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Showcase Showdown: Two Books, Two Games (3)

 

 

Welcome to week three (although a few days late) of Showcase Showdown: Two Books, Two Games, a new way to bridge the nerdy gap between gaming and reading.  This is a weekly highlight created to place a spotlight on books and games that are on one of my various Wish Lists.   Each week’s list will consist of…duh…two books and two games that come out during that week, and my top 3 to 5 reasons for wanting each of them.  Books will range from comics and manga, to romance and non-fiction.  As for games, I will feature any game (PC, PlayStation, Xbox, Wii, DS, iOS, etc.) that is on my MUST-Play-Now List.  If you would like to join along, leave a comment and let me know what’s on your must-read and/or must-play list.  Blogger can also link to the post on their blog and discuss their picks with their readers.  You don’t have to be a gamer, nor do gamers’ have to be avid readers, just find a couple of things you are looking forward to the most this week and let me (and others) know why.

 

Going toe to toe this week:

Two Awesome Young Adult novels will bravely take on One (yes One and not Two) game this week, Batman: Arkham City.  

 

 

Enjoy…

 

 

 

 

MUST-HAVE  Books:

 

Half-Blood: A Covenant Novel

By Jennifer L. Armentrout

 

  • Pub. Date: October 2011
  • Publisher: Spencer Hill Press
  • Format: Paperback , 304pp
  • Sales Rank: 53,441
  • Age Range: Young Adult
  • Series: Covenant
  • ISBN-13: 9780983157205
  • ISBN: 0983157200

 

Overview:

The Hematoi descend from the unions of gods and mortals, and the children of two Hematoi-pure-bloods-have godlike powers. Children of Hematoi and mortals-well, not so much. Half-bloods only have two options: become trained Sentinels who hunt and kill daimons or become servants in the homes of the pures. Seventeen-year-old Alexandria would rather risk her life fighting than waste it scrubbing toilets, but she may end up slumming it anyway. There are several rules that students at the Covenant must follow. Alex has problems with them all, but especially rule #1:Relationships between pures and halfs are forbidden. Unfortunately, she’s crushing hard on the totally hot pure-blood Aiden. But falling for Aiden isn’t her biggest problem—staying alive long enough to graduate the Covenant and become a Sentinel is. If she fails in her duty, she faces a future worse than death or slavery: being turned into a daimon, and being hunted by Aiden. And that would kind of suck.

Why it’s a Must-Read:

 

  • I am going on record to say I totally stalk Jennifer L. Armentrout on Twitter.  She is an author I met at random, which gave me the opportunity to help promote the cover reveal of her December release, OBSIDIAN.
  • Do I feel obligated to read her novel because I talk to her on Twitter, NO. But am I dying to read it anyway because it sounds totally kick a$$, YES!
  • It’s an age-old rivalry, Gods and mortals and of course their offspring.  From the book blurb, Armentrout has taken the idea and added her own twist into the mix. This book sounds very intriguing, and from what I hear I will not be disappointed! Can’t wait to add this one to my reading pile.
  • Check out the trailer:

 

 

 

 

 

Beautiful Chaos

(Beautiful Creatures Series #3)

By Kami Garcia, Margaret Stohl

 

 

  • Pub. Date: October 2011
  • Publisher: Little, Brown Young Readers
  • Format: Hardcover , 528pp
  • Sales Rank: 28
  • Age Range: Young Adult
  • Series: Beautiful Creatures Series #3
  • ISBN-13: 9780316123525
  • ISBN: 0316123528

 

Overview:

Ethan Wate thought he was getting used to the strange, impossible events happening in Gatlin, his small Southern town. But now that Ethan and Lena have returned home, strange and impossible have taken on new meanings. Swarms of locusts, record-breaking heat, and devastating storms ravage Gatlin as Ethan and Lena struggle to understand the impact of Lena’s Claiming. Even Lena’s family of powerful Supernaturals is affected – and their abilities begin to dangerously misfire. As time passes, one question becomes clear: What – or who – will need to be sacrificed to save Gatlin?

For Ethan, the chaos is a frightening but welcome distraction. He’s being haunted in his dreams again, but this time it isn’t by Lena – and whatever is haunting him is following him out of his dreams and into his everyday life. Even worse, Ethan is gradually losing pieces of himself – forgetting names, phone numbers, even memories. He doesn’t know why, and most days he’s too afraid to ask.

Sometimes there isn’t just one answer or one choice. Sometimes there’s no going back. And this time there won’t be a happy ending.

Why it’s a Must-Read:

 

  • I am not one who generally reads YA fiction. I tend to gravitate to bloody, gory, explicit, Science Fiction, Fantasy, Urban/Paranormal Fantasy and Romance. I don’t like my books glossed over or sugar-coated, nope I like them edgy and raw.  So what’s my current fascination with YA books this year? I think it has something to do with how authors are presenting their books. I don’t think there is very much sugar-coating in YA any more. Especially when it comes to the paranormal. And the Beautiful Creatures Series is no different.
  • I want to read this novel based on this sentence alone: “As time passes, one question becomes clear: What – or who – will need to be sacrificed to save Gatlin?” – Sacrifices always come with a price, and if someone is going to be sacrificed to save the town, then readers can almost guarantee that there will be severe repercussion. I wonder what – or who – it will be?
  • More often than not, I read YA books based on word-of-mouth.  And in this case, word-of-mouth has traveled far and wide via my sister who read the previous two novels in the series and urged me to read this one. So I will take her advice and read this book, it sounds Beautifully Awesome.

 

 

 

 

 

 

MUST-PLAY Games:

 

Batman: Arkham City

 

 

 

Available On:PC, Xbox 360, PS3
Genre: Action
Publisher/Co-Publisher: Warner Bros. Interactive / Eidos Interactive
Developer: Rocksteady Studios
Release Date: October 18, 2011
MSRP: $59.99

 

Overview:
Developed by Rocksteady Studios, Batman: Arkham City builds upon the intense, atmospheric foundation of Batman: Arkham Asylum, sending players soaring into Arkham City, the new maximum security “home” for all of Gotham City’s thugs, gangsters and insane criminal masterminds. The game features a unique combination of melee combat, stealth, investigative and speed-based challenge gameplay. Set inside the heavily fortified walls of a sprawling district in the heart of Gotham City, this highly anticipated sequel introduces a brand-new story that draws together a new all-star cast of classic characters and murderous villains from the Batman universe, as well as a vast range of new and enhanced gameplay features to deliver the ultimate experience as the Dark Knight.

 

 

Why it’s a Must-Play:                              

 

  • One word: Batman.  If you know me personally, then you know Batman is my favorite superhero. Nothing is sexier than the Dark Knight in or out of the cape.
  • Rocksteady put superhero games back on the map with their first installment, Batman: Arkham Asylum.  Now in Arkham City, gamers will get to experience a slew of characters that include: Catwoman, Two-Face, Harley Quinn, Penguin, Hugo Strange, Victor Zsasz, Calendar Man, The Joker,  and The Riddler.
  • As a matter of fact, I was unable to get the game the 18th because I was away on a business trip…so I am finishing the post early so I can go get my copy, RIGHT NOW!
  • Just marvel at the trailer until I get back:

 

 

 

 

 

Honorable Mentions:

 

The Scorpio Races

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