The second novel (By Fire Above) in this series just came out and reading it reminded why I loved the first one so much! It’s a wonderful combination of characters you love (and love to hate), hilariously witty dialog and lots of action. Highly recommended! (and not just by me). Publishers Weekly wrote “Napoleonic military fiction gets a steampunk spin in this debut novel of battling airships and an embattled captain. Josette Dupre, who’s been made the first female commander in the Garnian Royal Aerial Signal Corps thanks to her heroic wartime action, is handed a “revolutionary” new design (which is to say, a dangerous untested prototype) by a senior general who wants to get rid of her. With her well-trained crew, including the general’s snitching nephew, Dupre improves the design, uncovers a second-front invasion by the enemy, wins over the spy, and makes a spectacular last-stand defense of her homeland. Bennis writes a pleasing mix of banter (“Hoping to leave a good-looking corpse?” “I couldn’t avoid it if I wanted to”) and gritty battle scenes, combining both the adrenaline rush of combat and its horrifying results, and never indulging in too-sudden social victories that might cheapen the long struggle against embedded prejudice.”
What do you get when you cross a top notch urban fantasy with the Godfather with a Hong Kong style martial arts film? You get Jade City, a fabulous new book that is the start of a new series (yay!). Don’t just take my word for it – here’s what Library Journal had to say: “For centuries, the Green Bone warriors defended the island of Kekon from foreign invasion by using jade to enhance their physical and mental abilities. But now the peace is disintegrating as rival families compete to control Janloon, the capital city. Heading the No Peak clan are the Kauls. Eldest son Lan leads as Pillar, but he struggles with health issues and his grandfather’s efforts to seize control; sister Shae gave up her jade when she chose another path, but she has reluctantly been brought back into the family; youngest brother Hilo wields power as the Horn but is burdened by family issues. Yet as the Mountain clan, led by the notorious Ayt family, moves onto No Peak’s territory, and the Kauls try to stop their inevitable slide into clan war, the siblings discover much more is wrong beneath the surface tensions. VERDICT Making her adult fiction debut, YA author Lee draws on her Chinese heritage, passion for gangster stories, and strong writing to launch a Godfather-inspired fantasy series that mixes bold martial-arts action and vivid worldbuilding. The result is terrific.”
We have a very special story time this week! On Wednesday, June 27, author Aimée Bissonette will be here to read her award winning book, Northwoods Girl at our 10:30am story time. Not only that, but (weather permitting!) we’ll be taking our story time outside! In addition to reading her book, Ms. Bissonnette will have copies for sale and will be happy to autograph copies you bring to the reading. Hope to see you there! Lastly, I wanted to pass on something from the biography section of her website, because I think it is absolutely awesome!
“Here’s a favorite quote of mine by Neil DeGrasse Tyson. It sums up my view of life as well: “’For me, I am driven by two main philosophies: know more today about the world than I knew yesterday and lessen the suffering of others. You’d be surprised how far that gets you.'”