Wednesday, January 23, 2019

Can't-Wait Wednesday: The Raven Tower by Ann Leckie


Can't-Wait is a weekly meme hosted by Wishful Endings that spotlights exciting upcoming releases that we can't wait to be released! This meme is based off of Jill @ Breaking the Spine's Waiting on Wednesday meme.

This week's upcoming book spotlight is:
The Raven Tower by Ann Leckie
 Publication Date: February 26th, 2019
Orbit
432 pages


The Raven TowerFrom Goodreads: 

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Gods meddle in the fates of men, men play with the fates of gods, and a pretender must be cast down from the throne in this breathtaking first fantasy novel from Ann Leckie, New York Times bestselling author and winner of the Hugo, Nebula, and Arthur C. Clarke Awards. 

For centuries, the kingdom of Iraden has been protected by the god known as the Raven. He watches over his territory from atop a tower in the powerful port of Vastai. His will is enacted through the Raven's Lease, a human ruler chosen by the god himself. His magic is sustained via the blood sacrifice that every Lease must offer. And under the Raven's watch, the city flourishes. 

But the power of the Raven is weakening. A usurper has claimed the throne. The kingdom borders are tested by invaders who long for the prosperity that Vastai boasts. And they have made their own alliances with other gods. 

It is into this unrest that the warrior Eolo--aide to Mawat, the true Lease--arrives. And in seeking to help Mawat reclaim his city, Eolo discovers that the Raven's Tower holds a secret. Its foundations conceal a dark history that has been waiting to reveal itself...and to set in motion a chain of events that could destroy Iraden forever."
Gods meddling with fates and humans meddling with fates? Sounds like my type of story. I think this one sounds particularly interesting and I'd very much like to know what the secret is in the Raven Tower...can't wait to read it!

What do you think about this upcoming release? What are your anticipated upcoming releases?

     

Tuesday, January 22, 2019

Top Ten Tuesday: Sequels I Meant to Read in 2018 (That I WILL Read in 2019)


Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly book blog meme now hosted by Jana over at The Artsy Reader Girl!

This week's topic is: Books I Meant to Read In 2018 but Didn’t Get To

Since there were a lot of books I didn't get around to in 2018, I decided to specifically go with sequels I meant to get to. Of course, there are still more than ten I didn't get to, but I tried to narrow it down. I also thought it might be helpful to include what the first book in the series is in case the sequel isn't as recognizable as the first book. Are there any sequels you meant to read, but didn't quite get to?

An Echo of Things to Come by James Islington (The Licanius Trilogy)
Book #1: The Shadow of What Was Lost
I loved the first book so much that I'm really surprised I didn't get to the sequel sooner. I think the fact that these books are so huge (700+ pages each) is what makes me want to procrastinate, but I also loved it so I really just need to read it!

Buy it: Amazon | Book Depository

The Time of Contempt by Andrzej Sapkowski (The Witcher #2)
Book #1: The Last Wish, Blood of Elves
I've had a lot of fun with the books I've read from this series so far and I'd really like to continue. I meant to start getting around to more of these last year, but as we can see that didn't quite happen.


Buy it: Amazon Book Depository


In the Cities of Coin and Spice (The Orphan's Tales, #2)In the Cities of Coin and Spice by Catherynne M. Valente (The Orphan's Tales #2)
Book #1: In the Night Garden 
I''m trying to work my way through all of Valente's work and one of the favorites that I've read was In the Night Garden, so now I'm really excited to read the sequel. These books are a bit of a commitment for me, though, so I think that's why I didn't really get to it last year. That and my library doesn't have it so I need to remember to buy it sometime.

Buy it: Amazon Book Depository


The Forbidden City (The Dragon's Legacy #2)The Forbidden City by Deborah A. Wolf (The Dragon's Legacy #2)
Book #1: The Dragon's Legacy
I was so excited about the first book and for the rest of the year I had huge plans to pick up the sequel right away and then I managed to completely forget when it came out the next year. Sometimes I'm just not sure how I forget about books when I'm actively excited about them. I blame it on there being too many books.

Buy it: Amazon Book Depository


A Fortress of Grey Ice by J.V. Jones (Sword of Shadows #2)
Book #1: A Cavern of Black Ice 
I've raved about A Cavern of Black Ice so many times that it's truly mind-boggling I haven't read the second book. I desperately want to read this sequel and catch up on the entire series. I believe it's actually still unfinished so it might be fun to catch up before Jones finishes it (am I the only one to ever say that?).


