Want Books: Coronets and Steel

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.

Coronets and Steel by Sherwood Smith is already out in the US but the local bookstore doesn’t have it on their database so I have to special order it or maybe get it from Book Depository or maybe wait for my Kindle to get here so I can read it in ebook format. In any case, I’m planning to get it one way or another. Sherwood Smith is one of my favorite authors and I’ve read most of her work. If you haven’t heard of her, I suggest that you remedy that situation immediately, you can start with Crown Duel.

Here’s the summary from Sherwood’s website:

Kim’s a grad student in L.A. Her passions are ballet, fencing, Jane Austen, and swashbuckling, romantic old movies. When her grandmother begs her to go east and see if “they” are safe, then slips into an uncommunicative silence, Kim goes to Vienna to search for a family, armed with only two clues. She’s having no luck when she first runs into a ghost, and then encounters a guy she mentally dubs Mr. Darcy. Only this Mr. Darcy acts like he knows her. When she goes out for a drink and wakes up on a train, the adventure begins. This story began as an homage to Prisoner of Zenda, only with a female having to prove her courage, dash . . . and honor.

Sounds intriguing, right? I’ve never even read Prisoner of Zenda. How about you, what’s on your wishlist? 🙂

Want Books: Plain Kate

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.

My pick for this week is Plain Kate by Erin Bow. I’ve seen a couple of book bloggers mention it although I haven’t seen any reviews yet. The release date is September 1 but as usual, we still don’t have the book over here. I’m really curious about this one even if I haven’t heard anything specific about it.

Here’s the summary from Erin Bow’s website:

In a market town by a looping river there lived an orphan girl called Plain Kate…

Kate’s is a colorful world of brokenhearted magicians, wandering gypsy clans, carved charms and stolen shadows. It’s a dark world of ghosts, fog and questions. It’s a dangerous world of witch burnings, persecution and plague. Her story is a coming-of-age story, a story about family and belonging, trust and betrayal, bravery and sacrifice, death and what lies beyond. Also, there’s a talking cat in it.

A Russian-flavored historical fantasy for readers twelve and up.

The premise looks good! Has anyone read this? I’d love to find out more about it. Also, Erin Bow has a book in works with a Filipino character in it! I’m excited to read that one as well.

What about you, what’s in your wishlist? 🙂

Want Books: The Sugar Queen

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.

My good friend Celina of Books and Magazines has recommended Sarah Addison Allen’s book several times. I know she loved both The Sugar Queen and Garden Spells and I have a feeling I’ll like them as well. It’s not often that Celina gets to recommend books to me because it usually works the other way around. I’m thankful that Celina follows my suggestions and gives the books that I love a try so I want to return the favor by reading one of her favorites – The Sugar Queen. 🙂

Here’s the summary from Sarah Addison Allen’s website:

Josey Cirinni is sure of three things: winter is her favorite season, she’s a sorry excuse for a Southern belle, and her passion for the man she loves is best kept a secret, even from him. Josey has grudgingly settled into an uneventful life in her mother’s house, but her one consolation is the secret stockpile of sugary treats and paperback romances she keeps in her closet. One morning, she opens her closet for a sweet, but finds Della Lee Baker hiding there instead. Della Lee is a local waitress on the run who is one part nemesis — and two parts fairy godmother. Under Della Lee’s guidance, Josey is soon living in a world where the color red has startling powers, and passion is so real it can make eggs fry in their cartons. And that’s just for starters.

Sugary treats and paperback romances? It looks like Josey and I will get along just fine. Can’t wait to give this one a try. How about you, what book is on your wishlist? 🙂

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Want Books roundup:
AshleyRadianace by Alyson Noel

Want Books: The Dark Mirror

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 Sevenwaters series by Juliet Marillier has earned a permanent spot in my list of favorites. I loved all of the books, except maybe for Child of the Prophecy, and they’ve made me curious about the rest of Juliet Marillier’s books. So my pick for this week is The Dark Mirror, the first book in the Bridei Chronicles. A couple of Goodreads friends have told me that the series is pretty good. I’d love to hear from those who’ve read this what they think of the series as a whole.

Here’s the summary from Juliet Marillier’s website:

In young Bridei, a little-known son of the royal line, king’s druid and powerbroker Broichan sees the perfect candidate for future kingship. The child is sent to him for fostering. At his remote forest home of Pitnochie, Broichan sets about training his protegĂ© in the ways of the ancients and in the all-important preparation to be a leader of men.

But Broichan has not allowed for the Good Folk, well-known workers of tricky magic. When young Bridei discovers a strange baby girl abandoned on Broichan’s doorstep in the chill of the winter solstice, he takes her into the house. And the druid discovers that there is one power at work that may be too strong for him to control; one unpredictable factor that could become the death of his dreams.

It looks really promising! I have a feeling I’m going to like this just as much as I liked the Sevenwaters books. How about you, what’s in your wishlist? 🙂

Want Books: Ghosts of Ashbury High

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.

