Most people like to nestle up with a good book when the cold months come upon us, but unfortunately for me the T.V. season begins to call my name and with my DVR building up faster and faster I find little to not time to actually get my reading done; However, with the hiatus fast approaching I’ll be able to throw away the remote and put on my reading glasses. Here’s three books I’ll be checking out in November.
No longer about babysitters and blonde twins from Sweet Valley High the Young Adult book genre has evolved into a juggernaut in the publishing world and everyone wants to get a taste out if. Adult Fiction writers have been trying their hand at YA for sometime now and the latest to join authors such as John Girsham and Sherrilynn Kenyon who have dipped their toes in the YA pool is Kresley Cole. Cole is a New York Times Best Selling Author mostly known for her Immortals After Dark series. Although I haven’t read her adult series I was always hearing how great it was and that Cole knew how to write a steamy romance, but still kept her characters and plots as juicy as the sex scenes. When I found out she was writing something in a genre I love I had to give it a try.
Poison Princess is the first book in The Arcana Chronicles and follows the story of Evie Green, a pretty, popular, high school girl who just wants to be normal. Except as all stories go there is a hitch, Evie starts to see things, demonic, “we’re all doomed!” kind of things and she gets sent to a mental institution. When she comes back she tries to get back into her world of normal but things aren’t always what they seem. As with every YA book there is hunky, bad boy who steals our girls heart away, and in Poison Princess it’s Jack Deveaux. He’s cute, he’s Cajun, he’s got a bad attitude and a good heard. This makes him the perfect man for a tortured queen b princess, Evie. I’ve only read about 100 pages in the book and so far so good. When people said Cole knew how to write a good plot, they weren’t lying. I’m not nearly finished and I already want the second book in the series.
Libba Bray is one of The Goddess’s in the YA books industry. She writes some of the best period Young Adult Fiction out there, just read the Gemma Doyle series if you don’t believe me. When someone says, oh hey Libba Bray has a new book series out I simply jump for joy. This happened to me recently when my friend Sarin tweeted me that her new series was out.
The Diviners is about a girl named Evie. (The name Evie is such quite popular this year, huh?) who has been exiled from her home in Ohio to live with her uncle in 1920’s NYC, which is full of the hustle and bustle that one might expect. Her uncle is into the occult and Evie has an ability that scares her but is actually one that is mighty helpful. The book is mighty long and I haven’t started it at all but it looks like a good read filled with a great heroine, a fun mystery and just enough supernatural elements to keep the series strong until the end.
I will admit that I have kept the Caster Chronicles on the back burner for years. I’ve always wanted to read it but I just couldn’t bring myself to it. When I learned that the first book of the series, Beautiful Creatures, was going to be a movie I knew that now was the time because I can’t help but be a sucker for source material when it comes to films, I just have to know the difference!
Beautiful Creatures is rare in the sense that it’s told through the male perspective instead of the females, and it’s very interesting because I am sure the majority of Caster Chronicles fans are girls. The story centers around Ethan (yes every protagonist has either a name that starts with an E or is just named Evie. WHATEVAH, GUYS!) who has a boring, small town life until he starts having a reoccurring dream about a girl he doesn’t know. Soon Ethan realizes the girl in his dream is Lana, the new girl in town. Ethan soon learns that Lana is a Caster (a person who can do a magic, pretty much a fancy terminology for witch if you ask me, but that’s okay.) Although Ethan is void of magic himself he can protect Lana from powerful magic which is a mystery of it’s own. It’s all very weird. But on her birthday Lana is to become claimed for light or dark. In the midst of all of this is supposed to be a lovely love cosmic love story between Ethan and Lana and I am once again a sucker for a good pairing and hope Ethan and Lana can do the trick while I try to stick through the Caster Chronicles.
Well, there you have it folks. The books and series’s that will keep me occupied for the month of November. I hope these books can fill the void that the T.V. hiatus will ultimately bring and be sure to come back next month for my December list!
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