Thursday 31 March 2011

Across the Universe by Beth Revis

Series: Across the Universe, Book One
Publisher: Puffin
Format: Paperback
Published: 3rd March 2011
Number of Pages: 416
Book: Bought
Genre: Science-Fiction, Dystopia, Fantasy, Action, Romance, Murder Mystery, Thriller, YA
Recommended Age: YA: 12+

Amy has left the life she loves for a world 300 years away.
Trapped in space and frozen it time, Amy is bound for a new planet.  But fifty years before she’s due to arrive, she is violently woken, the victim of an attempted murder.  Now Amy’s lost on board and nothing makes sense – she’s never felt so alone.
Yet someone is waiting for her.
He wants to protect her –
and more if she’ll let him.
But who can she trust amidst the secrets and lies?
A killer is out there – and Amy has nowhere to hide...

I’ve seen rave reports for this book all over the place.  My expectations were so high I was sure that it couldn’t possibly live up to them.  Well.  I was wrong.
It exceeded them by a long shot. 
Starting with the first few chapters, that had me so hooked I didn’t notice how late it was getting as I read.
The novel begins with Amy (our female protagonist) undergoing freezing, the process that will allow her to be alive when the ship reaches her new home, three-hundred years away.  These chapters scared the life out of me, and I could imagine the ice filling my veins.  But what was worse was that her mind was awake while she was trapped in that ice: she had nightmares, memories, dreams all mixed up.  It would have driven me insane.  And then there’s the unfreezing as well, another few chapters that felt scarily, horribly real.  (I had nightmares about it; ice everywhere: in my veins, my lungs, my heart.  No book has done that to me for as long as I remember.  Which is why this one stayed with me.)
Someone tried to murder Amy, and she doesn’t know why.  She was just baggage, non-essential.  There was no point to it.  But they still tried.  And she has nowhere to run, nowhere to hide.  She doesn’t even know who she can trust.  But Elder is determined to be that person, the one she can rely on.  He wants to keep her safe.  Only, there’s a killer aboard the ship; but can they stop him before he strikes again...
Amy was a brilliant character, vibrant, strong and so brave.  She made an impossible decision, one I know I wouldn’t have been able to make.  My heart went out to her: she felt like a freak on the ship, and had no way to escape it.  I loved her determination and goodness, and completely understood – and felt – her confusion and anger at being on a strange ship where absolutely nothing makes sense. 
I loved Elder too, the way he was determined to find the truth; his independence.  I felt for him: his childhood was absolutely horrible.  His life was completely believable, and so was the pressure on him as the next Eldest (leader) of the ship.
Now Harley was so incredible!  He was just so mad, funny, and, well, I loved him!  Plus, gotta love the whole is he-isn’t he insane.  Kept me on my toes.  And his nickname for Amy: Little Fish, had me laughing.
Everything was one-hundred-per-cent believable; the ship (it was perfectly and convincingly described), the flaws the main characters had: it made them so real and interesting: three-dimensional.  The relationships between the characters was amazing, especially the one between Elder and Amy.
But most of all, I loved not knowing who I could trust.  Never a dull moment: so many lies, secrets, and mysteries to unfold.  I was constantly on my toes: there were so many twists and turns: I sped through the book and had finished it far too soon.  The short chapters were perfect, and each left me something to think about.  And I really liked how the POV jumped between Elder and Amy, so I could see the events from both an insider and outsider’s views. 
The murder-mystery side of the story was absolutely amazing as well: I can honestly say that I had no idea who the killer was.  Well, I kind of did, but I didn’t guess the exact character...  Well, that will make no sense to those of you that haven’t read this, but if you have, maybe you can relate.  But the mystery was brilliant, and I loved it all.  (I’ve very into all the crime-drama, like CSI, Bones, NCIS, Law & Order, etc.)
Then there’s the concept, which is something I’ve never come across before.  Humans controlled by drugs, like animals.  And how everything from earth (Sol-Earth to the people of the ship) was twisted around and used to control them.  It was weird, but really interesting the way they used some key points in history.
It was so beautifully written: haunting and quite frankly genius.  And it really made me think “what if”.  Should we let science control us?  And if we do, how far do we go?
 Have you ever read a book that leaves you longing for more, desperate for more?  Well, I have to say Across the Universe left me like that.  I can’t believe I have to wait until Spring 2012 for more, to know what happens aboard the Godspeed.  Already counting down the days!

