A Rogue Librarian's Reading List











Title: For Darkness Shows the Stars

Author: Diana Peterfreund

Publisher: Balzer + Bray

Release date: June 12 2012

Plot: Generations ago,  a genetic experiment gone wrong decimated humanity, giving rise to a Luddite nobility who outlawed most technology. Eighteen-year-old Luddite Elliot North has always known her place in this caste system. Four years ago Elliot refused to run away with her childhood sweetheart, the servant Kai, choosing duty to her family’s estate over love. But now the world has changed: a new class of Post-Reductionists is jumpstarting the wheel of progress and threatening Luddite control; Elliot’s estate is floundering; and she’s forced to rent land to the mysterious Cloud Fleet, a group of shipbuilders that includes renowned explorer Captain Malakai Wentforth—an almost unrecognizable Kai. And while Elliott wonders if this could be their second chance, Kai seems determined to show Elliot exactly what she gave up when she abandoned him. But Elliot soon discovers her childhood friend carries a secret—one that could change the society in which they live…or bring it to its knees. And again, she’s faced with a choice: cling to what she’s been raised to believe, or cast her lot with the only boy she’s ever loved, even if she has lost him forever.

Why I’m waiting: Peterfreund’s unicorn series (Rampant and Ascendant) was amazing; I’ll never look at unicorns the same. At this point, I’d jump on anything she wrote but this book sounds genuinely fascinating: outlawed technology, class struggles and starcrossed romance. Besides it’s inspired by Jane Austen; I adore Jane Austen.

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Title: Casket of Souls

Author: Lynn Flewelling

Publisher: Bantam

Release date: May 29th 2012

Plot: More than the dissolute noblemen they appear to be, Alec and Seregil are skillful spies, dedicated to serving queen and country. But when they stumble across evidence of a plot pitting Queen Phoria against Princess Klia, the two Nightrunners will find their loyalties torn as never before. Even at the best of times, the royal court at Rhíminee is a serpents’ nest of intrigue, but with the war against Plenimar going badly, treason simmers just below the surface.

And that’s not all that poses a threat: A mysterious plague is spreading through the crowded streets of the city, striking young and old alike. Now, as panic mounts and the body count rises, hidden secrets emerge. And as Seregil and Alec are about to learn, conspiracies and plagues have one thing in common: The cure can be as deadly as the disease.

Why I’m waiting: I’ve been reading Flewelling’s Nightrunner series for a long time and there’s no way that I’d miss this new volume. Adventure, fantasy and two gorgeous rogues in love.

Read chapter 1 on Flewelling’s site.

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Title: The Raven Boys

Author: Maggie Stiefvater

Publisher: Scholastic

Release date: September 18th, 2012

Plot: Blue grew up in a house full of mediums and fortune tellers but her only skill is enhancing the powers of others. Her mother’s fortunes are imprecise but they always come true. And she has predicted that Blue’s true love will die after she kisses him. While sitting vigil on Saint-Mark’s Eve, she sees the spirit of a boy who will die in the upcoming year. The only reason a non-seer might see a spirit is if he is her true love or if she killed him. Given the prophesy hanging over her, it may be both.

Why I’m waiting: Maggie Stiefvater is an amazing author. She brought new life to the werewolf myth in Shiver and she blew me away with her man-eating horse story, The Scorpio Races. This new story seems to have everything: magic, mystery, hot boys and a variety of interesting female characters.

You can read the first few chapters here. The writing is brilliant right from the start and I’ve already grown attached to Blue. I dare you not to fall in love with this book.

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Title: The Drowned Cities

Author: Paolo Bacigalupi

Publisher: Little Brown

Release date: May 1st 2012

Plot: In a dark future America where violence, terror, and grief touch everyone, young refugees Mahlia and Mouse have managed to leave behind the war-torn lands of the Drowned Cities by escaping into the jungle outskirts. But when they discover a wounded half-man–a bioengineered war beast named Tool–who is being hunted by a vengeful band of soldiers, their fragile existence quickly collapses. One is taken prisoner by merciless soldier boys, and the other is faced with an impossible decision: Risk everything to save a friend, or flee to a place where freedom might finally be possible.

Why I’m waiting: Ship Breaker was an amazing, beautifully written post-apocalyptic novel. This companion deals with a character who fascinated me in the first book. I look forward to learning more about him and about his fate.

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Title: The Calling

Author: Kelley Armstrong

Publisher: HarperTeen

Release date: April 10th, 2012

Plot: Maya Delaney’s paw-print birthmark is the sign of what she truly is—a skin-walker. She can run faster, climb higher, and see better than nearly anyone else. Experiencing intense connections with the animals that roam the woods outside her home, Maya knows it’s only a matter of time before she’s able to Shift and become one of them. And she believes there may be others in her small town with surprising talents.

