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Teaser Tuesday: Stories of the Raksura, Volume 2

Teaser Tuesday is a weekly bookish meme, hosted by MizB of A Daily Rhythm. Anyone can play along! Just do the following:

• Grab your current read
• Open to a random page
• Share two (2) “teaser” sentences from somewhere on that page
• BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS! (make sure that what you share doesn’t give too much away! You don’t want to ruin the book for others!)
• Share the title & author, too, so that other TT participants can add the book to their TBR Lists if they like your teasers! 

My Teasers:

“I helped you.” He was surprised, and bitterly angry at himself for it. This is how it always happened, this was what he got for helping groundlings.

– Stories of the Raskura, Volume 2, by Martha Wells.

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First Day of June and New Books

Today is the first day of June. It’s raining outside and really cool for summer. Not that I mind. I don’t.

But tomorrow! Tomorrow is June 2 and I am looking forward to the release of quite a few books.

  1. Shards of Hope by Nalini Singh: June 2, 2015
  2. From a High Tower by Mercedes Lackey: Jun 2, 2015
  3. Dragon in Exile by Sharon Lee and Steve Miller: Jun 2, 2015
  4. The Liar’s Key by Mark Lawrence: Jun 2, 2015
  5. Stories of the Raksura: Volume Two by Martha Wells: Jun 2, 2015

and later in the month: Dead Ice by LKH: June 9, 2015

I especially, especially want Shards of Hope and Stories of the Raksura. I am hoping I will be able to get them, but no guarantees.

The Psy paranormal romance series that Shards of Hope is part of is really good. The world-building gets better with every book, the series arc moves forward and that is why I love this series, because of the world-building. Is that odd? Loving a paranormal romance because of world-building?

And the Raksura series! This is a collection of stories. The last one was fantastic. This is one of the most creative series I have ever read. I have read the excerpt and I don’t think Stories of the Raksura, Vol 2 will disappoint. I have been looking forward to this book for months now. Months. I have managed to reread the last book a couple of times, while waiting for this one to come out.

Plus, the Raksura have the most amazing artwork.

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Teaser Tuesday: Stories of the Raksura, Vol 1

Teaser Tuesdays is a weekly bookish meme, hosted by MizB of A Daily Rhythm. Anyone can play along! Just do the following:

• Grab your current read
• Open to a random page
• Share two (2) “teaser” sentences from somewhere on that page
• BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS! (make sure that what you share doesn’t give too much away! You don’t want to ruin the book for others!)
• Share the title & author, too, so that other TT participants can add the book to their TBR Lists if they like your teasers!

I am rereading this week!

My Teasers:

Argent broke off her dive and circled uncertainly above Indigo. Cerise saw her look down at her claws, checking for blood. Below her, Indigo dropped her spines submissively and shouted again, “I yield!”

Stories of the Raksura, Vol 1, by Martha Wells

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Best Books of 2014

The year is almost over and I am once again listing the best books I read this year. Not, mind, the best books that came out this year but the best of the 61 books I’ve read this year. The complete list of the books I’ve read this year is here. Though most of this year’s reads did indeed come out this year.

1) Stories of the Raksura by Martha Wells

Stories of the Raksura is a collection of two novellas set in the same world as the previous three novels (The Serpent Sea, The Siren Depths, The Cloud Roads). It’s been less than two months since I first got it (it came out on October 7 2014. I didn’t get that day, sadly.) but I’ve read and reread both stories a few times since.  I really, truly love this world. It’s delightful, fast-paced and really, really good.

2) Ancillary Justice by  Ann Leckie

Ancillary Justice deserved its Hugo. I haven’t reread this at all – I probably will sometime in the future – but it’s wonderful. Confusing for some people, but still really good. I love the main character. Her gender confusion is amusing. But the end is a little odd.

3) Color of Magic by Terry Pratchett

Color of Magic somehow makes a completely ridiculous concept work. It’s amazing. Really amazing.

4) Point of Dreams by Lisa Barnett and Melissa Scott

Point of Dreams is a charming book, where astrology has real meaning and includes a good mystery. Fantasy and mystery, along with a bit of romance. Nothing too explicit, though. Murder, ghosts and astrology! I love this whole series. I love this series. It’s good enough that I’ve reread bits and pieces of this book several times.