Saturday, 23 July 2011

On My Wishlist #48

This is a meme from Book Chick City. There are so many books out there that I want to read that this is the only way I can keep track! What that's up in the sky..? Is it a bird? Is a plane? Is it superman? No, it's a dirigible! It's Steampunk time! :-)
The Girl In The Steel Corset -  Kady Cross
Publisher: Harlequin Teen
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.
I love the sound of this - like an Urban Fantasy in Victorian times. :-)
Cold Magic - Kate Elliott
Publisher: Orbit
It is the dawn of a new age... The Industrial Revolution has begun, factories are springing up across the country, and new technologies are transforming in the cities. But the old ways do not die easy. Young Cat Barahal thinks she understands the world she lives in and her place in it, but in fact she is merely poised, unaware, on the brink of shattering events. Drawn into a labyrinth of politics involving blood, betrayal and old feuds, she will be forced to make an unexpected and perilous journey in order to discover the truth, not just about her own family but about an ancient secret lying at the heart of her world. Cat and her cousin Bee are part of this revolution. Young women at college, learning of the science that will shape their future and ignorant of the magics that rule their families. But all of that will change when the Cold Mages come for Cat. New dangers lurk around every corner and hidden threats menace her every move. If blood can't be trusted, who can you trust?

I love the tag line on this book - Dragons Dream, Mages Scheme, Innocents Die. It makes me really curious about the story. I've never read any Kate Elliott books but apparently they are worth trying.

The Iron Thorn - Caitline Kittridge
Publisher: Random House Children's Books
In the city of Lovecraft, the Proctors rule and a great Engine turns below the streets, grinding any resistance to their order to dust. The necrovirus is blamed for Lovecraft's epidemic of madness, for the strange and eldritch creatures that roam the streets after dark, and for everything that the city leaders deem Heretical—born of the belief in magic and witchcraft. And for Aoife Grayson, her time is growing shorter by the day. Aoife Grayson's family is unique, in the worst way—every one of them, including her mother and her elder brother Conrad, has gone mad on their 16th birthday. And now, a ward of the state, and one of the only female students at the School of Engines, she is trying to pretend that her fate can be different.

This is another book I'm tempted to try based on the reviews I've read as well as the fact I loved Black and White which Caitlin wrote with Jackie Kessler.

So what are you wishing for this week? :)


  1. cold Fire was so freaking good :D I really liked that book so yes get it

  2. I wouln't mind having the The Girl in the Steel Corset myself,,and the others you have on your list sound good,,I like the covers..

  3. I haven't heard of Cold magic it sounds really good. Have you read The Iron Duke? It's my favourite Steampunk of all time.

  4. The Girl In The Steel Corest sounds fab! I hope you can get a copy soon!

  5. All of these books look great. I really want to read The Girl In The Steel Corset, but it seems really hard to track down at the moment!

  6. I've heard so many good things about Iron Thorn! Great wishlist! :D

  7. Great selection of books on your wishlist! Hope you get to read these soon :)

    On my Wishlist

  8. Love your list - Cold Magic got rave reviews, I've been dying to read it too. I'll second the rec. for The Iron Duke if you're into steampunk. I was even sort of iffy on the book but it blew me away.

    Hope you get to read all three of these soon!

    My Wishlist This Weekend

  9. YES! Steampunk! Next time we should do it together! :)

  10. I hope you get your books. My total wishlist stands at 864 books, an increase of 8 books since last week. The Last Council (Amulet 4) by Kazu Kibuishi. Please come see what books I'm reading this week from my wishlist.

  11. Mel, I have a copy of Cold Fire that I wouldn't mind trading. Would you be interested?

  12. Nice choice of books. I hope you get them soon :D