September 18, 2012

Gothic Releases

I happened to stumble upon three good looking books - such a pity they aren't out yet! Two of them however, do come out today (18th) in America, but I'm not sure about Australia and UK. The Blessed comes out later this month; I'm definitely looking forward to these three spooky Gothic reads.


 From the author of the New York Times bestselling ghostgirl series, the start to a captivating and haunting teen trilogy about three girls who become entangled with an enigmatic boy—a boy who believes he is a saint.What if martyrs and saints lived among us? And what if you were told you were one of them?

     Meet Agnes, Cecilia, and Lucy. Three lost girls, each searching for something. But what they find is Beyond Belief.


“There are only two reasons a non-seer would see a spirit on St. Mark’s Eve,” Neeve said. “Either you’re his true love . . . or you killed him.”

It is freezing in the churchyard, even before the dead arrive.
Every year, Blue Sargent stands next to her clairvoyant mother as the soon-to-be dead walk past. Blue herself never sees them—not until this year, when a boy emerges from the dark and speaks directly to her.
His name is Gansey, and Blue soon discovers that he is a rich student at Aglionby, the local private school. Blue has a policy of staying away from Aglionby boys. Known as Raven Boys, they can only mean trouble.
But Blue is drawn to Gansey, in a way she can’t entirely explain. He has it all—family money, good looks, devoted friends—but he’s looking for much more than that. He is on a quest that has encompassed three other Raven Boys: Adam, the scholarship student who resents all the privilege around him; Ronan, the fierce soul who ranges from anger to despair; and Noah, the taciturn watcher of the four, who notices many things but says very little.
For as long as she can remember, Blue has been warned that she will cause her true love to die. She never thought this would be a problem. But now, as her life becomes caught up in the strange and sinister world of the Raven Boys, she’s not so sure anymore.


Evie O'Neill has been exiled from her boring old hometown and shipped off to the bustling streets of New York City--and she is pos-i-toot-ly thrilled. New York is the city of speakeasies, shopping, and movie palaces! Soon enough, Evie is running with glamorous Ziegfield girls and rakish pickpockets. The only catch is Evie has to live with her Uncle Will, curator of The Museum of American Folklore, Superstition, and the Occult--also known as "The Museum of the Creepy Crawlies."
When a rash of occult-based murders comes to light, Evie and her uncle are right in the thick of the investigation. And through it all, Evie has a secret: a mysterious power that could help catch the killer--if he doesn't catch her first.

Tell me what you think in the comments below: are you as excited as I am? Have you read anything by these authors, or perhaps these books? What other books are you looking forward to?

September 17, 2012

REVIEW: Beautiful Creatures by Kami Garcia and Margaret Stohl

There were no surprises in Gatlin County.
We were pretty much the epicenter of the middle of nowhere.

At least, that's what I thought.
Turns out, I couldn't have been more wrong.
There was a curse.
There was a girl.
And in the end, there was a grave.

Lena Duchannes is unlike anyone the small Southern town of Gatlin has ever seen, and she's struggling to conceal her power and a curse that has haunted her family for generations. But even within the overgrown gardens, murky swamps and crumbling graveyards of the forgotten South, a secret cannot stay hidden forever.
Ethan Wate, who has been counting the months until he can escape from Gatlin, is haunted by dreams of a beautiful girl he has never met. When Lena moves into the town's oldest and most infamous plantation, Ethan is inexplicably drawn to her and determined to uncover the connection between them.
In a town with no surprises, one secret could change everything.

Part of the reason why i liked this book was because it was set in the south. I know, lame excuse right? But I tend to have a weak spot for setting. Anywhere cool and I will read the book in a hot minute! I loved the Southern Atmosphere that Beautiful Creatures had, with pinch of Gothic thrown in!

I did like the premise of the story, although the forbidden, destined love preoccupation has become extremely popular in the last few years. However, it managed to keep my interest, and I was able to read it without thinking that I had read it before. I did feel that it dragged on a bit, and found my self distracted towards the end of the 563 pages.

I completely agree with what was said at Literary treats, so I'll quote it:

"I love that Garcia and Stohl tell the story from the guy’s perspective, and that there is no love triangle. I especially love that, while the focus of the story is the romance, there is an entire world beyond the love story, and the characters’ actions have significance far beyond their relationship. From the first chapter, I felt myself drawn into this world, and I wanted to find out more. The book did strike me as long, but the story is fascinating. It’s also really scary — I can definitely imagine it playing out well on screen, and I can just picture myself covering my eyes in the theatre..."
 I would recommend this for you if you: are a teenage girl (14+) or if you liked books similar to Jinx by Meg Cabot. 

Second Opinions & Extras

Murphy's Library
An Interview with Kami Garcia and Margaret Stohl (scroll down a bit)
Oh! Paper Pages


September 16, 2012

Impress a Penguin

This is by far the best job ad that I have ever seen in my life.
I knew I loved Penguin, and wanted to work for them, for a reason!

Click on the link under the Penguin to view the offer!

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September 02, 2012

Let's Get Lost.

Now, this is a maze I would happily get lost in.

"ME: Where are you?
YOU: Over by the Harry Potter.
ME: Which one? I see... three on my right alone!
YOU: The Philosophers Stone.
ME: That really helps."

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