Sunday, July 22, 2012

Book Gathering #11

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Hello love doves! Welcome to another Auggie-Talk Book Gathering!

Book Gathering # 11

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*The Kneebone Boy*
Title: The Kneebone Boy
Author: Ellen Potter
  Middlegrade Dark Fantasy
  September 14, 2010

Synopsis:   Life in a small town can be pretty boring when everyone avoids you like the plague. But after their father unwittingly sends them to stay with an aunt who’s away on holiday, the Hardscrabble children take off on an adventure that begins in the seedy streets of London and ends in a peculiar sea village where legend has it a monstrous creature lives who is half boy and half animal. . . .

In this wickedly dark, unusual, and compelling novel, Ellen Potter masterfully tells the tale of one deliciously strange family and a secret that changes everything.

*Sisters Red*
Title: Sisters Red
Author: Jackson Pearce
Genre: Fable/Fairytale Twists
Publication:  June 7, 2010
Pages: 324

Synopsis:   Scarlett March lives to hunt the Fenris--the werewolves that took her eye when she was defending her sister Rosie from a brutal attack. Armed with a razor-sharp hatchet and blood-red cloak, Scarlett is an expert at luring and slaying the wolves. She's determined to protect other young girls from a grisly death, and her raging heart will not rest until every single wolf is dead. Rosie March once felt her bond with her sister was unbreakable. Owing Scarlett her life, Rosie hunts ferociously alongside her. But even as more girls' bodies pile up in the city and the Fenris seem to be gaining power, Rosie dreams of a life beyond the wolves. She finds herself drawn to Silas, a young woodsman who is deadly with an ax and Scarlett's only friend--but does loving him mean betraying her sister and all that they've worked for?

The Savage Garden*

Title: The Savage Garden
Author: Mark Mills
Genre: Historical Fiction
Publication: 2007
Pages: 388

Tuscany, 1958

Behind a villa in the heart of Tuscany lies a Renaissance garden of enchanting beauty. Its grottoes, pagan statues and classical inscriptions seem to have a secret life of their own - and a secret message, too, for those with eyes to read it.

Young scholar Adam Strickland is just such a person. Arriving in 1958, he finds the Docci family, their house and the unique garden as seductive as each other. But post-War Italy is still a strange, even dangerous, place and the Doccis have some dark skeletons hidden away in their past.

Before this mysterious and beautiful summer ends, Adam will uncover two stories of love, revenge and murder, separated by 400 years... but is another tragedy about to be added to the villa's cursed history?

* The Warrior Heir*

Title: The Warrior Heir
Author: Cinda Williams Chima
Genre: YA Fantasy
Publication: February 27, 2007
Pages: 426

An epic battle between good and evil...

Before he knew about the Roses, 16-year-old Jack lived an unremarkable life in the small Ohio town of Trinity. Only the medicine he has to take daily and the thick scar above his heart set him apart from the other high schoolers. Then one day Jack skips his medicine. Suddenly, he is stronger, fiercer, and more confident than ever before. And it feels great - until he loses control of his own strength and nearly kills another player during soccer team tryouts.

Soon, Jack learns the startling truth about himself: he is Weirlind, part of an underground society of magical people who live among us. At their helm sits the feuding houses of the Red Rose and the White Rose, whose power is determined by playing The Game - a magical tournament in which each house sponsors a warrior to fight to the death. The winning house rules the Weir.

As if his bizarre heritage isn't enough, Jack finds out that he's not just another member of Weirlind - he's one of the last of the warriors - at a time when both houses are scouting for a player.

