Friday, August 27, 2010

Southern Vampire Mysteries News…

The wonderful ladies of The Sookieverse blog just posted the product description for the next Southern Vampire Mysteries novel, Dead Reckoning, by Charlaine Harris.

With her knack for being in trouble's way, Sookie witnesses the firebombing of Merlotte's, the bar where she works. Since Sam Merlotte is now known to be two-natured, suspicion falls immediately on the anti-shifters in the area. But Sookie suspects otherwise and she and Sam work together to uncover the culprit - and the twisted motive for the attack. But her attention is divided. Though she can't 'read' vampires, Sookie knows her lover Eric Northman and his 'child' Pam well - and she realises that they are plotting to kill the vampire who is now their master. Gradually, she is drawn into the plot -which is much more complicated than she knows. Caught up in the politics of the vampire world, Sookie will learn that she is as much of a pawn as any ordinary human - and that there is a new Queen on the board . . . (From www.amazon.co.uk)

In February 2011 The Sookie Stackhouse Companion, which includes a new novella and an interview with True Blood creator Alan Ball, will be published Penguin.

Wednesday, August 25, 2010

Lost in Translation (prepare for rant)…

Last week I met up with BFF and her youngest kiddo. I hadn’t seen them in FOREVER, we both needed to go grocery shopping, so what better way to spend a Saturday afternoon than with BFF and my “nephew”. Let’s forget the temper tantrums of an overtired six year old on a sugar high, okay?

At the local supermarket I found the Danish translations of the first five Southern Vampire Mysteries…and I was greatly disappointed. First of all Dead Until Dark wasn’t translated into Danish until after True Blood aired in Denmark last year. Secondly, the Dead Until Dark (Død indtil solnedgang) cover was, as to be expected, the same as the newish US/UK covers – the first season poster – and the cover for Living Dead in Dallas (Levende død i Dallas) was from one of the season 2 posters. Now what really pissed me off about the covers were the last three…they were awful! I often buy books just because of the cover, but these did not make me want to buy them at all.You can judge for yourself.

Thirdly, the translations are beyond horrendous. I got the first book as a “special” gift in a magazine earlier this year and, being the fan that I am, dutifully read it. Or tried to read it; after one chapter I stopped. The translator did nothing short of butchering the books. The question is how can you translate something as unique as a southern accent? The answer: You can’t. The translator used an accent from a part of Denmark, where I hail from, called Jutland. Let’s face it Jutland is Hillbilly country, and I’m damn proud to be from there. I’ve lived nine years in Elsinore, I guess you can compare this part of the country to the east coast of USA, and I still have my accent. Granted Danish is a very difficult language, and we don’t have as many nuances as English, but I was saddened by the lack of effort put into these translations. The only good thing about the Danish translations were the titles, they’re as accurate as they can be.

Lastly, we have the price. Well hello there 200 Dkr. 200 Dkr is the equivalent of US$ 40. Would you spend that much money on a hardcover book?

I would love to hear if any of you have had similar experiences with translations of your favorite books.

On to happier things. We had reps from Simon and Schuster at the store today. Yay! I talked a bit with them and they gave me a Simon Pulse tote bag. I heart it!

Tuesday, August 24, 2010

This Side of the Grave Cover…

Quickie post! Jeaniene Frost just released the cover and and stepback for This Side of the Grave (book 5 in the Night Huntress series)….we’re talking a few minutes ago people! This Side of the Grave will be released early next year.

I’m being a total fan girl here, so I’m going to rate the cover and stepback.

 

Go read Jeaniene’s blog post about the cover on her site.

Wednesday, August 18, 2010

Tea & Fanfiction…

No, it’s not what you think lol. Back when I went to university I took a course called Postcolonial Fanfiction. The course explored the classics from the “others’” perspective through a series of books. Honestly, I hated Postcolonial Studies and I failed Postcolonial Literature…twice. The Postcolonial Fanfiction course made an impression, though, to some extend. My absolute favorite book from the course was Jean Rhys’ Wide Sargasso Sea. The book tells the story of Antoinette Cosway, you might know her as Bertha Mason, the crazy wife of Mr. Rochester in Jane Eyre.

