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I had a great a pretty darned good week, so here goes.
Tormod: A Templar's Apprentice by Kat Black
Scotland. 1307. Thirteen-year-old Tormod MacLeod is different. He knows things before they happen. Even his own brother treats him differently, and all Tormod can do is bide his time until he's old enough to leave the village and make something of himself. His chance comes sooner than expected when a Templar knight asks him to deliver a secret message. But Tormod's efforts end up endangering both their lives. What follows is a desperate journey to escape the army of King Philippe le Bel of France. If he is to survive, Tormod must learn to harness the powers within.
I've already read this one. I'll post a review Monday.
Jessica's Guide to Dating on the Darkside by Beth Fantaskey
Publisher: Harcourt Children's Books
The undead can really screw up your senior year . . .
Marrying a vampire definitely doesn’t fit into Jessica Packwood’s senior year “get-a-life” plan. But then a bizarre (and incredibly hot) new exchange student named Lucius Vladescu shows up, claiming that Jessica is a Romanian vampire princess by birth—and he’s her long-lost fiancé. Armed with newfound confidence and a copy of Growing Up Undead: A Teen Vampire’s Guide to Dating, Health, and Emotions, Jessica makes a dramatic transition from average American teenager to glam European vampire princess. But when a devious cheerleader sets her sights on Lucius, Jess finds herself fighting to win back her wayward prince, stop a global vampire war—and save Lucius’s soul from eternal destruction.
This is my second copy of this. I've already read and reviewed it here. I may include this in an upcoming contest.
Thanks to Kat for both of these!!
Carpe Corpus (Morganville Vampires Book 6) by Rachel Caine
In the small college town of Morganville, vampires and humans lived in (relative) peace—until all the rules got rewritten when the evil vampire Bishop arrived, looking for the lost book of vampire secrets. He’s kept a death grip on the town ever since. Now an underground resistance is brewing, and in order to contain it, Bishop must go to even greater lengths. He vows to obliterate the town and all its inhabitants—the living and the undead. Claire Danvers and her friends are the only ones who stand in his way. But even if they defeat Bishop, will the vampires ever be content to go back to the old rules, after having such a taste of power?
The Blonde of the Joke by Bennett Madison
A blonde and a brunette meet at the mall: It's the setup for the perfect blonder joke. While Val sees in the outrageously blonde Franie the gutsiness she's always envied, somehow--unexpectedly--Francie sees something in Val too. Something sneaky. So they become partners in crime.
But soon, the polar opposites find themselves tangled in a web of love, lies, and shoplifting that's impossible to escape. And as the stakes get higher, it soon becomes clear that the darkest secrets have yet to be discovered.
Thanks to Bennett for hooking me up. Can't wait to read this one.
Beautiful Creatures by Kami Garcia & Margaret Stohl
Publisher: Little Brown
There were no surprises in Gatlin County.
We were pretty much the epicenter of the middle of nowhere.
At least, that's what I thought.
Turns out, I couldn't have been more wrong.
There was a curse.
There was a girl.
And in the end, there was a grave.
Lena Duchannes is unlike anyone the small Southern town of Gatlin has ever seen, and she's struggling to conceal her power and a curse that has haunted her family for generations. But even within the overgrown gardens, murky swamps and crumbling graveyards of the forgotten South, a secret cannot stay hidden forever.
Ethan Wate, who has been counting the months until he can escape from Gatlin, is haunted by dreams of a beautiful girl he has never met. When Lena moves into the town's oldest and most infamous plantation, Ethan is inexplicably drawn to her and determined to uncover the connection between them.
In a town with no surprises, one secret could change everything.
This is my second copy of Beautiful Creatures, so I will most likely be giving it away at some point.
Lament by Maggie Stiefvater
I really want to read Shiver, but since I have yet to get a copy, I thought I would start with Lament first and go from there. I'm so jealous of all of you Shiver-havers.
Anyway, That's it for me this week. Can't wait to see what everyone else picked up.