Oh, and I loved ‘frex’, a swearword aboard the ship.  It made me laugh.  As did their use of “brilly”.  I’m going to guess it means brilliant.  Gotta love it!

Star Rating:
5 Out of 5

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Wednesday 30 March 2011

Waiting On Wednesday (#8)

Waiting on Wednesday is hosted by Jill at Breaking the Spine, and it's a weekly meme all about the books that are coming out soon that we really can't wait to read.

Beautiful Malice
By: Rebecca James
Published: 1st April 2011
Published By: Faber and Faber
Found: On Amazon
Synopsis From Amazon:
So. Were you glad, deep down? Were you glad to be rid of her? Your perfect sister? Were you secretly glad when she was killed? Following a horrific tragedy that leaves her once perfect family devastated, Katherine Patterson moves to a new city, starts at a new school, and looks forward to a new life of quiet anonymity. But when Katherine meets the gregarious and beautiful Alice Parrie her resolution to live a solitary life becomes difficult. Katherine is unable to resist the flattering attention that Alice pays her and is so charmed by Alice’s contagious enthusiasm that the two girls soon become firm friends. Alice’s joie de vivre is transformative; it helps Katherine forget her painful past and slowly, tentatively, Katherine allows herself to start enjoying life again. But being friends with Alice is complicated – and as Katherine gets to know her better she discovers that although Alice can be charming and generous she can also be selfish and egocentric. Sometimes, even, Alice is cruel. And when Katherine starts to wonder if Alice is really the kind of person she wants as a friend, she discovers something else about Alice – she doesn’t like being cast off. Shocking and utterly absorbing, Rebecca James’s strong narrative will grip readers from the very first page. BEAUTIFUL MALICE has become a publishing phenomenon, sparking numerous auctions worldwide, selling to 27 countries, and launching a previously unknown writer into the centre of the international book market.
This looks brilliant, and is a psychological thriller: one of my favourite kinds of books.  And it's set to be the most-read book of 2011, so I need to get in on the trend!  Amazing, amazing, amazing looking book!  Did you know "Friendship Can Be Deadly..."
The Fool's GirlThe Fool's Girl
By: Celia Rees
Published: 4th April 2011
Published By: Bloomsbury Publishing PLC
Found: On Amazon
Synopsis From Goodreads:
A lush, epic historical novel by bestseller Celia Rees, with an added Shakespearean twist
Young and beautiful Violetta may be of royal blood, but her kingdom is in shambles when she arrives in London on a mysterious mission. Her journey has been long and her adventures many, but it is not until she meets the playwright William Shakespeare that she gets to tell the entire story from beginning to end. Violetta and her comic companion, Feste, have come in search of an ancient holy relic that the evil Malvolio has stolen from their kingdom. But where will their remarkable quest—and their most unusual story—lead? In classic Celia Rees style, it is an engrossing journey, full of political intrigue, danger, and romance.
This wholly original story is spun from Shakespeare’s Twelfth Night, and includes both folly and suspense that would make the Bard proud.
I love Celia Rees, and I just found the other four in this series on my bookshelf.  Witch Child
is actually the next on my TBR list!  And this looks incredible!  I can't wait!  (:

