Shelf Control is a weekly celebration of the unread books on our shelves created and hosted by Lisa @ Bookshelf Fantasies. Pick a book you own but haven’t read, write a post about it (suggestions: include what it’s about, why you want to read it, and when you got it), and link up! For more info on what Shelf Control is all about, check out Lisa’s introductory post, here.
by Justina Ireland
Jane McKeene was born two days before the dead began to walk the battlefields of Gettysburg and Chancellorsville—derailing the War Between the States and changing America forever. In this new nation, safety for all depends on the work of a few, and laws like the Native and Negro Reeducation Act require certain children attend combat schools to learn to put down the dead. But there are also opportunities—and Jane is studying to become an Attendant, trained in both weaponry and etiquette to protect the well-to-do. It’s a chance for a better life for Negro girls like Jane. After all, not even being the daughter of a wealthy white Southern woman could save her from society’s expectations.
But that’s not a life Jane wants. Almost finished with her education at Miss Preston’s School of Combat in Baltimore, Jane is set on returning to her Kentucky home and doesn’t pay much mind to the politics of the eastern cities, with their talk of returning America to the glory of its days before the dead rose. But when families around Baltimore County begin to go missing, Jane is caught in the middle of a conspiracy, one that finds her in a desperate fight for her life against some powerful enemies. And the restless dead, it would seem, are the least of her problems.
Tell me a novel is the American Civil War + zombies and I’m going to want to pick it up. I’ve been saving this book for the autumn, close to Halloween, and as October in the UK is also Black History Month I’d really like to get it read and reviewed for the spooky season this year. It sounds so fun!
This week I’m joining in with Lipsy @ Lipsyy Lost & Found to talk about the books I’ve been reading recently!
As I mentioned in my Autumn TBR I’m trying to get through my NetGalley reads, and Foundryside is one I started before the N.E.W.Ts Readathon but have yet to finish. I like what I’ve read so far and I’m hoping to finish it in the next few days!
I took a break from The Invisible Library to revisit Mary Robinette Kowal’s Glamourist Histories series with the third book, Without a Summer. It’s the book I’ve enjoyed most in the series so far, and I find them so easy and comforting to read. I’d like to finish the series this year if I can.
While not a NetGalley read, The City of Brass is another novel I started before the N.E.W.Ts Readathon and I’d like to return to it and finish it soon!
What have you been reading recently?