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What are we waiting for - Gathering Darkness by Morgan Rhodes & Zodiac by Romina Russell

Publication date: December 9th, 2014

What it's about:
Love, vengeance, and greed spark a deadly quest for magic in the third book of the Falling Kingdoms series
Prince Magnus has just witnessed torture, death, and miracles during the bloody confrontation that decimated the rebel forces. Now he must choose between family and justice as his father, the cruel King Gaius, sets out to conquer all of Mytica. All Gaius needs now are the Kindred--the four elemental crystals that give godlike powers to their owner. But the King of Blood is not the only one hunting for this ancient, storied magic. . . .
THE KRAESHIANS join the hunt. Ashur and Amara, the royal siblings from the wealthy kingdom across the Silver Sea, charm and manipulate their way to the Kindred, proving to be more ruthless than perhaps even the King of Blood himself. THE REBELS forge ahead. Princess Cleo and vengeful Jonas lead them, slaying with sweetness, skill, and a secret that can control Lucia's overpowering magic--all so they can use the Kindred to win back their fallen kingdoms. THE WATCHERS follow Melenia out of the Sanctuary. They ally in the flesh with King Gaius, who vows to use Lucia's powers to unveil the Kindred.The only certainty in these dark times is that whoever finds the magic first will control the fate of Mytica...but fate can be fickle when magic is involved.

Why we can't wait: If you know me at all, you know I'm obsessed with Morgan Rhodes' Falling Kingdoms series. Like. OBSESSED. This series has been one of my favorites since it first came out and I'm dying to get my hands on Gathering Darkness. Mystery, magic, violence, rivalries, revenge, and romance make up this phenomenal story. I'm freaking out guys. Seriously, FREAKING OUT. Can it be December already!?
Anna from Books Inc. Palo Alto


Publication date: December 9th, 2014

What it's about:
At the dawn of time, there were 13 Houses in the Zodiac Galaxy. Now only 12 remain....
Rhoma Grace is a 16-year-old student from House Cancer with an unusual way of reading the stars. While her classmates use measurements to make accurate astrological predictions, Rho can't solve for 'x' to save her life--so instead, she looks up at the night sky and makes up stories.
When a violent blast strikes the moons of Cancer, sending its ocean planet off-kilter and killing thousands of citizens--including its beloved Guardian--Rho is more surprised than anyone when she is named the House's new leader. But, a true Cancrian who loves her home fiercely and will protect her people no matter what, Rho accepts.
Then, when more Houses fall victim to freak weather catastrophes, Rho starts seeing a pattern in the stars. She suspects Ophiuchus--the exiled 13th Guardian of Zodiac legend--has returned to exact his revenge across the Galaxy. Now Rho--along with Hysan Dax, a young envoy from House Libra, and Mathias, her guide and a member of her Royal Guard--must travel through the Zodiac to warn the other Guardians.
But who will believe anything this young novice says? Whom can Rho trust in a universe defined by differences? And how can she convince twelve worlds to unite as one Zodiac?
Embark on a dazzling journey with "ZODIAC," the first novel in an epic sci-fi-meets-high-fantasy series set in a galaxy inspired by the astrological signs.

Why we can't wait:
I love science fiction. There isn't enough of it it the YA world. I want more. I think I've found it. An exiled guardian of the 13th Zodiac sign?! 12 worlds all revolving around their specific sign?! A group of inexperienced teens working together to save the UNIVERSE!? Yeah I'm totally hooked. For some reason this also reminds of Guardians of the Galaxy which is the best movie ever. 
Anna from Books Inc. Palo Alto

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Review - Isla and the Happliy Ever After by Stephanie Perkins

Isla attends a boarding school in Paris, her best friend is autistic, and she’s been in love with a boy named Josh since Freshman year. She’s an introvert, a lover of comics, and an A+ student. Everything about Isla is pure emotional perfection. I constantly found myself identifying with her trials of love and her struggles with holding on to the various pieces of her life. Perkins’ way with words is both poetic and lyrical, sparking a joy and sadness that can only come from beautifully written stories.

