Wednesday, December 14, 2011

Clockwork Prince - Cassandra Clare

In the magical underworld of Victorian London, Tessa Gray has at last found safety with the Shadowhunters. But that safety proves fleeting when rogue forces in the Clave plot to see her protector, Charlotte, replaced as head of the Institute. If Charlotte loses her position, Tessa will be out on the street and easy prey for the mysterious Magister, who wants to use Tessa's powers for his own dark ends.

Waiting on Wednesday

Waiting on Wednesday was a meme hosted by Breaking the Spine, so that bloggers can feature upcoming releases that they cannot wait to get their hands on.

Here's my Waiting on Wednesday...Purple Three-quel Edition!

The days are growing darker for 17-year-old demon trapper Riley Blackthorne. With her father’s reanimated body back safely, Beck barely speaking to her because of her tryst with a hunky fallen angel and a deal freshly made with Lucifer, she has enough on her hands to last a normal teenage lifetime. Though she bargained with Heaven to save his life, her ex-boyfriend Simon has told the Vatican’s elite team of demon hunters that she’s working with Hell. So now she’s on the run, at the top of everyone’s most-wanted list.

But it’s becoming clear that this is bigger than either Riley or Beck, and rapidly getting out of control. Someone's tampering with Atlanta's Holy Water, and it’s on Riley to figure out who. On top of that, there’s something wrong with the demons; they’re working together—and refusing to die. The trappers and hunters are doing their best, but civilians are falling in harm’s way.

Caught between her bargain with Heaven and her promise to Lucifer, Riley fears the final war is coming—and it may be closer than anyone thinks…

 I'm DYING for this one.  I've read both The Demon Trapper's Daughter and Soul Thief and I adored both of them. (Team Beck! \o/) I can't wait to get my hands on this one.

In the end, all that’s left is an echo.

Violet kept her morbid ability to sense dead bodies a secret from everyone except her family and her childhood-best-friend-turned-boyfriend, Jay Heaton. That is until forensic psychologist Sara Priest discovered Violet’s talent and invited her to use her gift to track down murderers. Now, as she works with an eclectic group of individuals—including mysterious and dangerously attractive Rafe—it’s Violet’s job to help those who have been murdered by bringing their killers to justice.

When Violet discovers the body of a college girl killed by “the girlfriend collector” she is determined to solve the case. But now the serial killer is on the lookout for a new “relationship” and Violet may have caught his eye....
 Loved Loved LOVED the first two Body Finder novels.  And while I'm more than a teeny bit wary of Rafe (I love Jay like there's no tomorrow) I'm really looking forward to this one.

The third book in the Paranormalcy trilogy.

The final chapter of Evie's adventures. Old friends, new ones, all wrapped up in impossible decisions. And some ball gowns. Because what's a life of normal and paranormal drama without a ball gown or two?

 So many three-quels this coming year are purple.  Coincidence?  I think not.  But they're all gorgeous and I want them all!  And since I adored Paranormalcy, there's no way this one wasn't going to make my list.

So that's it for me, lovelies.  What about you?  Let me know what you're waiting on in the comments!

Love ya!


Monday, December 12, 2011

Clockwork Angel - Cassandra Clare


Magic is dangerous--but love is more dangerous still.

When sixteen-year-old Tessa Gray crosses the ocean to find her brother, her destination is England, the time is the reign of Queen Victoria, and something terrifying is waiting for her in London's Downworld, where vampires, warlocks and other supernatural folk stalk the gaslit streets. Only the Shadowhunters, warriors dedicated to ridding the world of demons, keep order amidst the chaos.

Kidnapped by the mysterious Dark Sisters, members of a secret organization called The Pandemonium Club, Tessa soon learns that she herself is a Downworlder with a rare ability: the power to transform, at will, into another person. What's more, the Magister, the shadowy figure who runs the Club, will stop at nothing to claim Tessa's power for his own.

Friendless and hunted, Tessa takes refuge with the Shadowhunters of the London Institute, who swear to find her brother if she will use her power to help them. She soon finds herself fascinated by--and torn between--two best friends: James, whose fragile beauty hides a deadly secret, and blue-eyed Will, whose caustic wit and volatile moods keep everyone in his life at arm's length...everyone, that is, but Tessa. As their search draws them deep into the heart of an arcane plot that threatens to destroy the Shadowhunters, Tessa realizes that she may need to choose between saving her brother and helping her new friends save the world...and that love may be the most dangerous magic of all.

I love the mythology that Cassandra Clare has created.  This is a prequel to her Mortal Instruments series, and it takes place in historical London.  Tessa Gray has traveled to London to find her brother only to find herself swept up in a supernatural world that she had no idea even existed.  She's captured by the Dark Sisters who force her to...change.

Because Tessa Gray has the ability to take someone's belonging in hand and change her shape to mimic them.  But not only mimic, but to see into their minds.  It's a gift that she never even knew she had, and it isn't exactly welcome when it results in her being taken hostage.

But then she is rescued by Will Herondale, a Shadowhunter, and she ends up immersed in their world and in a war between the Shadowhunters and the Downworlders and a new enemy in The Magister who wants Tessa for his own purposes.

