Book Interviews, Books, Interviews

Interview: Kendare Blake talks mythology, writing, and more!

Kendare Blake stopped by to answer some exclusive questions. She talks about her book, why she went with Greek gods, the characters in her new book Antigoddess, writing, and more! Without further ado, take it away Kendare!

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13246736For those who are unfamiliar with your work, tell us about Antigoddess in your own words

Antigoddess is a story of a godly war, fought between gods who are no longer immortal. They begin to die strange, painful deaths, each death tied to the god’s particular traits. As they take sides, they seek out weapons that might be of use. One in particular: a reincarnated prophetess who doesn’t have a clue about her past. Antigoddess draws a lot on the Iliad and the Odyssey.

How was it, switching into a different world and leaving the Anna Dressed in blood world behind?

Well, not as sad as you might think, because I wrote Antigoddess in between Anna Dressed in Blood and Girl of Nightmares, so I knew I still had time to spend with Cas & Co. But it was absolutely scary, whenever I paused to think about it. Luckily, the first draft wrote pretty fast, so I didn’t have time to think about it much.

Why greek gods? There are so many ancients out there, what about them appealed to you as a writer?

Not sure exactly. Only that I’ve always been drawn to the story of Troy, the Iliad and the Odyssey, and even a little bit the Aeneid. Okay, not really the Aeneid. I love that the Greek gods were monsters as much as they were gods. I loved that they shared the worst traits with the mortals they ruled over. Their fallibility is so interesting to me.

Was it hard trying to bring something new to stories that are old and familiar?

I don’t know if it was hard, but it was definitely intimidating. They’re gods. They’re characters from old stories. People have seen them before, and have pre-existing opinions/impressions of them. So if something I add is different, or my interpretation is different, it can really throw a reader. Which is the last thing I wanted to do. I wanted to keep the gods petty and brutal. Cruel screwups who occasionally do you a favor. I hope I did a decent job balancing the old traditions while still making the characters my own.

Talk to us about Cassandra. She’s such a cool character, modern teen and yet reincarnation of an ancient prophetess. Did you see her first as Cassandra of today, and then add in her ancient parts, so to speak, or, since she’s really the same, did you try and visualize her as the same regardless of the change in millennia?

I saw her today, I think. Cassandra was tough. She was shy. I got the impression she didn’t want to be written about, and her character would have loved nothing more than to be overlooked. Ignored. Left the frick alone. At first, I had this image of her as this sort of mousy, quiet, tragic thing, a character you would pity because of all the crap piled on her over and over. And she sort of was, just…average, under the radar, for a while. Then she started to change. I thought she’d shoulder the burden of what happened and I would wish for her happy ending. Instead she bucked. She bit back. As Athena learns to be more human, Cassandra begins to become less.

kendareThe concept of the gods dying, and the ways that they’re dying, is one of the most fascinating parts of the book (especially Athena’s with the owl feathers. Brilliant!). Take us through the process of developing these ideas. How did you finally decide what the doom for each would be?

That part came pretty organically. The whole novel started because of some visions I had of dying goddesses. I saw Demeter and Artemis first, Demeter stretched taut across the land, dried out skin like a massive drum. Artemis running from beasts, torn apart in her forests. And as each new god showed up, it was very, “Oh, yeah, there you are, wow, look what’s wrong with you!” I never had to decide between two possible deaths. They just were.

Talk to us about your writing styles and habits. Do you have a crazy outline you write from? How to you take a story from idea to book, essentially (I know, broad question, haha)

I’m what they call a mostly-pantser. So, I have an idea, I get to know some characters, find the starting scenes, play out a few pivotal scenes in my head, and then start writing without any real framework. I don’t know exactly where the story is headed, or what will be involved. For example, I thought Anna Dressed in Blood would end on the shores of Lake Superior. I thought Superior would have a bigger role overall. Turns out it barely gets a mention.

If I’m lucky, I know how it will end. I rarely get so lucky.

Any weird writer’s quirks? Special pens? Candles burning when you write?  A set schedule or word count you must do every day? 

