In our latest, What We’re Reading Wednesday, our team is feeling courageous. Whether it’s dragons, ghosts, love, or purgatory, our hunt for adventure will keep you sated.
“This book comes from one of those series that you can devour all in one sitting if you let yourself. The story world is filled with mages, dragons, shamans, and family politics that everyone can relate to. It’s definitely a fun and fresh take on urban fantasy.” — Kim
For more mages, you might also like Cursed by Christina Bauer (Monster House Books).
“I’m currently reading this to my kids. In my opinion if you have not read the Chronicles of Narnia then you have been robbed of a piece of your childhood.” — Glen
For more YA/children’s magical series, you might also like Loved by P.C. Cast (House of Night Other World #1) (Blackstone Publishing).
“I picked this book up at a strangely perfect time when I’ve been studying orientalism. It’s not only a fascinating sociological (albeit fictitious) look into Victorian England colonialism, but a lovely little paranormal mystery with a sarcastic widowed heroine. Who doesn’t love a feisty, intelligent, and well-mannered lady on the case?” — Alli
For more strong female sleuths, you might also like Cocaine Blues (Phryne Fisher #1) by Kerry Greenwood (Poisoned Pen Press).
“As a surprisingly deep and sad steampunk Alternate Universe novel, Under the Rushes deals with civil war, prostitution, refugees, drug use, slums, and crooked politicians. Amy Lane is one of my favorite weepfest authors, but this one left me more angry and frustrated than sad, since it is tackling issues that we have to deal with regularly in the news today. Well written, and a slow build to a happy ever after.” — Kelly
For more LGBT/Steampunk, you might also like The Siege (Metal & Dust Book #1) by Eve Francis (JMS Books).
“I really enjoy this series. This book in particular was a bit slower than I would have liked, but the story is very new. Plus, it features an adorable pug named Winston!” — Katy
For more innovative world-building, you might also like Angelbound by Christina Bauer (Monster House Books).