Sunday, May 27, 2012

Showcase Sunday (2)

Showcase Sunday is a meme hosted by Books, Biscuits, and Tea that lets bloggers highlight any books or book-related swag they received this week, whether they're from bookstores, libraries, received for review, etc.

I got a few books this week! :D To start things off, I received an ARC via a Goodreads giveaway I won last week, which I'm almost finished with:

Title: Dreamless
Josephine Angelini
Starcrossed, #2
Publisher: HarperTeen
Release date:
May 29th, 2012
Summary (via Goodreads):
Can true love be forgotten?

As the only Scion who can descend into the Underworld, Helen Hamilton has been given a nearly impossible task. By night she wanders through Hades, trying to stop the endless cycle of revenge that has cursed her family. By day she struggles to overcome the fatigue that is rapidly eroding her sanity. Without Lucas by her side, Helen is not sure she has the strength to go on.

Just as Helen is pushed to her breaking point, a mysterious new Scion comes to her rescue. Funny and brave, Orion shields her from the dangers of the Underworld. But time is running out—a ruthless foe plots against them, and the Furies’ cry for blood is growing louder.

As the ancient Greek world collides with the mortal one, Helen’s sheltered life on Nantucket descends into chaos. But the hardest task of all will be forgetting Lucas Delos.

Josephine Angelini’s compelling saga becomes ever more intricate and spellbinding as an unforgettable love triangle emerges and the eternal cycle of revenge intensifies. Eagerly awaited, this sequel to the internationally bestselling STARCROSSED delivers a gritty, action-packed love story that exceeds expectation.
I received this in the mail yesterday via a recent giveaway hosted by the author (signed + personalized, too!):

Title: The Thief-Taker's Apprentice
Author: Stephen Deas
Series: The Thief-Taker's Apprentice, #1
Publisher: Gollancz
Summary (via Goodreads):
When Berren makes the mistake of stealing a purse from a thief-taker, it should have condemned him to a short and brutal life in the slave-mines. So when the thief-taker offers to train him as an apprentice instead, he can’t believe his luck. But Berren’s new master has secrets of his own, and thief-takers and their apprentices are wont to make enemies far more readily than friends.

And I went down to the library and picked up these books:

Title: Lament: The Faerie Queen's Deception
Author: Maggie Stiefvater
Series: Books of Faerie, #1
Publisher: Flux
Summary (via Goodreads):
Sixteen-year-old Deirdre Monaghan is a painfully shy but prodigiously gifted musician. She's about to find out she's also a cloverhand—one who can see faeries. Deirdre finds herself infatuated with a mysterious boy who enters her ordinary suburban life, seemingly out of thin air. Trouble is, the enigmatic and gorgeous Luke turns out to be a gallowglass—a soulless faerie assassin. An equally hunky—and equally dangerous—dark faerie soldier named Aodhan is also stalking Deirdre. Sworn enemies, Luke and Aodhan each have a deadly assignment from the Faerie Queen. Namely, kill Deirdre before her music captures the attention of the Fae and threatens the Queen's sovereignty. Caught in the crossfire with Deirdre is James, her wisecracking but loyal best friend. Deirdre had been wishing her life weren't so dull, but getting trapped in the middle of a centuries-old faerie war isn't exactly what she had in mind . . .

Lament is a dark faerie fantasy that features authentic Celtic faerie lore, plus cover art and interior illustrations by acclaimed faerie artist Julia Jeffrey.

Title: Out of Oz
Author: Gregory Maguire
Series: The Wicked Years, #4
Publisher: William Morrow
Summary (via Goodreads):
The marvelous land of Oz is knotted with social unrest: The Emerald City is mounting an invasion of Munchkinland, Glinda is under house arrest, and the Cowardly Lion is on the run from the law. And look who’s knocking at the door. It’s none other than Dorothy. Yes, that Dorothy.

Amid all this chaos, Elphaba’s granddaughter, the tiny green baby born at the close of Son of a Witch, has come of age. Now, Rain will take up her broom in an Oz wracked by war.

The stirring, long-awaited conclusion to the extraordinary bestselling series begun with Wicked, Out of Oz is a magical journey rife with revelations and reversals, reprisals and surprises — the hallmarks of the brilliant and unique imagination of Gregory Maguire.

Should be fun reading!


  1. Dreamless! I've heard Starcrossed is an amazing book, but I never got down to finding them, it's just awesome that you won an ARC! I'll be looking out for your review ;)

    I'm now a proud new follower of your blog, do drop by mine @ too!


    1. I read Starcrossed recently and really enjoyed it. :D Thanks for the follow!

  2. I've read Lament. I thought it was okay, the next one 'Ballad' is much better! The characters are more pleasing. I still haven't read Starcrossed, but I must do it soon. The covers are pretty :D

    And how are the books from Gregory Maguire? I still don't know if I should give them a chance or not :)

    Happy reading!

    1. Yeah, my friend said that Ballad is really good. :D As for Gregory Maguire, he's kinda hit-or-miss -- I adore Wicked and Confessions of an Ugly Stepsister. I thought Son of a Witch was disappointing but A Lion Among Men was better, so I'm curious to see how it all wraps up. They're very melancholy, I've found.

      Thanks for dropping by! :)

  3. Dreamless looks so good! I've seen it a lot on the past few weeks and I'm sure it's going to be a great read. :)

    Enjoy all your new books and thank you so much for the lovely comment on my Saved by Cake post! :)