Friday, March 20, 2009

Twi-Likes Part IV: Werewolves, Zombies and Pixies, Oh My!

Yeah, Edward's a vampire, but it's his inhuman, immortal beauty that's really got you hooked. While you're waiting to take the Cullen clan home with you tomorrow (or tonight!), satisfy your craving for immortality by checking out some of these other paranormal reads!

Need by Carrie Jones
When Zara is sent to Maine to live with her grandma after her stepdad dies, she hates everything about it, especially the cold and the snow. But Zara's being watched by a mysterious figure who leaves a sparkling trail of gold dust behind him, and when beautiful, brooding bad boy Nick always seems to show up soon after, she starts to think her new friends' theories about pixies and werewolves may not be so crazy after all.

Lament: The Faerie Queen's Deception by Maggie Stiefvater
OK, Twilighters, this one has GOT to go on your reading list- this one had me flipping pages with all the breathless, heart-stopping (and racing!) intensity that Twilight did. When musically gifted harpist Dierdre Monaghan meets gorgeous, mysterious, intense, crazy-talented flutist Luke at a music competition, her world shifts. Dierdre's always been talented, but when she's with Luke, she seems to be almost, well, supernaturally gifted. Not only Luke has noticed Dierdre's talents, though- strange creatures are lurking in the shadows of her bedroom, 4-leafed clovers are suddenly everywhere, and when her Granna seems to recognize Luke (that's impossible... right?), she warns Dierdre to stay away from him. The thing is, it isn't only Luke that Dierdre needs protecting from- in fact, he and his love for her may be the only thing standing between Dierdre and what's coming after her... if he can stop himself from killing her first.

Generation Dead by Daniel Waters
Goth girl Phoebe isn't so popular, especially since dead kids started coming back to life a few years ago and black isn't as cool as it used to be. When she finds herself drawn to zombie cutie Tommy, the first living impaired guy to play on the football team (and he's definately not having an easy time of it), she finds herself forced to choose between the dead and the living. Look for the sequel, Kiss of Life, on May 12th!

Wondrous Strange by Lesley Livingston
When a chance meeting in Central Park throws 17-year-old actress Kelley Winslow and the Janus (a mortal guard bound by the faerie king to protect the Samhain Gate between the mortal and the Other worlds, which just so happens to be located in the Park) Sonny Flannery together, Sonny immediately sees that there is something... Faerie about the flame-haired firecracker of a girl, though Kelley seems to have no idea of her true origins. Drawn to and compelled to protect her, Sonny is only beginning to realize the lengths to which the king and queens of faerie will go to battle for Kelley and the power that lies veiled and hidden deep inside her. Selkies, changelings, faeries, sirens, and even Puck himself all toy with Sonny and Kelley as they move too quickly toward the last night of Samhain (Halloween) in this darkly enchanting romance.

The Chronicles of Faerie by O.R. Melling
This series of four begins with The Hunter's Moon. American Gwen can't wait to get to Ireland where she and her Irish cousin Finn are planning a fantastic summer of backpacking. When the two girls decide to spend the night in a fairy mound, though, and Gwen wakes up alone, she never thought she'd be spending the summer chasing across Ireland with a girl farmer, a leprechaun, and the gorgeous Dara, trying to win her cousin back from the fairy king, who's stolen Finn away to be his bride sacrifice to the Hunter. When you're done with this one, check out The Summer King, The Light-Bearer's Daughter, and the final book, The Book of Dreams, which comes out May 1st.

Evermore by Alyson Noel
After the accident that took away her parents, little sis, and her dog (does fate have no mercy?), Ever knows she's being punished- why else would she suddenly be able to hear everyone's thoughts and see their auras? The only way to silence the psychic babble is to hide under her hoodie and turn her iPod way up- until she discovers that new guy Damen's soothing voice and electric touch have the power to make it all disappear. So beautiful, he literally leaves Ever speechless, the intensity in his dark eyes is somehow... familiar. Drawn intensely to Damen and his soothing presence, realizes there is something, well, otherworldly, about him- he moves too fast, so fast he almost blurs, he doesn't ever seem to eat anything, he speaks like he's from another time, he can pruduce flowers from thin air, and he's amazing at everything he does. Ever doesn't know who, or what, Damen is, but she does know one thing- she's falling hopelessly, irrevocably in love with him.

OK guys, I'll be taking a break from blogging until next week to immerse myself in the Twilight deleted and expanded scenes, special features, and probably the movie a couple of times too!

(now reading Catherine Hardwicke's Twilight Director's Notebook!)

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