What’s Hot?

Happy Sunday, fellow book-lovers! 

We here at The Book Hookup hope you’ve managed to squeeze in a great book or two this week, but maybe you haven’t had the chance. Perhaps you’ve been too busy, possibly the books we rec’ed this week didn’t quite catch your eye, or just maybe you’ve been having trouble deciding which lucky one gets to earn the coveted currently reading slot on your Goodreads shelf.

Never fear, though; we’ll always be here to whisper in your ear and put you on the perfect path to the right book. To help you along, each Sunday we’ll spotlight a particular genre or sub-genre and tell you about few books that are flying off the racks (real or virtual) at Barnes & Noble and Amazon.

This week’s What’s Hot Spotlight is:

Vampires

  • At B&N:

The Golden Lily (Bloodlines #2) by Richelle Mead

***Bestseller in Young Adult***

From Publisher: Richelle Mead is back with her second thrilling installment of the Vampire Academy spinoff series.

Tough, brainy alchemist Sydney Sage and doe-eyed Moroi princess Jill Dragomir are in hiding at a human boarding school in the sunny, glamorous world of Palm Springs, California. The students–children of the wealthy and powerful–carry on with their lives in blissful ignorance, while Sydney, Jill, Eddie, and Adrian must do everything in their power to keep their secret safe. But with forbidden romances, unexpected spirit bonds, and the threat of Strigoi moving ever closer, hiding the truth is harder than anyone thought.

Populated with new faces as well as familiar ones, Richelle Mead’s breathtaking Bloodlines series explores all the friendship, romance, battles, and betrayals that made the #1 New York Times bestselling Vampire Academy series so addictive. In this second book, the drama is hotter, the romances are steamier, and the stakes are even higher.

Jessica Rules the Dark Side (Jessica #2) by Beth Fantaskey

***Bestseller in Young Adult***

From Publisher: It’s one thing to find out you’re a vampire princess. It’s a whole other thing to actually rule. Newly married Jessica Packwood is having a hard enough time feeling regal with her husband, Lucius, at her side. But when evidence in the murder of a powerful elder points to Lucius, sending him into solitary confinement, Jessica is suddenly on her own. Determined to clear her husband’s name, Jessica launches into a full-scale investigation, but hallucinations and nightmares of betrayal keep getting in her way. Jessica knows that with no blood to drink, Lucius’s time is running out. Can she figure out who the real killer is—and whom she can trust—before it’s too late?

The Immortal Rules (Blood of Eden #1) by Julie Kagawa

***Bestseller in Young Adult***

(Ana and Celeste reviewed this title, you can find it here.)

From Publisher:“In a future world, vampires reign. Humans are blood cattle. And one girl will search for the key to save humanity.”Allison Sekemoto survives in the Fringe, the outermost circle of a vampire city. By day, she and her crew scavenge for food. By night, any one of them could be eaten.

Some days, all that drives Allie is her hatred of “them.” The vampires who keep humans as blood cattle. Until the night Allie herself is attacked–and given the ultimate choice. Die…or become one of the monsters.

Faced with her own mortality, Allie becomes what she despises most. To survive, she must learn the rules of being immortal, including the most important: go long enough without human blood, and you will go mad.

Then Allie is forced to flee into the unknown, outside her city walls. There she joins a ragged band of humans who are seeking a legend–a possible cure to the disease that killed off most of humankind and created the rabids, the mindless creatures who threaten humans and vampires alike.

But it isn’t easy to pass for human. Especially not around Zeke, who might see past the monster inside her. And Allie soon must decide what–and who–is worth dying for.

  • At Amazon:

Black Dawn (The Morganville Vampires #12) by Rachel Caine

***Bestseller in Young Adult***

From Publisher:“With its eclectic mix of vampire and human citizens, Morganville, Texas, has always been a risky place to call home. But with the invasion of the vampire’s deadliest enemy, Morganville isn’t just in danger–it’s dying…

Ever since the draug–mysterious creatures that prey on vampires–took over Morganville, the lives of student Claire Danvers and her friends have been thrown into turmoil. Most of the town’s residents have evacuated, but Claire, Shane, Eve and Michael have chosen to stay and fight.Using the city’s water system to spread, the draug have rapidly multiplied. Things in Morganville look grim, especially since vampire Amelie–the town founder–has been infected by the master draug’s bite. Now, if Claire and her friends don’t figure out how to cure Amelie and defeat the draug, it looks like Morganville will become little more than a ghost town…

(Note: I almost didn’t put this on here because it was the TWELFTH one in the series, but apparently I’m the one that’s missing out. People are raving about it on Goodreads, saying that the 12th is just as good as the 1st.) 

