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Destined (House of Night #9)- P.C. and Kristin Cast
Destined is the 9th House of Night novel and it’s probably my favorite. I pretty much cried my way through this book from start to finish. The HON crew is suffering from so much loss, from frustration at the machinations of Neferet and from the Council’s inaction, and as a reader you can’t help but suffer with them. The plot focuses on sacrifice and redemption. Stark is still Stark and utterly perfect. And as of Awakened, we know Heath is back and this time around he’s far more interesting. As ever, the ending leaves us right where all hell is about to break loose.
The Poison Diaries- Maryrose Wood
The Poison Diaries reads like an old Grimm Brother’s fairy tale, only you don’t get that sense of good triumphing evil at the end or at least, not yet. With the Gothic monastic setting, the paranormal element, the romantic hero, and the damsel who finds herself in distress, the Poison Diaries was a perfectly creepy read for those looking for something a bit dark and unnerving. I won’t look at plants the same way again, that’s for sure. At times it reminded me of a shorter, less historical version of Jonathan Strange and Dr. Norrel in plot with the reflective elements from The Name of the Rose on intellectual pride and the danger of the quest for knowledge for power’s sake. Nightshade, the second book is out now.
You can order your copy here.
The Statistical Probability of Love at First Sight- Jennifer E. Smith
The Statistical Probability of Love at First Sight is a book with which I’m going to have a life long love affair. From page one you’re hooked on Hadley and when you meet Oliver, there’s no way to escape his charm. It’s the kind of book you go back to again and again, when you’re bored, when you’re upset, when you need to be reminded of how strange and wonderful this thing called life is. The plot is clever with a twist that’s smart, logical, and which I totally didn’t see coming. Their journey as individuals and newly met strangers will take you through the full spectrum of emotions. Most exciting of all, the writing is phenomenal—simple, direct yet beautiful. Smith eloquently expresses thoughts many of us have had and she does it with humour and poignancy simultaneously. Statistical Probablility is a MUST READ in my opinion and definitely in my top 5 that I’ve read this year.
Statistical Probability of Love at First Sight is due out from the Poppy imprint of Little Brown in February 2012. Pre-order your copy here.
ARC provided gratis at BEA
Lola and the Boy Next Door- Stephanie Perkins
The day I read Lola and the Boy Next Door was the day I fell in love with a boy named Cricket, something heretofore unimaginable to me. Then again, so was the day I fell in love with Etienne, but that’s a different story. To be honest, Lola is just a phenomenal story; it’s the kind of story that you come back to again and again and which reveals more every time you read it. It is the kind of story that leaves you feeling warm and golden and lovely. Lola is spunky and fun and Cricket just melts your heart in all of his awkward, nerdy wonder. Fans of Perkins will also enjoy the re-entry of Anna and Etienne from Anna and the French Kiss. Seeing their relationship through Lola’s eyes but knowing what you know as a reader makes you feel like you’re in on a secret. Frankly, the only thing wrong with this book is that it had to end, but oh, what an ending it is.
P.S. if someone can figure out how to make me a small cosmos in a locket or compact where the moon changes according to the lunar cycle, I’d marry them.
Lola and the Boy Next Door is out NOW! Get your copy hereand follow Stephanie Perkins on twitter @naturallysteph
Legacy has all the hallmarks of books I tend to like: a small, spooky New England town setting, a good vs. evil plot, magic and mystery. Did I mention also boarding school and a girl who knows little of her past or herself? Also there’s a great boy, really the cherry on the cake at this point. The journey through this book is one of self-discovery for Katy as much as anything else. I liked the plot, but I didn’t like the timeline. I felt like it was both too long and moved too fast. The father’s transformation from absent to controlling is odd too but once the motivations are explained it sort of makes sense. Basically, besides minor odds and ends, I liked this book quite a bit, particularly right before Halloween. Fans of The Secret Circle and witches in general will like it as well.