Title: Wide Sargasso Sea

Author: Jean Rhys

Publisher: W. W. Norton & Company

Date of Publication: November 17th, 1998

ISBN: 9780393960129

Summary:

Jean Rhys' late, literary masterpiece "Wide Sargasso Sea" was inspired by Charlotte Bronte's Jane Eyre, and is set in the lush, beguiling landscape of Jamaica in the 1830s. Born into an oppressive, colonialist society, Creole heiress Antoinette Cosway meets a young Englishman who is drawn to her innocent sensuality and beauty. After their marriage the rumours begin, poisoning her husband against her. Caught between his demands and her own precarious sense of belonging, Antoinette is driven towards madness.

I’ve always loved Jane Eyre; it has always amazed me how a single book could become the basis of an entire school within feminist studies. Of course, when you’re 13 years old (I read every classic I could get my hands on when I was 13) you don’t think of terms like ‘the madwoman in the attic’ or ‘plain Jane’. The only thing I’ve always felt was missing in Jane Eyre was the Bertha Mason’s story.

Antoinette/Bertha’s story, before she goes to England, is very sensual, and heartbreaking at the same time. Antoinette’s childhood was horrible; without money and scared the former slaves of their plantation her mother remarries, only to lose everything when the plantation is burned down and she loses her son in the fire. The loss drives Antoinette’s mother mad, Antoinette is sent off to a convent school, and her stepfather travels back to England.

The young Edward Rochester, being the second son, is forced to seek his own fortune. A marriage is arranged between Edward and Antoinette, now a young woman. At first everything is bliss, but slowly the reader sees how the young couple grows to hate each other and Antoinette is driven towards madness.

It’s been about 5 years since I’ve read Wide Sargasso Sea, but the impression is still there.

In 1993 and 2006 Wide Sargasso Sea was made into movies.

(1993) Starring Karina Lombard and Nathaniel Parker.

(2006) Starring Rebecca Hall and Rafe Spall

 

Thursday, August 12, 2010

The Sookieverse’s Recreate a Cover Contest…

The Sookieverse is hosting a cover contest. For a chance to win a sighed copy of Dead in the Family you have to recreate a cover for Dead to the World.

Official Rules:

*Please See Postal Note At Bottom for Outside the U.S.

One Entry Per Person

Entries accepted until August 15!

IMPORTANT: Use Mr Linky to link us your contest entry and leave a comment with a way to contact you.

Public voting will be done in two rounds!

(From www.thesookieverse.com )

This is my contribution.

 

First Impressions: Vampire Kisses (The Series) & By Midnight (ARC)…


Title:
The Beginning (Vampire Kisses 1-3)


Author: Ellen Schreiber


Publisher: Katherine Tegen Books (Harper Collins)


Date of Publication: April 21st, 2009


ISBM: 9780061778940


Summary:


A new guy in town.


Rumors of vampires.


Dangerous first love.

This is where it all begins. . . .


The mansion on top of Benson Hill has stood empty for years. But one day it seems to be occupied, and its mysterious, handsome inhabitant Alexander Sterling becomes the source of much talk around town. Raven, a vampire-obsessed Goth-girl who has always considered herself an outsider in "Dullsville," is determined to uncover the truth surrounding the secretive Alexander. As she gets to know him, and their spark intensifies, Raven finds herself in some unanticipated situations. Can Alexander make her lifelong dream come true? But love always has its complications—especially when it can only be awakened at nightfall. (From www.amazon.com)

I wanted to read some vampire books that weren’t all about angst and sex. I thought it would impossible to find, but I was lucky and stumbled upon Ellen Schreiber’s Vampire Kisses series. So far the first three books have been fast and fun to read. I wish could have been as cool at 16 as Raven is.

They aren’t great books, but would be good to start out with for somebody who hasn’t read any YA or vampire books, before reading other series like Vampire Academy, House of Night, or even the Twilight Saga.

