Monday, June 17, 2013

Book Haul

Book Haul!

I had work today (at the library) so of course I brought home books! Who goes to the library and comes back with nothing? Crazy people. Anyway..... I had some awesome stuff in for me! 

Drum roll....

Title: Born of Illusion
Author: Teri Brown
Publisher: HarperCollins/Balzer + Bray
On-Sale Date: June 11th 2013
Genre: YA, Historical/Paranormal
Pages: 373

Yay!!! I have been waiting for this FOREVER, and I am so super duper excited to read it! Ever since I read Teri Brown's "Read My Lips" I have been anxiously  awaiting her next YA, and through 3 years of website checking and googling (this was before I had found twitter) I finally got wind of it from Epic Reads. They were having an ARC party (I am not explaining so go check them out) and they pulled THIS out of the box. I said "Oooo, that looks cool!" and they said " Teri Brown" and I said "WTF! Teri Brown!" You can imagine the screaming and fangirling that went down. At that time I couldn't find her website (her new one was probably being set up) and I freaked. I thought she had fallen off the face of the earth. I even pictured this and winced when she hit the bottom. (whatever that was) 

Here is the description, so you can all fangirl with me. (From Epic Reads)

Anna Van Housen has a secret.

A gifted illusionist, Anna assists her mother, the renowned medium Marguerite Van Housen, in her stage show and seances, easily navigating the underground world of magicians and mentalists in 1920s New York. For Anna, the illegitimate daughter of Harry Houdini—or so Marguerite claims—handcuffs and sleight-of-hand illusions have never been much of a challenge. The real trick is keeping her own gifts secret from her mother: because while Marguerite's powers may be a sham, Anna possesses a true ability to sense people's feelings and foretell the future.
But as Anna's powers intensify, she experiences frightening visions of her mother in peril, which lead her to explore the abilities she's tried so long to hide. And when a mysterious young man named Cole moves into the flat downstairs, introducing Anna to a society that studies people with gifts like hers, she begins to wonder if there's more to life than keeping secrets.
As her visions become darker and her powers spin out of her control, Anna is forced to rethink all she's ever known. Is her mother truly in danger, or are Anna's visions merely illusions? And could the great Houdini really be her father, or is it just another of Marguerite's tricks?
From Teri Brown comes a world bursting with magic, with romance, with the temptations of Jazz Age New York—and the story of a girl about to become the mistress of her own destiny.

Cool right?

Next up....

Title: If I Should Die
Author: Amy Plum
Publisher: HarperCollins/HarperTeen
On-Sale Date: May 7th 2013
Genre: YA, Paranormal
Pages: 405

Woot! Finally! I have been waiting YEARS for this! Ok, a year. Still. This is the third and last book in Amy Plum's "Die for Me" trilogy about supernatural creatures that roam the streets of Paris, and the awesomeness that comes with that. I just... Jeez. I CAN'T BELIEVE IT'S OVER!  I got hooked on this series 2 years ago, I love the characters, the unique story, and especially the setting. Oh god, FRANCE. Before I read these books I wanted to go everywhere in Europe EXCEPT France. I don't know why, I just never had the urge to go there, and my mom's stories about nude beaches didn't help. But after I read "Die for Me" I wanted to live there, and I still do. Amy Plum made me fall in love with Paris, and I want you to also. So go get it! The first one I mean. It would be confusing if you read the last one first. 

So here is the description, major spoiler alert for those who haven't read the past two books! (From Epic Reads)  

I will not lose another person I love. I will not let history repeat itself.
Vincent waited lifetimes to find me, but in an instant our future together has been shattered. He was betrayed by Violette, someone we both called a friend, and I lost him. Now Violette is determined to rule over France's immortals, and she's willing to wage a war to get what she wants.
It shouldn't be possible, none of it should be, but this is my reality. I know Vincent is somewhere out there, I know he's not completely gone, and I will do anything to save him.
After what we've already fought to achieve, a life without Vincent is unimaginable. He once swore to avoid dying—to go against his nature and forsake sacrificing himself for others—so that we could be together. How can I not risk everything to bring my love back to me?

Bum, bum, bum, bum......

And last but not least..... 

Title: Imposter
Author: Susanne Winnacker
Publisher: Penguin/RazorBill
On-Sale Date: May 28th 2013
Genre: YA, Mystery/Paranormal
Pages: 274

I just heard about this one, but it sounds awesome. The cover is super funky, it makes you wonder what's inside....

Oh! Did you guys want the description? Is the cover driving you crazy? Ok, ok! Put the bookend down I'm doing it!

See, look! (From the author's website)


Tessa is a Variant, able to absorb the DNA of anyone she touches and mimic their appearance. Shunned by her family, she’s spent the last two years training with the Forces with Extraordinary Abilities, a secret branch of the FBI.

When a serial killer rocks a small town in Oregon, Tessa is given a mission: she must impersonate Madison, a local teen, to find the killer before he strikes again.

Tessa hates everything about being an impostor—the stress, the danger, the deceit—but loves playing the role of a normal girl. As Madison, she finds friends, romance, and the kind of loving family she’d do anything to keep.

Amid action, suspense, and a ticking clock, this super-human comes to a very human conclusion: even a girl who can look like anyone struggles the most with being herself.

This book is my jam! I absolutely LOVE murder mysteries, especially ones with supernatural detectives! Also, I love Mystique and all characters who can morph their appearance. That would be my superpower of choice.

I also brought home Disney's Beauty and the Beast soundtrack. Because who doesn't love the Gaston song?


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