Sunday, December 11, 2011

In My Mailbox {Week 6}

Title: Clockwork Prince
Series: Infernal Devices ⋯ Book 2
Author: Cassandra Clare
Pages: 502
Format: B&N exclusive First Edition

Summary: In the magical underworld of Victorian London, Tessa Gray has at last found safety with the Shadowhunters. But that safety proves fleeting when rogue forces in the Clave plot to see her protector, Charlotte, replaced as head of the Institute. If Charlotte loses her position, Tessa will be out on the street and easy prey for the mysterious Magister, who wants to use Tessa's powers for his own dark ends.
With the help of the handsome, self-destructive Will and the fiercely devoted Jem, Tessa discovers that the Magister's war on the Shadowhunters is deeply personal. He blames them for a long-ago tragedy that shattered his life. To unravel the secrets of the past, the trio journeys from mist-shrouded Yorkshire to a manor house that holds untold horrors, from the slums of London to an enchanted ballroom where Tessa discovers that the truth of her parentage is more sinister than she had imagined. When they encounter a clockwork demon bearing a warning for Will, they realize that the Magister himself knows their every move and that one of their own has betrayed them.
Tessa finds her heart drawn more and more to Jem, though her longing for Will, despite his dark moods, continues to unsettle her. But something is changing in Will; the wall he has built around himself is crumbling. Could finding the Magister free Will from his secrets and give Tessa the answers about who she is and what she was born to do?
As their dangerous search for the Magister and the truth leads the friends into peril, Tessa learns that when love and lies are mixed, they can corrupt even the purest heart.
Pre-ordered this, and the two days between the release on Dec. 6 and when it arrived were pure torture. Reading it now, and it's amazing.

Title: Daughter of Smoke and Bone
Series: Daughter of Smoke and Bone ⋯ Book 1
Author: Laini Taylor
Pages: 418
Format: Hardcover

Summary: Around the world, black handprints are appearing on doorways, scorched there by winged strangers who have crept through a slit in the sky. 

In a dark and dusty shop, a devil's supply of human teeth grown dangerously low.

And in the tangled lanes of Prague, a young art student is about to be caught up in a brutal otherwordly war.

Meet Karou. She fills her sketchbooks with monsters that may or may not be real; she's prone to disappearing on mysterious "errands"; she speaks many languages--not all of them human; and her bright blue hair actually grows out of her head that color. Who is she? That is the question that haunts her, and she's about to find out.

When one of the strangers--beautiful, haunted Akiva--fixes his fire-colored eyes on her in an alley in Marrakesh, the result is blood and starlight, secrets unveiled, and a star-crossed love whose roots drink deep of a violent past. But will Karou live to regret learning the truth about herself?
Have been wanting to read this since it came out and was gonna wait for the paperback, but I was fortunate to win it in a giveaway I entered a few weeks ago, so I'm am gonna read it after I finish Clockwork Prince & Crossed.
I also picked up Crave by Melissa Darnell (review is here), The Secret of Ka by Christopher Pike, The Scarlet Letter by Nathaniel Hawthorne, The Demon Trapper's Daughter by Jana Oliver, the Walmart exclusive edition of Clockwork Prince (for a friend's Christmas present), and If I Die by Rachel Vincent.

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