Of course it is vampires we’re talking about so there is a bit of angst, but it’s not the dominant factor in the books. In short; they’re books about being a teenager and finding your place. I know it sounds like a cliché, but sometimes clichés are good.

 

Title: By Midnight (ARC)

Author: Mia James

Publisher: Gollancz

Date of Publication: July 2010

ISBN: 9780575095526 (Hardcover)

Summary:

April Dunne is not impressed. She's had to move from Edinburgh to Highgate, London, with her parents. She's left her friends - and her entire life - behind. She has to start at a new school and, worst of all, now she's stuck in a creepy old dump of a house which doesn't even have proper mobile phone reception. Ravenwood, her new school, is a prestigious academy for gifted (financially or academically) students - and the only place her parents could find her a place, in the middle of term, in the middle of London, on incredibly short notice. So she's stuck with the super-rich, and the super-smart . . . and trying to fit in is when the rest of the students seem to be more glamorous, smarter, or more talented than she is, is more than tough. It's intimidating and isolating, even when she finds a friend in the conspiracy-theorist Caro Jackson - and perhaps finds something more than friendship in the gorgeous, mysterious Gabriel Swift. But there's more going on at Ravenwood than meets the eye. Practical jokes on new students are normal, but when Gabriel saves her from . . . something . . . . in the Highgate Cemetery, and then she discovers that a murder took place, just yards away from where she had been standing, April has to wonder if something more sinister is going on. . . . and whether or not she's going to live through it . . . (From www.fantasticfiction.co.uk)

My co-worker, who handles our book orders, tossed an ARC on my desk one day and told me to “read it and see if we should get it for the store…”. He added that it was my “kind of thing”, meaning a paranormal romance, YA, or both – what he really meant was that it was not “real” book. Oh well to each their own.

I think a lot of these YA books have forgotten a very important aspect; what it is like to be a teenager. It’s not all fangs and eternal love. When I read YA books I often miss the normal things about these teenagers. Yes, I know they’re paranormal and they’re about the supernatural, but often these books have a very normal teenage girl as the protagonist. Yes, she is thrown into an unnatural environment or series of events, but that doesn’t mean the regular daily things should be disregarded.

After reading the first few chapters, I told my co-worker to order By Midnight for the store. It’s refreshing to read a YA which deals with the everyday aspects of being a teenager and doesn’t just center around the paranormal.

 

 

When I’m Not Reading…

 

 

I enjoy cooking. No, wait. I love cooking!

When I was around 14 or 15 my mother changed jobs and started working in a different town. As a result she would be home later then usual and therefore asked me to start prepping dinner – peeling potatoes, make the salad, set the table, and so on. It quickly developed into me cooking dinner every night except for the few nights a week I worked, which was also in a kitchen, where I washed dishes and helped cook once in a while if we were busy. By the time I moved away from home I knew how to run a household and throw huge dinner parties (which is great if you are a people person…I’m not).

I love cooking for friends, sadly I don’t get to do it often because of my work hours. A few nights ago I was having coffee with my friend/neighbor/hairdresser Dani. We were having a you-know-what-I-could-go-for-right-now conversation, turns out we were both in a traditional Danish cuisine mood. I wanted stegt flæsk med persille sovs and Dani wanted hakkebøf med brun sovs og bløde løg (if you want to use the recipe DISREGARD what it says about the flour. I’ll add a recipe for the sauce).

Brun sovs or brown sauce is probably one of the most Danish things out there. We eat it with everything – steaks, hamburger steaks (hakkebøffer), whole roasted chicken, pork roast, roast beef, you name it. The thing is I can’t make sauces. I’ve tried a billion times and it never works out. I’ve even had my aunt, who makes the most amazing food, try to teach me. I can’t make it. Even if I follow a recipe it never turns out right.

Enough about sauces. Dani and I are both in need of a little comfort food, so I’m cooking hakkebøf med brun sovs og bløde løg for her and her kids on Sunday.

