Wednesday, August 8, 2012

Wednesday Wishlist and SWUR Update

Giveaway Reminders: 200 Follower Giveaway, Manga Series Giveaway, and "Pledged" Giveaway 

Happy Wednesday dearlings.

Today is another WEDNESDAY WISHLIST. You know what to do. Link up with your wishlist for this week! Most requested book will go up for a giveaway!

Welcome to another WEDNESDAY WISHLIST.


* WEDNESDAY WISHLIST # 8 *

Every week Auggie-Talk features WEDNESDAY WISHLIST.  On Wednesday I list 5 books that are on my wish-list along with a little blurb about why I want to read/own them. 

What are you wishing for? Link up at the bottom of this post. At the end of the month there will be a GIVEAWAY for the most wished for book.  

*I, Coriander*

Title: I, Coriander
Author: Sally Gardner
Genre: Middlegrade Fantasy
Publication: March 1, 2007
Pages: 275

Synopsis:

In this exceptionally well-crafted tale, Coriander tells the story of her childhood in seventeenth-century London, and of her discovery that she has inherited magical powers from her mother, who was a fairy princess. But her mother's sudden death brings on a dark time for Coriander, and after mourning her beloved mother and dealing with the disappearance of her father and the wrath of her evil stepmother, Coriander finds herself locked in a chest with no hope of escape and no will to survive. But when a bright light beckons to her, it is then that Coriander's journey truly begins. Beautifully written, this magical and luminous story is destined to become a children's classic.


Why I Want to Read it:
I truly enjoyed Polly Shulman's "The Grimm Legacy" and this was one of the books that the author recommended to readers. Aside from the fact that the cover is simply gorgeous this book looks haunting, magical, and full of promise. I'm definitely looking forward to getting a hold of this one.



*The Books of Elsewhere*

Title: The Books of Elsewhere
Author: Jacqueline West
Genre: Middlegrade Fantasy
Publication: June 14, 2011
Pages: 272

Synopsis: When eleven-year-old Olive moves into a crumbling Victorian mansion with her parents, she knows there's something strange about the house - especially the odd antique paintings covering the walls. And when she puts on a pair of old spectacles, she discovers the strangest thing yet: She can travel inside the paintings, to a spooky world that's full of dark shadows. Add to that three talking cats, who live in the house and seem to be keeping secrets of their own, and Olive soon finds herself confronting a dark and dangerous power that wants to get rid of her by any means necessary. It's up to Olive to save the house from the dark shadows, before the lights go out for good.

Why I Want to Read It: This seems rather akin to Coraline by Neil Gaiman. I loved that book so immensely that I'll jump at anything that seems even remotely similar! This one does, certainly. Again, cover is brilliant! Love it!
*Clarity*




Title: Clairty
Author: Kim Harrington
Genre: YA Supernatural
Publication: February 1, 2012
Pages: 256

Synopsis:

Don't close your eyes. Except when the truth is too dark to bear.

Clarity "Clare" Fern sees things. Things no one else can see. Things like stolen kisses and long-buried secrets. All she has to do is touch a certain object, and the visions come to her. It's a gift.

And a curse.

When a teenage girl is found murdered, Clare's ex-boyfriend wants her to help solve the case -- but Clare is still furious at the cheating jerk. Then Clare's brother -- who has supernatural gifts of his own -- becomes the prime suspect, and Clare can no longer look away. Teaming up with Gabriel, the smoldering son of the new detective, Clare must venture into the depths of fear, revenge, and lust in order to track the killer. But will her sight fail her just when she needs it most?


Why I Want to Read It: Clarity is promising to be "not just your average teen highschool drama". I really hope it delivers on that because I'm becoming increasingly bored with the redundancy of teen fiction centered in the high-school area these days.

I do wonder though. What the heck is up with the name "Gabriel"
. Yes Gabriel is the name of an archangel and thus must be awesome, but surely we can find other names for the lead-hunk in teen fiction?



*Blood Magic*

Title:  Blood Magic
Author: Tessa Gratton
Genre: YA Paranormal
Publication: May 24, 2011
Pages: 405

Synopsis:

It starts off simply.

Draw a circle... place a dead leaf in the center... sprinkle some salt... recite a little Latin... add a drop of blood...

Maybe that last part isn’t exactly simple. Yet somehow it feels right to Silla Kennicott. And nothing in her life has felt remotely right since her parents’ horrific deaths. She’s willing to do anything to uncover the truth about her family—even try a few spells from the mysterious book that arrived on her doorstep ... and spill some blood.

