on her blog to honor the occasion. You can purchase her book at Amazon and Barnes&Noble in paperback or as an ebook. You can also read my review of Griffin Rising and an interview with Darby.
I've had the pleasure of reading the next installment in the series, and I can tell you that Darby is a phenomenal debut author, and her stories resonate with realness. She has a storyteller's voice. When you sit down to read, it's like Darby's sitting there, telling you the story next to a roaring fire, fresh hot cocoa abound. The books are definitely worth reading, and you can start with Griffin Rising knowing it is the beginning of a good series. I highly recommend it.
Along with Griffin Rising, I've read a good number of books in the past year, many of which have stuck with me, and that will stick with me for years to come. Among my favorites:
Leviathan and Behemoth by Scott Westerfeld
Kat, Incorrigible by Stephanie Burgis
The Green Rider series by Kristen Britain
These are the books that I could read time and time again and never tire of them. These are the sort of books I aspire to write, books that readers can't easily forget.
It's been a few years since I read Howl's Moving Castle, The Castle in the Air, and The House of Many Ways by Diana Wynne Jones, yet I remember them as if I read them yesterday. The Lord of the Rings trilogy will forever be a family favorite as well as The Hobbit. The Harry Potter series will always have a place on my bookshelves, as will The Chronicles of Narnia by C.S. Lewis.
Some books just have that impact.
What are some of your favorite books from the past year? What are books (new and old) that you won't easily forget?