Cassandra Clare News

I haven’t seen much news of this around, but a couple of days ago I saw an article over on Hypable that dropped a bit of Cassandra Clare news – it looks like she has her first adult series in the works, and it will focus on none other than…Magnus Bane.

It looks like she will be co-authoring with Wesley Chu, adding to her growing list of writing partners which already include Sarah Rees Brennan, Maureen Johnson, and Robin Wasserman. It looks like the first book of the proposed trilogy will have a release date of November 2017, meaning that there will be three different Shadowhunter-world series on the go at the same time. In the announcement, Clare said:

     “Over the years writing the Shadowhunter books, Magnus Bane has emerged as one of the most fun and fascinating characters for me to bring to life… There are so many things we don’t know about Magnus, from the story of his first love to the secrets of his parentage, to the beginning of his relationship with Alec. All those are things I was able to touch on in The Bane Chronicles, but I’m excited to dig in even more deeply in these three volumes devoted to Magnus, his past, his future, and his present.”

So, I don’t quite know how I feel about this. I enjoy Magnus as much as the next reader, but we have already covered a lot of territory in his life. Between his role in The Infernal Devices, The Mortal Instruments, and his own collection of short stories, there has been a lot of page time devoted to Magnus already. And, I mean, we already know he ends up with Alec. He has already gotten his happily ever after (well, until Alec gets old or figures out how not to), so what new ground is there to cover?

As of right now, I don’t have much interest in this one. To be honest, as much as I loved The Infernal Devices and enjoyed The Mortal Instruments, I think I am burning out on the Shadowhunter books. The recently released Lady Midnight, which started yet another Shadowhunter series, didn’t really do that much for me. It wasn’t bad, but it didn’t grab me, either, which was a disappointment in itself.

Are you happy to see an adult trilogy focusing on Magnus, or are you moving on from the whole Shadowhunter world? What new ground do you think they can cover that hasn’t already been done before


Weekly Wrap Up…

booksAnother week has flown by, which means it is time to see what we all read this week. I kept to my goal of trying to finally be a big girl and finish off some of the series I have only had one book left on, but of course because I put things off so long I had to do a re-read of the first books, first. I started off with Sarah Rees Brennan‘s The Lynburn Legacy series, which was a surprise young adult favorite of mine. I will be finishing off the third and final book tonight, and I have to admit I will be sad to see this one wrap up. Between the very original premise, the non-standard characters, and the humor, it was definitely no hardship for the re-reads. Much enjoyment was had.

Those three books pretty much took up my week, but I did manage to grab the new Carpathian novella from Christine Feehan that just came out in Edge of Darkness (of course, I didn’t read the other two stories. Um, yet? Maybe? Probably not). This one was actually quite a surprise for a couple of reasons. First off, there was a total change of setting. Instead of the Carpathian mountains (not bad) or the jungle (ugh), this one was very much city based, and a really nice change of pace. It was a short story, yes, but I can say that it manages to open up a whole new direction for the Dark books, and that I liked where it was going.

As a bonus, the focus was turned towards some Carpathians we haven’t seen much from. The triplets play a decent supporting role, and Tariq Asenguard is pretty much front and center. I am not sure if Christine is sticking to the Lost Dark Book storyline for Tariq, but Dark Crime makes me sort of hope that there is a new direction planned for him. And as a total bonus? A side storyline that seemed to be completely dropped way-back-when actually becomes relevant here. I don’t want to say what because of potential spoilers, but it always bugged me that it was hinted at and never followed up on. Oh, there is also another “legendary ancient hunter” introduced by the name of Val Zhestokly. This is totally a Dancing With the Stars name, and every time I read it I snickered like a kid. So sad.

The only downside I can see is the timing for this one. If Tariq or one of the triplets’ stories was up next, it would be great. Instead, we have not one but two books before we get back to this new offshoot of the Dark World. Tariq’s story will be called Dark Carousel, but we will probably have to wait until late 2016/ early 2017 to get it. To me, it would’ve made more sense to hold off a bit before coming out with this one.

Ok, that was my week. How did yours shape up? I assume most of you probably dove into Magic Shifts, but I have to wait until this Tuesday for my turn. You can be sure next week will be an equally long-winded rave about it, though.

