Thursday, April 23, 2009

Book Suggestions?

Help! I don't have a book to read. I considered going to Borders and picking up something new. Has anyone read these? Should I buy them to share? Does anyone have better suggestions?

Wake by Lisa McMann.

Evernight by Claudia Gray.

Tithe by Holly Black.

26 enjoyed the bouquet.:

Jes said...

i've been curious by Evernight and Wake! (i say get them, and share them)
Only four days till Rhevenge!

Jes said...

Alison- I wanted to tell you i picked up the third melissa marr book- Fragile Eternity. i will pass it on to you if you'd like.

alison said...

yeah I'd like that.
I have a lot of books you could borrow, Kari.

Ginger @ GReads! said...

I read Tithe... not my favorite. I'm too spoiled when it comes to books now because of what Twilight started, and then Mortal Instruments continued. Nothing can live up to those!

Bad to the Bone (follow up to Wicked Game) by Jeri Smith-Ready comes out next month!

♦Z~Z♦ said...

I don't have any book suggestions, but I do have a question.

Has anyone else heard of SM being sued for plagerizing? I've heard of it twice and both it was very similar, so I don't know if it's true or not. And in both is said that the filming of NM is being stopped for now.

Can anyone tell me whether this is true or a load of bull?

Maggie said...

Z~Z, I heard this rumor, too. But if you check her official website, she has written on there saying that these rumors are not true! I have no idea how they got started, but you can read what she wrote at :)

Also, I just finished reading The Lovely Bones by Alice Sebold. My sister lent it to me and I really enjoyed it! It isn't about vampires or anything mysterious, but I really enjoyed it!

♦Z~Z♦ said...

Thanks Maggie! I was kinda freaking out.

alison said...

youve probably already been tot he store today, but I always think Tithe looks dumb and evernight looks interesting, if that helps at all.

Ginger @ GReads! said...

Tithe IS dumb, haha.

Corinne said...

Harry Potter. Just do it. You have it at your house.

alison said...

Also ginger mentioned Wicked Game, which Idon't think you have read yet. You might like it

Kari said...

I bought Evernight today. I'll let you guys know if I like it!

Alison -- I've read Wicked Game. It must have been yours?

Kari said...

I finished Evernight (Yes, in one day. Yes, I'm a dork. I was lucky both kids took long naps and stayed up way too late to finish).

No spoilers below --

First off, it's an excellent book. The main character is strong and smart. I really enjoyed reading it. I wouldn't say it's as good as Twilight or CoB but it kept me entertained.

The only complaint I have is with the plot twist. I was so confused, I kept going back to make sure I hadn't missed something. You'll know it when you read it.

I'll be picking up the next book for sure.

Who wants to borrow it first?

alison said...

me! unless someone wants to give me a different book to read. I mean i have books over here but I don't feel like reading them. I'm bad like that.

other book options: that Zoey book
those smut books (maybe)

Kari said...

Ok Alison. Maybe sometime this week we can head out to Peapods and I can bring you the book?

Save the Brotherhood series for when you're at least 6 weeks postpartum. Trust.

Ginger @ GReads! said...

I could use a book right now! I am flooded in :( we got 11 inches of rain last night. Houston is under water in some parts!

alison said...

Ginger I'm glad you decided to stay home! I hate it when stupid people get their cars stuck in deep water... what are they thinking??

Ginger @ GReads! said...

This is not for quite some time, but I wanted to post this little bit of info that I received... FAQ from Cassandra Clare in regards to her new series, Infernal Devices (the next series after Mortal Instruments -- even though technically the ID series took place before the MI series did, haha). Anyway.. enjoy!

Infernal Devices FAQ

How many books are there in The Infernal Devices trilogy?

There are three. The title of the trilogy itself is The Infernal Devices: the first book is called The Clockwork Angel, the second The Clockwork Prince, the third, the Clockwork Princess.

When will The Clockwork Angel be out?

In the fall of 2010. There is no set publication date for this book yet.

What's The Infernal Devices about?

The Infernal Devices is a series of prequels to The Mortal Instruments series (, set in 19’th century London. The story concerns 16-year-old orphan Tessa Gray, whose quiet life is thrown into turmoil when her older brother Nathaniel suddenly vanishes, leaving her alone. Her search for him leads her into Victorian-era London’s dangerous supernatural underworld, where warlocks throw masked balls for half-demon Downworlders. When Tessa discovers that she herself is a Downworlder, she must come to trust her natural enemies, the demon-killing Shadowhunters, if she ever wants to learn to control her powers and find her brother. Torn between the beautiful Will, a Shadowhunter who isn’t what he seems, and the devoted Jem, whose own deadly secret is slowly destroying him, Tessa must draw on all her strength to save her brother and keep herself alive in this deadly new world.

