Book Beat: Baking, Orcs, & More

February 15, 2020

Welcome to Book Beat! Think of Book Beat as Hide Your Wallet, Part Two!

In Hide Your Wallet, we talk about books coming out in a particular month that we really want to read. But there’s more to good books than just new releases!

Book Beat aims to highlight other books that we may hear about through friends, social media, or other sources. We could see a gorgeous ad! Or find a new-to-us author on a list of underrated romances! Think of Book Beat as Teen Beat or Tiger Beat, but for books. And no staples to open to get the fold-out poster.

Last Light

Last Light by Claire Kent

Author: Claire Kent
Released: November 13, 2019
Genre: ,

It only took four years for the world to fall apart.

Now the last member of my family has died, and I’m forced to travel across what’s left of three states to find the only people I know left alive. To survive, I’ll have to salvage food and supplies and try to avoid violent men who’ve learned they can take what they want by force. The only way I’m going to make it is by trusting Travis.

Travis used to fix my car, and now he’s all I have left in the world. He’s gruff and stoic and unfriendly, and I don’t really know or like him. But he’s all I have left. He’ll keep me safe. We’ll take care of each other. Until we reach what’s left of our town and can finally let go of one another.

Last Light is a standalone post-apocalyptic romance set in the near future after a global catastrophe.

Source: @SuleikhaSnyder on Twitter

A post-apocalyptic road trip with a hero who communicates in grunts!

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Once Blessed, Thrice Cursed

Once Blessed, Thrice Cursed by Coralie Moss

Author: Coralie Moss
Released: November 30, 2019 by Pink Moon Books
Series: Sister Witches #1

What could possibly go wrong—or right—when three sister witches are handed the keys to their deceased mother’s shop?

They could discover a magical legacy they knew nothing about.
They could unite in the face of life-or-death challenges.
Or, they could divvy up the contents of the shop, close the doors for good, and catch the next portal home.

Half an hour after crossing the threshold to the shop, one of those choices is off the table. And one of them might bring three estranged sisters together.

Just as their mother intended.

Source: @moss_coralie on Twitter

I always love a new urban fantasy series to try!

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Rage Baking

Rage Baking by Katherine Alford

Author: Katherine Alford
Released: February 4, 2020 by Tiller Press
Genre: ,

50+ recipes, short essays, and quotes from some of the best bakers, activists, and outspoken women in our country today—this cookbook encourages women to use sugar and sass as a way to defend, resist, and protest.

Since the 2016 election, many women across the country have felt rage, fury, and frustration, wondering how we got here. Some act by calling their senators, some write checks, some join activist groups, march, paint signs, grab their daughters and sons, and raise their voices. But for so many, they also turn to their greatest comfort—their kitchen.

Baking has a new meaning in today’s world. These days, baking can be an outlet for expressing our feelings about the current state of our society. Rage Baking offers more than 50 cookie, cake, tart, and pie recipes as well as inspirational essays, reflections, and interviews with well known bakers and impassioned women and activists including Dorie Greenspan, Ruth Reichl, Carla Hall, Preeti Mistry, Julia Turshen, Pati Jinich, Vallery Lomas, Von Diaz, Genevieve Ko, and writers like Rebecca Traister, Pam Houston, Tess Raffery, Cecile Richards, Ann Friedman, Marti Noxon, and many more.

Timely, fun, and creative, this cookbook speaks to both skilled and beginner bakers who are looking for new ways to use their sweetest skills to combine food and activism. Containing a collection of recipes that are satisfying and delicious, Rage Baking unites like-minded women who are passionate about baking and change.

Source: Belmont Books

I came across this while perusing books to order at the store where I work!

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The Unspoken Name

The Unspoken Name by A.K. Larkwood

Author: A.K. Larkwood
Released: February 11, 2020 by Tor Books
Genre: ,
Series: The Serpent Gates #1

A. K. Larkwood’s The Unspoken Name is a stunning debut fantasy about an orc priestess turned wizard’s assassin.

What if you knew how and when you will die?

Csorwe does—she will climb the mountain, enter the Shrine of the Unspoken, and gain the most honored title: sacrifice.

But on the day of her foretold death, a powerful mage offers her a new fate. Leave with him, and live. Turn away from her destiny and her god to become a thief, a spy, an assassin—the wizard’s loyal sword. Topple an empire, and help him reclaim his seat of power.

But Csorwe will soon learn—gods remember, and if you live long enough, all debts come due.

Source: @AKLarkwood on Twitter

An orc swordswoman! And there seems to be a hint of a F/F romance.

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