Oct 18, 2012

What's Next? #15

What's Next? is a weekly meme hosted by IceyBooks.

Every Thursday, select 3-5 books (not too many, not too little!) that you want to read but can't decide which one to read first.
Post the cover, and if you want, the synopsis or even a random line from the book, for each of your selections.
At the end of your post, ask readers to vote on which one you should read next!

Even if you don't end up reading your readers' top choice, you'll know what the majority is excited for.
For more info, visit the introduction post HERE!

To participate, go HERE!

My picks this week are:

A Curse Dark As Gold by Elizabeth C. Bunce

This winner of the William C. Morris Award for best YA debut novel is a ghost story, spun with a romance, woven with a mystery, and shot through with fairy tale.

The gold thread promises Charlotte Miller a chance to save her family's beloved woolen mill. It promises a future for her sister, jobs for her townsfolk, security against her grasping uncle -- maybe even true love.
To get the thread, Charlotte must strike a bargain with its maker, the mysterious Jack Spinner. But the gleam of gold conjures a shadowy past -- secrets ensnaring generations of Millers. And Charlotte's mill, her family, her love -- what do those matter to a stranger who can spin straw into gold?

This is an award-winning and wholly original retelling of Rumplestiltskin.


Reckless (Reckless #1) by Cornelia Funke

Through a mirror...is a dangerous world.

For years, Jacob Reckless has enjoyed its secrets and treasures.

Not any more.

His younger brother has followed him.

Now dark magic will turn the boy to beast, break the heart of the girl he loves, and cause chaos to rule forever...

Unless Jacob can find a way to save them.

You thought you knew fairy tales? Think again.

The Book of Lost Things by John Connolly

High in his attic bedroom, twelve-year-old David mourns the death of his mother, with only the books on his shelf for company. But those books have begun to whisper to him in the darkness. Angry and alone, he takes refuge in his imagination and soon finds that reality and fantasy have begun to meld. While his family falls apart around him, David is violently propelled into a world that is a strange reflection of his own - populated by heroes and monsters and ruled by a faded king who keeps his secrets in a mysterious book, The Book of Lost Things. 
Taking readers on a vivid journey through the loss of innocence into adulthood and beyond, New York Times bestselling author John Connolly tells a dark and compelling tale that reminds us of the enduring power of stories in our lives.

So, from yesterday, there's a Fairy Tale Read-a-Thon going on (you can still sign up if you want to) and of course I need to read fairy tale retellings, and although I already chose the book I'll start with, which one of these should I read first after I finish that one?

Just leave me a comment & help me decide!


  1. A CURSE DARK AS GOLD!!! That's one of my favorite books ever!!! It's a little long and slow-paced for a read-a-thon, bur it's definitely worth it!

  2. I vote for Reckless...

    Thank you voting on mine too.
    Jenea @ Books Live Forever

  3. I vote for A Curse Dark as Gold because it's on my TBR shelf and I'd love to hear what you thought!

  4. I love Cornelia Funke so I am choosing Reckless!

  5. These are lovely books! If you are into fairy tales, A Cure Dark As Gold is the next bet!

  6. My vote goes to Reckless, I am really intrigued by the cover!

    Kristin @ Young Adult Book Haven

  7. I love A Curse Dark as Gold! That's definitely my pick.

    Pica @ Pica Reads

  8. A Curse Dark as Gold sounds really good. I love the idea of a retelling of Rumplestiltskin.