Jan 13, 2015

Steelheart by Brandon Sanderson

the basics

Title: Steelheart
Author: Brandon Sanderson
Series: Reckoners #1
- Steelheart (September 2013)
- Firefight (January 2015)
- Calamity (2016)
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summary 

Ten years ago, Calamity came. It was a burst in the sky that gave ordinary men and women extraordinary powers. The awed public started calling them Epics. But Epics are no friend of man. With incredible gifts came the desire to rule. And to rule man you must crush his wills.

Nobody fights the Epics...nobody but the Reckoners. A shadowy group of ordinary humans, they spend their lives studying Epics, finding their weaknesses, and then assassinating them.

And David wants in. He wants Steelheart - the Epic who is said to be invincible. The Epic who killed David's father. For years, like the Reckoners, David's been studying, and planning - and he has something they need. Not an object, but an experience.

He's seen Steelheart bleed. And he wants revenge.

Jan 3, 2015

Red Rising by Pierce Brown

the basics

Title: Red Rising
Author: Pierce Brown
Series: Red Rising Trilogy #1
- Red Rising (January 2014)
- Golden Son (January 2015)
- Morning Star (unknown)
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goodreads summary

The Earth is dying. Darrow is a Red, a miner in the interior of Mars. His mission is to extract enough precious elements to one day tame the surface of the planet and allow humans to live on it. The Reds are humanity's last hope.

Or so it appears, until the day Darrow discovers it's all a lie. That Mars has been habitable - and inhabited - for generations, by a class of people calling themselves the Golds. A class of people who look down on Darrow and his fellows as slave labour, to be exploited and worked to death without a second thought.

Until the day that Darrow, with the help of a mysterious group of rebels, disguises himself as a Gold and infiltrates their command school, intent on taking down his oppressors from the inside. But the command school is a battlefield - and Darrow isn't the only student with an agenda.

Jan 2, 2015

The 100 by Kass Morgan

the basics

Title: The 100
Author: Kass Morgan
Series: The Hundred #1
- The 100 (January 2013)
- Day 21 (September 2014)
- Homecoming (February 2015)
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Summary

Ever since a devastating nuclear war, humanity has lived on spaceships far above Earth's radioactive surface. Now, one hundred juvenile delinquents -- considered expendable by society -- are being sent on a dangerous mission: to recolonize the planet. It could be their second chance at life...or it could be a suicide mission.

CLARKE was arrested for treason, though she's haunted by the memory of what she really did. WELLS, the chancellor's son, came to Earth for the girl he loves -- but will she ever forgive him? Reckless BELLAMY fought his way onto the transport pod to protect his sister, the other half of the only pair of siblings in the universe. And GLASS managed to escape back onto the ship, only to find that life there is just as dangerous as she feared it would be on Earth.

Confronted with a savage land and haunted by secrets from their pasts, the hundred must fight to survive. They were never meant to be heroes, but they may be mankind's last hope.
This recap was written by Terri @ Starlight Book Reviews because a) she thought it would be fun and b) The 100 is the best show on TV right now and you should watch it.

Falling Kingdoms by Morgan Rhodes

the basics

Title: Falling Kingdoms
Author: Morgan Rhodes
Series: Falling Kingdoms #1
- Falling Kingdoms (December 2012)
- Rebel Spring (December 2013)
- Gathering Darkness (December 2014)
- Untitled (2015)
- Untitled (2016)
- Untitled (2017)
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summary

In the three kingdoms of Mytica, magic has long been forgotten. And while hard-won peace has reigned for centuries, a deadly unrest now simmers below the surface.

As the rulers of each kingdom grapple for power, the lives of their subjects are brutally transformed... and four key players, royals and rebels alike, find their fates forever intertwined. Cleo, Jonas, Lucia, and Magnus are caught in a dizzying world of treacherous betrayals, shocking murders, secret alliances, and even unforeseen love.

The only outcome that's certain is that kingdoms will fall. Who will emerge triumphant when all they know has collapsed?

It's the eve of war.... Choose your side.

 This recap was written and submitted by Katie Fatiga, who is a true star.

Storm Born by Richelle Mead

the basics

Title: Storm Born
Author: Richelle Mead
Series: Dark Swan #1
- Storm Born (January 2008)
- Thorn Queen (July 2008)
- Iron Crowned (January 2011)
- Shadow Heir (February 2012)
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summary

Eugenie Markham is a powerful shaman who does a brisk trade banishing spirits and fey who cross into the mortal world. Mercenary, yes, but a girl's got to eat. Her most recent case, however, is enough to ruin her appetite. Hired to find a teenager who has been taken to the Otherworld, Eugenie comes face to face with a startling prophecy--one that uncovers dark secrets about her past and claims that Eugenie's first-born will threaten the future of the world as she knows it.

Now Eugenie is a hot target for every ambitious demon and Otherworldy ne'er-do-well, and the ones who don't want to knock her up want her dead. Eugenie handles a Glock as smoothly as she wields a wand, but she needs some formidable allies for a job like this. She finds them in Dorian, a seductive fairy king with a taste for bondage, and Kiyo, a gorgeous shape-shifter who redefines animal attraction. But with enemies growing bolder and time running out, Eugenie realizes that the greatest danger is yet to come, and it lies in the dark powers that are stirring to life within her...

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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summary 

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.