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Wednesday, July 27, 2011

RTW: Best Book of July

Reading Song of the Day: "Iron Man" by Black Sabbath

After a two-week hiatus, we are THRILLED to join the lovely ladies at YA Highway for another Road Trip Wednesday. This week they want to know:

What was the best book you read in July?

To which our response is: Gulp.

You see, we had to take that hiatus for a reason: to move, to work on our thesis presentations, and to help out our sis and co-editor, Racquel Henry, launch the first issue of Black Fox Literary Magazine (more info on that on the bottom of this post). Needless to say, we didn't get to read as much as we wanted, but the ONE book I read was actually pretty awesome:

After reading so much hype about the Iron Fey series online, as well as wanting to read it for research for my own fairy WIP, I must say I was pleasantly surprised. Here's what Goodreads has to say:

Meghan Chase has a secret destiny; one she could never have imagined.
Something has always felt slightly off in Meghan's life, ever since her father disappeared before her eyes when she was six. She has never quite fit in at school or at home.
When a dark stranger begins watching her from afar, and her prankster best friend becomes strangely protective of her, Meghan senses that everything she's known is about to change.
But she could never have guessed the truth - that she is the daughter of a mythical faery king and is a pawn in a deadly war. Now Meghan will learn just how far she'll go to save someone she cares about, to stop a mysterious evil no faery creature dare face; and to find love with a young prince who might rather see her dead than let her touch his icy heart.

I say this quite a few times, but this book truly led me on a roller coaster of emotions. I swooned over Ash, felt bad for Meghan's best friend, Puck, feared for Meghan's safety, and literally cried from laughing at one of Meghan's first encounters with some nasty fairies (just ask Quita--she thought I was dying). I truly would recommend this book for anyone who loves fantasy, adventure, and romance. I can't wait to read the rest of the series now!

Side note: the very first issue of Black Fox Literary Magazine will be released THIS FRIDAY!!! If you can't tell, we're just a tad bit excited. To honor our launch, we have extended the Black Fox Twitter contest--more details to come on that. Just swing by our blog on Friday to celebrate with us!

And now--any book recommendations for us? We have A LOT of catching up to do.


Krista Van Dolzer said...

Sounds like you two have been busy, busy ladies. I bet you're glad to be settled now.

Thanks for the recommendation. I've heard quite a few good things about this book, too, but I still need to check it out.

I recently finished Lauren DeStefano's WITHER and found it intriguing, well-written, and thought-provoking. The themes are more mature (polygamy in a post-apocalyptic society, teenage pregnancy, etc.), but I think she handled them with grace and dignity.

Tracey Neithercott said...

I always see that book and consider buying it and then don't. I'm not sure why. Good to know that next time I should actually pick it up and get it.

So exciting about the launch on Friday!

Alicia Gregoire said...

I'll have to read that at some point. I just spent the last week and a half rereading Books 1-3 of TMI. I thought of you the entire time Pam. :)

And hooray on the launch!!!

Rebecca B said...

Congrats on the lit mag launch!

Angela said...

Wait till you read the second book. I liked it even more than the first.

KatOwens: Insect Collector said...

I see this one a lot, but have yet to pick it up. Great to get your take on it!

Kate Hart said...

I love the covers of this series.

Bethany Elizabeth said...

That looks like such an awesome series! I'm with Kate on this one, the covers are gorgeous!

Jessica Love said...

Yay for the launch!

Pam Harris said...

You're right, ladies--the covers are lovely! And Alicia, so jealous you're spending quality time with Jace without me. :P

Michelle Schusterman said...

DUDES! Congrats on the magazine launch, that's so awesome!!

Katy Upperman said...

Congrats on the launch of your magazine!

I haven't read this one, but I see the cover often and I think it's really beautiful. I might have to pick it up next time I'm at the store. Thanks for the rec!

Racquel Henry said...

I'm in the same boat! Black Fox and my thesis have drained me! I'm definitely not cutting it in the reading department! LOL. :)