Sisters RedSisters Red
Series: Sisters Red, Volume One
By: Jackson Pearce
Published: 7th April 2011
Published By: Hodder Children's Books
Found: On Amazon
Synopsis From Goodreads:
The story of Scarlett and Rosie March, two highly-skilled sisters who have been hunting Fenris (werewolves) -- who prey on teen girls -- since Scarlett lost her eye years ago while defending Rosie in an attack. Scarlett lives to destroy the Fenris, and she and Rosie lure them in with red cloaks (a colour the wolves can't resist), though Rosie hunts more out of debt to her sister than drive. But things seem to be changing. The wolves are getting stronger and harder to fight, and there has been a rash of news reports about countless teenage girls being brutally murdered in the city. Scarlett and Rosie soon discover the truth: wolves are banding together in search of a Potential Fenris -- a man tainted by the pack but not yet fully changed. Desperate to find the Potential to use him as bait for a massive werewolf extermination, the sisters move to the city with Silas, a young woodsman and long time family friend who is deadly with an axe. Meanwhile, Rosie finds herself drawn to Silas and the bond they share not only drives the sisters apart, but could destroy all they've worked for.
I've been wanting this book forever, and it's finally coming out in paperback!  I can't wait!  It looks amazing!  And that cover is gorgeous.
Savannah Grey: A Horror StorySavannah Grey
By: Cliff McNish
Published: 7th April 2011
Published By: Orion Childrens
Found: On Amazon
Synopsis From Goodreads:
It's a difficult time for fifteen-year-old Savannah Grey - she's settled into her latest foster placement, but her body is acting strangely. Then other strange things begin to happen: nature, it seems, is exerting an overpowering force on the world. Birds behave erratically. Gusts of wind blow leaves so fiercely they seem to lure people away. And Savannah discovers she has supernatural powers. Meanwhile, she feels drawn to the new boy Reece whose life is even stranger than hers. Quickly Savannah and Reece realise that nature has a purpose for them both. For they are on course to meet the vile and evil Ocrassa, who wants to destroy the world by corrupting nature. And it wants Savannah Grey to help realise its savage intent.
This looks incredible.  And the cover is gorgeous.  And the "A Monster's Out There.  Only One Girl Can Stop It.  But Will Love Get In The Way?"  is incredible. 
Blood on My HandsBlood On My Hands
By: Todd Strasser
Published: 7th April 2011
Published By: Walker
Found: On Amazon
Synopsis From Amazon:
Some girls are glamorous, beautiful … and deadly. Found kneeling by a dead body, with a bloody knife in her hand can only mean Callie Carson is guilty of the brutal murder of Katherine Remington – can’t it? Joining the in-crowd is tough; leaving is a killer.
This is the story of Callie, a seventeen-year-old-girl accused of murdering her best friend... Wow or what?  And then there's "Guilty Until Proven Innocent..."   I can't wait for this!  And I love the cover: the purple and white look brilliant!
Hanging Hill
Hanging Hill
By: Mo Hayder
Published: 14th April 2011
Published By: Bantam Press
Found: On Amazon
Synopsis From Amazon:
What if you found yourself divorced and penniless? With no skills and a teenage daughter to support? What if the only way to survive was to do things you never thought possible, to go places you never knew existed …
These are questions Sally has never really thought about before. Married to a successful business man, she’s always been a bit of a dreamer. Until now.
Her sister Zoe is her polar opposite. A detective inspector working out of Bath Central, she loves her job, and oozes self-confidence. No one would guess that she hides a crippling secret that dates back twenty years, and which – if exposed – may destroy her.
Then Sally’s daughter gets into difficulties, and Sally finds she needs cash – lots of it – fast. With no one to help her, she is forced into a criminal world of extreme pornography and illegal drugs; a world in which teenage girls can go missing.
Two sisters intent on survival. Until one does something so terrifying that there’s no way back …
Doesn't it look amazing?  "Two sisters intent on survival"...   Sounds good to me!  And then there's the whole: "You would die for your child.  But would you kills for her?"  It has me wanting more!  This looks like the YA Thriller of the year, and I can't wait for it!  Plus, the cover is scarily brilliant.

The Emerald AtlasThe Emerald Atlas
Series: The Books of Beginning, Book One
By: John Stephens
Published: 14th April 2011
Published By: Doubleday Childrens
Found: On Amazon again

Synopsis From Amazon:
They were snatched from their beds in the dead of night, when the world was covered in snow.
Ten years on, Kate, Michael and Emma have grown up in a string of miserable orphanages, and all memories of their parents have faded. Arriving in the eerily silent Cambridge Falls, the children quickly realise there is something strange going on...
With the discovery of an old leather book, an ancient magical prophecy is set in motion which will take them on the the adventure of several lifetimes, to worlds outside their own. Only they have the power to save the town - and their own future.
(From Back Cover)
Kate is in charge. The oldest. The only one who remembers their parents. Promised to protect her brother and sister until they return.
Michael is the bookish brother. Scrawny, bullied at every orphanage (his glasses somehow always end up in the toilet). Loves stories about magic, especially involving dwarves.
Emma is a pint-sized brawler. Devoted to her brother and sister. Thinks Michael is deeply weird. Will fight anyone who says so. Secretly threw Michael's glasses in the toilet – twice.
Together, they will learn:
1. Magic is real
2. Old books cause trouble
3. Only they can save the world
This one looks awesome, even if it may be more of a children-pre-YA book.  I just love the sound of it, the gorgeous cover and the whole magic-discovery.  Can't wait for it!