* Galilee*

Title: Galilee
Author: Clive Barker
Genre: Dark Fantasy
Publication: February 3, 1999
Pages: 642

Rich and powerful, the Geary dynasty has reigned over American society for decades. But it is a family with dark, terrible secrets. For the Gearys are a family at war. And their adversaries are the Barbarossas, a clan whose timeless origins lie in myth, whose mystical influence is felt in the intense, sensual exchanges of flesh and soul. Now, their battle is about to escalate...
When Galilee, prodigal prince of the Barbarossa clan, meets Rachel, young bride of the Gearys' own scion Mitchell, they fall in love, consumed by a passion that unleashes long-simmering hatreds. Old insanities arise, old adulteries are uncovered, and a seemingly invincible family will begin to wither, exposing its unholy roots...


*Fire Burn and Cauldron Bubble*

Fire Burn and Cauldron Bubble
Author: H.P. Mallory
Genre: Paranormal Romance
Publication: July 2010
Pages: 304

Synopsis: Life isn't bad for psychic Jolie Wilkins. True, she doesn't have a love life to speak of, but she has a cute house in the suburbs of Los Angeles, a cat and a quirky best friend.

Enter Rand Balfour, a sinfully attractive warlock who insists she's a witch and who just might turn her life upside down. Rand hires her to help him solve a mystery regarding the death of his client who also happens to be a ghost. Jolie not only uncovers the cause of the ghost's demise but, in the process, she brings him back to life!

Word of Jolie’s incredible ability to bring back the dead spreads like wildfire, putting her at the top of the underworld’s most wanted list. Consequently, she finds herself at the center of a custody battle between a villainous witch, a dangerous but oh-so-sexy vampire, and her warlock boss, Rand.

*Her Dear Loving Husband*

Title: Her Dear Loving Husband
Author: Meredith Allard
Genre: Paranormal
Publication: April 19, 2011
Pages: 262

Synopsis: How long would you wait for the one you loved?

Her Dear & Loving Husband, the new novel from Meredith Allard, is part literary fiction, part historical fiction, part romance, and part paranormal fantasy. With elements of Twilight and The Crucible, Her Dear & Loving Husband is a story for anyone who believes that true love never dies.

James Wentworth has a secret. He lives quietly in Salem, Massachusetts, making few ties anywhere. One night his private world is turned upside down when he meets Sarah Alexander, a dead ringer for his wife, Elizabeth. Though it has been years since Elizabeth's death, James cannot move on.

Sarah also has a secret. She is haunted by nightmares about the Salem Witch Trials, and every night she is awakened by visions of hangings, being arrested, and dying in jail. Despite the obstacles of their secrets, James and Sarah fall in love. As James comes to terms with his feelings for Sarah, he must dodge accusations from a reporter desperate to prove that James is not who, or what, he seems to be. With the help of their friends, witches Jennifer and Olivia, James and Sarah piece their stories together and discover a mystery that may bind them in ways they never imagined. Will James make the ultimate sacrifice to protect Sarah and prevent a new hunt from bringing hysteria to Salem again?


Title: Stained
Genre: Supernatural
Publication: September 14, 2011
Pages: 157

After a fire destroys seventeen-year-old Julia’s home and kills her foster parents, she chases the half-demon responsible across the country and back, determined to avenge her family and discover why a host of celestial baddies want her dead. With Julia is enigmatic hottie - Cayne, who has his own score to settle with the half-demon, and who might be just as dangerous as the creature he and Julia hunt.

*Storms in Teacups*

Title: Storms in Teacups
Author: Christine Murray
Genre: Contemporary Women's Fiction
Publication: December 21, 2011

Synopsis:ALEX is a journalist who has always dreamed of working for a glossy women’s magazine. Instead, she finds herself working for Dublin’s most notorious tabloid newspaper, rewriting press releases and covering for her colleague Jodie, a well-connected neurotic who still hasn’t figured out how to use an apostrophe

ROSE thinks that she has life sorted. She loves her job as a teacher in a disadvantaged school, and has just moved in with her gorgeous actor boyfriend, Daniel. The only clouds on her horizon are a headmaster with a passion for new-age team-building and a stack of envelopes that she refuses to open but can’t quite bring herself to throw out.

