I recently received several new books from Inkshares, the crowdfunded book publishing site, to enjoy on my summer evenings. The first of these is called The Battle for Oz, by Jeyna Grace. Here's a bit about it, from the publisher's website:
When the great world of Oz is taken over by a new queen from a foreign land, Dorothy Gale is summoned in hopes that she would save Oz once again.
I read The Battle for Oz in one longish sitting- once I got going with it, I didn't want to put it down. This book is a visit back to the familiar characters of Oz as well as some other magical lands. About halfway through I realized that it reminded me of the TV show Once Upon a Time, with its linking of characters from different fantasy lands and stories. All in all, a very satisfying read and I will definitely seek out the sequel!
The other book that I had the chance to read is very different from The Battle for Oz, but was also very enjoyable. It's called The Tulip Factory, by Kacie Davis Idol. Here's a bit about this book:
Before they exchange even a single word, Corrine knows that James will change everything. And sure enough, their serendipitous meeting in a North Carolina coffee shop sets off a whirlwind of desire and possibilities for the two.I read a lot of romantic novels where you know what's going to happen from the first time the main characters are introduced- everything is going to be perfect and everyone is going to ride off into the sunset and live happily ever after. This is not that book, and I really appreciated that fact as I was reading it. The characters come across as very believable with real flaws and struggles. It's a book about finding your own place in the world and figuring out what to do when things don't work out perfectly. The Tulip Factory is really well-written and enjoyable to read. I recommend!
Timing, however, isn’t on the couple’s side. After their relationship ends, Corrine finds that years of putting her career and passions on hold for love have led to a stalled life. She once saw her receptionist job as temporary but got too comfortable and, before she knew it, lost sight of her dream of becoming a writer.
Now, as Corrine makes her way into her late twenties, she’s on a quest to find herself. As she struggles to figure out what she really wants, she’ll discover that sometimes you have to take happiness into your own hands and that a fulfilling life is built on opportunities―even the missed ones.