It's March, so that means it's DABWAHA time! (Bet you thought I was going so say something about basketball. Nope. I leave that entirely to my brother and sister-in-law.)
The DABWAHA is SBTB and DA's annual NCAA-style tournament of books. 64 books, 8 categories, and readers pick brackets of which books they think will win each round. I really suck at picking DABWAHA brackets, but I did win an awesome swag bag of signed Larissa Ione Demonica books in 2010. (I love the books, and I still have the coffee mug.)
This year two of the books in the running were two of my favorite books from last year, so I'm campaigning for them. Because you should vote for them when voting opens on the 20th. Or, at the very least, you really need to read them. Seriously.
Caught in Amber by Cathy Pegau shares the same sci-fi setting as Rulebreaker and Deep Deception, which I also loved. I really hope that she writes more in this setting (I occasionally harass her on Twitter and beg for more books). Pegau does a great job of describing Nevarro and its inhabitants--she has the world-building down pat. This was my short Goodreads review:
Caught in Amber by Cathy Pegau
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
This story has teeth, and once it bites, you can't put it down. It's dark, gritty and compelling. I really enjoyed it, and I'm looking forward to reading more by Cathy Pegau.
I loved Codex Born SO MUCH for a lot of reasons, but many of them have to do with Lena. I have a lot of feels about that character. I could probably write an essay on the many ways that she is awesome, and how I wanted to thank Jim C. Hines for writing her. Instead, this is my short Goodreads review:
Codex Born by Jim C. Hines
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
I'm really enjoying this series. It continues to weave established geekery with the author's own world-building in fun, awesome ways. Though I fully expected that when Isaac reached into a copy of Scalzi's Old Man's War that a hole would be ripped into the Internet, or at least summon a Twitter fail whale, but no. (Aside, in a future story, I hope Bookmaster G unlocks the D&D manuals, so someone can kill a bad guy by summoning a dire shark onto its head, like a one-man sharknado.)
Now I will do my attempt to Jedi mind-trick you all into voting for these books. Or at least I will ask you very nicely to please vote for them on March 20, when voting opens here at the DABWAHA site: http://dabwaha.com/