What's Next? (1)

Thursday, October 4, 2012 12:00 AM

What's Next? is hosted over at IceyBooks. If you're having trouble choosing what book to read next, you can participate in this meme, asking people to vote on what book you should read. I've been indecisive lately so I decided to participate in this meme for the first time this week. 

Okay, here are the choices I'm torn between: 

The Raven Boys (Raven Cycle #1) by Maggie Stiefvater

It is freezing in the churchyard, even before the dead arrive.

Every year, Blue Sargent stands next to her clairvoyant mother as the soon-to-be dead walk past. Blue herself never sees them—not until this year, when a boy emerges from the dark and speaks directly to her.

His name is Gansey, and Blue soon discovers that he is a rich student at Aglionby, the local private school. Blue has a policy of staying away from Aglionby boys. Known as Raven Boys, they can only mean trouble.

But Blue is drawn to Gansey, in a way she can’t entirely explain. He has it all—family money, good looks, devoted friends—but he’s looking for much more than that. He is on a quest that has encompassed three other Raven Boys: Adam, the scholarship student who resents all the privilege around him; Ronan, the fierce soul who ranges from anger to despair; and Noah, the taciturn watcher of the four, who notices many things but says very little.

For as long as she can remember, Blue has been warned that she will cause her true love to die. She never thought this would be a problem. But now, as her life becomes caught up in the strange and sinister world of the Raven Boys, she’s not so sure anymore.

Shadowfell (Shadowfell #1) by Juliet Marillier

Sixteen-year-old Neryn is alone in the land of Alban, where the oppressive king has ordered anyone with magical strengths captured and brought before him. Eager to hide her own canny skill—a uniquely powerful ability to communicate with the fairy-like Good Folk—Neryn sets out for the legendary Shadowfell, a home and training ground for a secret rebel group determined to overthrow the evil King Keldec.

During her dangerous journey, she receives aid from the Good Folk, who tell her she must pass a series of tests in order to recognize her full potential. She also finds help from a handsome young man, Flint, who rescues her from certain death—but whose motives in doing so remain unclear. Neryn struggles to trust her only allies. They both hint that she alone may be the key to Alban’s release from Keldec’s rule. Homeless, unsure of who to trust, and trapped in an empire determined to crush her, Neryn must make it to Shadowfell not only to save herself, but to save Alban.

Girl of Nightmares by Kendare Blake

It's been months since the ghost of Anna Korlov opened a door to Hell in her basement and disappeared into it, but ghost-hunter Cas Lowood can't move on.

His friends remind him that Anna sacrificed herself so that Cas could live—not walk around half dead. He knows they're right, but in Cas's eyes, no living girl he meets can compare to the dead girl he fell in love with.

Now he's seeing Anna everywhere: sometimes when he's asleep and sometimes in waking nightmares. But something is very wrong...these aren't just daydreams. Anna seems tortured, torn apart in new and ever more gruesome ways every time she appears.

Cas doesn't know what happened to Anna when she disappeared into Hell, but he knows she doesn't deserve whatever is happening to her now. Anna saved Cas more than once, and it's time for him to return the favor.

Kushiel's Dart (Phèdre's Trilogy #1) by Jacqueline Carey

The land of Terre d'Ange is a place of unsurpassing beauty and grace. It is said that angels found the land and saw it was good...and the ensuing race that rose from the seed of angels and men live by one simple rule: Love as thou wilt.

Phèdre nó Delaunay is a young woman who was born with a scarlet mote in her left eye. Sold into indentured servitude as a child, her bond is purchased by Anafiel Delaunay, a nobleman with very a special mission...and the first one to recognize who and what she is: one pricked by Kushiel's Dart, chosen to forever experience pain and pleasure as one.

Phèdre is trained equally in the courtly arts and the talents of the bedchamber, but, above all, the ability to observe, remember, and analyze. Almost as talented a spy as she is courtesan, Phèdre stumbles upon a plot that threatens the very foundations of her homeland. Treachery sets her on her path; love and honor goad her further. And in the doing, it will take her to the edge of despair...and beyond. Hateful friend, loving enemy, beloved assassin; they can all wear the same glittering mask in this world, and Phèdre will get but one chance to save all that she holds dear.

What should I read next? HELP ME!


  1. I vote for Shadowfell. I hope you enjoy what ever you end up reading.

    My What's next: http://writtenbybrittan.blogspot.com/2012/10/whats-next-12.html


  2. I'd pick Shadowfell too, it sounds great and I like the cover. All the covers for these books are really good though!

    1. They are! Which makes it even harder to choose! :)

  3. I haven't heard of Shadowfell before but it has a pretty title. So I am voting for that. :3

    Happy reading, Courtney :D

    1. Thanks Gellie! and it seems shadowfell is winning!

  4. Read Shadowfell, it's SO good and needs more book blogger love. <3

    1. Definitely April! I need to read her Sevenwaters trilogy too. :D

  5. Oooo that's a tough choice Courtney! I've heard amazing things about Shadowfell, but I haven't read it myself yet. I have read The Raven Boys and really enjoyed that one - she writes such brilliant characters:) Shadowfell seems to be the overwhelming favorite though, can't wait to see what you think!

    1. Thanks Jenny! And yeah it seems to be winning!

  6. I choose the Raven Boys! It sounds so good!

  7. Wow way to make it difficult! lol. I love Marillier, and Stiefvater, and Anna #1 is on my shelf waiting to be read. I'm going to break away and vote for Kushiel's Dart. I see that book everywhere and I've been meaning to read it for a while. I love the artist who did the cover, as well. Here's Ours

    1. I can't wait to read Kushiel's Dart. I've heard such great things.

  8. My vote goes to The Raven Boys, I have heard it is amazing!

    Kristin @ Young Adult Book Haven

  9. I'd go for Girl of Nightmares!

  10. Well, three of them are beginning a series and the other is ending one. Therefore I think you should read The Girl of Nightmares. Have that duology finished so it's not one more open series hanging around. And the reviews I've seen of it have been pretty positive. It sounds like a good Halloween book as well.


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