Book Finds: The Iron Trial & Of Scars and Stardust

Wednesday, April 02, 2014
BOOK FINDS is a regular feature that spotlights upcoming book releases that I am looking forward to read.

The Iron Trials by Holly Black & Cassandra Clare
SERIES. Magisterium
RELEASE DATE. September 9, 2014
PUBLISHER. Scholastic Press

SYNOPSIS. From New York Times bestselling authors Holly Black and Cassandra Clare comes a riveting new series that defies what you think you know about the world of magic. 

A dazzling and magical middle-grade collaboration centering on the students of the Magisterium, an academy for those with a propensity toward magic. In this first book, a new student comes to the Magisterium against his will--is it because he is destined to be a powerful magician, or is the truth more twisted than that? It's a journey that will thrill you, surprise you, and make you wonder about the clear-cut distinction usually made between good and evil.

WHY I'M WAITING FOR THE IRON TRIAL? I am such a die-hard fan of Cassandra Clare that any book she writes is a must-read for me. And just look how her first non-Shadowhunter series resembles that of the Harry Potter series--though it really doesn't matter to me if it sounds as the Harry Potter series or any other fantasy series. As long as there are wizards, witches, and magic involve, count me in! If you're still not convinced, you can read an exclusive excerpt from USA Today.

Of Stars and Stardust by Andrea Hannah
RELEASE DATE. October 8, 2014

SYNOPSIS. After her little sister mysteriously vanishes, seventeen-year-old Claire Graham has a choice to make: stay snug in her little corner of Manhattan with her dropout boyfriend, or go back to Ohio to face the hometown tragedy she's been dying to leave behind.

But the memories of that night still haunt her in the city, and as hard as she tries to forget what her psychiatrist calls her "delusions," Claire can't seem to escape the wolf's eyes or the blood-speckled snow. Delusion or reality, Claire knows she has to hold true to the most important promise she's ever made: to keep Ella safe. She must return to her sleepy hometown in order to find Ella and keep her hallucinations at bay before they strike again. But time is quickly running out, and as Ella's trail grows fainter, the wolves are becoming startlingly real.

Now Claire must deal with her attraction to Grant, the soft-spoken boy from her past that may hold the secret to solving her sister's disappearance, while following the clues that Ella left for only her to find. Through a series of cryptic diary entries, Claire must unlock the keys to Ella's past—and her own—in order to stop another tragedy in the making, while realizing that not all things that are lost are meant to be found.

WHY I'M WAITING FOR OF SCARS AND STARDUST? Seriously, just look at that cover! It's so simple yet so dramatic and I think it does capture the story well. Based on what I've heard about this book, it will make you cry. Literally make you cry! I surely hope this will live up to my expectations since I am into this kind of stories. Something that will break the heart. Something that is tragic. Oh, I badly need this book!

What books are you looking forward to read? Share your thoughts below.


  1. I love Cassandra Clare, have to read The Iron Trial :)

  2. Wait Cassandra Clare and Holly Black in one book and I haven't heard of it!! How's that possible. It goes on my TBR list right now. Thank you so much for sharing :) The other book sounds like something I'd enjoy too! :) Great picks :)

    Here is our WOW pick

  3. Great picks! I'll buy anything that Holly Black writes as I'm a huge fan so will definitely be looking out for this when it come's out and that cover is fantastic! I'd never heard of the second book before but it sounds amazing and is now on my 'want it now' list :)

    My WoW!

  4. Uh oh, another book that requires a box of tissues haha! Great pick, I'll definitely keep an eye out for this one.

  5. Oooh yes YES! Can't wait for The Iron Trial either because I love both Cassandra Clare and Holly Black and to have the two of them together? Well, that's just perfect :) Thanks for stopping by!

  6. Both of these look really amazing. I actually haven't read a Cassie Clare book, but I love Holly Black, especially her MG stuff.

    Aaaaand, now I must go watch Romeo + Juliet. ;)


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