What’s Next (#82) – Defy the Adventures of Sorrow

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

The Truest Adventures of Nicolo Zen

This richly-detailed historical novel from master storyteller Nicholas Christopher features an unforgettable hero: Nicolo Zen is all alone in 1700s Venice, save for his clarinet, which a mysterious magician had enchanted, allowing its first player to perform expertly. Soon Nicolo is a famous virtuoso, wealthy beyond his dreams, but he can’t stop wondering if he earned the success himself — or what might happen if the spell were removed. And throughout it all, he continues to think about the girl he met in Venice, what she might be doing and if she’s safe from harm.

With a guest appearance by composer Vivaldi, and brimming with fascinating period details, this is a compelling coming-of-age story full of universal themes and a love story that will conjure memories of Romeo and Juliet, perfect for teens who love stories set in other times, but without a paranormal storyline (as long as you don’t count a magician who dresses all in white and can be in two places on once . . . )

House of Ivy & Sorrow

Josephine Hemlock has spent the last 10 years hiding from the Curse that killed her mother. But when a mysterious man arrives at her ivy-covered, magic-fortified home, it’s clear her mother’s killer has finally come to destroy the rest of the Hemlock bloodline. Before Jo can even think about fighting back, she must figure out who she’s fighting in the first place. The more truth Jo uncovers, the deeper she falls into witchcraft darker than she ever imagined. Trapped and running out of time, she begins to wonder if the very Curse that killed her mother is the only way to save everyone she loves.


A lush and gorgeously written debut, packed with action, intrigue, and a thrilling love triangle.

Alexa Hollen is a fighter. Forced to disguise herself as a boy and serve in the king’s army, Alex uses her quick wit and fierce sword-fighting skills to earn a spot on the elite prince’s guard. But when a powerful sorcerer sneaks into the palace in the dead of night, even Alex, who is virtually unbeatable, can’t prevent him from abducting her, her fellow guard and friend Rylan, and Prince Damian, taking them through the treacherous wilds of the jungle and deep into enemy territory.

The longer Alex is held captive with both Rylan and the prince, the more she realizes that she is not the only one who has been keeping dangerous secrets. And suddenly, after her own secret is revealed, Alex finds herself confronted with two men vying for her heart: the safe and steady Rylan, who has always cared for her, and the dark, intriguing Damian. With hidden foes lurking around every corner, is Alex strong enough to save herself and the kingdom she’s sworn to protect?

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    Nadia @ Nadia Reads

    December 26, 2013

    I think I would go with house of ivy and sorrow!

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    Georgie @ What She Reads

    December 26, 2013

    I would definitely go for House of Ivy and Sorrow, I’m completely in love with the cover and anything to do with Witchcraft!

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    December 26, 2013

    I would choose House of ivy and sorrow too, that’s on my reading list too.

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    Vannah Batista

    December 26, 2013

    All 3 look like great books, but since I have Defy in my next 5 to read books, I would have to vote for that! Defy definitely it sounds so amazing!
    Check out my WN: http://addictreaders.blogspot.com/2013/12/whats-next-37-fire-flood-midnight-city.html

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    December 26, 2013

    My vote goes to House of Ivy and Sorrow. :)
    I’d appreciate a vote on mine!

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    Sara (of The Page Sage)

    December 26, 2013

    My vote is for House of Ivy and Sorrow!

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    December 26, 2013

    Oh man I haven’t heard of ANY of these but I’m adding them all to my list right now because they sound amazing!! Hope you love whatever you choose!

    Sierra @ Yearning to Read