Brun Sovs Recipe:

  • 50 gr butter
  • 1-2 tablespoon flour with top
  • 5 dl stock or potato water (you can also use pork or beef drippings)
  • 1/2 dl milk or cream
  • Gravy browning
  • Salt and pepper
  • Melt the butter, take of heat, add flour while stirring fast.
    When there's no lumps, set back to heat.
    Add some of the water from the Pork Roast, stir and add some more until the consistency almost right.
    Add the milk/cream, and a squirt of gravy browning if too
    light.
    Add salt and pepper to taste.

    (I suck at converting measurements so you’ll have to do that yourself)

    Enjoy!

     

The Weekly Delivery…

The past couple of weeks have been slow with regards to deliveries. We got a huge amount of books, just not the kind I blog about. Last week we didn’t get any at all and this week we only got one. Well one if better than nothing, right?.

Title: Revelations (Blue Bloods series 3)

Author: Melissa De La Cruz

Publisher: Hyperion Book CH

Date of Publication: July 21sty, 2009.

ISBN: 9781423102298

Summary:

Have you ever wondered what secrets lurk behind the closed doors of New York City’s wealthiest families? They're powerful, they're famous... they're undead.


Schuyler Van Alen’s blood legacy has just been called into question—is the young vampire in fact a Blue Blood, or is it the sinister Silver Blood that runs through her veins? As controversy swirls, Schuyler is left stranded in the Force household, trapped under the same roof as her cunning nemesis, Mimi Force, and her forbidden crush, Jack Force.


When one of the Gates of Hell is breached by Silver Bloods in Rio de Janeiro, however, the Blue Bloods will need Schuyler on their side. The stakes are high; the battle is bloody; and through it all, Carnavale rages on. And in the end, one vampire’s secret identity will be exposed in a revelation that shocks everyone.

Monday, August 9, 2010

Tea Cups, Steampunk Short Story & Banners

I had the most perfect tea cup. I used it for everything – tea, coffee, soda, water, milk, soup, and *gasps* even wine in a pinch. It was one of the first things I bought for my household when I moved out of my parents’ house at 19. It had the perfect size; I could wrap my hands around it and keep warm on a cold winter’s night. The motif. Perfection. Off white with golden and pastel colored flowers. The tea cup was a delight. Sadly, I am probably the World’s biggest klutz. Bella Swan is an amateur compared to me. The tea cup, along with the prefect crimson colored wine glass, had a short life in my household.

I have been searching for years for another cup, but how can you replace perfection? Well you can’t. I did happen to find the three most adorable cups ever last week, and of course purchased them. They’re are actually more like coffee cups than tea cups, but no matter.

Aren’t they just the most adorable things?

As I write this, I also happen to have found the most perfect coffee in the world (in my opinion). Excuse my language, but work was a bitch today and of course I was hit with a major incident of PMS (Tradermare is my witness, as I was bitching all day on Twitter about it). I almost had a full nervous breakdown in the middle of the store, not to forget being extremely rude to a customer, while my boss’ 13 year old daughter was standing next to me. Bravo Green! Before the, almost, breakdown I went to the local coffee shop a few blocks from my work, told the barista to get me a lbs of a good coffee. She suggested, what the shop called, Brasilien Daterra Sweet Collection, its real name is Brazilian Daterra Estate Sweet Collection. Let me tell you it is the elixir of the Gods. A little sweet with a hint of nuts. Try it with milk and half a teaspoon of sugar. It will blow your mind. For my American readers and coffee lovers you can purchase it here. I have a date in about an hour with a book, a cup of this magnificent elixir and a tub of Häagen-Daz’s Cookies & Cream.

O. M. Grey’s Of Æther and Æon (A Short Story)

O. M. Grey, the author of , just released a new Steampunk short story called Of Æther and Æon. I am sad to say I never reviewed when I first read it, I will have to rectify that as soon as possible.

Avalon

Ms. Grey is offering Of Æther and Æon for FREE, but only for TODAY. So hurry up and go to her website and follow the instructions.

