Icefall, by Matthew J. Kirby
Summary (from Goodreads):
Trapped in a hidden fortress tucked between towering mountains and a frozen sea, Solveig, along with her brother the crown prince, their older sister, and an army of restless warriors, anxiously awaits news of her father's victory at battle. But as winter stretches on, and the unending ice refuses to break, terrible acts of treachery soon make it clear that a traitor lurks in their midst. A malevolent air begins to seep through the fortress walls, and a smothering claustrophobia slowly turns these prisoners of winter against one another.
Those charged with protecting the king's children are all suspect, and the siblings must choose their allies wisely. But who can be trusted so far from their father's watchful eye? Can Solveig and her siblings survive the long winter months and expose the traitor before he succeeds in destroying a kingdom?
I really like Kirby's The Clockwork Three (see review here), so I'm excited for this next book of his. It sounds really good. Just reading the summary makes me want to pick up the book. I've already pre-ordered Icefall, and I suspect it will be one of my favorites of October, although it is going to have some very stiff competition.
Tuesdays at the Castle, by Jessica Day George
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Tuesdays at Castle Glower are Princess Celie’s favorite days. That’s because on Tuesdays the castle adds a new room, a turret, or sometimes even an entire wing. No one ever knows what the castle will do next, and no one—other than Celie, that is—takes time to map out the new additions. But when King and Queen Glower are ambushed and their fate is unknown, it’s up to Celie, with her secret knowledge of the castle’s never-ending twists and turns, to protect their home and save their kingdom. This delightful book from a fan—and bookseller—favorite kicks off a brand new series that is sure to become a modern classic.
I am so excited for this book. Jessica Day George's books are always so much fun. I loved her other books (read my review of her book, Sun and Moon, Ice and Snow here - which was actually the second book I ever reviewed on Pica Reads), and when I met her in person, she was so incredibly nice. This book sounds like it's going to be a great read for a Sunday afternoon, and of course I'm going to read any book by Jessica Day George. I also really like the cover - it definitely makes me want to pick this book up.
Between the Sea and Sky, by Jaclyn Dolamore
Summary (from Goodreads):
For as long as Esmerine can remember, she has longed to join her older sister, Dosinia, as a siren—the highest calling a mermaid can have. When Dosinia runs away to the mainland, Esmerine is sent to retrieve her. Using magic to transform her tail into legs, she makes her way unsteadily to the capital city. There she comes upon a friend she hasn't seen since childhood—a dashing young man named Alandare, who belongs to a winged race of people. As Esmerine and Alandare band together to search for Dosinia, they rekindle a friendship . . . and ignite the emotions for a love so great, it cannot be bound by sea, land, or air.
I just finished Dolamore's Magic Under Glass a few nights ago, and I really enjoyed her writing style and how she was able to bring together two different worlds. This story also brings together two different worlds, and I think it's going to be great. And I love the idea of a mermaid falling in love with a winged boy. I'm sure Dolamore will execute it beautifully.
P.S. How amazing is that cover? I love it!