Is laziness a weird writer’s quirk? Probably not. I can’t force write. Is that a thing? Force writing? Anyway, if the words aren’t there, no amount of me staring at a computer screen will get them there. So, I wait until I feel it, and try as best I can to set a schedule. No special pens. I have a notebook open beside my laptop for notes. No burning candles. Usually the Food Network on in the background, or I’ll flip through those Music Choice channels.

What can you tell us about book 2 in the Goddess Wars series? Any secrets to reveal for fans who want more?

I can tell you that more heroes and gods show up. Someone is going to arrive and make trouble for Athena where Odysseus is concerned. If you want to know who, you can find her in the pages of the Odyssey. And we’re probably headed to the Underworld, at least once.

 What have you read lately that you’ve loved? Our readers are always looking for great recommendations!

NOS4A2, by Joe Hill. I’m eagerly awaiting Dr. Sleep, by Joe Hill’s dad. I recently loved April Genevieve Tucholke’s BETWEEN THE DEVIL AND THE DEEP BLUE SEA and there’s a great debut that’s not to be missed in a few weeks, Mindy McGinnis’ NOT A DROP TO DRINK. And everyone should probably read some Caitlin R Kiernan. Just because.

Thank you so much for featuring me on Lytherus!

-Kendare

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Want more from Kendare? Follow her on twitter and check out her awesome website. And don’t forget to enter in a giveaway to win one of two copies of Kendare’s newest book, Antigoddess.

Book Editorial, Books, Editorials

Kendare Blake talks goddesses and war in this exclusive guest post!

The always hilarious and very insightful Kendare Blake wrote up an awesome guest post for Lytherus today, talking about the name of her series, and why it is a war between goddesses, not gods. Definitely worth a read!

Take it away Kendare!

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Why ‘The Goddess War’?

By Kendare Blake

athena14Why not, ‘The God War’? I mean, there are gods there, too, aren’t there?

I’ve never actually been asked this question. But if I ever am, my response will be, “because. Shut up.” And then I shall stick out my tongue and twerk and run away.

Not really. I still don’t actually know what ‘twerking’ is. But it sounds funny.

The true answer is, “I don’t know.”

I mean, sure, I like to see dynamic females in fiction. But equality between the sexes is actually much closer to my heart. Yet the boys (or at least the boy gods) seem to have gotten the shaft in this installment. It’s the ladies of Antigoddess who run the show: Athena vs Hera all the way with Cassandra of Troy as pickle in the middle. The boys have time to shine, time to be heroes because they ARE heroes, but I have to admit, they play second fiddle. I feel sort of bad about that. Am I super sexist, or what?

Kendare-BlakeTo assuage my guilt, I’m going to blame my upbringing. Formative years spent watching Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Aliens, and the Terminator movies taught me that girl heroes are interesting heroes. Can I really be blamed that Sarah Connor is more riveting than Kyle Reese? (Forgive me, Kyle Reese, I love you. Also, forgive me Hicks, I love you, too. Wait a second…Kyle Reese, Hicks…Michael Biehn…is all this Michael Biehn’s fault? Impossible. I also love Michael Biehn.)

Perhaps a more disturbing question is why I chose an all-lady leading cast for a story that hinges on their painful demise. I didn’t think about it when I wrote the short story that sparked the idea for Antigoddess, and I didn’t think about it when writing the novel. But every grisly death I imagined was the end of a goddess. Not a god.

Do the deaths of women seem more tragic? Somehow more Ophelia-beautiful? Or were the essences of the goddesses marginalized and made less human, so it was easier to imagine an end for them tied to one defining characteristic? Demeter’s harvest laid to waste, the huntress Artemis torn apart by beasts, Aphrodite’s love turned in on itself to madness.

Geez, I hope not. I probably just like putting ladies through shit. They can take it.

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What do you think? In a war with gods and goddesses, where would you put your focus?

Want more from Kendare? Follow her on twitter and check out her awesome website. And don’t forget to enter in a giveaway to win one of two copies of Kendare’s newest book, Antigoddess.

