November 12, 2014

Library Haul!

Greetings, internet!  Christina here. 
For my first official solo post, I have decided to do a book haul.  Now, for those who don't know, when I go to the library, I spend nine hours handpicking my choice reads, and bring a gigantic canvas bag to check out a minimum of ten billion books.  Yes, I'm aware I'm a bit of a crazy bibliophile, but, hey, this is a book blog. :)
Anyway, in the town where all us bloggers live (let's call it Bloggersville), a new library just opened (!!!!!!).  It is gigantic and new and amazing and full of books, so of course I had to immediately go with my giant canvas bag and find ten billion books to check out.
Thus begins my long and extensive catalog of my library haul.  I shall use gifs and humor to make this as un-boring as possible, don't worry.  

Book numero uno: Unwind by Neal Shusterman

The Second Civil War was fought over reproductive rights. The chilling resolution: Life is inviolable from the moment of conception until age thirteen. Between the ages of thirteen and eighteen, however, parents can have their child "unwound," whereby all of the child's organs are transplanted into different donors, so life doesn't technically end. Connor is too difficult for his parents to control. Risa, a ward of the state is not enough to be kept alive. And Lev is a tithe, a child conceived and raised to be unwound. Together, they may have a chance to escape and to survive.
To the shock of many of you, I have not yet read this popular series. I was somewhat put off it by the fact that the third book's cover consists of baby faces on a rack (don't believe me? Check it out). Even so, I have heard lots of good things about this book, and when I saw it sitting on a shelf I decided to bring it home and give it the old college try (why do people say that? Is a college try different from a regular try? What even is a college try?). I'm still a little confused as to why Slenderman is on the cover, though.

Say what you like, but I'm still positive that's Slenderman on the cover.

What if your mother were hit by a bus?

And what if your father disappeared one day through a hole in the bathroom wall?

Is there a way to change the course of your life's history?

What if time moved Counter Clockwise?

In this dazzling debut novel, Jason Cockcroft has crafted a mind-bending adventure with a startlingly original narrative structure.
This book's gorgeous cover art caught my eye.  It was steampunk, but the premise was not.  The whole idea of time manipulation and travel has always appealed to me, so I plucked it off the shelf.  I expect this read to be a good one.
Much excitement!  Steampunk and time travel!  Yayy!!!

Book numero tres: Fire Season by David Weber and Jane Lindskold

Fire weather… That’s what the tree cats call those rare seasons when the slightest spark can set aflame the the vast green reaches they call home.

Teenager Stephanie Harrington rapidly learns just how deadly those fires can be. Guided by her treecat companion, Lionheart, Stephanie and her good friend Karl Zivonik venture into the heart of a raging inferno to rescue twin treecats put at risk by human carelessness. Only the trio’s absolute trust for each other stands between them and disaster.

But Sphinx isn’t the only thing ripe for burning. Stephanie has fallen hard for new arrival to Sphinx, Anders Whittaker. When Anders vanishes without a trace, Stephanie is at the forefront of the search. Then a lightning strike sets the Copperwall Mountains aflame and as a provisional ranger she is ordered to her post.
Will Stephanie choose to honor the claims of her planet or those of her heart?
This book is the second in a science fiction series.  It's set way in the future, when Earth is a colony of spaceships and other planets.  Stephanie, the main character, and her parents, are some of the first to colonize a new planet called Sphinx (lovin' the name!).  Sphinx is populated by these adorable, six-limbed, telepathic fluffballs called treecats.  They are adorable.  They are herbivores, and their favorite food is cabbage,  They also have razor-sharp claws that they use for tree-climbing and ripping people's faces off.  Enough said.  I read the first book in this series, A Beautiful Friendship, a few years ago, but I hope I remember enough to keep going in the series.  I'm looking forward to more fluffy things and cool futuristic technology! :D
This is somewhat how my reaction to treecats went.  Like I said, they are very adorable.  And dangerous.  But let's focus on the adorable.

Everyone in Moorvale believes the legend: The brave knight Tristan and the famed wizard Vithric, in an epic battle decades ago, had defeated the evil Nethergrim and his minions. To this day, songs are sung and festivals held in the heroes' honor. Yet now something dark has crept over the village. First animals disappear, their only remains a pile of bones licked clean. Then something worse: children disappear. The whispers begin quietly yet soon turn into a shout: The Nethergrim has returned!

