Today's new books are:
CITY OF BONES
#1 - The Mortal Instruments
By: Cassandra Clare
Published: March 27, 2007 by Margaret K. McElderry Books
How I Got It: Purchased
What It's About: When fifteen-year-old Clary Fray heads out to the Pandemonium Club in New York City, she hardly expects to witness a murder - much less a murder committed by three teenagers covered with strange tattoos and brandishing bizarre weapons. Then the body disappears into thin air. It's hard to call the policy when the murderers are invisible to everyone else and when there is nothing - not even a smear of blood - to show that a boy has died. Or was he a boy?
This is Clary's first meeting with the Shadowhunters, warriors dedicated to ridding the earth of demons. It's also her first encounter with Jace, a Shadowhunter who looks a little like an angel and acts a lot like a jerk. Within twenty-four hours Clary is pulled into Jace's world with a vengeance, when her mother disappears and Clary herself is attacked by a demon. But why would demons be interested in ordinary mundanes like Clary and her mother? And how did Clary suddently get the Sight? The Shadowhunters would like to know.
Exotic and gritty, exhilarating and utterly gripping, Cassandra Clare's ferociously entertaining fantasy takes readers on a wild ride that they will never want to end.
I tried reading this one a year or so ago and didn't finish it. After reconnecting with an old high school friend recently, she begged me to try it again since it's one of her favorite series. I gave in and picked up the first book in the series and will give it a second shot!________________________________________________
LOLA and the BOY NEXT DOOR
Companion Novel to: Anna and the French Kiss
By: Stephanie Perkins
Hardcover, 338 pages
Published: September 29th, 2011 by Dutton
How I Got It: Library
Budding designer Lola Nolan doesn't believe in fashion ... she believes in costume. The more expressive the outfit - more sparkly, more fun, more wild - the better. But even though Lola's style is outrageous, she's a devoted daughter and friend with some big plans for the future. And everything is pretty perfect (right down to her hot rocker boyfriend) until the dreaded Bell twins, Calliope and Cricket, return to the neighborhood.
When Cricket - a gifted inventor - steps out from his twin sister's shadow and back into Lola's life, she must finally reconcile a lifetime of feelings for the boy next door.
_____________________________I LOVED (LOVED , LOVED , LOVED !) Anna and the French Kiss so there was no chance in heck that I was going to pass this one up!
THE NIGHT CIRCUS
By: Erin Morgenstern
Hardcover, 387 pages
Published: September 13th, 2011 by Doubleday
How I Got It: Library
The circus arrives without warning. No announcements precede it. It is simply there, when yesterday it was not. Within the black-and-white striped canvas tents is an utterly unique experience full of breathtaking amazements. It is called Le Cirque des Reves, and it is only open at night.
But behind the scenes, a fierce competition is underway - a duel between two young magicians, Celia and Marco, who have been trained since childhood expressly for this purpose by their mercurial instructors. Unbeknownst to them, this is a game in which only one can be left standing, and the circus is but the stage for a remarkable battle of imagination and will. Despite themselves, however, Celia and Marco tumble headfirst into love - a deep, magical love that makes the lights flicker and the room grow warm whenever they so much as brush hands.
True love or not, the game must play out, and the fates of everyone involved, from the cast of extraordinary circus performers to the patrons, hang in the balance, suspended as precariously as the daring acrobats overhead.
Written in rich, seductive prose, this spell-casting novel is a feast for the senses and the heart.
Not going to lie - the cover completely pulled me in on this one. I've seen it around the Book-blogging world and knew I'd have to add it to my "Read" pile.
THE HUNGER GAMES
#1 - The Hunger Games Trilogy
By: Suzanne Collins
Hardcover, 374 pages
Published: December 14th, 2009 by Scholastic, Inc.
In the ruins of a place once known as North America lies the nation of Panem, a shining Capitol surrounded by twelve outlying districts. The Capitol is harsh and cruel and keeps the districts in line by forcing them all to send one boy and one girl between the ages of twelve and eighteen to participate in the annual Hunger Games, a fight to the death on live TV.
Sixteen-year-old Katniss Everdeen, who lives alone with her mother and younger sister, regards it as a death sentence when she steps forward to take her sister's place in the Games. But Katniss has been close to dead before - and survival, for her, is second nature. Without really meaning to, she becomes a contender. But if she is to win, she will have to start making choices that will weigh survival against humanity and life against love.
Don't worry - I've already read the trilogy! However I had only borrowed them from the library and finally realized a reread was necessary before the movie comes out - and it seemed like the perfect time to add it to my collection. This is at the top of my favorite YA books of all time - and think everyone should read it!