Wow, my last Over-Booked was on April 29th! I knew it had been a while but I didn’t think it had been that long. It’s true, I haven’t been getting as many review copies lately (which is a good thing!), but I still have some sparkly new books to share with you.
Physical Review Books:
A couple of surprises and a couple of request granted!
Shattered Minds by Laura Lam. Big thanks to Tor for this surprise finished copy! I plan on reading this before the end of the month. I have a NetGalley copy already but a physical book is always welcome:-)
And speaking of finished copies, this lovely hardcover of The Refrigerator Monologues by Catherynne M. Valente was a big surprise! Thanks goes to Saga Press and Wunderkind PR for this beautiful book that I really enjoyed.
More of Me by Kathryn Evans. I’d never heard of this until it arrived from Amulet Books, but it does have an interesting premise! If time permits, I may check it out.
Magicians Impossible by Brad Abraham. Huge thanks to Thomas Dunne Books! I stumbled across this months ago and I’ve been salivating over it ever since. I don’t normal pay attention to publisher’s “blank meets blank” comparisons, but who can resist “Harry Potter meets James Bond” ?? Not me.
Finally, a book I’m quite excited for, Godsgrave by Jay Kristoff. Not everyone fell in love with Nevernight like I did, but I personally can’t wait to see where this story goes next. Huge thanks again to Thomas Dunne!
I’ve ordered boxes from Quarterly before, but I was never 100% satisfied with the box versus amount of money forked over. But I did decide to buy this one, curated by author Jeff VanderMeer. It includes his latest book, of course, Borne (which I’m terribly behind and should have read by now), as well as two additional books that Jeff chose for the box. Also, a cool Borne-themed water bottle! I have no idea why there’s a bear on it, but I’ll let you know when I read it. Even cooler, the book is annotated by the author, with sticky notes throughout (he didn’t actually write in the book) explaining his ideas. Such a cool box, and I’m so happy to have bought it!
I also bought a UK copy of Spellslinger by Sebastien de Castell. I’m not sure it’s out in the US yet, but I couldn’t resist this signed/limited UK edition.
Digital Review Copies:
Beasts of Extraordinary Circumstance by Ruth Emmie Lang. I am trying to stay away from NetGalley, and clearly I haven’t succeeded yet, but I am being very choosy about hitting that “request” button. This has some amazing reviews already and it’s screaming my name (magic realism!).
Devil’s Call by J. Danielle Dorn. Thanks to Mogsy for putting this on my radar. I never would have looked twice with this cover, but I believe she gave it 5 stars so I’m in!
Paradox Bound by Peter Clines. I’ve heard such great things about The Fold, but haven’t read it yet. So I decided to try his latest.
An Oath of Dogs by Wendy N. Wagner. This is one of my favorite covers of the year so far, and it’s about dogs, so of course I’m going to read it!
The Rules of Magic by Alice Hoffman. I’m very happy to have a review copy of this prequel to Practical Magic. It’s been some time since I’ve read an Alice Hoffman book, I’m overdue:-)
Sourdough by Robin Sloan. It’s so weird, every time I feature a book on Waiting on Wednesday, I end up finding it on NetGalley! What’s a girl to do??
The Waking Land by Callie Bates. So reviews are all over the place with this book, I’m more curious than ever to read it!
Geek Actually by Cathy Yardley, Melissa Blue, Cecelia Tan and Rachel Stuhler. This is the latest from Serial Box, and I’m reading the first four episodes. My review will be up next week! This isn’t the usual thing I read, but it is a lot of fun. It’s about a group of professional women who are all “geeks” in one way or another, and the friendships they form with each other.
Freefall by Joshua David Bellin. I requested this months ago on NetGalley, so I was really surprised when I finally got an approval.
So many new cool novellas from Tor.com! I’m excited about each of these and hope to read and review them all.
Acadie by David Hutchinson, The Twilight Pariah by Jeffrey Ford, Ruin of Angels by Max Gladstone, The Red Threads of Fortune and The Black Tides of Heaven by JY Yang, and The Murders of Molly Southbourne by Tade Thompson. I literally want to read them all NOW.