Edmund’s brother is one of the missing, and Edmund knows he must do something to save his life. But what? Though a student of magic, he struggles to cast even the simplest spell. Still, he and his friends swallow their fear and set out to battle an ancient evil whose powers none of them can imagine. They will need to come together--and work apart--in ways that will test every ounce of resolve.
There are few things I enjoy more on a rainy winter day than a high fantasty novel and a cup of hot chocolate. This book was checked out to help make real my fantasy of sitting wrapped up in blankets, sipping cocoa and reading. Now, on to my thoughts on the book. Whoever the Nethergrim is, he doesn't seem like a nice guy. I assume he is defeated by the end. Otherwise, what sort of sad book would this be? I mean, this book does seem a little dark, but it has to have a happy ending...right?
Me, searching frantically for a happy ending (note my spilled hot chocolate; this shows I am very panicked indeed).

Young Prince Rashko is frustrated with his family - no one does any thinking but him! The kingdom and castle seem to be in the hands of fools. So when Rashko's parents mysteriously disappear and the evil Baron Temny parks his army outside the castle walls, it is up to the young prince to save the day. But there is more to this castle and its history than meets the eye, and Rashko will have to embrace his ancestry, harness a dragon, and use his sword-fighting skills to stop the baron and save the kingdom. Along the way, he realizes that his family is not quite as stupid as he always thought.
This book is yet another high fantasy to satisfy my hot chocolate needs.  If it has dragons on it, it goes in my bookbag.  Needless to say, this book seems like it will be an epic read, with lots of sword-toting, giant battles, and general pyromania.  Where there's dragons, there's fire...
This gif deserves to be bigger than the others.  Because Smaug.  Because Benedict Cumberbatch.  Because The Hobbit.  And because I said so. 

Book numero seis: Fear by Michael Grant

It's been one year since all the adults disappeared. Gone.

Despite the hunger and the lies, even despite the plague, the kids of Perdido Beach are determined to survive. Creeping into the tenuous new world they've built, though, is perhaps the worst incarnation yet of the enemy known as the Darkness: fear.

Within the FAYZ, life breaks down while the Darkness takes over, literally—turning the dome-world of the FAYZ entirely black. In darkness, the worst fears of all emerge, and the cruelest of intentions are carried out. But even in their darkest moments, the inhabitants of the FAYZ maintain a will to survive and a desire to take care of the others in their ravaged band that endures, no matter what the cost.
If you've been paying attention to those little "So-and-so is currently reading" doohickeys on the side of our blog, you might have noticed that I'm currently reading the Gone series.  In my humble opinion, the first book was the best, and it's started to go downhill.  Not tremendously, though, just, the first one was the best.  I still feel the need to finish the series, of course.  The Gone series is very suspenseful, and full of interesting ideas and twisty plot lines.  Also there are superpowers. :D
This is basically the entire series summarized.  People whacking each other with superpowers.  I love The Incredibles.

Tim Macbeth, a seventeen-year-old albino and a recent transfer to the prestigious Irving School, where the motto is “Enter here to be and find a friend.” A friend is the last thing Tim expects or wants—he just hopes to get through his senior year unnoticed. Yet, despite his efforts to blend into the background, he finds himself falling for the quintessential “It” girl, Vanessa Sheller, girlfriend of Irving’s most popular boy. To Tim's surprise, Vanessa is into him, too, but she can kiss her social status goodbye if anyone ever finds out. Tim and Vanessa begin a clandestine romance, but looming over them is the Tragedy Paper, Irving’s version of a senior year thesis, assigned by the school’s least forgiving teacher.
Soumya read this book before I did, for Bookish Bingo.  It sounded very good, so when I saw it sitting on a shelf, I had to snap it up.  I'm really intrigued by the title, as well as the main character.  There aren't a lot of books with albino characters in it, and I really want to find out what the Tragedy Paper is, and why it's equivalent to a senior thesis.
Much intrigue, mm, yes.  I shall look into this matter.  By reading.  Mm, books, yes.

Book numero ocho: City of Bones by Cassandra Clare

When Clary Fray heads out to the Pandemonium Club in New York City, she hardly expects to witness a murder. Much less a murder commited by three teenagers covered with odd markings. This is Clary's first meeting with the Shadowhunters, warriors dedicated to ridding the earth of demons--and keeping the odd werewolves and vampires in line. It's also her first meeting with gorgeous, golden-haired Jace. Within twenty-four hours Clary is pulled into Jace's world with a vengeance, when her mother disappears and Clary herself is attacked by a demon. But why would demons be interested in an ordinary mundane like Clary? And how did she suddenly get the Sight? The Shadowhunters would like to know….
*Take note of how I used a cover without a naked male torso.*  This is also how the copy sitting in my bookbag looks.  I've heard lots of great things about this book, but I was hesitant because of the cover, as I explained in a previous Top Ten Tuesday post.  Thanks to the lovely movie cover, this book is much less intimidating.  I hope to start it soon.  Soon...yes, very soon....
Me, grinning evilly as I reach for the next book.

