Wednesday, 5 October 2011

Books I'm Squeeing About in October

Firstly, apologies over how late this post is. September has been completely crazy, complete with commuting, cats, jobs, lack of sleep, and being ill.
So there have been less books read than I’d hoped, but some really good ones thrown in there. But onto October, where we try to save as much money as possible in preparation for Christmas, but still get some awesome books in the process…

This is the thrilling second chapter in the electrifying "Angel Trilogy". Angels will never be seen in the same way again. Gorgeous, charismatic Alex has the courage and skill of a trained Angel Killer. Unique, dazzling Willow has the beauty and power that comes with being half-angel. As the power of the malevolent Church of Angels grows, now it's up to Alex and Willow to train a new team of Angel Killers. Willow soon finds her half-angel identity met with hostility by some of the other AKs, while privately, she must wrestle with the knowledge that her father, Raziel, is a depraved, evil angel. However, while life in the AK training camp is tough, at least Alex and Willow are together. But when Alex discovers that the death of his brother and fellow Angel-Killer, Jake, was linked to a secret CIA mission to defeat the angels, he is forced to leave the camp to complete his brother's work... without Willow. Alex promised Willow he would never leave her, but with the fate of the human race at stake, destiny has ruled that Alex and Willow must be parted once more…

I found the first book in this trilogy ‘Angel’ by accident this time last year. It was gripping, brilliant, and completely absorbing. And I couldn’t believe I had to wait a whole year to find out what happens next…
So finally it’s arrived, and I get to do the happy dance as soon as it drops through my letterbox!

Having uncovered the dark secret of her enigmatic classmate, Edward Cullen, Bella Swan embraces her feelings for him, trusting Edward to keep her safe despite the risks. When a rival clan of vampires makes its way into Forks, though, the danger to Bella has never been more real. Will she make the ultimate sacrifice to protect the people dearest to her?

Ok, so I admit freely I love the Twilight books. Note that I say books, not films, which I really am not fussed on. However, the films kind of ruined my initial love of the books, and when I decided to give the graphic novel a shot, I re-discovered my initial love for the story.
The illustrations have no bearing on the film what so ever, and it took everything back to the original tale. I love everything about it, the illustrations, the pieces picked out, the entire re-telling. But since volume I only covered up until the meadow, I’ve been desperate to see the remainder of the story since, so finally, here it is!

According to the writer of the best-selling crime novel ever to have been published in the city of Ankh-Morpork, it is a truth universally acknowledged that a policeman taking a holiday would barely have had time to open his suitcase before he finds his first corpse. 
And Commander Sam Vimes of the Ankh-Morpork City Watch is on holiday in the pleasant and innocent countryside, but not for him a mere body in the wardrobe. There are many, many bodies and an ancient crime more terrible than murder. 
He is out of his jurisdiction, out of his depth, out of bacon sandwiches, and occasionally snookered and out of his mind, but never out of guile. Where there is a crime there must be a finding, there must be a chase and there must be a punishment. 
They say that in the end all sins are forgiven. 
But not quite all…

I’m in the middle of reading this book at the moment, and it’s absolutely brilliant. A new instalment in the Sam Vimes story line, and brilliantly funny as always, this has all the makings of a Pratchett classic.

Ethan Wate thought he was getting used to the strange, impossible events happening in Gatlin, his small Southern town. But now that Ethan and Lena have returned home, strange and impossible have taken on new meanings. Swarms of locusts, record-breaking heat, and devastating storms ravage Gatlin as Ethan and Lena struggle to understand the impact of Lena's Claiming. Even Lena's family of powerful Supernaturals is affected - and their abilities begin to dangerously misfire. As time passes, one question becomes clear: What - or who - will need to be sacrificed to save Gatlin?
For Ethan, the chaos is a frightening but welcome distraction. He's being haunted in his dreams again, but this time it isn't by Lena - and whatever is haunting him is following him out of his dreams and into his everyday life. Even worse, Ethan is gradually losing pieces of himself - forgetting names, phone numbers, even memories. He doesn't know why, and most days he's too afraid to ask.

Sometimes there isn't just one answer or one choice. Sometimes there's no going back. And this time there won't be a happy ending.

I haven’t yet read the second book in the series yet, but book one was brilliant. It took a while to get going but part of the slow build meant that with the build up done with, the next few books can really let go on the story and world that’s been built up.

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