Saturday, November 14, 2009

IMMB 14

Here goes another week of IMMB, hosted by the lovely Kirsti at the famous Story Siren. This week was pretty good for me, I got a lot of books I had been wanting to read!

Call Me Kate: Molly Roe (review)

Coming of age amidst the seething unrest of the Civil War era, feisty fourteen-year-old Katie McCafferty infiltrates the Molly Maguires, a secret Irish organization, to rescue a lifelong friend. Under the guise of Dominick, a draft resister, Katie volunteers for a dangerous mission in hopes of preventing bloodshed. Katie risks job, family, and ultimately her very life to intervene. A series of tragedies challenge Katie's strength and ingenuity, and she faces a crisis of conscience. Can she balance her sense of justice with the law? Call Me Kate is suitable for readers from eleven to adult. The story is dramatic and adventuresome, yet expressive of daily life in the patches of the hard coal region during the Civil War era. This novel will appeal to readers of the Dear America series, as well as more mature readers who will enjoy the story's rich context and drama.

The Dark Divine: Bree Despain

Grace Divine, daughter of the local pastor, always knew something terrible happened the night Daniel Kalbi disappeared--the night she found her brother Jude collapsed on the porch, covered in his own blood--but she has no idea what a truly monstrous secret that night held.

The memories her family has tried to bury resurface when Daniel returns, three years later,
and enrolls in Grace and Jude's high school. Despite promising Jude she'll stay away, Grace cannot deny her attraction to Daniel's shocking artistic abilities, his way of getting her to look at the world from new angles, and the strange, hungry glint in his eyes.

The closer Grace gets to Daniel, the more she jeopardizes her life, as her actions stir resentment in Jude and drive him to embrace the ancient evil Daniel unleashed that horrific night. Grace must discover the truth behind the boy's dark secret...and the cure that can save the ones she loves. But she may have to lay down the ultimate sacrifice to do it--her soul.


The Demon King: Cinda Williams Chima

Times are hard in the mountain city of Fellsmarch. Reformed thief Han Alister will do almost anything to eke out a living for himself, his mother, and his sister Mari. Ironically, the only thing of value he has is something he can't sell. For as long as Han can remember, he's worn
thick silver cuffs engraved with runes. They're clearly magicked-as he grows, they grow, and he's never been able to get them off.

While out hunting one day, Han and his Clan friend, Dancer catch three young wizards setting fire to the sacred mountain of Hanalea. After a confrontation, Han takes an amulet from Micah Bayar, son of the High Wizard, to ensure the boy won't use it against them. Han soon learns that the amulet has an evil history-it once belonged to the Demon King, the wizard who nearly destroyed the world a millennium ago. With a magical piece that powerful at stake, Han knows that the Bayars will stop at nothing to get it back.

Meanwhile, Raisa ana'Marianna, Princess Heir of the Fells, has her own battles

to fight. She's just returned to court after three years of relative freedom with her father's family at Demonai camp - riding, hunting, and working the famous Clan markets. Although Raisa will become eligible for marriage after her sixteenth name-day, she isn't looking forward to trading in her common sense and new skills for etiquette tutors and stuffy parties.

Raisa wants to be more than an ornament in a glittering cage. She aspires to be like Hanalea-the legendary warrior queen who killed the Demon King and saved the world. But it seems like her mother has other plans for her--plans that include a suitor who goes against everything the Queendom stands for.


Once Dead Twice Shy: Kim Harrison

My name is Madison Avery, and I'm here to tell you that there's more out there than you can see, hear, or touch. Because I'm there. Seeing it. Touching it. Living it.

Madison's prom was killer—literally. For some reason she's been targeted by a dark reaper—yeah, that kind of reaper—intent on getting rid of her, body and soul. But before the reaper could finish the job, Madison was able to snag his strange, glowing amulet and get away.

Now she's stuck on Earth—dead but not gone. Somehow the amulet gives her the illusion of a body, allowing her to toe the line between life and death. She still doesn't know why the dark reaper is after her, but she's not about to just sit around and let fate take its course.
With a little ingenuity, some light-bending, and the help of a light reaper (one of the good guys! Maybe . . . )
her cute crush, and oh yeah, her guardian angel, Madison's ready to take control of her own destiny once and for all, before it takes control of her.

Well, if she believed in that stuff.



Ballad: Maggie Stiefvater

James Morgan has an almost unearthly gift for music. And it has attracted Nuala, a soul-snatching faerie muse who fosters and then feeds on the creative energies of exceptional humans until they die. James has plenty of reasons to fear the faeries, but as he and Nuala collaborate on an achingly beautiful musical composition, James finds his feelings towards Nuala deepening. But the rest of the fairies are not as harmless. As Halloween—the day of the dead—draws near, James will have to battle the Faerie Queen and the horned king of the dead to save Nuala's life and his soul.


-M.

16 comments:

Tena said...

love the cover on Once Dead Twice Shy!

Happy Reading

iluvhersheys_andbooks said...

Wow The Dark Divine and Ballad. Lucky. I hope you like all your books. Happy Reading.
Chioma

Lea said...

Ah! TDD! Lucky you! Ooh, and Ballad. Once Dead Twice Shy sounds pretty awesome too! Enjoy your books!

Orchid said...

The Dark Devine, I'm so jealous. :)
Great books. Happy reading.

ladystorm said...

oooh you got some good ones!

Wendy said...

Oooh, I can't wait to read The Dark Divine and Once Dead Twice Shy! Enjoy! :)

Callie said...

Lots of books I want to read. Enjoy!!

Jessica W. (Book Bound) said...

Great books! They all look fantastic. : D

Jessica W.

Aimee said...

some gorgeous books there.


I've done my own IMM this week, if you're interested...

Aimee :)
http://myflutteringheart.blogspot.com

Rebecca said...

Great books you got this week. The Dark Divine looks like such a good book. Hope you enjoy reading all your books.

Lauren said...

Wonderful looking books! I'm envying Ballad and The Dark Devine, they're both on my wishlist and both sound awesome.

Nina said...

Wonderful books you got. I so want to read Once Dead Twice Shy. I saw that one at the bookstore, but just hadn't enough money to buy. ENJOY reading them!!

Au revoir, Nina

Casey said...

great books this week! can't wait to read the dark divine. enjoy and happy reading!

The Story Siren said...

oh wow! you got such great books this week! i'm so excited for you! hope you enjoy them all! happy reading!

MarjoleinBookBlog said...

great books you've got, enjoy reading!

prophecygirl said...

So jealous of The Dark Divine. Happy reading!