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Giveaway: Win one of two copies of ‘Antigoddess’ by Kendare Blake!

13246736As part of the Kendare Blake featured author week, we’re giving away two copies of her new book Antigoddess. 

Our giveaway is simple. Unfortunately, it’s open to residents of North America only (sorry, international fans!). If you’re under 18, please make sure to get your parents’ permission to enter the giveaway. You can earn a total of six entries in the giveaway:

  • ONE entry for simply entering the giveaway
  • TWO entries for following us on Twitter
  • TWO entries for “liking” us on Facebook
  • ONE entry for talking about the giveaway on Twitter

The giveaway will stay open until Tuesday, September 17th, at 12:01 am. Winners will automatically be chosen at random via Rafflecopter. The first name of each winner will be announced on this post and winners will be contacted by a member of our staff to begin the process of shipping out your prize.

Good luck!

 

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Book Reviews, Books, Reviews

Review: Kendare Blake brings a fresh, suspense-filled take on the ancient Greek gods in ‘Antigoddess’

Kendare Blake has a lot of fans, thanks to her awesome book Anna Dressed in Blood. She’s starting a new series with Antigoddess, which brings the greek gods roaring into today’s age in a wonderfully fresh way. What’s the book about? Here’s the summary:

Blake_antigoddessThe Goddess War begins in Antigoddess, the first installment of the new series by acclaimed author ofAnna Dressed in Blood, Kendare Blake.

Old Gods never die…

Or so Athena thought. But then the feathers started sprouting beneath her skin, invading her lungs like a strange cancer, and Hermes showed up with a fever eating away his flesh. So much for living a quiet eternity in perpetual health.

Desperately seeking the cause of their slow, miserable deaths, Athena and Hermes travel the world, gathering allies and discovering enemies both new and old. Their search leads them to Cassandra—an ordinary girl who was once an extraordinary prophetess, protected and loved by a god.

These days, Cassandra doesn’t involve herself in the business of gods—in fact, she doesn’t even know they exist. But she could be the key in a war that is only just beginning.

Because Hera, the queen of the gods, has aligned herself with other of the ancient Olympians, who are killing off rivals in an attempt to prolong their own lives. But these anti-gods have become corrupted in their desperation to survive, horrific caricatures of their former glory. Athena will need every advantage she can get, because immortals don’t just flicker out.

Every one of them dies in their own way. Some choke on feathers. Others become monsters. All of them rage against their last breath.

The Goddess War is about to begin.

I heard Kendare speak on a panel at SDCC, and I fell in love with her. This girl is freaking hilarious. And witty. And has some really poignant things to say. And all of these things are present in spades in Antigoddess. I laughed out loud frequently (it’s pretty funny hearing ancient immortals using current colloquialisms and pop-culture references with sarcasm, distain, and humor). I also really enjoyed the alternation of chapters between the main female protagonist, Cassandra (the reincarnation of an ancient prophetess, which is very cool), and some of the gods. It helps to see where they are coming from regarding the conflict that Cassandra gets pulled into the middle of, and it adds a lot of depth to the backstory, which helps me feel a lot more for the well-being of the characters.

There’s an interesting romance angle, but it isn’t front and center. There are nice little make-out bits shoved in here and there, but that’s not the point of this story. However, it adds a lot to the progression of the tale, and it rounds out the characters nicely. Plus, hey, who doesn’t want to make out with a hot golden god who can literally warm you with his touch? It’s pretty fun watching Cassandra experience all of these things.

There are a bit of f-bombs dropped, and some honest, real teen language (i.e. a bit crude sometimes), so if you’re put off by that be warned, it’s there. But it didn’t bother me, if anything it made what the teens (and ancient immortal gods) say feel more realistic.

If you’re a fan of mythology, this is a must-read. Also, there’s some great suspense and tension, as the book always has you wondering what’s around the next corner. This is another one that I fell asleep to reading, a sign that it’s impossible for me to put down. I can’t wait to see what happens as this series progresses.

Antigoddess is out today, September 10th, 2013, by Tor Teen.

