my very favorite place. How can you go wrong with a Seattle heroine who drinks microbrews, wears birkenstocks, and works in a bookstore? It looks like the series is being made into a graphic novel. I think I’ll have to try the Vampire Academy series again after I finish the Succubus series. Love Mead’s voice.

What I’m dying to get my hands on:

Just look at that gorgeous cover will you? Steampunk Young Adult with an Oliver Twist-sounding premise. I’m hooked. Anyone read it yet?

Here is the blurb:

In 1897 England, sixteen-year-old Finley Jayne has no one…except the “thing” inside her.

When a young lord tries to take advantage of Finley, she fights back. And wins. But no normal Victorian girl has a darker side that makes her capable of knocking out a full-grown man with one punch….

Only Griffin King sees the magical darkness inside her that says she’s special, says she’s one of them. The orphaned duke takes her in from the gaslit streets against the wishes of his band of misfits: Emily, who has her own special abilities and an unrequited love for Sam, who is part robot; and Jasper, an American cowboy with a shadowy secret.

Griffin’s investigating a criminal called The Machinist, the mastermind behind several recent crimes by automatons. Finley thinks she can help—and finally be a part of something, finally fit in.

But The Machinist wants to tear Griff’s little company of strays apart, and it isn’t long before trust is tested on all sides. At least Finley knows whose side she’s on—even if it seems no one believes her.

Now it’s your turn. Recommendations?

What I’ve been reading…

A little of this, a little of that. I have very little time to read these days, but it only makes me appreciate it that much more. Here are some good ones for your reading pleasure:

SHIP BREAKER by Paolo Bacigalupi – Dystopian Young Adult. It was quite as good as those peeps on the internetz said it would be

WICKED BECOMES YOU by Meredith Duran – Victorian Romance. Our book club book this month, and a rousing success. I love her!

TRIAL BY DESIRE by Courtney Milan – Victorian Romance. Nicely layered characters.

WICKED GAME by Jill Myles – Contemporary Romance set in a reality Survivor game show. Sarcastic and funny and sweet. And only $2.99! You can’t get good coffee that cheap.

ISLAND HEAT by Jill Myles – Time-travel fantasy romance with dinosaurs. No, really. This is journey to the center of the earth, romance style. Very fun. And only $0.99.

STORY ENGINEERING by Larry Brooks – Non-fiction on how to write a novel. I actually haven’t finished, but the half I’ve read has some excellent advice.

What have you been reading? What should I read next?