My Top 20 New Book Releases 2012 (Part 2)

Sorry it took so long to post part two, but here it is, as promised! Part three will be posted hopefully soon. There are so many books I want to read, lol.

1. The Immortal Rules (Blood of Eden #1) – Julie Kagawa

I’ve loved her Iron Fey series, so I’m really looking forward to getting my hands on this one, which comes out April 24th. Just have a look at the story description:

IN A FUTURE WORLD, VAMPIRES REIGN. HUMANS ARE BLOOD CATTLE. AND ONE GIRL WILL SEARCH FOR THE KEY TO SAVE HUMANITY. 

Allison Sekemoto survives in the Fringe, the outermost circle of a vampire city. By day, she and her crew scavenge for food. By night, any one of them could be eaten.
Some days, all that drives Allie is her hatred of them. The vampires who keep humans as blood cattle. Until the night Allie herself is attacked—and given the ultimate choice. Die… or become one of the monsters.
Faced with her own mortality, Allie becomes what she despises most. To survive, she must learn the rules of being immortal, including the most important: go long enough without human blood, and you will go mad.
Then Allie is forced to flee into the unknown, outside her city walls. There she joins a ragged band of humans who are seeking a legend—a possible cure to the disease that killed off most of humankind and created the rabids, the mindless creatures who threaten humans and vampires alike. But it isn’t easy to pass for human. Especially not around Zeke, who might see past the monster inside her. And Allie soon must decide what—and who—is worth dying for.

2. Shadow of Night (All Souls #2) – Deborah Harkness

I. CANNOT.WAIT.FOR.THIS.BOOK. I mean, for real. I loooooooooooved A Discovery of Witches, it’s probably my all-time favorite novel, which is hard to achieve considering how many good books there are out there! July 10th, 2012, is much too far away in my book!

“Together we lifted our feet and stepped into the unknown”—the thrilling sequel to the New York Times bestseller A Discovery of Witches

Deborah Harkness exploded onto the literary scene with her debut novel, A Discovery of Witches, Book One of the magical All Souls Trilogy and an international publishing phenomenon. The novel introduced Diana Bishop, Oxford scholar and reluctant witch, and the handsome geneticist and vampire Matthew Clairmont; together they found themselves at the center of a supernatural battle over an enchanted manuscript known as Ashmole 782.
Now, picking up from A Discovery of Witches’ cliffhanger ending, Shadow of Night plunges Diana and Matthew into Elizabethan London, a world of spies, subterfuge, and a coterie of Matthew’s old friends, the mysterious School of Night that includes Christopher Marlowe and Walter Raleigh. Here, Diana must locate a witch to tutor her in magic, Matthew is forced to confront a past he thought he had put to rest, and the mystery of Ashmole 782 deepens.
Deborah Harkness has crafted a gripping journey through a world of alchemy, time travel, and magical discoveries, delivering one of the most hotly anticipated novels of the season .

3. Destined (Wings #4) – Aprilynne Pike

I’ve been following this series from the start, and since this is the last book in the series, I’m sad to see it go, but all good things must come to an end. The book comes out May 1st, 2012.

Laurel now knows the truth: Yuki is a rare Winter faerie, the most powerful—and deadly—of all, and she is working with Klea to conquer and destroy Avalon. With Tamani, David, and Chelsea by her side, Laurel prepares for a fight she never thought she would have to face. Filled with heart-pounding action, sweeping romance, and higher stakes at every turn, Destined is the series conclusion that readers have been clamoring for—with a twist that will leave them breathless. 

Tamani looked at her gravely, and reached up to touch her hair behind her ear. He hesitated for an instant, then his hands found the sides of her face, pulling her to him. He didn’t kiss her, just held her face to his, their foreheads resting together, their noses almost touching. 

She hated how much it felt like good-bye.

4. The Crown of Embers (Fire and Thorns #2) – Rae Carson
I had the pleasure to receive an ARC of the first book in this series, and it totally blew me away. The story is so different, you’ll all going to love it. Expected publication is sometime this year. This is the sequel to the Girl of Fire and Thorns:

Elisa is the hero of her country. She led her people to victory against a terrifying enemy, and now she is their queen. But she is only seventeen years old. Her rivals may have simply retreated, choosing stealth over battle. And no one within her court trusts her-except Hector, the commander of the royal guard, and her companions. As the country begins to crumble beneath her and her enemies emerge from the shadows, Elisa will take another journey. With a one-eyed warrior, a loyal friend, an enemy defector, and the man she is falling in love with, Elisa crosses the ocean in search of the perilous, uncharted, and mythical source of the Godstone’s power. That is not all she finds. 

5. Lover Reborn (Black Dagger Brotherhood #10) – J.R. Ward

Last, but not least, this series is one of the best there is out there. I’m currently reading the ninth book in the line, and since this one comes out March 27, I’m right where I’m supposed to be. Oh, and it also happens to feature my favorite brother. Enjoy!

