Saturday, May 7, 2011

On My Wishlist: No. 2

Good evening. It's late Friday night/early Saturday morning and I can't sleep. Its been a long day, but I've stayed up late and finished reading the last half of The Vampire Narcise (review forthcoming!).  I couldn't put it down and now that I'm done I'm too wide awake to sleep. So, instead of sleeping, I thought I'd wind down with a Saturday meme, "On My Wishlist" hosted by Book Chick City!

corsetcoverFirst up, The Girl in the Steel Corset by Kady Cross. I downloaded the Finley Jayne novella (The Strange Case of Finley Jayne*) for my Kindle when it was free on Amazon, but haven't had a chance to read it yet. I love steam punk but, quite frankly, this book had me from the cover. I adore it! Adore it!!

Synopsis {GoodReads}

In 1897 England, sixteen-year-old Finley Jayne has no one…except the "thing" inside her.

When a young lord tries to take advantage of Finley, she fights back. And wins. But no normal Victorian girl has a darker side that makes her capable of knocking out a full-grown man with one punch…

Only Griffin King sees the magical darkness inside her that says she's special, says she's one of them. The orphaned duke takes her in from the gaslit streets against the wishes of his band of misfits: Emily, who has her own special abilities and an unrequited love for Sam, who is part robot; and Jasper, an American cowboy with a shadowy secret.

Griffin's investigating a criminal called The Machinist, the mastermind behind several recent crimes by automatons. Finley thinks she can help—and finally be a part of something, finally fit in.

But The Machinist wants to tear Griff's little company of strays apart, and it isn't long before trust is tested on all sides. At least Finley knows whose side she's on—even if it seems no one believes her.
The other two books I'm dying to read are Divergent by Victoria Roth and Enclave by Ann Aguirre.  Both of them are floating around the book blogosphere lately, both of them look fascinating, and both of them have been getting amazing reviews. I cannot wait to read them!

Synopsis {GoodReads}

In Beatrice Prior's dystopian Chicago, society is divided into five factions, each dedicated to the cultivation of a particular virtue—Candor (the honest), Abnegation (the selfless), Dauntless (the brave), Amity (the peaceful), and Erudite (the intelligent). On an appointed day of every year, all sixteen-year-olds must select the faction to which they will devote the rest of their lives. For Beatrice, the decision is between staying with her family and being who she really is—she can't have both. So she makes a choice that surprises everyone, including herself.

During the highly competitive initiation that follows, Beatrice renames herself Tris and struggles to determine who her friends really are—and where, exactly, a romance with a sometimes fascinating, sometimes infuriating boy fits into the life she's chosen. But Tris also has a secret, one she's kept hidden from everyone because she's been warned it can mean death. And as she discovers a growing conflict that threatens to unravel her seemingly perfect society, she also learns that her secret might help her save those she loves . . . or it might destroy her.

Debut author Veronica Roth bursts onto the literary scene with the first book in the Divergent series—dystopian thrillers filled with electrifying decisions, heartbreaking betrayals, stunning consequences, and unexpected romance.

Synopsis {GoodReads}

New York City has been decimated by war and plague, and most of civilization has migrated to underground enclaves, where life expectancy is no more than the early 20's. When Deuce turns 15, she takes on her role as a Huntress, and is paired with Fade, a teenage Hunter who lived Topside as a young boy. When she and Fade discover that the neighboring enclave has been decimated by the tunnel monsters—or Freaks—who seem to be growing more organized, the elders refuse to listen to warnings. And when Deuce and Fade are exiled from the enclave, the girl born in darkness must survive in daylight, in the ruins of a city whose population has dwindled to a few dangerous gangs. As the two are guided by Fade’s long-ago memories, they face dangers, and feelings, unlike any they’ve ever known.
So there you have it!!  If you've taken the time to stop by for the meme, please take a moment to say hello so I can find you!

*Quick Update: I just realized the prequel novella to The Girl in the Steel Corset, The Strange Case of Finley Jayne, is still free to download on Amazon.  If you're interested just click the title to go to Amazon and download it. Enjoy!


  1. Ooo, I really want Enclave as well - I love Ann Aguirre's writing! Divergent has been getting some great write ups as well.

    I'm after some dragon books this week in my wishlist.

  2. I loved Enclave and I've just started Divergent. Great choices!

    I'm a new follower.

    My keeper shelf

  3. I really want to read The Girl in the Steel Corset too! I just started reading Divergent yesterday and so far it's really good! I also just got a copy of Enclave yesterday too.

    I'm wishing for some paranormal with a touch of fast cars with another touch of hottie mercenary thrown in.....

  4. What a great selection of books!!

    I have been considering getting Divergent on Audio book - I keep hearing great things about it!

    I'm a new follower :D


  5. Great pics I can't wait to read Divergent!!!!

    here's my On My Wishlist:

  6. I got a little carried away with requesting books from the library. Usually the books trickle in but the library couriers were super efficient and now I'm buried under books. Come see which book I'm featuring this week.