No need to panic - I'm not dismantling the blog. I'm simply going on tour with my University choir, a uniquely awesome once-a-year experience. We go from small town to small town giving concerts, pulling pranks on our choirmates and coming up with new inappropriate innuendos to present on Skit Night (the last night of tour). Basically, I'm going to be MIA from the blog and Twitter and the internet in general until May 10th. Have no fear - along with my toothbrush and choir dress I am packing several books to read to while away the hours on the tour bus, so you can expect a lot of reviews to be posted once I return. With me on tour are:
Heir to Sevenwaters, Juliet Marillier.
In case you haven't realized, I'm pretty much the official Book-Bitch of The Booksmugglers, and for my non-romance read I decided to bring this one along instead of Incarceron (which I'll be reviewing for The Green Man Review) because it is a paperback and therefore easier to pack.
Honestly, the reason I never tried Marillier is for a really petty reason - I think she blurbed a book I hated (Child of a Rainless Year by Jane Lindskold - a book literally about the magic of paint drying and buildings that apparently fight each other) and assuming they might be authors of a similar style I avoided her. Which is a silly reason - my favourite YA authors Madeline L'Engle and Lloyd Alexander both blurbed T.A. Barron's Tree of Avalon series and those books were ridonkulous.
Next up is It's In His Kiss by Julia Quinn.
Thanks to my RITA Reading Challenge, I've been trying a lot of new authors, so now it's time to go back to one of my old faves - Julia Quinn. When her books are good - they're awesome. When they're bad - wow, they're annoying, but still, never so awful that I want to set them on fire.
This book in the Bridgerton series concerns Hyacinth - the youngest and quite possibly the most irritating of the siblings. Here's hoping her intended will be able to kiss the silliness right out of her.
The Fire King, by Marjorie Liu
I plan on chasing away the taste of historical with a RITA-nominated paranormal - Marjorie Liu's The Fire King. I'm still a Dirk & Steele newbie but The Wild Road blew me away, with one of my favourite heroes ever.
Hopefully this one will be just as good!
Lastly, Tempted All Night, by Liz Carlyle.
She's got a bit of a checkered history with me. I enjoyed Never Deceive a Duke, but disliked Three Little Secrets.
However, the hype for her new series (starting with Tempted) has been getting quite a bit of good press so I'm looking forward to giving this one a try.
EDIT: Okay, because I found out just how long the bus rides are predicted to be, I chickened out and packed another book - Laura Lee Gurhke's The Marriage Bed.