I have to report on what I’ve been reading because I have nothing to report on the writing front. I think I went into a state of suspended animation while we went through the election squabbles and then that frightening business at the Capitol. I did watch some news, but mostly I read books in a variety of genres and watched a lot of British series on PBS.
Anyway, here’s my reading list for the last month or so:
Of Kings and Griffins (Tesha #3) by Judith Starkston
Published October, 2020 by Bronze Age Press
Beautifully written and well-researched, this third novel in the Tesha fantasy series never lets the reader down for a moment. The story is exciting, partly due to the brave and sometimes headstrong characters who take on great challenges. I’d start with book one of the series, but Starkston does such a fine job with backstory that Of Kings and Griffins does quite well as a standalone. From helping a frightening pair of griffins by teaching their blind babies to fly to dealing with a not-so-happy young king who despises any sign of magic, the imaginative plot twists kept me reading long past bedtime. I received a free copy of this novel in exchange for an honest review.
Smothered: A Whipped and Sipped Mystery by G.P. Gottlieb
To be released February 16th 2021 by D.X. Varos LTD.
G. P. Gottlieb’s cozy, Smothered, is an entertaining read with a very big cast of characters. I’m happy to say the author has provided a character list at the front of the novel for the reader’s convenience. Cafe owner Alene Baron is only one of many suspects in the murder of the gym owner next door, and almost everyone has a reason to see the awful guy dead. I did not figure out who the killer was before the end of the book. This is the second novel in the Whipped and Sipped series. I received a free copy of this novel in exchange for an honest review.
Midnight at the Barclay Hotel by Fleur T. Bradley
Published August 25th 2020 by Viking Books for Young Readers
How often do I pick up a book written for the 8-12 age group? Not very often. In this case, the book was selected for the Sisters-in-Crime-Colorado book club and Fleur T. Bradley is a member author, so I put my youngster reading shoes on and opened this book to find fun characters and an intriguing murder mystery that I did not solve. I do love stories that bring a bunch of very different people to one location, in this case, a haunted location, to solve a mystery. I’m not surprised the book is getting a lot of great reviews.
Artful Evil: The Judas Files Book three by C. G. Harris
To be released January 28th by Hot Chocolate Press
If you have not read this Judas Files series by C. G. Harris, you’re in for a great time. I’ve read each of the three now, thanks to advance copies from the author, and find each novel gets better and more imaginative. It’s not a great thing to be in Hell where spontaneous firestorms can send inhabitants from their present uncomfortable state back to the horrifying and painful first days to start all over again. But those with bright minds, courage, and determination can move up in the ranks and earn privileges. Sounds like life on earth, right? Well, not quite. Dwellers in Hell aren’t good guys, even those like Gabe and his partner Alex who sometimes do good things, even if accidentally. The humor in this series is outstanding (but it’s not Erma Bombeck humor, so beware). I received a free copy of this novel in exchange for an honest review.
I just started reading The Children’s Blizzard by Melanie Benjamin.
Madeline mora-summonte says
I don’t read a lot of Middle Grade books, but I read a few last year that blew me away – THE CANYON’S EDGE by Dusti Bowling, for example. I’ve also got some coming soon from the library, so I’m looking forward to those, too.
Happy reading! 🙂
And happy reading to you as well,, Madeline. I’ll check out The Canyon’s Edge. As I ponder trying to write a MG mystery, I need to read as many MG books as possible to see what the trends and styles are these days.
madeline mora-summonte says
Writing an MG mystery? Fun!
I don’t know if the following are on trend or in style or whatever, but these are a handful of MG mysteries I read over the last few years that I thoroughly enjoyed:
INSIGNIFICANT EVENTS IN THE LIFE OF A CACTUS by Dusti Bowling
24 HOURS IN NOWHERE by Dusti Bowling
LEMONS by Melissa Savage
[I have her newest one – KARMA MOON: GHOST HUNTER – on hold at the library]
AUGUST ISLE by Ali Standish
CITY OF GHOSTS by Victoria Schwab
[This one might be considered more supernatural/horror.]
Bet you’re sorry you mentioned it now, huh?! 🙂
Not at all! I pay lots of attention to your recommendations (which have grown my TBR list a great deal). A couple of years ago I read a good one called Mosquitoland by David Arnold. You might like it.
I haven’t read fantasy in forever. This looks like a good series! And I’m excited for the third Judas Files!
Jenny I think you would enjoy Starkston’s books. They’re more serious than the Judas Files, but the story like is well done.
Alex J. Cavanaugh says
That first one sounds interesting. I like a good fantasy series.
I was impressed by the good writing of book three and plan to now read books one and two of the Tesha series., Alex.
Margot Kinberg says
I like the variety here, Pat. And I don’t blame you one bit for not focusing as much on writing lately. It’s been a badly unsettling time.
Hi Margot! At least I have a well-developed To Do List ready and waiting. 😀