1. The Coldest Girl in Coldtown – Holly Black. Just when you think you’re sick to death of the undead vampires, here’s this book. Fun, different, and a breeze of a read.
2. Alex as Well – Alyssa Brugman. I was sent a proof of this by Curious Fox Books. I enjoyed certain aspects but found other bits troubling. I will do a more in-depth review later.
3. Sea Queens: Women Pirates Around the World – Jane Yolen. Research for a short story! Sort of. The section on the pirate I’m writing about is very short, but it was fun to read about the others. For children, but with great illustrations.
4. Bitter Greens – Kate Forsyth. A lush, historical re-telling of Rapunzel. One of my favourite reads this year.
5. Under the Black Flag: The Romance and Reality of Life Among the Pirates – David Cordingly. It was meant to be more short story research, but it was really set about 300 years later than I needed. Still interesting reading though.
6. Cress – Marissa Meyer. Another Rapunzel re-telling, though about as different as you can get from Bitter Greens.
And, as usual, a few friends’ manuscripts and some books still in progress.