Buy it: Amazon Book Depository

Blood of Wonderland (Queen of Hearts Saga, #2)
Blood of Wonderland by Colleen Oakes (Queen of Hearts Saga #2)
Book #1: Queen of Hearts 
I love Alice-inspired retellings and I was really pleasantly surprised by Queen of Hearts! These are also fairly short books with that nice big YA-style font, so it should be pretty easy to get through. I'd really like to get to this one in the first half of the year.


Buy it: Amazon Book Depository


The Great Hunt (Wheel of Time, #2)The Great Hunt by Robert Jordan (The Wheel of Time #2)
Book #1: The Eye of the World
This is probbaly the most shameful of the ones on this list, namely because I started reading this in 2017 and just... never finished it. I was moving at the time so I was a bit preoccupied with all of that and just sort of forgot I was reading it. The weird thing is that I was really enjoying it, so it's not as though I just got tired of it. This year I plan to finally finish it and maybe even go on to the third book, but let's not get ahead of ourselves here.

Buy it: Amazon Book Depository


The Splendor Before the Dark (Nero, #2)The Splendor Before the Dark by Margaret George (Nero #2)
Book #1: The Confessions of Young Nero
Margaret George always write beautiful historical fiction and I was impressed by her first novel about the infamous Emperor Nero. I remembered when this was coming out and was excited to read it, but I never had a chance to buy/my library didn't have it yet and then I just...forgot. Oops.


Buy it: Amazon Book Depository

Kings Rising (Captive Prince, #3)
Kings Rising by C.S. Pacat (Captive Prince #3)
Book #1 & #2: Captive Prince, Prince's Gambit
This is one of the more controversial trilogies that I see out there, but I had a great time with the first two books and think they have a lot of really interesting topics and themes in them. I've read the first two, so now I just need to read the final book! And try to remember exactly what happened in the first two...




The Rats and the Ruling Sea (The Chathrand Voyage, #2)The Rats and the Ruling Sea by Robert V.S. Redick (The Chathrand Voyage #2)
Book #1: The Red Wolf Conspiracy 
The Red Wolf Conspiracy was such an adventure and I meant to read the second one pretty soon after the first, but it also felt like more of a summer book so once that season was done I kept putting it off? I've got a full year ahead of me now, though, so I have high hopes.




Have you read any of these books? What sequels did you mean to read in 2018?


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Monday, January 21, 2019

Review: The Hod King by Josiah Bancroft

The Hod King (The Books of Babel, #3)
The Hod King by Josiah Bancroft
(The Books of Babel #3)
Orbit, 2019
Paperback. 608 pages.

About The Hod King:

"'Fearing an uprising, the Sphinx sends Senlin to investigate a plot that has taken hold in the ringdom of Pelphia. Alone in the city, Senlin infiltrates a bloody arena where hods battle for the public's entertainment. But his investigation is quickly derailed by a gruesome crime and an unexpected reunion. 

Posing as a noble lady and her handmaid, Voleta and Iren attempt to reach Marya, who is isolated by her fame. While navigating the court, Voleta attracts the unwanted attention of a powerful prince whose pursuit of her threatens their plan. 

Edith, now captain of the Sphinx's fierce flagship, joins forces with a fellow wakeman to investigate the disappearance of a beloved friend. She must decide who to trust as her desperate search brings her nearer to the Black Trail where the hods climb in darkness and whisper of the Hod King. 

As Senlin and his crew become further dragged in to the conspiracies of the Tower, everything falls to one question: Who is The Hod King?"

Um, wow. There are so many things to say about this book and I'm not entirely sure where to start. I've really loved this series so far and somehow it continues to blow me away. I loved Senlin Ascends, though I wasn't quite as enraptured in the story of Arm of the Sphinx as I expected to be (though that could have been my fault for reading it at a stressful time in my life and I plan to re-read soon!), but The Hod King...well, this was incredible. 

