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Five Fabulous… Auto Buy Authors

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Every bibliophile has as least one.

An author who’s work is a automatic must buy.

One author who’s work inspires joy and excitement, WANT and NEED. MY PRECIOUS.

We don’t need a cover image or even a blurb.

We only need the the promise of hours of escapism and guaranteed reading satisfaction to reach for the preorder button.

In no particular order I present to you my top five must buy authors.

Zoe Marriott
Zoe is one of the most reliable authors on my bookcase. Now I realize that on the surface referring to Zoe’s work as reliable might seem like a luke warm complement. For me reliable is that friend you can call day or night, who will be there without fail, laugh with you until you need to pee and hold your hand, or your hair back, through the tough times.

I honestly don’t think that you can underestimate the pure joy of finding an author who’s work you just click with, who’s work that is guaranteed to enthrall, entertain, and even educate. I have loved every single Zoe Marriot book I’ve read and I cant wait read her next book Barefoot On The Wind (due for publication in September).

Check out Zoe’s Goodreads author page (here) to learn more about her work, including Barefoot on the wind.

Maggie Stiefvater
Maggie writes one of my favorite genres Speculative Fiction (read about it on Wikipedia here), unapologetically and seamlessly combining magical, fantastical, historical and horrific elements with complex characters and beautifully, poetic prose.

I credit Maggie with being one of the authors that got me completely hooked on the Young adult storytelling as a not so young adult. Maggie is one of my favorite authors and as such I’ve written about Maggie’s work many times (here) but you don’t even need to take my word for it, you can read some of her work for yourself, for free ,over at the Merry Sisters of Fates site (here)

V E Schwab
ARRRGGGG I can’t tell you how much I love Victoria’s characterisation. Not that her plotting and world building isn’t also first class, but she creates such three dimensional, interesting and at time surprising characters that I can’t help but squee at the thought that I have her new book sat on my shelf right now with at least two wonderful new beings to meet and two interesting new lives to explore.

Stephanie Perkins
Not only is Stephanie a talented writer, who’s contemporary romances are guaranteed to put a smile on your face, she is also a fantastic editor. Her My True Love Gave To Me, Christmas anthology has already become a part of my seasonal ritual, I re read it last year and have every intention to re read it again this year. I enjoyed the collection so much that when I saw that she had edited a Summer anthology, Summer Days and Summer Nights, I one clicked and ordered the hardback without even looking to see who else was involved in the project.
Click here to visit Stephanie’s Goodreads authors page to learn more

Melinda Sailsbury
I don’t think that it is premature to add Melinda to my must buy list. She may have only published two books, but I was so completely blown away by both of them that I don’t have any doubts that I will immediately buy whatever she publishes, particularly if it is the third installment in the Sin Eaters Daughter trilogy. If I enjoy it as much as the second instalment I will be a very happy book worm.
You can read about how much I and my fellow Big Book Little Book team members love her work here. If that isn’t enough of a recommendation you can learn even more about Melinda and her work by clicking here to visit her Goodreads authors page

Posted by Caroline

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Exciting Book Launches Of 2015

When the people over at Tombola invited us to contribute to their Most Exciting Book Launches Of 2015 post for National Literacy Week we jumped at the chance to spread our passion for fantastic reads beyond our little corner of the web.

You can read the full article at Tombola Times (here)
Despite the multitude of brilliant releases waiting to occupy our shelves and inhabit our e-readers, it was surprisingly easy for us to agree on our most anticipated adult book release for 2015. A book which Caroline has on pre-order and Faye has had the privilege of reading prior to publication (you can read Faye’s full review here)

The book in question is A Darker Shade Of Magic by V E Schwab

darker shadeKell is one of the last Travelers—rare magicians who choose a parallel universe to visit.
Grey London is dirty, boring, lacks magic, ruled by mad King George. Red London is where life and magic are revered, and the Maresh Dynasty presides over a flourishing empire. White London is ruled by whoever has murdered their way to the throne. People fight to control magic, and the magic fights back, draining the city to its very bones. Once there was Black London – but no one speaks of that now.
Officially, Kell is the Red Traveler, personal ambassador and adopted Prince of Red London, carrying the monthly correspondences between royals of each London. Unofficially, Kell smuggles for those willing to pay for even a glimpse of a world they’ll never see. This dangerous hobby sets him up for accidental treason. Fleeing into Grey London, Kell runs afoul of Delilah Bard, a cut-purse with lofty aspirations. She robs him, saves him from a dangerous enemy, then forces him to another world for her ‘proper adventure’.
But perilous magic is afoot, and treachery lurks at every turn. To save all of the worlds, Kell and Lila will first need to stay alive — trickier than they hoped.

What Faye Thought About A Darker Shade Of Magic
I loved Vicious by V. E. Schwab and was therefore SUPER excited for this book. When I finally got my hands on the book, I only waited a few days before I started reading it. And then it took me a week to read it, only because I wanted to savour the words. This book is written in such a lovely way that I just wanted to devour it and I certainly never wanted the book to end. The plot was super interesting and I loved the characters and I really cannot wait for the next book in this series. This book is full of magic, both within the world it’s about, and in the way that it can truly transport you to that place. I would highly recommend this book.

Five Reasons why Caroline is excited to read this book.

1. This urban fantasy promises magic, adventure and alternate worlds.
Which is perfect if , like me, you are looking for escapism and crave something different from the hordes of adult romances and real life stories lining the supermarket shelves and the best seller lists.

2. It is set in not one, but four alternative London’s!
I love reading books with familiar settings, it makes it much easier for me to imagine and get a sense of time and place. Ironically speculative fiction involves taking the familiar and twisting it in some way. I love the idea of spotting the differences between our London and V E Schwab’s fictional one, it’s like a grown up game of spot the difference!

3. It is written by the fantastic V E Schwab.
I absolutely adored her previous adult book, Vicious. I loved how she took a topic, in the case of Vicious it was superheroes and their nemeses, and created something fresh and exciting with believable world building, a pacey plot and strong, interesting characters.

4. It is the start of a brand new series with the promise of at least two more books.
So if this book lives up to my high expectations, and all the reviews I’ve read indicate that it will, I will have a new series to sink my teeth in to, new characters and situations to obsess over, a new fandom to join and at least two years of anticipation and excitement of really good reads.

5. The wait is minimal.
It’s will be available in e book format from the 20th of February, while the paperback is due for publication on the 27th.

Posted by Caroline and Faye

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Buddy Review: Vicious

V.E Schwab
viviousVictor and Eli started out as college roommates—brilliant, arrogant, lonely boys who recognized the same sharpness and ambition in each other. In their senior year, a shared research interest in adrenaline, near-death experiences, and seemingly supernatural events reveals an intriguing possibility: that under the right conditions, someone could develop extraordinary abilities. But when their thesis moves from the academic to the experimental, things go horribly wrong. Ten years later, Victor breaks out of prison, determined to catch up to his old friend (now foe), aided by a young girl whose reserved nature obscures a stunning ability. Meanwhile, Eli is on a mission to eradicate every other super-powered person that he can find—aside from his sidekick, an enigmatic woman with an unbreakable will. Armed with terrible power on both sides, driven by the memory of betrayal and loss, the archnemeses have set a course for revenge—but who will be left alive at the end?

Posted by Faye and Caroline

Publisher: Titan Books
Publication Date: January 2014
Format: Paperback
Pages: 340
Genre: Sci Fi, Fantasy
Age: YA
Reviewer: Caroline and Faye
Source: Borrowed
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