Want Books: Days of Blood and Starlight

Want Books? is a weekly meme hosted here at Chachic’s Book Nook and features released books that you want but you can’t have for some reason. It can be because it’s not available in your country, in your library or you don’t have the money for it right now. Everyone is free to join, just grab the image above. Leave a comment with a link to your post so I can do a roundup with each post.

Daughter of Smoke and Bone was one of my favorite reads last year. I fell in love with Laini Taylor’s lyrical writing and immediately wanted more. The sequel, Days of Blood and Starlight, is one of my most anticipated novels this year. Its release date is November 6 but unfortunately, the book still isn’t available in bookstores or even the library here in Singapore. Sigh, maybe I should have pre-ordered the book so I wouldn’t have this problem right now.

Here’s the summary from Goodreads:

Art student and monster’s apprentice Karou finally has the answers she has always sought. She knows who she is—and what she is. But with this knowledge comes another truth she would give anything to undo: She loved the enemy and he betrayed her, and a world suffered for it.

In this stunning sequel to the highly acclaimed Daughter of Smoke & Bone, Karou must decide how far she’ll go to avenge her people. Filled with heartbreak and beauty, secrets and impossible choices, Days of Blood & Starlight finds Karou and Akiva on opposing sides as an age-old war stirs back to life.

While Karou and her allies build a monstrous army in a land of dust and starlight, Akiva wages a different sort of battle: a battle for redemption. For hope.

But can any hope be salvaged from the ashes of their broken dream?

Are you looking forward to reading this as well? I know several bloggers have finished reading this but I’m trying not to read reviews because I have a feeling I’ll just feel worse that I still don’t have a copy.

Want Books: House of Shadows

Want Books? is a weekly meme hosted here at Chachic’s Book Nook and features released books that you want but you can’t have for some reason. It can be because it’s not available in your country, in your library or you don’t have the money for it right now. Everyone is free to join, just grab the image above. Leave a comment with a link to your post so I can do a roundup with each post.

I’ve only read one Rachel Neumeier novel, which was The City in the Lake. I didn’t love it like I expected but I keep hearing good things about her other books so I’m still curious about them. House of Shadows has gotten rave reviews from some of the bloggers I follow, which is why I chose it as my Want Books pick for this week. I haven’t seen it in the bookstores here so I will probably just wait for it to become available in the library. There’s a copy of The Floating Islands in the library so I have a feeling they will also get House of Shadows. This seems like the type of epic fantasy novel that I’d enjoy reading.

Here’s the summary from Goodreads:

Orphaned, two sisters are left to find their own fortunes.

Sweet and proper, Karah’s future seems secure at a glamorous Flower House. She could be pampered for the rest of her life… if she agrees to play their game.

Nemienne, neither sweet nor proper, has fewer choices. Left with no alternative, she accepts a mysterious mage’s offer of an apprenticeship. Agreeing means a home and survival, but can Nemienne trust the mage?

With the arrival of a foreign bard into the quiet city, dangerous secrets are unearthed, and both sisters find themselves at the center of a plot that threatens not only to upset their newly found lives, but also to destroy their kingdom.

Looks intriguing! What about you, what book is in your wishlist?

Want Books: Preloved

Want Books? is a weekly meme hosted here at Chachic’s Book Nook and features released books that you want but you can’t have for some reason. It can be because it’s not available in your country, in your library or you don’t have the money for it right now. Everyone is free to join, just grab the image above. Leave a comment with a link to your post so I can do a roundup with each post.

I saw a copy of Preloved by Shirley Marr when I visited the bookstore the other day:

I got pretty excited when I saw an Aussie book here so I was sorely tempted to buy a copy. But then I decided to check if the local library has it and heard that they’re going to get copies in the coming weeks. I will be patient and will wait for it to become available! In the meantime, I’ll read Fury first.

Here’s the summary from Goodreads:

Amy has enough to deal with for one lifetime. A superstitious Chinese mother. A best friend whose mood changes as dramatically as her hair colour. A reputation for being strange. The last thing she needs is to be haunted by someone only she can see.

Logan is a ghost from the Eighties. He could be dangerous. He’s certainly annoying.

He might also be Amy’s dream boy.

Looks like I’ve been featuring Aussie books the past two weeks as my Want Books picks. What about you, what book is in your wishlist?

Want Books: The Hypnotist’s Love Story

Want Books? is a weekly meme hosted here at Chachic’s Book Nook and features released books that you want but you can’t have for some reason. It can be because it’s not available in your country, in your library or you don’t have the money for it right now. Everyone is free to join, just grab the image above. Leave a comment with a link to your post so I can do a roundup with each post.

