Ahem. Moving on …
Rip Tide by Kat Falls is the eagerly anticipated (by me) sequel to Dark Life, which is a futuristic tale where the seas have risen, life is crowded on land, and the new frontier is the ocean floor. I gave a huge cheer for Kat when I read Dark Life, because she has injected a wonderful new life into science fiction for middle grade. I’ve talked about the dearth of science fiction in middle grade, and the few authors who excel and get those books on the shelves…well, my hat is off to you. This sequel to the original fish tale looks to be filled with more exotic creatures and frenzied action (and danger)!
I borrowed mine from the library, but you can buy Kat’s book here and check out her website. Kat is a fellow Illinois author and led me to the Write by the Lake workshops in Wisconsin. I expect many more awesome books from her in the future!
Empire of Ruins: Hunchback Assignments 3 by Arthur Slade is the next MG/YA steampunkery fun I can’t wait to get my hands on. When I recommended The Dark Deeps, (Book 2 of Hunchback Assignments) I fell in love with Modo, the courageous boy who hides his hideous face from an intolerant world and shifts his features to serve as a spy for the Permanent Association in defense of Victorian Britain. Only later did I find that Arthur Slade has a slew of other books, for adults and children, a cool writerly blog and was just an all-around nice guy. He’s forayed into e-publishing his back list, so check out the great finds there.
Last, but definitely not least, the sequel to The Familiars has arrived!
The Familiars: Secrets of the Crown by Adam Epstein and Andrew Jacobson
I was so excited for this book to come out, I accidentally bought it twice! (Don’t ask how these things happen; sometimes I think only half my brain is actually powered at any given time.)
Book 1 of The Familiars charmed my socks off with the delightful adventure of three animal companions (familiars) and the young wizards they belong to. Aldwyn, the alley cat that’s passing as a familiar, goes on one mis-adventure after another with a bird named Skylar and a frog named Gilbert. Andrew & Adam are blog touring right now to promote their book(s), including a hilarious video interview with the characters.
As I find myself in possession of an extra copy of Secrets of the Crown, I’m hosting a giveaway!
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Happy Weekend and Happy Reading!
UPDATE: And the winner is … Diane C!! Thanks to everyone who entered!