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:
Flame of Sevenwaters by Juliet Marillier
Date: November 6, 2012
Maeve, daughter of Lord Sean of Sevenwaters, was badly burned as a child and carries the legacy of that fire in her crippled hands. After ten years she’s returning home as a courageous, forthright woman with a special gift for taming difficult animals. But while her body’s scars have healed, her spirit remains fragile, as she fears the shadows of her past.
Sevenwaters is in turmoil. The fey prince Mac Dara has become desperate to see his only son, who is married to Maeve’s sister, return to the Otherworld. To force Lord Sean’s hand, Mac Dara has caused a party of innocent travelers on the Sevenwaters border to vanish.
When Maeve finds one of the missing travelers murdered in the woods, she and her brother Finbar embark on a journey that may bring about the end of Mac Dara’s reign — or lead to a hideous death. But if she is successful, Maeve may open a door to a future she has not dared to believe possible...
Juliet Marillier is a simply fabulous author. If you haven't read her Sevenwaters series you should- I can't recommend it enough. She draws from Celtic myth as the foundation of her books, but they are so lyrical and romantic they easily stand on their own. Each book can be read as a stand-alone novel, but you won't be sorry if you start with Daughter of the Forest and read your way through the whole series.
Jim's can't wait to read selection is:
Publisher: Harper Voyager
Date: March 19, 2013
Griffin Shaw and his wife were both murdered fifty years ago. Now a Centurion-a minor angel who assists the souls of newly deceased taken by violence-Grif has been granted permission to solve the mystery of his death. But like most things in life, both mortal and eternal, that permission is conditional. Grif must help the Pure angels with souls who might otherwise be Lost.
Souls like Jeap Yang, a drug addict in his final moments of life. Grif knows that death is coming, but he cannot intervene. Hopefully, Grif's mortal lover, reporter Katherine Craig, isn't constrained by angel protocol. If she can stop a death, she will.
But as Kit is about to find out, there are things more traumatic and evil than murder. A strange new drug is literally eating tweakers' flesh from the bone, and the conscientious reporter is determined to break the story-and get the drug off the streets. Her crusade will propel her and Grif into a head-to-head with a vicious drug cartel. But it seems the Pures are angelic in name only. And they have a secret agenda-a scheme that will ensare Kit and Grif and leave them scrambling to stay alive, to stay together, and to choose their fate-before it's chosen for them.
I still haven't gotten to read book 1 (The Taken), but that doesn't mean that the second novel isn't on my radar.