Face In A Book Update: "Katherine" by Anya Seton & "Far From You" by Tess Sharpe

Thursday, April 24, 2014

Face In A Book is Off The Book's weekly "currently reading" feature.



Katherine by Anya Seton
This classic romance novel tells the true story of the love affair that changed history—that of Katherine Swynford and John of Gaunt, Duke of Lancaster, the ancestors of most of the British royal family.Their well-documented affair and love persist through decades of war, adultery, murder, loneliness, and redemption. This epic novel of conflict, cruelty, and untamable love has become a classic since its first publication in 1954.
This book was recommended to me as a historical fiction classic - and since I love the genre, I felt like I should finally read it. So far, it's incredibly well-written, well-researched, and while Katherine seems to be a bit of a Mary-Sue, I'm still enjoying it as light and fluffy fiction fare.


Far From You by Tess Sharpe (Disney Hyperion, 2014)
After Sophie Winters survives a brutal attack in which her best friend, Mina, is murdered, she sets out to find the killer. At the same time she must prove she is free of her past Oxy addiction and in no way to blame for Mina's death.
This book first hit my radar because Tess Sharpe is not only a Californian, but a far far far far Northern Californian, like myself. That alone was enough to make me want to read it, but then the rave reviews started pouring in—I've yet to see a bookish friend say anything but good things. And the best part? I am loving it. It's very distinctly Northern Californian, the main character, Sophie, is complicated and challenging and vibrant, and between her character and the murder mystery she desperately needs to solve, I can't help but be reminded of the one and only Veronica Mars. I'm hardly half-way through, but I think it's safe to say: read this book.

What are you reading right now?

Waiting On Wednesday: "Fool's Assassin" by Robin Hobb

Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Waiting On Wednesday is a weekly event, hosted at Breaking the Spine, that spotlights upcoming releases that bloggers are eagerly anticipating!


Fool's Assassin by Robin Hobb (Del Rey; August 12, 2014; 9780553392425; $28.00)
Nearly twenty years ago, Robin Hobb burst upon the fantasy scene with the first of her acclaimed Farseer novels, Assassin’s Apprentice, which introduced the characters of FitzChivalry Farseer and his uncanny friend the Fool. FitzChivalry—royal bastard and former king’s assassin—has left his life of intrigue behind. As far as the rest of the world knows, FitzChivalry Farseer is dead and buried. Masquerading as Tom Badgerlock, Fitz is now married to his childhood sweetheart, Molly, and leading the quiet life of a country squire. Though Fitz is haunted by the disappearance of the Fool, who did so much to shape Fitz into the man he has become, such private hurts are put aside in the business of daily life, at least until the appearance of menacing, pale-skinned strangers casts a sinister shadow over Fitz’s past . . . and his future. Now, to protect his new life, the former assassin must once again take up his old one. . . .

If I may, I'd like to reenact through GIFs what happened when I saw that Robin Hobb was coming out with another Farseer novel, what happened when I saw it on Netgalley, and then when I GOT AN ARC OH DEAR SWEET BOOK GODS!

Stage One: WHA? 


Stage Three: CRYING

Stage Four: GIMME / Requesting it on Netgalley


Stage Six: Shock. Utter shock.

What are you waiting on this week?

Top Five: Celebrate World Book Day With Literary Prints

Happy World Book Day, everyone! Last night I got to celebrate by going to the launch at the Fifth Ave. branch of New York Public Library...otherwise known as my favorite library on the planet. The gorgeous art goes hand-in-hand with an incredible selection of books, and of course those towering shelves! It inspired me to put together a few of my favorite literary prints:

5. "She-Read" by wtrab8 on Redbubble

4. F. Scott Fitzgerald print by Obvious State

3. "How To Chill Like A Cat" by micklyn on Redbubble

2. "The Scarlet Letter Print" by NeverMorePrints

1. "Late Night Readings" by Letter-Q on Redbubble

Fashion Meets Fiction: "The Kiss of Deception" by Mary E. Pearson

Friday, April 18, 2014

The Kiss of Deception
Run away from your responsibilities - just for the weekend, of course - with a look right out of The Kiss of Deception by Mary E. Pearson. Channel Lia's runaway bride chicness with a flowy white peasant maxi dress, leather sandals, leather bag, and a wristful of bangles. Top it all off with a flower circlet, and you'll be in the middle of an instalove triangle in no time.

Waiting on Wednesday: "Dark Aemilia" by Sally O'Reilly & #scandal by Sarah Ockler

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Waiting On Wednesday is a weekly event, hosted at Breaking the Spine, that spotlights upcoming releases that bloggers are eagerly anticipating!


Dark Aemilia by Sally O'Reilly (Macmillan-Picador; May 26, 2014; 9781250048134; $26.00)
A tale of sorcery and passion in seventeenth-century London - where witches haunt William Shakespeare and his dark lady, the playwright's muse and one true love. In rich, vivid detail, Sally O’Reilly breathes life into England’s first female poet, a mysterious woman nearly forgotten by history. Full of passion and devilish schemes, Dark Aemilia is a tale worthy of the Bard.
Kirkus said it gives "feisty feminist voice to the unknown woman who inspired Shakespeare’s sonnets" and that was enough for me, first of all. Seriously though, Shakespeare? Witches? A doomed romance? Yes, please.


#scandal by Sarah Ockler (Simon Pulse; June 17, 2014; 9781481401241; $17.99)
When pictures of Lucy kissing her best friend's boyfriend emerge on the world of social media, she becomes a social pariah after the scandal rocks the school.
Described by one of my favorite bloggers as reminiscent of the Friday Night Lights episode "It's Different for Girls" (one of my favorite episodes of television), and written by one of my favorite feminist killjoy young adult authors, this is a contemporary YA title that I can't wait to read and will likely buy as soon as it's released, book buying ban be damned.

What are you waiting on this week?