Monday, May 24, 2010

Tuesday Tomorrow

The Girl Who Kicked a Hornet's Nest by Stieg Larsson
Published by: Knopf
Publication Date: May 25th, 2010
Format: Hardcover, 576 Pages
To Buy
The official patter:
"Lisbeth Salander—the heart of Larsson’s two previous novels—is under close supervision in the intensive care unit of a Swedish city hospital. She’s fighting for her life in more ways than one: when she’s well enough, she’ll stand trial for three murders. With the help of her friend, journalist Mikael Blomkvist, she will have to prove her innocence, and to identify the corrupt politicians who have allowed the vulnerable, like herself, to suffer abuse. And, on her own, she will plot her revenge—against the man who tried to kill her and the government institutions that very nearly destroyed her life.

Once upon a time, she was a victim. Now Lisbeth Salander is ready to fight back."

Finally available stateside, the last volume completed by Stieg Larsson is released today. I of course have had the British version for awhile, so now comes the fun part, comparing and contrasting! Cause the British versions have been getting a lot of flake for editing out cussing and other graphic bits.

Early to Death, Early to Rise by Kim Harrison
Published by: Dutton
Publication Date: May 25th, 2010
Format: Hardcover, 240 Pages
To Buy
The official patter:
"Seventeen, dead, and in charge of heaven's dark angels—all itching to kill someone.

Madison Avery's dreams of ever fitting in at her new school died when she did. Especially since she was able to maintain the illusion of a body, deal with a pesky guardian angel, and oh yeah, bring the reaper who killed her to his untimely end. Not exactly in-crowd material. It's amazing that her crush, Josh, doesn't think she's totally nuts.

Now Madison has learned that she's the dark timekeeper, in charge of angels who follow the murky guidelines of fate. Never one to abide by the rules, she decides it's time for a major change to the system. With the help of some unlikely allies, Madison forms a rogue group of reapers who definitely don't adhere to the rules of the heavens.

But as she grapples with the terrifying new skills that come with being a timekeeper, Madison realizes she may not be prepared for what lies ahead—unless she gets some seriously divine intervention."

Second book in the Madison Avery series and I just can't wait. Plus I'm hoping to be able to go see her talk in a few weeks in Naperville! Here's hoping!

Magic Bleeds by Ilona Andrews
Published by: Ace
Publication Date: May 25th, 2010
Format: Paperback, 432 Pages
To Buy
The official patter:
"Atlanta would be a nice place to live, if it weren’t for the magic. When the magic is up, rogue mages cast their spells and monsters appear, while guns refuse to fire and cars fail to start. But then technology returns, and the magic recedes as unpredictably as it rose.

Kate Daniels works for the Order of the Knights of Merciful Aid, officially as a liaison with the mercenary guild. Unofficially, she cleans up the paranormal problems no one else wants to handle—especially if they involve Atlanta’s shapeshifting community.

When she’s called in to investigate a fight at the Steel Horse, a bar midway between the territories of the shapeshifters and the necromancers, Kate quickly discovers there’s a new player in town. One who’s been around for thousands of years—and rode to war at the side of Kate’s father.

This foe may be too much even for Kate and Curran, the Lord of the Beasts, to handle. Because this time, Kate will be taking on family…"

Yeah for more cool magic books. It's really shaping up to be magical book fun! Guess the publishing industry is really trying to cash in on that must need summer read... clever, clever!

The Necromancer by Michael Scott
Published by: Delacorte
Publication Date: May 25th, 2010
Format: Hardcover, Pages
To Buy
The official patter:
"San Francisco: After fleeing to Ojai, then Paris, and escaping to London, Josh and Sophie Newman are finally home. And after everything they've seen and learned in the past week, they're both more confused than ever about their future. Neither of them has mastered the magics they'll need to protect themselves from the Dark Elders, they've lost Scatty, and they're still being pursued by Dr. John Dee. Most disturbing of all, however, is that now they must ask themselves, can they trust Nicholas Flamel? Can they trust anyone?

Alcatraz: Dr. Dee underestimated Perenelle Flamel's power. Alcatraz could not hold her, Nereus was no match for her, and she was able to align herself with the most unlikely of allies. But she wasn't the only one being held on the island. Behind the prison's bars and protective sigils were a menagerie of monsters-an army for Dee to use in the final battle. And now Machiavelli has come to Alcatraz to loose those monsters on San Francisco.
Perenelle might be powerful, but each day she weakens, and even with Nicholas back at her side, a battle of this size could be too much for her. Nicholas and Perenelle must fight to protect the city, but the effort will probably kill them both.

London: Having been unable to regain the two final pages of the Codex, Dee has failed his Elder and is now an outlaw-and the new prey of all the creatures formerly sent to hunt down Flamel. But Dee has a plan. With the Codex and the creatures on Alcatraz, he can control the world. All he needs is the help of the Archons. But for his plan to work, he must raise the Mother of the Gods from the dead. For that, he'll have to train a necromancer. And the twins of legend will make the perfect pupils. . . ."

It is too funny that this book is coming out this week because the wedding I'm attending, this just happens to be one of the grooms favorite series!

Princess of Glass by Jessica Day George
Published by: Bloomsbury
Publication Date: May 25th, 2010
Format: Hardcover, 288 Pages
To Buy
The official patter:
"The engrossing companion novel to Princess of the Midnight Ball, with a wicked twist on Cinderella

Hoping to escape the troubles in her kingdom, Princess Poppy reluctantly agrees to take part in a royal exchange program, whereby young princes and princesses travel to each other’s countries in the name of better political alliances—and potential marriages. It’s got the makings of a fairy tale—until a hapless servant named Eleanor is tricked by a vengeful fairy godmother into competing with Poppy for the eligible prince. Ballgowns, cinders, and enchanted glass slippers fly in this romantic and action-packed happily-ever-after quest from an author with a flair for embroidering tales in her own delightful way."
More fairy tales retold, I just can't get enough. Though I'd like to know how she chooses which will be retold. Because as Shannon Hale says, she personally retells only the ones that annoy here... so does Cinderella annoy Jessica?


What? The Brit version edited out stuff? Usually it's the US that has to dumb it down or soften the blow. Hmm... I have the Brit version and will be interested to hear from you the differences!

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