This week, my pick is Dreaming of Amelia by Jaclyn Moriarty, published as Ghosts of Ashbury High in the US and Canada. This book has been getting a lot of buzz lately. Holly of Book Harbinger featured it in her Want Books post a couple of weeks ago and I know that she’s already gotten a copy of it. Michelle of See Michelle Read gave it a glowing review here. Ana of The Book Smugglers recently reviewed it and gave it a 10! I’ve never read any of Jaclyn Moriarty’s books and this seems like a good one to start with.

Here’s the summary from Jaclyn Moriarty’s website:

Dreaming of Amelia (or The Ghosts of Ashbury High, in the US and Canada) is the story of Amelia and Riley. They’re bad kids from the bad crowd at bad Brookfield High, and they’ve just transferred to Ashbury.

Brilliant, mysterious and probably evil, they have the rich kids at Ashbury spellbound. But just who are Amelia and Riley? Tantalisingly aloof, they are somehow managing to have an extraordinary impact on all the HSC Ashbury students, and the staff.

Told through memoirs written as part of the gothic fiction elective in the HSC English exam, Dreaming of Amelia is a story about ghosts, secrets, madness, passion, locked doors, femme fatales – and that terrifying moment in the final year of high school when you realise that the future’s come to get you.

Doesn’t it look interesting? I’m admit, I’m not really into gothic books but I’m going to give this one a try because of the recommendations. I’ve also heard good things about Jaclyn Moriarty’s other books: Feeling Sorry for Celia and The Year Of Secret Assignments and maybe I could get those later on as well. The Book Depository now delivers to the Philippines so even though these books aren’t available over here, I can order them from abroad. I’m just waiting for my Fully Booked special order books to get here before I order anything else.

What about you, what’s in your wishlist? 🙂

Want Books: The President’s Daughter Series

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.

This week my pick is another series, which I found out from both Angie of Angieville and Michelle of See Michelle Read. I know that they have raved about this series several times and since I know they have good taste, I have a feeling I’m going to like these books as well. I also met beth_shulman on the Sounis LJ community and she has been convincing me to read the series as well. Okay, this is me caving in to the pressure. Because the books are not available over here, I’ve asked Fully Booked to through their special order service to get these books for me. They say the books will get here in a couple of week’s time.

Here’s the summary for The President’s Daughter from Ellen Emerson White’s website:

Sixteen-year-old Meghan Powers likes her life just the way it is. She likes living in Massachusetts. She likes her school. And she has plenty of friends. But all that is about to change, because Meg’s mother, one of the most prestigious senators in the country, is running for President. And she’s going to win.Now Meg and her whole family have moved to Washington, D.C. to live in their new house–the White House. Meg and her brother are being escorted to school by Secret Service agents, and reporters won’t leave them alone. Meg’s tired of being in the national spotlight. But how can she tell her mother she hates being the President’s daughter?

What about you, what’s on your wishlist? 🙂

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Want Books roundup:
blurredlightsMockingjay by Suzanne Collins and Frenzy (Dreamhouse Kings, #6) by Robert Liparulo
Amaterasu ReadsEchoes by Melinda Metz, You Wish by Mandy Hubbard, The Summer I Turned Pretty by Jenny Han, Bitter Frost by Kaitlin Gow
My Life Today’s DramaLes Liaisons Dangereuses by Pierre Ambroise François Choderlos de Laclos, The Man In The High Castles by Philip K. Dick, The Beatrice Letters by Lemony Snicket, The End Of Days: A Story Of Tolerance, Tyranny, & The Expulsion Of The Jews From Spain by Erna Paris, Anna Karenina by Leo Tolstoy

Want Books: Grimspace

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.

This week’s pick is Grimspace by Ann Aguirre, recommended by Chelle of Tempting Persephone. She recommended it when I mentioned that I don’t read a lot of science fiction but I did love Ender’s Game by Orson Scott Card.

Here’s the summary from Ann Aguirre’s website:

By all accounts, Sirantha Jax should have burned out years ago…

As the carrier of a rare gene, Jax has the ability to jump ships through grimspace — a talent which cuts into her life expectancy, but makes her a highly prized navigator for the Corp. But then the ship she’s navigating crash-lands, and she’s accused of killing everyone on board. It’s hard for Jax to defend herself: she has no memory of the crash.

Now imprisoned and the subject of a ruthless interrogation, Jax is on the verge of madness. Then a mysterious man breaks into her cell, offering her freedom — for a price. March needs Jax to help his small band of rogue fighters break the Corp monopoly on interstellar travel — and establish a new breed of jumper.

Jax is only good at one thing — grimspace — and it will eventually kill her. So she may as well have some fun in the meantime…

Sounds awesome! This looks like a book that I’ll definitely enjoy. Unfortunately, the bookstores here don’t carry this title so I have to put this on the list of books that I’ll probably order online. How about you, what’s on your wishlist?

Want Books: Tigana

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.

Today’s Want Books pick is a book recommended by Angie of Angieville. Angie has excellent taste when it comes to books and she loves high fantasy just like I do. She has encouraged me to get several books that I’ve really enjoyed so it should come as no surprise that Tigana by Guy Gavriel Kay is in my wishlist because of her.

