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Shopping for books is like being in heaven

September 11, 2010

No, really. I just wish there were more bookstores around. I’ll wander into any bookstore that crosses my path. When my brother moved to New York, I thought YEA! bookstore mecca dead ahead! I was kind of disappointed, though. I mean, The Strand is awesome and it’s kind of cool to go into the ginormous Barnes and Noble, but I didn’t have much luck finding small used bookstores with so many books you can barely fit in the aisles. I love sifting through stacks and behind shelves and finding hidden treasures. Sadly, for the most part I’ve picked my local used bookstores clean. That’s what’s nice about discovering a new genre, though. It means that there are books that I overlooked in my earlier scavenging because I didn’t yet know I would be interested in them.

This weekend, I went to Borders because I was looking for new books. There isn’t a local independent bookstore where I live, not anymore. At least, not one that sells new books.  The biggest loss, as far as I’m concerned is the specialty stores. For example, there used to be a children’s bookstore not half an hour away from my house. It was a wonderful resource. You could go in there and ask for a recommendation for your ten year-old niece  who doesn’t like ponies or princesses or a book that will interest a fifth grade boy who can only read at a third grade level. Often, you can’t even get that kind of advice from a librarian anymore. But I digress.

I walked around my favorite sections of the Borders for a long time, pulling books off the shelf until they knocked into my chin. I’m greedy about books. As greedy as my paycheck will allow. I bought some good stuff and now that I’m home I can get started. Here are some things I saw that I had to cull from my list:

Delcroix Academy, Book 1: The Candidates by Inara Scott–This book features one of my favorite devices: the mysterious private school. Check out the description from Amazon:

Dancia Lewis is far from popular. And that’s not just because of her average grades or her less-than-glamorous wardrobe. In fact, Dancia’s mediocrity is a welcome cover for her secret: whenever she sees a person threatening someone she cares about, things just…happen. Cars skid. Structures collapse. Usually someone gets hurt.  So Dancia does everything possible to avoid getting close to anyone, belieiving this way she can supress her powers and keep them hidden.
But when recruiters from the prestigious Delcroix Academy show up in her living room to offer her a full scholarship, Dancia’s days of living under the radar may be over. Only, Delcroix is a school for diplomats’ kids and child geniuses–not B students with uncontrollable telekinetic tendencies.  So why are they treating Dancia like she’s special? Even the hottest guy on campus seems to be going out of his way to make Dancia feel welcome.
And then there’s her mysterious new friend Jack, who can’t stay out of trouble. He suspects something dangerous is going on at the Academy and wants Dancia to help him figure out what.  But Dancia isn’t convinced. She hopes that maybe the recruiters know more about her “gift” than they’re letting on. Maybe they can help her understand how to use it…But not even Dancia could have imagined what awaits her behind the gates of Delcroix Academy.
Plain Kate by Erin Bow appeals to me in the way that Brightly Woven did. Read Brightly Woven if you haven’t already. Here’s the description of Plain Kate:
Plain Kate lives in a world of superstitions and curses, where a song can heal a wound and a shadow can work deep magic. As the wood-carver’s daughter, Kate held a carving knife before a spoon, and her wooden charms are so fine that some even call her “witch-blade” — a dangerous nickname in a town where witches are hunted and burned in the square.For Kate and her village have fallen on hard times. Kate’s father has died, leaving her alone in the world. And a mysterious fog now covers the countryside, ruining crops and spreading fear of hunger and sickness. The townspeople are looking for someone to blame, and their eyes have fallen on Kate.

Enter Linay, a stranger with a proposition: In exchange for her shadow, he’ll give Kate the means to escape the town that seems set to burn her, and what’s more, he’ll grant her heart’s wish. It’s a chance for her to start over, to find a home, a family, a place to belong. But Kate soon realizes that she can’t live shadowless forever — and that Linay’s designs are darker than she ever dreamed.

Wildthorn by Jane Eagland has a cover that immediately caught my eye. I love teen historicals. But I’m curious as to why people frequently buy this book together with The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo. No, seriously. Amazon says so.

They strip her naked, of everything—undo her whalebone corset, hook by hook. Locked away in Wildthorn Hall—a madhouse—they take her identity. She is now called Lucy Childs. She has no one; she has nothing. But, she is still seventeen—still Louisa Cosgrove, isn’t she? Who has done this unthinkable deed? Louisa must free herself, in more ways than one, and muster up the courage to be her true self, all the while solving her own twisted mystery and falling into an unconventional love . . .
Fallen, Guardian, and Rebel by Claire Delacroix–who also writes under

Cover of "Fallen"

Cover of Fallen

the name Claire Cross. I’ve only read her Contemporary Romances, but I was looking specifically for stories featuring angels. Since I loved Double Trouble so much, I thought her paranormal stuff might be worth a try. Here’s the description of Fallen:

The Eyes of the Republic are Everywhere.

When her estranged husband’s mysterious death is declared an accident, Lilia Desjardins knows that it is a lie. She leaves all she knows to risk the dark heart of the Republic — only to find that she herself has been targeted by forces unknown.

Adam Montgomery will do anything to complete his earthly mission, even if he has to tangle with the enigmatic Lilia Desjardins. But when his contact is murdered and he must rely on Lilia’s silence to save him from the slave dens, Adam knows that his wings were only the first sacrifice required of him.

As danger and intrigue surround them, Lilia and Adam realize that they must work together — body, mind, and soul — in order to save the world.

Okay, I’ll see you tomorrow with this weeks list of reviews.

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