Thursday, October 24, 2013

What's Next #1 ~ The Library Edition

What's Next is a weekly feature hosted by Icey Books, where bloggers can help other bloggers pick their next read. Sounds like fun, right? Head on over to Icey Books for more details and to join in the fun!

Even though I go to the library at least once a week, I haven't actually checked out many books this year because I've been reading so many review books and books I own. Over the last few months I requested a ton of books that were 'on order' and figured it would take ages for them to come in, but of course a bunch of them came at the same time, so those are the books I'm trying to decide between this week. They are...

Tana lives in a world where walled cities called Coldtowns exist. In them, quarantined monsters and humans mingle in a decadently bloody mix of predator and prey. The only problem is, once you pass through Coldtown’s gates, you can never leave.

One morning, after a perfectly ordinary party, Tana wakes up surrounded by corpses. The only other survivors of this massacre are her exasperatingly endearing ex-boyfriend, infected and on the edge, and a mysterious boy burdened with a terrible secret. Shaken and determined, Tana enters a race against the clock to save the three of them the only way she knows how: by going straight to the wicked, opulent heart of Coldtown itself.
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Cath is a Simon Snow fan.

Okay, the whole world is a Simon Snow fan...

But for Cath, being a fan is her life — and she’s really good at it. She and her twin sister, Wren, ensconced themselves in the Simon Snow series when they were just kids; it’s what got them through their mother leaving.

Reading. Rereading. Hanging out in Simon Snow forums, writing Simon Snow fan fiction, dressing up like the characters for every movie premiere.

Cath’s sister has mostly grown away from fandom, but Cath can’t let go. She doesn’t want to.

Now that they’re going to college, Wren has told Cath she doesn’t want to be roommates. Cath is on her own, completely outside of her comfort zone. She’s got a surly roommate with a charming, always-around boyfriend, a fiction-writing professor who thinks fan fiction is the end of the civilized world, a handsome classmate who only wants to talk about words . . . And she can’t stop worrying about her dad, who’s loving and fragile and has never really been alone.

For Cath, the question is: Can she do this?

Can she make it without Wren holding her hand? Is she ready to start living her own life? Writing her own stories?

And does she even want to move on if it means leaving Simon Snow behind?

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It’s 1950, and as the French Quarter of New Orleans simmers with secrets, seventeen-year-old Josie Moraine is silently stirring a pot of her own. Known among locals as the daughter of a brothel prostitute, Josie wants more out of life than the Big Easy has to offer.

She devises a plan get out, but a mysterious death in the Quarter leaves Josie tangled in an investigation that will challenge her allegiance to her mother, her conscience, and Willie Woodley, the brusque madam on Conti Street. Josie is caught between the dream of an elite college and a clandestine underworld. New Orleans lures her in her quest for truth, dangling temptation at every turn, and escalating to the ultimate test.

With characters as captivating as those in her internationally bestselling novel Between Shades of Gray, Ruta Sepetys skillfully creates a rich story of secrets, lies, and the haunting reminder that decisions can shape our destiny.

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So which book do you think I should read next - The Coldest Girl in Coldtown, Fangirl, or Out of the Easy?



  1. Books always seem to come in groups. I'd highly recommend Out of the Easy. It's pretty great!

  2. I'd go for The Coldest Girl in Coldtown.

  3. Ugh these are all amazing picks. But I'm going to say The Coldest Girl in Cold Town and then Fangirl and then Out of the Easy. Hope you enjoy your pick!

  4. Fangirl gets my vote! :D I've been dying to read that one. Although The Coldest Girl In Coldtown looks interesting, too. Hey, at least you've got choice depending on whether you want a contemporary or something else. :) Happy reading!

  5. Hmm probs Coldest Girl because I REALLY want to know what you think.

  6. I haven't read any of them, but I want to! I'm so curious about Out of the Easy, though ... so I vote that one. :D


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