After heading up to the DMV to renew my driver's license, I visited my local independent bookstore with gift certificate in hand—thanks, Mom—to see what I could pick up as a potentially good read. Unlike visiting the used-bookstores, I scrutinize my choices when buying a new book. I don't want to suffer buyer's remorse by the time I get home, like I have on a couple of occasions with books snatched up for a couple of bucks.
I didn't have specific titles in mind. I just wanted to browse the shelves to see what jumped out at me. I saw Jeffrey Deaver's More Twisted, which is a follow-up collection of short stories. I enjoyed Twisted and thought I might spend my $10 on that. Charlaine Harris' Sookie Stackhouse series was there, except for the first title, Dead After Dark-- the one I want. Then, I meandered to the sci-fi/fantasy section. I saw Cassandra Claire's City of Ashes. City of Bones was a good read, and I'll eventually get to read the next two books in the series. No sign of The Forest of Hands and Feet or Let The Right One In. Oh well.
The title I settled on though, wasn't even one on my ever-growing wish list. Jonathon Lyons' blog announced on March 31st the launch of a new novel from one of his clients, Jaye Wells. Red-Headed Stepchild is a title I instantly love, regardless of subject matter. Throw in a fantasy element with what appears to be an interesting take on vampires and all those things that go bump in the night, as well as the fact this is Wells' debut novel, and I'm sold.
So, it looks like I have my reading material for the weekend. I hope I get my money's worth ... or gift certificate's worth, if you're a stickler for details.