“Hot off the Press” is a blog feature that includes the latest releases in the Fantasy and YA genres that I think are going to totally rock. I’m doing the work of finding great new reads so you don’t have to!
1. The Iron Thorn by Caitlin Kittredge
Genre: Fantasy- Steampunk
Release Date: February 22, 2011 (Ok, this is cheating because it came out in February, but I missed it in the last HOP feature :))
Excitement Level: 9/10 (i.e., pretty flippin’ excited)
I am pretty stoked about this book. I’ve never read book in the steampunk genre- defined as an era or world that incorporates steam power and elements of either science fiction or fantasy.
I love the mix of machinery, magic and romance. Ummm yeah, I’m there
Amazon Description: “In the city of Lovecraft, the Proctors rule and a great Engine turns below the streets, grinding any resistance to their order to dust. The necrovirus is blamed for Lovecraft’s epidemic of madness, for the strange and eldritch creatures that roam the streets after dark, and for everything that the city leaders deem Heretical—born of the belief in magic and witchcraft. And for Aoife Grayson, her time is growing shorter by the day.
Aoife Grayson’s family is unique, in the worst way—every one of them, including her mother and her elder brother Conrad, has gone mad on their 16th birthday. And now, a ward of the state, and one of the only female students at the School of Engines, she is trying to pretend that her fate can be different.”
2. Steel by Carrie Vaughn
Genre: YA, Fantasy
Release Date: March 15, 2011
Excitement Level: 9/10 (Wow, I’m really pumped tonight!)
From someone who’s read Graceling and Tamora Peirce’s entire Protector of the Small series, I love a woman who can fight. I think it draws me in because I have no athletic ability whatsoever. PLUS- there’s pirates?? (Hello, I love pirates!) This book is going to be on my Kindle tonight, fo sho.
Amazon Description: “It was a slender length of rusted steel, tapered to a point at one end and jagged at the other, as if it had broken. A thousand people would step over it and think it trash, but not her.
This was the tip of a rapier.
Sixteen-year-old Jill has fought in dozens of fencing tournaments, but she has never held a sharpened blade. When she finds a corroded sword piece on a Caribbean beach, she is instantly intrigued and pockets it as her own personal treasure.
The broken tip holds secrets, though, and it transports Jill through time to the deck of a pirate ship. Stranded in the past and surrounded by strangers, she is forced to sign on as crew. But a pirate’s life is bloody and brief, and as Jill learns about the dark magic that brought her there, she forms a desperate scheme to get home—one that risks everything in a duel to the death with a villainous pirate captain.”
3. Mermaid: A Twist on the Classic Tale by Carolyn Turgeon
Genre: YA, Fantasy
Release Date: March 1, 2011
Excitement Level: 7/10
A mermaid story might seem like it’s geared toward a younger demographic (yes, younger than YA), but this seems like a interesting take on a classic story. Wait…how are they hooking the YA crowd with this? Oh yeah, a love triangle. That’s classic for sure.
Goodreads.com Description: “Two sheltered princesses, one wounded warrior; who will live happily ever after?
Princess Margrethe has been hidden away while her kingdom is at war. One gloomy, windswept morning as she stands in a convent garden overlooking the icy sea, she witnesses a miracle: a glittering mermaid emerging from the waves, a nearly drowned man in her arms. By the time Margrethe reaches the shore, the mermaid has disappeared into the sea. As Margrethe nurses the handsome stranger back to health, she learns that not only is he a prince, he is also the son of her father’s greatest rival. Sure that the mermaid brought this man to her for a reason, Margrethe devises a plan to bring peace to her kingdom.
Meanwhile, the mermaid princess Lenia longs to return to the human man she carried to safety. She is willing to trade her home, her voice, and even her health for legs and the chance to win his heart….”
Stay tuned for my upcoming review of The Goddess Test by Aimee Carter.