SHANNON feels like she’s stagnating. When she graduated at the top of her class from drama college everyone thought it would be just a matter of time until she got her big break. Instead, she pays the bills with parts in small plays and some low rent television shows. Now she’s in her thirties, is it time she gives up on her dreams and get a proper job?

When a scandal shakes up the lives of all three women, will they manage to stay true to their dreams? Or will the betrayal of one man change their plans for good?


Title: Waterfall
Author: Lisa T. Bergren
Genre: Paranormal
Publication: February 1, 2011
Pages: 369

What do you do when your knight in shining armor lives, literally, in a different world?

Most American teenagers want a vacation in Italy, but the Betarrini sisters have spent every summer of their lives among the romantic hills with their archaelogist parents. Stuck among the rubble of the medieval castles in rural Tuscany, on yet another hot, dusty archaeological site, Gabi and Lia are bored out of their minds...until Gabi places her hand atop a handprint in an ancient tomb and finds herself in fourteenth-century Italy. And worse yet, in the middle of a fierce battle between knights of two opposing forces.

Suddenly Gabi's summer in Italy is much, much more interesting.

*The Trouble with Spells*

Title: The Trouble With Spells
Author: Lacey Weatherford
Genre: Paranormal
Publication: March 9, 2011
Pages: 244

Portia Mullins had always lived the life of a normal teenager, up until her sixteenth birthday. She is then informed by her grandma that she is actually a witch who is a descendant of a long line of witches and warlocks. After overcoming her disbelief she finds that being a member of the coven comes with one great perk in the form of the school's handsome bad boy, Vance Mangum. Vance and Portia have an immediate connection as a budding romance begins, only to be threatened by turbulent skies on the horizon as Vance's checkered past rears its ugly head to haunt them. Portia is forced to use her untried powers in defense of everything she loves in a desperate attempt to hold on to the one thing that really matters in her life.

5 out of 5 Stars
"Of Witches And Warlocks: The Trouble With Spells is a definite must read and will have you hooked from the beginning. Lacey Weatherford writes an amazing love story that will leave you addicted and craving for another hit of action, romance and an extra dose of the local bad boy, Vance Mangum." Naomi McKay, Supernatural Bookworm Reviews.

That's all for this week's Book Gathering!

I'll see you all tomorrow with another review and... a GIVEAWAY!

Until Next Blog,

Read On!



  1. I haven't read any but wow I love the covers, I hope you'll enjoy them all. Happy reading!

  2. Cool haul! :)
    Happy reading and thanks for stopping by at my blog.

  3. I am really getting into fairy-tale retellings. So Sisters Red is on my list. Happy reading!

    Thanks for stopping by my haul.

  4. Great haul! I've heard great things about Sisters Red, too! :) That one looks great and I love the cover!

    Check out my Stacking the Shelves!

  5. Wow, Auggie, these books are great! The Trouble With Spells is on my wishlist, but I'm adding The Kneebone Boy & Fire Burn and Cauldron Bubble. Í can't resist books with covers like these two! :)

  6. The Warrior Heir is one of my favorites, so I hope you enjoy it!(:

    Ivy Book Bindings

  7. Great set! I loved Waterfall. I am very curious about The Kneebone Boy.
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  8. I recently read 'Sisters Red' and I loved it! :D The Kneebone boy & Waterfall look great! Happy reading ^^

  9. I haven't heard of most of these, but Waterfall looks good:)
    Thanks for stopping by!

  10. I've been meaning to pick up Sister Red too I've heard great things! Awesome haul!

    Xpresso Reads

  11. GREAT reads! I contemplated requesting My Dear & Loving Husband too.. but I figured I had way too much to read as it is... I'll have to check it out another time :P

    Thanks for stopping by and happy reading!!

    Michele | Stacking the Shelves

  12. All these books look great! :) Especially Sisters Red and The Kneebone Boy.

  13. Thanks for stopping by my blog! Looks like you got some awesome books! Sisters Red looks amazing! Happy reading! =)