Darkness Before Dawn (Darkness Before Dawn #1) by J. A. London

***Bestseller in Young Adult***

From Publisher: Only sunlight can save us.

We built the wall to keep them out, to keep us safe. But it also makes us prisoners, trapped in what’s left of our ravaged city, fearing nightfall.

After the death of my parents, it’s up to me—as the newest delegate for humanity—to bargain with our vampire overlord. I thought I was ready. I thought I knew everything there was to know about the monsters. Then again, nothing could have prepared me for Lord Valentine . . . or his son. Maybe not all vampires are killers. Maybe it’s safe to let one in.

Only one thing is certain: Even the wall is not enough. A war is coming and we cannot hide forever.

Resurrected (Book #1 of the Vampire Legacy series) by Morgan Rice

***Bestseller in Young Adult***

From Publisher:In RESURRECTED (Book #1 of the Vampire Legacy), 16 year old Scarlet Paine finds herself changing in mysterious ways. She is becoming sensitive to light, able to read peoples’ thoughts, and is faster and stronger than she’s ever been. She doesn’t understand what’s happening to her, and tries to ignore it. But she can only dismiss it for so long.

Caitlin Paine, her mom, knows too well what’s happening to her daughter. She underwent the same transformation to vampire once, centuries ago. But now, in the present day, as a mere human, she has no memory of it. All she has is the journal she found in the attic—her mysterious vampire journal—telling of her exploits in another time and place, and of the vampire race being eradicated. But was there one exception to the rule? Could it be that Scarlet, her daughter, is the last remaining vampire on earth?

As Scarlet tries to fight who she’s becoming, she also tries to fight her intense feelings for Blake, a boy in her grade who she has a crush on. She can’t tell, though, if he’s into her, and with the big Halloween dance just days away, the pressure is on. She would do anything for Blake to ask her. But Vivian, the meanest of the popular girls, is also on Blake’s radar, and she’ll do anything to make Blake hers—and to make Scarlet’s life a living hell.

Luckily Scarlet has her own clique of friends to back her up, including her best friends Maria and Jasmin. They, too, have guy troubles—but it isn’t until Sage appears, the mysterious new boy, that her friends become obsessed. Scarlet finds herself attracted to him, too—and is surprised when it is her, of all the girls in the school, that he pays attention to. But her mind is set on Blake, at least for now, and she continues to hope he’ll ask her to the dance.

Just when it seems that Scarlet has what she wants, her body changes. Soon it may be impossible for her to be near her fellow humans. Soon, she may have to choose between her desire to live and her desire for love.

  • Please note, not all of these titles have been previously reviewed by the Litbrarians from The Book Hookup; only those expressly indicated below the title have been. The majority of this lists comes from cross-referencing between the sites of Barnes and Noble, Amazon, and Goodreads. 

Thanks for stopping by, and be sure to check back in tomorrow to find out which books kept the Litbrarians company this weekend. 

Happy Reading!

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About Christina

Full of giggles, flails, snark and Southern endearments. Avid Reader. Lover of swoony boys, kickass heroines, yummy kissing scenes, and pretty prose.
I like to draw hearts in the sky (eternal optimist) and wish on stars (forever dreamer). Documentaries, sweet tea, sleep, and brightly colored knee-socks are a few of my favorite things. ♥

Comments

  1. Jo says:

    My first reply to the headline was ‘me?’ but I guess that’s not what you were going for. So….
    Guess I’ll start reading book three in the Maze runner series.
    (And adding a few of your suggestions to my list)

    • Christina says:

      No, you’re totes hot! I’ve heard really good things about the Maze Runner series… It’s dystopian, right? If you find any of these to your liking, come back and let us know!

      Thanks for stopping by and commenting!

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