I loved Liane Moriarty’s What Alice Forgot and I’ve been curious about the rest of her books ever since I read that. Even though I didn’t enjoy her other novel, Three Wishes, as much as I expected, I still want to check out her latest novel The Hypnotist’s Love Story.

Here’s the summary from Goodreads:

Ellen O’Farrell is an expert when it comes to human frailties. She’s a hypnotherapist who helps her clients deal with everything from addictions to life-long phobias. So when she falls in love with a man who is being stalked by his ex-girlfriend she’s more intrigued than frightened. What makes a supposedly smart, professional woman behave this way? She’d love to meet her!

What she doesn’t know is that she already has. Saskia has been masquerading as a client, and their lives are set to collide in ways Ellen could never have predicted.

I saw it in the bookstore earlier today with an even better cover:

I like the girl’s outfit, I actually have a dress that looks similar to that. I didn’t buy it because I still have a lot of books in my TBR pile (yep, I was able to resist the temptation). It’s nice to know that it’s available here though. Maybe I can wait for it to go on sale before I grab a copy. What about you, what book is in your wishlist?

Want Books: Friday Brown

Want Books? is a weekly meme hosted here at Chachic’s Book Nook and features released books that you want but you can’t have for some reason. It can be because it’s not available in your country, in your library or you don’t have the money for it right now. Everyone is free to join, just grab the image above. Leave a comment with a link to your post so I can do a roundup with each post.

I can’t believe that my last Want Books post was in July. I guess that’s what happens when a blogging slump occurs. Anyway, I haven’t even read Vikki Wakefield’s debut novel All I Ever Wanted but her sophomore novel Friday Brown is already on my wishlist. I’ve been hearing good things about it from Aussie bloggers and both the premise and the cover look intriguing. I have a feeling it’s something that I’ll enjoy reading. I still haven’t given Fishpond a try so the Aussie wishlist just keeps on growing.

Here’s the summary from Goodreads:

Seventeen-year-old Friday Brown is on the run—running to escape memories of her mother and of the family curse. And of a grandfather who’d like her to stay. She’s lost, alone and afraid.

Silence, a street kid, finds Friday and she joins him in a gang led by beautiful, charismatic Arden. When Silence is involved in a crime, the gang escapes to a ghost town in the outback. In Murungal Creek, the town of never leaving, Friday must face the ghosts of her past. She will learn that sometimes you have to stay to finish what you started—and often, before you can find out who you are, you have to become someone you were never meant to be.

Looks pretty good, right? What about you, what book is in your wishlist?

Want Books: For Darkness Shows the Stars

Want Books? is a weekly meme hosted here at Chachic’s Book Nook and features released books that you want but you can’t have for some reason. It can be because it’s not available in your country, in your library or you don’t have the money for it right now. Everyone is free to join, just grab the image above. Leave a comment with a link to your post so I can do a roundup with each post.

I’ve been seeing positive reviews of For Darkness Shows the Stars by Diana Peterfreund, a post-apocalyptic retelling of Jane Austen’s Persuasion. I can’t even remember when was the last time I read Persuasion but I’m really curious about this book. I also haven’t read any of Diana Peterfreund’s books and I’m thinking this one is a good place to start since it’s a standalone novel.

Here’s the summary from Goodreads:

For Darkness Shows the StarsIt’s been several generations since a genetic experiment gone wrong caused the Reduction, decimating humanity and giving rise to a Luddite nobility who outlawed most technology.

Elliot North has always known her place in this world. Four years ago Elliot refused to run away with her childhood sweetheart, the servant Kai, choosing duty to her family’s estate over love. Since then the world has changed: a new class of Post-Reductionists is jump starting the wheel of progress, and Elliot’s estate is foundering, forcing her to rent land to the mysterious Cloud Fleet, a group of shipbuilders that includes renowned explorer Captain Malakai Wentforth–an almost unrecognizable Kai. And while Elliot wonders if this could be their second chance, Kai seems determined to show Elliot exactly what she gave up when she let him go.

But Elliot soon discovers her old friend carries a secret–one that could change their society . . . or bring it to its knees. And again, she’s faced with a choice: cling to what she’s been raised to believe, or cast her lot with the only boy she’s ever loved, even if she’s lost him forever.

Looks pretty interesting, right? I also think the cover is pretty. What about you, what book is in your wishlist?

Want Books: The Merchant of Marvels and the Peddler of Dreams

Want Books? is a weekly meme hosted here at Chachic’s Book Nook and features released books that you want but you can’t have for some reason. It can be because it’s not available in your country, in your library or you don’t have the money for it right now. Everyone is free to join, just grab the image above. Leave a comment with a link to your post so I can do a roundup with each post.

