Sunday, 24 April 2011

Books I'm Squeeing about in May

So April has been awesome – go look at the books I’ve reviewed and you can see the sheer awesomeness contained in this month. May is looking a little quieter, all my excitements are towards the end of the month – which is just as well considering the number of books I’m squeeing about in June and July… My bank account needs recovery time to build up to it!
However, this is a massive excitement for me at the start of May, so this month I am squeeing not only about books, but about TV as well…

The Vampire Diaries below contain spoilers – nothing major but don’t read if you don’t want to know anything about the episodes.

The Vampire Diaries Finale
Episode 21 – The Sun Also Rises – 5th May 2011
With the arrival of the full moon, Elena tries to prepare for whatever Klaus has planned and Tyler faces his second transformation. The terrifying events quickly spin out of control, despite an unexpected act of courage. Finally, Damon admits the truth to Stefan about a terrible new development they must face.

Episode 22 – As I Lay Dying – 12th May 2011
While Mystic Falls present a screening of “Gone with the Wind” in the town square, Damon’s memories of Katherine in 1864 mix with the reality of Elena in the present day. Stefan pays a terrible personal price for his attempt to prevent a tragedy, and Sherriff Forbes makes a deadly mistake while trying to keep everyone safe. More than one life hangs in the balance as the consequences of the sacrifice ritual play out to a horrifying conclusion.

There is no way I can not mention the highly anticipated season 2 finale to The Vampire Diaries. I love this show, I review it every week, and every week it seems to be getting better and better – see ‘Klaus’ that episode was a game changer…
So with synopsis such as those above, I literally cannot wait to see how this ends up. (Although I desperately don’t want it to end because the hiatuses are bad enough…) I will be ready armed with a box of tissues, a cushion, and hopefully my best friend to hide behind and squeal and cry as we freewheel down into the most epic finale possible.

The Vampire Dimitri (Book 2 of the Regency Draculia Series)
By: Colleen Gleason
Released: 20th May 2011

Regency London loves a society wedding - even if there are vampires on the guest list. Dimitri, also known as the Earl of Corvindale, should be delighted that the headstrong Maia Woodmore is getting married. His mortal ward and houseguest has annoyed - and bewitched - the Dracule nobleman too long, and denying his animal cravings grows more excruciating by the day. Marriage will give Miss Woodmore safety, respectability and everything else a proper young lady could wish for. Everything, that is, except passion. In the looming battle between Dracule factions, all pretences will shatter as Maia and Dimitri come together in an unholy union of danger, desperation and fiercest desire.

I love regency romance. I love vampires. I got obscenely excited when I saw a book in the young adult section that smushed two of my favourite things together.
I’m currently in the process of reading the first book in the series “The Vampire Voss” and regardless of my ending thoughts on the first book, I’m going to want to carry on and finish the series. So far it’s looking good though… And I’m quickly discovering all the other vampire books Colleen Gleason has written. I may be spending a lot of time in the near future reading more vampire books…

You can pre-order your copy here.

Beauty Queens
By: Libba Bray
Released: 24th May 2011

From bestselling, Printz Award-winning author Libba Bray, the story of a plane of beauty pageant contestants that crashes on a desert island. 
Teen beauty queens. A "Lost"-like island. Mysteries and dangers. No access to email. And the spirit of fierce, feral competition that lives underground in girls, a savage brutality that can only be revealed by a journey into the heart of non-exfoliated darkness. Oh, the horror, the horror! Only funnier. With evening gowns. And a body count.

Oh my god you guys I love Libba Bray. Seriously, I cannot explain my love, except to say go and read her “A Great and Terrible Beauty” trilogy if you haven’t already done so – then you will understand my love.
So basically all it took to put this on my list was seeing that Libba Bray was the author – and then I read the blurb and started sniggering. It sounds like a cross between Lord of the Flies, Gossip Girl and Battle Royale… Which sounds awesome.

You can pre-order your copy here.

By: Jennifer Bradbury
Released: 24th May 2011

Agnes Wilkins is standing in front of an Egyptian mummy, about to make the first cut into the wrappings, about to unlock ancient (and not-so-ancient) history.
Maybe you think this girl is wearing a pith helmet with antique dust swirling around her.

Maybe you think she is a young Egyptologist who has arrived in Cairo on camelback.
Maybe she would like to think that too. Agnes Wilkins dreams of adventures that reach beyond the garden walls, but reality for a seventeen-year-old debutante in 1815 London does not allow for camels—or dust, even. No, Agnes can only see a mummy when she is wearing a new silk gown and standing on the verdant lawns of Lord Showalter’s estate, with chaperones fussing about and strolling sitar players straining to create an exotic “atmosphere” for the first party of the season. An unwrapping.
This is the start of it all, Agnes’s debut season, the pretty girl parade that offers only ever-shrinking options: home, husband, and high society. It’s also the start of something else, because the mummy Agnes unwraps isn’t just a mummy. It’s a host for a secret that could unravel a new destiny—unleashing mystery, an international intrigue, and possibly a curse in the bargain.
Get wrapped up in the adventure . . . but keep your wits about you, dear Agnes.

Eeeeeee! See above for my love of anything set in the 19th Century. Seriously, love things like this. Deanna Raybourn, Gail Carriger, Julia Quinn – all of these authors have completely hooked me on this genre, and to see such an immergence of it in young adult just makes me even happier.
This is another stumbled upon by accident and so glad I did book – just from the blurb I’m getting ridiculously excited.

You can pre-order your copy here.

The Girl In the Steel Corset
By: Kady Cross
Released: 24th May 2011

In 1897 England, sixteen-year-old Finley Jayne has no one…except the "thing" inside her.
When a young lord tries to take advantage of Finley, she fights back. And wins. But no 
normal Victorian girl has a darker side that makes her capable of knocking out a full-grown man with one punch….
Only Griffin King sees the magical darkness inside her that says she's special, says she's one of 
them. The orphaned duke takes her in from the gaslit streets against the wishes of his band of misfits: Emily, who has her own special abilities and an unrequited love for Sam, who is part robot; and Jasper, an American cowboy with a shadowy secret.
Griffin's investigating a criminal called The Machinist, the mastermind behind several recent crimes by automatons. Finley thinks she can help—and finally be a part of something, finally fit in.
But The Machinist wants to tear Griff's little company of strays apart, and it isn't long before trust is tested on all sides. At least Finley knows whose side she's on—even if it seems no one believes her.

Seriously, whoever is reading my mind to see what kind of books I want to read, keep it up! This is another ‘oh my god I want so bad!’ book. It looks awesome. I’m loving the steampunk I’ve read so far (look up Gail Carriger’s books if you want an awesome ‘in’ to the genre.) and I can’t wait to read some more. It’s basically taking all the really epic stuff that I love and mushing it all together.
I’m also really intrigued by how much hype can be created for a book through Twitter. This is the second book that I’ve discovered just through people getting excited and posting reviews on Twitter – and I am so glad I saw it!

You can pre-order your copy here.

I cannot wait for the end of May and the flurry of awesome books it’s going to bring me…

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