Thursday, 4 October 2012

[HAUL] The Casual Vacancy and The Raven Boys

Recently I picked up a couple of new releases.
1. Of course, as a Harry Potter fan, I had to pick up j.K. Rowling's new book: The Casual Vacancy.  It's her first adult novel and it's with a different publisher - hopefully that will do her good.
If you can't tell the book is about politics...or something like that. Honestly I had no idea about the plot of this until I actually picked up the book so don't feel guilty. 

"When Barry Fairbrother dies in his early forties, the town of Pagford is left in shock.
Pagford is, seemingly, an English idyll, with a cobbled market square and an ancient abbey, but what lies behind the pretty façade is a town at war.
Rich at war with poor, teenagers at war with their parents, wives at war with their husbands, teachers at war with their pupils...Pagford is not what it first seems.
And the empty seat left by Barry on the parish council soon becomes the catalyst for the biggest war the town has yet seen. Who will triumph in an election fraught with passion, duplicity and unexpected revelations?
The Casual Vacancy is J.K. Rowling’s first novel for adults." (From Goodreads)

I have high hopes for this book (as I do with every book that's by an author that I like!)

2.  The Raven Boys by Maggie Stiefvater.  Maggie Stiefvater is one of my favourite authors ever since I read Shiver.  I was so excited to hear that she would be starting another series, after realizing that The Scorpio Races was not a series but rather a stand alone (clearly I was not pleased).
The cover is absolutely amazing, as are all of her books really.

"It is freezing in the churchyard, even before the dead arrive.

Every year, Blue Sargent stands next to her clairvoyant mother as the soon-to-be dead walk past. Blue herself never sees them—not until this year, when a boy emerges from the dark and speaks directly to her.

His name is Gansey, and Blue soon discovers that he is a rich student at Aglionby, the local private school. Blue has a policy of staying away from Aglionby boys. Known as Raven Boys, they can only mean trouble.

But Blue is drawn to Gansey, in a way she can’t entirely explain. He has it all—family money, good looks, devoted friends—but he’s looking for much more than that. He is on a quest that has encompassed three other Raven Boys: Adam, the scholarship student who resents all the privilege around him; Ronan, the fierce soul who ranges from anger to despair; and Noah, the taciturn watcher of the four, who notices many things but says very little.

For as long as she can remember, Blue has been warned that she will cause her true love to die. She never thought this would be a problem. But now, as her life becomes caught up in the strange and sinister world of the Raven Boys, she’s not so sure anymore." (From Goodreads)

I also have high hopes for this one.

I'll let you know what I think about these when I'm done!

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