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It's Monday! What are you reading? (21) October 8, 2012

Posted by thehypermonkey in Book talk.
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This Monday meme is held by the The Book Journey. Feel free to join in and tell us what you’re reading!

Title: The Raven Boys

Author: Maggie Stiefvater

Available at: Amazon Kindle Barnes and Noble

From Goodreads:

“There are only two reasons a non-seer would see a spirit on St. Mark’s Eve,” Neeve said. “Either you’re his true love . . . or you killed him.”

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.

Not only do I adore this cover, I’m really enjoying this book. I’m incredibly intrigued by the Aglionby boys. They are unbelievably rich and reading about the mindset of how Gansey thinks about money is so interesting! I can’t wait to review this book. I just hope I can do it justice.

Title: Something Strange and Deadly

Author: Susan Dennard

Available at: Amazon Kindle Barnes and Noble

From Goodreads:

The year is 1876, and there’s something strange and deadly loose in Philadelphia…

Eleanor Fitt has a lot to worry about. Her brother has gone missing, her family has fallen on hard times, and her mother is determined to marry her off to any rich young man who walks by. But this is nothing compared to what she’s just read in the newspaper—

The Dead are rising in Philadelphia.

And then, in a frightening attack, a zombie delivers a letter to Eleanor…from her brother.

Whoever is controlling the Dead army has taken her brother as well. If Eleanor is going to find him, she’ll have to venture into the lab of the notorious Spirit-Hunters, who protect the city from supernatural forces. But as Eleanor spends more time with the Spirit-Hunters, including their maddeningly stubborn yet handsome inventor, Daniel, the situation becomes dire. And now, not only is her reputation on the line, but her very life may hang in the balance.

I started reading this book for the read along and I became so engrossed in it that instead of just reading chapters one through nine, I read all the way up the eleventh! I haven’t seen too many zombies yet but the ones I have seen are pretty scary. This is nothing like Dearly, Departed.

Title: Flicker

Author: Kaye Thornbrugh

Available at: Amazon Kindle

From Goodreads:

When sixteen-year-old Lee Capren is spirited away to Faerie, she is forced to serve capricious faeries as a prized portrait artist… and live as their prisoner.

A chance encounter with the charming Nasser grants Lee a chance for freedom—but what felt like mere days in Faerie spanned years in the human world, and Lee no longer has a home to return to.

Nasser is a Seer—a human with magical powers—and Lee is quickly plunged into his world: a sprawling city teeming with magic and mystery, where supernatural creatures walk hidden among humans. With the help of a rag-tag group of teenage Seers, Lee must master her newfound magical talent and outwit a cunning faerie determined to destroy her.

This is a book submission that I’m really looking forward to reading. The premise really appeals to me. I love fairies. The mystery that surrounds them intrigues me. Magic also interests me as I think it would anyone. To have that kind of heady power is appealing on so many levels.

Title: Don’t Be a Hero

Author: Chris Strange

Available at: ARC

From Goodreads:

It’s a bad time to be a superhero.

When the world turned its back on metahumans, the golden age of superheroes came crashing down. But now a mysterious supercriminal is making one final bid for power, and with no one else left to protect the world, ex-hero Spook must risk everything to take him down. There will be no reprieve, no negotiation. War is coming.

Put on the mask. There’s work to be done.

I received an advanced copy of this book from the author and hopefully I can get to this book this week because I’m really looking forward to reading it. Chris Strange wrote The Man Who Crossed Worlds, a book I enjoyed immensely. You can read my review here. The premise is different from anything I’ve ever heard of and I’m really interested in seeing where Strange goes with this.

Those are my picks for this week! What are you reading this week?

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