Tuesday, July 24, 2018

Wishing to Read Wednesday: Old & New (#9)

Books from the Backlog is a weekly meme, hosted by the wonderful Carole of Carole's Random Life in Books to spotlight and discuss the neglected books sitting on our shelves still waiting to be read.. Can't-Wait Wednesday is a weekly meme, hosted by the marvelous Tressa at Wishful Endings to spotlight and discuss the books we're excited about that we have yet to read. Generally they're books that have yet to be released.

The Old

Cry Wolf (Alpha & Omega, #1) by Patricia Briggs (Ace Books, 2008)
Anna never knew werewolves existed, until the night she survived a violent attack... and became one herself. After three years at the bottom of the pack, she'd learned to keep her head down and never, ever trust dominant males. Then Charles Cornick, the enforcer—and son—of the leader of the North American werewolves, came into her life.

Charles insists that not only is Anna his mate, but she is also a rare and valued Omega wolf. And it is Anna's inner strength and calming presence that will prove invaluable as she and Charles go on the hunt in search of a rogue werewolf—a creature bound in magic so dark that it could threaten all of the pack.
[Goodreads Summary]

Why I want to read it: I have read several of the author's Mercy Thompson books, which I have loved. I purchased a copy of this book several years ago as a result. I want to read everything Patricia Briggs has written. 

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Peony in Love by Lisa See (Random House, 2007)
-I finally understand what the poets have written. In spring, moved to passion; in autumn only regret.-

For young Peony, betrothed to a suitor she has never met, these lyrics from The Peony Pavilion mirror her own longings. In the garden of the Chen Family Villa, amid the scent of ginger, green tea, and jasmine, a small theatrical troupe is performing scenes from this epic opera, a live spectacle few females have ever seen. Like the heroine in the drama, Peony is the cloistered daughter of a wealthy family, trapped like a good-luck cricket in a bamboo-and-lacquer cage. Though raised to be obedient, Peony has dreams of her own.

Peony-s mother is against her daughter-s attending the production: -Unmarried girls should not be seen in public.- But Peony-s father assures his wife that proprieties will be maintained, and that the women will watch the opera from behind a screen. Yet through its cracks, Peony catches sight of an elegant, handsome man with hair as black as a cave-and is immediately overcome with emotion.

So begins Peony-s unforgettable journey of love and destiny, desire and sorrow-as Lisa See-s haunting new novel, based on actual historical events, takes readers back to seventeenth-century China, after the Manchus seize power and the Ming dynasty is crushed.

Steeped in traditions and ritual, this story brings to life another time and place-even the intricate realm of the afterworld, with its protocols, pathways, and stages of existence, a vividly imagined place where one-s soul is divided into three, ancestors offer guidance, misdeeds are punished, and hungry ghosts wander the earth. Immersed in the richness and magic of the Chinese vision of the afterlife, transcending even death, Peony in Love explores, beautifully, the many manifestations of love. Ultimately, Lisa See-s new novel addresses universal themes: the bonds of friendship, the power of words, and the age-old desire of women to be heard.
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Why I want to read it: Lisa See is one of my favorite authors, but I haven't quite read all her books yet. I am trying though! One I haven't read yet is Peony in Love, which I really must get to.

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The New

A Dark and Twisting Path (A Writer's Apprentice Mystery, #3) by Julia Buckley
Release Date: August 7, 2018 by Berkley
Writer's apprentice Lena London is happily working on a new collaboration with her idol and bestselling suspense novelist and friend Camilla Graham, but her joy is short-lived when a dark cloud descends upon the quaint town of Blue Lake, Indiana...

Lena's best friend, Allison, is in a panic. On a walk in the woods by her home, Allison discovers the body of her mail carrier, an argumentative man who recently had a falling out with Allison's husband. Lena quickly realizes that Allison has nothing to worry about as the murder weapon points to a different suspect altogether: Lena's embattled boyfriend, Sam West.

Sam was cleared of his wife's murder when she was found alive, and now someone is trying to make him look guilty again. Surveillance video of a break-in at his house shows a shadowy figure trying to incriminate him by stealing the weapon from his desk. Lena and Camilla work on a suspect list, but a threatening note and a violent intrusion at Graham House prove that the devious killer has decided to write them into the plot.
[Goodreads Summary]
Why I want to read it: I really enjoyed the first book in this series and am anxious to continue with it. I just love Camilla and Lena. Spending time with them is like visiting with old friends.

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The Butterfly Conspiracy (A Merriweather and Royston Mystery #1) by Vivian Conroy
Release Date: August 7, 2018 by Crooked Lane Books
In late Victorian times, when new inventions cause both excitement and terror, a mysterious death at a zoological lecture brings together two unlikely allies in a quest through London's upper crust and underbelly to unravel the ingenious murder method and killer behind it.

Miss Merula Merriweather is not like other women her age: instead of hunting for a husband at balls and soirees she spends her time in a conservatory hatching exotic creatures. As the Royal Zoological Society won't accept a woman's accomplishments, she has her uncle Rupert take credit for her achievements. But at a zoological lecture, the guest of honor dies after contact with one of Merula's butterflies, and Merula's uncle is arrested for murder.

In an attempt to safeguard evidence to prove his innocence, Merula almost gets killed but for the timely interference of enigmatic Lord Raven Royston. Viewing natural history as a last resort to regain respectability lost by too many dubious business investments, Raven didn't expect his first lecture to take a murderous turn. Feeling partially responsible because he encouraged Merula to release the gigantic butterfly from the glass case in which it was kept, Raven suggests they solve the puzzle of Lady Sophia's sudden death together by looking closer at her relations with estranged friends, long suffering staff and the man groomed to be her heir, so close to her money and yet unable to touch any of it.

