Hi, I’m Danielle, and I’m a bookaholic who amasses more books than I’ve got time to read in the immediate future.
I’m largely resigned to this, but one aspect of it itches at me: How am I supposed to help authors spread the word about these books of theirs if they’re sitting largely ignored on my shelves, shunted off to the side by bigger priority responsibilities and deadlines and whatnot? As an author myself, I know the value of reader word of mouth, and of even just having your books’ titles and faces out in the open where it might just connect with someone who’ll end up adoring that story to death.
Well, I may not have time to rip through all of these books, just now. But by golly, I can find time to make their titles and faces known. So here’s the first of several posts we’ll call my Books To Read Eventually series. Today’s category, books I’ve been gifted or won in various giveaways.
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“Angelfire (Angelfire, #1)” by Courtney Allison Moulton
First there are nightmares.
Every night Ellie is haunted by terrifying dreams of monstrous creatures that are hunting her, killing her.
Then come the memories.
When Ellie meets Will, she feels on the verge of remembering something just beyond her grasp. His attention is intense and romantic, and Ellie feels like her soul has known him for centuries. On her seventeenth birthday, on a dark street at midnight, Will awakens Ellie’s power, and she knows that she can fight the creatures that stalk her in the grim darkness. Only Will holds the key to Ellie’s memories, whole lifetimes of them, and when she looks at him, she can no longer pretend anything was just a dream.
Now she must hunt.
Ellie has power that no one can match, and her role is to hunt and kill the reapers that prey on human souls. But in order to survive the dangerous and ancient battle of the angels and the Fallen, she must also hunt for the secrets of her past lives and truths that may be too frightening to remember.
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“Pride, Prejudice, and Curling Rocks” by Andrea Brokaw
Darcy Bennet lives to be on the ice. When the other little girls were watching the Olympics and dreaming of figure-skating, she was dreaming of representing her country not with skates but with a broom.
At seventeen, Darcy still has Olympic dreams, but she has more immediate concerns. Like getting her team to Regionals, making sure she’s accepted by the local college, and convincing her best-friend and team skip not to go to a university on the other side of the continent. And, possibly most important of all, resisting the urge to kill Lucas Fitzwilliam. ‘Cause he may be really annoying, but Darcy’s pretty sure they don’t have curling in prison.
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“I’d Rather Not Be Dead” by Andrea Brokaw
Drew McKinney never liked living in Pine Bridge, North Carolina, but she liked it a lot better than being dead there. No way does she want to haunt this stupid hick town for the rest of forever. She doesn’t want to haunt anywhere if she can help it. But can she?
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“The Secret of Shadow (Thunderstorm and the Elementals, #1)” by T.J. Silver
Charbroiling a cheerleader, twisting a tornado in history class, darting head-on into a Shadow-wing dragon named Drakyus…it wasn’t exactly how Thunderstorm Valdar had pictured his first day at his new school, Paracelsus Academy. Thunder and his family had just relocated from Chicago to Silver Oak, a move he wasn’t thrilled about. Up until that fateful day, Thunder had been an ordinary – though socially awkward – teenager who didn’t know that his uneventful life was about to change forever.
Thunder is quickly initiated into a world of mages who can control fire, air, water, and earth – and who are aided and protected by gryphons, pegasai, seadrakens, naiads, and dragons.
Just when Thunder thinks his day couldn’t get any more craptacular, a dark sorcerer kidnaps his parents and Drakyus whisks Thunder and his new mage friends, Angel and Darius, off on a wild adventure to save them.
Thunderstorm and his friends are forced to embark on a dangerous quest to find the seadraken Kanalia – the only one who can help them rescue Thunder’s parents and avoid an evil trap. As they travel to the ends of the earth, battling trolls, naga, and giant sea creatures, they uncover truths about themselves as the battles between good and evil, light and shadow, threatens their mage world.
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“Marvelous (The Books of Marvella, #1)” by Travis Thrasher
Brandon Jeffery’s summer started out with a bang—as in, a friend crashed his car and now he has to work two jobs to pay it off. It’s at Fascination Street Records that he’s introduced to a beautiful but quiet girl named Marvel. She’s new to Hidden Cove and looking for a summer job, so Brandon secretly strikes a deal with their boss to work for free so she can be hired.
When a classmate is found murdered, however, their summer takes a turn for the mysterious. Brandon’s friend Devon is sure he knows just who’s to blame: the creepy recluse of the town quarry. But the police have few leads, and Brandon has the sneaking suspicion he’s being watched.
That’s not what’s in the forefront of on his mind, though. More than trying to pay off his car to his unemployed, alcoholic father and protecting Seth Belcher from the school bullies, he’s determined to date Marvel. He doesn’t understand why they seem so close and she refuses to date him, but as the mystery behind her tragic past begins to unravel, Marvel finally confesses her reason: God has revealed she’s destined to die saving others—and it’s going to be soon.
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“Sky Blue” by Travis Thrasher
Colin Scott is a top literary agent at a firm representing some of the biggest names in publishing. He’s worked hard to reach this place, yet now it seems routine and aggravating. On top of the creeping cynicism in his professional life, Colin and his wife are desperate to have a baby. As the pressure mounts, he finds himself questioning almost every decision he’s ever made. And he seems to be having a nervous breakdown.
Then disaster strikes. On a much-needed vacation in Mexico, his wife’s parasail malfunctions and she plunges to her death. From that point on, Colin’s life goes from bad to worse as he loses his job and, apparently, his mind.
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So ends Part One. What think, gang? Read any of these yourselves? Feel like reading any of them, having seen them displayed here? If you soon had to hop on a plane to your friend’s wedding across the country – as do I – which of these would you most likely take with you to read in the air? Share below!