Thursday, November 15, 2012

From the Review Pile: Blacker than Black & The Abhorsen Chronicles

From the Review Pile is a meme hosted by Stepping Out of the Page every Thursday. 
The aim of this meme is to showcase books that you've received for review (or if you don't receive review books, any book that you own and really want to read/review) but haven't yet got around to reading, in order to give the book some extra publicity. It is also inspired by 'A While on the Pile', a post by Rachel from Fiktshun / My Reading Pile.
I haven't done one of these posts in a long while but since it motivated me to actually go and read the book last time, I thought I'd give it another shot.

The first book that's been on my pile for a few months (July, I think) is Blacker than Black by Rhi Etzweiler. It was one of the first books I requested from NetGalley (it might have been a 'download now' one) and since it was already out, I kept pushing it back on the pile.

Release date: January 23, 2012
Publisher: Riptide Publishing
Format: ebook, 360 pages

Apparently, my twin and I are two of York’s most notorious criminals. We’ve been Nightwalkers in the blue-light district since the vamps took over the world. Don’t know how many years it’s been. Long enough that a stream of fellow ’walkers have come and gone. Most don’t last long selling their chi. End up face-down in the gutter, or worse.

For us, one night and one sale change everything.

Monsieur Garthelle is the first john to hunt me down. He calls me a chi thief in one breath and offers absolution—servitude—in the next. Maybe I’m a sucker, but I like living and breathing. Strange that such a powerful vamp would show leniency to a mere human. And something’s not right with the chi I took from him. It won’t go away.

Neither will he, and he’s forcing us to spy on his peers. Then a vamp turns up dead, and we go from playing eyes and ears to investigating a murder. This isn’t what I signed up for. All I ever wanted was to sell a little chi, maybe steal some in return. I should’ve kept my damn hands to myself.

This is my story. Look through my eyes.

I don't know why exactly I've kept pushing this one back. I love Urban Fantasy and vampires and the world building seems promising. At the moment I have too many galley titles with 'expiration dates' on them though to get to it immediately. But I'm determiend to read it at some point.

The next one is a book I bought about a year ago. Actually, I first noticed this series at a bookstore when I was like 15... eight years ago. I loved the (German) covers. So it's kind of ironic that I ended up buying it with a cover I don't much care for. Having the whole trilogy in one book (omnibus) for a very reasonable price was a convincing argument though...

The Abhorsen Chronicles, by Gath Nix (Sabriel, Lirael, Abhorsen)

Release date: December 30, 2008
Publisher: Harper Teen
Format: Paperback, 1232 pages


Every step brings Sabriel closer to a battle that will pit her against the true forces of life and death--and bring her face-to-face with her own destiny.


With only her faithful companion, the Disreputable Dog, Lirael must undertake a desperate mission under the growing shadow of an ancient evil, which threatens the fate of the Old Kingdom.


The Abhorsen Sabriel and King Touchstone are missing, and Lirael must search in both Life and Death for some means to defeat the evil Destroyer--before it is too late.

I think the book I'd picked up was Lirael, which was one reason why I didn't buy it - they didn't stock Sabriel. I remember the description including something about everyone having mind powers (reading thoughts?) apart form Lirael, which alienated her. Not sure though... it was a long time ago. But I've heard so much about Garth Nix and really want to read one of his books. It's just... it looks so big and heavy ^^'' Hard to carry around. Takes long to get through. So many other books on the shelf. Yeah...

If any one has motivation to offer for starting to read either of these books, go ahead :) Have you read them? And what's gathering dust on your pile?

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