Monday, December 15, 2014

[Musing Mondays]: Recent Book Purchases

Hosted by: Miz B @ Should Be Reading
 Musing Mondays asks you to muse about one of the following each week…

• Describe one of your reading habits.
• Tell us what book(s) you recently bought for yourself or someone else, and why you chose that/those book(s).
• What book are you currently desperate to get your hands on? Tell us about it!
• Tell us what you’re reading right now — what you think of it, so far; why you chose it; what you are (or, aren’t) enjoying it.
• Do you have a bookish rant? Something about books or reading (or the industry) that gets your ire up? Share it with us!
• Instead of the above questions, maybe you just want to ramble on about something else pertaining to books — let’s hear it, then!

A Thousand Pieces of You by Claudia Gray
Published on November 4th 2014 by Harper Teen

Marguerite Caine’s physicist parents are known for their radical scientific achievements. Their most astonishing invention: the Firebird, which allows users to jump into parallel universes, some vastly altered from our own. But when Marguerite’s father is murdered, the killer—her parent’s handsome and enigmatic assistant Paul—escapes into another dimension before the law can touch him.
Marguerite can’t let the man who destroyed her family go free, and she races after Paul through different universes, where their lives entangle in increasingly familiar ways. With each encounter she begins to question Paul’s guilt—and her own heart. Soon she discovers the truth behind her father’s death is more sinister than she ever could have imagined.
A Thousand Pieces of You explores a reality where we witness the countless other lives we might lead in an amazingly intricate multiverse, and ask whether, amid infinite possibilities, one love can endure.

I've had my eye on this beauty for a while. Besides the super cool and refreshingly modern story line that lies between these pages, A Thousand Pieces of You has a gorgeous cover going for it too! I can't wait to start reading this one.

Even in Paradise by Chelsea Philpot
Published on October 14, 2014 by Harper Collins

When Julia Buchanan enrolls at St. Anne’s at the beginning of junior year, Charlotte Ryder already knows all about the former senator’s daughter. Most people do... or think they do.
Charlotte certainly never expects she’ll be Julia’s friend. But almost immediately, she is drawn into the larger than-life-new girl’s world—a world of midnight rendezvous, dazzling parties, palatial vacation homes, and fizzy champagne cocktails. And then Charlotte meets, and begins falling for, Julia’s handsome older brother, Sebastian.
But behind her self-assured smiles and toasts to the future, Charlotte soon realizes that Julia is still suffering from a tragedy. A tragedy that the Buchanan family has kept hidden... until now.

I admit I fell in love with the beautiful sunset depicted on the cover, but then I read the summary and I decided I liked wherever Philpot was planning on going with Even in Paradise. What made me buy this one was the family secret mentioned in the summary. Something about these blood-is-thicker-than-water themes always draw me in for some reason.

Talon by Julie Kagawa
Published on October 28, 2014 by Harlequin Teen
Long ago, dragons were hunted to near extinction by the Order of St. George, a legendary society of dragon slayers. Hiding in human form and growing their numbers in secret, the dragons of Talon have become strong and cunning, and they're positioned to take over the world with humans none the wiser.
Ember and Dante Hill are the only sister and brother known to dragonkind. Trained to infiltrate society, Ember wants to live the teen experience and enjoy a summer of freedom before taking her destined place in Talon. But destiny is a matter of perspective, and a rogue dragon will soon challenge everything Ember has been taught. As Ember struggles to accept her future, she and her brother are hunted by the Order of St. George.
Soldier Garret Xavier Sebastian has a mission to seek and destroy all dragons, and Talon's newest recruits in particular. But he cannot kill unless he is certain he has found his prey: and nothing is certain about Ember Hill. Faced with Ember's bravery, confidence and all-too-human desires, Garret begins to question everything that the Order has ingrained in him: and what he might be willing to give up to find the truth about dragons.

I'm about to reveal a secret I've been holding onto for quite a while...
This will be my first novel my Julie Kagawa. Which means I have not read any of her other novels. Alright, let all the scolding begin. 
The funny thing is that I always add her novels to my TBR-list, but never get around to them. So, as far as I'm concerned, Talon is Kagawa's debut novel. I hope it does her and her writing some justice.

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  1. OMG, you've never read any of Kagawa's other books? :O Matilda what are you DOING? I strongly STRONGLY very STRONGLY advise you to finish her Iron Fey series before getting on to Talon! Because her Iron Fey series is epic! AND ITS THE IRON FEY SERIES.

  2. I know I need help. I've fallen behind on so many beloved authors and seris. I haven't read Daughter of Smoke and Bone, Throne of Glass, what else um ... (there's many more, I'm just having trouble remembering). I will take your very strongly advised recommendation as soon as I finish reading my current read.

    *holds out pinky* I swear.