Tuesday, February 23, 2010

This Week On My Radar

I may love to give solicited and unsolicited (I am a menace at Chapters when I see people browsing my favorite genre sections) advice on what books are good, bad, etc however I just as much love to receive book recommendations.   Now that I am a part of a book blogging community I find new books every day thanks to your wonderful book reviews and recommendations.  I also haunt author web sites looking for authors they read because who better to recommend to me new authors then the authors I already know and love!  I have compiled a list of authors and books that have recently popped up on my radar to share with you.  If you have read any of the books please feel free to comment.

First up is Hex Hall from author Rachel Hawkins.  I was attempting to get to know a little bit about the author but not all the links on her web site or blog were working for me.  Regardless I think shes funny, genuine, and worth checking out!

Title: Hex Hall
Author: Rachel Hawkins
Publisher: Hyperion Books For Children
Author Blog: Reading Writing Rachel
Release Date: March 9th 2010

From the Publisher:  

Three years ago, Sophie Mercer discovered that she was a witch. It''s gotten her into a few scrapes. Her non-gifted mother has been as supportive as possible, consulting Sophie''s estranged father-an elusive European warlock-only when necessary. But when Sophie attracts too much human attention for a prom-night spell gone horribly wrong, it''s her dad who decides her punishment: exile to Hex Hall, an isolated reform school for wayward Prodigium, a.k.a. witches, faeries, and shapeshifters. By the end of her first day among fellow freak-teens, Sophie has quite a scorecard: three powerful enemies who look like supermodels, a futile crush on a gorgeous warlock, a creepy tagalong ghost, and a new roommate who happens to be the most hated person and only vampire on campus. Worse, Sophie soon learns that a mysterious predator has been attacking students, and her only friend is the number-one suspect. As a series of blood-curdling mysteries starts to converge, Sophie prepares for the biggest threat of all: an ancient secret society determined to destroy all Prodigium, especially her.

Why It Hit My Radar

I am a sucker for books that take place in boarding schools, I am obsessed with all things paranormal, and I like a protagonist that you get to go on a journey of self discovery with.  If a book mixes witches, faeries, shifters, etc all together I love to see what the author will do with that combination.  I am usually apprehensive regarding what liberties authors take with the mythology of vampires, faeries, shifters, etc as I prefer to stick as close to the original mythology as possible while still bringing it into the 21st century (while I LOVE the Twilight series I still can't get over sparkly vampires).  I was also reading Rachel Hawkins blog and was really captivated by her blog writing.  She seems to have a great sense of humour and be a little quirky both qualities which I love in authors.


While checking out Kari Arthurs web site (author of the Riley Jenson Guardian Series) I checked out her books by friends section.  A few of the authors I was familiar with but I the book jacket cover for author Tracey O'hara caught my attention. 

Title: A Night's Cold Kiss (A Dark Brethren Novel)
Author: Tracey O'hara
Publisher: Harper Collins Publishers
Published: August 17, 2009

ISBN - 0061783137

I usually include the publishers synopsis but there is a great book trailer for this series that gives a good visual and audio sneak peak into main character and world that Tracey O'hara has created.

If your not yet convinced to check out the series there is a prequel online to Night's Cold Kiss available from her web site.

Onto Carrie Vaughn

I know there are a lot of very loyal fans of Carrie Vaughn out there as I have seen A LOT of blog posts about her Kitty Norville Series.  To be honest I have passed these books many times and could just not get over the titles of the books and the fact that the main character, a werewolf, is named Kitty.  I know I shouldn't judge a book by the title or the cover but I am going to give them a try.  I originally went to her web site to check out The Kitty Norville Series but what really got me interested is her upcoming young adult series called, Voices of Dragons.

Title: Voices of Dragons
Author:  Carrie Vaughn
Publisher:  Harper Collins Publishers
Published:  March 16, 2010
Author Web Site: http://www.carrievaughn.com

From The Publisher:

On one side of the border lies the modern world: the internet, homecoming dances, cell phones. On the other side dwell the ancient monsters who spark humanity's deepest fears: dragons.
Seventeen-year-old Kay Wyatt knows she's breaking the law by rock climbing near the border, but she'd rather have an adventure than follow the rules. When the dragon Artegal unexpectedly saves her life, the rules are abruptly shattered, and a secret friendship grows between them.
But suspicion and terror are the legacy of human and dragon inter­actions, and the fragile truce that has maintained peace between the species is unraveling. As tensions mount and battles begin, Kay and Artegal are caught in the middle. Can their friendship change the course of a war?

If your interested check out the first chapter here.  When I started to read the first few paragraphs I was mildly interested but when dialogue between Kay Wyatt and Artegal the dragon begins, I was immediately hooked.  I am really looking forward to checking out Carrie Vaughn's debut young adult novel this March and I am going to head to my favorite used book store to pick up the first novel in The Kitty Norville series and give it a try.

Happy reading everyone!


Natalie (Mindful Musings) said...

Just became a follower of your blog. Love it! And I can sometimes be a pain in the butt giving unsolicited book advice as well. I'll walk into a bookstore and talk to pretty much anyone! :)

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