This is a blog meme hosted by Jill over at Breaking the Spine to spotlight upcoming books. This week we're featuring picks chosen by SQT and Jim.
SQT's can't wait to read selection is:
Days of Blood and Starlight by Laini Taylor
Publisher: Little, Brown
Pages: 304 pages
Date: September 18, 2012
In this stunning sequel to the highly acclaimed "Daughter of Smoke and Bone," Karou must come to terms with who and what she is, and how far she'll go to avenge her people. Filled with heartbreak and beauty, mysteries and secrets, new characters and old favorites, Days of Blood and Starlight brings the richness, color and intensity of the first book to a brand new canvas.
Daughter of Smoke and Bone was declared a "must read" by Entertainment Weekly, was named a Best Book of the Year by Amazon.com, and The New York Times called it "a breath-catching romantic fantasy."
I LOVED Daughter of Smoke and Bone and as soon as I saw that "Days of Blood and Starlight" had a release date I knew I had to put it on the list. I only wish I had the final cover to post and a more complete description-- but I urge anyone who hasn't read "Daughter of Smoke and Bone" to pick up a copy-- it was the best book I read last year.
Jim's can't wait to read selection is:
A Just Determination by John G. Hemry (Jack Cambell)
Date: March 27, 2012 (reissue)
Ensign Paul Sinclair is fresh out of the Naval Academy and assigned to the USS Michaelson as the ship's lone legal officer. The warship's mission is to patrol a very large volume of space, enforcing the U.S. claim on valuable transit routes and mineral rich asteroids.
When a South Asian Alliance ship trespasses into U.S. territory and runs from the Michaelson when approached, Captain Pete Wakeman decides to try and catch the intruding vessel before it leaves U.S. space. Wakeman's attempts at communication with the mysterious ship go unanswered, and when he fires a warning shot across the ship's bow, the ship changes its course and begins heading right for the Michaelson. Although the Alliance ship has no visible weapons, Wakeman takes no chances and fires on the ship, destroying it and everyone aboard.
When the Michaelson is ordered to return to port and the captain is court-martialed, young Sinclair must decide whether to keep quiet like everyone else or stand up for what he believes in -- a decision that could ruin his career as well as Wakeman's.
Despite my love of Jack Campbell's Lost Fleet series, I have yet to branch out and read any of the other novels he's written. This re-release (which was also done recently by ACE for his Stark's War series, but with a much worse cover design, looking like something out of the romance aisle) provides me a nice opportunity to correct that.