Sep 30, 2011

Acquired This Week:

LDS author Matthew J. Kirby

(From Goodreads)
     Matthew J. Kirby, author of THE CLOCKWORK THREE, deftly weaves a brand-new tale with chilling cleverness and subtle suspense that will leave readers racing breathlessly to the end.
     Trapped in a hidden fortress tucked between towering mountains and a frozen sea, Solveig, along with her brother the crown prince, their older sister, and an army of restless warriors, anxiously awaits news of her father's victory at battle. But as winter stretches on, and the unending ice refuses to break, terrible acts of treachery soon make it clear that a traitor lurks in their midst. A malevolent air begins to seep through the fortress walls, and a smothering claustrophobia slowly turns these prisoners of winter against one another.
     Those charged with protecting the king's children are all suspect, and the siblings must choose their allies wisely. But who can be trusted so far from their father's watchful eye? Can Solveig and her siblings survive the long winter months and expose the traitor before he succeeds in destroying a kingdom?

*Actor Kevin Sorbo (remember that show Hercules: The Legendary Journeys?) even wanted a copy of this viking book. Because he's "100% Norwegian". So Mr. Kirby totally gave him one.*

LDS author Jenni James

(From Goodreads)
     Chloe Elizabeth Hart despises the conceited antics of the popular crowd, or more importantly, one very annoying self-possessed guy, Taylor Anderson, who seems determined to make her the president of his fan club! As if! Every girl in the whole city of Farmington, New Mexico, is in love with him, but he seems to be only interested in Chloe.
     This modern high school adaptation of “Pride and Prejudice” is a battle of wits as Chloe desperately tries to remain the only girl who can avoid the inevitable—falling for Taylor

*Mrs. James will be signing between 6 & 8 PM tomorrow, Saturday, Oct. 1, @ the University Pkwy Deseret Book, Oct. 22 @ Barnes & Noble, Orem from 1 - 4 PM, and Pioneer Book, Orem on Nov. 19, time TBA.*

Debut author Michelle Hodkin

(From Goodreads)
     Mara Dyer doesn't think life can get any stranger than waking up in a hospital with no memory of how she got there.
It can.
     She believes there must be more to the accident she can't remember that killed her friends and left her mysteriously unharmed.
There is.
     She doesn't believe that after everything she's been through, she can fall in love.
She's wrong.

*Ms. Hodkin will be part of a four YA author panel @ the Provo Library, Oct. 11 @ 7 PM. Free tickets available starting tomorrow, Oct. 1.*

Author Melissa de la Cruz

(From Goodreads)
     When the Mayflower set sail in 1620, it carried on board the men and women who would shape America: Miles Standish; John Alden; Constance Hopkins. But some among the Pilgrims were not pure of heart; they were not escaping religious persecution. Indeed, they were not even human. They were vampires.The vampires assimilated quickly into the New World. Rising to levels of enormous power, wealth, and influence, they were the celebrated blue bloods of American society.

     The Blue Bloods vowed that their immortal status would remain a closely guarded secret. And they kept that secret for centuries. But now, in New York City, the secret is seeping out. Schuyler Van Alen is a sophomore at a prestigious private school. She prefers baggy, vintage clothes instead of the Prada and pearls worn by her classmates, and she lives with her reclusive grandmother in a dilapated mansion. Schuyler is a loner...and happy that way. Suddenly, when she turns fifteen, there is a visible mosaic of blue veins on her arm. She starts to crave raw food and she is having flashbacks to ancient times. Then a popular girl from her school is found dead... drained of all her blood. Schuyler doesn't know what to think, but she wants to find out the secrets the Blue Bloods are keeping. But is she herself in danger?

*Mrs. de la Cruz came to the Provo Library Sept. 28th on tour for the 6th book in the Blue Bloods series, Lost in Time.*

Author Garth Nix

(From Garth Nix's website)
     Sir Hereward. Knight, artillerist, swordsman. Mercenary for hire. Ill-starred lover.
     Mister Fitz. Puppet, sorcerer, loremaster. Practitioner of arcane arts now mostly and thankfully forgotten. Former nursemaid to Hereward.
     Sir Hereward and Mister Fitz. Agents of the Council of the Treaty for the Safety of the World, charged with the location and removal of listed extra-dimensional entities, more commonly known as gods or godlets.
Travellers. Adventurers. Godslayers . . .
     Gathers together the novelettes “Sir Hereward and Mister Fitz Go To War Again” and “Beyond the Sea Gate of the Scholar-Pirates of Sarkoe” plus the short story “A Suitable Present for a Sorcerous Puppet”.

Reader Advisory: Though some of Garth Nix’s books and stories are for children, this one is not. It is for adult readers.

*This is only available in e-book format so far. I am reading it because I like Mr. Nix's writing (he has done a slew of YA books) and he is currently holding a book review contest to win a bell charm from his Abhorsen series.*

Other books I've gotten in the past couple of months include:
The Gray Wolf Throne by Cinda Williams Chima
Marsipity by Barbie McConnell, illustrated by Rusty Gregory
Shelter (ARC) by Harlan Coben
The Lullaby by Sarah Dessen
Crossed (ARC) by Ally Condie
First Light by Rebecca Stead
All those books from Australia
Michael Vey by Richard Paul Evans
Janitors by Tyler Whitesides
and just a too many before and around the same time for me to list! AAAAAH BOOKS! Don't fall on me!

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