Weekly Reading Round-Up

It’s been a Young Adult week for me, reading-wise. Here’s what I’ve been reading this week:

— Robin McKinley, The Hero and the Crown.

This is the prequel to one of my all time favorite books, The Blue Sword. (Although each can be read as a stand alone.) In the mythical kingdom of Damar, an overlooked– and sometimes openly despised– king’s daughter discovers her own special gifts in time to become the hero that Damar needs.

— Diana Peterfreund, Across a Star-Swept Sea.

Imagine a space-age Scarlet Pimpernel, with a Persis Blake in lieu of Percy Blakeney and a Justen rather than a Marguerite St. Just. With the kingdom of Galatea in the midst of an anti-aristo revolution, aristocrat Persis Blake of the kingdom of Albion poses as a ditz in order to moonlight as the Wild Poppy. Peterfreund does an excellent job transposing The Scarlet Pimpernel to a galaxy far, far away. (There’s even a variant on the famous “They seek him here, they seek him there” moment!) The book comes out in October.

Moving away from YA, I’m just about to start The Art of Detection, the fifth book in Laurie King’s Kate Martinelli series.

What have you been reading this week?


  1. Rachel Adrianna on May 10, 2013 at 10:59 am

    As a matter of fact, per your former suggestions, this week I read Robin McKinley’s Deerskin and The Blue Sword! I also rented the film version of Love in a Cold Climate [LOVE Rosamund Pike] and adored it 🙂

  2. Pat D on May 10, 2013 at 11:01 am

    I read Aunt Dimity and the Lost Prince; Bee Ridgway’s River of No Return (it’s great and there will be a sequel!) and I’m in the middle of Amanda Quick’s The Mystery Woman. To be followed by A Spear of Summer Grass, Dead Ever After, and The Paris Affair.

  3. Ashley on May 10, 2013 at 11:41 am

    This week, I finished Isabel Allende’s “House of the Spirits” (loved the magical realism, although the last three chapters felt like a completely different book) and Susanna Kearsley’s “The Firebird.” I cannot say enough good things about “The Firebird” AMAZING.

    I went to a library book sale yesterday night and found a copy of “Murder with Peacocks”! At last! You’ve been recommending that one for so long, and I could never find a copy. I know what I’ll be doing this weekend…

  4. Kristen A. on May 10, 2013 at 12:39 pm

    This week I read The Seven Wonders by Steven Saylor, a prequel collection in the Roma Sub Rosa mystery series. Now I’m reading The Assassin’s Gambit by Amy Raby.

  5. Anya Chaplya on May 10, 2013 at 12:54 pm

    I ordered one of my favorite books on amazon called The Raging Quiet, by Sherryl Jordan. It is a very good book, and I recommend it!

  6. Elizabeth (aka Miss Eliza) on May 10, 2013 at 4:45 pm

    Read a little Agatha Christie and a little Dorothy L Sayers this week. But mainly I devoured the final Sookie Stackhouse book. I know other people are pissed with the ending, but I freakin’ loved it!

    I’m also excited for Charlaine Harris’s “What Came Next”, which is released this fall, which will be what happened to everyone in the Sookie-verse.

  7. Courtney Tonokawa on May 10, 2013 at 5:24 pm

    I just finished “The Secret Keeper”, after putting it aside…I LOVED it, and totally understand how some people would say that that book is similar to “The Ashford Affair”! Before that, I read Lucinda Riley’s “The Orchid House” and “The Girl on the Cliff”…and I’m about to start Karen White’s “The Lost Hours”

  8. Céline on May 10, 2013 at 9:17 pm

    This week, I read One good earl deserves a lover, which I found very good, then I started re-reading The Temptation of the Night Jasmine – to get going with my re-reading of the Pink Carnations before Miss Gwen’s story! 🙂

  9. Lynne on May 10, 2013 at 11:21 pm

    Just finishing C. S. Harris’ first Sebastian St. Cyr book, “What Angels Fear”. It’s set just a bit later than the Pink series but much darker and “on the edge of your seat”. Looks to be another good historical series. And if anyone really wants to know more about the Dust Bowl, read Timothy Egan’s “The Worst Hard Time”. Grim but very interesting.

  10. Kayse on May 11, 2013 at 12:25 am

    I’ve been on a bit of a non-fiction kick. I just finished “the Lost German Slave Girl,” which is the true story of how a slave woman was recognized as a long-lost German girl and went on to sue for her freedom. What an incredible story!

  11. jeffrey on May 11, 2013 at 5:54 am

    1. I’m at the tail-end of the group read of Pride and Prejudice over at http://www.pemberley.com.

    2. I just finished High Spirits at Harroweby by Mary Chase Comstock. Yes it is still another regency romance but what makes it unique is the introduction of a benevolent ghost. In the style of Georgette Heyer, it is charming, hilarious and seductively romantic without so much as a kiss or two.

    3. I just dropped Cotillion by Georgette Heyer onto my over-burdened Kindle. I haven’t read a Heyer for over a year and several readers here have recommended this particular offering.

  12. Ashley on May 11, 2013 at 11:26 am

    I just finished The Shadowy Horses by Susanna Kearsley. AMAZING! Her novels are a good mix of time-slip, paranormal (in a good way – think past lives, physics) and British setting. I’m hoping more of her backlist is reprinted in the US

  13. Yvette R on May 12, 2013 at 7:00 am

    I just finished listening to “The Harper’s Quine” by Pat McIntosh, an author that I had totally missed up until now. I was told that if you liked the Brother Cadfael books, you would like Pat McIntosh; and that person was right. It is the first book in a (so far) nine book series, and it was great! It takes place at the end of the 15th century, and is full of wonderful historical detail, has great character development, and the mystery was very well constructed. Also, if you like audiobooks, this one was very well read (by Andrew Watson) & the production values were excellent. I just love finding a new author who writes well!

  14. Virginia on May 14, 2013 at 3:11 am

    I’m super jealous that you got to read Across A Star-Swept Sea! That’s one of the books I’m most looking forward to this fall.

    This week has been a week of reading books recommended here eons ago: Patricia Wrede’s Snow White and Rose Red and Ella March Chase’s Three Maids for a Crown.

    Snow White and Rose Red was just as good as you said it would be. I love a good remake of fairy tales. I’m not very far into Three Maids for a Crown, but so far am enjoying it very much.

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