A Fortnight of Bookish Posts: Day 2

Day 2:

  • Most surprising (in a good way) book of this year?

That would have to be 84, Charing Cross Road by Helene Hanff. My sister read it and loved it, so I picked it up and just dove right in. I must have been about halfway finished when I realized that it was all real. The letters were all real.

I had thought it was fiction it was so perfect and magical and witty, full of warmth and generosity. But it was all real, a truth brought to bear with the ending. I cannot recommend this gem of friendship and a love of books highly enough!

  • Most disappointing book/book you wish you enjoyed more than you did?

This is distressingly easy to answer.

Winterspell by Claire Legrand.

A Fortnight of Bookish Posts: Day 1

I got this idea from idratherdreamofjune over on tumblr ¬†– Thanks ūüôā

 

Day 1:

  • Overall – best books read in 2015?

84, Charing Cross Road by Helene Hanff

Thorn by Intisar Khanani

Sunbolt by Intisar Khanani

The Bone Knife (A Novella) by Intisar Khanani

Magic Thief: Home (#4) by Sarah Prineas

Vision in Silver (The Others #3) by Anne Bishop

Dead Heat (Alpha and Omega #4) by Patricia Briggs

Magic Shifts (Kate Daniels #8) by Ilona Andrews

Renegade Magic (Kat, Incorrigible #2) by Stephanie Burgis

The Forgotten Sisters (Princess Academy #3) by Shannon Hale

The Scandalous Sisterhood of Prickwillow Place by Julie Berry

Kashka by Ellen Kindt McKenzie

The Fantastic Flying Books of Mr. Morris Lessmore by William Joyce

Jinx’s Fire by Sage Blackwood

Jackaby (#1) by William Ritter

The Hollow Boy (Lockwood & Co #3) by Jonathan Stroud

Fullmetal Alchemist Volumes 1 -8 by Hiromu Arakawa

Villain Keeper (The Last Dragon Charmer) by Laurie McKay

Grimjinx Rebellion (#3) by Brian Farrey

A Pocket Full of Murder by R. J. Anderson

  • Best series you discovered in 2015?

If I can count the interconnected stories of Intisar Khanani as a series, definitely that! Thorn, Sunbolt, and The Bone Knife!!!

 

Otherwise, it would be the webcomics/webseries of The Silver Eye by Laura Hollingsworth. Amazing art, intriguing worldbuilding and a fantastic story.

 

I don’t know if I was supposed to list quite so many books. And I am woefully behind on my reading so there are about two dozen books that came out this year that I very much want to read but just have not gotten to yet!

Thoughts on ‘Star Wars Rebels’ Being Renewed for a Third Season

Thoughts on ‘Star Wars Rebels’ Being Renewed for a Third Season

Season two has been really well done thus far and while I was just excited for the rest of the episodes, it is even better to know that we will have a season three!

The Wookiee Gunner

The time to report on the Star Wars Rebels season renewal came and went, but for those of you who haven’t heard, Star Wars Rebels has been renewed for a third season and it will premiere later in 2016. The third season is currently in production, as originally stated by the press release, and I’m still overjoyed to know that the show is moving along and continuing the adventures of the Ghost crew.

star-wars-rebels-taylor-gray-wintercon-2015 Taylor Gray talking to some of the fans at WinterCon 2015.

There‚Äôs a long way to go before season two ends and season three starts, since the last episode airing in 2015 will be ‚ÄúLegacy‚ÄĚ on December 9 and the series¬†will return in January 2016 with the remaining 11 episodes of the second season. And I definitely don‚Äôt want to rush through it, since Rebels is my weekly dose of escape featuring some of my favorite characters from the universe, like Ezra Bridger.

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Webcomics and Stories

Some of the best and most enjoyable stories I am enjoying right now are webcomics. Granted, I eagerly await the printed books when they finally release, but it is also great fun to weekly get to see the story develop rather than having nothing for months or years.

My favourites right now are:

The Silver Eye by Laura Hollingsworth. You can read it here. It is an original fantasy “about a wealthy orphan and a vagrant king who have to unite to stop an out-of-control conqueror. The comic began in 2009 and had been plotted from start to finish.

The Valiard Mansion by Ezelle Van Der Heever. It is “an ongoing illustrated novel set in 1888. It tells the story of two childhood sweethearts separated by a vengeful ghost.

1001 by Sanya. It is a remimagining of the One Thousand and One Arabian Nights!

Upcoming Books 2014 and beyond

Kate Coombs: The Tooth Fairy Wars – the story of a boy who isn’t on board with the Tooth Fairy’s plans; illustrated by Jake Parker (Atheneum, July 2014).

