Hey there, Austin! Spring break is just around the corner, and that means it’s time to stock up on some vacation reading. Only have so much room in your bag and need help choosing? Never fear! Here’s what our booksellers have been enjoying this week.
Highfire by Eoin Colfer
Highfire was an absolute riot–I kept laughing so much that my stomach began to hurt. But the silliness of the last dragon hiding the remainder of his days in a Louisiana bayou never becomes unmoored (unlike Squib’s own boat); instead the humor balances perfectly with the darker plot of drug smugglers, a dirty rotten police constable, and a Cajun boy who just wants to do good by his mama, even he has to make a deal with a mythological creature wearing a Flashdance t-shirt and drinking martinis from a peanut butter jar to do it. The best crime story with a dragon I’ve ever read!
Come Tumbling Down by Seanan McGuire
Anytime I get my hands on a new book in the Wayward Children series I just about lose it with excitement. My favorite characters, Jack and Jill, are back and just as creepy as ever. One day, out of the blue, a door appears in one of the children’s rooms at Eleanor West’s School for Wayward Children, and a girl no one knows comes in carrying Jack unconscious into the bedroom… only she’s in Jill’s body. Jill once again is doing whatever it takes to become her Master Vampire’s Daughter and this time it involves using Jack’s body to ensue she can change. And so begins yet another journey to save a world that is more of a home than the one someone was born into. Death is hardly ever permanent in The Moors, and we’re about to find out just how much that power is abused for control. I will praise McGuire for this series till the day I die because damn, she sure does make fairy tales something that feels ancient yet refreshing and new at the same time. After I finish one I impatiently wait for the next, and this time was no different.
Such a Fun Age by Kiley Reid
Reid’s debut novel was addicting to read. There were moments where I laughed, moments where I was angry, and moments where I felt sorry for the main character, Emira. Through out the whole novel you find Emira constantly wanting to be in a better situation than what she’s currently in, but she has no drive or passion on what she wants to do. The common trend throughout the novel is people seeing all this potential in her and giving their opinions on what she should she do with her life. What I enjoyed most was how the author perfectly depicted Emira’s different personas in different social circles making her a multifaceted character especially scenes that included her and her friends. During those chapters you really got a taste of what Emira genuinely felt since most of her situations requires her to be a watered down version of herself. I definitely recommend this read to anyone specifically mid twenties to early thirty year olds. I am excited to see what else Reid will come out with next.
These titles and so many more can be found online on our website and in-store. Happy reading, y’all!