On My Wishlist (Mar. 27th, 2010)

On My Wishlist is a fun weekly event hosted by Book Chick City and runs every Saturday. It’s where I list all the books I desperately want but haven’t actually bought yet. They can be old, new or forthcoming.

Lament: The Faerie Queen’s Deception (Books of Faerie, #1) by Maggie Stiefvater
After finally reading Shiver, I am desperately craving more Stiefvater goodness! Oh, and if you haven’t read Shiver yet – go NOW.

Sixteen-year-old Deirdre Monaghan is a painfully shy but prodigiously gifted musician. She’s about to find out she’s also a cloverhand – one who can see faeries. Deirdre finds herself infatuated with a mysterious boy who enters her ordinary suburban life, seemingly out of thin air. Trouble is, the enigmatic and gorgeous Luke turns out to be a gallowglass – a soulless faerie assassin.

An equally hunky – and equally dangerous – dark faerie soldier named Aodhan is also stalking Deirdre. Sworn enemies, Luke and Aodhan each have a deadly assignment from the Faerie Queen. Namely, kill Deirdre before her music captures the attention of the Fae and threatens the Queen’s sovereignty.

Caught in the crossfire with Deirdre is James, her wisecracking but loyal best friend. Deirdre had been wishing her life weren’t so dull, but getting trapped in the middle of a centuries-old faerie war isn’t exactly what she had in mind…

Light Beneath Ferns by Anne Spollen
This supernatural YA novel is supposed to be a cut above the rest. I haven’t read a bad review for it yet, and it am really intrigued to find out what all the fuss is about!

I have this strange sense that my silence is preparing me for something I can’t name…

Elizah Rayne is nothing like other fourteen-year-old girls. More interested in bird bones than people, she wraps herself in silence. Trying to escape the shadow of her gambler father, Elizah and her mother move into an old house that borders a cemetery. All her mother wants is for them to have “normal” lives. But that becomes impossible for Elizah when she finds a human jawbone by the river and meets Nathaniel, a strangely hypnotic boy who draws Elizah into his dreamlike and mysterious world.

Only by forgetting everything she knows can Elizah understand the truth about Nathaniel—and discover an unimaginable secret.

On My Wishlist (Mar. 13th, 2010)

Bloody Good (Brytewood, #1) by Georgia Evans
This adorable ditty is a cross between PNR and historical fiction – vamps in a sleepy English town during WWII.

While the sounds of battle echo through the sky, a lady doctor has more than enough trouble to keep her busy even in a sleepy hamlet outside London. But the threat is nearer home than Alice knows. German agents have infiltrated her beloved countryside – Nazis who can fly, read minds, and live forever. 

They’re not just fascists. They’re vampires. 

Alice has no time for fantasy, but when the corpses start appearing sucked dry, she’ll have to accept help where she can get it. If that includes a lowly Conscientious Objector who says he’s no coward though he refuses to fight, and her very own grandmother, a sane, sensible woman who insists that she’s a Devonshire Pixie, so be it. Indeed, whatever it takes to defend home and country from an evil both ancient and terrifyingly modern…

The Laurentine Spy by Emily Gee
I have read quite a few amazing reviews for this book – apparently it is everything a fantasy book should be!  Romance, intrigue, attempted murder – oh my!

Following on from the success of Emily’s award nominated first novel, comes The Laurentine Spy. Two spies must work together to avoid being caught at whatever cost.

The Corhonase citadel is a place of virtue and debauchery. But nothing is as it seems, whether in the ballrooms and salons of the nobles’ Court or the catacombs beneath the citadel.

Saliel has many secrets; her spying is one, but her most guarded mystery is her magic. She walks a narrow path between discovery as a spy and being burned as a witch. With a sadistic Spycatcher closing in, Saliel and her fellow spies are tested to the limits of their endurance—they must trust each other, or die. Magic may be their only hope of survival… 

On My Wishlist (Mar. 6th, 2010)

On My Wishlist is a fun weekly event hosted by Book Chick City and runs every Saturday. It’s where I list all the books I desperately want but haven’t actually bought yet. They can be old, new or forthcoming.

Lips Touch: Three Times by Laini Taylor
This is supposed to be an amazing book – has won loads of awards and, well, I haven’t read a bad review for it yet. Not to mention fab illustrations!

Three tales of supernatural love, each pivoting on a kiss that is no mere kiss, but an action with profound consequences for the kissers’ souls:

Goblin Fruit: In Victorian times, goblin men had only to offer young girls sumptuous fruits to tempt them to sell their souls. But what does it take to tempt today’s savvy girls?

Spicy Little Curses: A demon and the ambassador to Hell tussle over the soul of a beautiful English girl in India. Matters become complicated when she falls in love and decides to test her curse.

