Saturday, 19 February 2011

On My Wishlist (#1)

On My Wishlist is an awesome weekly meme hosted by Book Chick City that runs every Saturday.  It's a place where you can put up all the books you're desperate to read, but haven't actually bought them yet.  They can be old, new or forthcoming.    And, even better, everyone can join in with too, because there's a Mr Linky so you can put your post up.  All you have to do is click on the link below:
I love this idea: it's completely brilliant, and has already made me add a few books I wouldn't have noticed before!  The are the books on My Wishlist this week (or part of it, anyway!): 

A Discovery of Witches
A Discovery of Witches
By: Deborah E. Harkness
Synopsis From Waterstones:

An epic, richly inventive, historically sweeping, magical romance. When historian Diana Bishop opens an alchemical manuscript in the Bodleian Library, it's an unwelcome intrusion of magic into her carefully ordered life. Though Diana is a witch of impeccable lineage, the violent death of her parents while she was still a child convinced her that human fear is more potent than any witchcraft. Now Diana has unwittingly exposed herself to a world she's kept at bay for years; one of powerful witches, creative, destructive daemons and long-lived vampires. Sensing the significance of Diana's discovery, the creatures gather in Oxford, among them the enigmatic Matthew Clairmont, a vampire genticist. Diana is inexplicably drawn to Matthew and, in a shadowy world of half-truths and old enmities, ties herself to him without fully understanding the ancient line they are crossing. As they begin to unlock the secrets of the manuscript and their feelings for each other deepen, so the fragile balance of peace unravels...
I saw this mentioned on a blog I was reading - whose name's on the edge of my tongue, only my brain isn't paying any attention - and thought it looked incredible.  So, now, it's on my wishlist!

Priscilla the Great
By: Sybil Nelson

If you think your middle school years are awkward and traumatic, try going through them with fire shooting out of your fingers!
Hey, I’m Priscilla and all I want is to be a normal seventh grader. That’s hard enough with an older brother annoyingly obsessed with Christina Aguilera, mischievous baby twin brothers who could scare the sin off of Satan, and parents more puzzling than a Rubik’s cube in the Bermuda triangle.
But when psycho, genetically enhanced assassins start trying to kill me and my family, being normal is downright impossible.
Ever since I saw this on Sammee (AKA, I Want To Read That)'s website, I've wanted to read it.  It looks awesome!  And I am loving the cover!

Boys Don't Cry
By: Malorie Blackman

Synopsis From Waterstones:
This is the explosively page-turning new novel for teenagers from the author of the award-winning "Noughts and Crosses" sequence. You're about to receive your A-level results and then a future of university and journalism awaits. But the day they're due to arrive your old girlfriend Kendra turns up unexpectedly ...with a baby ...You assume Kendra's helping a friend, until she nips out to buy some essentials, leaving you literally holding the baby ...Malorie's dramatic new novel will keep you on the edge of your seat right to the final page.
I loved Malorie Blackman's Noughts and Crosses series, and this one looks just as brilliant.  The things she writes about are genius, and Boys Don't Cry seems to be the same.  So want to read it!

Dancing JaxDancing Jax
By: Robin Jarvis

Synopsis From Waterstones:

A brilliant supernatural thriller with a modern twist, and a triumphant return from one of Britain's best-loved writers. At the end of a track, on the outskirts of an ordinary coastal town, lies a dilapidated house. Once, a group of amateur ghost hunters spent the night there. Two of them don't like to speak about the experience. The third can't speak about it. He went into the basement, you see, and afterwards he screamed so hard and so long he tore his vocal cords. Now, a group of teenagers have decided to hang out in the old haunted house. Dismissing the fears of the others, their leader Jezza goes down into the basement! and comes back up with a children's book, full of strange and colourful tales of a playing-card world, a fairytale world, full of Jacks, Queens and Kings, unicorns and wolves. But the book is no fairytale. Written by Austerly Fellows, a mysterious turn-of-the-century occultist, it just might be the gateway to something terrifying!and awfully final. As the children and teenagers of the town are swept up by its terrible power, swept into its seductive world, something has begun that could usher in hell on earth. Soon, the only people standing in its way are a young boy with a sci-fi obsession, and his dad -- an unassuming maths teacher called Martin!
The front cover is what got my attention.  It's just so... brilliantly hectic and colourful.  Then I read the blurb, and that looked amazing too!  Looks like this isn't a case of 'Don't Judge a Book By It's Cover'. 

Goddess of the Sea (A Goddess Summoning Novel #1)
By: P. C. Cast

2003                                            2008
Synopsis From Waterstones:
Home alone on the night of her twenty-fifth birthday, US Air Force sergeant Christine Canady yearns for something to cure her loneliness. After drinking too much champagne, she recites a divine invocation to revive her humdrum life. But how is she to know the spell actually works? When her plane crashes into the ocean, CC's life changes forever. She awakens, bewildered, to find herself in a legendary time and place ruled by magic - and in the body of the mythical mermaid Undine. But danger lurks in the water, ready to swallow CC whole. Taking pity on her, the goddess Gaea turns CC into a damsel so that she might seek shelter on land. When a dashing knight comes to CC's rescue, instead of falling for this dream-come-true, she aches for the sea and the darkly sexy merman who's stolen her heart...
I love P. C. Cast's HON series, and this one looks incredible.  I think she also has a YA Goddess-type series out, Divine by Mistake, or something...  Anyway, these look amazing, and there's another edition coming out soon, but I couldn't find the cover...  Which one of these do you like best?

Anyway, that's my insanely long Wishlist.  What's on yours?


Jenny said...

Oh I haven't read any PC Cast books other than the House of Night series, and I really enjoy those so this series looks fantastic! A Discovery of Witches looks great as well, you have a fabulous wishlist this week:)

BLHmistress said...

I really want to read the goddess series, I am a huge fan of Greek Mythology.

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pussreboots said...

I have more wishes from January. Come see what I'm wishing for

Anonymous said...

Ooo neat. I definitely want to check out P. C. Cast's goddess books and Dancing Jax sounds really interesting.

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