What’s Next? (30) — Starlight, Afterlifes, and Lives on Shelves

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

Once upon a time, an angel and a devil fell in love and dared to imagine a world free of bloodshed and war.

This is not that world.

Art student and monster’s apprentice Karou finally has the answers she has always sought. She knows who she is—and what she is. But with this knowledge comes another truth she would give anything to undo: She loved the enemy and he betrayed her, and a world suffered for it.

In this stunning sequel to the highly acclaimed Daughter of Smoke & Bone, Karou must decide how far she’ll go to avenge her people. Filled with heartbreak and beauty, secrets and impossible choices, Days of Blood & Starlight finds Karou and Akiva on opposing sides as an age-old war stirs back to life.

While Karou and her allies build a monstrous army in a land of dust and starlight, Akiva wages a different sort of battle: a battle for redemption. For hope.

But can any hope be salvaged from the ashes of their broken dream?

Imagine a place where the dead rest on shelves like books.

Each body has a story to tell, a life seen in pictures that only Librarians can read. The dead are called Histories, and the vast realm in which they rest is the Archive.

Da first brought Mackenzie Bishop here four years ago, when she was twelve years old, frightened but determined to prove herself. Now Da is dead, and Mac has grown into what he once was, a ruthless Keeper, tasked with stopping often-violent Histories from waking up and getting out. Because of her job, she lies to the people she loves, and she knows fear for what it is: a useful tool for staying alive.

Being a Keeper isn’t just dangerous-it’s a constant reminder of those Mac has lost. Da’s death was hard enough, but now her little brother is gone too. Mac starts to wonder about the boundary between living and dying, sleeping and waking. In the Archive, the dead must never be disturbed. And yet, someone is deliberately altering Histories, erasing essential chapters. Unless Mac can piece together what remains, the Archive itself might crumble and fall.

In this haunting, richly imagined novel, Victoria Schwab reveals the thin lines between past and present, love and pain, trust and deceit, unbearable loss and hard-won redemption

In this gripping exploration of a futuristic afterlife, a teen discovers that death is just the beginning.

Since her untimely death the day before her eighteenth birthday, Felicia Ward has been trapped in Level 2, a stark white afterlife located between our world and the next. Along with her fellow drones, Felicia passes the endless hours reliving memories of her time on Earth and mourning what she’s lost—family, friends, and Neil, the boy she loved.

Then a girl in a neighboring chamber is found dead, and nobody but Felicia recalls that she existed in the first place. When Julian—a dangerously charming guy Felicia knew in life—comes to offer Felicia a way out, Felicia learns the truth: If she joins the rebellion to overthrow the Morati, the angel guardians of Level 2, she can be with Neil again.

Suspended between Heaven and Earth, Felicia finds herself at the center of an age-old struggle between good and evil. As memories from her life come back to haunt her, and as the Morati hunt her down, Felicia will discover it’s not just her own redemption at stake… but the salvation of all mankind

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    Amber (Books of Amber)

    December 20, 2012

    Level 2! I'm dying to read that one (along with The Archived, but LEVEL 2!) :)

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    December 20, 2012

    The Archived, for sure! I loved Days of Blood and Starlight, but I am definitely voting for The Archived.

    Pica @ Pica Reads

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    Jenea Whittington

    December 20, 2012

    The Archived most definitely…

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    Ephrielle M

    December 20, 2012

    I have yet to read Daughter of Smoke and Bone but I really want to so I vote Days of Blood and Starlight.

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    December 20, 2012

    My vote goes to Days of Blood and Starlight

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    Jenna D.

    December 20, 2012

    DAYS OF BLOOD AND STARLIGHT, then IMMEDIATELY follow it up with The Archived! …Which reminds me. I still need to read my ARC of Level 2………

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    Jenna D.

    December 20, 2012

    Woot! I decided to start this meme myself. FUN idea! Makes it easier to choose what to read!

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    Sara (of the Page Sage)

    December 21, 2012

    Definitely The Archived!

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    The Readingista

    December 23, 2012

    Level 2!!! I can't wait to read it myself and would love to see what you think.
    I adore this meme. I will have to jusmp in at some point.