Thief's Magic by Trudi Canavan is available for very discounted pre-order at $2.99 right now. This book is 500+ pages and comes out May 12 2014. This is the first book in Canavan's Millennium's Rule series, and it already has a 4+ star average on GR from very happy fantasy fans, who loved the worldbuilding and the characters, particularly the women.
In a world where an industrial revolution is powered by magic, Tyen, a student of archaeology, discovers a sentient book in an ancient tomb. Vella was once a young sorcerer-maker, until she was transformed into a useful tool by one of the greatest sorcerers of history. Since then she has been gathering information, including a vital clue to the disaster Tyen’s world faces.
Elsewhere, in a land ruled by the priests since a terrible war depleted all but a little magic, Rielle the dyer’s daughter has been taught that to use magic is to steal from the Angels. Yet she knows from her ability to sense the stain it leaves behind that she has a talent for it, and that there are people willing to teach her how to use it, should she ever need to risks the Angels’ wrath.
Further away, a people called the Travelers live their entire lives on the move, trading goods from one world to another. They know that each world has its own store of magic, reducing or increasing a sorcerer’s abilities, so that if one entered a weak world they may be unable to leave it again. Each family maintains a safe trading route passed down through countless generations and modified whenever local strife makes visiting dangerous. But this is not the only knowledge the Travelers store within their stories and songs, collected over millennia spent roaming the universe. They know a great change is due, and that change brings both loss and opportunity.
Going Vintage by Lindsey Leavitt is $1.99 at Amazon right now. This is a YA book (labeled as for grades 7+) with a clever premise: after being dumped by her boyfriend, Mallory finds her grandmother's to-do list from when she was a teenager, and decides to follow it. This book has 3+ stars at GR, and I particularly liked this highlighted quote:
Adolescence is the same tragedy being performed again and again. The only things that change are the stage props.
When Mallory’s boyfriend, Jeremy, cheats on her with an online girlfriend, Mallory decides the best way to de-Jeremy her life is to de-modernize things too. Inspired by a list of goals her grandmother made in1962, Mallory swears off technology and returns to a simpler time (when boyfriends couldn’t cheat with computer avatars).
1. Run for pep club secretary
2. Host a fancy dinner party/soiree
3. Sew a dress for Homecoming
4. Find a steady
5. Do something dangerous
But simple proves to be crazy-complicated, and the details of the past begin to change Mallory’s present. Add in a too-busy grandmother, a sassy sister, and the cute pep-club president–who just happens to be her ex’s cousin–and soon Mallory begins to wonder if going vintage is going too far
The Line, Witching Savannah Book One, by J.D. Horn, is $4.99 right now. This is a fantasy novel about a coven of witches in Savannah, GA (which, if you've ever been there, is exactly the place where a coven would hang out). Readers are very divided on this book. Some loved the setting, the worldbuilding and the characters, while other readers really disliked the heroine, calling her judgment into question due to the decisions she makes. Some question the genre, too: the book is labeled as paranormal urban fantasy, but a few readers say it reads like YA. Have you read this book? Do you recommend it? I confess, divided reviews always make me curious.
Mercy Taylor, the youngest member of Savannah’s preeminent witching family, was born without the gift of magic. She is accustomed to coming in a distant second to the minutes older, exquisite and gifted twin she adores. Hopelessly in love with her sister’s boyfriend, she goes to a Hoodoo root doctor for a love spell. A spell that will turn her heart to another man, the best friend who has loved her since childhood.
Aunt Ginny, the family’s matriarch, would not approve. But Mercy has more to worry about than a love triangle when Aunt Ginny is brutally murdered. Ginny was the Taylor family’s high commander in the defense of the bewitched line that separates humankind from the demons who once ruled our realm.
A demon invasion looms now that the line is compromised. Worse yet, some within the witching world stand to gain from a demon takeover. Mercy, entangled in the dark magic of her love spell, fighting for her sister’s trust, and hopelessly without magic, must tap the strength born from being an outcast to protect the line she doesn’t feel a part of…
In this riveting contemporary fantasy, Horn delivers the full betrayal, blood, and familial discord of the best of Southern gothic.