The Hod King is essentially split in three different parts, each following a different POV of our favorite characters who are all partaking in their own separate tasks. The first part we follow is that of Senlin's as he embarks to the ringdom of Pelphia on the Sphinx's orders and attempts to investigate things going on there (and perhaps find out more about his wife, Marya, as well). In the second part, we follow along with Voleta and Iren while they go undercover to find and potentially rescue Marya. And lastly we follow the beloved, powerful, and no-nonsense captain Edith as she commences her own path while in Pelphia. I'll admit, I worried a little that not all parts would be as interesting as the others--a common issue--but I'm pleased to say my worries were horribly misplaced because I loved every part of this book to bits.

Senlin is one of the most interesting characters I've ever read. He has a very commendable sense of morals that always shine through, but he is also very human in his faults and breakdowns. A man can be pushed only so far before he begins to make brash decisions out of his natural character, and that is something that we get to see explored with Senlin, and it's also something that proves Senlin really is a fantastic character. Despite Senlin being the main protagonist, the other characters are just as prominent and shine just as brightly as him. Iren and Voleta are the best team I've ever seen, even though Voleta is almost always unable to contain her energy and drives Iren crazy. The care that they have for one another is simply remarkable. Edith continues to be an incredibly impressive woman who handles so much responsibility in such a deft manner and I'm really hoping to dive into more depth with her in the next book.

One thing that was exceptionally prominent in this book was that this cast has so many female characters. And they're all so different! You have Iren, Voleta, Ann, Georgine Haste, Edith, Marya...I could go on. I loved it! Of course Senlin is a man and there are plenty of other male characters, but I have to say that the ladies really take the stage and are simply incredible. The best part is that it's not at all as though Bancroft thought, "hm, I need to make sure there are some female characters in this series," and threw them in just because. It is the exact opposite to me--these women have purpose, they are well-developed, unique, and full of varying motivations and personality traits. I was trying to think of the last time I read a fantasy in the vein of this book that has such a huge cast of women and honestly, it's a hard one, so thank you for that, Mr. Bancroft!

One of the best things about Bancroft's writing is his attention to detail and the sheer care and precision he puts into every single scene. Each ringdom that has so far has been introduced is intricately created and described, with notable details that makes it all seem so real, and in Pelphia that was no different. It's yet another unique world in this ringdom, albeit it was one that I don't think I have any intention of ever visiting. I don't have any idea how Bancroft manages to come up with all that he does in these books and I know that's how I tend to feel with all fantasy, but The Books of Babel just have so much and it somehow never feels like too much. There's enough detail and world-building to make it feel like a real place with real people and customs, but not too much to drag me out of the story or get bored with it. 

Another one of my favorite things is Bancroft's wit and cleverness. There are so many one-liners or conversations that had me chuckling aloud and reading them to whoever was near me (sorry to my patient husband and mom--although really, I'm only doing them favors). And for every humorous or witty comment that made me laugh, there were just as many surprisingly introspective or meaningful lines and passages that had me also getting out my sticky notes to mark the page. These books are fun and endlessly entertaining, but they're also important and full of thoughtful lessons and ideas to reflect on. You'll laugh, you'll cry, you'll feel angry at some characters and compassionate for others--reading these books is truly one of the best things that you can do for your health.

The Hod King throws endless twists and truly unpredictable plot diversions at any and all times throughout this book. You may think you have it figured it out, but nothing is ever as it seems and you will surely be surprised at many intervals.

Overall, I've given The Hod King five stars!


*I received an copy of The Hod King courtesy of Orbit Books. This has no effect on my rating of the book.*


Friday, January 18, 2019

Lowest Rated Goodreads Books On My Shelf vs. My Rating (An Experiment)


I've done posts similar to this idea in the past and I've seen other people do posts similar, but this time I decided to mix it up slightly. Rather than look at books rated low on Goodreads that I rated high, I decided to just go from the lowest rated books on my 'read' shelf and compare it to what I rated the book. Now at the end of the day we all know that ratings are pretty arbitrary on whether or not we will agree or not, but I've found I tend to like a lot of disliked books and vice versa, so I wanted to see how many I agreed with and how many I didn't. I think this should also be interesting because some of these books I read decent while ago so I might not remember all that much about them.

 If this ends up being fun, I might continue it and do another part something with more books or maybe switch it up look at books with high ratings. But for now, let's begin!

