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...
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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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summary

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!

Oct 5, 2014

The Burning Sky by Sherry Thomas

the basics

Title: The Burning Sky
Author: Sherry Thomas
Series: The Elemental Trilogy #1
- The Burning Sky (September 2013)
- The Perilous Sea (September 2014)
- Untitled (September 2015)
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summary

Iolanthe Seabourne is the greatest elemental mage of her generation—or so she's been told. The one prophesied for years to be the savior of The Realm. It is her duty and destiny to face and defeat the Bane, the most powerful tyrant and mage the world has ever known. This would be a suicide task for anyone, let alone a reluctant sixteen-year-old girl with no training.

Guided by his mother's visions and committed to avenging his family, Prince Titus has sworn to protect Iolanthe even as he prepares her for their battle with the Bane. But he makes the terrifying mistake of falling in love with the girl who should have been only a means to an end. Now, with the servants of the tyrant closing in, Titus must choose between his mission—and her life.
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Sep 23, 2014

Stormdancer by Jay Kristoff

the basics

Title: Stormdancer
Author: Jay Kristoff
Series: The Lotus War
- Stormdancer (September 2012)
- Kinslayer (September 2013)
- Endsinger (September 2014)
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goodreads summary

A DYING LAND
The Shima Imperium verges on the brink of environmental collapse; an island nation once rich in tradition and myth, now decimated by clockwork industrialization and the machine-worshipers of the Lotus Guild. The skies are red as blood, the land is choked with toxic pollution, and the great spirit animals that once roamed its wilds have departed forever.

AN IMPOSSIBLE QUEST
The hunters of Shima’s imperial court are charged by their Shōgun to capture a thunder tiger – a legendary creature, half-eagle, half-tiger. But any fool knows the beasts have been extinct for more than a century, and the price of failing the Shōgun is death.

A HIDDEN GIFT
Yukiko is a child of the Fox clan, possessed of a talent that if discovered, would see her executed by the Lotus Guild. Accompanying her father on the Shōgun’s hunt, she finds herself stranded: a young woman alone in Shima’s last wilderness, with only a furious, crippled thunder tiger for company. Even though she can hear his thoughts, even though she saved his life, all she knows for certain is he'd rather see her dead than help her.

But together, the pair will form an indomitable friendship, and rise to challenge the might of an empire.

Sep 17, 2014

Sea of Shadows by Kelley Armstrong

the basics

Title: Sea of Shadows
Author: Kelley Armstrong
Series: Age of Legends #1
- Sea of Shadows (April 2014)
- Empire of Night (April 2015)
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summary

In the Forest of the Dead, where the empire’s worst criminals are exiled, twin sisters Moria and Ashyn are charged with a dangerous task. For they are the Keeper and the Seeker, and each year they must quiet the enraged souls of the damned.

Only this year, the souls will not be quieted.

Ambushed and separated by an ancient evil, the sisters’ journey to find each other sends them far from the only home they’ve ever known. Accompanied by a stubborn imperial guard and a dashing condemned thief, the girls cross a once-empty wasteland, now filled with reawakened monsters of legend, as they travel to warn the emperor. But a terrible secret awaits them at court—one that will alter the balance of their world forever.
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