For today only, get my new Steampunk Short Story “Of Aether and Aeon” for free just by doing these easy things:
1.
Join my FB fan page and leave a message on my wall.
If you’re already a fan, just say hi!
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DM me on Twitter to ask for the FREE coupon code. If I’m not following you, just send an @reply saying so, and I’ll follow you. Then you can DM me.
4. Leave a comment below and tell a friend if you like, as well.

The coupon code is only good through today. Try to use it tomorrow, and it won’t work.

FREE TODAY ONLY by helping me promote it.

In the midst of war, a beautiful young officer finds love aboard an airship. (Author of the critically acclaimed novel AVALON REVISITED, O. M. Grey takes the reader on a Steampunk journey through tragedy and romance. Perfect for a lunchtime reading escape... when you don't have time for an entire novel.) (From www.smashwords.com).

Banners

The gorgeous SmittensKitten of Smutty Dirty Bitch has been blogging about the banners she has made for several fanfiction stories, including one of mine. I am extremely flattered. Love you my Smittens!

This is what she wrote:

Education With Greenabsinthia.....

now folks that is exactly what it sounds like. lols.

So lets learn a little about her. She has a addiction towards books you can follow her book blogScribbles & Stories. Green is one kick ass writer, she wrote The Education Of Sookie Stackhouse. Yes the legendary Education,

*inserts a picture of a horny smittenskitten*

So I had no idea she wrote this amazing story even when I talked to her in twitter almost everyday.

So one day I was you know being myself just dancing around throwing flowers everywhere and blowing my own horn about making banners *snort* 

So green asks me to make one for her. Me being the enthusiastic self I ran to her profile. And the first thing I saw was she already had a banner and get this .... it was made by S.Medows and Zigster.

 

Now a girl who have made only like two gets kindda scared you know. And I practically followed Messie's advice on making banners.

So I tried to bail out. But green would have none of it. She pifft me and said I should at least give it a try.

Then I started reading her education. And oh boy what an education it was! Jumped the boy as soon as he got home. Don't think we even made it to the bed room though. hehe.

So after much reading and doing other stuff I gave it a shot. And well it was ok I guess if you saw that and this.

But I had fun reading her story and of course doing other stuff too.

I am off to my date with a book, coffee and ice cream. Have a wonderful evening everybody!

Monday, August 2, 2010

First Impressions: Her Fearful Symmetry by Audrey Niffenegger…

Title: Her Fearful Symmetry

Author: Audrey Niffenegger

Publisher: Scribner

Date of Publication: September 29th, 2010

ISBM: 9781439169018

Summary:

Julia and Valentina Poole are twenty-year-old sisters with an intense attachment to each other. One morning the mailman delivers a thick envelope to their house in the suburbs of Chicago. Their English aunt Elspeth Noblin has died of cancer and left them her London apartment. There are two conditions for this inheritance: that they live in the flat for a year before they sell it and that their parents not enter it. Julia and Valentina are twins. So were the girls' aunt Elspeth and their mother, Edie.

The girls move to Elspeth's flat, which borders the vast Highgate Cemetery, where Christina Rossetti, George Eliot, Stella Gibbons, and other luminaries are buried. Julia and Valentina become involved with their living neighbors: Martin, a composer of crossword puzzles who suffers from crippling OCD, and Robert, Elspeth's elusive lover, a scholar of the cemetery. They also discover that much is still alive in Highgate, including—perhaps—their aunt. (From www.simonandschuster.com)

Her Fearful Symmetry isn’t exactly the type of genre I usually read. Sure it has a ghost in it, but it’s not a fantasy or paranormal romance, but once in a while you have to get out of your comfortable little bell jar, and read something else. I’d heard a lot about it, and read a few articles about it in Locus (Locus is the leading magazine on SF, and fantasy books) so I decided to give it ago. Oh and it centers around Highgate Cemetery in London…I love Highgate!