 Wow, that's one or two.  They do all look good though!

So, what are you waiting for?

Tuesday 29 March 2011

Teaser Tuesday (#6)

Teaser Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by MizB of Should Be Reading.

Here are the rules:

  • Grab your current read

  • Open to a random page

  • Share two (2) “teaser” sentences from somewhere on that page

  • BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS! (make sure that what you share doesn’t give too much away! You don’t want to ruin the book for others!)

  • Share the title & author, too, so that other TT participants can add the book to their TBR Lists if they like your teasers!

  • From Never Bite A Boy On The First Date by Tamara Summers, Chapter Four, Page 42
    Olympia asked me to stop throwing him out winows though.  They're expensive to replace and the noise might disturb the neighbours.

    Never Bite A Boy On The First Date by Tamara Summers

    Synopsis From Blurb:
    When we found the guy and saw the holes in his neck, the cause of death was obvious. 
    "It wasn't me," I said.  "I made one mistake and suddenly every little vampire attack is my fault?  That's so unfair!"
    But it doesn't matter how much I protest, unless I can prove my innocence I'll be spending the next decade in a padded coffin.
    So now I'm on a mission to track down the real murderer.
    I've narrowed it does to three suspects.
    All acting suspiciously.
    All boys.
    And all very cute...
    This is a very teenager read, but it's cute, short, funny and quite addictive!  Plus, isn't the cover cute?  And the name makes me laugh every time.  Review should be up soon!

    Does anyone else have any teasers to share?

    Monday 28 March 2011

    The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins

    Series: The Hunger Games Trilogy, Book One
    Publisher: Scholastic
    Format: Paperback
    Published: USA: 2008
    UK Edition: 2009
    Number of Pages: 464
    Book: Bought
    Genre: Dystopia, Science-Fiction, Action, Fantasy, YA
    Recommended Age: Young Adult, 12+
    Contains Violence, Death, Suspense

    Winning will make you famous.
    Losing means certain death.

    In a dark vision of the near future, a terrifying reality TV show is taking place.  Twelve boys and twelve girls are forced to appear in a live event called the Hunger Games.  There is only one rule: kill or be killed.
    When sixteen-year-old Katniss Everdeen steps forward to take her sister’s place in the games, she sees it as a death sentence.  But Katniss has been close to death before.  For here, survival is second nature.

