Monday, September 24, 2012

Countdown: Winter Wishlist (1)

Now that I've gotten myself back on track regarding the blog, I can't seem to stop myself from searching high and low for more titles that will be releasing in the future.  Let's face it...this is a regular obsession of mine that I don't think will ever go away.  So now that I've marked my calendar for all the fall titles that I've come across that I've wanted to add to my TBR list I went searching for any books that would hit the stores' shelves in the month of December.  It's always a good idea for me to create a Winter Wishlist for my friends and family so that when the holidays come around and anyone may need some ideas or inspiration in the gift department they're all set.  It also helps me out when it comes to my friends and family.  I of course like to get people gifts that I know they will love, and while I might try to keep that person's wish lists in the back of my mind, I usually like to throw a book in as a gift as well.  It never hurts to help someone increase their library and with so many wonderful titles to choose from, no one can possibly hope to get all of them on their shelves on their own right?  So I've found some great titles that I'll be counting down towards to make sure are added to my lists for myself and for possible gifts I'll be giving out!

Countdown Pick #1:  The Farm by Emily McKay (12/04/2012)

Life was different in the Before: before vampires began devouring humans in a swarm across America; before the surviving young people were rounded up and quarantined. These days, we know what those quarantines are—holding pens where human blood is turned into more food for the undead monsters, known as Ticks. Surrounded by electrical fences, most kids try to survive the Farms by turning on each other…
And when trust is a thing of the past, escape is nearly impossible.
Lily and her twin sister Mel have a plan. Though Mel can barely communicate, her autism helps her notice things no one else notices—like the portion of electrical fence that gets turned off every night. Getting across won’t be easy, but as Lily gathers what they need to escape, a familiar face appears out of nowhere, offering to help…
Carter was a schoolmate of Lily’s in the Before. Managing to evade capture until now, he has valuable knowledge of the outside world. But like everyone on the Farm, Carter has his own agenda, and he knows that behind the Ticks is an even more dangerous threat to the human race...

I'm not sure how I feel about ticks being the big bad in this one.  Bugs creep me out in general and I get itchy just thinking about them, but I'm going to try to power through so that I can give this one a shot.  I'm also curious to see how McKay transitions from a romance novelist to YA literature, and a title that doesn't scream romance, right?

Countdown Pick #2:  Never Seen (Shadows, #1) by Matthew Leeth (12/01/2012)

YA supernatural thriller.

How far would you go... to save the ones you love?

Kelly knows something is wrong in her house, is it a haunting? Her mother knows more than she's telling her. Jason is acting weirder than ever. Kelly investigates, she thinks it's ghosts. Or is it something much worse? They are after her family. They want them all dead. Why? What will Kelly have to do to save her family?

We've got a goodreads giveaway for this title!  Head on over here and enter for your chance to win one of two copies up for grabs.  I'm always a little hesitant to read thrillers or anything with an overload of suspense because it's terrible for my sanity.  I end up either freaking myself out, or my anxiety level goes through the roof and I refuse to sleep or eat, the hopes that I can finish the book and end the torture of not know what's going to happen next. So once again I'm going to try to psych myself up for this one and hope for the best!

Countdown Pick #3:  The Friday Society by Adrienne Kress (12/06/2012)

An action-packed tale of gowns, guys, guns--and the heroines who use them all

Set in Edwardian London, The Friday Society follows the stories of three very intelligent and talented young women, all of whom are assistants to powerful men: Cora, lab assistant; Michiko, Japanese fight assistant; and Nellie, magician's assistant. The three young women's lives become inexorably intertwined after a chance meeting at a ball that ends with the discovery of a murdered mystery man.

It's up to these three, in their own charming but bold way, to solve the murder--and the crimes they believe may be connected to it--without calling too much attention to themselves.

Told with Adrienne Kress's sharp wit and a great deal of irreverence, this Steampunk whodunit introduces three unforgettable and very ladylike--well, relatively ladylike--heroines poised for more dangerous adventures.

As much fun as this title sounds, I've got to say the author's blog sold me even further.  I highly recommend checking out her blog post here where she talks about how this book came to be.  It's always interesting (in my opinion) where the authors get their ideas, and how they managed to get their books on the shelves.

Countdown Pick #4:  All the Broken Pieces by Cindi Madsen (12/11/2012)

What if your life wasn’t your own?

Liv comes out of a coma with no memory of her past and two distinct, warring voices inside her head. Nothing, not even her reflection, seems familiar. As she stumbles through her junior year, the voices get louder, insisting she please the popular group while simultaneously despising them. But when Liv starts hanging around with Spencer, whose own mysterious past also has him on the fringe, life feels complete for the first time in, well, as long as she can remember.

Liv knows the details of the car accident that put her in the coma, but as the voices invade her dreams, and her dreams start feeling like memories, she and Spencer seek out answers. Yet the deeper they dig, the less things make sense. Can Liv rebuild the pieces of her broken past, when it means questioning not just who she is, but what she is?

I'm so excited to see where this one goes!  I love a good mystery, especially when there's a possibly romance to go along with it, don't you?  I've never read anything by Madsen, so I'm anxious to see what kind of writing style she has, and what her characters will be like.  It's always fun to check out new authors and see what you think, hopefully this will be one that I add to my favorites and look out for in the future.

Countdown Pick #5:  Soul Awakened (Reincarnation, #1) by J.D. Stroube (12/12/2012)

Imagine being born at the first breath of mankind. What would it be like to live as a witch among men? Would life be less cherished if you were destined to become an old soul; one who must succumb to death only to be reborn repeatedly?

Faye is a mortal with an immortal soul. She is destined to die at the hands of another immortal during the peak of her life, only to be reborn again. In each life she has a new name, face, and destiny. However, her soul remains constant.

She has no memories of her past lives, but that is about to change...

After a horrifying accident, she loses everything dear to her, moves halfway across the world, and begins having visions of a man with no face; a man who kills her, over and over again. Each life is ended before it truly begins.

Memories of her past lives have been unlocked and along with them, she discovers an affinity for magic. Can she master her abilities quick enough to face her demon head on? Will the memories of her past lives reveal weapons to change her fate? Will she be aware of her faceless death, when he comes for her? Or could her executioner be closer than she thought?

And rounding out this first Winter Wishlist countdown we've got a first installment in a series that I think has amazing potential.  I'm always curious to read titles having to do with reincarnation.  I'm not really a true believer but it doesn't make it any less entertaining or interesting to me.  I'm curious to see how Stroube's characters will take shape and what kind of action readers can look forward to with this title.  Like I said, it's got all the elements and makings of a great series' opener, don't you think?

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