Sunday, June 05, 2011

My Week in Books (33)

Credit for IMM goes to The Story Siren

Books received for review

by Simon Toyne!
(Thank you, HarperCollins!)

Released: September 6, 2011

The certainties of modern life are about to be shattered by an ancient conspiracy that has been nurtured by blood and lies.

A man climbs a cliff face in the oldest inhabited place on earth, a mountain known as the Citadel, a Vatican-like city-state that towers above the city of Ruin in contemporary Turkey. But this is no ordinary ascent. It is a dangerous, symbolic act. And thanks to the media, it is witnessed by the entire world.

A few people understand its consequence. For foundation worker Kathryn Mann and a handful of others, it's evidence that a hopeful, new beginning is at hand. For the cowled and secretive monks who live inside the Citadel, it could mean the end of everything they have built - and they will break every law in every country and even kill to stop it. For reporter Liv Adamsen, it spurs the memory of the beloved brother she has lost and begins the next stage of a journey into the heart of her own identity.

At that journey's end lies a discovery that will change everything . . .

by Julianna Baggott

Released: February 8, 2012

A dystopian novel about a society of haves, who escaped an apocalypse in a futuristic dome-covered city, and have-nots, who survived the nearly destroyed outside world. The have-nots are almost entirely marked or mutated in some manner.

PURE centers around the story of Pressia, a 16-year-old survivor with a doll’s head fused into her left hand, and Partridge, an unmarked Pure who has escaped the Dome to find his mother, certain that she has survived the cataclysm.

Books bought


I picked up a bunch of books this week that people have been recommending to me for a while, but I hadn't gotten around to reading yet. (Any tips on which to read first would be appreciated!)

Blood Song (Blood Singer, #1) Restoring Harmony Graceling Shadowfae (The Shadowfae Chronicles, #1)
The Enemy (The Enemy #1) The Sky Is Everywhere Good Neighbors (Floods Series #1) Steel

Blood Song by Cat Adams
Restoring Harmony by Joelly Anthony
Graceling by Kristin Cashore
Shadowfae by Erica Hayes
The Enemy by Charlie Higson
The Sky is Everywhere by Jandy Nelson
Good Neighbors by Colin Thompson
Steel by Carrie Vaughn


Summer's Crossing (Iron Fey, #3.5)

Summer's Crossing by Julie Kagawa

Pre-order arrivals

Starcrossed (Starcrossed, #1) Nightspell (Mistwood, #2) Queen of the Dead (The Ghost and the Goth, #2) Blood Red Road (Dustlands, #1)

Starcrossed by Josephine Angelini
Nightspell by Leah Cypess
Queen of the Dead by Stacey Kade
Blood Red Road by Moira Young

What I read this week

MAX (Maximum Ride Series #5) Thirteen Reasons Why City of Bones (The Mortal Instruments, #1)

Max by James Patterson (audiobook)
Thirteen Reasons Why by Jay Asher (audiobook)
City of Bones by Cassandra Clare (I read the book last fall but am going through the series again in audio)

Books I started but haven't finished (yet!)

The Vampire Stalker The Merchant of Death (Pendragon, #1) Feed

The Vampire Stalker by Allison van Diepen
Merchant of Death by D.J. MacHale (audiobook)
Feed by M.T. Anderson (audiobook)


  1. Oh, PURE looks awesome! And you need to tell me how The Sky is Everywhere reads -- I've had it recommended to me, but I'm afraid it's too intense. :P Enjoy!

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  2. You've picked up a ton of books! With everything I've heard about Starcrossed, that one is definitely on my TBR list.

  3. I LOVED the audiobook of Feed. It was so good. I listened to it about three years ago but it's still one of my favorite audiobooks of all time.

  4. Eden – I will put The Sky is Everywhere next on my list! I was put off of it for the same reason, so hopefully neither of us will be disappointed.

    Shoshanah – Starcrossed was a pretty good read! I would recommend it!

    Beth – I’m glad to hear you liked this one! I’m pretty close to the beginning and am having a hard time getting past the slang, but with the recommendation I will continue to work through it.

  5. Great set! I loved The Sky is Everywhere. And I can't wait for Nightspell.
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