    The Hunger Games is set it a world where the Capitol watches over the twelve districts, and they are controlling, dangerous, everywhere.  It’s a world where every year, twelve boys and twelve girls are forced into taking part in a horrifying live event known as the Hunger Games, which is seen as a form of entertainment.  The citizens are forced to watch as children from their District are brutally murdered, all because the Capitol wants to keep them completely under control.  Why?  Seventy-five or so years before our story’s set, there was a rebellion that led to the Capitol destroying the thirteenth District.  And to show their control and just how easily they could destroy every single district if they so pleased, the Capitol introduced the Hunger Games.
    So when Katniss’s twelve-year-old sister Primrose gets chosen, she knows she can’t let her go through that.  So she steps forwards to take Prim’s place.  Even though it very likely means her own death...
     I loved The Hunger Games.  I sped through the book, completely and utterly hooked, unable to put it down.  It was terrifying: a real psychological thriller, and the scariest thing about it all is, with the way society’s going at the moment, the Hunger Games – or something like them – may become reality.  I couldn’t get that out of my head as I read: it was all just so thought-provoking, and at the same time petrifying.
    Katniss was a brilliant protagonist: she was so strong and brave.  She was just a good ol’ kick-butt heroine, which was so refreshing after all the wimpy, useless damsel-in-distress leads that are in YA fiction so much at the moment.  Actually, in that respect and with her smart-mouth attitude, Katniss reminded me quite a bit of Rose, out of Vampire Academy.  I admired how level headed, and defiant she was.  It felt like I was there with her, feeling all of her emotions, stuck in all the situation with her.  As a lead, she was amazing, and I loved the softer side of her, when it briefly shows.  It made her feel more real.
    Peeta was an amazing male lead, and the complete opposite of Katniss’ attitude.  As a brief flashback of Katniss’ reveals that Peeta gave her two loaves of bread when she was younger and starving, and getting punished for doing so, I instantly fell in love.  I saw his goodness and his heart, but I wondered why he would risk it.  It didn’t matter: I was Team Peeta!  And the chemistry between him and Katniss was so believable, and real. 
    The supporting characters are brilliant too, with little Rue, a twelve year old from District 11, Prim, Gale – Katniss friend from home – and Haymitch.  Unlike a lot of books, the characters was fleshed out as well, not just empty vessels, used for a certain conversation.  The relationships were perfect and real too; it was all just amazing!
    The Hunger Games is non-stop suspense, the plot goes at breakneck speed, and is unbelievably addictive.  And although it’s very dark, scary, and atrocious, it was funny at times, as well as having me choke up with tears.  Literally an emotional roller coaster that was so vivid it left me dizzy, overwhelmed with all I had felt.  I wondered briefly about the bizarre names (Katniss, Rue, Cato, Peeta), before deciding that didn’t matter because I was hooked.  I had to finish the book, so I could know what happened. 
    Suzanne Collins is an absolute genius: she created a world so utterly believable my heart pounded as I read.  I can’t get enough, and the ending left me breathless and desperate for more.  And her writing was amazing: somehow raw and beautiful at the same time – a combonation I didn’t even think was possible.  You seriously have to read this one, because it is absolutely incredible.  I’ve already started gushing about it to a friend, telling her she has to read it!
    If I had to describe it in one word: epic.

    Star Rating:
    5 Out of 5

    Read this book if you liked:
    Delirium by Lauren Oliver
    Vampire Academy by Richelle Mead
    Gone by Michael Grant
    The Host by Stephenie Meyer

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    In My Mailbox (#7)

    In My Mailbox was created by Kristi at The Story Siren.  It's a perfect way to see who's reading and review what.  Awesome!
    My Mailbox is late again!  But I have a reason: I wanted to read.  ;)

    And I finally got some books from my Wishlist and Waiting List!  I'm so excited!
    So, In My Mailbox this week there is...


    Across the Universe (Across the Universe, Book One) by Beth Revis (Goodreads | Amazon)
    They're So Close, But Still So Far Away...
    I started this one the minute I got it, and have already nearly finished it: the opening is the most powerful, scary and gripping I've read for a long time.  It's so addictive, and I'm lovin' the short, short chapters!  It was on my Waiting list, too, so I'm thrilled that I have it now!  My review should be up tomorrow!  This cover is gorgeous, but I think I prefer the hardcover version...

    Across the Universe (Across the Universe, #1)
    The Glass Collector by Anna Perera (Goodreads | Amazon)
    With Hope, Anything Is Possible...
    I love the look of this book; it looks beautiful.  I read and loved one of Anna Perera's other books: Guantanamo Boy, so I'm really looking forwards to this one.  My only fault with it is the dayglow green along the outside of the pages.  And I mean bright, bright, bright green!  Other than that: amazing!
    Immortal Beloved (Immortal Beloved, Book One) by Cate Tiernan (Goodreads | Amazon)
    Discover The Secret To Everlasting Life
    This looks brilliant.  I read a few sentences, and I'm sure it's going to be good.  Besides, read and loved Tiernan's Sweep/Wicca series, so I'm looking forwards to it.  Plus, on my wishlist!And is it just me, or is that cover something to fall in love with?
    Trash by Andy Mulligan (Goodreads | Amazon)
    You Never Know What You'll Find...
    This one looks amazing as well.  About a boy called Raphael who has spent his life in trash, sifting, sorting, searching, sleeping.  Then he finds a bag that changes everything, and he and his friends are on the run.  "It's three street boys against the world..."  Amazing or what? 
    Radiant Shadows (Wicked Lovely, Book Four) by Melissa Marr (Goodreads | Amazon)
    I'll admit, this series has disappointed me once or twice, but I love the world.  So I keep going back.  Faerie Romance land is my guilty pleasure! ;)
    Darkest Mercy (Wicked Lovely, Book Five) by Melissa Marr (Goodreads | Amazon)
    Enter A World Of Faerie Romance
    The Final Wicked Lovely Book
    And I got this one in a set with Radiant Shadows for only £7! Result!

