Friday, March 5, 2010

Book Bundle

Hex Hall by Rachel Hawkins

When Sophie Mercer turned thirteen, she 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 Hecate Hall, an isolated reform school for wayward prodigium, a.k.a. witches, fae, 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, tag-along ghost; and a new roommate, who happens to be the most-hated person and only vampire on campus. Sophie soon learns that a mysterious predator has been attacking students, and her friend Jenna is the number one suspect. Meanwhile, Sophie has a more personal shock to grapple with. Not only is her father the head of the prodigium council, he's the most powerful warlock in the world, and Sophie is his heir. 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.

Shadowglass by Erica Hayes

A seductive magic mirror, deep in a demon's lair. A simple warning: don't stare at the glass. A light-fingered fairy who can't resist.

For Ice, a compulsive fairy thief, life is a wild party of mayhem, fae trickery and magical confidence scams. She's never cared about rules or warnings, so when she filches a demon's beguiling magic mirror, she can't resist taking a peek. Malicious enchantment strikes, and Ice can no longer tell a lie. If she can't undo the spell, she'll have to turn respectable. Two words: no way.

It sounds simple, especially when Indigo, a frosty metalfae thief, agrees to help her, as he too has fallen foul of the mirror's mischief. But when the mirror's victims start turning up dead, it seems someone doesn't want Ice or Indigo cured. As they draw closer to answers — and to each other — Indigo remains stubbornly silent about the nature of his enchantment. Is he the killer's target? Or does he harbor a more chilling secret?

Shutter Island by Dennis Lehane
Summer, 1954. U.S. Marshal Teddy Daniels has come to Shutter Island, home of Ashecliffe Hospital for the Criminally Insane. Along with his partner, Chuck Aule, he sets out to find an escaped patient. But nothing at Ashecliffe Hospital is what it seems. And neither is Teddy Daniels. Is he there to find a missing patient? Or has he been sent to look into rumors of Ashecliffe's radical approach to psychiatry? An approach that may include drug experimentation, hideous surgical trials, and lethal countermoves in the shadow war against Soviet brainwashing ...
The closer Teddy and Chuck get to the truth, the more elusive it becomes, and the more they begin to believe that they may never leave Shutter Island. Because someone is trying to drive them insane

The Iron King by Julie Kagawa
Meghan Chase has never fit in at her small-town high school, and now, on the eve of her 16th birthday, she discovers why. When her half brother is kidnapped, Meghan is drawn into a fantastical world she never imagined--the world of Faery, where anything you see may try to eat you, and Meghan is the daughter of the summer faery king. Now she will journey into the depths of Faery to face an unknown enemy . . . and beg the help of a winter prince who might as soon kill her as let her touch his icy heart. The Iron King is the first book in the Iron Fey series.

Rosemary and Rue by Seanan McGuire
October "Toby" Daye, a changeling who is half human and half fae, has been an outsider from birth. After getting burned by both sides of her heritage, Toby has denied the Faerie world, retreating to a "normal" life. Unfortunately for her, the Faerie world has other ideas...

The murder of Countess Evening Winterrose pulls Toby back into the fae world. Unable to resist Evening's dying curse, which binds her to investigate, Toby must resume her former position as knight errant and renew old alliances. As she steps back into fae society, dealing with a cast of characters not entirely good or evil, she realizes that more than her own life will be forfeited if she cannot find Evening's

A Local Habitation by Seanan McGuire
Toby Daye-a half-human, half-fae ch
angeling-has been an outsider from birth. After getting burned by both sides of her heritage, Toby has denied the fae world, retreating to a "normal" life. Unfortunately for her, the Faerie world had other ideas...

Now her liege, the Duke of the Shadowed Hills, has asked Toby to go to the Country of Tamed Lightening to make sure all is well with his niece, Countess January O'Leary. It seems like a simple enough assignment-until Toby discovers that someone has begun murdering people close to January, and that if the killer isn't stopped, January may be the next

The Puzzle Ring by Kate Forsyth
Hannah lives an ordinary life with
her mom in Australia, long after her father has gone missing and is presumed dead. One day, Hannah receives a letter from her estranged Grandmother, stating that she is ill and wishes for Hannah to visit her in Scotland. After
much debate, Hannah and her mother decide to go, but are not quite prepared for what is in store. Once in Scotland, Hannah discovers that her Grandmother lives in a mansion, next to a burned down castle. Further more, Hannah uncovers the truth about her father's disappearance and learns that it is connected to a curse that has been placed on her family many centuries ago. Determined to break the curse, Hannah and her group of friends travel back in search of the four pieces of the puzzle ring. For Hannah believes that once the puzzle ring is put back together, the curse will finally be broken. However, once Hannah and her friends go back in time, they soon discover that returning will not be as easily as they had originally planned, and they are running out of time. Can Hannah successfully find all the pieces of the puzzle ring and return before it's too late?-My Review

