Saga Fallen, Lauren Kate

Lauren Kate grew up in Dallas, went to school in Atlanta, and started writing in New York. She is the author of Fallen, Torment, the forthcoming Passion, and The Betrayal of Natalie Hargrove. Her books have been translated into over thirty languages. She lives in Laurel Canyon with her husband and hopes to work in a restaurant kitchen and learn how to surf. She is currently at work on the final book in the Fallen series, Rapture.

The first book of this exciting saga is Fallen:

Some Angels are Destined to Fall

There’s something achingly familiar about Daniel Grigori.

Mysterious and aloof, he captures Luce Price’s attention from the moment she sees him on her first day at the Sword & Cross boarding school in sultry Savannah, Georgia. He’s the one bright spot in a place where cell phones are forbidden, the other students are all screw-ups, and security cameras watch every move.

Even though Daniel wants nothing to do with Luce–and goes out of his way to make that very clear–she can’t let it go. Drawn to him like a moth to a flame, she has to find out what Daniel is so desperate to keep secret . . . even if it kills her.

Dangerously exciting and darkly romantic, Fallen is a page turning thriller and the ultimate love story.

Sexy and fascinating and scary…I loved love loved it!

-P.C. Cast, New York Times bestselling author of the House of Night Series.

Second book, Torment:

LOVE NEVER DIES

Lucinda is sure that she and Daniel are meant to be together forever. Now they are forced apart in a desperate bid to save Luce from the Outcasts–immortals who want her dead. As she discovers more about her past lives, Luce starts to suspect that Daniel is hiding something. What if he has lied to her about their shared past? What if Luce is really meant to be with someone else?

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Third book Passion:

Luce would die for Daniel.

And she has. Over and over again. Throughout time, Luce and Daniel have found each other, only to be painfully torn apart: Luce dead, Daniel left broken and alone. But perhaps it doesn’t need to be that way…

Luce is certain that something—or someone—in a past life can help her in her present one. So she begins the most important journey of this lifetime… going back eternities to witness firsthand her romances with Daniel . . . and finally unlock the key to making their love last.

Cam and the legions of angels and Outcasts are desperate to catch Luce, but none are as frantic as Daniel. He chases Luce through their shared pasts, terrified of what might happen if she rewrites history.

Because their romance for the ages could go up in flames… forever.

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Of Love and Evil by Anne Rice

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“I dreamed a dream of angels. I saw them and heard them in a great and endless galactic night. I saw the lights that were these angels, flying here and there, in streaks of irresistible brilliance . . . I felt love around me in this vast and seamless realm of sound and light . . . And something akin to sadness swept me up and mingled my very essence with the voices who sang, because the voices were singing of me . . . ”

Thus begins Anne Rice’s lyrical, haunting new novel, a metaphysical thriller of angels and assassins that once again summons up dark and dangerous worlds set in times past. Anne Rice takes us to other realms, this time to the world of fifteenth-century Rome, a city of domes and rooftop gardens, rising towers and crosses beneath an ever-shifting layer of clouds; familiar hills and tall pines . . . of Michelangelo and Raphael, of the Holy Inquisition and of Leo X, second son of a Medici, holding forth from the papal throne . . .

And into this time, into this century, Toby O’Dare, former government assassin, is summoned by the angel Malchiah to solve a terrible crime of poisoning and to search out the truth of a haunting by an earthbound restless spirit—a diabolical dybbuk.

O’Dare soon discovers himself in the midst of dark plots and counterplots surrounded by a darker and more dangerous threat as the veil of ecclesiastical terror closes in around him.

As he embarks on a powerful journey of atonement, O’Dare is reconnected with his own past, with matters light and dark, fierce and tender, with the promise of salvation and with a deeper and richer vision of love.

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Angel Time Series by Anne Rice

The writer of New Orleans in October 2009 began publishing a new series of novels, Songs of the Seraphim, which was published almost along with the Angel Time and the second volume, Of Love and Evil, was released in the U.S. in 2010. Time will tell if Songs of the Seraphim reaches the level of influence of the Vampire Chronicles, in particular I like very much the subject, despite the angels are mythological beings and not literary, but the only idea call too much attention to me.

In Angel Time we know the protagonist of the series, Toby O’dare, a ruthless murderer for hire, hired by one righteous man. But O’dare is offered an opportunity to change his life and save lives rather than kill them. This opportunity for salvation will be given by a seraph and will O’dare to thirteenth-century England. As we can see little or nothing to do, a priori, in another example of literary angels has come to us, Fallen by Lauren Kate.

