Friday, December 11, 2009

Twi-Likes, Part V: New Reads after New Moon

Love New Moon? Already read the Twilight Saga more times than you can count? Here are six new novels chock full of dark romance, immortality, a few vampires, and paranormal twists that'll keep you thirsting for more!

Immortal by Gillian Shields
Sent to boarding school as a scholarship student at the oppresive, gothic Wyldcliffe Abbey School for Young Ladies, Evie has never been more lonely. But when she literally runs into Sebastian, a mysterious, brooding boy on the moors by the school, she is inexplicably drawn to him, and to the magic that surrounds him. Meeting only at night, Evie slowly comes to realize that this beautiful boy is somehow connected to the school, and to her own past. But is her beloved Sebastian an angel, or a demon in disguise?

Sea Change by Aimee Friedman
When Miranda's grandmother Isadora dies, she and her mother leave New York to spend the summer on Selkie Island, off the coast in Georgia, to sort through the contents of the mansion Isadora left them. Full of myths and legends of mythical creatures (like sea serpents, the kraken, and merfolk), future scientist Miranda has no patience for the rich folklore of Selkie Island that seems to accost her at every turn. Until she meets local boy Leo in the fog on Siren Beach one evening. As Leo shows her his island home, Miranda finds herself falling hard for him. But when it seems that Leo may be hiding something... supernatural about his true nature, Miranda isn't sure if she's going crazy, or if mythical sea creatures really do walk the beaches of Selkie Island.

The Eternal Kiss: 13 Vampire Tales
In this fabulous collection of short stories, vampires are everywhere, and they're usually very, very thirsty. With authors like Libba Bray, Cassandra Clare, Holly Black, and Melissa de la Cruz, you know you're in for a treat with this one! Sword wielding vampire hunters, reluctant vampires, vampires on the run, and vampire Healers are all featured in these vampire tales - if you're a fan of the Volturi, you're definately gonna want to check this out.

Raven by Allison van Diepen
Zin dances with a dark fire, and Nicole has been in love with him since the first time she laid eyes on him. The pair are everything to each other - everything they can be while remaining best friends. Zin has a dark secret that keeps him always at a distance from Nic, a dark secret he shares with others at the club. When Nic discovers what Zin truly is, will they finally be able to be together? Or will Zin's secret destroy everything they have?

Shadowland by Alyson Noel
In this third book of The Immortals series, Ever has yet to reveal to her beloved Damen the terrible secret she carries, the curse that resulted from her desperate race to save his life, and his soul, in Blue Moon. The terrible truth that any touch between them, the brush of their hands, will send Damen to the Shadowlands, where his soul will be lost forever. But in her search for a way to break the curse, Ever meets Jude. Srangely familar to her, Ever is drawn to this boy with a mysterious past. Who is Jude? As Damen grows more distant, and Jude closer, Ever finds herself questioning everything she believes to be true - even the certainty that Damen is her one true love for all eternity.

Beautiful Creatures by Kami Garcia & Margaret Stohl
Ethan Wate has lived in small Southern town Gatlin his entire life, where nothing ever changes. Until Lena Duchannes appears in school one day - the same girl who has been haunting Ethan's dreams for months. Beautiful, mysterious, and outcast, Lena lives with her uncle, the town recluse. Despite Lena's attempts to keep Ethan out of her life, the two are drawn to each other. When they discover a mysterious locket that plunges them, together, into visions of the past, Ethan is more determined than ever to discover the source of their connection, and the dark secret lurking in their past. A secret that has the power to tear them apart, and plunge Lena into darkness.

(Finishing up Beautiful Creatures, and looking forward to reading Hush, Hush by Becca Fitzpatrick and Fallen by Lauren Kate, two new paranormal romances about fallen angels!)

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