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I WANT These Books (Oct. 26)

October 27, 2010

There’s very little keeping this post from going on and on and on and…well, you get the idea. I would live in a house made of books if I could. Unfortunately, I have to live on a budget and that means that I have to curb my addiction or pretty soon I wouldn’t even have my books (because they’d have been repossessed, along with everything else I own). To get started, I’ll bring up a title that was a hot topic about a week ago. It’s Behemoth by Scott Westerfeld. I really enjoyed Leviathan and I can’t wait to get my hands on the sequel. Unfortunately, it’s in hardcover. Check it out.

The behemoth is the fiercest creature in the British navy. It can  swallow enemy battleships with one bite. The Darwinists will need it, now that they are at war with the Clanker powers.Deryn is a girl posing as a boy in the British Air Service, and Alek is the heir to an empire posing as a commoner. Finally together aboard the airship Leviathan, they hope to bring the war to a halt. But when disaster strikes the Leviathan‘s peacekeeping mission, they find themselves alone and hunted in enemy territory.

Alek and Deryn will need great skill, new allies, and brave hearts to face what’s ahead.

I’m a big fan of Rachel Caine’s Morganville Vampires series. And I’m glad that her work is finally being recognized as hardback-worthy. It’s just too bad it means 200% increase in the cost of Ghost Town!

While developing a new system to maintain Morganville’s defenses, student Claire Danvers discovers a way to amplify vampire mental powers. Through this, she’s able to re-establish the field around this vampire-infested Texas college town that protects it from outsiders.

But the new upgrades have an unexpected consequence: people inside the town begin to slowly forget who they are-even the vampires. Soon, the town’s little memory problem has turned into a full-on epidemic. Now Claire needs to figure out a way to pull the plug on her experiment- before she forgets how to save Morganville…

I heard about this one on Bookshelves of Doom. It has an awesome cover. But, again, hardcover!

For the last two years, since their parents’ disappearances, 12-year-old Emily has supported her younger brother, William, by selling watercress on the streets of Victorian London. Now she takes on a weightier responsibility: protecting him, and all humankind, from the magical creatures who live invisibly in their midst and those who dwell in the faerie kingdom below London but plan to emerge and conquer the city. A straightforward, kindly girl, Emily is ill-prepared for the duplicity and cruelty of her opponents, but with the help of friends, she sets out with determination to deal with matters she does not fully understand. Readers will empathize, partly because Emily is such a well-drawn, likable character and partly because they too may feel confused at times by the rival groups of power seekers, the large cast of characters, and the plot’s many twists. Combining adventure, historical fiction, and fantasy, this fast-paced novel is the first in the Invisible Order series.

I’ve wanted White Cat for ages. Someday I know I’m going to crack and buy it–and the next week I’ll see it in the stores in paperback.

Cassel comes from a family of curse workers — people who have the power to change your emotions, your memories, your luck, by the slightest touch of their hands. And since curse work is illegal, they’re all mobsters, or con artists. Except for Cassel. He hasn’t got the magic touch, so he’s an outsider, the straight kid in a crooked family. You just have to ignore one small detail — he killed his best friend, Lila, three years ago.Ever since, Cassel has carefully built up a façade of normalcy, blending into the crowd. But his façade starts crumbling when he starts sleepwalking, propelled into the night by terrifying dreams about a white cat that wants to tell him something. He’s noticing other disturbing things, too, including the strange behavior of his two brothers. They are keeping secrets from him, caught up in a mysterious plot. As Cassel begins to suspect he’s part of a huge con game, he also wonders what really happened to Lila. Could she still be alive? To find that out, Cassel will have to out-con the conmen.

I have not been a fan of the Pride, Prejudice and Zombies craze. I thought it was pretty weird. But I’d be willing to try this out–I do like Mary Balogh and her name on the cover Bespelling Jane Austen makes me the teensiest bit hopeful.

But even if the whole world was against them, it would not matter. They were together—again. And this time they would remain together. Until death do them part and, of course, long after that.What if Austen had believed in reincarnation and vampires? Join four bestselling romance authors as they channel the wit and wisdom of Jane Austen.

Almost Persuaded

In this Regency tale of Robert and Jane, New York Times bestselling author Mary Balogh brings together former lovers who have seen beyond the veil of forgetfulness to their past mistakes, and are determined to be together in this life, and forever.

Northanger Castle

Caroline’s obsession with Gothic novels winds up being good training for a lifetime of destroying the undead with her newfound beau, in this Regency by Colleen Gleason.

Blood and Prejudice

Set in the business world of contemporary New York City, Liz Bennett joins Mr. Darcy in his hunt for a vampire cure in New York Times bestselling author Susan Krinard’s version of the classic story.

Little to Hex Her

Present-day Washington, D.C., is full of curious creatures in Janet Mullany’s story, wherein Emma is a witch with a wizard boyfriend and a paranormal dating service to run.