Elspeth died while Robert was standing in front of a vending machine watching tea shoot into a small plastic cup. Later he would remember walking down the hospital corridor with the cup of horrible tea in this hand, alone under the fluorescent lights, retracing his steps to the room where Elspeth lay surrounded by machines. (Her Fearful Symmetry, p. 3)

Friends of mine can attest to how deeply this book moved me from just reading the first few lines. I literally broke down crying on the train, while I was on my way to work. I want to be as objective as I can, but the memory of knowing exactly where you were, when somebody you love dies, is such a powerful emotion that objectivity is impossible. Almost eight months ago I held my Dad’s hand as he took his last breath in a hospice bed. Needless to say this book has, in a matter of a few days, become very personal to me.

Emotions run high as the novel explores the lives of six people closely connected to Elspeth – her sister, brother-in-law, twin nieces, lover, and neighbor – while she becomes accustomed to her new existence as a ghost.

There is so much to explore in this book that reading it once would not do it justice. I’ll have to read it twice before I review it…and I can’t wait. 

 

Sunday, August 1, 2010

The Weekly Delivery…

Monday morning it looked like a very promising week. Lots and lots of books were published this week, among them Jeaniene Frost’s Eternal Kiss of Darkness and Seressia Glass’ Shadow Chase, two books I’ve been looking forward to. What happened when the delivery came? NO ETERNAL KISS OF DARKNESS!! I was not a happy camper. I was pissed. It wasn’t all bad, a lot of books I had order for myself arrived, as did Shadow Chase.

First up are the books for the store.

Title: Total Eclipse

Author: Rachel Caine

Publisher: Roc

Date of Publication: August 3rd, 2010

ISBN: 9780451463456

Summary:

Weather Warden Joanne Baldwin, her husband, the djinn David, and the Earth herself have been poisoned by a substance that destroys the magic that keeps the world alive. The poison is destabilizing the entire balance of power, bestowing magic upon those who have never had it, and removing it form those who need it. It's just a matter of time before the delicate balance of nature explodes into chaos-and doom. (From )

Title: City of Glass

Author: Cassandra Clare

Publisher: McElderry

Date of Publication: August 3rd, 2010

ISBM: 9781416972259

Summary:

In search of a potion for her dying mother, Clary sneaks into the City of Glass and is immediately caught up in a life-and-death battle. As the children of the Moon (werewolves), Night (vampires), and Faerie gather for a war that will rend the heavens, Clary calls upon her untrained powers to control an angel who will save or destroy them all. Readers should be familiar with the first two installments in the Mortal Instruments series, but there is nevertheless plenty of romance, loss, honor, and betrayal to make the journey worthwhile. An experienced storyteller, Clare moves the plot quickly to a satisfying end. (From )

 

Title: Whisper Kiss

Author: Deborah Cooke

Publisher: Signet

Date of Publication: August 3rd, 2010

ISBN: 9780451230928

Summary:

For millennia, the shape-shifting dragon warriors known as the Pyr have commanded the four elements and guarded the earth's treasures. But now the final reckoning between the Pyr and the dreaded Slayers is about to begin...


Niall Talbot has volunteered to hunt down and destroy all the remaining shadow dragons before they can wreak more havoc. But fate has placed him in the hands of Rox, an unconventional tattoo artist who doesn't even flinch when a shape-shifting dragon warrior suddenly appears on her doorstep. And as a woman who follows her heart in matters of passion, she makes the perfect mate for a firestorm with Niall... (From )

Title: Shadow Blade

Author: Seressia Glass

Publisher: Pocket

Date of Publication: January 26th, 2010

ISBN: 9781439156797

Summary:

For Kira Solomon, normal was never an option.

Kira's day job is as an antiquities expert, but her true calling is as a Shadowchaser. Trained from youth to be one of the most lethal Chasers in existence, Kira serves the Gilead Commission, dispatching the Fallen who sow discord and chaos. Of course, sometimes Gilead bureaucracy is as much a thorn in her side as anything the Fallen can muster against her. Right now, though, she's got a bigger problem. Someone is turning the city of Atlanta upside down in search of a millennia-old Egyptian dagger that just happens to have fallen into Kira's hands.

