Shiver and Linger by Maggie Stiefvater
An interesting take on werewolves and an enjoyable read so far. These are the first two of the Wolves of Mercy Falls trilogy. I definitely plan on reading the last of the series, Forever.
Emperor’s Mage and The Realms of Gods by Tamora Pierce
These two finish up The Immortals series by Pierce. A really great series all-round. The last two books bring in a little more of the romance of the series than the first two. It’s a subtle, background romance though, which I appreciate. The core of the story has nothing to do with the romance.
Captain Wentworth’s Diary by Amanda Grange
I’m a huge Austen fan and I thoroughly enjoy these “spin-offs” of her novels. I’ve read some of Grange’s other works and really enjoyed them so I was tempted to read this. Captain Wentworth is the male lead from Austen’s Persuasion, and Grange does a brilliant job of showing his side of the story. Grange has a key sensibility to the characters created by Austen, and a real knack for giving us a new insight into these beloved characters.
An Assembly Such as This, Duty and Desire and These Three Remain by Pamela Aidan
Continuing with my Austen spin-off kick I had to read Aidan’s Fitzwilliam Darcy, Gentleman trilogy after reading some great reviews. At first I was skeptical: Aidan takes Austen’s Pride and Prejudice (my favourite of her novels) and somehow creates three, fairly lengthy, books for Darcy’s point of view. I was wondering how in the world she could make 3 books out of this, but she does, and she does it beautifully as well. I adore Mr. Darcy and Aidan has a real skill in delving into his character. I am sure, that if Austen were alive, she would have thoroughly enjoyed these.