Oh, Friday what took you so long? This has been one of those weeks where it seemed hard to grab time to read that wasn't when you're already in bed with one eye closed. We all seem to be on a fiction kick for our weekend reading plans, most of us packing the book bag with new titles from authors we've already come to love, including Barbara Kingsolver and Peter Heller. We're also looking forward to a debut fantasy novel that's the first in a new series, and the latest from children's and young adult author Sharon Draper. Here's to a relaxing weekend of books and *hopefully* fall sunshine!
Talented urban fantasy author Ilona Andrews recently cited Tsumiko and the Enslaved Fox as one of her recent favorite reads. I missed it when it was released early this year by an author known only as Forthright, but I'm so glad Andrews put it on my radar. Mostly fantasy with a strong backbone of romance, Tsumiko and the Enslaved Fox takes place in present-day Japan, where Tsumiko learns that she has inherited a massive estate—as well as a creature known as an Amaranthine, who is magically bonded to her. The Amaranthine revealed their existence several years earlier, but a select group of humans has been aware of them and has partnered with them for centuries, including members of Tsumiko's extended family. Tsumiko only wants to release the bond—really, enslavement—but a complex political situation, an unwanted half-dragon child, and a growing emotional attachment throw obstacle after obstacle before her. There's a lot to love about the mysteriousness and enchantment within Tsumiko and the Enslaved Fox, and I'm already setting aside time to devour the next book in the series, available on October 22. --Adrian Liang
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