What’s Next? (14)

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Here are a few I have to (or want to!) read soon. So. Which first?

Since her release from Liberty Children’s Facility, Anya Balanchine is determined to follow the straight and narrow. Unfortunately, her criminal record is making it hard for her to do that. No high school wants her with a gun possession charge on her rap sheet. Plus, all the people in her life have moved on: Natty has skipped two grades at Holy Trinity, Scarlet and Gable seem closer than ever, and even Win is in a new relationship.But when old friends return demanding that certain debts be paid, Anya is thrown right back into the criminal world that she had been determined to escape. It’s a journey that will take her across the ocean and straight into the heart of the birthplace of chocolate where her resolve–and her heart–will be tested as never before.

On remote Rollrock Island, men go to sea to make their livings—and to catch their wives.

The witch Misskaella knows the way of drawing a girl from the heart of a seal, of luring the beauty out of the beast. And for a price a man may buy himself a lovely sea-wife. He may have and hold and keep her. And he will tell himself that he is her master. But from his first look into those wide, questioning, liquid eyes, he will be just as transformed as she. He will be equally ensnared. And the witch will have her true payment.

Margo Lanagan weaves an extraordinary tale of desire, despair, and transformation. With devastatingly beautiful prose, she reveals characters capable of unspeakable cruelty, but also unspoken love.

Within the walls of Baalboden, beneath the shadow of the city’s brutal leader, Rachel Adams has a secret. While other girls sew dresses, host dinner parties, and obey their male Protectors, Rachel knows how to survive in the wilderness and deftly wield a sword. When her father, Jared, fails to return from a courier mission and is declared dead, the Commander assigns Rachel a new Protector, her father’s apprentice, Logan—the same boy Rachel declared her love for two years ago, and the same boy who handed her heart right back to her. Left with nothing but fierce belief in her father’s survival, Rachel decides to escape and find him herself. But treason against the Commander carries a heavy price, and what awaits her in the Wasteland could destroy her.

At nineteen, Logan McEntire is many things. Orphan. Outcast. Inventor. As apprentice to the city’s top courier, Logan is focused on learning his trade so he can escape the tyranny of Baalboden. But his plan never included being responsible for his mentor’s impulsive daughter. Logan is determined to protect her, but when his escape plan goes wrong and Rachel pays the price, he realizes he has more at stake than disappointing Jared.

As Rachel and Logan battle their way through the Wasteland, stalked by a monster that can’t be killed and an army of assassins out for blood, they discover romance, heartbreak, and a truth that will incite a war decades in the making.

Which should I read first??
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    Randi M

    August 30, 2012

    Definitely Defiance! I can't wait for that one to come out. :)

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    August 30, 2012

    Defiance – I really want to read it.

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    August 30, 2012

    My vote goes to Defiance I can't wait to get to that one!

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    Rebecca Hipworth

    August 30, 2012

    Defiance! :)

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    August 30, 2012

    The Brides of Rollrock Island! Love the cover and the concept. I could never resist a good folklore/myth book.

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    Jenea Whittington

    August 30, 2012

    I vote for Defiance…

    Jenea @ Books Live Forever

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    August 30, 2012

    Yet another vote for Defiance…

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    Sarah A.

    August 30, 2012

    Ooh, all excellent choices. I'm going to be different and suggest Because It Is My Blood — haven't read it but the premise sounds awesome.

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    Sara (of the Page Sage)

    August 30, 2012

    I vote for Because It is My Blood. LOVE Gabrielle Zevin and really liked the first book of this series, although, what happened to the covers? The first one was really great and this one is kind of creepy and unappealing.

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    August 30, 2012

    All of these look good! My vote is for Defiance.

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    Danielle D

    August 30, 2012


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    August 30, 2012

    They all sound great. I'll pick The Brides of Rollrock Island, since it's on my to-be-reviewed list and I like to read what other people thought!

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    Allison @ Good Books and Good Wine

    August 31, 2012

    I vote for Defiance :)

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    Cassie Frye

    August 31, 2012

    Definitely Defiance!

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    Ashelynn Hetland

    August 31, 2012

    the brides of rollrock island. ;)

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    Sierra Abrams

    August 31, 2012

    The Brides of Rollrock Island. DEFINITELY. I just finished it and just kind of sat there, grinning and amazed. It's brilliant and beautiful and totally 5-star worthy. :D