(Descriptions from Goodreads)
Falling Kingdoms by Morgan Rhodes, review at Bookish
In a land where magic has been forgotten but peace has reigned for centuries, a deadly unrest is simmering. Three kingdoms grapple for power--brutally transforming their subjects' lives in the process. Amidst betrayals, bargains, and battles, four young people find their fates forever intertwined: Cleo: A princess raised in luxury must embark on a rough and treacherous journey into enemy territory in search of a magic long thought extinct. Jonas: Enraged at injustice, a rebel lashes out against the forces of oppression that have kept his country impoverished--and finds himself the leader of a people's revolution centuries in the making. Lucia: A girl adopted at birth into a royal family discovers the truth about her past--and the supernatural legacy she is destined to wield. Magnus: Bred for aggression and trained to conquer, a firstborn son begins to realize that the heart can be more lethal than the sword...
Pantomime by Laura Lam, review at A Fantastical Librarian
R. H. Ragona’s Circus of Magic is the greatest circus of Ellada. Nestled among the glowing blue Penglass—remnants of a mysterious civilisation long gone—are wonders beyond the wildest imagination. It’s a place where anything seems possible, where if you close your eyes you can believe that the magic and knowledge of the vanished Chimaera is still there. It’s a place where anyone can hide.
Iphigenia Laurus, or Gene, the daughter of a noble family, is uncomfortable in corsets and crinoline, and prefers climbing trees to debutante balls. Micah Grey, a runaway living on the streets, joins the circus as an aerialist’s apprentice and soon becomes the circus’s rising star. But Gene and Micah have balancing acts of their own to perform, and a secret in their blood that could unlock the mysteries of Ellada.
Sealed with a Curse by Cecy Robson, review at Gizmo’s Book Reviews
Celia Wird and her three sisters are just like other 20-something girls—with one tiny exception: they're products of a backfired curse that has given each of them unique powers that make them, well, weird…
The Wird sisters are content to avoid the local vampires, werebeasts, and witches of the Lake Tahoe region—until one of them blows up a vampire in self-defense. Everyone knows vampires aren't aggressive, and killing one is punishable by death. But soon more bloodlust-fueled attacks occur, and the community wonders: are the vampires of Tahoe cursed with a plague?
Yamada Monogatari: Demon Hunter by Richard Parks, review at Fangs for the Fantasy
In an ancient Japan where the incursions of gods, ghosts, and demons into the living world is an everyday event, an impoverished nobleman named Yamada no Goji makes his living as a demon hunter for hire.
With the occasional assistance of the reprobate exorcist Kenji, whatever the difficulty — ogres, demons, fox-spirits — for a price Yamada will do what needs to be done, even and especially if the solution to the problem isn’t as simple as the edge of a sword.
Yet, no matter how many monsters he has to face, or how powerful and terrible they may be, the demons Yamada fears the most are his own!
I have listed these titles in earlier SSS posts: check out my SSS Books Page for links to more reviews
Hounded by Kevin Hearne, review at Reading the Paranormal
Redshirts by John Scalzi, review at SFF World
SF Signal has a Podcast with Jim Butcher
Looking Back at 2012
Andrea at the Little Red Reviewer lists The Best Books I Read This Year
Anticipation for 2013
Fantasy Faction presents the Most Anticipated Fantasy Books of 2013
Liviu at Fantasy Book Critic shares his most Highly Awaited SFF Books of 2013
Triumph Over Tragedy
Sarah over at Bookworm Blues is editing this anthology. All proceeds go the Red Cross and the title is dedicated to the survivors of Hurricane Sandy.
SFF World has an interview with Sarah, where she talks about Triumph Over Tragedy amongst other things Part 1 Part 2
The Book Smugglers’ “month long celebrations of all things bookish and geeky”.
For a look at the area where Jan’s forthcoming title will be set, check out her latest post here.
The Cover Battle of 2012
If you head over to The Ranting Dragon, you can vote for the best covers of this year’s publications.
An Alternative to Pinterest AND Goodreads?
Mandy at The Well-Read Wife has a post about Riffle, a social media site for book lovers. I have not had time to give it a good look yet, but it looks an awful lot like Pinterest, and I am not sure that I want to move all my information from Goodreads . . . Have a look and tell me what you think.