Wednesday Wish List [19/09/12]

Wednesday Wish List

19/09/12

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Red Rain – R L Stine

Honestly, I cannot even begin to describe how excited I am to read this book! I already have it on pre-order! R L Stine was one of my favourite authors as a child and I devoured his Goosebumps series, Fear Street series, Point Horror books and so on! And now here comes his venture into writing adult horror! I can’t wait and I hope it lives up to my expectations.

Plot: Travel writer Lea Sutter finds herself on a small island off the coast of South Carolina, the wrong place at the wrong time. A merciless, unanticipated hurricane cuts a path of destruction and Lea barely escapes with her life. In the storm’s aftermath, she discovers orphaned twin boys and impulsively decides to adopt them. The boys, Samuel and Daniel, seem amiable and immensely grateful; Lea’s family back on Long Island—husband Mark and their two children, Ira and Elena—aren’t quite so pleased. But even they can’t anticipate the twins’ true nature—or predict that, within a few weeks’ time, Mark will wind up implicated in two brutal murders, with the police narrowing in.

Fathomless – Jackson Pearce

I really enjoyed Jackson Pearce’s ‘Sisters Red’ and ‘Sweetly’, and I’m looking forward to reading this third and final instalment – which features mermaids!

Plot: Celia Reynolds is the youngest in a set of triplets and the one with the least valuable power. Anne can see the future, and Jane can see the present, but all Celia can see is the past. And the past seems so insignificant — until Celia meets Lo.
Lo doesn’t know who she is. Or who she was. Once a human, she is now almost entirely a creature of the sea — a nymph, an ocean girl, a mermaid — all terms too pretty for the soulless monster she knows she’s becoming. Lo clings to shreds of her former self, fighting to remember her past, even as she’s tempted to embrace her dark immortality.
When a handsome boy named Jude falls off a pier and into the ocean, Celia and Lo work together to rescue him from the waves. The two form a friendship, but soon they find themselves competing for Jude’s affection. Lo wants more than that, though. According to the ocean girls, there’s only one way for Lo to earn back her humanity. She must persuade a mortal to love her . . . and steal his soul.

Too Good to be True: The Colossal Book of Urban Legends – Jan Harold Brunvand

I find urban legends really fascinating, and I love reading them and learning about how they originated! Jan Harold Brunvand has written some wonderful books on the subject before, and I hope this one is just as good!
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Wednesday Wish List – 12/09/12

Wednesday Wish List (12/09/12)

Harry Potter week!

Hi guys, I finished re-reading Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix last weekend, which sent me on a huge Harry Potter kick. This week, I added 3 books on to my Wish List – all related to Harry Potter! Enjoy!

Harry Potter: Page to Screen

I’ve heard wonderful things about this book, and from what I can see, it looks like a beautiful book :). I think it will be very interesting to see how they transferred the magic from page to screen, and I’m hoping to receive this book for christmas.

The Tales of Beedle the Bard – J K Rolwing (Collectors Edition)

I don’t think that this will be an achievable wished for item, at £100, but I decided that I would allow myself to drool over it while on my amazon wish list :). I love the detail that has gone into this collectors edition, it looks incredibly “Hogwarts library”-esque!

Charmed Knits

This is another one that I probably won’t buy for myself (as I cannot knit), but I would consider buying it for a relative who does like to knit, on the slightly selfish account of myself wanting a Ron Weasley jumper :). Looks like a fun book for anyone that does enjoy knitting though!

Wednesday Wish List [22/08/12]

Wednesday Wish List

22/08/12

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Here is a lovely mixture of books I added to my wish list this week :). I am especially excited by Monument 14, which sounds like an epic disaster book, and The Colour of Milk, which sounds like a beautiful read :).

Monument 14 – Emmy Laybourne

Your mother hollers that you’re going to miss the bus. She can see it coming down the street. You don’t stop and hug her and tell her you love her. You don’t thank her for being a good, kind, patient mother. Of course not—you launch yourself down the stairs and make a run for the corner.
Only, if it’s the last time you’ll ever see your mother, you sort of start to wish you’d stopped and did those things. Maybe even missed the bus.
But the bus was barreling down our street, so I ran.
Fourteen kids. One superstore. A million things that go wrong. 
In Emmy Laybourne’s action-packed debut novel, six high school kids (some popular, some not), two eighth graders (one a tech genius), and six little kids trapped together in a chain superstore build a refuge for themselves inside. While outside, a series of escalating disasters, beginning with a monster hailstorm and ending with a chemical weapons spill, seems to be tearing the world—as they know it—apart.

The Assassin’s curse – Cassandra Rose Clarke

Ananna of the Tanarau abandons ship when her parents try to marry her off to an allying pirate clan: she wants to captain her own boat, not serve as second-in-command to her handsome yet clueless fiance. But her escape has dire consequences when she learns the scorned clan has sent an assassin after her. 
And when the assassin, Naji, finally catches up with her, things get even worse. Ananna inadvertently triggers a nasty curse — with a life-altering result. Now Ananna and Naji are forced to become uneasy allies as they work together to break the curse and return their lives back to normal. Or at least as normal as the lives of a pirate and an assassin can be.