I admit that I haven’t read any of the other books in the Anna series. I started with Isla and the Happily Ever After after being told that I didn’t need to read the books in order and I just happened to have a copy of Isla sitting on my shelf. But now, I know I have to read about Anna and Lola as well. Perkins captures the angst and intensity of first love in a way I could fully believe and relate to - when you fall head over heels for someone only to lose them and feel like you’re suffocating. I obsessed over this book for days after reading it, reliving the most intoxicating moments over and over again.
Reviewed by Anna at Books Inc. Palo Alto



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What Books Inc. is currently reading - Seeker by Arwen Elys Dayton

Seeker by Arwen Elys Dayton
Publication Date: February 10th, 2015
Publisher: Delacorte Books for Young Readers
Page Count: 448 pages

For readers of" A Game of Thrones" and "The Hunger Games" comes an epic new series.
The night Quin Kincaid takes her Oath, she will become what she has trained to be her entire life. She will become a Seeker. This is her legacy, and it is an honor.
As a Seeker, Quin will fight beside her two closest companions, Shinobu and John, to protect the weak and the wronged. Together they will stand for light in a shadowy world.
And she'll be with the boy she loves--who's also her best friend.
But the night Quin takes her Oath, everything changes.
Being a Seeker is not what she thought. Her family is not what she thought. Even the boy she loves is not who she thought.
And now it's too late to walk away.

What we think: I'm only about 50 pages in, but OH MY! Set in our own world with a magical twist, Seeker is a must-read for fans of Graceling and Shadow and Bone. Quin is a tough chick and I love her attitude. John is a bit of a mystery, but I'm excited to see how his character develops. Seeker is also told from multiple POVs which is something I ALWAYS love! If you're a fan of fantasy, adventure, and a bit of mystery, DEFINITELY add this one to your TBR! -- Anna from Books Inc. Palo Alto

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Book Review: Bad Magic by Pseudonymous Bosch

Bad Magic

by Pseudonymous Bosch

People may be wondering if Pseudonymous Bosch's new book, Bad Magic, can live up to the high expectations garnered from his popular Secret Series, and the answer is absolutely it can. Bad Magic has the same cheeky wit Bosch is known for combined with a fast paced story of intrigue, self discovery, and wonderfully bad magic. His footnotes are hilarious (and educational with allusions to such famous pieces of art as Gilligan's Island, The Loveboat, and William Shakespeare's The Tempest), and the story is never dull as the main character, Clay, is put in exceedingly more ridiculous situations where he is forced to uncover the truth on a mysterious island. Even though it has elements any fantasy or mystery lover would enjoy, ultimately Bad Magic is about standing up for yourself and believing in your own abilities. Clay begins his journey shy and troubled, and ends with courage, a sense of adventure, and friends he never thought he'd have. A perfect read for those who loved the Secret Series, but also anyone who loves a good old rollicking adventure. Ages 10+

Reviewed by Irene at Books Inc. Palo Alto

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Evangaline Lily Comes to the Marina

From the award-winning star of Channel 4's Lost + The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug, Titan Books brings you an enchanting and mischievious debut, The Squickerwonkers by Evangeline Lilly.

Books Inc. in The Marina very excitedly welcomes actress and author Evangeline Lilly in celebration of the first volume of this eccentric and visually stunning cautionary tale, The Squickerwonkers! Meet Selma of the Rin-Run Royals, a clever little girl who is spoiled to the core. One day Selma stumbles upon a band of colorful marionettes, and gets more than she bargained for. The remarkable Squickerwonkers of the fabulous Squickershow are about to teach Selma that she'll not always get her way.

Please note: This event is free and open to the public. Priority in the signing line will be given to those with a Books Inc. receipt for The Squickerwonkers.


