Monday, February 27, 2012

Fictional Distractions of the Week #18

Welcome to Fictional Distractions of the Week. It is inspired by Book Journey's It's Monday! What are you reading? and Fiktshun's My Reading Pile and it will show you what I'm planning to read during the next week.

The books I plan to read this week:

At first I'll finish My Soul to Save by Rachel Vincent, which is probably going to be the only one of my "own" books for quite a while now, since March will be dedicated to reading my review books. I really like the Soul Screamers series and I'm happy I've decided to participate in the challenge hosted by Rachel from Fiktshun.
Goodreads Summary:
When Kaylee Cavanaugh screams, someone dies.

So when teen pop star Eden croaks onstage and Kaylee doesn't wail, she knows something is dead wrong. She can't cry for someone who has no soul.

The last thing Kaylee needs right now is to be skipping school, breaking her dad's ironclad curfew and putting her too-hot-to-be-real boyfriend's loyalty to the test. But starry-eyed teens are trading their souls: a flickering lifetime of fame and fortune in exchange for eternity in the Netherworld—a consequence they can't possibly understand.

Kaylee can't let that happen, even if trying to save their souls means putting her own at risk….

Then I'll read Illuminate by Aimee Agresti which sounds like a fabulous title and I'm hoping that it's just as good as it seems. Wile I've heard a few mixed things about it, I think most of the reviews for this are positive, so I can't wait to finally read it.
Goodreads Summary:
Haven Terra is a brainy, shy high school outcast. But everything begins to change when she turns sixteen. Along with her best friend Dante and their quiet and brilliant classmate Lance, she is awarded a prestigious internship in the big city— Chicago—and is sent to live and work at a swanky and stylish hotel under the watchful eyes of a group of gorgeous and shockingly young-looking strangers: powerful and alluring hotel owner Aurelia Brown; her second-in-command, the dashing Lucian Grove; and their stunning but aloof staff of glamazons called The Outfit.

As Haven begins falling for Lucian, she discovers that these beautiful people are not quite what they seem. With the help of a mysterious book, she uncovers a network of secret passageways from the hotel’s jazz-age past that leads her to the heart of the evil agenda of Aurelia and company: they’re in the business of buying souls. Will they succeed in wooing Haven to join them in their recruitment efforts, or will she be able to thwart this devilish set’s plans to take the souls of her classmates on prom night at the hotel?

Illuminate is an exciting saga of a teen’s first taste of independence, her experience in the lap of luxury, and her discovery she may possess strength greater than she ever knew.

And I'm also hoping to read The Storyteller by Antonia Michaelis, which I'm really excited for since this is a German title that has been translated into English. Originally I had wanted to compare this translation to the German original, but it would take weeks until I could borrow it from my local library and I don't want the publisher to have to wait too long for their review.
Goodreads Summary:
Anna and Abel couldn’t be more different. They are both seventeen and in their last year of school, but while Anna lives in a nice old town house and comes from a well-to-do family, Abel, the school drug dealer, lives in a big, prisonlike tower block at the edge of town. Anna is afraid of him until she realizes that he is caring for his six-year-old sister on his own. Fascinated, Anna follows the two and listens as Abel tells little Micha the story of a tiny queen assailed by dark forces. It’s a beautiful fairy tale that Anna comes to see has a basis in reality. Abel is in real danger of losing Micha to their abusive father and to his own inability to make ends meet. Anna gradually falls in love with Abel, but when his “enemies” begin to turn up dead, she fears she has fallen for a murderer. Has she?

Award-winning author Antonia Michaelis moves in a bold new direction with her latest novel: a dark, haunting, contemporary story that is part mystery, part romance, and part melodrama.

What are your Fictional Distractions of the Week?


  1. I like the Soul screamers too! The storyline is pretty interesting! Illuminate sounds like a good book too. I'll be reading Unearthly by Cynthia Hand and Anna and the French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins for this week. :)

  2. Illuminate looks SO GOOD! I really hope you like it :) I haven't read any book from the Soul Screamers series but I plan to do it someday. And wow, another book that's originally in German! :D Haven't heard much about it, but I'll be looking forward to your review.

    Have a nice week, Carina! <3

  3. I plan to finish Illuminate this week as well.


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