I heard about Spider’s Bite on The Book Smugglers. It’s in paperback, so I might actually be able to get it this weekend!

Bodies litter the pages of this first entry in Estep’s engrossing Elemental Assassin urban fantasy series. In the corrupt Southern metropolis of Ashland, weather witches mingle with vampires, giants, and dwarves. A mysterious client hires assassin Gin Blanco, known as the Spider, to murder a whistle-blowing financial officer named Gordon Giles. Then the client attempts a double cross and brutally kills Gin’s mentor. Now Gin, a stone elemental with a hard-boiled attitude, a closely guarded heart, and a penchant for throwing knives, has to join forces with one of the few honest cops in Ashland, sexy detective Donovan Caine, who hates her for killing his partner.

Patricia Briggs has a blurb on the front cover of Passion Play. It seems like High Fantasy, so that’s holding me back–for now. There’s also, um, the “forced into prostitution” issue. Not my favorite storyline.
Ilse Zhalina is just 15 when her wealthy father decides to marry her off to a powerful guild leader many years older than she is. Unable to change her father’s mind, Ilse decides to run away. She finds passage with a caravan but is robbed and forced into prostitution by the cruel driver. When she finally makes her escape, Ilse flees to the city of Tiralien, where she’s taken in by Lord Raul Kosenmark, the wealthy owner of a pleasure house. Raul sees that she’s nursed back to health and eventually invites her to be the assistant to his secretary. Once Ilse sees Raul’s correspondence, she realizes the pleasure house is a front for Raul’s intelligence network of noblemen and -women. Raul and his cohorts fear a war is brewing between two powerful kings and are determined to stop it. As Ilse is drawn further into the intrigue, she finds herself falling for the enigmatic Raul, despite her fears that his affections belong to another. Bernobich’s debut is a rich, compulsively readable fantasy.
Just look at the pretty cover! And I like the title: Shades of Milk and Honey. It makes me want this book all by itself.
Shades of Milk and Honey is exactly what we could expect from Jane Austen if she had been a fantasy writer: Pride and Prejudice meets Jonathan Strange & Mr. Norrell. It is an intimate portrait of a woman, Jane, and her quest for love in a world where the manipulation of glamour is considered an essential skill for a lady of quality.

Jane and her sister Melody vie for the attentions of eligible men, and while Jane’s skill with glamour is remarkable, it is her sister who is fair of face. When Jane realizes that one of Melody’s suitors is set on taking advantage of her sister for the sake of her dowry, she pushes her skills to the limit of what her body can withstand in order to set things right—and, in the process, accidentally wanders into a love story of her own.

I’ve been hearing buzz about Except the Queen on LibraryThing. I might even suck it up for this hardcover. It looks good and I’ve always liked Jane Yolen.
From award winning authors Jane Yolen and Midori Snyder comes a tale of two worlds-and one destiny…

Sisters Serena and Meteora were once proud members of the high court of the Fairy Queen- until they played a prank that angered her highness. Separated and banished to the mortal realm of Earth, they must find a way to survive in a strange world in which they have no power. But there is more to their new home than they first suspect…

A sympathetic Meteora bonds with a troubled young girl with an ornate tattoo on her neck. Meteora recognizes it as a magic symbol that will surely bring danger down on them all. Serena, meanwhile, takes in a tortured homeless boy whose mind is plagued by dark visions. The signs point to a rising power that threatens to tear asunder both fairy and human worlds.

And the sisters realize that perhaps the queen cast them from their homes not out of anger or spite- but because they were the only ones who could do what must be done…

Okay, I’ll see you tomorrow for my review of Clockwork Heart!
3 Comments leave one →
  1. October 28, 2010 9:57 am

    Great list! I have lots of the same. Unfortunately, I got Bespelling Austen from NetGalley a while ago and had to abandon it after one and a half stories. It just bored me to death. It wasn’t for me, but maybe you’ll love it. I’d just read a few pages before you invest in it. Except the Queen looks amazing!

    • October 28, 2010 7:04 pm

      Well, fear of the very same thing happening to me is what has kept me from picking up Bespelling Austen in the first place. I think it’ll be one of those books I skim through in the store and end up leaving behind. I’d like to hear what’s on your list before I go to the bookstore this weekend. Do you have one on your blog?

  2. October 28, 2010 7:17 pm

    I have a mini-list of books that I’m reading soon on my TBR page and a collage of covers from my To-Read list of goodreads. There are about a zillion books that I’d love to have. Whenever I have a little book money, I agonize for an hour or so over my list before I decide on what to buy. A few favorites at the moment are

    The Fetch by Laura Whitcomb (if you didn’t read A Certain Slant of Light, get it now!)
    Bad Girls Don’t Die by Katie Alender
    Gentlemen by Michael Northrop

    Happy book hunting!

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