Book numero nueve: Every Day by David Levithan

Every day a different body. Every day a different life. Every day in love with the same girl.

There’s never any warning about where it will be or who it will be. A has made peace with that, even established guidelines by which to live: Never get too attached. Avoid being noticed. Do not interfere.

It’s all fine until the morning that A wakes up in the body of Justin and meets Justin’s girlfriend, Rhiannon. From that moment, the rules by which A has been living no longer apply. Because finally A has found someone he wants to be with—day in, day out, day after day.
The premise of this book has intrigued me since I heard about it a few months ago.  I was pretty happy when I found a copy.  However, the somewhat cliche thing with forbidden/impossible love put me off a little.  I feel like Every Day will be either really philosophical and brooding, really sappy and overly romantic, or, possibly, it will hit a nice, resonating middle ground between the two and be good.  Fingers crossed for the latter of the three.  

Cross your fingers, people!

Book numero diez: Poison Tree by Amelia Atwater-Rhodes

The rich stew of the author's creations—SingleEarth, vampires, shape shifters, Tristes, the Bruja Guilds—are at full boil here in the story of two 20-ish young women trying to out run their very different pasts, and figure out where they fit in and who they might become. Each has landed in a more "normal" place, and each wonders if, like a tattoo that can't be covered up, they can ever really fit into "normal.
Shapeshifters?  YES PLEASE.  Magic?  DOUBLE YES.  Vampires?  Eh, okay, as long as there's shapeshifters.  This book was a quick, last-minute grab, but it seems promising.  There's a poem by William Blake before the prologue.  Fancy-schmancy.  It has shapeshifters in it, as well, so it kind of has to be good.  It's a rule, people.  Shapeshifters = good.  Look it up, I swear it's a rule somewhere.  
See?  Mystique is a shapeshifter, and she's crazy awesome.  It's a rule, I say.

Book numero once (not wun-ss, but ohn-say. It's Spanish. Spanish is cool.): Seraphina by Rachel Hartman

Four decades of peace have done little to ease the mistrust between humans and dragons in the kingdom of Goredd. Folding themselves into human shape, dragons attend court as ambassadors, and lend their rational, mathematical minds to universities as scholars and teachers. As the treaty's anniversary draws near, however, tensions are high.

Seraphina Dombegh has reason to fear both sides. An unusually gifted musician, she joins the court just as a member of the royal family is murdered—in suspiciously draconian fashion. Seraphina is drawn into the investigation, partnering with the captain of the Queen's Guard, the dangerously perceptive Prince Lucian Kiggs. While they begin to uncover hints of a sinister plot to destroy the peace, Seraphina struggles to protect her own secret, the secret behind her musical gift, one so terrible that its discovery could mean her very life.
Dragons.  Strong, independent heroine who don't need no man.  Hot chocolate-worthy high fantasy.  Shapeshifting.  Wait, the dragons can shapeshift?!  Yep, I'm starting this book first.  Not enough letters in the word "yes" to express how YES I am about this book.

You get another Mystique gif and another Smaug gif.  Because shapeshifting dragons.  Also because you're just that special. :)

Book numero doce:Pulse by Patrick Carman

In the year 2051, who has a pulse?

With the help of her mysterious classmate Dylan Gilmore, Faith Daniels discovers that she can move objects with her mind. This telekinetic ability is called a “pulse,” and Dylan has the talent, too.

In riveting action scenes, Faith demonstrates her ability to use her pulse against a group of telekinesis masters who are so powerful they can flatten their enemies by uprooting streetlights, throwing boulders, and changing the course of a hurtling hammer so that it becomes a deadly weapon. But even with her unusual talent, the mind--and the heart--can be difficult to control. If Faith wants to join forces with Dylan and save the world, she’ll have to harness the power of both.

Ooo, a (dystopian?) sci-fi about telekinesis!  Count me in!  I saw this book online a pretty long time ago, and I couldn't help but think about how few books I've read where the main character has telekinesis.  Weird, isn't it?  There's a lot of books where a secondary character will have it (ergo Never Fade, Impostor), but not the main character.  I'm sure there are plenty of other books like Pulse, I just haven't seemed to have stumbled upon them.  Matilda is the only one I can think of that I've read.  Oh, well, here's to this one, and other telekinesis books in the future.
We all love Matilda.  Don't deny it, you love her.

Well, that concludes your little tour of my bookbag. Thank you very much for reading, and have a wonderful day!  Don't forget to be good little bibliophiles: brush your teeth, read your fruits and vegetables, and, under the pretense of going to bed at a normal hour, stay up all night reading under the covers.  Until next time!
Good Harry.  You listened to my advice.  We'll make a bibliophile out of you yet.

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