The colour of milk – Nell Leyshon

Mary is a sharp-tongued farm girl, and she will do anything to learn to read and write. But as she does so through four seasons of one extraordinary year, she discovers that nothing comes for free. Told by a narrator whose urgent, unforgettable voice will break your heart, The Colour of Milk is an astonishing novel.

Beautiful Disaster – Jamie McGuire

The new Abby Abernathy is a good girl. She doesn’t drink or swear, and she has the appropriate percentage of cardigans in her wardrobe. Abby believes she has enough distance between her and the darkness of her past, but when she arrives at college with her best friend, her path to a new beginning is quickly challenged by Eastern University’s Walking One-Night Stand. 

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Wednesday Wish List [15/08/12]

Wednesday Wish List

15/08/12

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Hi everyone, I have 4 books on my wish list to share this week, hope you enjoy! :).

The Book Thief – Markus Zusak

It’s just a small story really, about among other things: a girl, some words, an accordionist, some fanatical Germans, a Jewish fist-fighter, and quite a lot of thievery. . . .
Set during World War II in Germany, Markus Zusak’s groundbreaking new novel is the story of Liesel Meminger, a foster girl living outside of Munich. Liesel scratches out a meager existence for herself by stealing when she encounters something she can’t resist–books. With the help of her accordion-playing foster father, she learns to read and shares her stolen books with her neighbors during bombing raids as well as with the Jewish man hidden in her basement before he is marched to Dachau.
This is an unforgettable story about the ability of books to feed the soul.

Honestly, this sounds like a beautiful read, and I’m really looking forward to being able to read it :).

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Sisterhood Everlasting – Ann Brashares

Despite having jobs and men that they love, each knows that something is missing: the closeness that once sustained them. Carmen is a successful actress in New York, engaged to be married, but misses her friends. Lena finds solace in her art, teaching in Rhode Island, but still thinks of Kostos and the road she didn’t take. Bridget lives with her longtime boyfriend, Eric, in San Francisco, and though a part of her wants to settle down, a bigger part can’t seem to shed her old restlessness.
Then Tibby reaches out to bridge the distance, sending the others plane tickets for a reunion that they all breathlessly await. And indeed, it will change their lives forever—but in ways that none of them could ever have expected.
As moving and life-changing as an encounter with long-lost best friends, Sisterhood Everlasting is a powerful story about growing up, losing your way, and finding the courage to create a new one.

I loved the first four ‘sisterhood of the travelling pants’ books, and I only just realised that there is a fifth one out! It went straight on my wish list 🙂

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Dust City – Robert Paul Weston

Ever since his father’s arrest for the murder of Little Red Riding Hood, teen wolf Henry Whelp has kept a low profile in a Home for Wayward Wolves . . . until a murder at the Home leads Henry to believe his father may have been framed.
Now, with the help of his kleptomaniac roommate, Jack, and a daring she-wolf named Fiona, Henry will have to venture deep into the heart of Dust City: a rundown, gritty metropolis where fairydust is craved by everyone and controlled by a dangerous mob of Water Nixies and their crime boss leader, Skinner. 
Can Henry solve the mystery of his family’s sinister past? Or, like his father before him, is he destined for life as a big bad wolf?

I enjoy fairy tale retellings a lot, especially little red riding hood, and with a tag line of ‘Who’s afraid of the big bad wolf?’, it was bound to get my attention!

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Procession of the Dead – D B Shan

What “had” I done before coming to the City? I couldn’t remember. It sounded crazy but my past was a blank. I could recall every step since alighting from the train, but not a single one before. ” 
Young, quick-witted, and cocksure, Capac Raimi arrives in the City determined to make his mark in a world of sweet, sinister sin. He finds the City is a place of exotic dangers: a legendary assassin with snakes tattooed on his face who moves like smoke, blind Incan priests whom no one seems to see, a kingpin who plays with puppets, and friends who mysteriously disappear as though they never existed. Then Capac crosses paths with The Cardinal, and his life changes forever. 
The Cardinal is the City, and the City is The Cardinal. They are joined at the soul. Nothing moves on the streets, or below them, without The Cardinal’s knowledge. His rule is absolute. 
When Capac discovers how deeply The Cardinal has influenced his life, he is faced with hard choices that conflict with his soaring ambition. To find his way, Capac must know himself and what he is capable of. But how can you trust yourself when you can’t remember your past?

I’ve just re-read all of the ‘Saga of Darren Shan’ series, and it prompted me to research into the author’s other published work. I found this book, and decided that I definitely want to see where this talented author has gone with adult fiction, instead of YA fiction.

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Wednesday Wish List [08/08/12]

Wednesday Wish List

08/08/12

This week I’ve been going crazy for beautiful covers! I want to expand my collection of classic novels; and the new clothbound classics and penguin english library covers would be a gorgeous addition to my book shelves!