How does The Infernal Devices tie in with The Mortal Instruments? Will we see some of the same characters in both?

As you meet new characters and encounter new settings in the Infernal Devices, you’ll start recognizing the family names of characters from the Mortal Instruments books — names like Herondale, and Lightwood, and Wayland. And characters who have either been in the MI series, like Magnus Bane, or who have just been mentioned and not seen — like Camille — will make appearances. There are even questions answered in the ID series about stories or objects in the Mortal Instruments, like the origin of Isabelle’s ruby necklace. (Or course if you read the books in the other order, you’ll have the opposite experience. But neither series spoils the other; they just complement each other.) And vice versa, Tessa shows up in City of Glass, though so briefly you might miss her if you don’t know what you’re looking for.

Will there be romance in The Infernal Devices like there is in The Mortal Instruments?

I get this question all the time, and I don’t know why! It totally puzzles me, but it’s clearly something people want to know. Yes, there will be romance in the series. I love writing romance. All my books are, in some sense or another, love stories. And complicated, passionate, maybe-it-will-work-out-maybe-it-won’t romance is my favorite kind. While Tessa clearly is not going to have the exact same romantic problems that Clary did, I think the story of her romantic life is just as interesting.

Where did you get the idea for The Infernal Devices?

I actually got the idea for The Infernal Devices before I got the idea for The Mortal Instruments. It started with a strong mental image: the image of a Victorian-era girl and a boy standing on a bridge in London while creepy-looking mechanical monsters came after them. I had always loved the Victorian age in London, and always wanted to write a story set there; I knew I wanted to include steampunk elements, and I knew I wanted there to be a love story. I knew I also wanted to bring in fantasy and magical elements, and that the main character of the story would be a girl with an unusual power — the power to change her appearance and disguise herself as anyone. The idea for the Mortal Instruments came later and I decided to write it first, basically on the theory that it would be easier to sell a contemporary fantasy than a historical one. (Hey, you’ve got to get your foot in the door somehow.) While I was writing the Mortal Instruments, the story of the Devices remained in the back of my head, nagging at me, and I would occasionally make notes about the plot and characters so I wouldn’t forget about them. As I built the world of the MI series, I realized I wanted Devices to take place in the same world, and that the mythology of one could be easily folded into the story of the other. I started drawing family trees, connecting the characters in one series to the characters in the next, and was surprised at how quickly the connections came.

Wait, what’s “steampunk”?

Steampunk is very hard to define. There are a number of definitions to be found here (, including this one from Tinker Girl at Brass Goggles, that I like: “Steampunk is a genre of fiction set somewhere in the 1800’s during the Victorian Era. The fictional part comes in that technology has gone a bit skewed - though the exact methods vary, generally steam-powered devices that would have been impossible or unfeasible at the time are found to exist. Examples include steam-robots, flying castles, under-water bases, moon rockets, time machines etc.”
Obviously, this doesn’t really describe my Clockwork series, which is set in our recognizable historical past, not an alternate version of it. But I love the aesthetic of steampunk and tried to work it in in small ways, most notably in the existence of the Death-Dolls, the mechanical human-seeming automatons that figure significantly into the plot, and in George’s endless inventing of all sorts of mechanical devices that really didn’t exist in the Victorian Era — but hey, there weren’t really vampires and werewolves in London, either.

alison said...

Ginger, I haven't read this thing you posted yet cause I;m lazy, but I just wanted to say thanks ;)

Ginger @ GReads! said...

Amazon made a new "bookstore" online. Thought the subject matter would peak some interests in here!

Kari said...

This is my new favorite section on Amazon!

I ended up buying Wake. It's so good! It's a really easy read, I read it in one night, but still super good. No cliches, surprising twists.

Ginger @ GReads! said...

I am going to read New Moon again. I keep telling myself I need to, so tomorrow before I head out the door for work.. I am grabbing my copy of New Moon and bringing it with me! It makes me feel like I am going to see an old friend again, HAHA.

alison said...

I'm thinking about reading COG again soon. I'm disappointed in one of my library books... turns out it was a Jesus book in disguise. bleh.

Ginger @ GReads! said...

Oh no! those are the worst.
What was it?

alison said...

Its called beyond the Reflection's Edge. And I think it is kind of an interesting book, but I am annoyed that they keep slipping in stuff about going to church, girls not being slutty, having "good values", not swearing, etc. I assume its only going to get worse through skimming it--start seeing a lot more overt God references.

...I guess I just feel if I wanted to read that sort of book I would do it on purpose. I don't want to be tricked into it.

Ginger @ GReads! said...

Yeah, being tricked is not cool.
If I pick up a book that is somewhat "spiritual" I will automatically put it down. Its just not my cup of tea I guess.