Here’s the summary from Bright Weavings, the authorized website for Guy Gavriel Kay’s works:

Tigana is set in the ‘Peninsula of the Palm’ a land evocative of Italy, in a world with two moons. Two sorcerers, one a petty lordling from Barbadior, the other the king of Ygrath, have come to the Peninsula from overseas, intent on conquest. Brandin, King of Ygrath, wants to carve out a realm for his beloved younger son, Stevan. Having conquered three of the nine provinces of the Palm, he sends Stevan to subjugate the next province whilst he faces Alberico, the other conqueror. Stevan is killed in battle by the people of that last province. Brandin, in bitterest grief, and in revenge against the people who killed his son, lays a curse on that province. After sweeping down and destroying the remnants of their army, burning their books and destroying their architecture and statuary, he makes it so that no one not born in that province can even hear its name. Tigana is a story of the struggle for identity and freedom in the face of brutal oppression.

Fully Booked has several Guy Gavriel Kay books in their inventory but they never ordered this one. I asked them to get it for me and I hope they’ll be able to get a copy soon.

What about you, what’s on your wishlist? 🙂

Want Books roundup:
Carin of A Little BookishDer Flagermusmannen (The Bat Man) and Kakkerlakkene (Cockroaches) by Jo Nesbø
peanut13171I Shall Wear Midnight by Terry Pratchett and Cryoburn by Lois McMaster Bujold

Want Books: Secret Society Girl

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.

Secret Society Girl is a series of books by Diana Peterfreund starting with a book with the same title. Here’s the summary for the first book from Diana Peterfreund’s website:

Secret Society Girl takes us into the heart of the Ivy League’s ultra-exclusive secret societies when a young woman is invited to join as one of their first female members.

Elite Eli University junior Amy Haskel never expected to be tapped into Rose & Grave, the country’s most powerful–and notorious–secret society. She isn’t rich, politically connected, or…well, male.

So when Amy receives the distinctive black-lined invitation with the Rose & Grave seal, she’s blown away. Could they really mean her?

Whisked off into an initiation rite that’s a blend of Harry Potter and Alfred Hitchcock, Amy awakens the next day to a new reality and a whole new set of “friends”–from the gorgeous son of a conservative governor to an Afrocentric lesbian activist whose society name is Thorndike. And that’s when Amy starts to discover the truth about getting what you wish for. Because Rose & Grave is quickly taking her away from her familiar world of classes and keggers, fueling a feud, and undermining a very promising friendship with benefits. And that’s before Amy finds out that her first duty as a member of Rose & Grave is to take on a conspiracy of money and power that could, quite possibly, ruin her whole life.

It’s a series about a girl who joins a secret society in a fictional school modeled after an Ivy League university! Doesn’t that sound exciting? That plus the number of good reviews that I’ve seen for this series has encouraged me to add these books to my ever-increasing wishlist. I plan to order this series next when I do decide to order from abroad.

What about you, what’s on your wishlist? 🙂

Want Books roundup:
firepages – Kate Daniels series and Philippa Gregory books
Evert – trade paperback of Howl’s Moving Castle by Diana Wynne Jones

Want Books: Brightly Woven

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 heard so many good things about Brightly Woven by Alexandra Bracken. I was excited for it to come out and was saddened to discover that the bookstores here didn’t order copies of it. I’ve seen it compared to Howl’s Moving Castle by Diana Wynne Jones and since I loved that book, it made me more curious. Here’s the summary from Alexandra Bracken’s website:

Sydelle Mirabil is living proof that, with a single drop of rain, a life can be changed forever. Tucked away in the farthest reaches of the kingdom, her dusty village has suffered under the weight of a strangely persistent drought. That is, of course, until a wizard wanders into town and brings the rain with him.

In return for this gift, Wayland North is offered any reward he desires—and no one is more surprised than Sydelle when, without any explanation, he chooses her. Taken from her home, Sydelle hardly needs encouragement to find reasons to dislike North. He drinks too much and bathes too little, and if that isn’t enough to drive her to madness, North rarely even uses the magic he takes such pride in possessing. Yet, it’s not long before she realizes there’s something strange about the wizard, who is as fiercely protective of her as he is secretive about a curse that turns his limbs a sinister shade of black and leaves him breathless with agony. Unfortunately, there is never a chance for her to seek answers.

Along with the strangely powerful quakes and storms that trace their path across the kingdom, other wizards begin to take an inexplicable interest in her as well, resulting in a series of deadly duels. Against a backdrop of war and uncertainty, Sydelle is faced with the growing awareness that these events aren’t as random as she had believed—that no curse, not even that of Wayland North, is quite as terrible as the one she herself may carry.

I was actually tempted to order this from abroad but since it’s still in hardcover and I had to pay for exorbitant shipping fees, I didn’t think it was worth the trouble. Anyway, I ordered it from Fully Booked and I hope they will be able to get copies of it soon.

How about you, what’s on your wishlist?

Want Books roundup:
Maidenveil – Angel Star by Jennifer Murgia