Spoils and Tribute is a feature of On Starships and Dragonwings where I tell you about the books I’ve bought and received recently (my version of Stacking the Shelves). I promise that I paid for all my spoils and I’m not letting the “tribute” go to my head ;-). Planning to Pillage is just my version of Waiting on Wednesday where I share books that have caught my eye!
Ermegerd! I think it’s been about a month since I’ve done one of these, so be prepared for some overwhelming amounts of books *hides from the piles*. Also be sure to check out which will be going up in giveaways soon ;-).
Harry Harrison! Harry Harrison! (Unsolicited, Tor) – Memoir of famous sci-fi writer apparently? I tend to prefer reading the original works instead of the nonfiction, but for those of you who like these things, check it out :D.
Willful Child (Unsolicited, Tor) – Action sci-fi adventure!
Heart of Stone (Unsolicited, Tor) – This is a sequel in the Truth Seers series, anyone read book one?
Stone in the Sky (Solicited, Macmillan) – I wasn’t thrilled by Tin Star, but it had potential and the premise of Stone in the Sky sounds like it has more action, so I’m hopeful!
Beastkeeper (Solicited, Macmillan) – :D Need I say anything? It has a pretty cover and an awesome premise! Also, I got approved for the eARC much to my chagrin, so I’ll be giving away this physical copy, woot.
The Book of Storms (Solicited, Macmillan) – I’m a little confused about the pub date about this one since it looks like it is now January instead of November like the ARC says. Also, I’ve accidentally now ended up with two copies, so would anyone be interested in a middle grade giveaway bonanza?
Finding Serendipity (Solicited, Macmillan) – Can you tell I’ve been in a huge middle grade fantasy mood? :D This one sounds very whimsical!
The Whisper (Solicited, Macmillan) – I haven’t read the first in this series, but am hoping I can jump in here and still enjoy what I hear is an awesome world/writing!
Scarlet Tides (Unsolicited, Wunderkind Publicity) – This one is a second book and rather hugely intimidating, anyone have thoughts?
A Play of Shadow (Unsolicited, Penguin) – I loved the world of book one, A Turn of Light, though the pacing and length got to be too slow and long after a bit. I’ll be trying this one out since it sounds more action-packed, but I’m giving myself permission to give up if it isn’t working.
Dreamer’s Pool (Unsolicited, Penguin) – Preeeeeeeeeetty! I have downloaded an eARC already, so it was a pleasant surprise to get a finished copy of this lovely thing!
The Turning Season (Unsolicited, Penguin) – This is a sequel and I haven’t read the first books, anyone know anything about it?
The Time Roads (Unsolicited, Tor) – I wasn’t sure about this one, but then saw an awesome review from Nathan and am convinced that I must give it a try ;-).
Death Marked (Edelweiss, HarperTeen) – Eeeeeee! Impressive I haven’t read it already right?? I’ve shown great restraint, but it is high on the read-as-reward list ;-).
Unmade (NetGalley, HMH) – I have it on very good authority that I will love Entangled, and therefore broke my rule of requesting sequels when I haven’t read the first book >.>.
This Shattered World (NetGalley, Disney) – So much love! This also means that I will be giving away the bound manuscript I got from BEA since I’d prefer to read the eARC :D.
Winner’s Crime (NetGalley, Macmillan) – :D :D :D :D SOON!
Witherwood Reform School (NetGalley, Henry Holt) – More middlegrade!
Owl and the Japanese Circus (NetGalley, Simon & Schuster CA) – I was invited to read this one by the author and there is an eastern dragon in it!!!!!
Wildalone (Edelweiss, William Morrow) – I wasn’t sure about this one at first, but got an invite and looked closer at the description. I will definitely be interested to see what it holds ;-).
Archie Greene and the Magician’s Secret (Edelweiss, HarperCollins) – Book magic middle grade!
Ferals (Edelweiss, HarperCollins) – Middle grade magic that looks pretty dark and has magic where kids can commune with one species each, cool!
The Luck Uglies #2: Fork-Tongue Charmers (Edelweiss, HarperCollins) – I haven’t read the first, but middle grade is pretty easy to pick up in the middle and this premise intrigues me more than the first book did, hehe.
Carousel Seas (Edelweiss, Baen) – Again with the jumping in in the middle, we’ll see if I get too confused, but this series looks cool and I can’t resist trying!
Stonehill Downs (Edelweiss, HarperVoyager) – This is a late edition to the list because I got a very convincing pitch for this dark fantasy from a senior Voyager publicist. It could be awesome, it could be really weird, I shall see and I encourage you to look for it come December!
The Glass Arrow (NetGalley, TorTeen) – A very late edition, I’m so excited to have snagged an eARC of The Glass Arrow since it looks wicked awesome!
There were several author events this month, including Epic Reads where I got my copy of The Jewel signed and was convinced to try Exquisite Captive ;-). I also of course had to get Snow Like Ashes because pretty. Then there was a Kendare Blake event where I finally realized what Antigoddess was about and will now be giving the series a try! I finally bought a copy of Ironskin to match my other two books in the series, hehe. Thug Kitchen is a cookbook with explanations for complete newbies and swearing plus really tasty looking recipes! And since Thursdays with the Crown came out this month, I finally got the first two in hardback to match :D.
This is a pile of older and upcoming ARCs that I traded/was gifted/borrowed this month. Castle Hangnail is a middle grade to keep your eye out for, the illustrations are AWESOME! Yes, that is a copy of Firefight and yes there will be a giveaway once I finish it :D. The set of four Harper ARCs will all be given away, perhaps as a set, thoughts? The Accidental Highwayman is a gift from my dear Tabitha, thanks hun! Then there are some older ARCs that I snagged from a pile a friend was trying to clear out and I traded for Otherbound. The Girl at Midnight is borrowed and I’m so so excited to read it! Then the last two there are upcoming middle grade, let me know if you can’t make out the titles and are interested!
Normally I’d have Planning to Pillage as well, but I think this post is long enough as it is!
What have you gotten recently? What are you looking forward to?
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