Seeing I too would like to win a copy of Miss Jack Lewis Balliot’s debut novel, Haphazardly Implausible, I am entering as well!
To enter, you simply need to review or talk about a book you’re in the process of reading. A new book is prefered but not required. All entries must be in by the 13th of December!
Because I’m waiting on a stack of reserves to arrive from various libraries, I had to wait a while to enter. But I have my hands on the daunting sequel to Finnikin of the Rock. Yes, people, I am reading Froi of the Exiles.
The size is scaring me to pieces.
So what drew me to this novel?
First and foremost, it is a sequel. I loved Finnikin of the Rock and when I got wind of the sequels (the 3rd one is out too, I believe), I knew my reading stack was about to get bigger.
Most sequels stand in the daunting shadow of their predecessor, and they have a lot to live up to. I’m not worried about Froi’s book though. So far (and I’m only a hair length in) I’ve sniffed at forgotten sorrows, awwed at the gorgeous child of Finnikin, smiled as the plot sets up and I see where it’s going, and laughed right out loud. It takes a very special humour to make me crack up on the outside as well as in. I’m confident this is going to be a good book. (And I will be doing a full review later.)
But, being a sequel aside, I do love the cover. Finnikin is in blue, Froi in red, and I believe the 3rd is in green. Nice combination. I do like the eerie darkness mixed with misty red like blood — which represents Froi nicely. I’m interested in the words tattooed on his shoulder, because they weren’t mentioned in the first novel. Is that a clue to Froi’s forgotten past? Or just a cover enhancement?
And, last but not least, Melina Marchetta is an Australian writer! (Woot!) I love supporting Australian authors. Their keen sense of humours always wobble my funny bone (like John Flanagan’s The Ranger’s Apprentice Series). As a wannabe-published-writer myself, I feel very inspired when I read books by established, famous Aussie authors.
Off to sign into the giveaway. Thanks, Miss Jack!