Jul 12, 2012

What's Next? #2

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.
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Ok, so last week the winner was Lies Beneath by Anne Greenwood Brown, so that will be my next read :)
This week I need a little bit of series help ;) I'm participating in a week-long read-a-thon next week, so I thought for you to help me decide which books from my bookshelf I should read? I have some series I should catch up to :) 

My picks this week are:

Seven Realms 1-3 by Cinda Williams Chima


From book 1: The Demon King:

Times are hard in the mountain city of Fellsmarch. Reformed thief Han Alister will do almost anything to eke out a living for himself, his mother, and his sister Mari. Ironically, the only thing of value he has is something he can't sell. For as long as Han can remember, he's worn thick silver cuffs engraved with runes. They're clearly magicked-as he grows, they grow, and he's never been able to get them off.

While out hunting one day, Han and his Clan friend, Dancer catch three young wizards setting fire to the sacred mountain of Hanalea. After a confrontation, Han takes an amulet from Micah Bayar, son of the High Wizard, to ensure the boy won't use it against them. Han soon learns that the amulet has an evil history-it once belonged to the Demon King, the wizard who nearly destroyed the world a millennium ago. With a magical piece that powerful at stake, Han knows that the Bayars will stop at nothing to get it back.

Meanwhile, Raisa ana'Helena, Princess Heir of the Fells, has her own battles to fight. She's just returned to court after three years of relative freedom with her father's family at Demonai camp - riding, hunting, and working the famous Clan markets. Although Raisa will become eligible for marriage after her sixteenth name-day, she isn't looking forward to trading in her common sense and new skills for etiquette tutors and stuffy parties.

Raisa wants to be more than an ornament in a glittering cage. She aspires to be like Hanalea-the legendary warrior queen who killed the Demon King and saved the world. But it seems like her mother has other plans for her--plans that include a suitor who goes against everything the Queendom stands for.

Cemetery of Forgotten Books 1 & 2 by Carlos Ruiz Zaf√≥n

From book 1: The Shadow of the Wind:

Hidden in the heart of the old city of Barcelona is the 'cemetery of lost books', a labyrinthine library of obscure and forgotten titles that have long gone out of print. 
To this library, a man brings his 10-year-old son Daniel one cold morning in 1945. Daniel is allowed to choose one book from the shelves and pulls out 'La Sombra del Viento' by Julian Carax. But as he grows up, several people seem inordinately interested in his find. Then, one night, as he is wandering the old streets once more, Daniel is approached by a figure who reminds him of a character from La Sombra del Viento, a character who turns out to be the devil. This man is tracking down every last copy of Carax's work in order to burn them. What begins as a case of literary curiosity turns into a race to find out the truth behind the life and death of Julian Carax and to save those he left behind.
A page-turning exploration of obsession in literature and love, and the places that obsession can lead...

Beyonders 1 & 2 by Brandon Mull

From book 1: A World Without Heroes:

Jason Walker has often wished his life could be a bit less predictable--until a routine day at the zoo ends with Jason suddenly transporting from the hippo tank to a place unlike anything he's ever seen. In the past, the people of Lyrian welcomed visitors from the Beyond, but attitudes have changed since the wizard emperor Maldor rose to power. The brave resistors who opposed the emperor have been bought off or broken, leaving a realm where fear and suspicion prevail.In his search for a way home, Jason meets Rachel, who was also mysteriously drawn to Lyrian from our world. With the help of a few scattered rebels, Jason and Rachel become entangled in a quest to piece together the word of power that can destroy the emperor, and learn that their best hope to find a way home will be to save this world without heroes.

So, what do you think, which of these I should read next week for the read-a-thon? 
They're all between 450+ pages & 600 pages, so a little bit on the chunky side ;) but I decided it's time for them ;)

Leave me a comment & help me decide!


  1. I vote for The Demon King. I have pretty good things about it. :)

    Jenea @ Books Live Forever

  2. I agree with Jenea, I have been wanting to read the Seven Realms series. Hope you enjoy it and have fun on your read a long. :)

  3. I vote for the Seven Realms series! :)

    ~Allison (Good Books and Good Wine)

  4. I also think you should read The Demon King. It sounds really good.

  5. Seven Realms sounds interesting!

  6. My vote goes to The Seven Realms series!

    Kristin @ Young Adult Book Haven

  7. I absolutely recommend you "The Shadow of the wind" by Zafon, it's a great book!


  8. I'd be interested to see what you think of The Seven Realm series. It's been low on my list of TBR for awhile and I wonder if I should move it up. That's my vote ;)

  9. I haven't read the 7 realms series but my friends are constantly raving about it!