Then there's Khefar, the dagger's true owner -- a near-immortal 4,000-year-old Nubian warrior who, Kira has to admit, looks pretty fine for his age. Joining forces is the only way to keep the weapon safe from the sinister Shadow forces, but now Kira is in deep with someone who holds more secrets than she does, the one person who knows just how treacherous this fight is. Because every step closer to destroying the enemy is a step closer to losing herself to Shadow forever.... (From www.simonandschuster.com)

Title: Shadow Chase

Author: Seressia Glass

Publisher: Pocket

Date of Publication: July 27th, 2010

ISBN: 9781439158777

Summary:

In a job like this, one mistake can cost you everything.

As a Shadowchaser, Kira Solomon has been trained to serve the Light, dispatch the Fallen, and prevent the spread of chaos. It's a deadly job, and Kira knows the horror of spilling innocent blood. But now she has a new role, as the Hand of Ma'at, the Egyptian Goddess of Truth and Order, and an assignment that might just redeem her.

A fellow Shadowchaser has gone missing, and so has a unique artifact imbued with astonishing magic. Unless the Vessel of Nun is returned, it will cause destruction beyond anything the modern world has seen. Kira's got a team at her back, including Khefar, a near-immortal Nubian warrior who's already died for her once. But as complicated as her feelings for him are, they're nothing compared to the difficulties of the task she faces.And the only way to defeat the enemy is to trust in a power she can barely control, and put her life—and her soul—on the line. (From www.simonandschuster.com)

We also received all of Jeaniene Frost’s books, minus Eternal Kiss of Darkness of course, let us hope it’s in tomorrow’s delivery. Kindle is all very well and I love mine, but a real book is preferred.

On to the books I ordered for myself.

Title: Her Fearful Symmetry

Author: Audrey Niffenegger

Publisher: Scribner

Date of Publication: September 29th, 2010

ISBM: 9781439169018

Summary:

Julia and Valentina Poole are twenty-year-old sisters with an intense attachment to each other. One morning the mailman delivers a thick envelope to their house in the suburbs of Chicago. Their English aunt Elspeth Noblin has died of cancer and left them her London apartment. There are two conditions for this inheritance: that they live in the flat for a year before they sell it and that their parents not enter it. Julia and Valentina are twins. So were the girls' aunt Elspeth and their mother, Edie.

The girls move to Elspeth's flat, which borders the vast Highgate Cemetery, where Christina Rossetti, George Eliot, Stella Gibbons, and other luminaries are buried. Julia and Valentina become involved with their living neighbors: Martin, a composer of crossword puzzles who suffers from crippling OCD, and Robert, Elspeth's elusive lover, a scholar of the cemetery. They also discover that much is still alive in Highgate, including—perhaps—their aunt. (From www.simonandschuster.com)

Title: The Beginning (Vampire Kisses 1-3)

Author: Ellen Schreiber

Publisher: Katherine Tegen Books (Harper Collins)

Date of Publication: April 21st, 2009

ISBM: 9780061778940

Summary:

A new guy in town.

Rumors of vampires.

Dangerous first love.

This is where it all begins. . . .

The mansion on top of Benson Hill has stood empty for years. But one day it seems to be occupied, and its mysterious, handsome inhabitant Alexander Sterling becomes the source of much talk around town. Raven, a vampire-obsessed Goth-girl who has always considered herself an outsider in "Dullsville," is determined to uncover the truth surrounding the secretive Alexander. As she gets to know him, and their spark intensifies, Raven finds herself in some unanticipated situations. Can Alexander make her lifelong dream come true? But love always has its complications—especially when it can only be awakened at nightfall. (From )

Title: Dance With a Vampire (Vampire Kisses 4)

Author: Ellen Schreiber

Publisher: Katherine Tegen Books (Harper Collins)

Date of Publication: April 21st, 2009

ISBM: 9780061778988

Summary:

The most important night of the year is drawing near . . . but not without a little trouble from the Underworld

Dullsville's newest night-faring intruder may be only a tween, but Raven knows that Valentine Maxwell, the younger sibling of two nefarious vampires, is a full-size menace. Valentine becomes even more of a threat when he befriends her brother, Billy. Raven must try to shield Billy, even as the biggest excitement of the year approaches: attending prom with her immortal love, Alexander. And while Alexander is one kind of vampire—sweet—Raven soon learns Valentine is another.