Now, Maya and her friends have been forced to flee from their homes during a forest fire they suspect was deliberately set. Then they’re kidnapped, and after a chilling helicopter crash, they find themselves in the Vancouver Island wilderness with nothing but their extraordinary abilities to help them get back home. Plentiful action and romance in this second installment in the Darkness Rising series will keep readers enthralled to the last page.

Why I’m waiting: I loved Kelley’s Darkest Powers trilogy, staring a group of paranormal teens kept in a group home and told that they were crazy. The Calling is the second volume in her new, related series about a were-cougar. Do you really need anything other than were-cougar? I’m also hoping that the characters from her first series will eventually make an appearance.

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Title: Spirit’s Princess

Author: Esther Friesner

Publisher: Random House

Release date: April 24th 2012

Plot: Himiko the beloved daughter of a chieftain in third century Japan has always been special. The day she was born there was a devastating earthquake, and the tribe’s shamaness had an amazing vision revealing the young girl’s future—one day this privileged child will be the spiritual and tribal leader over all of the tribes.

Why I’m waiting: This is Friesner’s third Princess duology. She has already reimagined the lives of Helen of Troy and Nefertiti.In those series, she gave us the story of strong, intelligent and influencial historical women. I can wait to see what she does for one of Japan’s most famous queens.

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Title: The Book of Blood and Shadows

Author: Robin Wasserman

Publisher: Random House

Release date: April 10th 2012

Plot: When the night began, Nora had two best friends and an embarrassingly storybook one true love.  But the next morning Chris was dead, Nora’s best friend, Adriane, was catatonic and Max, Nora’s sweet, smart, soft-spoken Prince Charming, was gone. He was also, according to everyone, a murderer. Desperate to prove his innocence, Nora follows the trail of blood to the ancient streets of Prague, where she is drawn into a dark web of secret societies and shadowy conspirators, all driven by a mad desire to possess something that might not even exist.

Why I’m waiting: Murder, mystery, secret societies, what’s not to love? So far I’ve read a short excerpt but I’m already hooked. Wasserman’s writing is wonderfully evocative and I desperately want to know what happens next.

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Title: Black Heart

Author: Holly Black

Publisher: Margaret K. McElderry

Release date: April 3, 2012

Plot: Cassel Sharpe knows he’s been used as an assassin, but he’s trying to put all that behind him, trying to be good. But with a mother on the lam, the girl he loves about to take her place in the Mob, and new secrets coming to light, the line between what’s right and what’s wrong becomes increasingly blurred. When the Feds ask Cassel to do the one thing he said he would never do again, he needs to sort out what’s a con and what’s truth. In a dangerous game and with his life on the line, Cassel may have to make his biggest gamble yet—this time on love.

Why I’m waiting: Black’s Curse Workers series is brilliant and unique, bringing together magic and the mob. And Cassel, skilled con man that he is, is not your usual YA hero. I cannot wait to see how his story concludes. The one thing I’m a little disappointed about? They changed the covers, and while beautiful, it doesn’t match my first two. The novels themselves are flawless.

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Title: A Temptation of Angels

Author: Michelle Zink

Publisher: Dial

Release date: March 20th 2012

Plot: When her parents are murdered before her eyes, sixteen-year-old Helen Cartwright finds herself launched into an underground London where a mysterious organization called the Dictata controls the balance of good and evil. Helen learns that she is one of three remaining angelic descendants charged with protecting the world’s past, present, and future. Unbeknownst to her, she has been trained her whole life to accept this responsibility. Now, as she finds herself torn between the angelic brothers protecting her and the devastatingly handsome childhood friend who wants to destroy her, she must prepare to be brave, to be hunted, and above all to be strong, because temptation will be hard to resist, even for an angel.

Why I’m waiting: I loved Zink’s Prophecy of the Sisters: great female characters, magic and romance. So I have high hopes for her new series. This one sounds like a nice twist on the angel-descended warrior story. (As a fan of Clare’s Mortal Instruments series, how could I resist?)

You can visit Zink’s blog for some teasers of the book (Temptation Thursdays).

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Title: City of Fallen Angels

Author: Cassandra Clare

Publisher: Margaret K. McElderry

Release date: April 5, 2011

Plot: Two months after the events of City of Glass, someone is killing former members of Valentine’s circle and trying to provoke hostility between Shadowhunters and Downworlders. When this starts to interfere with Clary’s attempts to lead a normal life and with her relationship with Jace, they decide to investigate.

Why I’m waiting: I enjoyed the City of series but I felt it was pretty much done after the third volume. I’m rather curious to see where she’s going to take the story next.

Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly event hosted by Breaking the Spine. I plan to participate for the next year at least (because my to read pile really needs to be longer ;P). If you’d like to join in, grab a graphic, write a post and leave a link on her site.



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