What’s Next? (6)

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Here’s how it works:

  • Every Thursday, select three-five 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.

What’s Next is hosted by Hafsah at Iceybooks

Update on my reading:
-I’ve read Insignia by S.J. Kincaid and Origin by Jessica Khoury. Reviews for both should be coming soon!
-I’ve started reading Graceling by Kristin Cashore, and I love it so far!
-Also, I’m slowly working my way through Jane Eyre, and I’m enjoying it.

Now for this week’s What’s Next?:
I’ve decided to take three books that are due out in September, and have you help me decide which one I should read first. Here we go!

carnival of souls Melissa Marr Book Cover

1) Carnival of Souls — Melissa Marr

In a city of daimons, rigid class lines separate the powerful from the power-hungry. And at the heart of The City is the Carnival of Souls, where both murder and pleasure are offered up for sale. Once in a generation, the carnival hosts a deadly competition that allows every daimon a chance to join the ruling elite. Without the competition, Aya and Kaleb would both face bleak futures–if for different reasons. For each of them, fighting to the death is the only way to try to live. All Mallory knows of The City is that her father–and every other witch there–fled it for a life in exile in the human world. Instead of a typical teenage life full of friends and maybe even a little romance, Mallory scans quiet streets for threats, hides herself away, and trains to be lethal. She knows it’s only a matter of time until a daimon finds her and her father, so she readies herself for the inevitable. While Mallory possesses little knowledge of The City, every inhabitant of The City knows of her. There are plans for Mallory, and soon she, too, will be drawn into the decadence and danger that is the Carnival of Souls.

2) The Raven Boys (Raven Cycle #1) — 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.

the diviners Libba Bray Book Cover

3) The Diviners (Diviners #1) — Libba Bray

Evie O’Neill has been exiled from her boring old hometown and shipped off to the bustling streets of New York City–and she is pos-i-toot-ly thrilled. New York is the city of speakeasies, shopping, and movie palaces! Soon enough, Evie is running with glamorous Ziegfield girls and rakish pickpockets. The only catch is Evie has to live with her Uncle Will, curator of The Museum of American Folklore, Superstition, and the Occult–also known as “The Museum of the Creepy Crawlies.” When a rash of occult-based murders comes to light, Evie and her uncle are right in the thick of the investigation. And through it all, Evie has a secret: a mysterious power that could help catch the killer–if he doesn’t catch her first

So…which one should I read first?

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  1. I would go with Libba Bray just because =)

  2. Tough choices! I’m going with The Diviners because I haven’t seen any reviews for it yet and I want to know more.

  3. I vote for The Raven Boys. Vote on mine: http://writtenbybrittan.blogspot.com/2012/08/whats-next-8.html.


  4. I vote Carnival of Souls because I just read it and really enjoyed it! But if not, The Raven Boys sounds good!

  5. oooh some hard choices I would want to read all three at the same time lol but, I would have to go with the diviners, that one looks soooo good!

    Kristin @ Young Adult Book Haven

  6. OMG, how to help you, when you give us those as choices??? I want to get my hands on all of these so bad!

    OK, I vote for Carnival of Souls 🙂

    My What’s Next?

  7. The Raven Boys! If Scorpio Races was anything to go by, it will be amazing!

    Here’s Ours

  8. Carnival of Souls for sure….

    Jenea @ Books Live Forever

  9. The Raven Boys by Maggie Stiefvater looks the best.

    Here’s my What’s Next? post.

  10. Carnival of Souls. It looks awesome, and I can’t wait to get my hands on it!

  11. I really liked The Raven Boys, but I’m dying to read The Diviners – so it’s between those two for me!

  12. I would go for The Diviners by Libba Bray, but they are all interesting.

  13. Oh man those are some tough choices! Gut instinct says “all of the above” lol! But if I had to go with just one… I’d go with Carnival of Souls.

  14. can’t wait to read all of these!! i guess i’d say diviners!!

  15. I vote for The Diviners because it looks awesome! 🙂

  16. I’d go for THE RAVEN BOYS but that’s just me.

  17. Carnival of Souls! I need you to read it for me so I can decide if want to HAHA 🙂

  18. This is a tough one! I think I would choose Carnival of Souls, but they all sounds great.

    Here’s my What’s Next?

  19. I’ve been reading The Diviners and I am LOVING this book. Read it first!

  20. My vote goes to The Diviners! It’s looks amazing and I’m interested to know your thoughts 🙂

  21. So many awesome ones! I vote for Carnival of Souls!

  22. Libba Brey! The Diviners! I also picked The Raven Boys! lol 🙂 Happy Reading!

    Mine: http://wwwthebookshelves.blogspot.com/2012/08/whats-next-2.html

  23. Raven Boys!