I love the characters Cassandra Clare has created.  Tessa is a great introduction to the world, and Will is both dreamy and infuriating.  Jem is calm and mysterious and Jessamine is the character I love to hate.  I think I'll always have a soft spot in my heart for Sophie and Thomas, not to mention Charlotte--the leader of the local group of Shadowhunters--and Henry, her scatterbrained inventor husband.

I also loved how so much of the story was kept shrouded in mystery.  This story kept me guessing as to what was going on, and there were some things I just didn't see coming.

Great read!  Loved it!


(slightly belated) In My Mailbox

Due to a bunch of computer issues over the weekend (my laptop's harddrive crashed & had to be replaced) my In My Mailbox post is a teeny bit belated...but here it is!

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In My Mailbox is a weekly meme hosted by The Story Siren!

From Macmillan for review:
Monstrous Beauty
The Raft
Of Poseidon
Monument 14

Bought (because they were shiny and I'm a magpie):
Shatter Me
Dark Eden

From Hachette for review:
The Last Princess
The Way We Fall

From RandomHouseCanada for review:
Dearly, Departed
The Death Cure

From the Library:
Queen of the Dead

So, as you can see, I had an AMAZING book week.

I know it's a little late, but let me know what you got in your mailbox this week in the comments!

Happy Reading!


Sunday, December 4, 2011

In My Mailbox - December 3rd

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In My Mailbox is a weekly meme hosted by The Story Siren!

Sooo...after weeks of empty mailboxes, things got kind of crazy around here...

First, a HUGE box of books from Hachette UK Canada arrived, and this is what was inside...

I was practically DANCING when I saw this.

Then, even more goodies arrived...(this time from Penguin Canada and Raincoast Books)...

And then I went to the library, and these lovelies were on the hold shelf for me...

And then, in case THAT wasn't enough...I went book shopping with a group of other Ontario Book Bloggers, and THIS happened...

So, in summary, I had an AMAZING book week.

How about you?

What did you get in your mailbox?

Tell me in the comments!


Friday, December 2, 2011

REVIEW - Drummer Girl by Karen Bass

The Fourth Down needs a drummer, and Sidney's easily the best in the school. But the all-male band has conditions for her to be allowed in—such as dressing like a girl. Accustomed to invisibility, Sid soon discovers the consequences to her makeover. It's not only that playing kit in a skirt is impractical. But as someone once taunted about her sexuality for being a drum-playing girl who likes shop class, now Sid is forced to deal with guys who think her new look makes her fair game. Sidney begins to realize the price of compromising who you really are. 

4/5 Stars!

Readers, if I could tell you one thing about this book, it would be this: Do NOT let the adorable cover fool you.

This book was way rougher on the main character than I expected it to be. All Sid wanted was to be in a band. She's been kind of floundering ever since her big brother left for school and her father got a promotion that's been taking up all of his time. The one constant in her life is her drumming. But she's not content to keep it hidden in the basement any longer. She wants to get out there and play! So when she hears the school's local rock-group is holding auditions for a new drummer, she goes for it.

But there's a problem. One of the guys is dead-set against having a girl in the band, and will only vote her in if--as a great deal of the school thinks--she's a lesbian. Another of the guys is cool with having her in the band, but has vetoed her because of her look--or lack of one. So Sid is stuck between a rock and a hard place. She's not actually a lesbian, and doesn't want to pretend to be one, so she bids her old look--and her beloved baggie jeans and band t-shirts--goodbye, and tries for a new look.

But that brings her all kinds of attention she doesn't want, and her best friend is pissed at her for changing herself just to fit in.

Sid has to deal with so many jerks in this book. I felt so bad for her. But Sid is tougher inside than she knows.

I loved seeing how she related to all the different characters--from her best friend, who's pissed at her and has his own problems, to Wes, her worst enemy, who makes her life tougher every step of the way. Also? Brad is one of the most adorable love interests in history.

So, in summary, do NOT let the cover fool you. It's a great cover, and totally showcases the joy Sid feels while drumming, but that's only part of the story. It's a rough ride through highschool for Sid, and I enjoyed it every step of the way!


Cover Watch - Pushing the Limits by Katie McGarry

In Pushing the Limits, two teens, brought together by their court ordered therapist, work together to learn the secrets of their case files, but neither foresaw the shattering consequences of the learning the truth regarding their families or of falling in love.

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This...looks...AMAZING.  I love the cover, and the premise.


What about you?


Thursday, December 1, 2011

REVIEW Shattered Souls by Mary Lindsey

A thrilling debut story of death, love, destiny and danger

Lenzi hears voices and has visions - gravestones, floods, a boy with steel gray eyes. Her boyfriend, Zak, can't help, and everything keeps getting louder and more intense. Then Lenzi meets Alden, the boy from her dreams, who reveals that she's a reincarnated Speaker - someone who can talk to and help lost souls - and that he has been her Protector for centuries.

Now Lenzi must choose between her life with Zak and the life she is destined to lead with Alden. But time is running out: a malevolent spirit is out to destroy Lenzi, and he will kill her if she doesn't make a decision soon.

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