End it, Already!

american-english-idioms-book-with-wordsI am officially declaring August my “End it, Already”! month. There are a few new releases I am of course dying to get (I am looking at you, Magic Shifts and Deceptions), but for the most part my goal in August is to let go and finally read the final book in some of my series.

See, I have this weird thing. If I don’t read the last book, then the series isn’t really over. Logical? Nope. But I have the strange habit of putting off reading the last book in a series indefinitely. Just one little book, sitting there, and I don’t read it. I believe last time I counted, I had 12 that were ready to wrap up that I had left hanging. To the point that I don’t even remember what happened in the story, and now I will have to do a re-read or skim through of the previous books just to get back in gear.

I have already tackled the Lynburn Legacy by Sarah Rees Brennan, and my re-read of the first two books is almost complete. One down, 11 to work on. Yay?

What strange reading habits do you have that make sense to no one but you? Do you have any books that need to be tackled so you can chalk up another series in the read column? Which ones have you left hanging?

Cover Lover – 4 New Titles

I try not to do two cover lover posts in a row, but then there wasn’t a ton else going on. This first one is the surprise novella from Darynda Jones, Brighter Than the Sun. It is a Reyes POV story, and it will be released on October 6th.

brighter than the sunAll his life, Reyes Alexander Farrow has suffered the torments of the damned. Only one thing has given him hope: the woman who radiates a light that no mortals can see; a light that only the departed can see…

Told from his point of view, BRIGHTER THAN THE SUN chronicles the first time Reyes ever encountered Charley, and how their relationship has been the one thing that can either save him or doom him.

Cover two is from Karen Chance. Ride the Storm is the next Cassie Palmer book, and it is due out on April 5th.

ride the stormEver since being stuck with the job of pythia, the chief seer of the supernatural world, Cassie Palmer has been playing catch up. Catch up to the lifetime’s worth of training she missed being raised by a psychotic vampire instead of at the fabled pythian court. Catch up on the dangerous world of supernatural politics. Catch up to the powerful, and sometimes seductive, forces trying to mold her to their will. It’s been a trial by fire that has left her more than a little burned.

But now she realizes that all that was the just the warm up for the real race. Ancient forces that once terrorized the world are trying to return, and Cassie is the only one who can stop them...

The next two are young adult. Sarah Rees Brennan‘s next one is called Tell the Wind and Fire, and it will be released early next year.

tell the wind and fireTell the Wind & Fire is about a young girl called Lucie who lives in a New York very different from the New York we know: the city is torn between two very different kinds of magic, and Lucie’s own family was torn apart years ago by that conflict. Lucie wears magic rings and carries a burden of guilt she can’t share with anyone.

The light in her life is her sweetheart boyfriend Ethan, but it turns out Ethan has a secret too: a soulless doppelganger created by dark magic, who has to conceal the face identical to Ethan’s with a hood fastened by a collar nobody but a Light magician with magical rings can take off… and who introduces himself to both of them by, for reasons nobody can understand, saving Ethan’s life…

And the final one for today comes from Megan Crewe. The third and final book of the Earth and Sky series, A Sky Unbroken, will be released on October 13th.

a sky unbrokenThe rebels have been disbanded, their plans ruined. Betrayed by those she trusted most, Skylar finds herself herded, along with a small group of Earthlings, into a living museum—a human zoo—on the Kemyates’ space station, subject to her captors’ every whim. Any move Skylar makes could result in the extinction of her people—but giving in means losing any hope of freedom.

Meanwhile, Win returns home and evades punishment by pretending to be loyal to Kemya. But he can’t bear knowing that Skylar is imprisoned or watch his fellow Kemyates swallow the Council’s lies about Earth. He must bring the truth to the Kemyate public and see the Earthlings freed—even if it means openly challenging his world’s rulers.

In this final book of the action-packed Earth & Sky trilogy, neither Skylar nor Win knows they are about to uncover an even deeper conspiracy—one that could push the future they’re fighting for completely out of reach.

Cover Lover – 8 New Titles

Just a quick note to say that all of the new release dates have been updated, and as always there were a few pushbacks (an a few disappeared all together). Pretty much normal.

