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Wednesday, June 29, 2011

My totally-unnecessary-shouldn't-have-been-shopping-at-all haul:

Vampire Academy (Vampire Academy #1) by Richelle Mead
The City of Ember (Ember #1) by Jeanne DuPrau
The People of Sparks (Ember #2) by Jeanne DuPrau
Skinned (Cold Awakening #1) by Robin Wasserman
Before I Fall by Lauren Oliver
City of Bones (The Mortal Instruments #1) by Cassandra Clare
3 Willows (Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants #5) by Ann Brashares

I've just finished The Mephisto Covenant, and hope to have that review up later today after work. Until then, here are some of the most interesting/fun posts I've come across this last week.
The Watch:

The big reveal for pottermore has come and gone, and whether you were excited or let down by J.K. Rowling's newest endeavor, there is no denying pottermore is big literary news. Over at i swim for oceans, there is a neat post on pottermore and evolving literature. It's a well-written and thoughtful post.

A blog I recently discovered (with help from the amazing Audra at Unabridged Chick) Burton Book Review is awesome. I've wasted far too much time there pondering the detailed, extensive Jean Plaidy/Victoria Holt bibliography. Before Versailles is a novel I'd had my eye on for a while and this detailed review makes me all the more keen to dig in.

Supernatural Snark, a blog after my very heart/humor, made me laugh out loud with this gem of a Cover Critique. I rather enjoyed reading that earlier this week! They've also got a nice interview with Julie Kagawa up on the site.

Another book that's been garnering a lot of praise and word-of-mouth is Forbidden by Tabitha Suzuma. I was on the fence about reading this -- if handled wrong I would be squicked out for real -- but this review pushed me over onto the "gonna read it" side. (I'm A Book Shark)

aaaand lastly, Danielle over at My Mercurial Musings was lucky enough to attend a Les Grossman/Neil Gaiman reading in NYC. Once again, I am super jealous and charmed by the Gaiman. But who isn't? Pop on over and give her blog a look: she's just starting out and is super friendly and nice.


  1. You got some awesome books! Several are on my tbr list. If you like The Mortal Instruments books you must check out The Infernal Devices by Cassandra Clare. I liked this series even better than the first!

    Forbidden is a must read. It's hard to read, but you definitely need to check it out!

  2. I am really excited about all of them, though Before I Fall has jumped the line and is going to be started today.
    I've heard a lot of good things about both series by Clare so I caved when I had decided to never read the series. Though I made the same decision about Vampire Academy and.. oh.. wait :D

  3. Oh, I hear that the City of Bones book is one of the best books ever. I haven't read it, but I even heard someone say it's better than Harry Potter....hmmm I'm not sure if I can believe that, but I really want to read it :) I'll prob get it on my kindle soon. Hopefully! Tell us all how it is after you are done!

  4. I kept hearing it compared to HP so I was incredibly wary and leery, but eventually curiosity won! I hope it lives up to the hype!

  5. Looking forward to your thoughts on Clare -- I've heard more about her plagiarism kerfuffle than her books but I've vaguely been curious. So delighted you've been enjoying Marie's blog -- she's so great! I'm still on the road but will respond to your blog tag tomorrow -- I'm sorry it's taken me about ten thousand years!

  6. See, I blanked all that out. Google! And no worries, I'm not stressed about it. It's just a game :)


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