Saturday 10 July 2010

On my wishlist #3 - July 10th 2010.

 On My Wishlist is a great meme that's hosted at Book Chick City!  Here I'll list books that I really want to read, but haven't gotten around to buying yet.  They can be old, new or forthcoming.  Let me know what you think of my choices in comments.  If you've already read any of the books, I'd love to know what you thought!

 First up this week is a book I've been meaning to read for ages, and still haven't gotten around to.  I'm sure lots of you have read it already and I'd love to know your thoughts.  This series has some of the most beautiful cover art, don't you agree!

Wondrous Strange by Lesley Livingston
Published:  October 1st 2009 by Harper Teen.
Paperback, 352 pages.
Ages: 12+

17 year-old Kelley Winslow doesn’t believe in Faeries. Not unless they’re the kind that you find in a theatre, spouting Shakespeare—the kind that Kelley so desperately wishes she could be: onstage, under lights, with a pair of sparkly wings strapped to her shoulders. But as the understudy in a two-bit, hopelessly off-off-Broadway production of A Midsummer Night’s Dream, wishing is probably the closest she’s going to get to becoming a Faerie Queen. At least, that’s what she thinks... In this fun, urban fantasy, Kelley's off-stage life suddenly becomes as complicated as one of Shakespeare’s plot twists when a nighttime trip to Central Park holds more than meets the mortal eye.

Next is up the new book from Laura Lippman. I've only read one of her books, and while the writing style didn't grab me in that book, I always think her stories sounds so interesting, so I'll be checking this one out.

I'd Know You Anywhere by Laura Lippman
Published: September 1st 2010 by  Harper Collins.
Hardcover, 377 pages.
Ages: Adult.

Eliza Benedict cherishes her peaceful, ordinary suburban life with her successful husband and children, thirteen-year-old Iso and eight-year-old Albie. But her tranquility is shattered when she receives a letter from the last person she ever expects - or wants - to hear from: Walter Bowman. There was your photo, in a magazine. Of course, you are older now. Still, I'd know you anywhere.

In the summer of 1985 when she was fifteen, Eliza was kidnapped by Walter Bowman and held hostage for almost six weeks. He had killed at least one girl and Eliza always suspected he had other victims as well. Now on death row in Virginia for the rape and murder of his final victim, Walter seems to be making a heartfelt act of contrition as his execution nears. Though Eliza wants nothing to do with him, she's never forgotten that Walter was most unpredictable when ignored. Desperate to shelter her children from this undisclosed trauma in her past, she cautiously makes contact with Walter. She's always wondered why Walter let her live, and perhaps now he'll tell her - and share the truth about his other victims.

Yet as Walter presses her for more and deeper contact, it becomes clear that he is after something greater than forgiveness. He wants Eliza to remember what really happened that long-ago summer. He wants her to save his life. And eliza, who has worked hard for her comfortable, cocooned life, will do anything to protect it - even if it means facing the events of that horrifying summer and the terrible truth she's kept buried inside.

I spotted this one on a Waiting on Wednesday post this week (sorry, can't remember where!), and thought it sounded interesting.  Haven't seen any reviews around for it yet, though!

7Souls by Barnabas Miller and Jordan Orlando.
Published: July 13th 2010 by Delacorte Books for Young Readers.
Hardcover, 352 pages.
Ages: Young Adult.

Mary expected her seventeenth birthday to be a blowout to remember, courtesy of her best friends, fellow New York City prepsters Amy and Joon, and her doting boyfriend, Trick.

Instead, the day starts badly and gets worse. After waking up in a mortifying place with a massive, unexplainable hangover, Mary soon discovers that nobody at school is even aware that it's her birthday. As evening approaches, paranoia sets in. Mary just can't shake the feeling that someone is out to get her—and, as it turns out, she's right. Before the night is over, she's been killed in cold blood.

But murder is just the beginning of Mary's ordeal. Her soul gets trapped in a strange limbo, and she must relive the day of her death through the eyes of seven people—each of whom, she finds, had plenty of reasons to hate her. As Mary explores the mysteries of her world, discovering secrets that were hidden in plain sight while she was alive, she clings desperately to the hope that she can solve her own murder, change the past, and—just maybe—save her own life.

With its blend of suspense, horror, fantasy, and realism, 7Souls is an adrenaline rush of a thriller.

Let me know what you think and what you've added to your wishlist this week!


  1. I haven't heard of I'd Know You Anywhere, but it sounds really interesting!

    7 Souls is high on my wishlist, while Wondrous Strange sits at a lower spot, but I'm hoping to read that one also.

    Nice choices!

  2. 7 Souls sounds like a good read. I'd Know You Anywhere looks intriguing, too.

    My wishlist is here:

    Manga Maniac Cafe

  3. Great choices! I have Wondrous Strange on my shelf, waiting for me to read. Le sigh.

    Here's my wishlist.

  4. You have some great goodies here! There all one my wishlist too!

    Thanks for dropping in over at my blog, Book Whispers.

  5. 7 Souls is a new one to me. Looks interesting. I hope that you get them and will enjoy them. Here's mine.

  6. I have got to finish Wondrous Strange. 7 souls looks good too!

  7. The second one sounds interesting. My wishlist just keeps growing! =)

  8. Wondrous Strange is on my list too. Agree about the great cover :)

  9. Wonderous Strange looks great and the cover is gorgeous! My list is here

  10. I'd Know You Anywhere sounds really good - definitely adding to my wishlist! :)

  11. Absolutely loved, loved, loved Wondrous Strange - reviewed it a while back actually. Haven't read any of the other books on your list, but am curious about what other people have thought about them!

  12. Wondrous Strange by Lesley Livingston sounds perfect. I love the covers of this amazing series, and I still havent read them. Gotta keep my eyes open next time in the bookstore. :)

  13. That's a great wish list. I would like to read all three of those as well.


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