December 22, 2015

Top Ten Tuesday: Santa Baby, Slip These Books Under the Tree ♪

December 22, 2015
Ina Hattenhauer, Hallo Heute

There are only a few more days until the long-awaited holiday, Christmas!  Here are ten books I'm hoping to see under the tree this year . . . (even though most haven't been released yet).
But, hey, Santa can grant ANY Christmas wish, right?

♪ Santa baby, just slip these books under the tree for me ♪

December 20, 2015

Book Review: Carry On by Rainbow Rowell

December 20, 2015

Carry On
Author: Rainbow Rowell
Publication Date: October 6, 2015
Publisher: St. Martin's Griffin
Genre: YA (Contemporary) Fantasy
Page Length: 522 pages
Simon Snow is the worst chosen one who’s ever been chosen.

That’s what his roommate, Baz, says. And Baz might be evil and a vampire and a complete git, but he’s probably right.

Half the time, Simon can’t even make his wand work, and the other half, he sets something on fire. His mentor’s avoiding him, his girlfriend broke up with him, and there’s a magic-eating monster running around wearing Simon’s face. Baz would be having a field day with all this, if he were here—it’s their last year at the Watford School of Magicks, and Simon’s infuriating nemesis didn’t even bother to show up.

Carry On is a ghost story, a love story, a mystery and a melodrama. It has just as much kissing and talking as you’d expect from a Rainbow Rowell story—but far, far more monsters.

December 12, 2015

Series Review: The Infernal Devices by Cassandra Clare

December 12, 2015

Clockwork Angel
Author: Cassandra Clare
Series: The Infernal Devices #1
Publication Date: August 31, 2010
Publisher: Simon & Schuster
Genre: YA Paranormal Fantasy
Page Length: 479 pages
In a time when Shadowhunters are barely winning the fight against the forces of darkness, one battle will change the course of history forever.  Welcome to the Infernal Devices trilogy, a stunning and dangerous prequel to the New York Times bestselling Mortal Instruments series.

The year is 1878.  Tessa Gray descends into London's dark supernatural underworld in search of her missing brother.  She soon discovers that her only allies are the demon-slaying Shadowhunters --- including Will and Jem, the mysterious boys she is attracted to.  Soon they find themselves up against the Pandemonium Club, a secret organization of vampires, demons, warlocks, and humans.  Equipped with a magical army of unstoppable clockwork creatures, the Club is out to rule the British Empire, and only Tessa and her allies can stop them . . . 
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