Oh Heck Yeah, this is a Terrific Tuesday for sure!! We have two fantastic books releasing today and I cannot wait to read both of them. First up is an enticing beach read and it has…wait for it….mermaids….yay! The Mermaid’s Secret by Katie Schickel caught my eye while I was researching some beach reads for this summer:
From Katie Schickel, one of Booklist’s Top 10 Women’s fiction of 2015, comes The Mermaid’s Secret, an original, fresh, and absolutely captivating beach read.
Life on land is suffocating for Jess Creary, who wastes her summers flipping burgers for tourists on a fishing boat off her quaint resort island home off the coast of Maine. After all, her older sister Kay died in a boating accident two years ago, her mother has disappeared, and her father isn’t exactly dealing with things so well. Surfing and the handsome Captain Matthew are about the only bright spots in her life.
Then, on her twenty-third birthday, Jess catches the perfect wave–a wave that transforms her into a mermaid. Under the sea, a startlingly beautiful, dark place, Jess is reborn into a confident, powerful predator with superhuman strength –finally she is someone to be reckoned with. Meanwhile, back on land, Jess’s relationship with Captain Matthew heats up, and so does her search for justice for Kay.
Jess has thirty days to choose between land and sea; legs and fins; her humanity and her freedom. Who could ignore the freedom of the sea? Yet, the ocean is a dark, wild, lonely place. Is this a gift or a curse? Will Jess choose family and love, forgiveness and truth, or will she be seduced by the wild call of the sparkling sea forever?
Synopsis via Goodreads
Now after reading the synopsis did you have the same thought as me: Catching the perfect wave transforms her into a mermaid? I am a little skeptical about that too, so I am hoping that author Katie Schickel can write the skepticism right out of me. Here is a little background information on the author:
She graduated from Georgetown University with a degree in English. Her two obsessions — the ocean and writing — have led to careers in both, at times as an editor and writer, and at times as a scuba instructor, first mate, and fishing boat cook. Her debut novel, Housewitch, was selected as a Top 10 Women’s Fiction Book for 2015 by Booklist.
When she’s not making up stories and scribbling them down, you can find her staring longingly at the waves, or seeking out the next adventure. The Mermaid’s Secret is her second novel.
Bio via Goodreads
This is the second book in the Witch Hunter Series by Virginia Boecker. I have been waiting for what feels like forever to get my hands on this book, The King Slayer! Read on:
An action-packed and suspenseful sequel to The Witch Hunter, perfect for fans of Graceling and the Grisha Trilogy.
“I think, in time, you’ll either be my greatest mistake or my greatest victory.”
Former witch hunter Elizabeth Grey is hiding within the magically protected village of Harrow, evading the price put on her head by Lord Blackwell, the usurper king of Anglia. Their last encounter left Blackwell ruined, but his thirst for power grows stronger every day. He’s readying for a war against those who would resist his rule–namely Elizabeth and the witches and wizards she now calls her allies.
Having lost her stigma, a magical source of protection and healing, Elizabeth’s strength is tested both physically and emotionally. War always means sacrifice, and as the lines between good and evil blur once more, Elizabeth must decide just how far she’ll go to save those she loves.
Synopsis via Goodreads
Does that not make you just want to grab this book today? I guess it would also help if you read the first one, so go ahead and grab that one too. 😀 It’s ok, I can wait. In the meantime here is some information on author Virginia Boecker:
Virginia Boecker recently spent four years in London obsessing over English medieval history, which formed the basis of her debut novel, The Witch Hunter. She now lives in Portland, Oregon with her husband and spends her days writing, reading, running, and chasing around her two children and a dog named George.
In addition to English kings, nine-day queens, and Protestant princesses, her other obsessions include The Smiths, art museums, champagne, and Chapstick.
Bio via Goodreads