Could Valentine somehow know Raven's private thoughts about turning into a vampire? (From )

Title: The Coffin Club (Vampire Kisses 5)

Author: Ellen Schreiber

Publisher: Katherine Tegen Books (Harper Collins)

Date of Publication: May 19th, 2009

ISBM: 9780061288869

Summary:

There's a hot new underground club in town . . . but membership lasts an eternity.

It's summer break, and Raven knows she should stay put in Dullsville until her immortal love returns. But when she decides to go after Alexander, she can't resist a visit to her favorite Goth-spot, The Coffin Club. Sneaking inside, Raven is shocked to discover a secret door that leads to the entrance of another hidden club. There's something peculiar about this cryptic hangout—and it's too enticing for Raven to resist. Soon a dangerous battle for the club's rule erupts between Alexander's old nemesis and a mysterious new guy. Can Raven avoid the clash before her curiosity lands her in serious trouble? (From )

Title: Royal Blood (Vampire Kisses 6)

Author: Ellen Schreiber

Publisher: Katherine Tegen Books (Harper Collins)

Date of Publication: April 6th, 2010

ISBM: 9780061288890

Summary:

Alexander's spooky mansion feels like home to Raven . . . but could his residence in Dullsville be coming to an end?

Summer break is over, and Raven's sleep-filled days and romantic nights with her immortal boyfriend, Alexander, must end. The shock of daily attendance at Dullsville High isn't the only change in store. An unexpected letter turns up at Alexander's mansion—announcing his parents will be coming to town! Once they arrive, it seems just about everyone has had a sighting of the macabre couple except Raven. Is Alexander hiding something about his parents' homecoming? Will Raven ever meet them, and can she face the biggest threat yet to her love with Alexander? (From )

Title: The Fallen 1 (The Fallen and Leviathan)

Author: Thomas E. Sniegoski

Publisher: Simon Pulse

Date of Publication: March 9th, 2010

ISBM: 9781442408623

Summary:

On his eighteenth birthday, Aaron begins to hear strange voices and is convinced he is going insane. But having moved from foster home to foster home, Aaron doesn't know whom he can trust. He wants to confide in the cute girl from class, but fears she'll confirm he's crazy.

Then a mysterious man begins following Aaron. He knows about Aaron's troubled past and his new powers. And he has a message for Aaron: As the son of a mortal and an angel, Aaron has been chosen to redeem the Fallen.

Aaron tries to dismiss the news and resists his supernatural abilities. But he must accept his newfound heritage -- and quickly. For the dark powers are gaining strength, and are hell-bent on destroying him.... (From )

Title: The Fallen 2 (Aerie and Reckoning)

Author: Thomas E. Sniegoski

Publisher: Simon Pulse

Date of Publication: July 20th, 2010

ISBM: 9781442408630

Summary:

Destined for Heaven or Hell? The saga continues from THE FALLEN 1.

Aaron’s senior year has been anything but typical. Half-angel and half-human, he has been charged to reunite the Fallen with Heaven. But the leader of the Dark Powers is determined to destroy Aaron—and all hope of angelic reconciliation.

Struggling to harness the incredible force within him, Aaron trains for the ultimate battle. With the Dark Powers building in strength and numbers, their clash may come sooner than he expects. And everyone who’s ever mattered to Aaron is now in grave danger.

Aaron must protect the girl he loves and rescue the only family he’s ever known. Because if he can’t save them from the Dark Powers, how can he hope to save the Fallen? (From )