Thursday, October 31, 2013

Most Wanted: Books of November 2013

It's Baaaaaaaaack! So first off Happy Halloween for all those who celebrate it, and now I'm proud to announce that Most Wanted will be coming back full time. For those who are new or don't know what Most Wanted is, it's a feature I do every month, usually at the beginning of the feature month or the very end of the previous one, where I list around four books or novellas that I'm most looking forward to being released, in the featured month, that I don't already own as an ARC or eGalley. Feel free to make your own Most Wanted Posts if you'd like and link below so I can see. These books are organized in order of release. Oh! One more thing, all of these books are NOT the first in the series so if you don't like spoilers and/or haven't but want to read any of these series I would advise look but don't read the descriptions.

1. Curtsies and Conspiracies (Finishing School #2)

Release Date: November 5, 2013
Author: Gail Carriger
PublisherLittle, Brown Books for Young Readers
Length: 320 pages
Does one need four fully grown foxgloves for decorating a dinner table for six guests? Or is it six foxgloves to kill four fully grown guests?

Sophronia's first year at Mademoiselle Geraldine's Finishing Academy for Young Ladies of Quality has certainly been rousing! For one thing, finishing school is training her to be a spy (won't Mumsy be surprised?). Furthermore, Sophronia got mixed up in an intrigue over a stolen device and had a cheese pie thrown at her in a most horrid display of poor manners.

Now, as she sneaks around the dirigible school, eavesdropping on the teachers' quarters and making clandestine climbs to the ship's boiler room, she learns that there may be more to a school trip to London than is apparent at first. A conspiracy is afoot--one with dire implications for both supernaturals and humans. Sophronia must rely on her training to discover who is behind the dangerous plot-and survive the London Season with a full dance card.

In this sequel to bestselling author Gail Carriger's YA debut Etiquette & Espionage, class is back in session with more petticoats and poison, tea trays and treason. Gail's distinctive voice, signature humor, and lush steampunk setting are sure to be the height of fashion this season.

Why I Want It: I was surprised by how much I liked the first installment, Etiquette and Espionage, it was a great mix of Steampunk elements with a secret institute for spies, plus as a bit of an added twist there are supernatural races that are widely accepted throughout the world. Well, the races might not be accepted, but the fact that they exist is. I cannot wait to return to this interesting world.

2. A Stranger Thing (Ever-Expanding Universe #2)

Release Date: November 12, 2013
Authors: Martin Leicht and Isla Neal
Publisher: Simon and Schuster Books for Young Readers
Length: 288 pages

In this witty, adventurous sequel to Mothership, which Publishers Weekly called “a whole lot of fun,” Elvie Nara is back on earth—but her life (including her new baby) is still pretty out there!

Pregnancy was pretty rough for sixteen-year-old Elvie Nara, what with the morning sickness, constant food cravings, and the alien race war she found herself in the middle of. But if she thought giving birth to an extraterrestrial’s baby would be the hard part, she was sorely mistaken.

After Elvie somehow has a baby girl, the always-male Almiri completely wig out. Suddenly Elvie’s supposed allies have shipped her—along with her father, her best friend, Ducky, and her maybe-boyfriend, boneheaded Almiri commando Cole Archer—off to a remote “retention facility” (aka alien jail) in Antarctica. Talk about cold. But things really get complicated when a new group of hybrid aliens arrive with information that sends Elvie’s world spinning. Before long, Elvie is trekking across the bottom of the Earth with a band of friends and frenemies to uncover the secrets of her own origin. Will Elvie ever be able to convince the Almiri that a conspiracy to conquer the planet is a greater threat than a sixteen-year-old girl and a newborn who won’t stop crying?

Why I Want It: I was really surprised at myself for wanting to put this on my Most Wanted list, but the more I thought about it I realized that I didn't hate the story in Mothership, in fact I really liked it, however it was the way the story was told, with use of bizarre futuristic slang that sounds like a mother that's trying and failing to be "hip" and a constant use of the present tense even with the flashbacks, but I'm willing to give this series a second chance and am interested to see if the series with adapt.

3. The Fiery Heart (Bloodlines #4)

Release Date: November 19, 2013
Author: Richelle Mead
Publisher: Razorbill
Length: 438 pages

In The Indigo Spell, Sydney was torn between the Alchemist way of life and what her heart and gut were telling her to do. And in one breathtaking moment that Richelle Mead fans will never forget, she made a decision that shocked even her. . . .

But the struggle isn't over for Sydney. As she navigates the aftermath of her life-changing decision, she still finds herself pulled in too many directions at once. Her sister Zoe has arrived, and while Sydney longs to grow closer to her, there's still so much she must keep secret. Working with Marcus has changed the way she views the Alchemists, and Sydney must tread a careful path as she harnesses her profound magical ability to undermine the way of life she was raised to defend. Consumed by passion and vengeance, Sydney struggles to keep her secret life under wraps as the threat of exposure—and re-education—looms larger than ever.

Pulses will race throughout this thrilling fourth installment in the New York Times bestselling Bloodlines series, where no secret is safe.

Why I Want It: Now since this is essentially the tenth book set in this world, I feel as though I shouldn't have to justify why I want this book, but I will anyway. This world is just AMAZING, it's so in depth and since it's rooted in Romanian mythology it didn't take much to get me hooked. This is the second series set in this world and it is just as amazing as the first. For those who don't know the first series I'm referring to is Vampire Academy, soon to be a major motion picture in February. Now don't let the name deter you, if you haven't read VA I suggest giving the first two books a try before becoming a nay-sayer.

4. Brooke (Under the Never Sky #2.5)

Release Date: November 26, 2013
Author: Veronica Rossi
Publisher: HarperCollins
Length: 88 pages

Set just before the events of Into the Still Blue, the conclusion to Veronica Rossi's "masterpiece" Under the Never Sky trilogy (Examiner.com), this breathtaking novella is a satisfying stand-alone for new readers as well as an exciting glimpse at favorite characters from the trilogy. Pulsing with romance and danger, Brooke will leave readers desperate for the conclusion to this epic and unforgettable saga.

The only fight she can't win is the one for Perry's heart. Following the stunning climax in Through the Ever Night, the Tides have been forced to seek shelter from the Aether storms in a dismal, secluded cave. But Brooke's memories of the cave go back much further, to when she and Perry used to come here together. That was before Perry fell in love with Aria and before Vale's dealings with the Dwellers altered the course of the Tides forever.

Now, with her sister back from a haunting year in captivity and Aria lying unconscious in the sick bay, Brooke struggles to put the pieces of her life back together. Without Perry, who is she? And what is her role in this frightening new world? As these questions swirl about her, an old threat to the Tides resurfaces, and Brooke is forced to put the lives of her people before her own. But in taking this step outside of herself, Brooke may finally discover what she truly wants.

Way I Want It: When I first heard that Veronica Rossi was writing a novella about Brooke, a more or less minor supporting character for her Under the Never Sky series. Honestly I'm not a huge fan of Brooke, but after reading the description my hopes grew and now I'm actually really looking forward to reading this and hopefully "bonding" with Brooke.

So that's it for this month. Check back next month for a new set of Most Wanted books. Oh and I also just updated my Book Review Index so be sure to check it out!


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