Good evening dear readers! I’m sorry I’ve not blogged for some while. I’ve been busy adjusting to my new graveyard schedule, and that’s going to go on for some while, so I may not be blogging regularly for some while. On the plus side, I did get through a few audiobooks – I will be publishing a reading roundup at some point soon in which I will discuss some of them.
In any case, here are my most anticipated upcoming releases.
Texts from Mittens: A Cat Who Has an Unlimited Data Plan written by Mitten with help from Angie Bailey. Strictly speaking, this isn’t an April release as it’s released on March 31 – deal with it. For those of you who haven’t met Mittens, he’s a tuxedo cat who maintains close communication with his caregiver via text. I follow Mittens on Facebook and he’s hilarious. He’s publishing a book of his collected texts and it promises to be a fun read. I preordered it on Kindle.
William Shakespeare’s The Phantom of Menace. One of my top reads of 2014 was Ian Doescher’s adaptation of George Lucas’ Star Wars into Shakespearean language. Now it’s time for the prequels, the first of which, The Phantom Menace, is released on April 7th. I’ll likely grab this in audiobook format – if it’s like the original trilogy Random House’s full cast production will be stellar. Incidentally, if you preorder, you can get some cool swag from the publishers. Now, I will admit to some misgivings; the original Star Wars trilogy had a strong narrative and timeless themes which made the adaptation to Shakespearean style work very well. The same cannot be said of the prequels which had too much reliance on special effects for my taste. However, I have faith in Doescher that he will come up with something memorable. I’ve preordered this on Kindle.
The Black Reckoning (Books of Beginning Book 3) by John Stephens. Published on April 7, this is the final book in Stephens’ middle grade trilogy. I did enjoy the first two, and am happy to pick up the third. The series is difficult to explain – kids having all kinds of adventures while trying to save the world – so best to check it out for yourself. I preordered it on Kindle.
Dream a Little Dream (The Silver Trilogy). Written by Kerstin Gier and translated from the German by Andrea Bell, this is the first in a new series from the author of the Ruby Red trilogy. Amazon recently released the first five chapters free, so check it out. The first five chapters don’t really give away much about the world or the plot, but it’s enough to see that Gier (and Bell) have retained the witty, snarky style that was so charming in Ruby Red. The audiobook is narrated by Marisa Calin who did such a fantastic job with the Ruby Red trilogy. Dream a Little Dream is released on April 14th.
Rogue by Julie Kagawa. This is the second in Kagawa’s YA series about dragons posing as modern day teens. The first book was a lot of fun, so I will pick up the sequel in Kindle format. This is released on April 28,2015
Let me know in the comments if you’ll be picking up any of these.