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Hot off the Press: March Releases

“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.

About Lisa Parkin

I'm a hardcore lover of young adult fiction and have been reviewing books since 2011. Other interests include Downton Abbey, heat lightning storms, Harry Potter land and (begrudingly) one orange tabby.
  • Hi. Just found your blog from book blogs (wanted to comment). Ya know? I’ve never really read steam punk either but The Iron Thorn by Caitlin Kittredge looks pretty cool, if you ask me. I might have to add that to my TBR pile for reviewing on vampire review (on blogspot).

    • Lisa

      Thanks everyone for commenting and stopping by! Tami- if you’re interested, you can enter to win a free copy of The Iron Thorn (to review on your blog) by commenting here:http://www.caitlinkittredge.com/?p=1680 Good luck! 🙂

      Stephanie- Hmm, how could I make the follow buttons easier to find? I’m definitely open to suggestions! Thanks!

      Melissa- I was really surprised by how many amazing books just got released. I think all of these are going to be amazing!! I hope you found some good ones to add to your TBR pile, fo sho! 😀

  • Hello,

    I just read your post on the Book Blog Ning, as well, and thought I’d leave a comment. It did take me a minute to find where to follow your blog (as it looks a little different than the Blogspot one), but I found it and am now following your very cute blog! 😀

  • I do have to say these all sound so great! 🙂 I want to get to all these books, but I have some review books to get through first. 🙂 Hope you get and enjoy them all.

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