Dec 21, 2014

Poison Study by Maria V Snyder

the basics

Title: Poison Study
Author: Maria V Snyder
Series: Study #1
- Poison Study (October 2005)
- Magic Study (October 2006)
- Fire Study (March 2008)
- Shadow Study (2015)
- Night Study (2015)
- Untitled (unknown)
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goodreads summary

Choose: A quick death…Or slow poison...

About to be executed for murder, Yelena is offered an extraordinary reprieve. She'll eat the best meals, have rooms in the palace—and risk assassination by anyone trying to kill the Commander of Ixia.

And so Yelena chooses to become a food taster. But the chief of security, leaving nothing to chance, deliberately feeds her Butterfly's Dust—and only by appearing for her daily antidote will she delay an agonizing death from the poison.

As Yelena tries to escape her new dilemma, disasters keep mounting. Rebels plot to seize Ixia and Yelena develops magical powers she can't control. Her life is threatened again and choices must be made. But this time the outcomes aren't so clear...

Dec 14, 2014

The Falconer by Elizabeth May

the basics

Title: The Falconer
Author: Elizabeth May
Series: The Falconer #1
- The Falconer (May 2014)
- The Vanishing Throne (September 2015)
- Untitled (2016)
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Lady Aileana Kameron, the only daughter of the Marquess of Douglas, was destined for a life carefully planned around Edinburgh’s social events – right up until a faery killed her mother.
Now it’s the 1844 winter season and Aileana slaughters faeries in secret, in between the endless round of parties, tea and balls. Armed with modified percussion pistols and explosives, she sheds her aristocratic facade every night to go hunting. She’s determined to track down the faery who murdered her mother, and to destroy any who prey on humans in the city’s many dark alleyways.

But the balance between high society and her private war is a delicate one, and as the fae infiltrate the ballroom and Aileana’s father returns home, she has decisions to make. How much is she willing to lose – and just how far will Aileana go for revenge?

This recap was written by our tremendous sidekick, Katie Fatiga, who continues to slay.

Cress by Marissa Meyer

the basics

Title: Cress
Author: Marissa Meyer
Series: The Lunar Chronicles #3
- Cinder (January 2012)
- Scarlet (February 2013)
- Cress (February 2014)
- Fairest (January 2015)
- Winter (November 2015)
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In this third book in the Lunar Chronicles, Cinder and Captain Thorne are fugitives on the run, now with Scarlet and Wolf in tow. Together, they’re plotting to overthrow Queen Levana and her army.

Their best hope lies with Cress, a girl imprisoned on a satellite since childhood who's only ever had her netscreens as company. All that screen time has made Cress an excellent hacker. Unfortunately, she’s just received orders from Levana to track down Cinder and her handsome accomplice.

When a daring rescue of Cress goes awry, the group is separated. Cress finally has her freedom, but it comes at a high price. Meanwhile, Queen Levana will let nothing prevent her marriage to Emperor Kai. Cress, Scarlet, and Cinder may not have signed up to save the world, but they may be the only hope the world has.

This incredibly detailed recap was written and submitted by the wonderful Andrea @ The Overstuffed Bookcase, who is the most awesome sidekick.

Nov 10, 2014

Dark Triumph by Robin LaFevers

Dark Triumph (His Fair Assassin, #2)

the basics

Title: Dark Triumph
Author: Robin LaFevers
Series: His Fair Assassin
- Grave Mercy (April 2012)
- Dark Triumph (April 2013)
- Mortal Heart (November 2014)
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goodreads summary

When Sybella arrived at the doorstep of St Mortain half mad with grief and despair the convent were only too happy to offer her refuge - but at a price. The sisters of this convent serve Death, and with Sybella naturally skilled in both the arts of death and seduction, she could become one of their most dangerous weapons.

But her assassin's skills are little comfort when the convent returns her to the life that nearly drove her mad. Her father's rage and brutality are terrifying, and her brother's love is equally monstrous. But when Sybella discovers an unexpected ally she discovers that a daughter of Death may find something other than vengeance to live for...
A million thanks to the incredible Ellis for this incredibly detailed recap!

Nov 3, 2014

The Evolution of Mara Dyer by Michelle Hodkin

The Basics

Title: The Evolution of Mara Dyer
Author: Michelle Hodkin
Series: Mara Dyer #2
The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer (September 2011)
- The Evolution of Mara Dyer (October 2012)
- The Retribution of Mara Dyer (November 2014)
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Mara Dyer once believed she could run from her past.
She can’t.

She used to think her problems were all in her head.
They aren’t.

She couldn’t imagine that after everything she’s been through, the boy she loves would still be keeping secrets.
She’s wrong.

In this gripping sequel to The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer, the truth evolves and choices prove deadly. What will become of Mara Dyer next?

Nov 2, 2014

The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer by Michelle Hodkin

The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer (Mara Dyer, #1)

the basics

Title: The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer
Author: Michelle Hodkin
Series: Mara Dyer #1
- The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer (September 2011)
- The Evolution of Mara Dyer (October 2012)
- The Retribution of Mara Dyer (November 2014)
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goodreads summary

Mara Dyer believes life can't get any stranger than waking up in a hospital with no memory of how she got there.
It can.

She believes there must be more to the accident she can't remember that killed her friends and left her strangely unharmed.
There is.

She doesn't believe that after everything she's been through, she can fall in love.
She's wrong.

Oct 18, 2014

The Kiss of Deception by Mary E. Pearson

The Kiss of Deception (The Remnant Chronicles, #1)

the basics

Title: The Kiss of Deception
Author: Mary E. Pearson
Series: The Remnant Chronicles #1
The Kiss of Deception (July 2014)
- The Heart of Betrayal (2015)
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goodreads summary

A princess must find her place in a reborn world. She flees on her wedding day. She steals ancient documents from the Chancellor's secret collection. She is pursued by bounty hunters sent by her own father. She is Princess Lia, seventeen, First Daughter of the House of Morrighan.

The Kingdom of Morrighan is steeped in tradition and the stories of a bygone world, but some traditions Lia can't abide. Like having to marry someone she's never met to secure a political alliance.

Fed up and ready for a new life, Lia flees to a distant village on the morning of her wedding. She settles in among the common folk, intrigued when two mysterious and handsome strangers arrive—and unaware that one is the jilted prince and the other an assassin sent to kill her. Deceptions swirl and Lia finds herself on the brink of unlocking perilous secrets—secrets that may unravel her world—even as she feels herself falling in love
Thanks to the incredible Katie from I Teach YA for providing us with yet another recap. She's a real superhero!