With the police looking for them, and every new discovery raising more questions than answers, especially about the murder method which left no traces of foul play on the body, Merula will have to risk her own life to get at the truth and save her uncle from the gallows in 
The Butterfly Conspiracy, Vivian Conroy’s enchanting series debut. [Goodreads Summary]

Why I want to read it: This mystery set in Victorian times about a woman with nontraditional interests is calling my name quite loudly. Can you hear it?


Do these sound like something you would be interested in reading?


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40 comments:

  1. I really like the cover of Peony in Love. Then again, I'm a huge sucker for anything flower related. I also feel like I would like to read The Butterfly Conspiracy as well. They seem so interesting!

    Elle Inked @ Keep on Reading

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    1. Elle - I like the cover of Peony in Love too. :-) I hope both books will be good when I get to them!

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  2. I like the Mercy Thompson series, though I've missed a great chunk of the books. A Dark and Twisted Path sounds wonderful - I hope you get a chance to tuck into all these reads, Wendy. Have a great week!

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    1. Sarah - I am far from being caught up with the Mercy Thompson series. It's been too long since I last read one. I love the Buckley series and can't wait to read more. Hopefully one of these days!

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  3. I've heard the Alpha and Omega stories are good too, especially if you like Mercy thompson. A Dark and Twisting Path looks great too!

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    1. Greg - I hope the Alpha and Omega books are just as good. I really enjoy the Mercy Thompson series.

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  4. Patricia Briggs is author I have really wanted to try. Great picks.

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    1. Oh, you should read her books! I really enjoy them. :-)

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  5. Both of your new choices are appealing to me. I'm adding them to my wish list.

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    1. Catherine - I hope you like them if you read them, Catherine!

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  6. Oh, you've got a good group of books here! I've meant to try Julia Buckley's series. It's up to #3 already? Got to get moving on it. I've really enjoyed many of Lisa See's books too. Nice picks, Wendy!

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    1. Kay - Thank you! I am looking forward to reading all of these--eventually. The Buckley series is a good one!

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  7. Oooh! I need to get back to reading Patricia Briggs' books soon! Great picks!

    Here’s my WoW!

    Ronyell @ Rabbit Ears Book Blog

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    1. Ronyell - Me too! It's been too long since I last read one of her books.

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    1. Kathy - I do too! I've read most of her books, but not all yet.

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  9. Like you The Butterfly Conspiracy sounds right up my alley! Have you read the Stoker and Holmes series by Colleen Gleason?
    My WOW: https://booksofteacups.wordpress.com/2018/07/25/waiting-on-wednesday-stange-grace-by-tessa-gratton/

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    1. Anna - Doesn't it sound great? I haven't read the Stoker and Holmes series by Gleason, but I want to. I've read some of her other books and really enjoyed them.

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  10. Another vote for The Butterfly Conspiracy. I'm a fan of Victorian settings.

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  11. Lots of great picks this week. I hope you get a chance to read them!

    Mary my CWW!

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  12. I have an arc of Butterfly Conspiracy so I guess you could say I'm excited for it. I grabbed it because of the setting as well. I LOVE LOVE LOVE that cover of Cry Wolf, but then I don't recall finding a Briggs cover I don't like!

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    1. Barb - I hope you enjoy the Butterfly Conspiracy. It sounds like it will be good. I love all of Briggs's covers too. :-)

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  13. Great picks! I especially find myself drawn to the Patricia Briggs and The Dark and Twisting Path. Hope you enjoy them all.

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  14. I love the look of Cry Wolf, I've not read that series! She's a great author though.

    Here's mine: http://bit.ly/CWWed4 sorry i'm commenting late my laptop does not like this hot British weather!! :D

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    1. Sassy Brit - I do love her Mercy Thompson series!

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  15. The Victorian setting of The Butterfly Conspiracy intrigues me. And Patricia Briggs is a great author. Enjoy! :)

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    1. Lark - It does me too. I love a good Victorian set mystery. :-)

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  16. The Butterfly Conspiracy sounds good and I really need to try Lisa See's books.
    Cry Wolf is book two just in case you didn't realize and does better if this series is read in order after the prequel novella and book one. Love the series as much as the Mercy Thompsons.

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    1. Sophia Rose - Lisa See is one of my favorite authors. I just love her books. I will look for the prequel novella for the Alpha and Omega series. Thanks for the head's up.

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  17. I was entranced by my Snow Flower audiobook so would happily read more Lisa See. Peony In Love looks good and has a beautiful cover

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    1. Stephanie Jane - Snow Flower and the Secret Fan is one of my favorite novels. I just love Lisa See's books.

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  18. Whoah....you haven't read Cry Wolf yet? You need to get busy :) There is a prequel novella that comes before this book that really sets this book up. I would recommend you start with the novella, Alpha & Omega. I hope you enjoy all of these when you get the chance to read them.

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    1. Carole - It's hard to believe isn't it? I do need to get busy! :-) Thank you for the recommendation to start with the novella.I am off to get it!

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  19. I always say I want to read Patricia Briggs but I never pick her books up. I like Lisa See's writing too. And The Butterfly Conspiracy sounds very good too. Enjoy these when you get to them :)

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    1. Naida - You have to give Patricia Briggs a try! I waited a long time to do so. Now I just need to get back to her books.

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  20. I haven't read any of these yet, the old or the new, but they all sound wonderful. The Butterfly Conspiracy is definitely calling to me too. I love books that feature women who are ahead of their time in terms of what society expects of them.

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    1. Suzanne - Thank you! I enjoy books featuring women ahead of their time too. The Butterfly Conspiracy should be good!

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