Saturday, July 31, 2010

On My Wishlist (2)

On My Wishlist is a fun weekly event hosted by Book Chick City and runs every Saturday. It's where I list all the books I desperately want but haven't actually bought yet. They can be old, new or forthcoming.

The Thieves of Heaven by Richard Doetsch
This is the first book in a series I first read about over at The Crowded Leaf. It sounds like it's right up my alley.

Goodreads description: The most closely Guarded treasure on Earth.
An explosive ancient secret.
A breakneck journey into the heart of the Vatican.

In a small, heavily fortified room just north of the Sistine Chapel, a master thief is about to strike. All he needs is an instant–to steal the most important treasure in the Vatican museum: two antique keys–one gold, one silver–that protect the secret of salvation….
But a surprise awaits Michael St. Pierre deep inside the Vatican, an ancient secret so explosive, it sends him running for his life—from the streets of Rome to a small stone church in Israel—with two stolen keys and a terrible realization: the consequences of his desperate, brazen act are far greater than he could ever have imagined.
For the treasure he has uncovered—the gleaming prize buried within the most clandestine structure on earth—is about to bring him face-to-face with an enemy more shocking, frightening, and insidious than anyone can guess...

Hero-Myths and Legends of the British Race by Maud Isabel Ebbutt
I came across this one while browsing through Amazon's Kindle Store. I love the legend of Robin Hood, so I just had to add this to my wishlist. It sounds really interesting.

Goodreads description: The writer retells for modern readers the legends and stories which have given pleasure to story-lovers of all centuries from the eighth onward. Men's conceptions of the heroic change with changing years, and vary with each individual mind; hence it often happens that one person sees in a legend only the central heroism, while another sees only the inartistic details of medieval life which tend to disguise and warp the heroic quality. There is no doubt that to the age and generation which wrote or sang of them they appeared real heroes, worthy of remembrance and celebration. With a glossary and index.

These next ones are all books I found at Aleksandra's Corner.

Airborn by Kenneth Oppel (Matt Cruse #1)

Goodreads description: Matt Cruse is a cabin boy on the Aurora, a huge airship that sails hundreds of feet above the ocean, ferrying wealthy passengers from city to city. It is the life Matt's always wanted; convinced he's lighter than air, he imagines himself as buoyant as the hydrium gas that powers his ship. One night he meets a dying balloonist who speaks of beautiful creatures drifting through the skies. It is only after Matt meets the balloonist's granddaughter that he realizes that the man's ravings may, in fact, have been true, and that the creatures are completely real and utterly mysterious.

In a swashbuckling adventure reminiscent of Jules Verne and Robert Louis Stevenson, Kenneth Oppel, author of the best-selling Silverwing trilogy, creates an imagined world in which the air is populated by transcontinental voyagers, pirates, and beings never before dreamed of by the humans who sail the skies.

Sorcery and Cecelia or The Enchanted Chocolate Pot by Patricia C. Wrede and Caroline Stevermer (Cecelia & Kate #1)

Goodreads description: A great deal is happening in London and the country this season.

For starters, there's the witch who tried to poison Kate at the Royal College of Wizards. There's also the man who seems to be spying on Cecelia. (Though he's not doing a very good job of it--so just what are his intentions?) And then there's Oliver. Ever since he was turned into a tree, he hasn't bothered to tell anyone where he is.

Clearly, magic is a deadly and dangerous business. And the girls might be in fear for their lives . . . if only they weren't having so much fun!

The Wizard Test by Hilari Bell

Goodreads description: Dayven has passed the test he wanted most desperately to fail – he's been proven to have the powers of a wizard. He always swore he would never become one of the deceitful, disloyal sorcerers who alter people's true destinies, but now it seems he has no choice. The path that was once clear – his friendships, his future, his destiny – is now shadowed with dangerous twists and turns, and the world he knows must change forever.

The Shadow Thieves by Anne Ursu (Cronus Chronicles #1)

Goodreads description: See that girl, the one with the bright red hair, overstuffed backpack, and aura of grumpiness? That's Charlotte Mielswetzski. And something extra-ordinary is about to happen to her.Oh, it's not the very cute kitten that appears out of nowhere and demands to go home with her. It's not the sudden arrival of her cousin Zee, who believes he's the cause of a mysterious sickness that has struck his friends back in England. It's not her creepy English teacher Mr. Metos, who takes his mythology lessons just a little too seriously. And it's not the white-faced, yellow-eyed men in tuxedoes, who follow Charlotte everywhere.
What's so extraordinary is not any one of these things....It's all of them. And when Charlotte's friends start to get sick one by one, Charlotte and Zee set out to find a cure. Their quest leads them to a not-so-mythical Underworld, where they face rhyme-loving Harpies, gods with personnel problems, and ghosts with a thirst for blood.
Charlotte and Zee learn that in a world overrun by Nightmares, Pain, and Death, the really dangerous character is a guy named Phil. And then they discover that the fate of every person -- living and dead -- is in their young hands.

The Light by D.J. MacHale (Morpheus Road #1)

Goodreads description: Marshall Seaver is being haunted. In the first installment of this chillingly compelling trilogy, sixteen-year-old Marshall discovers that something beyond our world is after him. The eerie clues pile up quickly, and when people start dying, it’s clear whatever this isit’s huge.

Marshall has no idea what’s happening to him, but he’s soon convinced that it has something to do with his best friend Cooper, who’s been missing for over a week. Together with Coop’s sister, Marsh searches for the truth about what happened to his friend, ultimately uncovering something bigger than he could ever have imagined


Lori said...

Nice ecclectic selection, I hope you get all that you wish for. Have a great weekend. Here's mine

A Simple Love of Reading said...

I hope you get all that is on your list! I'm not familiar with any of them, but I'm gonna have to take a closer look sometime soon! Here's mine:

Lover of Romance said...

Sounds like some fascinating list of books you have there!!! Have a great weekend!

Feel free to check out my Wishlist

Happy Reading!

jackie b central texas said...

I have no idea about any of these except have heard of The Morpheus Road trilogy. It is already on a wish to read list and now have added Airborn because love Jules Verne and if anything really like his work it would be fun to read!

My Wish List

jackie b ^_^

Kah Woei said...

I liked the sound of Sorcery and Cecelia or The Enchanted Chocolate Pot, The Shadow Thieves and The Light. Seems there's a nice mix of suspense, fantasy and humor in these books. Thanks for sharing.

My wishlist.

Jude said...

An interesting selection. I hope you get to read them before too long.

My Wishlist is here

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