In the darkest corners of the night in Caldwell, New York, a conflict like no other rages. The city is home to a band of brothers born to defend their race: the warrior vampires of the Black Dagger Brotherhood.
Now back in the Brotherhood – and unrecognisable as the vampire leader he once was – Tohrment is physically emaciated and heartbroken beyond despair. When he begins to see his beloved in his dreams – trapped in a cold, isolating netherworld – Tohr turns to a self-serving fallen angel in hopes of saving the one he has lost. When he’s told he must learn to love another to free his former mate, Tohr knows they are all doomed . . .
Except then a female with a shadowed history begins to get through to him. Against the backdrop of the raging war with the lessers, and with a new clan of vampires vying for the Blind King’s throne, Tohr struggles between the buried past, and a very hot, passion-filled future . . . but can his heart let go and set all of them free

REVIEW: ‘A Discovery of Witches’ by Deborah Harkness (All Souls #1)

Hardcover: 592 pages

Publisher: Viking Adult

Release Date: February 8, 2011

Setting: England, France & America

Series: ‘All Souls’ Trilogy

When historian Diana Bishop opens a bewitched alchemical manuscript in Oxford’s Bodleian Library it represents an unwelcome intrusion of magic into her carefully ordinary life. Though descended from a long line of witches, she is determined to remain untouched by her family’s legacy. She banishes the manuscript to the stacks, but Diana finds it impossible to hold the world of magic at bay any longer.
For witches are not the only otherworldly creatures living alongside humans. There are also creative, destructive daemons and long-lived vampires who become interested in the witch’s discovery. They believe that the manuscript contains important clues about the past and the future, and want to know how Diana Bishop has been able to get her hands on the elusive volume.
Chief among the creatures who gather around Diana is vampire Matthew Clairmont, a geneticist with a passion for Darwin. Together, Diana and Matthew embark on a journey to understand the manuscript’s secrets. But the relationship that develops between the ages-old vampire and the spellbound witch threatens to unravel the fragile peace that has long existed between creatures and humans—and will certainly transform Diana’s world as well.

My Thoughts

After carefully considering all kinds of reviews for this book, I decided I needed to take a risk and see what all the magic was about. As soon as I got my order from Amazon, I knew I would love this book. Just by looking at the cover, I knew that what was waiting for me within those pages would make me want to read more and more. And luckily, I was right! I guess I should trust my instincts more.

The fascinating story world Deborah Harkness created is something that was simply made for my taste. It was just my kind of book. I’ve always been passionate about history and the supernatural, and to have it all mixed with the interesting theories of alchemy, well, let’s just say it got me hooked!

A Discovery of Witches, or ADOW short, is set in Oxford, which then moves along to France and America. Diana Bishop, a historian, discovers an enchanted manuscript that calls to her long forgotten powers, because you see, Diana doesn’t want to be a witch, refuses to use her powers after losing her parents. She blames magic for her twisted life, so she tries to act as humanly possible.

It’s pretty hard though when the blood inside of you comes from a lineage of very powerful witches, one that dates back to the first witch burned at Salem. Add to that the amount of supernatural creatures turning up at the Bodleian Library, where Diana first discovered Ashmole 782 (the manuscript), and a very sexy vampire needing her help in solving a mystery, well, you get a very juicy story.

Did I mention that the sexy vampire also known as Matthew Clairmont is a 1500-year-old geneticist with a love for wine and yoga? SIGH! Where are all these lovely men hiding in the real world? It’s just not fair.

Well anyways, as a history lover, I especially enjoyed the parts where Deborah Harkness explained historical backgrounds. It’s a really intelligent book and her writing is simply breathtaking! As a history teacher herself, I imagine she knows exactly what she’s talking about!

The love story that blossoms between Matthew and Diana is pretty mesmerizing. It happens really fast, well for them at least, because the book is really long, but it’s really believable and I couldn’t get enough of it!

After finishing the book, I just had to read it again, memorize every detail so that it could stay with me for longer. I fell in love with Matthew and I’m not sorry I did. The only thing I regret is the fact that I have to wait so long for the sequel. Upon seeing the success of this first installment, Deborah Harkness announced that this will be a trilogy and the sequel will be out sometime in 2012. Now imagine reading this early 2011!

Anyways, I cannot wait for “Shadow of Night” which comes out July 10, 2012! I’m sure it will be a worthy installment and I’ll love it as much as I loved this first book of the series.

I’m not exaggerating when I’m saying that this is my absolute favorite all-time novel ever! I don’t see any other book surpassing this, as this has everything I love in it. I just hope Deborah Harkness never stops writing!

Rating: 🌙  – a golden moon!

(review edited on March 12, 2012)

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