I know in other parts of the country there are still several more months of winter, but here in Georgia we can expect the weather to begin changing in March. Yes. Less than a month away! But it’s not all peaches and cream. Our weather tends to flip back and forth between 70 F days and 40 F days. Perfect weather for catching a cold (not that I’m going to, knock on wood).
Here’s the lo down on the books I’ll be reading over the next two months:
The Sound of a Wild Snail Eating by Elisabeth Tova Bailey
In a work that beautifully demonstrates the rewards of closely observing nature, Elisabeth Bailey shares an inspiring and intimate story of her uncommon encounter with a Neohelix albolabris —a common woodland snail.
While an illness keeps her bedridden, Bailey watches a wild snail that has taken up residence on her nightstand. As a result, she discovers the solace and sense of wonder that this mysterious creature brings and comes to a greater under standing of her own confined place in the world. (Read more on Goodreads)
**I received this as a gift from my blogging buddy Jo at Fluidity of Time. Thank you!
City of Hope & Despair by Ian Whates
Thaiburley, majestic towering city, is under threat. Former street thief Tom must gather a motley band of heroes to journey up the river Thair to discover the ultimate source of the power behind Thaiburley, before it’s too late. The second stunning novel set in one of the most extraordinary settings since Gormenghast.
This is the sequel to City of Dreams & Nightmare (read my review).
**I received this ARC from the Angry Robot Army. This recruit is reporting for duty! 😀
Blacklands by Belinda Bauer
Steven Lamb is on a mission: to find the buried body of his uncle Billy, one of several children murdered nineteen years ago. Steven is certain that finding the remains of his uncle is the key to healing the wounds in his severely fragmented family and easing the tension between his mother and his nan. After three years of luckless digging, he turns to the one person who can help his cause—Billy’s suspected killer, the imprisoned Arnold Avery. What begins as a cryptic correspondence between two strangers quickly turns into an enthralling game of cat and mouse, as Avery realizes that the person asking him for clues is the object of his greatest desire: a child.
With thrilling and heartfelt turns, Belinda Bauer crafts a taut novel of suspense that looks closely at what happens when the cloud of tragedy hangs over a family—and how far a young boy is willing to go to try to fix everything. (via Simon & Schuster)
**I won this book from @SimonBook during a Twitter giveaway!
Redefining Never by Bethany A. Orlando
Major William Garnett is an ambitious British officer, striving to make a name for himself in the colonies’ war for independence. He commands the British Legion: an outfit of loyal militiamen built for the most gruesome of warfare. The major is strong and strong-willed;
and he knows nothing of failure.
Aislin Laraway is the daughter of a wealthy lawyer from New Jersey. From the onset of the war, she is forced to make the most important decision of her life: to obey the laws of her government or do what she feels is right. When her father and brothers choose to side with the “Patriots,” their lives are put in jeopardy; and it’s Aislin who will pay the price.
Chased from New England to the other end of the colonies, these two are inundated with the most unthinkable trials.Reprieves are short-lived; solace, impossible to find; and freedom eludes them, even in the paradise of East Florida.
A relationship formed in the birth of a nation, Redefining Never tells their epic story engulfed in battles and events accurately chronicled, based on firsthand accounts. This is the story of accomplishing the impossible – that which never should have been.
**I received this book from my Artist friend, Kimberly Vanlandingham. Her cousin wrote this book. I’m looking forward to reading something different. FYI– historical fiction/romance is not uncharted lands for this reader.
Wilder’s Mate (Bloodhounds #1) by Moira Rogers
Warning: This book contains a crude, gun-slinging, vampire-hunting hero who howls at the full moon and a smart, stubborn heroine who invents mad-scientist weapons. Also included: wild frontier adventures, brothels, danger, betrayal and a good dose of wicked loving in an alternate Wild West.
This is an ADULT read, so I left main description on Goodreads for you to check out on your own time.
**I received this ebook ARC from Bree (1/2 the Moira Rogers team) and will be reviewing it in the most PG-13 fashion I can. 😉