The Heroine's August 2012 Reads

I've been working hard on revisions and writing more than ever. I'm taking advantage of the time that I have now that I'm at home with the dream to write fueling me. Hope you enjoy the books that have helped me in the moments I needed away from my own words!

August Releases
There were some great releases this August. I read three different type of books that I definitely recommend if you're in the mood for witches, fantasy, and... a boy that changes bodies every day?

The Blood Keeper by Tessa Gratton
 I grew up in North Dakota so I love the imagery that Tessa Gratton uses of her character living in Kansas. It is a fresh and lovely landscape that adds to the magic throughout the book. It isn't just a love story mixed with magic, but also has a deep meaning of family, traditional and not. Be sure to check out Blood Magic, too. It isn't necessary to read it before this, but you won't want to miss it.

Every Day by David Levithan
Yes, a boy that finds himself in a different body every day. This premise alone is worth reading about to find out what it means to maybe find a life of your own when you're living in someone else's. This is the first book I've read by Levithan and I need to read more.

Rift by Andrea Cremer
I finished reading Andrea Cremer's Nightshade series, which includes the last book Bloodrose. The ending of the series was a huge shock to the system to me, and I knew I had to read Rift to learn more about the world Cremer created. It is a fun fantasy that has me whimpering that the second book isn't out yet!

Something Different
Night's Master by Tanith Lee
A friend recommended that I read some of Tanith Lee since she love the books years ago. I read the first one, and wow! What a writing style! It is the kind of writing I wish I would have checked out years ago.

Stormdancer by Jay Kristoff
If you want to something different, maybe in the lines of a steampunk Japanese fantasy, put this on your list for October when it comes out.

Japanese Inspired Fantasy
Shadows on the Moon by Zoe Marriott
I've had this book on my to-read list for ages and finally picked it up at the library. I don't have enough words to describe this Japanese fantasy. There is a perfect balance between fairy tale, lush culture, and an ever-changing heroine. I'm looking forward to checking out her other books in the future.

Currently Reading
The Diviners by Libba Bray

Book I'm Excited For in September
Shadowfell by Juliet Marillier

What book are you looking forward to reading this month?

Natasha

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