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Featured Author Week: Kendare Blake (‘Antigoddess’) Visits Lytherus!

kendare blake featured weekKendare Blake , author of the Antigoddes,  first book in the Goddess War series, will be joining us this week for reviews, an interview, a guest post, and an awesome giveaway!

Antigoddess is out this week. What’s it about? Check out below:

Blake_antigoddessThe Goddess War begins in Antigoddess, the first installment of the new series by acclaimed author ofAnna Dressed in Blood, Kendare Blake.

Old Gods never die…

Or so Athena thought. But then the feathers started sprouting beneath her skin, invading her lungs like a strange cancer, and Hermes showed up with a fever eating away his flesh. So much for living a quiet eternity in perpetual health.

Desperately seeking the cause of their slow, miserable deaths, Athena and Hermes travel the world, gathering allies and discovering enemies both new and old. Their search leads them to Cassandra—an ordinary girl who was once an extraordinary prophetess, protected and loved by a god.

These days, Cassandra doesn’t involve herself in the business of gods—in fact, she doesn’t even know they exist. But she could be the key in a war that is only just beginning.

Because Hera, the queen of the gods, has aligned herself with other of the ancient Olympians, who are killing off rivals in an attempt to prolong their own lives. But these anti-gods have become corrupted in their desperation to survive, horrific caricatures of their former glory. Athena will need every advantage she can get, because immortals don’t just flicker out.

Every one of them dies in their own way. Some choke on feathers. Others become monsters. All of them rage against their last breath.

The Goddess War is about to begin.

Here’s a breakdown of this week’s featured author articles:

  • Monday (September 9th): Introduction to the Kendare Blake Featured Author Week
  • Tuesday (September 10th): Review of Antigoddess
  • Wednesday (September 11th): Giveaway!
  • Thursday (September 12th): Guest post with Kendare Blake
  • Friday (September 13th): Exclusive interview with Kendare Blake

Looking for more to read? View our past archive of featured authors, with a stellar lineup including Lev Grossman, Stefan Bachmann, Colleen Houck, and more!

Book Editorial, Books, Editorials

Lytherus’ top ten new release young adult books you CAN’T miss this fall!

top ten young adult book releasesFall is the time for reading. The weather’s turning colder, days are getting shorter, and it’s perfect for snuggling up with a book. Lucky for us, there is a ton of great young adult books coming out this fall. Our team sat down to compile our top ten list of most anticipated fall young adult novels you can’t miss out on! Here’s a list of our top ten choices to look forward to:

Antigoddess by Kendare Blake (September 10th)

antigoddess-kendare-blakeKendare Blake made a mark for herself with Anna Dressed in Blood, and now she’s beginning a new series with Antigoddess  the premise of which begs the question, ‘What if the immortal gods started dying?’ Stay tuned next week, we’re going to be featuring Kendare and this book Monday through Friday! Here’s the summary:

Old Gods never die…

Or so Athena thought. But then the feathers started sprouting beneath her skin, invading her lungs like a strange cancer, and Hermes showed up with a fever eating away his flesh. So much for living a quiet eternity in perpetual health.

Desperately seeking the cause of their slow, miserable deaths, Athena and Hermes travel the world, gathering allies and discovering enemies both new and old. Their search leads them to Cassandra—an ordinary girl who was once an extraordinary prophetess, protected and loved by a god.

These days, Cassandra doesn’t involve herself in the business of gods—in fact, she doesn’t even know they exist. But she could be the key in a war that is only just beginning.

Because Hera, the queen of the gods, has aligned herself with other of the ancient Olympians, who are killing off rivals in an attempt to prolong their own lives. But these anti-gods have become corrupted in their desperation to survive, horrific caricatures of their former glory. Athena will need every advantage she can get, because immortals don’t just flicker out.

Every one of them dies in their own way. Some choke on feathers. Others become monsters. All of them rage against their last breath.

The Goddess War is about to begin.

