Top Ten Books I Wouldn’t Mind Santa Bringing Me
I haven’t done one of these for a while but it’s time to change things for a bit! Right? Right! So, if Santa were in a giving mood and he were to give me books, these are what I’d want!
This is the third and last installment in the Spiritwalker trilogy that I’ve enjoyed immensely so far. I can’t wait to accompany Cat on her journey to rescue her husband Andevai from her evil and decidedly inhuman father. It’s bound to be electric and chockful of heart racing moments. If you haven’t read this particular series, I wholeheartedly recommend it. It’s steampunk high fantasy. Well written, well detailed and beautiful characterization.
This one is an Australian novel and the synopsis alone has me swooning. Read it and see if you agree:
Alex doesn’t know what he wants to do, how to connect with people or what’s good for him. He drifts his way through dead-end jobs and fumbled relationships, unable to find a way out of the rut his life has become. Then he runs into Madigan Sargood and everything changes.
A ray of light shining from an almost-forgotten past, Madigan is beautiful and impulsive, enigmatic and passionate beyond measure. This is what it means to live, Alex realises, and to love. Never mind that she can be somewhat possessive. Never mind that his best friend thinks there’s something wrong with her, something dangerous even. Never mind that the creepy band of misfits she attracts have all but taken over his home. Madigan fills Alex’s life with significance; he will put up with anything to be with her.
Until, without any warning, she kills herself.
Now Alex can’t seem to get her out of his head, and his world – along with his sanity – begins to disintegrate. Black outs and missing time, conversations he can’t recall, people he can’t remember. Is this the product of a diseased and lovesick mind, or can Madigan really be trying to communicate with him?
When the past threatens to obliterate the future, Alex is forced to take action. To save himself and those he loves, he must discover the sinister reason why Madigan took her own life – and why she won’t lie still in her grave.
This one sounds so stupendously crazy! I would love to find this under my tree (had I one to begin with). The synopsis won me over.
They got married ten days ago. They haven’t had sex yet and they don’t intend to.
As it turned out, the only way to make their parents get off their backs about trying to “find someone” was actually finding somone–with whom to put marriage for show. Mutsuki is stictly gay and has a boyfriend, while Shoko is a clinical case of emotional instability who’s in no shape for a relationship. They’ve each found in the other a perfect partner for a sham marriage. Since the conspirators’ parents know of their own child’s undesirability, but not the spouse’s, the union manages to please them. And while the newlyweds hope, in their own way, to live happily ever after, they inevitably come face t o face with the fact that no marriage real or staged, is a fairy tale.
Yet another Australian novel that I’m keen to read. All you need to know is this is a retelling of Rapunzel! I want it sooo badly!
I love Natsuo Kirino’s works. Okay fine, I’ve only read two of her books but I have been impressed by her ability to spin a tale and guide the reader into the minds of her characters. She does it so easily and so seamlessly. The Goddess Chronicle is a part of the canongate series and if I’m not wrong, Atwood and Jeanette Winterson also wrote books for this series. Anyway, the synopsis sounds absolutely amazing and I can’t wait to get my grubby hands on a copy!
Two sisters, Namima and Kamiku, born to the family of the oracle, are separated as children. Kamiku begins her training to become the next oracle, while Namima becomes Priestess of the Night.
The Goddess Chronicle—a retelling of the ancient Japanese myth of Izanami and Izanagi—pulls the reader deep into the realm of the undead.
Japanese crime queen Natsuo Kirino’s dark, twisted tale is a fantastical, fabulous tour-de-force. It is a dazzling story of sex, death, gods and revenge that will draw the reader in and won’t let go until the exhilarating end.
I haven’t read Paquette’s other book yet but I have it! And this one sounds so amazing, you guys, and the cover is so beautiful that it would most certainly be a welcome addition to my gift pile (had I one!).
Twelve-year-old Dahlia has always lived at Silverton Manor-having spent fifty years as its resident ghost. When Oliver Day and his family show up as house-sitters the day Mrs. Tibbs, a Liberator sent by the Spectral Investigative Council, arrives to teach Dahlia the proper rules for ghosting, Dahlia can’t wait to make new friends. But the unscrupulous ghost hunter, Rank Wiley, and the crooked town councilman, Jock Rutabartle, plan to rid Silverton Manor of its ghosts and sell it to the highest bidder. With her home and friendships at stake Dahlia may have to break the rules of ghosting as quickly as she learns them to solve the mystery of her death and save the manor.
This urban fantasy sounds pleasantly different from what’s out on the shelves right now and I’ve read a couple of very glowing reviews that make me want to splurge on this one right away. But alas, money is and always has been a problem. I can hope Santa will be kinder! Hehe.
Mariko Oshiro is not your average Tokyo cop. As the only female detective in the city’s most elite police unit, she has to fight for every ounce of respect, especially from her new boss. While she wants to track down a rumored cocaine shipment, he gives her the least promising case possible. But the case—the attempted theft of an old samurai sword—proves more dangerous than anyone on the force could have imagined.
The owner of the sword, Professor Yasuo Yamada, says it was crafted by the legendary Master Inazuma, a sword smith whose blades are rumored to have magical qualities. The man trying to steal it already owns another Inazuma—one whose deadly power eventually comes to control all who wield it. Or so says Yamada, and though he has studied swords and swordsmanship all his life, Mariko isn’t convinced.
But Mariko’s skepticism hardly matters. Her investigation has put her on a collision course with a curse centuries old and as bloodthirsty as ever. She is only the latest in a long line of warriors and soldiers to confront this power, and even the sword she learns to wield could turn against her.
I’ve read the first one in the duology and liked it enough that I would love to read the second one. Jemisin’s duology is far stronger than her first trilogy in my opinion. So yes, I want to read this, Santa!
I’ve been wanting to read this forever! My library only has an e-copy and I refuse to read it like that! The cover is so gorgeous and look at the awards it has won! It’s a verse novel and I think it will be one of those beautiful things that make me clutch my heart in agony at the pain but at the same time, make me awed. I hope so anyway.
I read Bracken’s first novel and loved it! And I have been waiting for this one for what seems like ever. Hopefully I will have it in my hands soon and it will be as good as I hope for it to be!