Hiddensee: A Tale of the Once and Future Nutcracker

Hiddensee: A Tale of the Once and Future Nutcracker by Gregory Maguire
Goodreads rating: 3.21
My rating: 4
Year I Read It: 2017
I'm not overly surprised that this was rated low because Maguire seems to be a very hit or miss sort of author. This was the first book I've read by him (though I have quite a few on my TBR) and I found it pretty interesting. Maguire has a weird style of writing that at times feels a bit pretentious, but that is also very gripping and melodic. I liked it and would definitely read more from him, but I suppose I'm not too surprised. Though 3.2 does seem pretty low. Goodreads

Buy the book: Amazon | Book Depository


Chronicle of a Last Summer: A Novel of Egypt
Chronicle of a Last Summer: A Novel of Egypt by Yasmine El Rashidi
Goodreads rating: 3.20
My rating: 2

Year I Read It: 2016
I am not surprised by this in the slightest. I'm honestly not even sure if I DNF'd this one or actually finished it because it was so boring and uninteresting. I don't know what to say about this because I remember next to nothing about it. It was supposed to be a really neat story about a young Egyptian woman coming of age in various turbulent times, and it was not done well. Goodreads 

Buy the book: Amazon | Book Depository

The Dinner

The Dinner by Herman Kochs, trans. Sam Garrett
Goodreads rating: 3.22
My rating: 3
Year I Read It:  2016
Again, not too surprised. This book has a really neat concept where the entire story is supposed to be taking place over one dinner. I liked the idea and some of the themes, but I remember feeling really detached and uninterested in any of the characters. All in all, a neat experiment, but the lower rating is not too much of shock to me for this book. Goodreads

Buy the book: Amazon | Book Depository


Charlotte Markham and the House of Darkling
Charlotte Markham and the House of Darkling by Michael Boccacino
Goodreads rating: 3.24
My rating: 3
Year I Read It: 2014
Apparently I agreed with the general consensus on this rating, but I can't say I remember why. I think I liked how imaginative it was, but I think it was also a bit... all over the place and confusing? That's pretty much all I can remember about this book. I love the cover, though! Maybe this is due for a re-read to see what I think of it now. Goodreads

Buy the book: Amazon | Book Depository

The Faculty Club

The Faculty Club by Danny Tobey
Goodreads rating: 3.05
My rating: 1
Year I Read It: 2013
So I didn't agree with this average because I must have hated it. I definitely think I used to be harsher in my ratings, but I do recall not liking this one. I remember it having a strong start and then just plummeting from there. I guess I don't recommend it? Goodreads

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Beast: A Tale of Love and Revenge
Beast: A Tale of Love and Revenge by Lisa Jensen
Goodreads rating: 3.14
My rating: 4
Year I Read It: 2018
Okay, so I know a few reasons why this might have a low rating, but I don't agree with all of them. I think a lot of people didn't like this because there is a rather unexpected sexual assault--which is totally fair--but if you don't read until the end of the book, you're probably going to end up with a bad impression of the message the author is trying to send and a lot of people DNF'd before getting to that. Again, totally fair and it's absolutely everyone's individual choice about what they want to read, but it's just something that I think affected this book a lot. Aside from that, this is a slower book and that doesn't always appeal to everyone. Goodreads

Buy the book: Amazon | Book Depository

A Fierce and Subtle Poison

A Fierce and Subtle Poison by Samantha Mabry
Goodreads rating: 3.20
My rating: 4
Year I Read It:  2016
I have to say, I'm not sure why I gave this four stars and I'm pretty sure I would lower that to a three if I decided to go and change my rating. I don't know why I gave it higher, so I have to say I agree with that rating. I actually remember reading this book decently well (maybe because I don't read a lot of YA contemporary?) and although it had a neat premise and setting, the story itself was just a bit flat and odd. Goodreads

Buy the book: Amazon | Book Depository


Aether & Empire, Volume 1: Eternal Glory
Aether & Empire, Volume 1: Eternal Glory by Mike Horan, Tim Yates, Bong Dazo
Goodreads rating: 2.91
My rating: 3
Year I Read It: 2017
This was the first installment in a graphic novel series that was really a case of too many ideas, too little explanation and time to develop. There really are some neat ideas in this volume, but I remember feeling confused most of the time and finding things jumped around too much. Goodreads

Buy the book: Amazon | Book Depository

Have you read any of these books? Are you ever surprised by the ratings on some books on Goodreads?