The book isn’t the only recent arrival in Silla’s life. There’s Nick Pardee, the new guy next door who may have seen Silla casting a spell. She’s not sure what he saw and is afraid to find out. But as they spend more time together, Silla realizes this may not be Nick’s first encounter with Blood Magic. Brought together by a combination of fate and chemistry, Silla and Nick can’t deny their attraction. And they can’t ignore the dark presence lurking nearby—waiting to reclaim the book and all its power.


Why I Want to Read It: I was looking for a darker teen-fiction. After "Fallen" left me so down over the lack of a possibility regarding a GOOD dark teen fiction I kind of stopped looking for one. But, I guess it's time to get back up in the saddle and try again! This one...hm. I don't know. Fingers crossed!


* Hereafter*
Title: Hereafter
Author: Tara Hudson
Genre: YA Paranormal
Publication: June 7, 2011
Pages: 404

Synopsis: Can there truly be love after death?
Drifting in the dark waters of a mysterious river, the only thing Amelia knows for sure is that she's dead. With no recollection of her past life--or her actual death--she's trapped alone in a nightmarish existence. All of this changes when she tries to rescue a boy, Joshua, from drowning in her river. As a ghost, she can do nothing but "will" him to live. Yet in an unforgettable moment of connection, she helps him survive.

Amelia and Joshua grow ever closer as they begin to uncover the strange circumstances of her death and the secrets of the dark river that held her captive for so long. But even while they struggle to keep their bond hidden from the living world, a frightening spirit named Eli is doing everything in his power to destroy their newfound happiness and drag Amelia back into the ghost world . . . forever.

Thrilling and evocative, with moments of pure pleasure, "Hereafter" is a sensation you won't want to miss.

Why I Want to Read It:
Honestly, not a huge bunch of reasons I want to read this other than it looks interesting and I long for a good ghost-story.




SUMMER WRAP UP READ-A-THON





Today is the fifth day for the SUMMER WRAP-UP READ-A-THON hosted by Some Like it Paranormal and In Between Writing and Reading.

There are going to be lots of fun challenges and posts, so keep up!


Read-A-Thon Books Read


Currently Reading


Current Page (as of this morning) 105
22% done. I lost interest in this one...Gonna have to pick it up later.



Current Page (as of this morning) 100.

SWUR Mini Challenge!


Today's challenge is the "Book Couple" challenge hosted by Winged Reviews.

The object is to pick two characters from two different books that you think would make a good couple. Then, it's time for a summer date! Create a perfect date for your new pair.

Fun stuff! Let's get started, then.

I believe I would pick...
Charlie Bone and Kendra Sorenson. *News Broadcaster Mode* Yes, ladies and gentlemen we have an adorable little young couple here. Barely teenagers both of them, so we're expecting a shy, awkward, and completely adorable get together tonight.

Charlie Bone, from Jenny Nimmo's "Charlie Bone" series has gotten up the courage to ask Kendra Sorenson from Brandon Mull's "FableHaven" out on a little excursion to the local park between their books. What's this? Charlie's mother has given him a packed picnic basket? How lovely! And Kendra has brought a lovely little quilt.

The faeries from Fablehaven are happily setting things up while Charlie and Kendra say their hellos.

We're off to a beautiful start here ladies and gentlemen. The two are actually smiling! Wait. What's this? A lightening storm? No...no... it looks like one of Charlie's friends is rushing into the mix before they even have their sandwiches. He's waving wildly. Something about... wait... there's interference. King?... Damage?... Bloor?  We've lost audio! Charlie's friend is really emitting some heavy electrical bursts!

The kid is handing Charlie a picture. Charlie is saying something hastily to Kendra now. What's this! Kendra has just kissed Charlie Bone on the cheek! I REPEAT! CHARLIE BONE HAS JUST BEEN GIVEN A KISS! Now he's gone! Disappeared into a picture frame!

Charlie's stormy friend is motioning to Kendra now. Out of the woods! What's that!? A GOLEM? Running at full speed! It's snatched up Kendra and the storm boy! Like a hurricane it's all wind, thunder, and shaking ground here as the Golem runs off with the two youngsters back into the woods!

They're gone! WOW! It has been an INCREDIBLE series of events here ladies and gentlemen! I expected no less from the Bone-Sorenson date!!!!!!! TRULY REMARKABLE! *swats a faerie out of her hair*







That's all for today's Wednesday Wishlist love doves!

See you tomorrow for RELEASE CRAZED!

Until Next Blog,

Read On!

~A.




1 comment:

  1. I've actually only heard of 'Clarity', 'Blood Magic', 'Hereafter', and 'Graceling'. I have all of them except of 'Hereafter'. 'Blood Magic' was actually really good. I never go to reading 'Graceling', and 'Clarity' was/is ... amazing. Cool Wishlist! (:

    Anastasia @ http://characterized.blogspot.com/

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