Stacking The Shelves is a weekly event hosted by Tynga’s Reviews that shares the books (both physical and virtual) that you recently purchased, borrowed from a fellow reader or the library, won from a giveaway, or received as gifts. Stacking The Shelves will post on Saturdays as new books are added to my shelves.
*Please note that, starting with today’s edition, Stacking The Shelves will feature links to each book’s Goodreads page instead of their Amazon pages. That way, if you’re on Goodreads, you can any of the featured books to your Goodreads shelves.*
Some of you might remember that last fall, I was looking for recommendations for fantasy novels with fairy characters. I’ve been meaning to do some “market research” on such books because the protagonist and other characters from my WIP, The Keeper’s Curse, are Faeries. Something I should have done a lot sooner than Draft #2, but better late than never, right?
So, I finally bought my first batch of fairy novels for market research, as well as another YA fantasy classic I’ve been meaning to get a hold of. And they are…
Top row, left to right:
The Falconer (The Falconer, Book #1) by Elizabeth May (YA Steampunk Fantasy): I added this to my wishlist after reading Bibliosanctum’s Tough Traveling feature on novels featuring fairy characters. (Mogsy, you have NO idea how awesomely dangerous your list was. *lol*) I also have a soft spot for kick-ass heroines, and Aileana Kameron (fantastic name!) sounds like quite the spitfire.
Ironskin (Ironskin Trilogy, Book #1) by Tina Connolly (Steampunk / Fantasy): A Nebula-nominated steampunk fantasy inspired by Charlotte Bronte’s Jane Eyre? Forget the fey factor. All I needed to know about Ironskin was that first sentence, since Jane Eyre is one of my favorite novels of all time. 🙂
Bottom row, left to right:
Faerie Wars (The Faerie Wars Chronicles, Book #1) by Herbie Brennan (YA Fantasy): A friend on Goodreads recommended this one to me. I’d never heard of Herbie Brennan before then, and his name doesn’t pop up often on the fantasy / book review blogs I follow. (Have any of you read his stories before?) Faerie Wars sounds pretty interesting, though. In a way that reminds me of Harry Potter and The Dark Is Rising.
Blackbringer (Faeries of Dreamdark, Book #1) by Laini Taylor (YA High Fantasy): Before her best-selling Daughter of Smoke and Bone Trilogy, Laini Taylor wrote a couple fairy novels. I didn’t know that until I browsed through her back catalog. Now, I still haven’t read Daughter… even though I bought it after Christmas. But I’ve read nothing but praise for Laini’s writing, and Blackbringer‘s fairies sound like they’re the closest ones to the kind I’ve written for The Keeper’s Curse. (Although mine are life-size, while Laini’s are tiny.) So, once I finish my current read, Blackbringer will be my first Laini Taylor novel and the first from this batch of fairy books.
Daughter of the Forest (Sevenwaters, Book #1) by Juliet Marillier (Fantasy): While this Juliet Marillier classic features fairy characters (the Fair Folk), I would have bought it in the future regardless. Several people have recommended her books to her over the past few months – which convinced me that I NEEDED to add Daughter of the Forest to my TBR list. So much so that I’m already thinking this will be Fairy Read #2 after Blackbringer.
… And a Non-Fairy Novel
Alanna: The First Adventure (Song of the Lioness Quartet, Book #1) by Tamora Pierce (YA Epic Fantasy): Time for a confession – I’ve already read a later book in the Song of the Lioness Quartet. *runs away and hides* I know, I know. Bad Sara for reading a series out of order. But I wanted an Alanna of Trebold novel so badly after I first heard about Tamora Pierce a few years ago and… well, I bought the only one I could find at that time. Since then, I’ve been meaning to read the others but kept forgetting to look for this series. Now I’ve got Alanna: The First Adventure, and I’m going to squeeze it in this year between the fairy novels and new releases. Does absolve me of my bookish sin? Just a little bit? *prays*
What books did you recently buy or acquire? Have you read of the books shown / discussed above? Feel free to share your opinions and most recent hauls by commenting below.