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Wednesday, December 30, 2009

Wishlist Wednesday (6)


A weekly event on my blog where every Wednesday I post about 5-10 books (not necessarily pre-release or new) that I've just added to my wishlist, along with a little blurb on why I want to read it.
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THEME #1: VAMPIRES!



The Drake Chronicles #1:
My Love Lies Bleeding
aka "Hearts At Stake" in the US
by Alyxandra Harvey
release date: 4 January 2010
The Blakes are rather different to your usual neighbours. They are vampires and some of the members of the family date back to the twelfth century. One of the children, Solange, is the only born female vampire known and, as such, she poses a direct threat to the vampire queen. Her best friend Lucy is human, and when Solange is kidnapped Lucy and Solange's brother, Nicholas, set out to save her. Lucy soon discovers that she would like to be more than just friends with Nicholas. But how does one go about dating a vampire? Meanwhile, Solange finds an unlikely ally in Kieran, a vampire slayer on the hunt for his father's killer.

Why it's on my wishlist
The story has TWO heroines and they're best friends. PLUS there's overprotective older brother vampires! Pretty rare that there's friendly family dynamics in vampire literature too, so I'm looking forward to trying this out.


Fat Vampire
by Adam Rex
release date: 1 July 2010
Doug Lee is undead quite by accident—attacked by a desperate vampire, he finds himself cursed with being fat and fifteen forever. When he has no luck finding some goth chick with a vampire fetish, he resorts to sucking the blood of cows under cover of the night. But it’s just not the same.
Then he meets the new Indian exchange student and falls for her — hard. Yeah, he wants to bite her, but he also wants to prove himself to her. But like the laws of life, love, and high school, the laws of vampire existence are complicated — it’s not as easy as studying Dracula. Especially when the star of Vampire Hunters is hot on your trail in an attempt to boost ratings.

Why it's on my wishlist
Overweight vampire of LOL of course! It seems to debunk some cliches of vampire novels these days, but also brings some of its own interpretations to the audience. But mostly the overweight vampire part =D

THEME #2: BROTHERS!



Wars of Light&Shadow Arc I #1:
The Curse of the Mistwraith
by Janny Wurts
release date: 20 May 1993
The world of Athera lives in eternal fog, its skies obscured by the malevolent Mistwraith. Only the combined powers of two half-brothers can challenge the Mistwraith's stranglehold: Arithon, Master of Shadow and Lysaer, Lord of Light. Arithon and Lysaer will find that they are inescapably bound inside a pattern of events dictated by their own deepest convictions. Yet there is more at stake than one battle with the Mistwraith -- as the sorcerers of the Fellowship of Seven know well. For between them the half-brothers hold the balance of the world, its harmony and its future, in their hands.

Why it's on my wishlist
Ohohohoho, I love love love brotherly dynamics, whether antagonistic or not, so this immediately jumped onto my to-read shelf the moment I read the half-brothers part. Apparently one of the brothers just wants to be a bard, but he's got like, the emo burden of shadow-ness, so he gets manipulated and turned on his brother. I hope the two end up on the same side in the end, but it's fine if it's a surprise!tragedy too 8D


Peter & Max
by Bill Willingham
release date: 13 October 2009
This story stars Peter Piper and his incorrigible brother Max in a tale about jealousy, betrayal and revenge. Set in two distinct time periods, prepare to travel back to medieval times and learn the tragic back-story of the Piper family, a medieval-era family of traveling minstrels. Then, jump into the present to follow a tale of espionage as Peter Piper slowly hunts down his evil brother for a heinous crime, pitting Peter's talents as a master thief against Max's dark magical powers.

Why it's on my wishlist
Erm, apparently in this Peter Piper from the tongue twister and Max "Pied" Piper from the Pied Piper fairy tale are brothers lol I really like what I've seen of the Fables series so far (dark, twisty and witty) so I'm really interested in how Mr. Willingham will spin these two fictional figures into his own dark fairy tale.

THEME #3: FAT VS THIN!



Fat Cat
by Robin Brande
release date: 13 October 2009
You are what you eat...
Cat's smart, sassy, and funny — but thin, she’s not. Until her class science project. That’s when she winds up doing an experiment — on herself. Before she knows it, Cat is living — and eating — like the hominids, our earliest human ancestors. True, no chips or TV is a bummer and no car is a pain, but healthful eating and walking everywhere do have their benefits.
As the pounds drop off, the guys pile on. All this newfound male attention is enough to drive a girl crazy! If only she weren’t too busy hating Matt McKinney to notice...
This funny and thoughtful novel explores how girls feel about their bodies, and the ways they can best take care of their most precious resource: themselves.

Why it's on my wishlist
The heroine apparently likes math and science. That's way too rare in YA novels, where teenagers seem to all hate numbers. Of course, this book also explores the issue of body image and gender attractions based on looks, which I hope it handles well instead of doing some kind of "but thin is still the best" thing in the end.


The Thin Executioner
by Darren Shan
release date: 1 August 2010
In a brutal nation of warriors, Jebel’s family holds the highest honor: his father is executioner. But Jebel is considered too thin to compete to replace him.
Humiliated and furious, Jebel vows to regain his honor in a quest to petition the fire god for invincibility. The journey is long, filled with unknown monsters. And by the end of it Jebel isn’t quite sure what he wants anymore.
In Darren Shan’s imaginative first standalone novel, he explores themes of religious tolerance and cultural understanding, and champions the idea that peace is often the bravest choice of all.

Why it's on my wishlist
The opposite of the book above, this is a boy worried and unhappy that he's too thin. I've always liked stories about someone going on a journey to fulfill what they think is a great goal, only to find that their perspective was wrong from the beginning. The theme of peace over violence is also another favourite of mine, so I'm really giddy about this particular novel.

That's all for this week, you can see my full wishlist at goodreads.
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2 comments:

BrittLit said...

I almost bought Peter and Max the other day.... hmmm. These all sound like good picks, hope you can read them soon.

Robin Sullivan said...

Great to see you have The Crown Conspiracy on your list (I'm the wife of the author). There is good news and bad news about Crown - the good news is Michael sold out his first printing. Most first time authors don't earn out their advance let alone sell out so that is good news...The bad news is until the second printing is done (could be as late as March) all the stores (online and retail) won't have copies (they all show it as "back ordered". There are a limited number (few hundred) that Michael and I bought awhile ago just in case there was a delay between the two print runs - so if you need a copy you can get one from http://www.michaelsullivan-author.com//special_offer_soldout.htm We are offering a 15% discount (Michael's author's discount isn't as high as Amazon's so we can't offer the 28% they have. But he can sign and dedicate them for you. His other 2 books (Avempartha and Nyphron Rising) are also on this page in case you want signed copies of them as well.

Sorry for the inconvience I'm harping on the publisher to get the second printing done ASAP but there is little I can do to push him along.

Thanks again for brining attention to Michael's books.

Robin Sullivan