Legacy is due out December 20th from Simon and Schuster. Preorder your copy here!
eGalley courtesy of Simon and Schuster Galley Grab.
Radiant Desire- Inara Scott
You know how I love Inara Scott’s young adult series Delacroix Academy. Well, good news for adults, her romance series is awesome too. True to Scott’s hallmark easy to read style, Radiant Desire (Handmaid’s Seduction #1) is everything you want from a paranormal romance and more. In addition to heart-palpitating chemistry and some steamy scenes that will leave you weak in the knees, there are serious explorations of love whether familial, romantic, or philia. The plot is at times incredibly moving with a focus on humanity and the kindness of strangers. If there’s one thing you take from this book let it be the sentiments of “I love you and I’m sorry.” The cover is stunning too! Radiant Desire is sure to delight romance fans, faerie fans, and paranormal fans across the board.
Radiant Desire is out NOW from Entangled Publishing! Get your copy here!
ARC provided by Inara herself! THANKS INARA! Follow her on twitter @InaraScott or on her website here.
Her Kilt-Clad Rogue- Julie Moffett
Her Kilt-Clad Rogue brings the word rogue back in vogue. I love Julie Moffett’s spy series so I figured I’d take a stab at her historical romance as well. I was not disappointed. I love the Scottish highland setting and the dislike of the English is historically accurate. It’s a hint of Jane-Eyre and Wuthering Heights with 3 parts of smoldering sex appeal. So many juicy questions to tackle: Did the brooding Connor kill his wife? Can Genevieve forgive him enough to thaw the walls around her heart? There’s a twist you don’t see coming too. My only complaint is that it is too short. Fans of historical romance will enjoy this one for sure.
The book is out now and is a STEAL at only $3.19 for Kindle.
Awake at Dawn (Shadow Falls #2)- C.C. Hunter
I loved the first book so much, that they put my quote on the back. Well ladies and gents, book two Awake at Dawn doesn’t disappoint. Kylie has giant haunting questions to answer particularly about herself and her powers, which the more we discover the more AWESOME they are. Oh and let’s not forget the hella hot paranormal boys she needs to choose between. Frankly I have a favorite and wouldn’t trust the half faerie as far as I could throw him, which isn’t far. Awake at Dawn continues in the tradition of Born at Midnight giving you beautiful character development and some romance within an intriguing mystery plot. If I love love loved Born at Midnight, I lust lust lusted for every page Awake at Dawn. I can only imagine this is what addiction feels like.
P.S. I love that the falls are on the cover!
Awake at Dawn is due out October 11th, you can pre-order your copy here. If you don’t have your copy of Born at Midnight yet, you should pick that up too.
I finally got to meet C.C. at RWA this summer and she’s as charming and lovely as one expects. Follow her on twitter @cchunterbooks or at her website here.
ARC provided gratis by St. Martin’s Griffin
The Power of Six (Lorien Legacies)-Pittacus Lore
The sequel to I Am Number Four, The Power of Six is less about six than the title leads you to believe. Tricksy title, instead of being about #6 and her powers, it is about the six Garde left. I wanted to like this book, because I liked the first one so much (and hello because I’d really love to see more shirtless Alex Pettyfer as 4 in a movie sequel). While I appreciate the action, the introduction of #7, and some of the surprise introductions along the way, I
pretty much hated disliked the plot line which undoes all the endearing parts of the first book. There are choices that I’m not sure are consistent for me with the character personalities previously established. We are all weary of love triangles. Welp, forget love triangles, this book has a love square & it’s damn weird. Will I keep reading the series? To the very end but only because I need to know what happens.
You can get your copy here.
Wolfsbane- Andrea Creamer
Wolfsbane, the sequel to Nightshade, picks up just where the first book left off. Calla is torn between Shay and Ren and between the freedom and duty. It’s wonderfully good second book. Don’t believe me? Wait till you get to page 285. If you can read that page without having a whirlwind of emotion, without feeling like you were just slapped in the face, there is something wrong with you as a human being. That being said, this is a book that really requires you to have read the first one for things to make sense. There is a lot more action here with the promise of more danger to come, and Bloodrose can’t come soon enough in my opinion.
