Monday, January 31, 2011

It's Freezing Here!

Well it was an interesting weekend in Colorado weather. Friday was warm enough for me to turn off the heater and open the windows. Ah, how I miss it already. By Saturday the temps outside were much too cold to leave the heat off and it's just gotten gradually colder since.

I woke up this morning to the beginning of our two days of snow and literally freezing temps -- the highs for tomorrow and Wed are in the negatives. Bleh! Good thing I have a cabinet full of tea and a huge TBR stack to keep me busy when I'm not working.

I'd had plans to attend some author events this week, but I'm not sure if the roads will cooperate now. More on that later. I've got some snowy recs for you this week (recent reads of mine that will keep you busy in nasty weather!).

First up is Paula Brackston's The Witch's Daughter, which came out just a couple of weeks ago.

In the book, readers are introduced to Elizabeth Anne Hawksmith, a witch who has lived for over three centuries. Always on the run and always on guard, Elizabeth settles into a new home and meets Tegan, a teenage girl who shows promise as a potential protege. As Elizabeth begins to teach Tegan what she knows, she also tells the girl stories from her own past, stories meant to warn Tegan against an enemy that is always close behind. Elizabeth briefly called him savior, but Gideon Masters turned out to be a wicked man. His one desire is to have Elizabeth for his own, and he's willing to do whatever it takes to make that happen.

I loved the stories of Elizabeth's past lives. I could have read an entire book about each of them to be honest. This is not Brackston's debut, but it is her fiction debut here in the states. The Witch's Daughter was previously released overseas as The Book of Shadows. No word as of yet if any of her other current UK titles will make it our way, but I'd definitely like to see what she might have up her sleeve next. I only wish that Witch's Daughter had been a bit longer so that I could have spent more time with Elizabeth and her tale.


Anonymous said...

Adding this to my TBR mountain. Thanks for the review.

Anonymous said...

This one sounds really good. Adding it to the list. Love the cover.

Becky LeJeune said...

Enjoy, guys! And yes, Kay, I love that cover art as well. I'm totally loving these witchy reads, too. I just finished another one this weekend.