    Saturday 26 March 2011

    On My Wishlist (#6)

    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:
    Of course there are one or two books on my Wishlist.  Who could expect anything else from me?
    Well, this is what's on my Wishlist this week:
    By: Jennifer Donnelly
    Published: 4th October 2010
    Found: On Natalie (Mindful Musings)'s Blog
    Synopsis From Goodreads:
     BROOKLYN: Andi Alpers is on the edge. She’s angry at her father for leaving, angry at her mother for not being able to cope, and heartbroken by the loss of her younger brother, Truman. Rage and grief are destroying her. And she’s about to be expelled from Brooklyn Heights’ most prestigious private school when her father intervenes. Now Andi must accompany him to Paris for winter break.
    PARIS: Alexandrine Paradis lived over two centuries ago. She dreamed of making her mark on the Paris stage, but a fateful encounter with a doomed prince of France cast her in a tragic role she didn’t want—and couldn’t escape.
    Two girls, two centuries apart. One never knowing the other. But when Andi finds Alexandrine’s diary, she recognizes something in her words and is moved to the point of obsession. There’s comfort and distraction for Andi in the journal’s antique pages—until, on a midnight journey through the catacombs of Paris, Alexandrine’s words transcend paper and time, and the past becomes suddenly, terrifyingly present.
    Jennifer Donnelly, author of the award-winning novel A Northern Light, artfully weaves two girls’ stories into one unforgettable account of life, loss, and enduring love. Revolution spans centuries and vividly depicts the eternal struggles of the human heart.
    This looks brilliant, and the idea behind it all sounds genius.  And lovin' the cover!  The key on the red ribbon: simple and gorgeous!
    Tell Me A SecretTell Me a Secret
    By: Holly Cupala
    Published: 22nd June 2010
    Found: On Aylee (Recovering Potter Addict)'s Blog
    Synopsis From Goodreads:
    In the five years since her bad-girl sister Xanda’s death, Miranda Mathison has wondered about the secret her sister took to the grave, and what really happened the night she died. Now, just as Miranda is on the cusp of her dreams—a best friend to unlock her sister’s world, a ticket to art school, and a boyfriend to fly her away from it all—Miranda has a secret all her own.
    Then two lines on a pregnancy test confirm her worst fears. Stripped of her former life, Miranda must make a choice with tremendous consequences and finally face her sister’s demons and her own.
    In this powerful debut novel, stunning new talent Holly Cupala illuminates the dark struggle of a girl who must let go of her past to find a way into her own future.
    This sounds brilliant as well, and very emotional-a-read.  "Dark Struggle", well, I seem to be liking those at the moment!
    The Demon CollectorThe Demon Collector
    By: Jon Mayhew
    Published: 7th March 2011
    Found: On Sammee (I Want To Read That)'s Blog
    Synopsis From Amazon:
    In the time before time, Satan ruled the molten Earth, worshipped by his demons. One demon turned against him and imprisoned Satan deep in the bowels of the earth. When Satan escaped, as punishment, the demon's heart was torn from his chest and his body hidden deep in the polar ice. Only Satan knows where he lies. The heart is hidden elsewhere. If the two are brought together, the demon will be reborn and darkness will reign. Edgy Taylor sees demons when nobody else can. Edgy thinks he is insane and expects to be carried off any minute. He is a prime collector, wandering the streets of London collecting dog muck for the tannery. The only thing Edgy is good at is setting and solving riddles, and evading his brutal and abusive master. One night, when his master seems genuinely intent on killing Edgy, Professor Envry Janus intervenes. Envry takes him to the Royal Society of Daemonology where Edgy will now live. It is here, though, that Edgy discovers chance had nothing to do with their meeting, and that he holds the key to a deadly demon prophecy.
    All I can say is wow, this looks a-maz-ing!  Demons, Satan, Daemonology all add up to something I'd love to read!  And the title is brilliantly creepy: gotta love it!
    Future ImperfectFuture Imperfect
    By: K. Ryer Breese
    Published: 26th April 2011
    Found: On Kirsty (The Overflowing Library)'s Blog
    Synopsis From Goodreads:
    Ade Patience can see the future and it's destroying his life. When the seventeen-year-old Mantlo High School student knocks himself unconscious, he can see days and decades into his own future. Ade's the best of Denver's "divination" underground and eager to join the heralded Mantlo Diviners, a group of similarly enabled teens. Yet, unlike the Diviners, Ade Patience doesn't see the future out of curiosity or good will; Ade gives himself concussions because he's addicted to the high, the Buzz, he gets when he breaks the laws of physics. And while there have been visions he's wanted to change, Ade knows the Rule: You can't change the future, no matter how hard you try.
    His memory is failing, his grades are in a death spiral, and both Ade's best friend and his shrink are begging him to stop before he kills himself. Ade knows he needs to straighten-out. Luckily, the stunning Vauxhall Rodolfo has just transferred to Mantlo and, as Ade has seen her in a vision two years previously, they're going to fall in love. It's just the motivation Ade needs to kick his habit. Only things are a bit more complicated. Vauxhall has an addiction of her own, and, after a a vision in which he sees Vauxhall's close friend, Jimmy, drown while he looks on seemingly too wasted to move, Ade realizes that he must break the one rule he's been told he can't.
    The pair must overcome their addictions and embrace their love for each other in order to do the impossible: change the future.
    Whoa,  once more a-maz-ing.  I love psychics, and I love the idea of love and the darker side with drugs.  Sounds so good, and the cover is incredible, with the long, barren railway track...

