Monday, 29 August 2011

Books I'm Squeeing About in September

How is it September already? Seriously, how has this happened? On the plus side, August was freaking awesome. Elle from ‘The Book Memoirs’ met up with me when I went up to Edinburgh and we had an epic day of shows, giggles, massive amounts of chocolate, and of course books. At the end of ‘Squees in September’ I’ll do a brief cover over the books I picked up in Edinburgh that I am unbelievably excited about. And now, onto September!

It’s not just books this month, it’s TV too…
Yes that’s right, The Vampire Diaries Season 3 starts on Thursday 15th September and it looks like it’s going to be epic…

Episode 1 – The Birthday
On the morning of Elena’s 18th birthday, Caroline is busy planning a party, but Elena is focused on searching for any clues that might help her discover where Stefan is. 
Damon is also searching for Stefan, while trying to protect Elena and keep her from doing anything that would draw Klaus’ attention.
Meanwhile, Klaus and Stefan are busy trailing a werewolf named Ray Sutton. Now working at the Mystic Grill along with Matt, Jeremy is struggling to understand why he keeps seeing the ghosts of Vicki and Anna since he was brought back to life by Bonnie’s magic. Meanwhile, Alaric does his best to watch over Elena and Jeremy, while dealing with his grief over Jenna’s death.
Finally, Caroline and Tyler face a new and unexpected challenge

The circus arrives without warning. No announcements precede it. It is simply there, when yesterday it was not. Within the black-and-white striped canvas tents is an utterly unique experience full of breath taking amazements. It is called Le Cirque des Rêves, and it is only open at night.
But behind the scenes, a fierce competition is underway—a duel between two young magicians, Celia and Marco, who have been trained since childhood expressly for this purpose by their mercurial instructors. Unbeknownst to them, this is a game in which only one can be left standing, and the circus is but the stage for a remarkable battle of imagination and will. Despite themselves, however, Celia and Marco tumble headfirst into love—a deep, magical love that makes the lights flicker and the room grow warm whenever they so much as brush hands. True love or not, the game must play out, and the fates of everyone involved, from the cast of extraordinary circus performers to the patrons, hang in the balance, suspended as precariously as the daring acrobats overhead.
Written in rich, seductive prose, this spell-casting novel is a feast for the senses and the heart.

This is all Elle’s fault. I found it on her list of books she’s excited about this year, and based on this blurb I am completely sold. It sounds amazing, and I can’t wait to get my hands on it.

Sixteen-year-old American girl Rory has just arrived at boarding school in London when a Jack the Ripper copycat-killer begins terrorising the city. All the hallmarks of his infamous murders are frighteningly present, but there are few clues to the killer’s identity.
“Rippermania” grabs hold of modern-day London, and the police are stumped with few leads and no witnesses. Except one. In an unknown city with few friends to turn to, Rory makes a chilling discovery… Could the copycat murderer really be Jack the Ripper back from the grave?

Maureen Johnson – hell yes. London – hell yes. Jack the Ripper – oh my god. Do I need to say more?

Errand requiring immediate attention. Come.

The note was on vellum, pierced by the talons of the almost-crow that delivered it. Karou read the message. 'He never says please', she sighed, but she gathered up her things. When Brimstone called, she always came. In general, Karou has managed to keep her two lives in balance. On the one hand, she's a seventeen-year-old art student in Prague; on the other, errand-girl to a monstrous creature who is the closest thing she has to family. Raised half in our world, half in 'Elsewhere', she has never understood Brimstone's dark work - buying teeth from hunters and murderers - nor how she came into his keeping. She is a secret even to herself, plagued by the sensation that she isn't whole.Now the doors to Elsewhere are closing, and Karou must choose between the safety of her human life and the dangers of a war-ravaged world that may hold the answers she has always sought.

This just sounds so intriguing, and I’ve been hearing a lot of good things about it from various sources. It’s enough to have me very excited about it and looking forward to a really good fantasy.

Rosy and Elle’s Epic Adventure
So whilst we were wandering round Waterstones tossing out recs and ides and demands to read the other’s favourites – oh and me disowning Elle briefly for not liking ‘The Time Travellers Wife’ – we each picked up three books in their three for two offer. To see what Elle picked up click HERE.

Roses by Leila Meacham
East Texas, 1916 When precocious 16-year-old Mary Toliver inherits cotton plantation Somerset from her father, the first seeds of familial discontent are sown. By becoming the new mistress of Somerset, Mary betrays her mother Darla and her brother Miles, and the Toliver dynasty will never recover. And when Mary and timber magnate Percy Warwick decide not to marry, though fiercely in love, it is a decision which will have sad and tragic consequences not only for them but for generations of their families to come. Set against a panoramic backdrop, Roses is a heartbreaking love story of sex, scandal and seduction. It covers 100 years and three generations of Texans.

So far this book is brilliant – an elegant sprawling mass of a tale that I’m just sinking into, and I can’t wait to get further in.

Mermaid by Carolyn Turgeon
While in hiding at a remote convent, a king's daughter sees a magical being dragging a shipwrecked man to the shore. The creature is a mermaid princess - the youngest daughter of the Sea Queen - but she shares more with her human counterpart than her royal blood.

By saving a young man's life, both women have sacrificed their hearts. In one moment, the lives of the princesses, mortal and mermaid, are transformed forever.

This is one I keep seeing and finally picked up, and I’m in need of a pure fantasy at the moment, so we’ll see what happens with this one.

The Summer Without Men by Siri Hustvedt
After Mia Fredricksen's husband of thirty years asks for a pause - so he can indulge his infatuation with a young French colleague - 
 she cracks up (briefly), rages (deeply), then decamps to her prairie childhood home.
There, gradually, she is drawn into the lives of those around her: her mother's circle of feisty widows; the young woman next door; and the diabolical teenage girls in her poetry class. By the end of the summer without men, Mia knows what's worth fighting for - and on whose terms. 
Provocative, mordant, and fiercely intelligent, this is a gloriously vivacious tragi-comedy about women and girls, love and marriage, and the age-old war between the sexes.

This book threw four copies of itself at me – they just kept on coming, so when I had to pick a third book for 3 for 2 I decided it must have been a sign. I’m not sure about it yet, but it’s intriguing so I’m willing to give it a shot.

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