On the cover side of things, I have seven for today’s batch. Let’s start with the second book from Jennifer Estep‘s new Black Blade series, Dark Heart of Magic, which is due out on October 27th.

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This next one is from M.L. Brennan. Dark Ascension is the fourth book of the Generation V series, and it is due out on August 4th.

dark ascensionAfter a lifetime of avoiding his family, Fort has discovered that working for them isn’t half bad—even if his mother, Madeline, is a terrifying, murderous vampire. His newfound career has given him a purpose and a paycheck and has even helped him get his partner, foxy kitsune Suzume, to agree to be his girlfriend. All in all, things are looking up.

Only, just as Fort is getting comfortable managing a supernatural empire that stretches from New Jersey to Ontario, Madeline’s health starts failing, throwing Fort into the middle of an uncomfortable and dangerous battle for succession. His older sister, Prudence, is determined to take over the territory. But Fort isn’t the only one wary of her sociopathic tendencies, and allies, old and new, are turning to him to keep Prudence from gaining power.

Now, as Fort fights against his impending transition into vampire adulthood, he must also battle to keep Prudence from destroying their mother’s kingdom—before she takes him down with it….

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Book two of the Blackthorn and Grim series by Juliet Marillier, Tower of Thorns, is due out on November 3rd.

tower of thornsDisillusioned healer Blackthorn and her companion, Grim, have settled in Dalriada to wait out the seven years of Blackthorn’s bond to her fey mentor, hoping to avoid any dire challenges. But trouble has a way of seeking out Blackthorn and Grim.

Lady Geiléis, a noblewoman from the northern border, has asked for the prince of Dalriada’s help in expelling a howling creature from an old tower on her land—one surrounded by an impenetrable hedge of thorns. Casting a blight over the entire district, and impossible to drive out by ordinary means, it threatens both the safety and the sanity of all who live nearby. With no ready solutions to offer, the prince consults Blackthorn and Grim.

As Blackthorn and Grim begin to put the pieces of this puzzle together, it’s apparent that a powerful adversary is working behind the scenes. Their quest is about to become a life and death struggle—a conflict in which even the closest of friends can find themselves on opposite sides.

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Next up is Tall, Dark and Immortal from Cat Devon. It has a release date of September 1st.

tall dark and immortalHE’S TAKING A BITE OUT OF CRIME.

Alex Sanchez is more than just an ordinary detective. He’s on the prowl—as a vampire. Alex uses his unique gifts to police the mean streets of Chicago like a natural predator. But when he learns that local blood banks are being robbed, he’s not sure what rattles him more: the bizarre crime wave or the stunningly beautiful journalist who’s reporting it…


Keira Turner is dedicated to her job—and determined to uncover the truth. Dangerously, out-of-this-world handsome Detective Sanchez seems oddly fascinated by the crimes—and obsessed with Keira. Alex might not have a clue who’s stealing blood but he’s sure of one thing: Keira is no mere mortal. She’s descended from a long line of vampire hunters. And if they try to solve this case together, he’ll have to fight the urge to kiss her…or kill her.

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J.D. Tyler continues her Alpha Pack series with the release of Chase the Darkness, due out on August 4th.

chase the darknessBelieved dead by his Pack mates, Micah Chase, a wolf shifter and Dreamwalker, was held captive for months, subject to tortures that left him physically scarred and emotionally unsettled.

Now under the care of the Alpha Pack’s doctors, he’s been prescribed an experimental healing drug, but he still can’t shake the nightmares. Even more damning is that Micah’s problems pose a danger to his team, and if he doesn’t get himself under control, they’ll all suffer a terrible fate.

There is a key to his salvation. Jacee is a beautiful coyote shifter, and though her kind is hated, she’s falling in love with a man whose very future is in her hands. Together they’ll face his personal demons as well as a deadly enemy—and for both of them desire has never come with such risk.

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The third and final book in the Goddess Wars series from Kendare Blake, Ungodly, will be out on September 22nd.

ungodlyAs ancient immortals are left reeling, a modern Athena and Hermes search the world for answers in the final Goddess War novel by the acclaimed author of Anna Dressed in Blood

For the Goddess of Wisdom, what Athena didn’t know could fill a book. That’s what Ares said.

