Friday, September 19, 2008

Marathon Post #1:Books

Here begins a MARATHON! Too bad I won't be losing any weight!

First Topic: Books

My sister turned me on to an author Cassandra Clare and her Mortal Instruments Series. The first book City of Bones had a title to me to be desired. I am not much of a gore person but this book was FANTASTIC. You can read the review here

From School Library Journal
Grade 8 Up–When Clary Fray witnesses three tattoo-covered teenagers murder another teen, she is unable to prove the crime because the victim disappears right in front of her eyes, and no one else can see the killers. She learns that the teens are Shadowhunters (humans who hunt and kill demons), and Clary, a mundie (i.e., mundane human), should not be able to see them either. Shortly after this discovery, her mother, Jocelyn, an erstwhile Shadowhunter, is kidnapped. Jocelyn is the only person who knows the whereabouts of The Mortal Cup, a dangerous magical item that turns humans into Shadowhunters. Clary must find the cup and keep it from a renegade sector of Shadowhunters bent on eliminating all nonhumans, including benevolent werewolves and friendly vampires. Amid motorcycles powered by demon energies, a telepathic brotherhood of archivists, and other moments of great urban fantasy, the story gets sidetracked by cutesy touches, like the toasted bat sandwich on the menu of an otherworldly restaurant. The characters are sporadically characterized and tend toward behavior that is both predictable and slightly repellent–Clary finds out who her real father is about 200 pages after readers will have it figured out. Despite the narrative flaws, this version of New York, full of Buffyesque teens who are trying to save the world, is entertaining and will have fantasy readers anxiously awaiting the next book in the series.–Heather M. Campbell, Philip S. Miller Library, Castle Rock, CO
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There is a second book in the series City of Ashes which I wont post the review just in case :) SO there is a 3rd book that will not be out until 2009! ARRG!

My next book adventure will be Wicked Lovely by Melissa Marr. The review is TOO long to post but this link will take your there!
The second in this series is already out so I am HAPPY for that! I am not a very nice waiter!

SO when October gets here I am SO excited for the sequel to Book of Time called The Gate of Days. I am VERY excited for its debut in October!
Also in October there is a 4th book in The Bracelet Series by Jennie Hansen The Ruby! I loved the previous 3 and have been waiting for this book FOREVER, not really but it feels that way!
Here is a description of The Bracelet, the book that started it all
England, 1844
As a servant for the wealthy Lady Burton, Georgiana Fenwick is both surprised and flattered when her mistress�s son Sydney pursues her. However, he insists on a hushed romance. To prove his love, and in celebration of their planned elopement, Sydney gives her a stunning bracelet. But Georgiana quickly discovers the truth about Sydney and the cruel plan he has for her. In desperation, Georgiana decides she must flee.

When Georgiana�s journey is delayed, she finds herself frantically hiding from Sydney and his deadly need to save face and exact revenge. Will a sea captain and two strangers preaching a peculiar new religion provide deliverance?

Best-selling author Jennie Hansen weaves a thrilling story set in nineteenth-century England. Brimming with romance, deception, forgiveness, and the redeeming power of truth, The Bracelet is a compelling novel not soon to be forgotten.

And ALSO just out is the 3rd book in the Inheritance series Brisingr! I still need to reread the previous 2, it has been so long that I need a refresher course!

WHEW it has been a LONG time since I've been this excited and under a MOUND of books! It feels GREAT!


Jennie said...

Amanda, thanks for the cool review of my Bracelet series. I hope you enjoy The Ruby as much. A week after The Ruby comes out I'll have a little Christmas book out too called The Spirit of Christmas, co-authored with me by Michele Bell and Betsy Green.

I noticed your connections to adoption programs on your blog. One of my grandchildren was adopted and getting him was one of the most fantastic experiences our family has shared. He's definitely a child of my heart even if he took a different route coming to the family.