Thursday, January 17, 2019

Cover Reveal + Guest Article: Legends of the Exiles by Jesse Teller



Hey, everyone! Today I'm thrilled to be able to share with you all the cover reveal for Jesse Teller's latest upcoming release, Legends of the Exiles! I am already hyped to read this book and I'm so happy to be included in this reveal. Along with the reveal is a guest post from Jesse Teller in which he discusses how and why he designed the cover the way he did and all of his reasoning behind each component. I highly recommend you give it a read because it provides some interesting insight that I found worthwhile to know.

So without further ado, I present to you the cover!

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LEGENDS OF THE EXILES
by Jesse Teller 
Releases April 15, 2019 
Pre-order: Amazon 



About the book:

"The isolated barbarians of Neather have deep ancestry and strict traditions. Four resilient women defy tribal customs as they fight to overcome their own tragedies. Abuse. Addiction. Assault. Grief. What struggles can they endure to defend their hopes and their hearts? 

Helena seeks a love as bold as she, yet finds the men of her village lacking. 

Jocelyn fears her strange visions and sacrifices a life with the man she loves for the one her destiny demands. 

Torn apart by abuse and grief, Ellen is a brilliant woman who must focus her intellect on finding reasons to persevere. 

Rachel, a brash girl of noble heritage, dares all men to challenge her and longs for one who will. 

In this set of four interwoven novellas, award-winning author Jesse Teller challenges assumptions and showcases the strength of feminine resolve."

Find it on Goodreads!

Guest Article by Jesse Teller:
The Revealing Cover

I needed to go to a place I had never been before. I needed to reinvent the way we did covers.
Writing Legends of the Exiles was a new experience for me. I write female characters a lot and have never been accused of writing them poorly, but this was a bold project, a book where I'm sticking my neck out, because this book was written by a man about four women. It is said men can't write believable female characters. With Legends of the Exiles, I've challenged that notion by creating a collection of novellas that explore the issues facing these four women in a male-dominated society.

When designing the covers for my previous books, my wife and I were pretty quick to decide what we wanted. My first covers were for three very dark books and we decided to deal in shadows. Each of the covers has on it the silhouette of a character. The idea was to show a gritty setting with the dark image of a character, and we were off. The covers were fairly easy to make. I say that because I didn't have to make them, but for the most part they were done without much trouble.

For The Manhunters series I wanted to work with symbols. I knew that early. How that would come about, I had no idea. There were a few items and a few images that showed the symbols of the characters and the story itself, and I wanted to explore that.

We got in touch with a brilliant cover designer named Jenny Zemanek who had done a few other covers we adored. She took our ideas and within a few days came up with a bunch of different directions we could go. We had the format and we were off. Colors and skulls and other images, striking font, and we had an award-winning cover for an award-winning series.

But Legends of the Exiles is different. It has heavy overtones of love stories mixed with dark subject matter and vibrant characters. Exiles is a book about women, and while I was writing it, I had ideas for what it might look like. I wanted women's faces. Wanted an illustration. But more than anything, I wanted a tone. I wanted an emotion that fit the book. Beauty and savagery, power and grace, I needed the cover to speak to the kind of women I had written about.

We of course went back to Jenny. I'm pretty sure she will be designing my covers for life. We got in touch with her with a very simple design idea: four illustrated female faces with a storm of hair. We sent her a crude mock up and hoped for the best. She got in touch with us, very excited. See, Jenny's mother is a retired illustrator. She had drawn for years, and the subject she drew was women. She drew fashion ads for certain products. She drew sewing pattern packages and the like. Jenny presented the idea of letting her mother draw my women, and again we were off. I was able to give a brief description of each woman's character. Let each character dictate what they would look like.

I had a mother-daughter team working on my female cover for my female book. I was happy with the concept, happy with the source of the work itself. I trusted Jenny, and the examples we saw of her mother's work got us really pumped.

I got a perfect rendering of each woman, a savage and fearless Rachel Beastscowl, a haughty and regal Jocelyn Fendis, a bold and daring Helena Dreadheart, and a shy and broken Ellen Black Knuckle. We didn't even need Jenny to explain who was who. Her mother had captured each woman so perfectly there was no mistaking them.