So she was wrong about some things. So the assault on Olympus left them beaten and scattered and possibly dead. So they have to fight the Fates themselves, who, it turns out, are the source of the gods’ illness. And sure, Athena is stuck in the underworld, holding the body of the only hero she has ever loved.

But Hermes is still topside, trying to power up Andie and Henry before he runs out of time and dies, or the Fates arrive to eat their faces.

And Cassandra is up there somewhere too. On a quest for death. With the god of death.

Just because things haven’t gone exactly according to plan, it doesn’t mean they’ve lost. They’ve only mostly lost. And there’s a big difference.

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This one is from Cassandra Clare and Holly Black. The Copper Gauntlet is the second book from The Magesterium series, due out on September 1st.

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And finally, there is Tell the Wind and Fire from Sarah Rees Brennan. It is due out sometime in 2016.

tell the wind and fire

Pick of the Week…

My pick of the week is Sarah Rees Brennan‘s Unmade, which is the third and final book in her Lynburn Legacy trilogy. Actually, I got the first book of the series way back when on a whim, thinking that it was a historical young adult series, but in reality it was modern-day story with a Gothic feel. So far, the series has been one of the more pleasant surprises I have come across, and here’s hoping the third book doesn’t change that.


Powerful love comes with a price. Who will be the sacrifice?

Kami has lost the boy she loves, is tied to a boy she does not, and faces an enemy more powerful than ever before. With Jared missing for months and presumed dead, Kami must rely on her new magical link with Ash for the strength to face the evil spreading through her town.

Rob Lynburn is now the master of Sorry-in-the-Vale, and he demands a death. Kami will use every tool at her disposal to stop him. Together with Rusty, Angela, and Holly, she uncovers a secret that might be the key to saving the town. But with knowledge comes responsibility—and a painful choice. A choice that will risk not only Kami’s life, but also the lives of those she loves most.

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Any other fans of this one? What are you most looking forward to reading this week, new release or just new-to-you?

Cover Lover – 5 New Titles

Cover Lover time again. I will start with the one I am most excited to get my hands on, which is Unmade from Sarah Rees Brennan. I was totally surprised by how much I enjoyed the first two books in the series, so I go into Unmade with high expectations. It will be released on September 23rd.

unmadeI am just starting to see some info about a new series from author Deborah Blake called Baba Yaga. Wickedly Dangerous is the first full book (there will be a prequel novella called Wickedly Magical on August 5th), and it will be released on September 2nd.

wickedly dangerousHonor’s Price from Alexis Morgan gave me an ’80’s flashback to the bodice-rippers of yore, which is sort of fun. It will be out on September 2nd.

honor's priceAngela Knight will put out an anthology featuring all new Mageverse material on September 2nd called Love Bites.

love bitesI found this next one over on Hypable, and it is the cover for the first book in the new Styclar YA series from Nikki Kelly. Lailah will be out on October 7th.


This Week’s Book Haul…

Sometimes I wonder about myself. I keep adding, and adding, and ADDING to the huge TBR pile, all the while knowing that I already have enough to read to last me a year. But still, it grows. This week is shaping up to be a prime example of that.

I started off with one that Doug Meeks recently reviewed. Larissa Ione‘s Bound by Night is the first book of her new MoonBound Clan Vampires series.

bound by nightSynopsis…

Nicole Martin was only eight years old when the vampire slaves rose up in rebellion and killed her family. Now she devotes her life to finding a vaccine against vampirism, hoping to wipe out her memories—along with every bloodsucker on the planet. But there’s one thing she cannot destroy: her searing, undeniable attraction for the one man she should hate and fear the most . . .

A member of the renegade vampire MoonBound Clan, Riker is haunted by demons of his own. When he recognizes Nicole and remembers how her family enslaved his loved ones, his heart burns for vengeance. But when he kidnaps Nicole and holds her in a secret lair, his mortal enemy becomes his soul obsession, his greatest temptation, and, perhaps, his only salvation—a hot-blooded lover who could heal him with her touch . . . or bury him forever.

Next up is one that I tried to resist. Really. I wasn’t sure how much of a paranormal angle it had, and that is all I read, but of course I finally broke down and ordered Kelley Armstrong‘s Omens.


