Friday, March 1, 2013

BEST READS OF...February 2013



The Indigo Spell (Bloodlines, #3)
The Indigo Spell (Bloodlines #3)
by Richelle Mead 

In the aftermath of a forbidden moment that rocked Sydney to her core, she finds herself struggling to draw the line between her Alchemist teachings and what her heart is urging her to do. Then she meets alluring, rebellious Marcus Finch--a former Alchemist who escaped against all odds, and is now on the run. Marcus wants to teach Sydney the secrets he claims the Alchemists are hiding from her. But as he pushes her to rebel against the people who raised her, Sydney finds that breaking free is harder than she thought. There is an old and mysterious magic rooted deeply within her. And as she searches for an evil magic user targeting powerful young witches, she realizes that her only hope is to embrace her magical blood--or else she might be next. 


Why I Recommend It: I adore this series and the main couple of Sydney/Adrian!  This book just takes the series to a different level with the mix of magic, corruption, and, of course, plenty of romance.  You can find my 5 star review here.


Scarlet (Lunar Chronicles, #2)Scarlet (Lunar Chronicles #2)
by Marissa Meyer 

Cinder returns in the second thrilling installment of the New York Times-bestselling Lunar Chronicles. She’s trying to break out of prison—even though if she succeeds, she’ll be the Commonwealth’s most wanted fugitive.

Halfway around the world, Scarlet Benoit’s grandmother is missing. It turns out there are many things Scarlet doesn’t know about her grandmother and the grave danger she has lived in her whole life. When Scarlet encounters Wolf, a street fighter who may have information as to her grandmother’s whereabouts, she has no choice but to trust him, though he clearly has a few dark secrets of his own.

As Scarlet and Wolf work to unravel one mystery, they find another when they cross paths with Cinder. Together, they must stay one step ahead of the vicious Lunar Queen who will do anything to make Prince Kai her husband, her king, her prisoner.
 

Why I Recommend It: Marissa Meyer's futuristic fairy tales are extremely creative and action-packed.  The way she utilizes the classic storylines is wonderful for any fan of retellings plus the original plot material is a nice twist.  You can find my 4.5 star review here.


One Good Earl Deserves a Lover (The Rules of Scoundrels, #2)One Good Earl Deserves a Lover (Rules of Scoundrels #2)
by Sarah MacLean 

Lady Philippa Marbury is odd. The bespectacled, brilliant fourth daughter of the Marquess of Needham and Dolby cares more for books than balls, flora than fashion and science than the season. Nearly engaged to Lord Castleton, Pippa wants to explore the scandalous parts of London she's never seen before marriage. And she knows just who to ask: the tall, charming, quick-witted bookkeeper of The Fallen Angel, London's most notorious and coveted gaming hell, known only as Cross.

Like any good scientist, Pippa's done her research and Cross's reputation makes him perfect for her scheme. She wants science without emotion—the experience of ruination without the repercussions of ruination. And who better to provide her with the experience than this legendary man? But when this odd, unexpected female propositions Cross, it's more than tempting . . . and it will take everything he has to resist following his instincts—and giving the lady precisely what she wants
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Why I Recommend It: MacLean's historicals are a wonderful combination of well-developed characters, detailed research, and a lot of sexual tension.  This book focuses on a scholarly heroine and the bookkeeper in a gambling hell which is just so much fun!  You can find my 4.5 star review here.


A Discovery of Witches (All Souls Trilogy, #1)A Discovery of Witches (All Souls Trilogy #1)
by Deborah Harkness 

Deep in the stacks of Oxford's Bodleian Library, young scholar Diana Bishop unwittingly calls up a bewitched alchemical manuscript in the course of her research. Descended from an old and distinguished line of witches, Diana wants nothing to do with sorcery; so after a furtive glance and a few notes, she banishes the book to the stacks. But her discovery sets a fantastical underworld stirring, and a horde of daemons, witches, and vampires soon descends upon the library. Diana has stumbled upon a coveted treasure lost for centuries-and she is the only creature who can break its spell.

Debut novelist Deborah Harkness has crafted a mesmerizing and addictive read, equal parts history and magic, romance and suspense. Diana is a bold heroine who meets her equal in vampire geneticist Matthew Clairmont, and gradually warms up to him as their alliance deepens into an intimacy that violates age-old taboos. This smart, sophisticated story harks back to the novels of Anne Rice, but it is as contemporary and sensual as the Twilight series-with an extra serving of historical realism.
 

Why I Recommend It: I listened the audiobook and really had a blast with this despite the time that it takes to get through it.  The beginning is a little slow, but things quickly take off into a heavily detailed and creative supernatural world.  The heroine is smart and sassy while the hero is sexy and protective.  You can find my 4.5 star review here.

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