Bites
October 8, 2012

Technically I only received one book this week that’s getting added to my pile.  The other, BLOOD FOREVER by Mari Mancusi, was graciously sent to me, signed, by the author for reading and /or promotional purposes even though I already had a digital copy.  It’s for this reason, among MANY others, that Mari is awesome.

Via PaperBackSwap –

WHITE CROW by Marcus Sedgwick

Some secrets are better left buried; some secrets are so frightening they might make angels weep and the devil crow. Thought provoking as well as intensely scary, “White Crow” unfolds in three voices. There’s Rebecca, who has come to a small, seaside village to spend the summer, and there’s Ferelith, who offers to show Rebecca the secrets of the town…but at a price. Finally, there’s a priest whose descent into darkness illuminates the girls’ frightening story.  (goodreads.com)

Horror!  Yes!  I have another one of Sedgwick’s books in my review pile and I can’t wait to get to both of them.  I may need to bump them up just for ambiance purposes.

September 30, 2012

Two more books wending their way into my pile this week.

From Tor –

IRONSKIN by Tina Connolly

Jane Eliot wears an iron mask.

It’s the only way to contain the fey curse that scars her cheek. The Great War is five years gone, but its scattered victims remain—the ironskin.

When a carefully worded listing appears for a governess to assist with a “delicate situation”—a child born during the Great War—Jane is certain the child is fey-cursed, and that she can help.

Teaching the unruly Dorie to suppress her curse is hard enough; she certainly didn’t expect to fall for the girl’s father, the enigmatic artist Edward Rochart. But her blossoming crush is stifled by her own scars, and by his parade of women. Ugly women, who enter his closed studio…and come out as beautiful as the fey.

Jane knows Rochart cannot love her, just as she knows that she must wear iron for the rest of her life. But what if neither of these things is true? Step by step Jane unlocks the secrets of her new life—and discovers just how far she will go to become whole again.  (goodreads.com)

I’ve seen this one in my peripheral for a little while now.  Just the title and cover have drawn me in a bit.  I’m glad that Tor sent it on over.  It’ll definitely be going into my pile despite the fact that I’ve never read Jane Eyre (it’s a retelling).  The blurb is enough for me.

And from Macmillan –

Midwinterblood by Marcus Sedgwick

Seven stories of passion and love separated by centuries but mysteriously intertwined—this is a tale of horror and beauty, tenderness and sacrifice.

An archaeologist who unearths a mysterious artifact, an airman who finds himself far from home, a painter, a ghost, a vampire, and a Viking: the seven stories in this compelling novel all take place on the remote Scandinavian island of Blessed where a curiously powerful plant that resembles a dragon grows. What binds these stories together? What secrets lurk beneath the surface of this idyllic countryside? And what might be powerful enough to break the cycle of midwinterblood? This is a book about passion and preservation and ultimately an exploration of the bounds of love.  (goodreads.com)

How does that NOT sound interesting?  There’s so much going on here but the prospect that they’re all interconnected keeps tugging on me.  How, dammit?  HOW?

September 24, 2012

One lonely book this week, of which I’m okay with.  It came from PaperBackSwap and it’s one I’ve wanted to read for a while now, mainly because it’s a matriarchal post-apocalyptic world.  A rather rare point of view for this type of genre so I’m interested in seeing how Patneaude handles it.

EPITAPH ROAD by David Patneaude

2097 is a transformed world. Thirty years earlier, a mysterious plague wiped out 97 percent of the male population, devastating every world system from governments to sports teams, and causing both universal and unimaginable grief. In the face of such massive despair, women were forced to take over control of the planet–and in doing so they eliminated all of Earth’s most pressing issues. Poverty, crime, warfare, hunger . . . all gone.

But there’s a price to pay for this new “utopia,” which fourteen-year-old Kellen is all too familiar with. Every day, he deals with life as part of a tiny minority that is purposefully kept subservient and small in numbers. His career choices and relationship options are severely limited and controlled. He also lives under the threat of scattered recurrences of the plague, which seem to pop up wherever small pockets of men begin to regroup and grow in numbers.

And then one day, his mother’s boss, an iconic political figure, shows up at his home. Kellen overhears something he shouldn’t–another outbreak seems to be headed for Afterlight, the rural community where his father and a small group of men live separately from the female-dominated society. Along with a few other suspicious events, like the mysterious disappearances of Kellen’s progressive teacher and his Aunt Paige, Kellen is starting to wonder whether the plague recurrences are even accidental. No matter what the truth is, Kellen cares only about one thing–he has to save his father.  (goodreads.com)

September 17, 2012

One book was a purchase that I couldn’t pass up and the other is a NetGalley copy that I forgot to mention last week.  Oops!  I’m still a bit scattered.  My bad.

For $10 used I grabbed a pristine hardbound copy from my local indie –

THE ULTIMATE HITCHHIKER’S GUIDE by Douglas Adams

Nope, I haven’t read any of them yet.  I’ve been told I’m slightly blasphemous.

And from NetGalley –

CLEOPATRA ASCENDING by Maureen Lipinski

Yeah, pretty much anything to do with Egypt will suck me into reading a book.

September 10, 2012

I’ve acquired a few books in the last couple of weeks that thankfully didn’t get sucked into my moving void.  My move has put me in very close proximity to a pretty wicked independent bookstore that, HOORAY!, has book events and whatnot, the first of which I’ll be attending on the 18th for Fierce Reads so I plan on acquiring even more books that I don’t really need but WANT SO BAD.  Kind of.

First I bought a couple –

DEJA DEAD by Kathy Reichs
IRON’S PROPHECY by Julie Kagawa

Kathy Reichs actually did a signing at another local bookstore (that I didn’t go to but hooray for yet ANOTHER active local indie, thanks AZ) and I’ve been wanting to read her books for a while.  I’m a big fan of Bones so why not give her books a try, right?  As for IRON’S PROPHECY I’ll pretty much read anything Julie Kagawa right now.  Plus the download was .79.  I’ll take it.

As part of a going away gift –

STAR ISLAND by Carl Hiaasen

Not something I’d actively choose for myself but it sounds like I might be interested in it so I’ll give it a try.

From Pyr –

A GUILE OF DRAGONS by James Enge

I think I toggled back and forth about whether to ask for this one for review.  Lo and behold I received it anyway and it sounds good so yes, I shall partake.

And finally from the author via Penguin –

BLOOD FEVER by Mari Mancusi

Another author that I’ll read pretty much anything they put out.  Not to mention I really like this series.  Satire is so underrated in YA.