Twenty-four-year-old Olivia Taylor Jones has the perfect life. The only daughter of a wealthy, prominent Chicago family, she has an Ivy League education, pursues volunteerism and philanthropy, and is engaged to a handsome young tech firm CEO with political ambitions.

But Olivia’s world is shattered when she learns that she’s adopted. Her real parents? Todd and Pamela Larsen, notorious serial killers serving a life sentence. When the news brings a maelstrom of unwanted publicity to her adopted family and fiancé, Olivia decides to find out the truth about the Larsens.

Olivia ends up in the small town of Cainsville, Illinois, an old and cloistered community that takes a particular interest in both Olivia and her efforts to uncover her birth parents’ past.

Aided by her mother’s former lawyer, Gabriel Walsh, Olivia focuses on the Larsens’ last crime, the one her birth mother swears will prove their innocence. But as she and Gabriel start investigating the case, Olivia finds herself drawing on abilities that have remained hidden since her childhood, gifts that make her both a valuable addition to Cainsville and deeply vulnerable to unknown enemies. Because there are darker secrets behind her new home and powers lurking in the shadows that have their own plans for her.

Possession from J.R. Ward was up next. Of course, I haven’t read the first four yet, but it will happen. One day.


When Cait Douglass resolves to get over her broken heart, throw off her inhibitions, and start really living, she’s unprepared for the two sensual men who cross her path.  Torn between them, she doesn’t know which to choose–or what kind of dire consequences could follow.

Jim Heron, fallen angel and reluctant savior, is ahead in the war, but he puts everything at risk when he seeks to make a deal with the devil–literally.  As yet another soul is unwittingly caught in the battle between him and the demon Devina, his fixation on an innocent trapped in Hell threatens to sidetrack him from his sacred duty…

Can good still prevail if true love makes a savior weak?  And will a woman’s future be the key, or the curse, for all of humanity?  Only time, and hearts, will tell.

I absolutely could not wait to get my hands on Untold. It is the second book of Sarah Rees Brennan‘s Lynburn Legacy series, and the first book was a total surprise favorite. Book two is just as quirky and funny, but having the two main characters at odds for pretty much the whole book was a bit of a let down. Still good, though.


It’s time to choose sides. . . .

In this second book in the Lynburn Legacy, the sorcerous roots of Sorry-in-the-Vale have been exposed. No one in the town is safe, and a decision must be made: pay the sorcerers’ blood sacrifice, or fight. Will the townspeople (magical and not) become “owned” by the sorcerers who believe it is their right to rule? If Kami Glass has anything to say about it, evil will not win. Despite having given up her own piece of magic, she is determined to do everything she can to make a difference. And whether they want to or not, her circle of friends (and potential boyfriends) will not be able to help but go along with her unusual tactics.

I enjoyed the first Gena Showalter White Rabbit Chronicles book, but for some reason when the second book came all I could muster was a “Eh. Later”. I haven’t checked the reviews yet for Through the Zombie Glass, but I hope it manages to snag my attention after all.

through the zombie glassSynopsis…

Zombies stalk the night. Forget blood and brains. These monsters hunger for human souls. Sadly, they’ve got mine…

Alice Bell has lost so much. Family. Friends. A home. She thought she had nothing else to give. She was wrong.

After a new zombie attack, strange things begin to happen to her. Mirrors come to life, and the whispers of the dead assault her ears. But the worst? A terrible darkness blooms inside her, urging her to do very wicked things.

She’s never needed her team of zombie slayers more, but ultra bad-boy Cole Holland, the leader and her boyfriend, suddenly withdraws from her…from everyone. Now, with her best friend Kat at her side, Ali must kill the zombies, uncover Cole’s secret and learn to fight the darkness.

But the clock is ticking…and if she fails at a single task, they’re all doomed.

And for some reason, my interest in Kresley Cole‘s second Arcana Chronicles book, Endless Knight, got revved into high gear in the last couple of weeks. Not sure if it is because of all the little snippets I have been catching or what, but I will be diving into this one right after Untold is finished.

endless knightSynopsis…

Shocking secrets

Evie has fully come into her powers as the Tarot Empress, and Jack was there to see it all. She now knows that the teens who’ve been reincarnated as the Tarot are in the throes of an epic battle. It’s kill or be killed, and the future of mankind hangs in the balance.

