Of the books I have read this month, these are the ones that I highly recommend. (The images/links below are affiliate links which does not affect the price but means that I will earn a small commission if you decide to purchase any of the books.)
Darkness Hidden by Zoe Marriott
A very different read in that it incorporates Japanese culture and mythology. I loved the protagonist's quirky humour and her voice. There's no sparing of emotions, either. When something bad happens, it's not done by halves. A great read, and I'm looking forward to the sequel.
Dark Triumph by Robin LaFevers
Excellent book. The second in the Fair Assassin series. LaFevers pulls no punches. Visceral, shocking twists. A must read. I loved it so much that I bought both books in the series after returning the copy I read to the library. The third book comes out sometime in the northern hemisphere summer of 2014.
Writing your Novel from the Middle by James Scott Bell.
A short book that can be read in an hour or two, but one I'm keeping near to hand because of the invaluable tips and tricks he shares. He also shows how both plotters and pantsers can use his techniques and there is a bonus section with five different tips on generating ideas, writing quickly, voice, showing vs telling, and writing page-turners.
Jodi Henley's Practical Emotional Structure is an ideal companion handbook to Writing Your Novel from the Middle as it will be a big help in understanding what you need to understand in order to create the most relevant piece of backstory for your characters' story arcs.
The First 50 Pages by Jeff Gerke
This is, without question, a very valuable resource on a writer's bookshelf. Not only does it tell you what you need to achieve in the first 50 pages, but also HOW TO DO IT. This one's a keeper. I love it, especially the section on what you need to do with your main character in the first fifty pages.
Songs of the Earth by Elspeth Cooper
An alternate middle ages setting in a fantasy world. Great characters, but for me, the story really took off from about the midpoint. After that it was simply unputdownable. I'm looking forward to the second book in the series, Trinity Moon.