I love historical fiction, but it tends to get cast aside in favour of science fiction and fantasy for me. Enter The Familiars, a gorgeous book set during the 17th century witch trials in England, with a cover that I couldn’t resist. I won an early copy of this book back in July and am kicking myself for not reading it sooner! This debut novel investigates class, privilege, female friendships, and the danger of being a social outcast, all with a touch of the unknown.
You know that feeling when you love a book and you can't quite put into words why? You just want to run around, throwing copies of it into the hands of unsuspecting readers? That's how I feel about The Gutter Prayer, Gareth Hanrahan’s astonishing debut. The Gutter Prayer is a breath of fresh air in a genre that can sometimes feel stale, and I cannot get enough of this insanely cool world.
The Seven Deaths of Evelyn Hardcastle is the debut novel by Stuart Turton. I had been seeing fabulous reviews for this book all across social media, and was lucky enough to snag a copy via NetGalley. I had heard it pitched as ‘Groundhogs Day’ meets ‘Gosford Park’ and I was immediately sold. Not knowing much else about the book, I dove straight in.
I’ll be the first to admit it: I bought An Enchantment of Ravens because of its beautiful cover. I don’t think I’m the only one either -- I kept seeing people raving about the book’s cover rather than the story inside. This ended up being a strange one for me -- I initially really struggled to decide if I liked it or not.
Daughter of the Burning City is the much-hyped debut novel from Amanda Foody. I was approved to read this book a few months back but was holding off for some reason. Good reviews kept pouring in and when I saw early copies on sale at YALC, I had to have a physical copy. I'm so pleased to say that I was surprised by Daughter of the Burning City in the best way possible!
I am so thrilled to participate in the blog tour for The Cardinal's Man, the debut novel by M. G. Sinclair! Promises of a gripping historical fiction featuring a Tyrion Lannister-esque hero immediately grabbed my attention.
Blackwing is a book I heard about on Twitter, a trend I’m noticing more and more for myself. I was curious about it, but not hugely compelled to seek it out. I requested a copy when I saw it go up on NetGalley, and I’m so glad I did. Blackwing was a huge surprise for me, and Ed McDonald has quickly became a new favorite author.