Sunday, January 6, 2013

Book Gathering #20

Happy Sunday my darlings!

Lots of stuff going on today so I sort of had to zoom through the video, but you get to meet all of this week's books.

Don't forget to check out the CLEAR YOUR SHELF GIVEAWAY that's going on!  Ends this Thursday!

You'll find a new  HEAVENLY CHALLENGE posted on the Challenges and Giveaways portion of the blog.

You'll also find a list of 2013 Challenges I'm participating in this year. Listed with those challenges are progress pages, lists of books I plan to read for the challenges,  and links to the hosts' websites so you can participate as well! 

Book Gathering # 19

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(Images and synopses courtesy of GoodReads)

The Picture of Dorian Gray
Title: The Picture of Dorian Gray
Author: Oscar Wilde
Genre: Classic
Publication Date: (Colins Classics copy) 2010
Pages: 252

Wilde's first and only published novel recounts the story of handsome Dorian Gray who upon having his portrait painted desires that it will age and grow ugly while he may remain eternally beautiful. The painting, which reflects each of Gray's sins and transgressions, haunts him until it finally becomes unbearable. In this dark tale of duplicity and mortality, Wilde creates a world where art and reality collide.
The Secret Diaries of
 Miss Miranda Cheever
Title: The Secret Diaries o Miss Miranda Cheever
Author: Julia Quinn
Genre: Historical Romance
Publication Date: June 26, 2007
Pages: 384

2 March 1810 . . . Today, I fell in love.

At the age of ten, Miranda Cheever showed no signs of Great Beauty. And even at ten, Miranda learned to accept the expectations society held for her--until the afternoon when Nigel Bevelstoke, the handsome and dashing Viscount Turner, solemnly kissed her hand and promised her that one day she would grow into herself, that one day she would be as beautiful as she already was smart. And even at ten, Miranda knew she would love him forever.

But the years that followed were as cruel to Turner as they were kind to Miranda. She is as intriguing as the viscount boldly predicted on that memorable day--while he is a lonely, bitter man, crushed by a devastating loss. But Miranda has never forgotten the truth she set down on paper all those years earlier--and she will not allow the love that is her destiny to slip lightly through her fingers . . .

Title: Timepiece
Author: Myra McEntire
Genre: YA Supernatural
Publication Date: June 12, 2012
Pages: 325

A threat from the past could destroy the future. And the clock is ticking...

Kaleb Ballard was never supposed to be able to see ripples - cracks in time. Are his powers expanding, or is something very wrong? Before he can find out, Jonathan landers, the man who tried to murder is father, reappears. Why is he back, and what, or whom, does he want?

In the wake of Landers' return, the Hourglass organization is given an ultimatum. Either they find Jack and the research he's stolen on the people who might carry the time gene, or time will be altered - with devastating results for the people Kaleb loves most.

Now Kaleb, Emerson, Michael, and the other Hourglass recruits have no choice but to use their unusual powers to find Landers. But where do they even start? And when? And even if they succeed, it may not be enough...

The Hunter's Moon
Title: The Hunter's Moon
Author: O.R. Melling
Genre: Middlegrade Mythology
Publication Date: April 1, 2005
Pages: 296

Finally available in the U.S., this Canadian bestseller is a romantic and atmospheric tale of two teenage girls caught in the world of Faerie.
When she arrives in Ireland to visit her cousin Findabhair, American Gwen expects a fun backpacking trip to sites of the fairy lore they're both fascinated with. What neither cousin knows is that it's the summer of the Hunter's Moon, a dangerous time for mortals to meddle in the kingdom of Faerie. The girls camp out, and deep in the night Finn is kidnapped by the handsome Faerie king! In Gwen's quest to save her cousin, across beautifully evoked settings of modern-day and mystical Ireland, the spunky heroine's biggest challenge may be convincing Finn she needs to be saved! This is the first in a much-lauded and best-selling series from Canada by O.R. Melling, praised as great stuff

Title: Velveteen
Author: Daniel Marks
Genre: YA Horror/ Paranormal
Publication Date: October 9, 2012
Pages: 464

Velveteen Monroe is dead. At 16, she was kidnapped and murdered by a madman named Bonesaw. But that’s not the problem.

The problem is she landed in purgatory. And while it’s not a fiery inferno, it’s certainly no heaven. It’s gray, ashen, and crumbling more and more by the day, and everyone has a job to do. Which doesn’t leave Velveteen much time to do anything about what’s really on her mind.


Velveteen aches to deliver the bloody punishment her killer deserves. And she’s figured out just how to do it. She’ll haunt him for the rest of his days.

It’ll be brutal... and awesome.

But crossing the divide between the living and the dead has devastating consequences. Velveteen’s obsessive haunting cracks the foundations of purgatory and jeopardizes her very soul. A risk she’s willing to take—except fate has just given her reason to stick around: an unreasonably hot and completely off-limits coworker.

Velveteen can’t help herself when it comes to breaking rules... or getting revenge. And she just might be angry enough to take everyone down with her.

The Jumbee
Title: The Jumbee
Author: Pamela Keyes
Genre: YA Legend-Retelling
Publication Date: October 14, 2010
Pages: 400

When Esti Legard starts theater school on Cariba, she's determined to step out of the shadow of her late father, a famous Shakespearean actor. But on an island rife with superstition, Esti can't escape the darkness. In the black of the theater, an alluring phantom voice-known only as Alan-becomes her brilliant drama tutor, while in the light of day Esti struggles to resist her magnetic attraction to Rafe, the local bad boy. Toppled sets, frightening rumors of jumbee ghosts, and brewing tropical storms culminate in a tantalizingly spooky finale where romance sizzles and truths are unmasked. Laced with eerie mystery and the lush scenery of the West Indies, this modern Phantom is perfect for readers who like their love stories served with spine-tingling suspense.


As usual, feel free to leave a link to your own weekly haul post!

Enjoy your Sunday, dearlings!

See you tomorrow for a Review!

Until Next Blog, 

Read On! 



  1. I read Velveteen last week and it was okay, I really want to read Timepiece as well since I adored Hourglass :)

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  2. Boot scoot it? Bahaha. How cute. The Picture of Dorian Gray is on my TBR too. Great haul. Enjoy.

  3. I'm hoping to get my hands on a copy of Timepiece soon. I read Hourglass last spring and I absolutely loved it. I hope you enjoy your books. :)

    Krystianna @ Downright Dystopian

  4. I also just got The Picture of Dorian Gray. I really want to read it too. Velveteen sounds good too.

    Here's my Showcase Sunday!

  5. I've heard great things about Hourglass & Timepiece. I haven't had a chance to read them yet, but I'm hoping to check them out soon!

  6. I have Timepiece on my Kindle. I really need to read it. Found you on Stacking the Bookshelves. I really liked Poison Princess. Just found you through Stacking the Bookshelves. Amusing Reviews