It's Friday already! And I've done almost no reading this week which I am more upset about than is perhaps reasonable, if only because I hate having two of these posts in a row-- I like my variety! So anyway, I'm making this a combo-Friday hop'n'follow and an In My Mailbox. But first! The question of the week.
WHO IS YOUR FAVORITE NEW-TO-YOU AUTHOR SO FAR THIS YEAR?
This feels like such a cop-out because they wrote the last book I reviewed, but Kami Garcia and Margaret Stohl! Basically all of the reasons can be found in my review of Beautiful Creatures .
Now my IMM:
Petty Magic by Camille DeAngelis. This is an ARC that Random House's Read It Forward program sent to me after finding me on Twitter! It's not YA, and it's not contemporary (which is what I lean towards here) but I had to read it once they pitched it to me. It's about a 150-year-old witch during WWII who entertains herself by de-aging herself and seducing young mortal men for one-night stands. But then she finds one who reminds her of the love of her life who may or may not be dead behind enemy lines. I love WWII stories, and to have one with witches is so fantastic!
In the Land of Winter by Richard Grant. Picked this up from BookMooch. Again, not YA, but it is contemporary. It's about a Wiccan mother who has her child taken away from her due to a combination of bigotry and panic over "ritual abuse." Stories about religious persecution, especially when it happens in less obvious contexts (The Five Paths is my favorite Circle of Three book, go figure).
Anyway, these books are just a small part of my acknowledging that there a limited amount of Witchy YA books, so I am plenty prepared to start branching out into adult, MG and children's books too!