I have purchased two books over the past few weeks that have something in common. It won’t take you too many guesses to work out what!
Is it the exact same stock photo, or did they just use very, very similar models? Who knows. But it is worth noting that that is the UK cover for Ivy – the US one is totally different. Why change the book cover to make it look identical to another? Yet another publishing mystery never to be resolved!
I went shopping over at the Borders closing down sale. I felt guilty about it, as I LOVED the Borders on Charing Cross Road. I wasted many hours at their Starbucks, flicking through books. Am really sad to see them go… I guess Waterstone’s and Blackwells are all that is left for me now.
Young Adult Books:
Tithe by Holly Black
My Soul To Take by Rachel Vincent
She senses when someone near her is about to die. And when that happens, a force beyond her control compels her to scream bloody murder. Literally.
Kaylee just wants to enjoy having caught the attention of the hottest guy in school. But a normal date is hard to come by when Nash seems to know more about her need to scream than she does. And when classmates start dropping dead for no apparent reason, only Kaylee knows who’ll be next…
Tantalize by Cynthia Leitich Smith
Night Shift by Lilith Saintcrow
Not everyone tries.
But Jill Kismet is not just anyone.
She’s a Hunter, trained by the best – and in over her head.
Welcome to the night shift…
Night Life by Caitlin Kittredge
Among them is Luna Wilder, a tough-as-nails police officer whose job is to keep the peace. As an Insoli werewolf, Luna travels without a pack and must rely on instinct alone. And she’s just been assigned to find the ruthless killer behind a string of ritualistic murders—a killer with ties to an escaped demon found only in legend…until now.
But when she investigates prime suspect Dmitri Sandovsky, she can’t resist his wolfish charms. Pack leader of a dangerous clan of Redbacks, Dimitri sends her animal instincts into overdrive and threatens her fiercely-guarded independence. But Luna and Dimiri will need to rely on each other as they’re plunged into an ancient demon underworld and pitted against an expert black magician with the power to enslave them for eternity…
Series: Study #1
Published by MIRA
Genres: Fantasy YA, High Fantasy
Source: Purchased myself
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Also in this series: Magic Study, Shadow Study
Murder, mayhem and magic…
Locked in a coffin-like darkness, there is nothing to distract me from my memories of killing Reyad. He deserved to die—but according to the law, so do I. Here in Ixia, the punishment for murder is death. And now I wait for the hangman's noose.But the same law that condemns me may also save me. Ixia's food taster—chosen to ensure that the Commander's food is not poisoned—has died. And by law, the next prisoner who is scheduled to be executed—me—must be offered the position.
This was the first pure fantasy book I have read in a LONG while, and it was a great reintroduction to the genre. Heavily plot driven – featuring a lot of death, betrayal, and random attempts of murder – focussing on a heroine who could kick ass without having an ego. Brilliant secondary characters who, luckily, got a fare share of page-time from the author. Also, the love interest? Fierce. There was some serious tension, what with the whole will-he-won’t-he!kill her thing they had going on.
Overall, amazing start to the trilogy. I highly recommend this book to anyone who loves a good plot and a great heroine!
ETA: Decided to up my reading plan to 25 books, as I am also taking part in the Debut YA Author Challenge. So along with those books (12), here is my preliminary list for 2010 YA Reading:
(Books in Bold have been read!)
- Strange Angels by Lili St. Crow
- Betrayals by Lili St. Crow
- Jealousy by Lili St. Crow
- Wicked Lovely by Melissa Marr
- Ink Exchange by Melissa Marr
- Vampire Academy by Richelle Mead
- Frostbitten by Richelle Mead
- Shadow Kiss by Richelle Mead
- Need by Carrie Jones
- Captivate by Carrie Jones
- Shiver by Maggie Steifvater
- Linger by Maggie Steifvater
- Perfect Chemistry by Simone Elkeles
- Rules of Attraction by Simone Elkeles
- Fade Out by Rachel Caine
- Kiss of Death by Rachel Caine
- Hush, Hush by Becca Fitzpatrick
- The Reckoning by Kelley Armstrong
- Tempted by P.C. and Kristin Cast
- The Espressologist by Kristina Springer
- Firespell by Chloe Neill – 2010 Debut Author!
- Fallen by Lauren Kate
- Hearts at Stake aka My Love Lies Bleeding by Alyxandra Harvey – 2010 Debut Author!
- Beating Heart by A. M. Jenkins
- The Forest of Hands and Teeth by Carrie Ryan
- Ondine by Ebony McKenna – 2010 Debut Author!
- The Line by Teri Hall – 2010 Debut Author!
- Old Magic by Marianne Curley
- The Thief by Megan Whalen Turner
- Boy Meets Boy by David Levithan
- TimeRiders by Alex Scarrow – 2010 Debut Author!
- The Devil’s Kiss by Sarwat Chadda
- Forgive My Fins by Tera Lynn Childs
- Claire de Lune by Christine Johnson – 2010 Debut Author!
- Stargazer by Claudia Gray
- Dark Life by Kat Falls – 2010 Debut Author!
- The Body Finder by Kimberly Derting – 2010 Debut Author!
As a highschooler, coffee was an adult thing. Something that you drink when you are old and have no energy. A drink for those who are so desperate for caffeine they ignore the horrible taste. Going to uni brought me over to the “dark side” and far too much of my work was done with a latte in hand.
And even though I am not long out of my teens, it seems things have changed. Kids line up at Starbucks after school for their mochas, and can’t get by without a morning latte. Not sure if that is good or bad, but it has affected the YA genre. Has anyone else picked up on the coffee-infused stories and covers that have been published lately? Well, if not, here’s a shot.