The Merchant of Marvels and the Peddler of Dreams by Frederic Clement is a book that comes highly recommended by my friend Chris of Ficsation. It has such an intriguing premise and I’m always curious about books that contain illustrations. Based from the descriptions that I’ve seen, I think The Merchant of Marvels and the Peddler of Dreams has the same feel as Nick Bantock’s books. I have a feeling this would make a great gift for any occasion. Sadly, this book is out of print so it’s difficult to find a copy. Let me know if you know of a place where I can grab one. Or leave a comment if you’ve read it, would love to hear your thoughts.

Here’s the summary from Goodreads:

The Merchant of Marvels and the Peddler of Dreams“What to give the person who has everything?” This is the dilemma of Frederick Knick-Knack who surely must have, somewhere in his bags and boxes, his chests and cases, his collection of collections, the ideal gift for his dear friend Alice. As he draws forth this trinket, that trifle, a world of wonder unfolds. What will he choose? A robe spun from the shooting stars with a veil of the Milky Way? A marble made by Merlin the Enchanter? Perhaps the ticket for a thousand and one flights on a thousand and one nights? Somehow, somewhere amid these myriad gifts is a gift like no other, the perfect present.

What book is in your wishlist? Hope you guys are having a lovely weekend!

Want Books: Adorkable

Want Books? is a weekly meme hosted here at Chachic’s Book Nook and features released books that you want but you can’t have for some reason. It can be because it’s not available in your country, in your library or you don’t have the money for it right now. Everyone is free to join, just grab the image above. Leave a comment with a link to your post so I can do a roundup with each post.

I’m a fan of Sarra Manning’s adult contemporary romance titles but I haven’t had a chance to read her YA novels. I think I have Pretty Things and Let’s Get Lost somewhere in the TBR pile but I also really want to read Adorkable. I saw it in a bookstore in Hong Kong but stopped myself from getting more than two books. Sigh, maybe I can just include it in my next Book Depository order? It doesn’t help that my friend Maggie of Young Adult Anonymous gave it such a good review. Also, I think the cover is pretty. I have the same shade of purple tights.

Here’s the summary from Goodreads:

Jeane Smith is seventeen and has turned her self-styled dorkiness into an art form, a lifestyle choice and a profitable website and consultancy business. She writes a style column for a Japanese teen magazine and came number seven in The Guardian’s 30 People Under 30 Who Are Changing The World. And yet, in spite of the accolades, hundreds of Internet friendships and a cool boyfriend, she feels inexplicably lonely, a situation made infinitely worse when Michael Lee, the most mass-market, popular and predictably all-rounded boy at school tells Jeane of his suspicion that Jeane’s boyfriend is secretly seeing his girlfriend. Michael and Jeane have NOTHING in common – she is cool and individual; he is the golden boy in an Abercrombie & Fitch T-shirt. So why can’t she stop talking to him?

What about you, what book is in your wishlist?

Want Books: Holier Than Thou

Want Books? is a weekly meme hosted here at Chachic’s Book Nook and features released books that you want but you can’t have for some reason. It can be because it’s not available in your country, in your library or you don’t have the money for it right now. Everyone is free to join, just grab the image above. Leave a comment with a link to your post so I can do a roundup with each post.

I really, really want a copy of Laura Buzo’s latest novel, Holier Than Thou. I thoroughly enjoyed reading Good Oil (to be published in the US as Love and Other Perishable Items) from the same author and I liked that it was a cross between YA and New Adult. Looks like Holier Than Thou has older characters and I have a feeling I’ll like it even more! Unfortunately, it’s only available in Australia right now. And like I mentioned in previous posts, I’m still a bit hesitant in trying out Fishpond. I might change my mind soon and if that happens, my credit card will probably suffer. I want so many Aussie titles and if you’ve bought books from the land down under before, you know that they’re more expensive than usual. Anyone coming to the Philippines from Australia anytime soon? 🙂

Here’s the summary from Goodreads:

Holly Yarkov has a boyfriend who is a gift from the universe. She has a job that fulfils her even as it wears her down. She has a core group of friends from high school. And she has a layer of steel around her heart that is beginning to tarnish. Just as she is reaching for a future she can’t quite see, Holly is borne back into the past by memories of her beloved father, and of the boy-who-might-have-been…

Looks intriguing, right? What about you, what book is in your wishlist? I’ll be out-of-town by the time this post goes up so I won’t be able to reply to comments until I get back. Just thought I’d schedule something while I’m away. Hope you’re all having a lovely weekend!