Event date: 
Monday, November 24, 2014 - 3:00pm
Event address: 
Books Inc.
2251 Chestnut St
San Francisco, CA


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Review - Everything Leads to You by Nina LaCour

Cute and romantic, LaCour writes a story in which two young women find each other through incredible twists of fate and grow closer through their love of movies. As a huge film lover and an advocate for diverse books, I LOVED this novel. While this is a novel that involves a young lesbian romance, it was always about these girls falling in love with each other as people. A lot of LGBT YA is about coming out and, while those books are important, it was refreshing to read a good old love story. I also really enjoyed the behind the scenes insights to movie making that is make up a lot of the book. The passion for set design that Emi, the protagonist, has is very infectious and inspiring.This is quite the lovely read! -- Karen from Books Inc. Terminal 2

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What are we waiting for - Forbidden by Kimberley Griffiths Little & Retribution of Mara Dyer by Michelle Hodkin

Publication date: November 4th, 2014

What it's about: A sweeping, epic saga of romance and hardship, set against the dramatic backdrop of ancient Mesopotamia--perfect for fans of Cleopatra's Moon or the adult bestseller The Red Tent.

In the unforgiving Mesopotamian desert where Jayden's tribe lives, betrothal celebrations abound, and tonight it is Jayden's turn to be honored. But while this union with Horeb, the son of her tribe's leader, will bring a life of riches and restore her family's position within the tribe, it will come at the price of Jayden's heart.

Then a shadowy boy from the Southern Lands appears. Handsome and mysterious, Kadesh fills Jayden's heart with a passion she never knew possible. But with Horeb's increasingly violent threats haunting Jayden's every move, she knows she must find a way to escape--or die trying.

With a forbidden romance blossoming in her heart and her family's survival on the line, Jayden must finish the deadly journey to save the ones she loves--and find true love for herself.

Why we can't wait: Forbidden romance? Mesopotamia? Plus look at that gorgeous cover!! I don't even care that a love triangle seems to be involved, because seriously it'll probably be freakin fantastic. Our love for Cleopatra's Moon is also something that's piqued my interest!! Yes, I want this and I want it now! -- Anna from Books Inc. Palo Alto


Publication date: November 4th, 2014

What it's about: It had to end sometime, but Mara had no idea it would end like this. Experience the mind-blowing conclusion to the "New York Times "bestselling Mara Dyer trilogy.
Mara Dyer wants to believe there's more to the lies she's been told.
There is.
She doesn't stop to think about where her quest for the truth might lead.
She should.
She never had to imagine how far she would go for vengeance.
She will now.
Loyalties are betrayed, guilt and innocence tangle, and fate and chance collide in this shocking conclusion to Mara Dyer's story.
Retribution has arrived.

Why we can't wait: I mean, it's the final installment in the Mara Dyer trilogy, of COURSE we're excited!!! Aren't you?! What's going to happen?! Who IS Mara Dyer?! Hopefully all our questions will be answered. I may end up curled up in a ball crying for a week, but hey, it'll be totally worth it, right? -- Anna from Books Inc. Palo Alto

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Frostborn (Thrones and Bones #1) by Lou Anders

Karn is destined to take over his family’s farm in Norrongard, but he has absolutely no desire to do so. He would much rather play game after game of Thrones and Bones. Thianna is a half giantess, half human who is constantly trying to prove herself amongst her fellow Frost Giants. When dangerous and ancient creatures threaten their families, Thianna and Karn must flee their homes in hopes of finding out the truth and saving everyone they love.  Frostborn is a magical and exhilarating story that’s perfect for fans of Harry Potter and Fablehaven. I can even see it going as far as being a Game of Thrones for young readers. Dragons, wyverns, after walkers, and giants all play a part in this story making it exciting and magical. Anders’ use of Viking mythology also plays a subtle roll in Karn’s history and the legends of Norrongard, which always has me wanting more. We need more Viking stories! I loved it, and it’s definitely worth picking up! -- Anna from Books Inc. Palo Alto

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