 

The Dream Thieves by Maggie Stiefvater (September 17th)

dream-thievesFor those of who haven’t read book one in this series (The Raven Boys) yet, you’re seriously missing out. But now’s a good time, because book two, The Dream Thieves, is just around the corner. The world has been established, but many questions go unanswered, and Maggie left readers hanging with the final sentence of the first book, leading right into book two (which is hinted at in the title!)  Here’s the summary:

Now that the ley lines around Cabeswater have been woken, nothing for Ronan, Gansey, Blue, and Adam will be the same. Ronan, for one, is falling more and more deeply into his dreams, and his dreams are intruding more and more into waking life. Meanwhile, some very sinister people are looking for some of the same pieces of the Cabeswater puzzle that Gansey is after….

 

Frozen by Melissa de la Cruz and Michael Johnston (September 17th)

frozen-melissa-de-la-cruz-michael-johnstonMelissa was made popular by her vampire series Blue Bloods. In this endeavor she pairs up with her husband to co-write Frozen, the first book in a new series about a futuristic frozen Los Vegas, a forbidden magic, and a journey that could change lives. We’re going to be featuring this book on Lytherus, so stay tuned! Here’s the summary:

From New York Times bestselling author Melissa de la Cruz and Michael Johnston comes this remarkable first book in a spellbinding new series about the dawn of a new kind of magic.

Welcome to New Vegas, a city once covered in bling, now blanketed in ice. Like much of the destroyed planet, the place knows only one temperature—freezing. But some things never change. The diamond in the ice desert is still a 24-hour hedonistic playground and nothing keeps the crowds away from the casino floors, never mind the rumors about sinister sorcery in its shadows.

At the heart of this city is Natasha Kestal, a young blackjack dealer looking for a way out. Like many, she’s heard of a mythical land simply called “the Blue.” They say it’s a paradise, where the sun still shines and the waters are turquoise. More importantly, it’s a place where Nat won’t be persecuted, even if her darkest secret comes to light.

But passage to the Blue is treacherous, if not impossible, and her only shot is to bet on a ragtag crew of mercenaries led by a cocky runner named Ryan Wesson there. Danger and deceit await on every corner, even as Nat and Wes
find themselves inexorably drawn to each other. But can true love survive the lies? Fiery hearts collide in this fantastic tale of the evil men do and the awesome power within us all.

 

Steelheart by Brandon Sanderson (September 24th)

steelheart-brandon-sandersonWhat if there were really superheroes in the world? What if every single one of them, without exception, was evil? What chance would regular people stand against such forces? And how can someone defeat the invincible? These are some of the questions raised in master storyteller Brandon Sanderson’s upcoming book Steelheart. It’s every bit as epic as it sounds, and we’re going to be featuring it during it’s release week, so definitely stop back! Bonus: there’s a chapter excerpt if you want to get started now. Here’s the summary.

From the #1 New York Times bestselling author of the Mistborn Trilogy, Brandon Sanderson, comes the first book in a new, action-packed thrill ride of a series—Steelheart.

Ten years ago, Calamity came. It was a burst in the sky that gave ordinary men and women extraordinary powers. The awed public started calling them Epics. But Epics are no friend of man. With incredible gifts came the desire to rule. And to rule man you must crush his wills. Nobody fights the Epics . . . nobody but the Reckoners. A shadowy group of ordinary humans, they spend their lives studying Epics, finding their weaknesses, and then assassinating them. And David wants in. He wants Steelheart—the Epic who is said to be invincible. The Epic who killed David’s father. For years, like the Reckoners, David’s been studying, and planning—and he has something they need. Not an object, but an experience.
He’s seen Steelheart bleed. And he wants revenge.