    The Prophecy of the Sisters
    Series: The Prophecy of the Sisters, Book One
    By: Michelle Zink
    Published: 1st August 2009
    Found: On Small Review's Blog

    Prophecy of the Sisters (Prophecy of the Sisters, #1) Prophecy of the Sisters (Prophecy of the Sisters, #1)
    Paperback     |     Hardcover

    Synopsis From Goodreads:
    In Michelle Zink's debut novel, orphaned twin sister Lia and Alice Milthorpe are yoked together in an ancient prophecy that makes them enemies and could destroy them both. If Lia can break this familial curse, she can not only save her relationship with her beloved boyfriend; she can finally resolve the mystery behind her parents' death. A teen author to watch.
    This looks like an brilliant book, and family curses are always interesting to read about!  I'm not sure which of the two covers I prefer... I'm leaning towards the paperback... it's prettier, more colourful and I just like it.  Although the hardcover is creepier, and probably fits in with the whole curse theme better... Hmm, what do you think?

    White Cat (Curse Workers, #1)
    White Cat
    Series: Curse Workers, Book One
    By: Holly Black
    Published: 8th February 2011
    Found: On Lily Bear (Book Lungs)'s Blog

    Synopsis From Goodreads:
    Cassel comes from a family of curse workers — people who have the power to change your emotions, your memories, your luck, by the slightest touch of their hands. And since curse work is illegal, they're all mobsters, or con artists. Except for Cassel. He hasn't got the magic touch, so he's an outsider, the straight kid in a crooked family. You just have to ignore one small detail — he killed his best friend, Lila, three years ago.
    Ever since, Cassel has carefully built up a façade of normalcy, blending into the crowd. But his façade starts crumbling when he starts sleepwalking, propelled into the night by terrifying dreams about a white cat that wants to tell him something. He's noticing other disturbing things, too, including the strange behavior of his two brothers. They are keeping secrets from him, caught up in a mysterious plot. As Cassel begins to suspect he's part of a huge con game, he also wonders what really happened to Lila. Could she still be alive? To find that out, Cassel will have to out-con the conmen.
    Holly Black has created a gripping tale of mobsters and dark magic where a single touch can bring love — or death — and your dreams might be more real than your memories.
    I've heard amazing things about this book, and it does look absolutely sensational.  I love the sound of curse workers, gloves, and a white cat.  I have to get the one, I think!

    So, that's my Wishlist this week.

    What are you Wishing for?