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  • Uprooted

    Uprooted by Naomi Novik

    RECOMMENDED: Uprooted by Naomi Novik is $2.99! A lot of people have recommended this book and Novik’s writing, but some readers did mention on Goodreads that the book is a bit slow at times. Do you love Novik’s writing? What did you think of this one?

    “Our Dragon doesn’t eat the girls he takes, no matter what stories they tell outside our valley. We hear them sometimes, from travelers passing through. They talk as though we were doing human sacrifice, and he were a real dragon. Of course that’s not true: he may be a wizard and immortal, but he’s still a man, and our fathers would band together and kill him if he wanted to eat one of us every ten years. He protects us against the Wood, and we’re grateful, but not that grateful.”

    Agnieszka loves her valley home, her quiet village, the forests and the bright shining river. But the corrupted Wood stands on the border, full of malevolent power, and its shadow lies over her life.

    Her people rely on the cold, driven wizard known only as the Dragon to keep its powers at bay. But he demands a terrible price for his help: one young woman handed over to serve him for ten years, a fate almost as terrible as falling to the Wood.

    The next choosing is fast approaching, and Agnieszka is afraid. She knows—everyone knows—that the Dragon will take Kasia: beautiful, graceful, brave Kasia, all the things Agnieszka isn’t, and her dearest friend in the world. And there is no way to save her.

    But Agnieszka fears the wrong things. For when the Dragon comes, it is not Kasia he will choose.

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  • Someone to Honor

    Someone to Honor by Mary Balogh

    Someone to Honor by Mary Balogh is $2.99! This is the latest book in the Westcott historical romance series. It looks like the next one isn’t due out until August. Balogh is a favorite at SBTB, especially if you’re looking for tender romances and comfort reading.

    First appearances deceive in the newest charming and heartwarming Regency romance in the Westcott series from beloved New York Times bestselling author Mary Balogh.

    Abigail Westcott’s dreams for her future were lost when her father died and she discovered her parents were not legally married. But now, six years later, she enjoys the independence a life without expectation provides a wealthy single woman. Indeed, she’s grown confident enough to scold the careless servant chopping wood outside without his shirt on in the proximity of ladies.

    But the man is not a servant. He is Gilbert Bennington, the lieutenant colonel and superior officer who has escorted her wounded brother, Harry, home from the wars with Napoleon. Gil has come to help his friend and junior officer recover, and he doesn’t take lightly to being condescended to–secretly because of his own humble beginnings.

    If at first Gil and Abigail seem to embody what the other most despises, each will soon discover how wrong first impressions can be. For behind the appearances of the once-grand lady and the once-humble man are two people who share an understanding of what true honor means, and how only with it can one find love.

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  • Midnight Riot

    Midnight Riot by Ben Aaronovitch

    Midnight Riot by Ben Aaronovitch is $1.99! This is the first book in an urban fantasy series set in London. Sarah did a review of the first three books in the series that she was reading along with her husband:

    As a reader who loves immersive deep dives into different aspects of various cultures, and who loves puzzles and language, this is a lot of my catnip. 

    Constable Peter Grant dreams of being a detective in London’s Metropolitan Police. Too bad his superior plans to assign him to the Case Progression Unit, where the biggest threat he’ll face is a paper cut. But Peter’s prospects change in the aftermath of a puzzling murder, when he gains exclusive information from an eyewitness who happens to be a ghost. Peter’s ability to speak with the lingering dead brings him to the attention of Detective Chief Inspector Thomas Nightingale, who investigates crimes involving magic and other manifestations of the uncanny. Now, as a wave of brutal and bizarre murders engulfs the city, Peter is plunged into a world where gods and goddesses mingle with mortals and a long-dead evil is making a comeback on a rising tide of magic.

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  • My Lady Jane

    My Lady Jane by Cynthia Hand

    My Lady Jane by Cynthia Hand, Jodi Meadows, and Brodi Ashton is $1.99! This book comes highly recommended, though I still haven’t knocked it off my TBR list yet. This is a YA fantasy novel that many readers find clever and really entertaining. However, others didn’t find it very memorable. It has a 4-star rating on Goodreads.

    The comical, fantastical, romantical, (not) entirely true story of Lady Jane Grey. In My Lady Jane, coauthors Cynthia Hand, Brodi Ashton, and Jodi Meadows have created a one-of-a-kind fantasy in the tradition of The Princess Bride, featuring a reluctant king, an even more reluctant queen, a noble steed, and only a passing resemblance to actual history—because sometimes history needs a little help.

    At sixteen, Lady Jane Grey is about to be married off to a stranger and caught up in a conspiracy to rob her cousin, King Edward, of his throne. But those trifling problems aren’t for Jane to worry about. Jane gets to be Queen of England.

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  1. 1
    Hope says:

    Does the cover model for Lady Jane looks SO MUCH like the model for those old hardback library issues of the Anne of Green Gables books or is it just me?

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    MirandaB says:

    Uprooted was wonderful! My favorite book of 2018!

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    cheryl says:

    Uprooted has landed on my pile of favorites.

    The sequel to it, Spinning Silver, I really, really wanted to like. I bought it new in HB. And after five tries, it joined my DNF pile. (Maybe it’s not a sequel, but same author, same cover style, etc. etc.)

