Time for some book talk! Here’s a few reads I’m currently working my way through:

New Reads

half a kingHalf a King by Joe Abercrombie. Don’t let the fact that this is a YA epic fantasy series fool you. There’s a reason Abercrombie’s nickname is Lord Grimdark (also his Twitter handle and he’s pretty funny over there). I’m not very far into this one yet, but it’s living up to the grim and dark hype. That’s not to say it’s not good so far. This is my first dip into his work, so we’ll see how the rest of it goes (i.e. whether the grimdarkness exceeds my wanting to see what happens).

luxThe Lux Series by Jennifer Armentrout. This is a YA paranormal romance series. And no, it doesn’t feature vampires or werewolves, though that’s all I’m going to say about that. That fact is what made me curious to pick up book 1, Obsidian. I’m on book 3 out of 5 right now and the teenage drama between the two main characters is starting to annoy me (as it usually eventually does in any contemporary YA series). It’s entertaining enough to keep me going, but definitely my fluff read for breaks between other books.

altaicaAltaica by Tracy Joyce. This is a YA fantasy read that I picked up from Net Galley. I’m having trouble keeping going with this one. I like the idea of the story, but the writing is just painful. I’m hoping it gets better? But not holding my breath. There will eventually be a full review, as I was given a review copy. But don’t hold your breath, either.

Apparently I’m on a YA kick in the wake of my non-fiction kick. *shrug*

What are you reading lately? Any recommendations?