Eerie, enticing, and easy to enjoy.
EIDOLON, Grace Draven. Book #2 of The Wraith Kings duology. Draven continues the story of Ildiko and Brishen, a human wedded to a Kai prince who sleeps by day and lives at night. He’s not a vampire, just part of a race with strange opalescent eyes that can’t bear sunlight. In this sequel, the lovers battle a force of demons unleashed by his mother. Fast-paced adventure laced with adult romance.
ENDER’S GAME, Orson Scott Card. Terrific sci-fiction. The plot: Earth is threatened by an alien species determined to destroy the human race with superior technology. The defense: A military program that trains gifted children in search of a commander who can’t be broken. They think they’re playing a video game, but it’s so much more. A wonderful classic.
WANT TO READ
THE EGYPTOLOGIST, Arthur Phillips. Billed as a “darkly comic labyrinth of a story.” Follows an archaeologist who discovers King Tut, an Oxford professor who has a rare scrap of hieroglyphic porn, and an Australian detective. Could be fun.
THE EYRE AFFAIR, Jasper Fforde. Imagine time travel as a norm, and literary portals that allow you to enter books and ensure the characters are acting as the author intended–or change what happens. Clever premise. Reviews at Goodreads are all over the place, so I might wait.
THE BARDS OF BONE PLAIN, Patricia McKillip. Three trial, three terrors, three treasurers. Phelan thinks the legend of Bone Plain is just that. But his research reveals much more. He’s joined by his historian father and a princess who loves adventures outside the castle. An enthralling read.
A BEAUTIFUL POISON, Lydia Kang. A wonderful 1918 murder mystery that involves childhood friends reunited at an engagement party. Lots of interesting historical notes about science and the time period.
THE BELL AT SEALEY HEAD, Patricia McKillip. An intriguing story that revolves around the mystery of why everyone in the seaside town of Sealey Head hears a bell at sunset, and why certain doors at a guest house open to another time. Another McKillip classic.
BITTERBLUE, Kristin Cashore. I think this is the best of Graceling books. Now a queen, Bitterblue learns her realm is under the spell of a madman and she must rely on the help of two thieves to untangle the past and save the future.
THE BLACK WITCH, Laurie Forest. Some reviews on Goodreads criticize its supposed racist slant, while others note that’s to be expected in a book about prejudicial characters. Will have to read and decide for myself.
BORN WICKED, Jessica Spotswood. A story of three sisters who are witches in an alternative 1870s New England. Sounds interesting, and I’m ready to try anything with “wicked” in the title. 😉
BRUJA BORN, Zoraida Cordova. I suppose I should read LABYRINTH LOST first. The story of a Latina healer in Brooklyn.