Goodnight Mr. Darcy  Рa la Goodnight Moon (July 1st 2014 by Gibbs Smith)

 

Michelle Harrison: One Wish¬† – prequel to the 13 series¬†(22 May 2014 Simon & Schuster Children’s Books).

One Wish is a prequel to the 13 trilogy, following Tanya’s first brush with the

fairy world. Meeting Henry ‚ÄėRatty‚Äô Hanratty and his Artful Dodger fairy sidekick, Turpin, Tanya soon finds there‚Äôs nothing pretty or sparkly about real fairies. The 13 series will also be

published in a brand new package, perfect for a new generation of young readers.

 

Jacqueline West: The Books of Elsewhere Volume Five: Still Life – final book in the series (June 2014 Dial Books)

 

Sarah Rees Brennan:  Tell the Wind and FireA Tale of Two Cities retelling (2015  HarperCollins)

UnmadeLynburn Legacy 3 (September 23rd 2014 Random House Books for Young Readers)

 

Sarah Beth Durst: The Lost (Harlequin/Mira, A, 2014)
Chasing Power (Bloomsbury, YA 2014) YA
The Missing (Harlequin/Mira, A, 2014)
The Found (Harlequin/Mira, A, 2015)

 

Alexandra Bracken: In the Afterlight  РThe Darkest Minds #3 (October 28th 2014 by Disney-Hyperion)

                                  Passenger  (2015 Fall Disney)
Wayfarer #2  (2016 Fall Disney)

 

 

E. D. Baker: The Bravest Princess  РWide-Awake Princess #3  (April 1st 2014 by Bloomsbury USA Childrens)

 

Sherwood Smith: Lhind the Thief is available as paperback

Spy Princess will be reissued in paperback by Scholastic soon.The novella “Rule of Engagement” will be reprinted in Lightspeed Magazine

Finished: A Sword Named Truth, working on Firejive,, adventure/comedy of manners Rondo Allegro (set in 1799-1806), and a sequel to Lhind the Thief, working title, Lhind the Spy.

 

 

Lesley Livingston: Transcendent  РStarling #3  (December 23rd 2014 by HarperTeen)

Now and for NeverNever #3 ( May 27th 2014 by Razorbill Canada)

 

Brandon Sanderson: Legion: Skin Deep (Legion #2) – Spetember 2014

 Skybreaker (The Stormlight Archive #3) Р2015

Untitled (Rithmatist #2) – 2015

Calamity (Reckoners #3) -2015 by Delacorte

Nightblood (Warbreaker #2) – 2015

Untitled (Mistborn #6) – 2015 by Tor

Firefight (Reckoners #2) – 2015

 

 

Christopher Healy:¬†The Hero’s Guide to Being an Outlaw¬†– The League of Princes #3 ¬†(Published April 29th 2014 by Walden Pond Press)

 

Kate McMullan: Get Lost, Odysseus!¬† –¬†Myth-O-Mania #10 ( August 1st 2014 by Stone Arch Books)

 

Shannon Hale: The Princess in Black  (October 14, 2014)

From Shannon and Dean Hale and illustrator LeUyen Pham comes the first in a humorous and action-packed chapter-book series for young readers

who like their princesses not only prim and perfect, but also dressed in black.

Princess Academy #3  Untitled  (2015)

Dangerous  (March 2014)

 

Lemony Snicket: File Under: 13 Suspicious Incidents   РAll the Wrong Questions #2.5  (April 1st 2014 by Little, Brown Books for Young Readers)

Shouldn’t You Be in School?¬† –¬†All the¬†Wong Questions#3 ¬†(September 30th 2014 by Little, Brown Books for Young Readers)

 

Gail Carriger: Waistcoats & Weaponry Р Finishing School Series #3 (2014 Little, Brown Books for Young Readers US)

Manners & MutinyFinishing School Series #4  (2015 Little, Brown Books for Young Readers US)

 

For mature readers: Prudence ~ (March17, 2015 Orbit US)

Imprudence ~ (2016 from Orbit US)

 

 

Michelle Knudsen: Evil Librarian  (September 9, 2014 Candlewick Press) YA

TRELIAN BOOK 3 Untitled (Fall 2015)  MG

 

Marissa Meyer: Cress РThe Lunar Chronicles #3 (February 2014 Feiwel and Friends)

Winter РThe Lunar Chronicles #4 (February 2015 by Feiwel and Friends)

Heartless

 

 

Sarah Prineas: Magic Thief: A Proper Wizard Magic Thief #3.5 ebook shortstory  (August 19th 2014 by HarperCollins)

Magic Thief: Home¬†–¬†Magic Thief #4 (September 16th 2014 by HarperCollins)

 

 

Jennifer A. Neilson: The Shadow ThroneAscendance Trilogy #3  (February 25th 2014 by Scholastic Press)

Mark of the Thief РThe Praetor War #1  (2015 by Scholastic Press)

The new series follows a boy in ancient Rome where powerful forces struggle for control of a hidden magic; the boy becomes embroiled in a fight for freedom, survival, and the safety of the future.

