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02 October 2011 @ 11:14 pm
What We're Reading  
The Enchanted Inkpot is excited to bring you a new regular feature. Once a month (or whenever we get around to it), a few of us will share what we’re currently reading. In turn, we’re hoping to hear back from you about what you’re reading, how you found it, and what you think! Of course, our booklist might be heavy on Young Adult and Middle Grade fantasy, but we all enjoy a wide variety of genres, and know you do as well.

So, here’s what we’re reading this month…
 
Carmen Ferreiro (“Two Moon Princess”): I just finished CORONETS AND STEEL by Sherwood Smith which I describe in my review here as “a delightful combination of The Prisoner of Zenda and Xanadu with a strong female protagonist who fences like Douglas Faribanks Jr. inthe 1937 movie, and waltzes like a well-bred princess in the royal ball.”
 
Not surprisingly my next book in my To Read pile is its sequel: BLOOD SPIRITS. I'll let you know how I like it next month.
 
Anna Staniszewski (“My Very UnFairy Tale Life”): I recently read (and fell in love with) UNEARTHLY by Cynthia Hand. I picked up the book because it was by a fellow Elevensies author. I was afraid it might be “just another angel story,” but I needn't have worried. Each page was filled with tension, and the characters felt like real, vibrant people. Even though I was desperate to find out what happens at the end, I read the book slowly so I could savor every word. It's been a while since a story sucked me in so completely. I can't wait for the sequel!
 

Marissa Meyer (“Cinder: Book One of the Lunar Chronicles”): I've just started SO SILVER BRIGHT, the third book in Lisa Mantchev's Theatre Illuminata trilogy. I can't wait to see how it ends!
 

 
Ellen Booraem (“The Unnameables“): Most of what I'm reading right now is research, but the book that's been getting me through my daily penance on the exercise bike is GREGOR AND THE PROPHECY OF BANE, the second book in Suzanne Collins' Gregor the Overlander
series. I love books in which fantasy meets real world: Gregor's an impoverished New York kid who keeps getting dragged to the Underland to join humans and giant bats and cockroaches in their war against
giant rats. He's forced to be a hero, but he never loses his identity as a normal kid. And it's always his heart that wins the day.

Leah Cypress (“Nightspell“): I'm currently reading ULTRAVIOLET by R.J. Anderson. I've been looking forward to thisbook since I first saw the cover and blurb, and so far it does not disappoint. Very intriguing!
 
Jennifer Nielsen (“Elliot and the Pixie Plot”):  Through a great deal of schmoozing on my part, I got hold of a highly coveted ARC for our own R.L. LaFevers’ forthcoming novel, GRAVE MERCY (Book 1 of the His Fair Assassin trilogy). It’s the story of Ismae who learns she possesses some dangerous gifts, and along with them a destiny as a handmaiden of death.  I absolutely cannot put it down, nor can I wait until April 2012 when this is released and the rest of the world gets to share in this amazing story.  The picture shown here is an ARC - the final cover will be available soon!

Okay readers - now it's your turn.  What are you reading?
 
 
 
jamiejamiewho on October 3rd, 2011 09:56 am (UTC)
I just finished George R.R. Martin's 'A Dance with Dragons', after reading the previous 4 books in the series as well. I am absolutely in love with the whole series, although I admit sometimes the violence is pretty intense. And I keep getting attached to characters only to have them killed off *laugh*

I'm currently reading StarCrossed by Elizabeth C. Bunce. Too early on to say much about it though.
readwriterockreadwriterock on October 3rd, 2011 01:19 pm (UTC)
I'm currently reading Fly By Night by Frances Hardinge, and it's awesome. I really can't believe it took so long for me to stumble upon it. The depth of the worldbuilding is amazing, and the writing is elegant and witty (but not boring like I made it sound there, to borrow a phrase from Firefly's Wash :)). Big thumbs up all around.
annastanannastan on October 3rd, 2011 02:37 pm (UTC)
Lots of great titles to add to my reading list. And Jen, I am SO jealous that you've gotten a sneak peek of Robin's new book!
jen_wrote_this on October 3rd, 2011 02:49 pm (UTC)
Ah yes, Anna, you should be jealous. (; Because it's WONDERFUL! But be warned if you try to get a copy - it was no small amount of schmoozing I had to put Robin through to get it. Luckily, April is coming fast and then it'll be released!
Rose Greenolmue on October 3rd, 2011 02:49 pm (UTC)
I just finished ULTRAVIOLET, too, and LOVED it.

THE FAERIE RING is on its way to me right now, and I am also dying to read LIAR'S MOON because I loved STARCROSSED, and am also looking forward to BETWEEN THE SEA AND THE SKY (Jaclyn Dolamore) because I loved MAGIC UNDER GLASS.
Lisa Greenlisagailgreen on October 3rd, 2011 03:39 pm (UTC)
So cool
I love this! I'm sorry I didn't participate this time around, but I will next time. I recently finished the Familiars book two for our upcoming interview and boy was it awesome! :D
A Deserving Porcupine: librariansrockinlibrarian on October 3rd, 2011 11:35 pm (UTC)
I'm in the middle of Cassandra Clare's City of Fallen Angels --I get a kick out of how much fun this series is. It always surprises me how much I enjoy it. I think I'm sick of Ye Olde Steamy YA Paranormal Stuff, and even thinking of this series in particular, I admit I just don't CARE about golden-eyed Jace and his Angsty Angst, and yet I get sucked right in and COMPLETELY ENJOY myself... which is more than I can say for a lot of books I've read or tried to read this year. I've been trying to figure out just WHY it works, and I'm still not sure!

Last one I loved before this was Wonderstruck, which is a great refreshment for the brain, reading stories entirely in pictures...

Next book up in the To Be Read pile is The Girl Who Circumnavigated Fairyland etc etc...
katecoombs on October 3rd, 2011 11:59 pm (UTC)
I just finished Tuesdays at the Castle by Jessica Day George, our own Deva Fagan's Circus Galacticus (Yay!), and Joe Shrieber's Au Revoir, Crazy European Chick. Now I'm about two chapters into Laini Taylor's Daughter of Smoke and Bone. Lots of good stuff!
cindachimacindachima on October 4th, 2011 12:10 am (UTC)
I never do this--but I'm reading several things at once. I'm reading Cheryl Rainfield's October release, Hunted, a dystopian fantasy; I'm re-reading George RR Martin's Song of Ice and Fire series, in prep for reading #4 and #5 (I have such a poor memory.) And I'm reading fellow Inkie Cindy Pon's The Silver Phoenix, and loving it.
natalieag on October 4th, 2011 12:21 am (UTC)
Awesome new series. I just finished My Very UnFairy Tale Life which I loved and am now reading The Familiars Secrets of the Crown. I'll be giving away both on my blog Literary Rambles at the end of October/early November.
liakeyes on October 4th, 2011 01:06 am (UTC)
I've been on a reading binge the last few days:

The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern (fabulous - left me in a dreamlike state for days!)

The Daughter of Smoke and Bone by Laini Taylor (complex worldbuilding, non-chronological storytelling that keeps you guessing, great pacing and intrigue)

The Magicians by Lev Grossman (college-age magicians enter a dystopic Narnia-like world and find their personal problems have come with them - flinty, unlikeable characters marred the reading experience, but ultimately provided a cathartic and truthful emotional ending)