Unexpected allies

With threats lurking around every corner, Evie is forced to trust her newfound alliance. Together they must fight not only other Arcana, but also Bagmen zombies, post-apocalyptic storms, and cannibals.

Gut-wrenching treachery

When Evie meets Death, things get even more complicated. Though falling for Jack, she’s drawn to the dangerous Endless Knight as well. Somehow the Empress and Death share a history, one that Evie can’t remember—but Death can’t forget…

What did you get your hands on this week? If you have already checked out any of these ones, what did you think of them? I am particularly curious about Omens – I know that was a big one for a lot of readers. What did you think?

Pick of the Week

I am not quite sure what was going on, but for some reason I forgot to do my pick of the week post yesterday. Some weeks I skip because nothing quite grabs my attention, but there is one that I have been waiting patiently for. I was very pleasantly surprised by last year’s Unspoken, the first book of Sarah Rees Brennan‘s Lynburn Legacy (I actually added it to the 1001 Series to Read Before You Die page). Yesterday saw the release of book two, Untold.


In this second book in the Lynburn Legacy, the sorcerous roots of Sorry-in-the-Vale have been exposed. Now no one in the town is safe, and everyone has to choose sides. Will the townspeople (magical and not) become “owned” by the sorcerers who believe it is their right to rule? Or will it continue in a more modern vein, with the presence of the sorcerers playing a quieter—and much less violent—role. If Kami Glass has anything to say about it, evil will not win. Despite having given up her own piece of magic, she is determined to do everything she can to make a difference. And whether they want to or not, her circle of friends (and potential boyfriends) will not be able to help but follow her and go along with her unusual schemes and battle tactics.

Did anyone else try this series? It was totally not what I was expecting, but in a very good way.


This edition of the Reading Roundup is a bit of a mash up. I have been doing quite a bit of re-reading lately for the character guides, but I have also been trying to plow my way through the TBR pile with a little bit of success. I have been particularly hitting the young adult shelves, since they were the most out of control.

angelfallAngelfall – I have been hearing a lot of hype for this Susan Ee book for a while now, so I decided to take the plunge. I have to say, it was a fresh, interesting story, and not quite what I expected. This ones doesn’t have angels as the benevolent, kind beings you usually see – these angels have destroyed the world as we know it. Caught in the middle is Penryn, her insane mother and her paralyzed sister. When her sister is taken by the angels, Penryn will do anything to get her back. Angelfall was dark and violent, with an almost horror element to it that I quite enjoyed. I especially enjoyed Penryn – I liked her strength, determination, and sheer will. The male lead is the angel Raffe, and while he wasn’t as well developed as Penryn, I do look forward to finding out more about him in the second book. All in all, this was a very different take on an angel story, and it was one I really enjoyed. Rumor has it is also in line for a movie adaptation, and that would be awesome.

the fifth waveThe 5th Wave – This was another one that had a lot of buzz. The 5th Wave from Rick Yancey is a sci-fi/alien/dystopian YA. While I did find it to be a really nice change from what I usually read, I also didn’t have any problem putting it down and reading something else. The story is about Cassie, possibly one of the last survivors of an alien invasion that has decimated the human race. In what is left of this world, you dn’t know who you can trust, what you are capable of, or what will be coming at you next. It was an interesting story, but there were a few quibbles I had. Maybe it was the varying viewpoints, maybe it was the possible emergence of the dreaded love triangle, but there were a few things that didn’t quite flow for me. I will be picking up the second book when it comes out for sure, but I won’t be going in with the same expectations I did this one.

unspokenUnspoken – Now this one was a total surprise. Written by Sarah Rees Brennan, I had expected a historical YA, but this is actually set in modern day England. Kami Glass has talked to a boy in her head all of her life, making her think she is not quite sane. This voice is her best friend, her confident, and her secret. Kami is quirky and odd, and unapologetic about it, and while perky usually annoys me I found myself liking Kami. The book itself does have a bit of a gothic feel, complete with the mysterious family returning to their creepy manor house. This one is part gothic mystery, part supernatural romance. It was fun and fast reading, and even though I am not quite sure about the ending, this was one of my favorite YA books so far this year.

What was your take on any of these?  Any YA books you have enjoyed recently?