A Night Divided  (2015 by Scholastic)

 A story of danger and intrigue in Cold War-era East Berlin, about a girl whose family is split in half when the Berlin Wall goes up.

 

Ilona Andrews: Magic Breaks РKate Daniels #7  (July 29th 2014 by Ace Hardcover)

Kate Daniels 8-10 to follow every summer

 

Patricia Briggs: Night ShiftedMercy Thompson #8) March 11th 2014 by Ace Hardcover

Mercy Thompson #9 Untitled to-come

Shifting Shadows: Stories from the World of Mercy Thompson (September 2nd 2014 by Ace Hardcover)

Dead HeatAlpha & Omega #4  (Spring 2015)

 

Maggie Stiefvater:  SinnerThe Wolves of Mercy Falls #4  (July 1st 2014 by Scholastic Press)

Blue Lily, Lily BlueThe Raven Cycle #3  (October 28th 2014 by Scholastic Press)

UntitledThe Raven Cycle #4   (2015 by Scholastic Press)

RequiemBooks of Faerie #3  (2015 by Scholastic Press)
Laini Taylor:  Dreams of Gods & Monsters  РDaughter of Smoke & Bone #3   (April 8th 2014 by Little, Brown & Company)
Jonathon Straud: The Whispering SkullLockwood & Co. #2  ( September 16th 2014 by Disney Hyperion )
Rick Riordan: Percy Jackson’s Greek Gods ¬†(August 19th 2014 by Disney-Hyperion)

The Blood of OlympusThe Heroes of Olympus #5  (October 7th 2014 by Disney-Hyperion)

Untitled Norse Mythology #1  ( 2015 by Disney Hyperion Books)

 
Ally Carter: Untitled Embassy Row #1  (2015 by Scholastic)

 

This exciting new series focuses on Grace, who can best be described as a daredevil, an Army brat, and a rebel. She is also the only granddaughter of perhaps the most powerful ambassador in the world, and Grace has spent every summer of her childhood running across the roofs of Embassy Row. Now, at age sixteen, she‚Äôs come back to stay‚ÄĒ in order to solve the mystery of her mother‚Äôs death. In the process, she uncovers an international conspiracy of unsettling proportions, and must choose her friends and watch her foes carefully if she and the world are to be saved.

 

R. J. Anderson: A Pocket Full of Murder  (Atheneum Fall 2015) ; Untitled #2

 They star a Veronica Mars-type girl who joins forces with a mystery-loving street boy to solve a murder in a 1930s-style city driven by spell power.

Books Most in Need of a Sequel/Continuation/Completion

All of these books are books or series that have no sequel or continuation planned by the publisher but that the authors have all stated that they are still interested in continuing or finishing.

 

Heist Society series by Ally Carter  РAlly has finished out her spy series Gallagher Girls and is embarking on a fun new series, Embassy Row, but I hope to hear more from her group of charming rogues and delightful criminals.  There is a lot of story left there!

 

Dreamdark series by Laini Taylor – This MG offering from acclaimed YA author was left abruptly hanging at the end of the second book and I would love to see the conclusion.

 

Academy 7 by Anne Osterlund – This was the first book in a planned trilogy and please can we have the remainder of that trilogy now? Please?

 

Princess Curse by Merrie Haskell – There was so much left open and unresolved at the end of this fairytale/mythology/fantasy debut.

 

Ordinary Magic by Caitlen Rubino-Bradway  РThis funny, enjoyable debut is set in a world where magic is the norm and those without it are the outcasts. It is great and I cannot wait to hear more.

 

Castle of Shadows and City of Thieves by Ellen Renner – This really just needs a conclusion to tie up the storylines and character arcs.

 

Alcatraz by Brandon Sanderson Р#5!  I know that he finally got the rights back to it but he has an enormous list of titles to be published/that he is working on, so it may well be years before he gets around to publishing this although I believe that it is all already written?

 

Queen’s Thief series by Megan Whalen Turner – The next book (and the sixth too), please?

This is just my own personal list – What series do you want to see finished? What books need a sequel?