The Gypsy Crown by Kate Forsyth
Emilia Finch and her cousin Luka are gypsies. For them, that means they live a strongly traditional life, rich with story, music, dance, and magic, governed by the laws of the clan and the ways of the road. To the repressive Puritanical government of 17th century England, however, the gypsies are thieving, fortune-telling vagrants who are most likely allies of the devil.
While the Finches have managed to steer clear of trouble, it finds them when they decide to raise dowry money for one of their daughters, by performing in Kingston square one ill-fated market day. A series of terrible events lands the family in jail, charged with murder. Only Emilia and Luka manage to escape, promising to bring back help and free them.
The only problem is -- how? Emilia believes in the legend of the charms: it is said that the luck of the Rom has turned sour ever since a long-ago gypsy matriarch broke her chain of charms, giving one charm to each of her five children. Since then, the gypsies have been persecuted and the families have dispersed. If they can gather the charms from the families, Emilia thinks, the strong magic of the Rom will somehow bring her family freedom
. Luka, on the other hand, is more practical - he wants to enlist the help of the other clans to help the Finches escape.
Emilia and Luka must race through the countryside, navigating a hornets' nest of Rom-hating Puritans, Royalist spies, and traitors, if they are to complete their quest before the magistrate delivers a death

My Soul to Take by Rachel Vincent

She doesn't see dead people, but…
She senses when someone near her is about to die. And when that happens, a force beyond her control compels her to scream bloody murder. Literally.
Kaylee just wants to enjoy having caught the attention of the hottest guy in school. But a normal date is hard to come by when Nash seems to know more about her need to scream than she does. And when classmates start dropping dead for no apparent reason, only Kaylee knows who'll be next…
My Soul to Save by Rachel Vincent

The last thing Kaylee needs right now is to be skipping school, breaking her dad’s ironclad curfew and putting her boyfriend’s loyalty to the test. But starry-eyed teens are trading their souls for a flickering lifetime of fame and fortune in exchange for eternity in the Netherworld — a consequence they can’t possibly understand. Kaylee can’t let that happen, even if trying to save their souls means putting her own at

Hex Hall, Shadowglass, Shutter Island, Rosemary and Rue, and A Local Habitation were all purchased from my local indie bookstore. The Puzzle Ring, The Gypsy Crown, The Iron King, My Soul to Take, and My Soul to Save were purchased through The Book Depository.

Most Anticipated:
Let's face it, this is the motherload of all book bundles for me. I really enjoyed The Puzzle Ring, link to my review is above. Otherwise, I am looking forward to reading ALL of these. Oh, and I have to put a hiatus on my book shopping for a while now! :P


  1. WOW look at you - I hope you enjoy them ALL - I cant wait to get ShadowGlass, I have shadowfae but have yet to read it, so I can get them both and read at the same time LOL I am weird, I know.

    I hope you REALLY like Hex Hall, it's soo good, IMHO!

  2. What a great set of books! I've been interested to read a lot of these. Except, of course, the one I've already read: Rosemary & Rue. SO GLAD YOU FINALLY GO IT! I still have to pick up my copy of ALH. I've been a bit busy and scatterbrained this week.

    I look forward to your review of these. :)

  3. Sounds like a great bundle! Kate Forsyth's books especially look really interesting, if for no other reason than the cover designs look beautiful! I can't wait to read your review of THE IRON KING :D

  4. Hi! You have an award (two actually) to pick up on my blog!

  5. I'm very curious about a lot of these! Shutter Island and Rosemary and Rue especially!

  6. Love your book bundle! I want to read the Toby Daye series too.

  7. @Juju
    Thanks love! :)

    Thanks! I can't wait to read these! I LOVED Shadowfae, so I can not wait to read Shadowglass! I also am very much looking forward to Hex Hall, especially after your review! :)

    I just LOVED your review on R&R! I can not wait to read ALH!!!

    I really enjoyed the Puzzle Ring, so I am very much looking forward to The Gypsy Crown. Kate's writing is amazing! :)

    @YA Vamps
    Yay! I will go over there right now! :)

    My friend and I are attempting to read the book before we see the movie! Can't wait to read R&R and ALH!!!

    Thanks love! :) I am really looking forward to all of these books! :D

  8. Great books you got there! I cant wait to hear your thoughts about Hex Hall and Iron King. :)

  9. Great set of books there! And I see you are reading All Unquiet Things. That book was awesome. Can't wait to read your reviews

  10. Awe, thanks Lily! I picked up ALH today, so I'm going to try to fit that into my reading schedule VERY soon. :)

  11. @Nina
    Thanks hon! I can't wait to read either of those! :D

    I just started it really. I have been working a lot lately and haven't had much reading time! :( So far, it's amazing!!! :D

    Definitely! Both R&R and ALH are high up on my tbr list! :)

  12. @Liz
    I am really looking forward to reading these! :)