P.S. Shay or Ren? Shay or Ren? BAH!
You can get your copy here.
No One To Trust (Lexi Carmichael Mystery #2) - Julia Moffett
No One To Trust was my break from YA book. Sometimes you need something a bit different, and this book totally satisfied that need. The second book in the series, No One To Trust features a nerdy girl, hot guys with accents, and a great thriller plot with hints of romance. Basically mystery meets romance, what’s there not to like? Lexi Carmichael might as well be the modern day Nancy Drew only with more hacking and technology skills. It’s a perfect beach read for anyone looking for an interesting mystery, a good contemporary romance, or those who like spies or nerds. It can be read stand alone though I suggest picking up the first book No One Lives Twice. This is definitely a series
I will live vicariously through I will continue to follow.
No One To Trust is out now and is a steal at only $4 for the Kindle edition. Get a copy here.
eGalley provided gratis by Carina Press via Netgalley
Drink, Slay, Love-Sarah Beth Durst
You look at the cover of Drink Slay Love and think dear god, not another vampire story (also: is that True Blood?). Yet this cover is deceiving, because Drink Slay Love isn’t just another vampire story. Similar in conception to the stunning novel Infinite Days, it is less about being a vampire than about being human. There are several excellent plot twists (one that not even I saw coming). Frankly, why has no one merged the vampire and unicorn mythology until now? That’s bloody brilliant. Our MC is a confident, call it as she sees it, take no prisoners kind of gal. She stays true to herself throughout the book even and especially in regards to love interest Evan. His actions would have been easily romanticized in other YA books, but not here. AMEN!
Drink Slay Loveis due out from Margaret K. McElderry (an imprint of Simon and Schuster) on September 13th. You can get your copy here.
e-Galley provided gratis courtesty of Simon and Schuster Galley Grab.
Oh My Gods- Tera Lynn Childs
Oh My Gods is exactly the book I wanted to be reading this summer. Light, easy, fun, interesting. Yes please! Don’t know if you’ve noticed yet but I have a thing for mythology, in particular Greek mythology. Last week I dreamt of the Odyssey; no really, I did (Andy Whitfield played Odysseus and JLo was Circe). So clearly, with descendents of the Gods andtons of mythology references this book was my cup of tea. I’m also into running these days and that features prominently in the book as well. Greek Gods + Running = Kate’s perfect summer read (who knew?). I instantly loved Phoebe, she’s got sass and isn’t whiney in the face of adversity. WINNER! And hello, did I mention the hot boy(s)? The plot was cute though I saw the end coming a mile away. Go read this book and check back tomorrow for my review of the sequel Goddess Boot Camp.
You can get your copy here.
Follow Tera Lynn on Twitter @teralynnchilds or at her website here.
Instructions for a Broken Heart- Kim Culbertson
Instructions for a Broken Heart is among a very select group of books that have made me cry. That alone makes this book exceptional. Clearly what you need to get over a cheating ex is a trip to Italy and 20 envelopes full of instructions. Never have I seen so much of myself in a book, not necessarily in Jessa, but in the prose and ideas itself. The writing is lovely and the words chosen so accurately that beautiful sentiments are conveyed without cliche. Jessa is the most realistic portrayal of teen heartbreak I’ve read yet. The comedic best friend Tyler, the charming boy of interest Dylan Thomas (also a poet!), and the backdrop of Italy round out the story perfectly. Instructions for a Broken Heart is a travel narrative, love story, and tale of self-discovery all in one. Fans of Maureen Johnson’s Little Blue Envelopes series will delight in this book, as will fans of Sarah Dessen and Jennifer Echols.
You can purchase your copy here.