Waiting on Wednesday: The Slow Regard of Silent Things

Untitled-14OMG CANNOT WAIT FOR THIS.  Synopsis:

“Deep below the University, there is a dark place. Few people know of it: a broken web of ancient passageways and abandoned rooms. A young woman lives there, tucked among the sprawling tunnels of the Underthing, snug in the heart of this forgotten place.

Her name is Auri, and she is full of mysteries.

The Slow Regard of Silent Things is a brief, bittersweet glimpse of Auri’s life, a small adventure all her own. At once joyous and haunting, this story offers a chance to see the world through Auri’s eyes. And it gives the reader a chance to learn things that only Auri knows…”

Absent by Katie Williams

Absent(Description nicked from B&N.com.)

“When seventeen-year-old Paige dies in a freak fall from the roof during Physics class, her spirit is bound to the grounds of her high school. At least she has company: her fellow ghosts Evan and Brooke, who also died there. But when Paige hears the rumor that her death wasn’t an accident—that she supposedly jumped on purpose—she can’t bear it. Then Paige discovers something amazing. She can possess living people when they think of her, and she can make them do almost anything. Maybe, just maybe, she can get to the most popular girl in school and stop the rumors once and for all.”

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Tuesday Teaser: Havoc

Teaser Tuesdays is a weekly bookish meme, hosted by MizB of Should Be Reading. Anyone can play along! Just do the following:

• Grab your current read
• Open to a random page
• Share two (2) “teaser” sentences from somewhere on that page
BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS! (make sure that what you share doesn’t give too much away! You don’t want to ruin the book for others!)
• Share the title & author, too, so that other TT participants can add the book to their TBR Lists if they like your teasers!

My teaser:

That ought to hold them for a little while.  But he knew better than anyone how fast human beings could turn.”

–from page 49 of Ann Aguirre’s Havoc

Leave a comment with a link to your own Teaser Tuesday post, or just leave the teaser in the comment if you don’t have a blog!

Monday Musings, September 29

I’ve recently begun to branch out and read fiction based in other real-life cultures.  What nudged me in this direction was the publication of two young adult books that are in the “forbidden romance” genre.

The first one, which I borrowed from the library and am reading right now, is The Secret Sky by Atia Abawi.  It’s a story set in Afghanistan and concerns a Hazara girl and a Pashtun boy.  The author is of Afghani descent and has spent several years living there, so she was able to base her novel on personal experience of customs and social mores.

The other one, which I bought and haven’t read yet, is Like No Other by Una LaMarche.  This one takes place in New York and features a love story between a Hasidic Jewish girl and a black boy.

Has anybody else stepped out of their comfort zones and read books dealing with cultures radically different from your own?  Discuss!

End of the week wrap-up

Spring OwlcatThis week on the Purrfect Prose blog:

There was also one new review:

The Bloodbound by Erin Lindsey

The Bloodbound(Description nicked from B&N.com.)

“Of all those in the King of Alden’s retinue, the bloodbinders are the most prized. The magic they wield can forge invaluable weapons, ones that make soldiers like Lady Alix Black unerringly lethal. However, the bloodbinders’ powers can do so much more—and so much worse.

A cunning and impetuous scout, Alix only wishes to serve quietly on the edges of the action. But when the king is betrayed by his own brother and left to die at the hands of attacking Oridian forces, she winds up single-handedly saving her sovereign.

Suddenly, she is head of the king’s personal guard, an honor made all the more dubious by the king’s exile from his own court. Surrounded by enemies, Alix must help him reclaim his crown, all the while attempting to repel the relentless tide of invaders led by the Priest, most feared of Oridia’s lords.

But while Alix’s king commands her duty, both he and a fellow scout lay claim to her heart. And when the time comes, she may need to choose between the two men who need her most.”

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Throwback Thursday: ReVisions

ReVisionsI’ve been reviewing since 2001, when I was employed at the local newspaper and my reviews appeared in their arts section on the third Thursday of the month.  When I started this website in 2011, I was amazed (and somewhat horrified) to realize that I had a decade of reviews to archive!  I’m still working on it to this day, and so my version of “Throwback Thursday” will feature some of those old reviews.  Just for fun, we’ll jump back to ten years ago this month.

Today, have a peek back at ReVisions, edited by Julie E. Czerneda and Isaac Szpindel.  Click the cover of the book to read the review.

Waiting on Wednesday, September 24

Blue Lily Lily BlueToday’s Waiting on Wednesday pick is the final book in the Raven Cycle trilogy: Blue Lily, Lily Blue.  Here’s the blurb:

“There is danger in dreaming. But there is even more danger in waking up.

Blue Sargent has found things. For the first time in her life, she has friends she can trust, a group to which she can belong. The Raven Boys have taken her in as one of their own. Their problems have become hers, and her problems have become theirs.

The trick with found things though, is how easily they can be lost.

Friends can betray.
Mothers can disappear.
Visions can mislead.
Certainties can unravel.”