10 March 2016

3 Picks for Fantasy / Speculative Fiction Fans

One of my favorite reading indulgences is fantasy and speculative fiction (though not science fiction). Here are three recommendations--each geared to a different age group, and I plan to read them all.

3 recommendations for speculative fiction and fantasy fans
  • Winterwood by Jacey Bedford: Set in England in 1800, this is an alternate history, fantasy/adventure geared to an adult audience. Our hero is Captain Rossalinde Tremaync, a cross-dressing privateer who's also a secret witch. Reviewers say this first in a new series has good world building and plenty of action, making it an engaging read. Keywords & themes: ghosts, fae, dark magic, ancient wrongs, new allies, treasure hunt, mystery. Data: Daw Books, February 2016
  • I Woke Up Dead at the Mall by Judy Sheehan: Set in contemporary times mostly in the Mall of America, this is a combination of paranormal, humor, and speculative fiction geared to a young adult audience. Our hero is Sarah Evans a teenager from New York City who was accidentally poisoned and sent to purgatory at the mall. Reviewers say this a fun read, escape reading peppered with humor and deadly puns. Keywords & themes: life after death, friendship, righting wrongs, changing the future, self-discovery, a little postmortem romance Data: Delacorte Press, March 2016
  • The Secrets of Solace by Jaleigh Johnson: Set in the make-believe land of Solace this is a fantasy with steampunk elements geared to a middle grade audience Our hero is Lina Winterbock, who is a young but ambitious archivist known to be far thinking and a bit of rule breaker. Reviewers say it's set in the same world as Mark of the Dragonfly (click for my review), but can easily be read as a stand-alone. They note the slow start but assure us we will be well-rewarded by the end. Keywords & themes: resourcefulness, calculated rebellion, friendship, adventure, a world at war Data: Delcorte Books for Young Readers, March 2016


rhapsodyinbooks 3/10/16, 8:05 AM  

The mall book sounds fun!

beth 3/10/16, 10:46 AM  

ohhhhh, thanks for these recommendations!!!!

sherry fundin 3/10/16, 12:27 PM  

Winterewood didn't do much for me. The mall book made me smile and I love that cover for The Secrets of Solace. A great variety. Happy reading.
sherry @ fundinmental

Aarti 3/10/16, 2:55 PM  

Ooh, Winterwood sounds right up my alley - hopefully I will like it more than Sherry did :-)

Majanka Verstraete 3/11/16, 7:21 AM  

The Secret of Solace sounds most intriguing to me.

Majanka @ I Heart Reading

Kailana 3/11/16, 8:55 PM  

These three all sound good!

The Candid Cover 3/12/16, 7:12 AM  

I am really intrigued by Winterwood. Definitely one that I need to know more about! <3

Daryl 3/14/16, 8:03 AM  

thanks, these sound good .. especially the first ... adding them to my list

TP 3/17/16, 10:36 PM  

These are all new to me and sound great! I love fantasy and speculative fiction.

Tanya Patrice

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