Anne Rice became, thanks to the Vampire Chronicles, a highly successful writer. According to the author in her works can be found vampiric constant struggle against evil and the search for God, while her vampires were metaphors for the moral frailty and human weakness.
It is recalled that the late nineties, Anne Rice had a renaissance Christian and refused to return to writing about the supernatural, while engaged in literary talent on the figure of Jesus Christ. Today she continues to write her series on the life of Christ and, well now, on par with that of the angels.

In keeping with my commitment to do Christian fiction in a variety of forms, I am developing a new series called Songs of the Seraphim. The first of these metaphysical thrillers, Angel Time, will be coming in October 2009. The second has already been written and the third is underway. I’m hoping for a long life for the series with many adventures for its hero. I continue to work on Christ the Lord, the Kingdom of Heaven, the third book in the Christ the Lord series.

. Anne Rice.

Time travel, ultraviolence and medieval madness—divine intervention rendered fantastically by Rice… With two marvelous reimaginings of the Gospels and a spiritual autobiography recently extending her range, Rice revisits the shadows of her vampire classics; now, however, with her return to Catholicism, her sinners vie for redemption… Angelically inspiring. Devilishly clever.

. Kirkus Review 2009.

Well, I leave you with this info, talk about Of Love and Evil, in our next post, until then …

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Forgotten by Cat Patrick

Cat Patrick is an author of books for teens, beginning with Forgotten (Little, Brown, June 2011). She lives in the Seattle area with her husband and twin preschoolers, and is afraid of heights, planes and zombies.

Her first novel—Dolly the Purple Spotted Dolphin—was self-published and distributed strictly to members of her household. She was eight at the time.

She got the idea for Forgotten when she forgot what she was doing mid-activity. So she wondered how awful it would be to have amnesia, then mused about what it would be like to remember forward, instead of the *usual* way.

Summary:

Each night when 16 year-old London Lane goes to sleep, her memory of that day is erased. In the morning, all London can “remember” are events from her future and the people who will play a part in it. In order to get by, London relies on reminder notes and a trusted friend to navigate relationships and high school life.

Adaptable by nature, she tries to view her memory loss as a fact of life rather than a condition. But when London starts experiencing disturbing flashbacks, or flashforwards, as the case may be, she realizes that in order to understand her present and her future, she must solve the mystery of her past.

Part psychological thriller and part romance, Forgotten is for every reader who enjoys pondering life’s great “what-if” questions.

London is used to relying on reminder notes and a trusted friend to get through the day, but things get complicated when a new boy at school enters the picture. Luke Henry is not someone you’d easily forget, yet try as she might, London can’t find him in her memories of things to come.

When London starts experiencing disturbing flashbacks, or flash-forwards, as the case may be, she realizes it’s time to learn about the past she keeps forgetting-before it destroys her future.

Forgotten is a mind-bending experience that I devoured in one sitting. Cat Patrick’s exciting and impressive debut still haunts me.

Jay Asher, New York Times bestselling author of Thirteen Reasons Why.

A captivating psychological drama, a toe-tingling romance and a completely original premise, Forgotten is full of twists and turns you won’t see coming.

Daisy Whitney, author of The Mockingbirds, a 2011 ALA Best Fiction for Young Adults book.

Girl With A Pearl Earring

Tracy Chevalier is the author of international bestseller The Virgin Blue (1997; Alfaguara, 2003), Girl With A Pearl Earring (1999, Alfaguara, 2001) and Falling Angels (2001, Alfaguara, 2002). Born in October 1962 in Washington (USA).

In her childhood began to be attracted to the world of books by writing her first short stories in high school. When she finished high school, Tracy studied English language and literature at Oberlin College in Ohio. After earning her degree she left the U.S. to move to London in 1984. She currently lives there with her husband and son.

Chevalier creates a wonderful novel that blends fiction with reality novel, about the relationship that theoretically could keep the Dutch painter Johannes Vermeer with a young maid who comes to serve his home. She becomes the muse of the artist and the platonic relationship established between them served to stimulate the creativity of Vermeer. A world of silence and knowing glances, where the words remain and the union of their souls can feel in every encounter.

In the second half of the seventeenth century Dutch painter Johannes Vermeer immortalized in a fabric with a pretty girl adorned with a turban and a Pearl Earring. Her lips seem to crack a smile sensual, but their eyes radiate the deepest sorrow. Girl with a Pearl is a fascinating story of how there is a feeling that moves between admiration and love.

The painter’s personality is reflected by Tracy Chevalier in a human and artistic level. Thanks to her extraordinary work we can see the lines, shapes and motifs of Vermeer`s painting, the techniques used and the social and historical context in which his life developed. All ways to get to the work of this great artist are valid and Tracy get interested in the artist’s work.

The light in the eyes of Griet, the maid turned into muse, contains the most profound mystery in the process of creating a work of art. Tracy Chevalier evokes daily life in the seventeenth century Dutch in this beautiful novel about the awakening to life and art.

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