Friday, April 23, 2010

Friday Finds [7]


Friday Finds are books that you've heard about during the past week. For me, I'm taking it a step further: these are books I heard about and may potentially read. Friday Finds is hosted by MizB @ Should be Reading

I seem to be on a pattern lately:

1) I either find/read books that no one's ever heard of/read yet or
2) I find out about books that have been out for awhile and that everybody has already read/reviewed!

But yep, this week's Friday Finds have actually been garnering lots of publicity, and I bet many of you have already read them.

The Dark Divine by Bree Despain


Grace Divine, daughter of the local pastor, always knew something terrible happened the night Daniel Kalbi disappeared—the night she found her brother Jude collapsed on the porch, covered in blood. But she has no idea what a truly monstrous secret that night really held. And when Daniel returns three years later, Grace can no longer deny her attraction to him, despite promising Jude she’ll stay away. As Grace gets closer to Daniel, her actions stir the ancient evil Daniel unleashed that horrific night. Grace must discover the truth behind Jude and Daniel's dark secret . . . and the cure that can save the ones she loves. But she may have to lay down the ultimate sacrifice to do it—her soul.


And hey, apparently it's the first in a series! The sequel, The Lost Saint, comes out in December :) So I've added this one to my TBR after some of my close beta reviewers on GR gave this a good rating. And Bree Despain seems like a really level-headed person...that's always a plus.


And Brightly Woven by Alexandra Bracken

Sydelle Mirabil is living proof that, with a single drop of rain, a life can be changed forever. Tucked away in the farthest reaches of the kingdom, her dusty village has suffered under the weight of a strangely persistent drought. That is, of course, until a wizard wanders into town and brings the rain with him. In return for this gift, Wayland North is offered any reward he desires—and no one is more surprised than Sydelle when, without any explanation, he chooses her. Taken from her home, Sydelle hardly needs encouragement to find reasons to dislike North. He drinks too much and bathes too little, and if that isn’t enough to drive her to madness, North rarely even uses the magic he takes such pride in possessing. Yet, it’s not long before she realizes there’s something strange about the wizard, who is as fiercely protective of her as he is secretive about a curse that turns his limbs a sinister shade of black and leaves him breathless with agony. Unfortunately, there is never a chance for her to seek answers. Along with the strangely powerful quakes and storms that trace their path across the kingdom, other wizards begin to take an inexplicable interest in her as well, resulting in a series of deadly duels. Against a backdrop of war and uncertainty, Sydelle is faced with the growing awareness that these events aren’t as random as she had believed—that no curse, not even that of Wayland North, is quite as terrible as the one she herself may carry.


Dude, she's only 23 and she wrote this in college! Oh my gosh, she must a genius! I can barely manage a few pages a week... :( Anyway, this one sounds good, too and even better, Alexandra Bracken answered my email! Yay!


So I would like to know... who has read these books? What did you think?

7 shout-outs!:

dArLyN said...

i never read any of those but will be like always, after everyone already read/reviewed it.haha. i sometime found out interesting books after everyone else have read/ reviewed it. i felt like i was so left behind *sob*

Sarah (Book Reviews from Inside an Igloo) said...

I read The Dark Divine, and I really liked it!! I think some people are iffy about it. I know some people are skeptical about the whole religion aspect, but I didn't feel like it was making a mockery of it or anything. Her fathers a priest, but never was God or religion taking lightly (in my opinion). However to each's own I suppose.

Amelia said...

That's interesting, Sarah. Actually, the reason this book interests me is because a lot of my (fellow) religious pals have spoken favorably of this book - any time religion is portrayed in a positive light, I'm there! Thanks for your shout-out :D

Emily said...

I've read both of them and enjoyed both. I really liked Brightly Woven.

Felicia S. said...

Those look great!

I am with you I am finding so many books to put on TBR shelf (which should be renamed-I will never run out of books to read shelf) that many people have long ago read and loved. I actually kind of love that!

DJ's Life in Fiction said...

Hey! Stopping by from the hop/your comment on my blog. Thanks for visiting and I'm loving your blog! I hope you enjoy the Dark Divine! It was a surprising book-in a good way. :)

Juju at Tales of Whimsy.com said...

I ADORE the DD!

 
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