    Does the price drop mean another is coming out?

  4. 4
    Pre-Successful Indie says:

    Okay, Uprooted: I have this half remembered comment that I want to confirm. It sounds like something I’d like, but ISTR that – – this is what I want to confirm or not – – there’s also the trope where a romantic interest says something like “oh, another man is interested in you and therefore you’re a sl*t.”

    Am I remembering a review of some other book or does it have that trope? It’s not, like, evil or anything, it’s just that jealousy is anti-catnip for me personally. (Even if it’s coming from an antagonist.)

    Any clues are greatly appreciated. Thanks!

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    DiscoDollyDeb says:

    Considering that Lady Jane Grey was queen for nine days and was ultimately beheaded, I’m really not sure I’m down with the upbeat teen style of the book. But, then again, I’m obviously not the target market. OTOH, when I was about 11, I would have loved to read a book where the twin protagonists were named Brodi and Jodi, with an annoyingly perfect older sister named Cynthia.

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    maudielove says:

    @Pre-Successful Indie

    That doesn’t happen in Uprooted, but there are a couple of other problematic aspects of the romantic relationship that I would be happy to tell you about except I don’t know how to hide spoilers! Despite the problematic aspects, I found the main relationship compelling, although it wasn’t really the one I wanted to happen! Over all, this is a book I reread all the time and would highly recommend!

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    Msb says:

    @ Pre-Successful Indie
    Not that I remember. I remember a love interest that panics on finding they’re actually in love, and not in control.
    And some people call Uprooted slow? Seriously? I spent the whole time reading it fascinated, thrilled, terrified, very terrified, really terrified and then delighted. The trees in their dreaming are the only slow things in the book.

    I love the Rivers of a London series: not just Peter and Nightingale but all the other characters, especially the rivers. Also the talking foxes. Even the novella set in Germany, in which none of the “regulars” appears.

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    Penny says:

    I do enjoy Mary Balogh but… is Someone to Obey next? As much as I love my spouse, we didn’t marry until after it was legal for all adults in the states, and we definitely did not use the phrase “Love, Honor and Obey” anywhere in our (officiant conducted, outdoor by the water) ceremony. I just can’t with this theme…

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    HeatherT says:

    @Pre-Successful Indie — your description is definitely not Uprooted. @cheryl — Spinning Silver is not a sequel to Uprooted — no relation between the two (other than the author). I think Spinning Silver is the better of the two but I loved them both.

  10. 10
    neh says:

    Penny-
    The August Mary Balogh release is “Someone to Romance”

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    Hannah says:

    Naomi Novik has a new book that’s the first in a series coming out in September. The series is called The Scholomance and the first title is A Deadly Education. I have an eARC that I’m going to save for closer to the release date.

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    Emily B says:

    Jasmine Guillory’s The Proposal is $1.99 – her books are usually $10+ so this is a great deal, and I really enjoyed this one!

  13. 13
    Michelle in Texas says:

    I just re-read My Lady Jane a couple of weeks ago. It’s definitely an alternative history. But once you suspend belief – shifters are involved – it’s cute and entertaining. You can tell the authors had fun writing it.

  14. 14
    Kareni says:

    @cheryl, like you, I quite enjoyed Uprooted. I too did not finish Spinning Silver.

  15. 15
    Jazzlet says:

    Michelle in Texas, is My Lady Jane sufficiently alternative history that she doesn’t get beheaded or otherwise killed? I just can’t be doing with heroines being killed at the moment or much at all really.

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    Pre-Successful Indie says:

    Cool, thanks everyone!

  17. 17
    Leigh Kramer says:

    Mia Sosa’s The Best Worst Man is on sale for $1.99! I’ve been on the library waitlist since it released so I snapped it up. All of my friends have raved about it!

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    Eva says:

    @Penny – Mary Balogh’s “Someone To…” Titles are:

    Love
    Hold
    Wed
    Care
    Trust
    Honor
    Remember
    Romance

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    harthad says:

    “Spinning Silver” is in no way a sequel to “Uprooted.” Definitely different worlds. It’s a pity the covers were done in a similar style, because I think it raised false expectations.

    I’m in the minority who disliked Uprooted but loved Spinning Silver, so YMMV.

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    Cheryl says:

    Also, the Rivers of London has some of my favorite prose. I’m often highlighting bits on my Kindle because i find them funny.

  21. 21
    Melanie says:

    @Jazzlet, I’m not Michelle in Texas, but in this very alternative version, Jane is not beheaded or otherwise killed. I remember that at some point the authors interrupt the narrative to say something like, “All right, from this point we’re throwing any attempt at historical accuracy out the window.”

  22. 22
    Lulu says:

    Uprooted is stunning and wonderful but on rereads I skip half of it. Spinning silver is not a sequel but is in the same series if that makes sense. It is glorious – as a Jewish woman it just gave me so much joy to read it. It is beautiful.

    Rivers of London is a delight that just keeps growing – every book is a treasure (except for the second for some pretty specific reasons and it is very good once you figure out how everything fits together). I can’t recommend the series highly enough.

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