Take one of my favorite stories and add illustrations from one of my favorite artists and you have some serious Middle Earth magic. Few people can match the passion Donato Giancola has for Tolkien's Lord of the Rings. I can't wait for this to hit the shelves this September.
I don't know how Ms. Collins plans to conclude the Hunger Games trilogy BUT, if she kills off Peeta, she has some explaining to do. The challenge will be...to gobble or to savor each page. August 24th.
I LOVE Terry Pratchett. His Tiffany Aching YA series was my introduction to his unique satirical style. I was thrilled to discover that he has added a fourth to the series. Do yourself a favor and LISTEN to Wee Free Men, the first in this series and see if you don't become a fan too. September 28th.
Let me state here that I don't read horror. Not my thing. BUT, reading a woman's review (it's the first one) of the first Yancy book, The Monstrumologist convinced me to give it a try. So glad I did. Poor Will Henry's plight continues this October 19th.
At IMC, James Gurney presented a lecture with some of the invaluable information he has included in this, his second art instruction book. His first, Imaginative Realism is pack full of vital information on creating fantasy art. Color and Light will definitely find a place next to it on my bookshelf this November 9th.
The third book in the Parasole Protectorate series by Gail Carriger. Laughed and giggled (and blushed) all through the first two, Soulless and Changeless. Left me slightly peeved at the cliff-hanger ending of #2. Blameless comes this September 1st.
I confess. Initially, I didn't like Artemis. He wasn't very likable. But that was intentional. As in J. Stroud's Bartimaeus Trilogy, Colfer invites his readers to journey with the main character as he evolves into a completely likable young man, still flawed but fully realized and believable.
August 3rd. (it's also a wonderful audio narrated by Nathaniel Parker)
I was introduced to Maggie Stiefvater via her faerie-themed books, Lament and Ballad. I was immediately struck by her strong, distinctive and fresh voice. Then came Shiver, which at first, I thought was riding the coat tails of the whole werewolf (vampire) craze. But Maggie is an original and the book holds its own with her unique approach to storytelling. Sam and Grace's story continues in Linger. It's out NOW!! Come on UPS truck!!!
SO, what books are you waiting for?