Hatchling: Six days before Esme’s fourteenth birthday, her left eye turns from brown to blue. She little suspects what the change heralds, but her small safe life begins to unravel at once. What does the beautiful, fanged man want with her, and how is her fate connected to a mysterious race of demons?

Snitch by Allison van Diepen
This looks like a really dark, tough young adult book – and what about that kick-ass cover?  Has a bit of danger, and bit of romance, and no vampires!

“In a school run by gangs, staying out was harder than joining. We knew who our friends were, and were careful what we said. If people thought we were haters, it would only be a matter of time…”

Lines are clearly marked at South Bay High School. It’s mixed territory for the Crips and the Bloods, which means the drama never stops.

Julia DiVino wants none of it. No colors, no C-Walks — it’s just not her thing.

But when Eric Valienté jumps into her life, everything changes. Lines are redrawn. And then they’re crossed.

On My Wishlist (Feb. 27th, 2010)

On My Wishlist is a weekly meme hosted by Book Chick City. It allows us to share the books we haven’t bought yet but are waiting to be bought and devoured. (This post was inspired by the fab In My Mailbox by Kristi at The Story Siren).

Sins & Shadows by Lyn Benedict
This looks like a really great UF read – and has some fab quotes from both Carrie Vaughn and Kat Richardson on the cover!

Sylvie Lightner is no ordinary P.I. She specializes in cases involving the unusual, in a world where magic is real – and where death isn’t the worst thing that can happen to you.

But when an employee is murdered in front of her, Sylvie has had enough. After years of confounding the dark forces of the Magicus Mundi, she’s closing up shop – until a man claiming to be the God of Justice wants Sylvie to find his lost lover.

And he won’t take no for an answer.

“Full of big adventure, big action, and weird magic.”
– Carrie Vaughn

“Dark and fascinating.”
– Kat Richardson

Spiral Hunt by Margaret Ronald
This one does not have the most inviting of covers – but seems to have a killer plot. Also, the Boston setting is brilliant – I am a big fan!

Some people have the Sight. Genevieve Scelan has the Scent.

They call her “Hound,” and with her unique supernatural sense Evie can track nearly anything – lost keys, vanished family heirlooms . . . even missing people. And though she knows to stay out of the magical undercurrent that runs beneath Boston’s historic streets, a midnight phone call from a long-vanished lover will destroy the careful boundaries she has drawn. Now, to pay a years-old debt, Evie must venture into the shadowy world that lies between myth and reality, where she will find betrayal, conspiracies, and revelations that will shatter all she believes about herself and the city she claims as home.

When the Hunt is on, the Hound must run . . .

On My Wishlist (Feb. 20th, 2010)

On My Wishlist is a weekly meme hosted by Book Chick City. It allows us to share the books we haven’t bought yet but are waiting to be bought and devoured. (This post was inspired by the fab In My Mailbox by Kristi at The Story Siren).

Heart of Stone (The Negotiator, Book 1) by C.E. Murphy
Librarything / Goodreads
C.E. Murphy has had some great reviews for her PNR Walker Papers Series( which starts with Urban Shaman) – but for some reason this is the book I am lusting after. Is it the gargoyle idea or the fantastic cover? Hmm.

WHAT SECRETS LIE SHROUDED IN DARKNESS?

Okay, so jogging through Central Park after midnight wasn’t a bright idea. But Margrit Knight never thought she’d encounter a dark new world filled with magical beings — not to mention a dying woman and a mysterious stranger with blood on his hands. Her logical lawyer instincts told her it couldn’t all be real — but she could hardly deny what she’d seen…and touched.

The mystery man, Alban, was a gargoyle. One of the fabled Old Races who had hidden their existence for centuries. Now he was a murder suspect, and he needed Margrit’s help to take the heat off him and find the real killer. And as the dead pile up, it’s a race against the sunrise to clear Alban’s name and keep them both alive…

The Stone Child by Dan Poblocki
LibraryThing / GoodReads
This book has two things that make my heart skip a beat: a cover that reminds be of Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil (*sighs*), and is about a book within the book! Really want this one.

What if the monsters from your favorite horror books were real?

Eddie Fennicks has always been a loner, content to lose himself in a mystery novel by his favorite author, Nathaniel Olmstead. That’s why moving to the small town of Gatesweed becomes a dream come true when Eddie discovers that Olmstead lived there before mysteriously disappearing thirteen years ago. Even better, Eddie finds a handwritten, never-before-seen Nathaniel Olmstead book printed in code and befriends Harris, who’s as much an Olmsteady as he is. But then the frightening creatures of Olmstead’s books begin to show up in real life, and Eddie’s dream turns into a nightmare.

Eddie, Harris, and their new friend, Maggie, must break Olmstead’s code, banish all gremlins and monster lake-dogs from the town of Gatesweed, and solve the mystery of the missing author, all before Eddie’s mom finishes writing her own tale of terror and brings to life the scariest creature of all.