Tuesday, April 19, 2011

Guest Blog: Jennifer Estep

Greetings and salutations! First of all, I want to say thanks to Pam for having me on the blog today. Thanks so much, Pam! ;-)

Reading is one of my passions in life, so today, Pam asked me to talk about some of the good books that I've read that I've enjoyed, both for adult and young adult books. Here goes:

I'd Tell You I Love You, But Then I'd Have To Kill You by Ally Carter: This YA book focuses on Gallagher Academy, a spy school for teen girls. I'm a sucker for spy books, and this one is just a fun read.

Graceling by Kristin Cashore: This epic fantasy tale focuses on a princess who has a unique grace, or special talent - she can kill people. It's just a lush, elegant story and features a great romance between the princess and the guy who finally wins her heart, with lots of adventure and a truly evil bad guy.

White Cat by Holly Black: This YA book is about a teen who's from a family of conmen curse workers who can do everything from kill someone with a touch to erase people's memories. I love books about con artists, and this one is really clever. The second book in the series, Red Glove, is waiting for me in my TBR pile. Now I just need to find time to read it ?

The Eddie LaCrosse series by Alex Bledsoe: I love detective stories and fantasy, and this series combines them both. Eddie is a sword jockey (think private investigator) for hire, and the books have a great, noir feel to them. Start with the first book, The Sword-Edged Blonde.

The Lies of Locke Lamora by Scott Lynch: This is the first book in Lynch's fantasy series about Locke Lamora, one of the coolest and most clever thieves around. It's a great mix of fantasy world building, action, and cheeky characters. I'm looking forward to the third book in the series, which will be out later this year.

The Dortmunder series by Donald Westlake: Speaking of thieves, this series focuses on John Dortmunder and his friends, who are perhaps the unluckiest thieves in the world. It's always fun to see how the hangdog Dortmunder and his eccentric crew get out of their latest jam.

So there you have it. Some authors and books that I like. As if you didn't have enough books in your TBR pile already. LOL.What about you guys? Which books are you looking forward to this year? Share in the comments.

Jennifer writes the Elemental Assassin urban fantasy series for Pocket Books. The books focus on Gin Blanco, an assassin codenamed the Spider who can control the elements of Ice and Stone. When she's not busy killing people and righting wrongs, Gin runs a barbecue restaurant called the Pork Pit in the fictional Southern metropolis of Ashland. The city is also home to giants, dwarves, vampires, and elementals - Air, Fire, Ice, and Stone.

Books in the series are Spider's Bite, Web of Lies, and Venom. Tangled Threads, the fourth book, will be published on April 26, while Spider's Revenge, the fifth book, will be released in October.

Jennifer also writes the Mythos Academy young adult urban fantasy series for Kensington. The books focus on Gwen Frost, a 17-year-old Gypsy girl who has the gift of psychometry, or the ability to know an object's history just by touching it. After a serious freak-out with her magic, Gwen is shipped off to Mythos Academy, a school for the descendants of ancient warriors like Spartans, Valkyries, Amazons, and more.

The first book, Touch of Frost, will be out in August, while the second book, Kiss of Frost, will hit shelves in December. First Frost, a prequel e-short story to the series, will be out in July. Visit http://www.jenniferestep.com/ for excerpts and  more.                                                                      

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