I haven’t had much time to read this week. I’ve been spending most of my free time getting this website ready for “prime time.” I’ve added a newsletter, a shiny new homepage, and what I hope is a better presentation of my social media feeds. Also, if you haven’t had a chance to enter yet, I launched a giveaway for an ARC of Broken Fate. (Watch that page because there will be other giveaways as time goes by.) Fortunately, both books I checked out this week are quick reads because I didn’t have time for anything else.
- Truthwitch, by Suan Dennard. This book has been getting a lot of buzz in the YA community so I had to see what it was about. The main character is a witch with the ability to discern the truth from a lie. It’s an ability that the warring factions in the novel would love to control. There are many “witch types” in this novel (Truthwitch, Bloodwitch, Windwitch, Threadwitch, etc.) with powers that complement and hinder each other, and in that sense it reminds me a bit of Leigh Bardugo’s Grisha trilogy.
- The Readers of Broken Wheel Recommend, by Katarina Bivald. I’m a sucker for a bookstore story and this one just sounded fun. Sara is from Sweden and is pen pals with Amy, a book lover in Iowa. When she arrives in Iowa to meet her friend, Sara discovers that Amy has died. Instead of leaving, Sara stays in the community and opens a bookstore. Warm fuzzies ensue. It’s probably not terribly original or ground-breaking, but a cozy story that involves books, book lovers, and bookstores is always welcome.