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This week’s topic is: Ten 2014 Releases I Wanted to Read but Didn’t Get To
Bry: This list is primarily of books that showed up for ARC review that I either missed, was declined for (usually territory rights), or that came in corrupt/unreadable files. There were so many books to read this past year, but these are the ones that slipped my grasp.
1. The French Executioner by C.C Humphreys: I got about 50% through this book before my ARC expired and wouldn’t progress any further on the Kobo. I was enjoying it, despite the fact that the middle was growing quite convoluted. I do want to find out what the ending was, and apparently its a series so carrying on would be good!
2. Esther: Royal Beauty by Angela Elwell Hunt: Wanted this book but was denied due to territory rights. Its always a bummer when I can’t get something because I live outside of the US! Boo.
3. A Flower for the Queen by Caroline Vermalle: I have no idea what happened to this ARC but it was formatted to be unreadable. Still, I love the concept and hopefully now that its published I will be able to get my hands on a readable copy that I can dive into.
4. The Last Queen of Sheba by Jill Francis Hudson: I got accepted for this book the same day it archived, which was so frustrating. It came up for ARC reading at the same time as Tosca Lee’s The Legend of Sheba: Rise of A Queen, and I would have loved to compare the two — especially since I loved Lee’s portrayal.
5. The May Bride by Suzannah Dunn: This one made me very sad when it showed up on NetGalley, only approving for the UK. I absolutely love Tudor history, but so much is focused on Henry VIII or Anne Boleyn, or Elizabeth, so a book that focused outside of the major players was definitely appealing!
1. Red Rising by Pierce Brown– Honestly, I read a few chapters of this and then set it down. I’ve heard mainly positive things that aren’t coming from people tooting the social justice horn, so I’ll have to get back to it and finish it. Especially since Golden Son is coming out here soon.
2. The Emporor’s Blades by Brian Staveley – Man, the people I like on twitter are totally tooting their horn for this one. I hope it lives up to the hype. I’m so ready for some awesome fantasy.
3. The Slow Regard for Silent Things by Patrick Rothfuss– Honestly, I’m not sure what to think about this novella at all. It’s not Kvothe. It’s not Doors of Stone. This is one of the series I”m reading out loud to my husband, so I’m going to have to wait till we finish Best Served Cold/The Heroes/Red Country before even considering to start this. He’d probably be pretty salty at me if I read it without him.
4. Traitor’s Blade by Sebastian de Castelle– Nikki was really into this and I totally trust her when it comes to fantasy.