This Week In Awesome Reads

Many of the book-related blogs have been talking about the bounty of amazing YA reads coming out this week, and I can't help but chime in. Along with my own book-baby releasing this Thursday, there are three in particular that are close to my heart . . .

Laini Taylor's Daughter of Smoke and Bone. It's no secret that I'm incredibly happy and proud to be Laini's critique partner (and, more importantly, friend!). Simply put: This novel is a masterpiece. EVERYONE who loves fantasy should read it. It's gonna be huge.

Agency sisters Maureen Johnson's The Name of the Star and Kiki Hamilton's The Faerie Ring, both set in London. (Go kt literary! It's a big week for us!)

The Name of the Star is a witty, modern, Jack the Ripper, supernatural-thriller-romance. AWESOME, right? And it is. It has the feeling and flavor of a kick-ass episode of Doctor Who. Needless to say—though I'll say it anyway!—I loved it.

I couldn't manage to snag an advanced copy of The Faerie Ring, so here's the description:

The year is 1871, and Tiki has been making a home for herself and her family of orphans in a deserted hideaway adjoining Charing Cross Station in central London. Their only means of survival is by picking pockets. One December night, Tiki steals a ring, and sets off a chain of events that could lead to all-out war with the Fey. For the ring belongs to Queen Victoria, and it binds the rulers of England and the realm of Faerie to peace. With the ring missing, a rebel group of faeries hopes to break the treaty with dark magic and blood—Tiki’s blood.

Unbeknownst to Tiki, she is being watched—and protected—by Rieker, a fellow thief who suspects she is involved in the disappearance of the ring. Rieker has secrets of his own, and Tiki is not all that she appears to be. Her very existence haunts Prince Leopold, the Queen’s son, who is driven to know more about the mysterious mark that encircles her wrist.

Prince, pauper, and thief—all must work together to secure the treaty…

Doesn't that sound FAN-TAAASTIC? I can't wait to read it!

With soon-to-be NYT bestseller and worldwide phenom Laini

My most sincere congratulations to Laini, Maureen, and Kiki, and to everyone else who has a book being released this week. (And there are a LOT of us! Woo hoo!)


  1. I can't wait to read all of them!!! I'm currently reading the excerpt of Daughter of Smoke and Bone and I've fallin' hard for it! I've pre-ordered it and totally can't wait for it to arrive! They're AWESOME READS!

  2. I loved Daughter of Smoke and Bone and can't wait for more readers to discover Laini Taylor! She's now an auto-buy author for me because I fell in love with Lips Touch a few months ago. That picture that you posted is so cute - with Laini's pink hair and your blue highlights. :P

  3. Such an exciting week. Happy upcoming release day, Steph. Confetti and hugs and lots of LOLA love!

  4. I am reading "Daughter of Smoke and Bone" while counting the hours until "Lola and the boy next door" comes out. This is a great week for great readings indeed ;)

  5. This week is amazing. I'm dying for ALL these books.

    Especially there's that one book called LOLA..ring a bell? :P

  6. It is a great week to be a reader! I love that your books come out the same week if not for Laini's blog I wouldn't have found yours and my life we be a whole lot less awesome.

  7. So many good books out... I think I'm going broke. lol. Can't wait to see you in Austin this Saturday!

  8. I just pre-ordered (right before I read this!)The Name of the Star! I also have Daughter of Smoke and Bone already and I plan to read it next, I read the free preview of it that I downloaded on my Nook and I LOVE it! Lips Touch is excellent to. I am currently reading, falling in love with and almost finished with a book...maybe you know it.. Lola and the boy next door? :) <3
    I've always been a fan of YA books but through your recommendations I have discovered so many more wonderful books and Authors that I might have just over looked before. Thank You sooo much for that!! :)

  9. Anonymous3:15 PM GMT-5

    I raced through Daughter of Smoke & Bone last night and now I need to go back and savor it. I squealed near the end of the book. (Squealed, not squeed. I squeed over Anna!)