by Morgan Keyes
Published by Margaret K. McElderry Books
A girl's love for her raven may put her life in jeopardy in this gripping tale.In Keara's world, every child has a darkbeast--a creature that takes dark emotions like anger, pride, and rebellion. Keara's darkbeast is Caw, a raven, and Keara can be free of her worst feelings by transferring them to Caw. He is her constant companion, and they are magically bound to each other until Keara's twelfth birthday. For on that day Keara must kill her darkbeast--that is the law. Refusing to kill a darkbeast is an offense to the gods, and such heresy is harshly punished by the feared Inquisitors. But Keara cannot imagine life without Caw. And she finds herself drawn to the Travelers, actors who tour the country performing revels. Keara is fascinated by their hints of a grand life beyond her tiny village. As her birthday approaches, Keara readies herself to leave childhood--and Caw--behind forever. But when the time comes for the sacrifice, will she be able to kill the creature that is so close to her? And if she cannot, where will she turn, and how can she escape the Inquisitors?
This was just stunning worldbuilding. The mindsets of all the characters was familiar yet fantastical, as were the situations they found themselves in. I desperately want to see them return for more adventures.
by Josephine Myles
When ugly socks attract.
Surly artist Jez just can’t help staring at the brightly colored socks of the businessman who sits opposite him on the train every day. He weaves a whole history for the mysterious stranger in a vain attempt to stave off his attraction, but it only ends up feeding his bizarre obsession. Then one hot morning, Jez finally snaps and starts sketching...
A reread of a very cute little story. The socks have to be read to be believed!
by Josephine Myles
When sofas attack! When Jez gets home early and discovers his incapacitated lover hiding something under the sofa cushions, he expects it to be porn, but what Steve’s really hiding is something both embarrassing and strangely sensuous! This is a free sequel to First Impressions.
Cute and fluffy (fuzzy?) domestic smut, with knitting. What's not to love?
by Josephine Myles
Finding the strength to face up to your past is much easier with the love of a good man.
Surly artist Jez can hardly believe his good fortune in ending up in domestic bliss with a warmhearted man like Steve, but one morning a letter arrives, stirring up old hurts. Jez finds it hard to believe Steve will still want him when he reveals his sorry history. Steve, however, is determined to prove that he loves Jez just the way he is--and he'll even do it before he finishes knitting his first pair of socks...
A slightly more serious turn for this cute series, but there's still space for knitting and stunningly awful socks.
The Song of Achilles
by Madeline Miller
Published by Bloomsbury Publishing PLC
WINNER OF THE ORANGE PRIZE FOR FICTION 2012 Greece in the age of heroes. Patroclus, an awkward young prince, has been exiled to the court of King Peleus and his perfect son Achilles. Despite their differences, Achilles befriends the shamed prince, and as they grow into young men skilled in the arts of war and medicine, their bond blossoms into something deeper - despite the displeasure of Achilles's mother Thetis, a cruel sea goddess. But when word comes that Helen of Sparta has been kidnapped, Achilles must go to war in distant Troy and fulfill his destiny. Torn between love and fear for his friend, Patroclus goes with him, little knowing that the years that follow will test everything they hold dear.
This was an okay retelling of the story, with some great pieces of foreshadowing for those of us who know other versions of the tale. On the other hand, it was never going to live up to all the hype.