Happy Thanksgiving weekend to all of my fellow Canadians (and happy weekend off, for me). October is a big buying month for me, for some reason, and last week I ended up with 7 new books. Strangely, I haven’t been getting in many paperbacks the last few weeks, but mostly hardcover and trades. Time to re-organize the shelves.
My first newbie was Kami Garcia‘s new Legion book, Unbreakable. I went through this one in maybe three hours, and while I did find the story interesting, the personal side was a let down. I didn’t feel any connection to the characters, and I didn’t feel any big attraction between the characters, either. Still, I will be checking out the next book when it is released.
I never believed in ghosts. Until one tried to kill me.
When Kennedy Waters finds her mother dead, her world begins to unravel. She doesn’t know that paranormal forces in a much darker world are the ones pulling the strings. Not until identical twins Jared and Lukas Lockhart break into Kennedy’s room and destroy a dangerous spirit sent to kill her. The brothers reveal that her mother was part of an ancient secret society responsible for protecting the world from a vengeful demon — a society whose five members were all murdered on the same night.
Now Kennedy has to take her mother’s place in the Legion if she wants to uncover the truth and stay alive. Along with new Legion members Priest and Alara, the teens race to find the only weapon that might be able to destroy the demon — battling the deadly spirits he controls every step of the way.
These next few are blind buys. I have no clue what Maggie Stiefvater‘s new The Raven Cycle series is about, but the reviews have been so positive I caved in. I have no control, so of course I had to pick up The Raven Boys.
It is freezing in the churchyard, even before the dead arrive.
Every year, Blue Sargent stands next to her clairvoyant mother as the soon-to-be dead walk past. Blue herself never sees them—not until this year, when a boy emerges from the dark and speaks directly to her.
His name is Gansey, and Blue soon discovers that he is a rich student at Aglionby, the local private school. Blue has a policy of staying away from Aglionby boys. Known as Raven Boys, they can only mean trouble.
But Blue is drawn to Gansey, in a way she can’t entirely explain. He has it all—family money, good looks, devoted friends—but he’s looking for much more than that. He is on a quest that has encompassed three other Raven Boys: Adam, the scholarship student who resents all the privilege around him; Ronan, the fierce soul who ranges from anger to despair; and Noah, the taciturn watcher of the four, who notices many things but says very little.
For as long as she can remember, Blue has been warned that she will cause her true love to die. She never thought this would be a problem. But now, as her life becomes caught up in the strange and sinister world of the Raven Boys, she’s not so sure anymore.
And of course, the second book of the Raven Cycle was on sale, so I also had to pick up The Dream Thieves.
Now that the ley lines around Cabeswater have been woken, nothing for Ronan, Gansey, Blue, and Adam will be the same. Ronan, for one, is falling more and more deeply into his dreams, and his dreams are intruding more and more into waking life. Meanwhile, some very sinister people are looking for some of the same pieces of the Cabeswater puzzle that Gansey is after…
Another blind buy picked up solely because of reviews is the first book of Michelle Hodkin‘s Mara Dyer series, The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer.
Mara Dyer doesn’t think life can get any stranger than waking up in a hospital with no memory of how she got there.
She believes there must be more to the accident she can’t remember that killed her friends and left her mysteriously unharmed.
She doesn’t believe that after everything she’s been through, she can fall in love.
Aaaand you just know that I had to get the second book, too. Just in case. So that means I also got The Evolution of Mara Dyer.
Mara Dyer once believed she could run from her past.
She used to think her problems were all in her head.
She couldn’t imagine that after everything she’s been through, the boy she loves would still be keeping secrets.
The Dustlands series from Moira Young is frequently compared to the Hunger Games. Not sure about that, but I did pick up the first book, Blood Red Road.
Saba lives in Silverlake, a wasteland ravaged by constant sandstorms where her family scavenge from landfills left by the long-gone Wrecker civilization. After four cloaked horsemen kidnap her beloved twin brother Lugh, she teams up with daredevil Jack and the Free Hawks, a girl gang of Revolutionaries.
Saba learns that she is a fierce fighter, an unbeatable survivor, and a cunning opponent. And she has the power to take down a corrupt society from the inside. Saba and her new friends stage a showdown that change the course of her civilization.
My only adult release is from Dani Harper. Storm Warrior is the first book of her new Grim series.
Enslaved for millennia by the masters of the Welsh faery realm, the fierce Celtic warrior Rhys is doomed to wander the earth forever. But when a brave beauty unwittingly breaks the enchantment, he is drawn into a strange new world…and an all-consuming desire.
Sensible Morgan doesn’t believe in magic—until a mysterious being saves her from a fate worse than death, and life as she knows it changes forever. Now the man of her dreams has become flesh and blood, igniting a spark in Morgan’s soul which science cannot explain. But even a love that transcends time may not be strong enough to withstand the power of an ancient curse.
So, have you tried any of these? I enjoy Dani Harper’s Changeling series, but I don’t find myself rushing to dive into either of her new series, for some strange reason. I have no clue when I will get to any of these new books, but at least they all look pretty on the shelf.