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October 21, 2010

As in: (Only Time Travel Will Help Me Get These Books)

Welcome to a new segment on Ruby’s Reads. Yes, you got it: Those books I’ve found out about and can’t get my hand on for love or money. Not because I’m not special, but because they are only a twinkle in their authors’ eyes. Well, more than a twinkle. But here are some titles I’m excited about:

  • Dark Descending by Jenna Black
  • RD (Release Date): April 4, 2011

Nikki Glass thinks of herself as an ordinary person, although her skills as a private investigator sometimes verge on the uncanny. But whatever Nikki might think of herself, she is far from ordinary, as she discovers one life-altering night when she loses control of her car on an icy road, accidentally killing a man who appears out of nowhere. The man Nikki struck with her car was an immortal who wanted to die—and she has now inadvertently stolen his immortality. As a descendant of the Greek goddess Artemis, Nikki’s talents have reached supernatural proportions. Of course, before she was an immortal, there wasn’t anyone who wanted her dead….

 

 

 

 

 

  • Raziel by Kristina Douglas
  • RD: January 3, 2011

Kristina Douglas’s sexy new series introduces a realm of fallen angels and ruthless demons, where an eternal rebellion is brewing . . . and one unsuspecting woman can change the fate of the Fallen forever.She was just an ordinary mortal . . . “You’re dead” is so not what Allie Watson wants to hear. Unfortunately, it explains a lot. Like the dark, angelically handsome man who ferried her to this strange, hidden land. The last thing she remembers is stepping off a curb in front of a crosstown bus. Now she’s surrounded by gorgeous fallen angels with an unsettling taste for blood—and they really don’t want her around. Not exactly how she pictured heaven. . . . until death catapulted her into a seductive world she never imagined. Raziel is unsure why he rescued Allie from hellfire against Uriel’s orders, but she stirs in him a longing he hasn’t felt in centuries. Now the Fallen are bracing for the divine wrath brought by his disobedience, and they blame Allie for the ferocious Nephilim clawing at the kingdom’s shrouded gates. Facing impossible odds at every turn, the two must work together to survive. Raziel will do anything to defend his spirited lover against the forces of darkness—because Allie may be the Fallen’s only salvation.

  • A Brush of Darkness by Allison Pang
  • RD: January 3, 2011

Six months ago, twenty-six-year-old Abby Sinclair was struggling to pick up the pieces of her shattered life. Now, she has an enchanted iPod and a miniature unicorn living in her underwear drawer. With her lack of OtherWorldly knowledge, Abby needs all the help she can get. So when her Faery employer and some of her friends go missing, she must team up with the sexy and mysterious incubus who’s been haunting her dreams. As Abby’s sucked deeper and deeper into this dangerous world she barely knows—filled with daemons, angels, and faeries—she finds herself trapped at the center of it all. And she might not be able to escape…

 

  • Shadowcry (The Secrets of Wintercraft) by Jenna Burtenshaw
  • RD: June 21, 2011

 

I have no info on this, but I think the cover is pretty. The tagline reads: “A deathly curse. An ancient secret.”

There is also going to be a companion to  Mistwood.

  • Nightspell by Leah Cypess
  • May 2011

No description or cover art right now.

  • The Last Little Blue Envelope by Maureen Johnson
  • RD: April/May 2011

I had no idea that Johnson was even contemplating a sequel. I know nothing about it and there is no cover (as yet) and no description (as yet). I loved 13 Little Blue Envelopes, though, and that’s enough to make me want it.

 

  • Entwined by Heather Dixon
  • RD: March 29, 2011

It will not be able to compare to Juliet Marillier’s Wildwood Dancing, but I do love to read different versions of the Twelve Dancing Princesses story. Plus, as always, I’m a sucker for a pretty face.

Azalea is trapped. Just when she should feel that everything is before her . . . beautiful gowns, dashing suitors, balls filled with dancing . . . it’s taken away. All of it.

The Keeper understands. He’s trapped, too, held for centuries within the walls of the palace. And so he extends an invitation.

Every night, Azalea and her eleven sisters may step through the enchanted passage in their room to dance in his silver forest.

But there is a cost.

The Keeper likes to keep things.

Azalea may not realize how tangled she is in his web until it is too late.

 

  • Clarity by Kim Harrington
  • RD: March 1, 2011 

When you can see things others can’t, where do you look for the truth?This paranormal murder mystery will have teens reading on the edge of their seats.

Clarity “Clare” Fern sees things. Things no one else can see. Things like stolen kisses and long-buried secrets. All she has to do is touch a certain object, and the visions come to her. It’s a gift.

And a curse.

When a teenage girl is found murdered, Clare’s ex-boyfriend wants her to help solve the case–but Clare is still furious at the cheating jerk. Then Clare’s brother–who has supernatural gifts of his own–becomes the prime suspect, and Clare can no longer look away. Teaming up with Gabriel, the smoldering son of the new detective, Clare must venture into the depths of fear, revenge, and lust in order to track the killer. But will her sight fail her just when she needs it most?

  • The FitzOsbornes in Exile (The Montmaray Journals) by Michelle Cooper
  • RD: April 5, 2011

Michelle Cooper combines the drama of pre-War Europe with the romance of debutante balls and gives us another compelling historical page turner.

Sophia FitzOsborne and the royal family of Montmaray escaped their remote island home when the Germans attacked, and now find themselves in the lap of luxury. Sophie’s journal fills us in on the social whirl of London’s 1937 season, but even a princess in lovely new gowns finds it hard to fit in. Is there no other debutante who reads?!

And while the balls and house parties go on, newspaper headlines scream of war in Spain and threats from Germany. No one wants a second world war. Especially not the Montmaravians—with all Europe under attack, who will care about the fate of their tiny island kingdom?

Will the FitzOsbornes ever be able to go home again? Could Montmaray be lost forever?

 

The scary thing is, I could keep going. Instead, I’m going to research time-travel. Otherwise I’d have to sulk over how long it’s going to be before I can get my hands on ANY of these books. Who would want to do that?

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5 Comments leave one →
  1. October 24, 2010 1:24 pm

    I love the name of this feature! The FitzOsbornes in Exile looks great. On my wishlist!

    • October 24, 2010 2:22 pm

      Did you read the first book, A Brief History of Montmaray? It reminded me a little of I Capture the Castle. I loved it.

      • October 24, 2010 4:04 pm

        No, I haven’t read that either. I’ve had I Capture the Castle on my list for a while. Should I read that first?

      • October 24, 2010 4:24 pm

        You don’t need to read I Capture the Castle before you read the Montmaray books, but you should definitely read A Brief History of Montmaray before you read The FitzOsbornes in Exile. The good news is–it’s already been published. The bad news is that it won’t be out in paperback until March of ’11. But it’s available as an ebook, if that’s your thing. Don’t tell anyone this, but I didn’t love I Capture the Castle as much as some. It’s almost a cult classic in some circles. Montmaray was more to my taste.

      • October 24, 2010 4:27 pm

        I’ll definitely give those a try. Thanks for the recommendations. 🙂

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