Monstrous Discoveries is a feature that mentions books that we have discovered through our sidetracking excursions around the web. While our bookshelves really are not never ending, it is always exciting to share the books we would add if it was.
Black City (Black City Chronicles #1) by Elizabeth Richards
Releases: November 13, 2012
A dark and tender postapocalyptic love story set in the aftermath of a bloody war.
In a city where humans and Darklings are now separated by a high wall and tensions between the two races still simmer after a terrible war, sixteen-year-olds Ash Fisher, a half-blood Darkling, and Natalie Buchanan, a human and the daughter of the Emissary, meet and do the unthinkable—they fall in love. Bonded by a mysterious connection, that causes Ash’s long dormant heart to beat, Ash and Natalie first deny and then struggle to fight their forbidden feelings for each other, knowing if they’re caught they’ll be executed—but their feelings are too strong. When Ash and Natalie then find themselves at the center of a deadly conspiracy that threatens to pull the humans and Darklings back into war, they must make hard choices that could result in both their deaths.
The Whispering House by Rebecca Wade
Releases: May 22, 2012
When the Price family moves into Cowleigh Lodge while their home is being repaired, fourteen-year-old Hannah discovers that the ghost of a girl who died there at age eleven wants help unraveling the mystery of her 1877 death.
The Spy Princess by Sherwood Smith
Releases: August 2, 2012
Lilah is bursting with questions–why are the local kids outside the palace so ragged? Why do they hate the sight of her? Why does her older brother Peitar write so many letters, and why, WHY won't anyone tell her what's going on? She invents a disguise so she can find out for herself. For the first time she makes friends, and meets the heroic young revolutionary leader, Derek.
Just when life has become interesting, she and her family are ordered to the capital by him, her broody, scary Uncle Darian, the king. So that Lilah can be betrothed.
But revolution breaks out first.
Lilah and her new friends become spies and disguised thieves in order to help Peitar and Derek, who have been swept into the middle of unrest and danger. And that's when adventure and danger find them.
The Falconer by Elizabeth May
Humans will be the hunted. Love will be tested. Vengeance will be had.
Edinburgh, Scotland, 1844
18-year-old Lady Aileana Kameron was destined to a life carefully planned around Edinburgh’s society events — until a faery killed her mother.
Now, between the seeming endless parties and boring dances, Aileana has a new hobby: she secretly slaughters the fae who prey on humans in the city’s dark alleyways.
Determined to find the faery who murdered her mother, vengeance has become Aileana's life. . . so she never anticipated her growing attraction to the magnetic Kiaran MacKay, the faery who trained her to kill his own kind. Or that there was a world beyond hers, filled with secrets that affect her past and have the potential to destroy her present.
But when her own world is about revenge, and when she holds Kiaran’s fate in her hands, how far is Aileana prepared to go for retribution?
Linked by Imogen Howson
Elissa discovers her nightmarish visions and inexplicable bruises are caused by a telepathic link to a twin she didn’t know existed. When she helps the girl evade government capture, a Bourne Identity style chase ensues.
Venom (Dark Waters #1) by Fiona Paul
Releases: October 3rd 2012
Cassandra Caravello is one of Renaissance Venice’s lucky elite: with elegant gowns, sparkling jewels, access to the best balls, her own lady’s maid, and a wealthy fiancé, she has everything a girl could desire. Yet ever since her parents’ death, Cassandra has felt trapped, alone in a city of water, where the dark and labyrinthine canals whisper of escape.
But when Cass stumbles upon a murdered woman—practically in her own backyard—she’s drawn into a dangerous world of secret societies, courtesans, and killers. Soon, she finds herself falling for Falco, a mysterious artist with a mischievous grin. . .and a spectacular skill for trouble. Can Cassandra find the murderer, before he finds her? And will she stay true to her fiancé, or succumb to her uncontrollable feelings for Falco?
Beauty, love, romance, and mystery weave together in a stunning novel that’s as seductive and surprising as the city of Venice itself.
That's it for us, monsters. Got any great discoveries that you wanna share?