Here are a few things on my wishlist. I have included ISBNs so you can easily find the books yourself 🙂

Mansfield Park – Jane Austin

Clothbound Classic. 

ISBN-10: 0141197706

ISBN-13: 978-0141197708

Emma

Penguin English Library

ISBN-10: 0141199520

ISBN-13: 978-0141199528

Oliver Twist

Clothbound Classic.

ISBN-10: 0141192496

ISBN-13: 978-0141192499

Dracula

Clothbound Classic

ISBN-10: 0141196882

ISBN-13: 978-0141196886

Wuthering Heights

Clothbound Classic.

ISBN-10: 0141040351

ISBN-13: 978-0141040356

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Wednesday Wish list [01/08/12]

Wednesday Wish List

01/08/12

Here are another 3 books that have been added to my wish list this week 🙂

Middlesex – Jeffrey Eugenides

“I was born twice: first, as a baby girl, on a remarkably smogless Detroit day of January 1960; and then again, as a teenage boy, in an emergency room near Petoskey, Michigan, in August of l974. . . My birth certificate lists my name as Calliope Helen Stephanides. My most recent driver’s license…records my first name simply as Cal.”

 So begins the breathtaking story of Calliope Stephanides and three generations of the Greek-American Stephanides family who travel from a tiny village overlooking Mount Olympus in Asia Minor to Prohibition-era Detroit, witnessing its glory days as the Motor City, and the race riots of l967, before they move out to the tree-lined streets of suburban Grosse Pointe, Michigan. To understand why Calliope is not like other girls, she has to uncover a guilty family secret and the astonishing genetic history that turns Callie into Cal, one of the most audacious and wondrous narrators in contemporary fiction. Lyrical and thrilling, Middlesex is an exhilarating reinvention of the American epic.

This sounds like a pretty unusual book – not the most common thing to write about – so naturally I want to read it now!

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I Am Not a Serial Killer – Dan Wells

John Wayne Cleaver is dangerous, and he knows it.

He’s spent his life doing his best not to live up to his potential.

He’s obsessed with serial killers, but really doesn’t want to become one. So for his own sake, and the safety of those around him, he lives by rigid rules he’s written for himself, practicing normal life as if it were a private religion that could save him from damnation.

Dead bodies are normal to John. He likes them, actually. They don’t demand or expect the empathy he’s unable to offer. Perhaps that’s what gives him the objectivity to recognize that there’s something different about the body the police have just found behind the Wash-n-Dry Laundromat—and to appreciate what that difference means.

Now, for the first time, John has to confront a danger outside himself, a threat he can’t control, a menace to everything and everyone he would love, if only he could.

Dan Wells’s debut novel is the first volume of a trilogy that will keep you awake and then haunt your dreams.

After hearing a good review of this book on YouTube, it went straight into my wish list. It sounds quite unique and will hopefully be a good read :).

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Hysteria – Megan Miranda

Mallory’s life is falling apart. Her boyfriend was stabbed. He bled to death in her kitchen. Mallory was the one who stabbed him. But she can’t remember what happened that night. She only remembers the fear . . .

When Mallory’s parents send her away to a boarding school, she thinks she can escape the gossip and the threats. But someone, or something, has followed her. There’s the hand that touches her shoulder when she’s drifting off to sleep. A voice whispering her name. And everyone knows what happened. So when a pupil is found dead, Mallory’s name is on their lips. Her past can be forgotten but it’s never gone. Can Mallory live with that?

This not be out will 2013, but the plot sounds awesome! I hope it will be worth the wait 🙂

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Wednesday Wish List (25/07/12)

Wednesday Wishlist

25/07/12

Dear Mr. Potter: Letters of Love, Loss and Magic: Lily Zalon

“Dear Mr. Potter: Letters of Love, Loss, and Magic” features hundreds of letters and pictures from Harry Potter fans. Individually, these letters and pictures tell stories of how fans have been impacted and inspired by Harry Potter. Together they serve as proof of what all Potter fans know so well: the Harry Potter series changes lives.

I’m a huge Harry Potter fan, and I think this would be a really interesting read 🙂

Illegal: Bettina Restrepo

From a new Latina voice comes the moving and heartbreaking story of a 15-year-old Mexican girl’s life as an illegal immigrant in Texas. 

I’ve never read a book about illegal immigration before, so I think this sounds like it would be a good read, and something different for me to pick up!

Unwind: Neal Shusterman

The Second Civil War was fought over reproductive rights. The chilling resolution: Life is inviolable from the moment of conception until age thirteen. Between the ages of thirteen and eighteen, however, parents can have their child “unwound,” whereby all of the child’s organs are transplanted into different donors, so life doesn’t technically end. Connor is too difficult for his parents to control. Risa, a ward of the state is not enough to be kept alive. And Lev is a tithe, a child conceived and raised to be unwound. Together, they may have a chance to escape and to survive.

I’ve been hearing amazing things about this book, and the plot sounds very interesting!