Hello and welcome to day 19 of #R3COMM3ND3D2021. If you weren’t with us yesterday, there’s news! We now, after 52 individual book recommendations from 18 bookish types, have a new joint leader. Two books are vying for this year’s top spot – The Last House on Needless Street by Catriona Ward alongside The Last Thing to Burn by Will Dean. (I’m ignoring the fact that both of these book titles start with ‘The Last…’. Not commenting on that 😂.) The excitement is palpable and I can’t wait to find out what book will be our ultimate winner. Can you?
Joining me today is the very lovely Sue Bavey of Sue’s Musings. I discovered Sue’s fabulous blog last year, and I often pop over and have a mooch around. Particularly as Sue reviews a lot of SFF which is a genre I think I need to read more of. If you don’t already subscribe to Sue’s blog then make that changes ASAP!
So, what is #R3COMM3ND3D2021? It’s about sharing the book love. It’s a chance for authors, book bloggers and bookstagrammers to shout about three (yes, *only* three) books they love. They can be written by any author, in any genre and published in any way (traditionally, indie press or self-published). But there is a catch. All three books must have been published in 2021. To make things interesting there are a couple of teeny, tiny rules; 1) the book must have FIRST been published in 2021 and 2) special editions and reissues do not count. I like to keep you lovely people on your toes 😉
As this is the fifth year of #R3C, things are going to be a smidge different this year. There’s a scary deadline involved *shudder*. The #R3COMM3ND3D application form will only be open until midday (GMT) on Wednesday 1st December. If you would like to take part in #R3C this year (and I would LOVE you to!) then please get your three choices in sooner rather than later. Any posts scheduled for later in December will be brought forward and I will close the series early if I’m not able to fill all of the available dates. The form is at the bottom of this post if you fancy taking part.
Here are the three books Sue recommends…
The Iron Crown by L.L. MacRae
The prose is beautiful, the characters are well-developed and believable, with depth of emotion, the world-building is visually descriptive and delightful. The dragon spirits in this book are amazing and I can’t wait for more!!
Sue’s Review of The Iron Crown
Sairō’s Claw by Virginia McClain
I loved the Asian-inspired world this story took place in. The characters were exciting and very different to each other. The action sequences had me on the edge of my seat. A must read!
Sue’s Review of Sairō’s Claw
The Wild Court by E.G. Radcliff
The very satisfying final part of The Coming of Áed trilogy – the author pulls out all the stops to complete the story. The action intensifies, the characters are just as deep as in the previous books and the worldbuilding goes up a notch as most of the action takes place in the Realm of the Fae.
Sue’s Review of The Wild Court
Three really intriguing books, thanks so much Sue. And what absolutely gorgeous covers! 😍
About Sue Bavey:
Book blogger from England now living in Massachusetts USA. Mother of two teens a cat a bunny and a leopard gecko. Writing my grandad’s memoir. Reader of most genres but especially SFF, memoirs and thrillers.
If you’re a book blogger, bookstagrammer or an author and you have three books published this year which you want to shout about then please complete the following form (or click this link: https://forms.gle/pHinvKCHGP89wumn9)