 

Unbreakable by Kami Garcia (October 10th)

Kami Garcia/UnbreakableGhosts! Murder! Secret societies! These are some of the awesome things featured in Kami Garcia’s new book Unbreakable. This is her first solo project after the very popular and much -loved Beautiful Creatures series she wrote with Margaret Stohl, and it’s one of the most anticipated books of the fall. And Lytherus managed to snag an exclusive interview with her for release week, so be sure to check it out! Here’s the summary:

I never believed in ghosts.
Until one tried to kill me.
When Kennedy Waters finds her mother dead, she doesn’t realize that paranormal forces are responsible–not until mysterious identical twins Jared and Lukas Lockhart break into her room and destroy a deadly spirit sent to kill her.
Kennedy learns that her mother’s death was no accident, and now she has to take her place in the Legion of the Black Dove–a secret society whose five members were all murdered on the same night, leaving the Legion in the hands of the next generation: a misfit group with unique skills.
As the new members race to find the only weapon capable of destroying the demon, they use their individual talents to battle paranormal entities and earn their rightful place in the Legion–except for Kennedy.
If she is truly the missing piece of the puzzle, can she stay alive long enough to find out–without losing her heart in the process?
Protect Yourself.
What you can’t see CAN hurt you

 

The Eye of Minds by James Dashner (October 8th)

the-eye-of-minds-james-dashnerWe’re James Dashner fans here at Lytherus, and this new book, the first in a new series, has promise to be one of our favorites this fall. James uses the awesome imagination we loved in The Maze Runner series and delivers it again in The Eye of Minds, a futuristic cyber world filled with intrigue and adventure. And gaming! And hacking! It should be a good one, especially if you’re a fan of scifi, gaming, or the world of coding. We’ll be featuring Dashner all of his release week, so be sure to stop by. Here’s the summary:

From James Dashner, the author of the New York Times bestselling Maze Runner series, comes an all-new, edge-of-your seat adventure. The Eye of Minds is the first book in The Mortality Doctrine, a series set in a world of hyperadvanced technology, cyberterrorists, and gaming beyond your wildest dreams . . . and your worst nightmares.

Michael is a gamer. And like most gamers, he almost spends more time on the VirtNet than in the actual world. The VirtNet offers total mind and body immersion, and it’s addictive. Thanks to technology, anyone with enough money can experience fantasy worlds, risk their life without the chance of death, or just hang around with Virt-friends. And the more hacking skills you have, the more fun. Why bother following the rules when most of them are dumb, anyway?

But some rules were made for a reason. Some technology is too dangerous to fool with. And recent reports claim that one gamer is going beyond what any gamer has done before: he’s holding players hostage inside the VirtNet. The effects are horrific—the hostages have all been declared brain-dead. Yet the gamer’s motives are a mystery.

The government knows that to catch a hacker, you need a hacker.And they’ve been watching Michael. They want him on their team. But the risk is enormous. If he accepts their challenge, Michael will need to go off the VirtNet grid. There are back alleys and corners in the system human eyes have never seen and predators he can’t even fathom—and there’s the possibility that the line between game and reality will be blurred forever.

 

Allegiant by Veronica Roth (October 22nd)

allegiant-veronica-rothIf I had to pick the top YA book that’s most anticipated this fall, it’s Allegiant, the conclusion to Veronica Roth’s superb Divergent series. With the Divergent movie coming out next year, this series has been everywhere. And I don’t know about you, but I can’t wait to see how it ends. Here’s the summary:

What if your whole world was a lie?
What if a single revelation—like a single choice—changed everything?
What if love and loyalty made you do things you never expected?
The explosive conclusion to Veronica Roth’s #1 New York Times bestselling Divergent trilogy reveals the secrets of the dystopian world that has captivated millions of readers in Divergent and Insurgent.

 

Teardrop by Lauren Kate (October 22nd)

teardrop-lauren-kateTeardrop is the first book in a new series by Lauren Kate. We’re going to be featuring her all of release week, and having already read and advanced copy of the book, we can say that this book is fantastic. It feels fresh and new, and fans of Lauren’s Fallen series will gobble this one right up. Fans who love fantasy, adventure, and romance should also definitely not miss it. Here’s the summary:

The first in a new series by Lauren Kate, the #1 New York Times bestselling author of the Fallen series, TEARDROP is an epic saga of heart-stopping romance, devastating secrets, and dark magic . . . a world where everything you love can be washed away.
Never, ever cry. . . . Eureka Boudreaux’s mother drilled that rule into her daughter years ago. But now her mother is gone, and everywhere Eureka goes he is there: Ander, the tall, pale blond boy who seems to know things he shouldn’t, who tells Eureka she is in grave danger, who comes closer to making her cry than anyone has before.
But Ander doesn’t know Eureka’s darkest secret: ever since her mother drowned in a freak accident, Eureka wishes she were dead, too. She has little left that she cares about, just her oldest friend, Brooks, and a strange inheritance—a locket, a letter, a mysterious stone, and an ancient book no one understands. The book contains a haunting tale about a girl who got her heart broken and cried an entire continent into the sea. Eureka is about to discover that the ancient tale is more than a story, that Ander might be telling the truth . . . and that her life has far darker undercurrents than she ever imagined.

 

The Shadowhunter’s Codex by Cassandra Clare (October 29th)

the-shadowhunters-codex-cassandra-clareThis is more of a companion book than an actual novel, but for fans of Cassandra Clare and anything Shadowhunter, this is going to be a must-have. This is the Shadowhunter instruction manual, and not only that, it’s Clary’s actual copy, complete with her personal sketches and notes. This should be a very cool insight to the morals and creation of the demon killing machines fans of the series know and love. Here’s the summary:

Delve into the details of all things Shadowhunter with this illustrated guide to the knowledge and lore of the Shadowhunter world.

Since the thirteenth century, the Shadowhunter’s Codex has been the one and only manual for Shadowhunters looking to brush up on their demon languages, learn proper stele use, and discover just what exactly a pyxis is. Featured in both The Mortal Instruments and The Infernal Devices, this guide is a necessity for any young Nephilim on their journey to becoming a Shadowhunter. Beautifully illustrated, the Codex contains images of the famous Shadowhunter homeland of Idris, as well as depictions of demons and other Downworlders.
But this isn’t just any copy of The Shadowhunter’s Codex. It’s Clary’s copy, and as an artist herself, she’s sketched pictures of her friends and family in the book, and scrawled helpful advice in the margins. Of course, she couldn’t exactly stop Jace or Simon from adding their thoughts either. Part encyclopedia, part history, part training manual—complete with commentary from Shadowhunters who have seen it all—this beautiful guide is a perfect supplement to the #1 New York Times bestselling series.

 

Curtsies and Consperacies by Gail Carriger (November 5th)

curtsies-and-consperacies-gail-carrigerThis is book two in Gail’s young adult series, set in the same world as her steampunk Parasol Protectorate series. Murder, mayhem, and manners abound in these books. They are a riot to read, and really creative. I’m sure Curtsies and Consperacies will continue that legacy proudly. If you’ve never read any, start with the adult books and then move on to the YA. You won’t be sorry. If you’re up to date, here’s an excerpt of book 2. Here’s the summary:

Does one need four fully grown foxgloves for decorating a dinner table for six guests? Or is it six foxgloves to kill four fully grown guests?

Sophronia’s first year at Mademoiselle Geraldine’s Finishing Academy for Young Ladies of Quality has certainly been rousing! For one thing, finishing school is training her to be a spy–won’t Mumsy be surprised? Furthermore, Sophronia got mixed up in an intrigue over a stolen device and had a cheese pie thrown at her in a most horrid display of poor manners.

Now, as she sneaks around the dirigible school, eavesdropping on the teachers’ quarters and making clandestine climbs to the ship’s boiler room, she learns that there may be more to a field trip to London than is apparent at first. A conspiracy is afoot–one with dire implications for both supernaturals and humans. Sophronia must rely on her training to discover who is behind the dangerous plot-and survive the London Season with a full dance card.

In this sequel to New York Times bestselling Etiquette & Espionage, class is back in session with more petticoats and poison, tea trays and treason. Gail’s distinctive voice, signature humor, and lush steampunk setting are sure to be the height of fashion this season.

BONUS BOOKS: There are several books that didn’t make the list, not because they lack quality but because they just recently released! If you’re looking for a great book to read while waiting for one of the books on this list to come out, check out some of these fantastic readers:

We’d love to hear in the comments which books you would have put on the list, if any of your most anticipated books didn’t make it! Happy reading!