The cover my team and I created for Legends of the Exiles reveals the majesty and the power within the women themselves. It shows the inner strength and the love they were capable of, and reveals the love of a daughter and mother working together to create a piece of art I could not be more proud of.
When you look at this cover, I hope you see four powerful women. I hope you see the love of two artists. And I hope you will see my adoration for the female gender as a whole.
I hope it reveals to you the heart of Legends of the Exiles.


About the author:
Jesse Teller fell in love with fantasy when he was five years old and played his first game of Dungeons & Dragons. The game gave him the ability to create stories and characters from a young age. He started consuming fantasy in every form and, by nine, was obsessed with the genre. As a young adult, he knew he wanted to make his life about fantasy. From exploring the relationship between man and woman, to studying the qualities of a leader or a tyrant, Jesse Teller uses his stories and settings to study real-world themes and issues. He lives with his supportive wife, Rebekah, and his two inspiring children, Rayph and Tobin.

Author links:  Website | Facebook | Goodreads | Amazon | Twitter | Reddit | Smashwords


Wednesday, January 16, 2019

Can't-Wait Wednesday: Four Dead Queens by Astrid Scholte & The Psychology of Time Travel by Kate Mascarenhas


Can't-Wait is a weekly meme hosted by Wishful Endings that spotlights exciting upcoming releases that we can't wait to be released! This meme is based off of Jill @ Breaking the Spine's Waiting on Wednesday meme.

This week's upcoming book spotlight is:
Four Dead Queens by Astrid Scholte
 Publication Date: February 26th, 2019
Putnam
432 pages
Pre-order: Amazon Book Depository 


Four Dead QueensFrom Goodreads: 

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A divided nation. Four Queens. A ruthless pickpocket. A noble messenger. And the murders that unite them. ​ 

Get in quick, get out quicker. 

These are the words Keralie Corrington lives by as the preeminent dipper in the Concord, the central area uniting the four quadrants of Quadara. She steals under the guidance of her mentor Mackiel, who runs a black market selling their bounty to buyers desperate for what they can’t get in their own quarter. For in the nation of Quadara, each quarter is strictly divided from the other. Four queens rule together, one from each region: 

Toria: the intellectual quarter that values education and ambition 
Ludia: the pleasure quarter that values celebration, passion, and entertainment 
Archia: the agricultural quarter that values simplicity and nature 
Eonia: the futurist quarter that values technology, stoicism and harmonious community 

When Keralie intercepts a comm disk coming from the House of Concord, what seems like a standard job goes horribly wrong. Upon watching the comm disks, Keralie sees all four queens murdered in four brutal ways. Hoping that discovering the intended recipient will reveal the culprit – information that is bound to be valuable bartering material with the palace – Keralie teams up with Varin Bollt, the Eonist messenger she stole from, to complete Varin’s original job and see where it takes them."
I love a good thief/pickpocket, and the unexpected pairing component plus the four different quarters plus the 'queens getting murdered' thing all stand out to me. Really looking forward to this one!

             and...
The Psychology of Time Travel by Kate Mascarenhas
Publication Date: February 12th, 2019
Crooked Lane Books
336 pages
Pre-order: Amazon Book Depository 


The Psychology of Time TravelFrom Goodreads: 

"
Perfect for fans of Naomi Alderman's The Power and Margot Lee Shetterly’s Hidden Figures comes The Psychology of Time Travel, a mind-bending, time-travel debut. 

In 1967, four female scientists worked together to build the world’s first time machine. But just as they are about to debut their creation, one of them suffers a breakdown, putting the whole project—and future of time travel—in jeopardy. To protect their invention, one member is exiled from the team—erasing her contributions from history. 

Fifty years later, time travel is a big business. Twenty-something Ruby Rebello knows her beloved grandmother, Granny Bee, was one of the pioneers, though no one will tell her more. But when Bee receives a mysterious newspaper clipping from the future reporting the murder of an unidentified woman, Ruby becomes obsessed: could it be Bee? Who would want her dead? And most importantly of all: can her murder be stopped? 

Traversing the decades and told from alternating perspectives, The Psychology of Time Travel introduces a fabulous new voice in fiction and a new must-read for fans of speculative fiction and women’s fiction alike."
In general, I'm not usually drawn to time travel stories, but this one sounds really unique and the mystery sounds really interesting. I really have no idea what to expect so I'm just expecting great things and can't wait to (hopefully) have a chance to read it!

What do you think about these upcoming releases? What are your anticipated upcoming releases?