I got these lovely books right before the end of June. Part of me is mortified because I barely manage my To Be Read pile. The other part of me just loves to unpack and to have books. There is only very, very little space in my bookshelf left. However, I manage to find a place for these treasures.
Kristine Cashore – Fire
Her beauty is a weapon – and Fire is going to use it.
Fire’s exceptional beauty gives her influence and power. People who are susceptible to it will do anything for her attention, and for her affection.
But beauty is only skin deep, and beneath it Fire has a human appreciation of right and wrong. Aware of her ability to influence others, and afraid of it, she lives in a corner of the world away from people – not only to protect them but also to protect herself from their attention, their distrust, and even their hatred.
Yet Fire is not the only danger to the Dells. If she wants to protect her home, if she wants a chance to undo the wrongs of the past, she must face her fears, her abilities, and her royal court full of powerful people with reason to distrust her.
I have read the first installment Graceling and when I started a series I usually want to continue and finish it. Of course I also enjoyed the story. Unlike other trilogies (and this is part of one) the main characters in this book are supposed to have little to no connection to the protagonists of Graceling. I am not sure how all parts are going to connect but I will know once I read it.
Stephenie Meyer – The Host
Melanie Stryder refuses to fade away. The earth has been invaded by a species that takes over the minds of their human hosts, and most of humanity has succumbed.
Wanderer, the invading soul has been given Melanie’s body, knew about the challenges of living inside a human: the overwhelming emotions, the too-vivid memories. But she did not expect that Melanie would refuse to relinquish possession of her mind.
Melanie fills Wanderer’s thoughts with visions of the man she loves – Jared, a human who still lives in hiding. Unable to separate herself from her body’s desires. Wanderer yearns for a man she’s never met. As outside forces make Wanderer and Melanie unwilling allies, they set off to search the man they both love.
I have read Meyer’s Vampire books and although they were quite an enjoyable read, I prefer my vampires to burn in the sun and not freaking sparkle. But that is just my personal preference. As this is supposed to be a little bit more alien and maybe even sci-fi like, I want to give it a shot. But apparently it is supposed to be a little lovey-dovey, so I definitely have to be in the mood.
Cassandra Clare – City of Fallen Angels (The Mortal Instruments 4)
The Mortal War is over, and Clary Fray is back in New York. She’s training to become a Shadow Hunter and to use her unique power. Downworlders and Shadowhunters are at peace at last. And – most important of all – Clary can finally call Chase her boyfriend. But nothing comes without a price.
Someone is murdering Shadowhunters, provoking tensions that could lead to a second bloody war. Clary’s best friend, Simon, can’t help her. Everywhere he turns, someone wants him on their side – along with the power of the curse that’s wrecking his life. When Jace begins to pull away from Clary without explaining why, she is forced to delve into the heart of a mystery whose solution reveals her worst nightmare: She has set it in motion a terrible chain of events that could lead to her losing everything she loves. Even Jace.
After I finished the first book City of Bones, I was enraptured. The love story… I could live with that. I surely did not see that development of the first book coming. Yet I have not read the other installments (and I got this as a present). But the next novels are surely on my To Be Read list because it contains some interesting character constellations and mysteries as well as another world-within-our-world story.
Angie Sage – Septimus Heap: Magyk
The Magyk begins here.
Septimus Heap, the seventh son of the seventh son, disappears the night he is born, pronounced dead by the midwife. That same night, the baby’s father, Silas Heap, comes across an abandoned child in the snow – a newborn girl with violet eyes. Who is this mysterious baby girl, and what really happened to the Heap’s beloved son Septimus?
I came across these novels in a bargain bin and it sounds like some classic, different world fantasy and magic story. So I hope for an adventure story with a little less romance and until death do us part sentiments.