Lisa’s Tuesday Perspective: New Additions to the TBR list.

I went to a writer’s conference this past weekend, and couldn’t resist buying a book.  I was really lucky to  be able to win a door prize, too—which means another book for me, yay!  I’m really looking forward to reading both of them and giving them a review here.

Fifteen-year-old Erin and her twin brother, Bain, had never seen the secluded cabin in the woods by their home. Upon entering, they discover a magical world where pegasi, dragons and fairies are a reality.

The siblings soon find themselves with super-human powers, being taught the art of magic and swordplay by mystical beings. It isn’t long before they are struck with a realization—they are training to become elves.

Faced with the decision to leave the life they have always known for a world of fantasy, Erin and Bain confront certain demons that threaten to tear them apart. goodreads

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I admit, at first glance, Älvor by Laura Bingham doesn’t really look like my cup of tea.  I don’t know, even as a YA fantasy lover, I see words like “training to become elves” and I’m sort of tempted to turn away.  But I read the first few pages of this and to be honest, I’m hooked.  Bingham has a really lovely writing style that’s easy to read, and that grabs my attention really fast, and Erin and Bain are already making an impression on me, so I’m really looking forward to see how their adventure turns out.

She’s had it forever. A tiny mark on her hand. No big deal, right? But when Tori discovers that her ordinary freckle is really some kind of microscopic tattoo, she doesn’t know what to think, especially after meeting Eric, a guy she feels strangely connected to–and not just because he has a mark too.

All too soon, Tori and Eric realize that their marks are only the first clue to a mystery that will change everything. And with each new discovery, Tori finds herself pulled deeper and deeper into a world she could never have imagined.goodreads

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This one really excites me.  The Mark by M.R. Bunderson is quite simply a beautiful book.  I love the cover design, the description on the back, the idea of a micro tattoo with some secret to it, and the fact that the tattoo image (at least, if that’s what is on the cover, as I’m guessing) looks like nothing I’ve really seen before.  Not tribal or celtic or anything like that… it looks almost computer-ish, and that makes me really extra-curious as to the secret behind it.  I haven’t opened this one yet, but I really can’t wait to read this.  I want to know what Eric and Tori’s strange connection is—and I haven’t even started the book yet.  That’s good marketing right there.

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About Lisa Asanuma

Lisa is a professional freelance writer and editor, along with a bookbinder and knitting obsessee. Lisa has a passion for YA literature (inside her passion for literature in general) and is currently working on her first novel. View all posts by Lisa Asanuma

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