Books Hauled: Top to bottom
The Elite series by Jennifer Banash: Casey McCloy just moved from her small town to the Big City of New York to live with her grandmother and attend the prestigious school Meadowlark Academy. Here all that matters is who you know. It is described to be a lot like Gossip Girl so I am interested in trying it out.
Shadowcry and Blackwatch (Wintercraft #1 and #2) by Jenna Burtenshaw: When Kate Winters’ uncle is taken by the wardens of war-torn albion, just as her parents were ten years earlier, she is determined to rescue him. But Kate is being hunted by a far more dangerous enemy. Silas Dane – a killer with a haunted past- has recognized Kate as one of the Skilled who have the rare ability to see through the veil between life and death. He’s determined that she’ll help end his own personal nightmare; unfortunately, he isn’t the only one with plans for her… As the Night of Souls approaches, a secret hidden deep beneath a graveyard city holds the key to the fate of Kate, those she loves and even Albion itself… the lost book of Wintercraft.
Shadow and Bone by Leigh Bardugo (The Grisha #1): The Shadow Fold, a swathe of impenetrable darkness, crawling with monsters that feast on human flesh, is slowly destroying the once-great nation of Ravka. Alina, a pale, lonely orphan, discovers a unique power that thrusts her into the lavish world of the kingdom’s magical elite—the Grisha. Could she be the key to unravelling the dark fabric of the Shadow Fold and setting Ravka free? There are many Russian elements to this book that I am interested in reading about. The last book in this trilogy comes out June 17, 2014.
Red Riding Hood by Sarah Blakely-Cartwright, Catherine Hardwicke, and David Leslie Johnson: It is based on the movie re-telling of Little Red Riding hood. Valerie’s sister is dead. Henry, the handsome son of the blacksmith, tries to console Valerie, but her wild heart beats fast for another: the outcast woodcutter, Peter, who offers Valerie another life far from home. After her sister’s violent death, Valerie’s world begins to spiral out of control. For generations, the Wolf has been kept at bay with a monthly sacrifice. But now no one is safe. When an expert Wolf hunter arrives, the villagers learn that the creature lives among them–it could be anyone in town.
Cinder by Marissa Meyer (The Lunar Chronicles #1): Re-telling of Cinderella. Humans and androids crowd the raucous streets of New Beijing. A deadly plague ravages the population. From space, a ruthless lunar people watch, waiting to make their move. No one knows that Earth’s fate hinges on one girl. Cinder (our Cinderella) is a cyborg. She’s a second-class citizen with a mysterious past, reviled by her stepmother and blamed for her stepsister’s illness. But when her life becomes intertwined with the handsome Prince Kai’s, she suddenly finds herself at the center of an intergalactic struggle, and a forbidden attraction.
Valkyrie Rising by Ingrid Paulson: Elsa (or Ellie) visits her grandmother in Norway for the summer with her older and over protective brother Graham. Nothing ever happens there, or so it seems. She was not expecting her brother’s infuriating best friend Tucker snagging along or the hatred from the locals. Least of all does she expect something powerful and ancient to awaken in her and that strange whispers would urge Ellie to claim her place among mythological warriors. Instead of peace and quiet, there’s suddenly a lot for a girl from L.A. to handle on a summer sojourn in Norway! And when Graham vanishes, it’s up to Ellie—and the ever-sarcastic, if undeniably alluring Tuck—to uncover the truth about all the disappearances and thwart the nefarious plan behind them.
The Golden Compass and The Subtle Knife (Books #1 and #2 in His Dark Materials trilogy) by Phillip Pullman: Accompanied by her daemon, Lyra Belacqua sets out to prevent her best friend and other kidnapped children from becoming the subjects of gruesome experiments in the Far North.
Stealing Princes by Tyne O’Connell (Calypso Chronicles #2): Calypso is an American in an all British girls boarding school. In the first book, Pulling Princes, she is determined to fit in with the popular crowd. Her plan is to pretend her mother’s gay assistant back home is her boyfriend. And to her surprise, the trick works…at least at first. She makes a whole batch of new friends, and even finds herself winning the unwritten contest to woo the prince at the boys’ school next door. But one girl, Honey, undermines all her efforts. When Calypso and Prince Freddy end up in the tabloids and everything seems set to go down the drain, it’s Calypso’s parents and sense of humor that save her from utter humiliation.
Airhead by Meg Cabot (Airhead #1): Emerson Watts didn’t even want to go to the new SoHo Stark Megastore grand opening. But someone needed to look out for her sister, Frida, whose crush, British heartthrob Gabriel Luna, would be singing and signing autographs there—along with the newly appointed Face of Stark, teen supermodel sensation Nikki Howard. How was Em to know that disaster would strike, changing her—and life as she’d known it—forever? One bizarre accident later, and Em Watts, always the tomboy, never the party princess, is no longer herself. Literally.
The Secret Sisterhood of Heartbreakers by Lynn Weingarten (#1): The first day of sophomore year doesn’t go the way Lucy planned. After a summer apart from her boyfriend, she’s ready to greet him with a special surprise and instead gets a shocking one in return: He’s breaking up with her. Beyond devastated, Lucy has no idea how she’s going to make it through homeroom, let alone the rest of her life. Enter three stunning girls with the unnatural ability to attract boys and an offer Lucy can’t refuse: They can heal her heart in an instant. And then she’ll be one of them—a member of a sisterhood that is impervious to heartbreak and has access to magic distilled from the tears of brokenhearted boys. But to gain their power, Lucy must get a guy to fall in love with her the old-fashioned way, and then break his heart in the next seven days. While the sisterhood may need another Heartbreaker, Lucy’s only desire is to get her ex back. But how far is she willing to go, and who is she willing to cross to get what she want.
Burn for Burn by Jenny Han and Siobhan Vivian (#1): Three teenaged girls living on Jar Island band together to enact revenge on people who have hurt them.
That is all for my first haul. All of these books were either from Value Village (secondhand store) or Bookoutlet.com.