Tuesday, 29 November 2011

Books I'm Squeeing About in December

I have been unbelievably lucky with books this last month, actually I’ve been unbelievably lucky with books this last year! I’ve had such a good run of amazing novels! But now with Christmas looming on the horizon it’s time to look ahead to December’s books.
I’ve been lucky enough to read all of these prior to release, and I can tell you that these three are awesome books to get. Put them on your Christmas list, buy them for a friend, just make sure that they find their way into your hands in some way this month!

6th – Clockwork Prince by Cassandra Clare
In the magical underworld of Victorian London, Tessa Gray has at last found safety with the Shadowhunters. But that safety proves fleeting when rogue forces in the Clave plot to see her protector, Charlotte, replaced as head of the Institute. If Charlotte loses her position, Tessa will be out on the street and easy prey for the mysterious Magister, who wants to use Tessa's powers for his own dark ends.
With the help of the handsome, self-destructive Will and the fiercely devoted Jem, Tessa discovers that the Magister's war on the Shadowhunters is deeply personal. He blames them for a long-ago tragedy that shattered his life. To unravel the secrets of the past, the trio journeys from mist-shrouded Yorkshire to a manor house that holds untold horrors, from the slums of London to an enchanted ballroom where Tessa discovers that the truth of her parentage is more sinister than she had imagined. When they encounter a clockwork demon bearing a warning for Will, they realize that the Magister himself knows their every move and that one of their own has betrayed them.
Tessa finds her heart drawn more and more to Jem, though her longing for Will, despite his dark moods, continues to unsettle her. But something is changing in Will; the wall he has built around himself is crumbling. Could finding the Magister free Will from his secrets and give Tessa the answers about who she is and what she was born to do?
As their dangerous search for the Magister and the truth leads the friends into peril, Tessa learns that when love and lies are mixed, they can corrupt even the purest heart.

Wow. Just wow. I read this book a couple of weeks ago and it completely blew me away. I adore all of Cassie’s writing but this has to be her best work to date – character driven, high emotional stakes and swoon worthy boys, what more could you want?
You can read my non-spoiler review ahead of time here.
But in the mean time, get it on your wish list!

20th – Touch of Power by Maria V. Snyder
Laying hands upon the injured and dying, Avry of Kazan assumes their wounds and diseases into herself. But rather than being honoured for her skills, she is hunted. Healers like Avry are accused of spreading the plague that has decimated the Territories, leaving the survivors in a state of chaos. 
Stressed and tired from hiding, Avry is abducted by a band of rogues who, shockingly, value her gift above the golden bounty offered for her capture. Their leader, an enigmatic captor-protector with powers of his own, is unequivocal in his demands: Avry must heal a plague-stricken prince—leader of a campaign against her people. As they traverse the daunting Nine Mountains, beset by mercenaries and magical dangers, Avry must decide who is worth healing and what is worth dying for. Because the price of peace may well be her life...

I adore Maria V. Snyder’s books. Her fantasy is truly brilliant, with a style that Tamora Pierce fans will love. She creates fabulously believable and strong heroines, delicious romance that takes time to simmer and develop, and brilliant plots that sweep you away in her incredibly detailed lands. ‘Poison Study’ remains my favourite of her books, but this books marks the start of a new series and a brilliant one at that, in a whole new world. A must for fantasy fans.
You can read my review non-spoiler review here.

27th – Every Other Day by Jennifer Lynn Barnes
Every other day, Kali D'Angelo is a normal sixteen-year-old girl. She goes to public high school. She attends pep rallies. She's human.
And then every day in between she's something else entirely…
Though she still looks like herself, every twenty-four hours predatory instincts take over and Kali becomes a feared demon-hunter with the undeniable urge to hunt, trap, and kill zombies, hellhounds, and other supernatural creatures. Kali has no idea why she is the way she is, but she gives in to instinct anyway – even though the government considers it environmental terrorism.
When Kali notices a mark on the lower back of a popular girl at school, she knows instantly that the girl is marked for death by one of these creatures. Kali has twenty-four hours to save her and, unfortunately, she'll have to do it as a human. With the help of a few new friends, Kali takes a risk that her human body might not survive… And learns the secrets of her mysterious condition in the process.

This book was such a fresh idea and such a brilliant plot that I was completely blown away by it. Jennifer’s writing is fresh, light, funny, and incredibly beautifully created. Her characters were fab, the plot truly sensational and I cannot wait for this book to hit the shelves so I can re-read it in its finished format. Gritty, dark, with plenty of humour, a brilliant new urban fantasy novel for the end of the year.
You can read my review here.

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