Monday, May 18, 2009

In My Mailbox

Monday again and I can tell you about the books I acquired this week and how excited I am to read them (VERY!. This all started on the Story Siren's blog, and was inspired by Alea of Pop Culture Junkie (thanks) so go there to find out more.

My week:
1. The Sorceress by Michael Scott
And oh, I've been waiting for this. I am such a fan of this series. Already started it. Already better than The Magician (and I loved The Magician). New editor apparently (and it shows!)

Nicholas Flamel's heart almost broke as he watched his beloved Paris crumble before him. The city was destroyed by Dee and Machiavelli, but Flamel played his own role in the destruction. Sophie and Josh Newman show every sign of being the twins of prophecy, and Flamel had to protect them and the pages from the Dark Elders.

But Nicholas grows weaker with each passing day. Perenelle is still trapped in Alcatraz, and now that Scatty has gone missing, the group is without protection. Except for Clarent—the twin sword to Excalibur. But Clarent’s power is unthinkable, its evil making it nearly impossible to use without its darkness seeping into the soul of whoever wields it.

If he hopes to defeat Dee, Nicholas must find an Elder who can teach Josh and Sophie the third elemental magic—Water Magic. The problem? The only one who can do that is Gilgamesh, and he is quite, quite insane.

2. Fire by Kristin Cashore
Follow up to Graceling (Note to self: push Graceling to the top of my TBR pile...)

She is the last of her kind...

It is not a peaceful time in the Dells. In King City, the young King Nash is clinging to the throne, while rebel lords in the north and south build armies to unseat him. War is coming. And the mountains and forest are filled with spies and thieves. This is where Fire lives, a girl whose beauty is impossibly irresistible and who can control the minds of everyone around her.

Exquisitely romantic, this companion to the highly praised Graceling has an entirely new cast of characters, save for one person who plays a pivotal role in both books. You don’t need to have read Graceling to love Fire. But if you haven’t, you’ll be dying to read it next.

3. Zombie Queen of Newbury High by Amanda Ashby

Quiet, unpopular, non-cheerleading Mia is blissfully happy. She is dating super hot football god Rob, and he actually likes her and asked her to prom! Enter Samantha—cheerleading goddess and miss popularity— who starts making a move for Rob. With prom in a few days, Mia needs to act fast. So she turns to her best friend, Candice, and decides to do a love spell on Rob. Unfortunately, she ends up inflicting a zombie virus onto her whole class, making herself their leader! At first she is flattered that everyone is treating her like a queen. But then zombie hunter Chase explains they are actually fattening her up, because in a few days, Mia will be the first course in their new diet. She’s sure she and Chase can figure something out, but she suggests that no one wear white to prom, because things could get very messy.

4. Lips Touch by Laini Taylor
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 offered young girls sumptuous fruits to tempt them to sell their souls. But what does it take to tempt today's 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 and her small safe life begins to unravel. What does the beautiful, fanged man want with her, and how is her fate connected to a mysterious race of demons?

All sound so good. Want to just cast everything else aside and read.
So that's what was in my mailbox. What was in yours?


PolishOutlander said...

I just finished reading Zombie Queen last week. It was a fun read, like a tv series on paper. Happy reading!

Rebecca said...

Awesome books, they all sound really interesting. Enjoy.

Anonymous said...

You are luckyluckylucky to get Fire. Happy reading!

Ravenous Reader said...

Yeay!! for a good week. I have heard nothing but great things about Fire. Graceling was amazing so you need to read it soon, The sequel is called Bitter Blue.

Maggie Stiefvater said...

Shoot! This reminds me that I really need to dive into the Michael Scotts that I have - the first and second.

Bookgeek said...

Thanks. Am so excited about this week's books. And Maggie, I plan to review your book this week. (And it was spectacular!)

Maggie Stiefvater said...

I can't wait to see what you thought, James!

Maggie Stiefvater said...

LOL, Angela -- I misread that as bookchic instead of bookgeek, because I was speed reading my emails!

Bookgeek said...

Funny. But the review is now up!