Sunday, January 1, 2012

On My Bookshelves #12

My new weekend book meme
highlights the books that I have somehow
never gotten to,
as well as those wonderful books
would love to re-read!!

Since yesterday was New Year's Eve,
and I took a little trip to Barnes & Noble
in order to use my Christmas gift card,
I didn't get to do this post.
So I've decided to do it today instead.

In this particular installment,
I'm featuring the books that joined
my bookshelves yesterday!
I'm so excited by my purchases!!!
(The gift card was only worth $25.00,
 so of course I couldn't resist
spending some of my own money!  Lol.)

Here are my new treasures!!!!

Hardcover, 418 pages
Little, Brown & Company
September 27, 2011
Genres: YA Paranormal Romance,
Urban Fantasy

From the Goodreads Synopsis

Meet Karou. She fills her sketchbooks with monsters that may or may not be real; she's prone to disappearing on mysterious "errands"; she speaks many languages--not all of them human; and her bright blue hair actually grows out of her head that color. Who is she? That is the question that haunts her, and she's about to find out.

When one of the strangers--beautiful, haunted Akiva--fixes his fire-colored eyes on her in an alley in Marrakesh, the result is blood and starlight, secrets unveiled, and a star-crossed love whose roots drink deep of a violent past...

What can I say about this book?
Lots of things!
First off, I love, love, love the cover,
which features my favorite color!
Next, she's an art student,
and her drawings are so amazing, they
actually have a cult following at her art school.
As if that weren't enough...she also has blue hair.
And...there are angels (and demons) involved!!
the reviews are overwhelmingly positive!!!
So... I'm going to be starting off
the new year with this one!!

(The Tiger Saga, #3)
Hardcover, 560 pages
Splinter Publishing
November 1, 2011
Genre: YA Paranormal Romance,

From the Goodreads Synopsis

With the head-to-head battle against the villainous Lokesh behind her, Kelsey confronts a new heartbreak: in the wake of his traumatic experience, her beloved Ren no longer remembers who she is. As the trio continues their quest by challenging five cunning and duplicitous dragons, Ren and Kishan once more vie for her affections--leaving Kelsey more confused than ever.

Fraught with danger, filled with magic, and packed with romance, TIger's Voyage brings Kelsey and her two tiger princes one step closer to breaking the curse.

Well, I won't be getting to this one just yet,
simply because I haven't read
the first two!
Yes, I admit it...I'm a book hoarder!!
I was sucked in by the gorgeous covers,
so I bought them all,
with every intention of getting to them
at some point in my life...
I am hereby making a New Year's resolution
to read all three in 2012!!!
The plot of each is highly original,
and I love the exotic locales mentioned in
all three of the book's synopses,
as well as the enchanting characters!!

(Shadow Falls #1)
Trade Paperback, 398 pages
St. Martin's Griffin
March 29, 2011
Genre: YA Paranormal Romance,
Urban Fantasy

From the Goodreads Synopsis

One night Kylie Galen finds herself at the wrong party, with the wrong people, and it changes her life forever.  Her mother ships her off to Shadow Falls—a camp for troubled teens, and within hours of arriving, it becomes painfully clear that her fellow campers aren’t just “troubled.”  Here at Shadow Falls, vampires, werewolves, shapeshifters, witches and fairies train side by side—learning to harness their powers, control their magic and live in the normal world.

Kylie’s never felt normal, but surely she doesn’t belong here with a bunch of paranormal freaks either.  Or does she?  They insist Kylie is one of them, and that she was brought here for a reason.  As if life wasn’t complicated enough, enter Derek and Lucas.  Derek’s a half-fae who’s determined to be her boyfriend, and Lucas is a smokin’ hot werewolf with whom Kylie shares a secret past...

I wasn't going to buy this at first,
because it contains yet another love triangle...
However, the story sounds so
interesting and fascinating,
i'll just have to give the book
the benefit of the doubt!

Besides, I think the idea of having
kids with supernatural abilities all together
at a school camp is not only original,
but highly fascinating!
Friendships, not to mention romantic
relationships, will have to be
approached from a radically
different angle...

I am very pleased with my little haul!!
I'm reviewing all three of these books
as part of the

2012 TBR Pile
Reading Challenge!!!

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  1. Good haul you've got! Tiger's Voyage looks pretty cool, and Smoke and Bone was an awesome read. Hope you enjoy!

  2. Oh, yeah!! But I have to start on TIGER'S CURSE first, then move on to TIGER'S QUEST, before I can read TIGER'S VOYAGE. I have the first two books, of course!

    I've already started on DAUGHTER OF SMOKE AND BONE, and I'm enjoying it! So many people have raved about this book, I just knew I had to get it soon, and dive right into it!!

    Thanks for the comment!! : )

  3. I'll be interested to see what you make of Smoke & Bone, I think I'm the only person in the world who gave it less than 5 stars ;) But I don't read much YA so I'm probably just not used to the style :) I LOVED the first half :)

  4. Well, I've already started reading it, and find it to be excellent, so far. I like the character of Karou. I especially admire her for being able to resist Kaz's charms. As the saying goes, "once a cheater, always a cheater". Kazimir is too egotistical to ever love her as she deserves to be loved, Kudos to her for remaining firm in the face of his obvious hotness!!! I also admire her because of her drawing skill. I mean, for her drawings to have a CULT following at her art school, she must be nothing short of AWESOME as a draftsman!! Maybe I won't like the novel that much later on -- we'll see. But so far, so good!

    Yeah, I agree, YA is not quite like adult fiction. What I like about this genre is the almost total absence of profanity, except maybe for an occasional "hell" or "damn". I HATE the F-bomb, as well as the MF-bomb!!!!! Also, I'm sick and tired of reading sex scenes bordering on pornography!! Writers in the YA genre don't usually include very graphic sex scenes in their books. They give just as much attention to plot, setting and characterization as writers in adult genres do, however. And I find that they handle these important parts of the fiction writing process just as effectively as authors who write exclusively for adult genres!

    Thanks for commenting, and Happy New Year!! : )


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